Category Archives: A SPIRITUAL PATH

desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

breast lift

yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.

i found a solution to my problem. after ages of feeling and fearing my pain, i decided enough is enough – there is more i can do – and i’m gonna do it. for the past month now, i have been doing yoga almost daily. an hour and a half of my mornings as the sun comes out of hiding. sometimes an hour as the sun sets. i start with sun salutations then feel my body, what it needs and take it from there. by the time i’m done, i feel energized, properly stretched out and ready to take on life. what’s so beautiful about it is that (despite my initial skepticism) it has in fact made me feel better – by correcting and straightening my spine. the best part? i can get my body back to what is was – in fact with the way things are going, i believe soon i’ll be in a better place physically and mentally than ever before.

i’ve gone for some classes in the past and i would say i’ve always had an interest in yoga but making it a part of my daily life has been life changing. and i didn’t start with going for classes this time. classes are hard to maintain because 1. they cost a bomb 2. leaving the house, driving to the yoga studio and braving through traffic leaves anyone with too many excuses as to why they “don’t have/want to go today”. so i taught myself yoga. i watched a lot of online sessions, did my research, studied many poses – their anatomical focus, therapeutic applications, benefits, contraindications – and then practiced.

through my journey, i have been reminded that when i am dedicated, i am an extremely fast learner and i do not allow anything to get in the way of me accomplishing what i choose to.

yoga has changed my life. it has given me more confidence in my stride, more love for my health and well being, more happiness and pride in knowing that i am doing the best i can for myself in this moment.

and yes, a (natural) breast lift too. which i honestly didn’t know was possible unless i wanted to spend loads on fake “accessories”. thanks but no thanks.

so much i didn’t know. it makes me sad to think of all those years i spent sitting on a chair (all through school) thinking “hey, this is normal. this is life” – without knowing how unnatural and bad we can be to ourselves. all i needed to do to prevent the pain i felt was to just be aware. but how could i have been aware when no one taught me those things as i was growing up? how could they have taught me when no one taught them? so many years of trying to figure everything else out in life and missing what really mattered.

i am in love with yoga because through having it in my life, i am now better able to help those around me by sharing the beauty i have found. it’s not something we are taught in school, or preached to about but those who understand yoga, would not want to imagine a life without it.

yoga is invigoration in relaxation. freedom in routine. confidence through self control. energy within and energy without. when you do it right, it REALLY is THAT beautiful.

sometime soon (once i reach my goal in strength and flexibility) i will take up a yoga instructor course and help others heal. i will volunteer to teach it at schools. participate in communities. this is how i can truly give back. i am inspired.

but just in case you aren’t or don’t get how amazing yoga can be, here’s a photo of a 95 year old yogi. yes 95! and she’s not the only one – there are many yogis in their golden years. some have even been around for over a century.

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i rest my case ;)

festival of light

sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. but other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.

honestly, what good is material wealth when one’s soul is malnourished? i see so many people who seem to have a lot, chase for more and never get enough. i think somewhere along the way i reached a point where i realised that i not only have enough, i have too much. wayyyy too much. and then i started giving things away – products, clothes, gadgets. having less has been surprisingly freeing and fulfilling at the same time. teaching myself to not be too attached to desires has created space for me to enjoy the much finer things in life. to go back to the basics, to be simple. i will not waste this lifetime in pursuit of temporary pleasures. instead, i choose to feed my soul. i try to spend time really observing my surrounding which then makes me think of life on a much larger scale and as that awareness grows, so do i.

what i achieve inwardly changes my outer reality and now, i can be so thankful for everything i have. today is deepavali and – for the first time in my life – actually feels like it. having warm housemates that want to share the festive season and waking up to yummy indian food has filled the day with so much love. and it’s only noon. it means so much to me to be living in this house – so tucked away we couldn’t have found it even if we tried. being so happy here serves as a daily reminder to trust my instincts and take leaps of faith when i can.

today is the first day of the rest of my life. i’ve been told that when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. so i’m going to want wisely.

So maybe the problem is that people have forgotten how to love themselves wholly. Because if you love the person you are, you would love everything that has happened to you in life. Not because there has been no pain or suffering but because your journey – each and every one of its ups and downs is what shaped you to be YOU.

And when you finally realise that, you are thankful for all the hardships you have faced. You find yourself accepting things you could not accept about your life before and letting go of all negative emotions related to it. You might even feel gratitude towards the very things that have challenged you most because without it – you wouldn’t be the better, stronger person you are today.

Then growth becomes something to forward to, and challenges become blessings in disguise. You stop dreading the pain or suffering and life itself begins to appear more beautiful until one day, all it will be is beauty.

When you love yourself, living becomes something you truly enjoy.

– me ;)

galactic mantra

I am light

I am infinite
I am the channel
I am expanding
I am psychedelic
I am vibration
I am timeless
I am unity

I am activating
I am resonant
I am galactic
I am radiant
I am defined
I am electric
I am lunar
I am magnetic

I am planetary
I am balanced
I am organized
I am connected
I am inspired
I am in harmony
I am integrity
I am perfect

I am manifestation
I am dissolving
I am releasing
I am liberated
I am dedicated
I am universalized and divine and transcending mantra
I am being
I am communicating

I am spirit
I am breathing
I am cosmic
I am essence
I am power
I am action
I am dreaming
I am abundance

I am intuition
I am god
I am extreme
I am internal and external
I am flowering
I am the clocking
I am aware
I am life force

I am surviving
I am dmt
I am spiraling
I am art
I am accomplishing
I am healing
I am beauty
I am elegance

I am pure
I am flowing
I am love
I am chakras
I am coinciding
I am playing
I am magic
I am elusive

I am free will
I am wise
I am exploring
I am space and time
I am waking life
I am vivid
I am enchanting
I am timelessness and complete infinite design

I am alien
I am human
I am receptive
I am vision
I am energy
I am mindful
I am questioning
I am answering

I am intelligent
I am fearless
I am evolving
I am opening my third eye to the unseen vision, translating
I am synchronicity
I am reflecting
I am endlessness
I am order and chaos

I am the tao
I am crystalized
I am self-generation
I am affirming
I am enlightened
I am blind
I am the tone
I am the color

I am electronic
I am lunar and solar, opposite and polar
I am language
I am radial
I am particles of plasma
I am endurance
I am cosmic
I am releasing

I am liberating
I am perfect
I am pulsing
I am realizing
I am the one because the one are all
I am form
I am in the infinite nothing that becomes the everything
I am symbolic

I am relative
I am the divine spirit that harmonizes with the laws, projecting the digital loom
The tool of experiencing the desire and finding ecstasy in the process
I am me, we are you