Can't believe that I wrote last in Jan! Well officially at least.
I've missed this space so much, but not to say that I've been lax with my thoughts and world. I've been writing almost every single day, well virtually I I may say so- there's been a lot of healthy and interesting monologue that's been whipping up storms, designs and logical streams in my head - I've been writing during my quite moments - while bathing, driving, waking up, meditating, even cooking. So there's been a lot of 'coming together' and 'understanding' a lot of things but it's been seasoned with all flavors - hasn't been all pretty, but definitely all worth it.
Where do I even start? I hope I can remember most or at least, some of it. The year's been pretty nice and gracious - got an unexpected promotion, started emotional wellness sessions at a lot of places including my workplace, studied a lot on topics that interest me, piqued my interest in vegan cooking, got picked up for a very exciting exciting, creative project (outside work), made some very deep connections with some very beautiful human beings, left some who drained my emotionally and finally, started gathering myself to help me get to my better, aspired self.
So let's start with cooking! I realize that meditation brings up things and qualities that you never ever thought you could have - so I'm going to start with the most obvious and tangible of it all - all those who'v had a glimpse of my gourmet-like vegan cooking pics, would know that I have been a good cook but an average one at that! I haven't been someone with an 'eye for the emerald' when it comes to ingredients, nutrition value and taste - but off late, a lot sprung up. I played around with ingredients, combinations, flavors, cooking styles and most importantly, brought together food basis their nutrition value. where did that even come from??
Then I move on to aesthetic touch in interiors and designs - I suddenly feel this year, my mundane curtain's risen for good - I now have an eye for the slick - for the dainty, the elegant and the graceful art. As I started to blend in with my newer-found preferences this year, then came about my inner pulse. Just I started to settle in with the above, I was flooded with a deep desire to really go out there and make a difference - I know that sounds so vague so let me zero down to the point - I decided to keep it plain and simple - decided that Let me start with simple wishes and simple desires if I wanted to change the world and bless it with happiness. So having started this on my own, I in no time, got together with a cozy set of friends and started to do 'let's cook a meal for someone' saturdays (we call these 'Super Saturday Seva days) wherein we all together pre-decide a menu, cook some food our selves, stack it up in our cars and drive around to serve that food to someone who's slogging it out in the sun to earn a living. Serving with love each day, month after month, with a smile has made us realize that we are so blessed and that there is no service greater than making someone smile for such a simple thing like a meal. The satisfaction, the zeal and the understanding that this activity has provided us has been immense - I am very proud to share that today, we are almost 15-16 people who get together one saturday every month for this.
With all of this, also came a change in my mindset and my concepts - It would be safe to say that a lot of concepts got smashed this year. A lot of my mainstream thinking shattered through the ceiling and I realized it actually meant nothing - it means nothing to hold on to your ancient beliefs if it doesn't bring you happiness and peace of mind. I realized that no thought is of value if it doesn't liberate you - but what's important while you do weave a new mindset is to never lose your integrity, never to infiltrate on someone's peace and joy, and to always be committed to a cause/person (as the case may be!). Basically - never do this at the cost of something or someone that really, really matters in your life. Oh and yes! the staircase fall was bad but with this grace, doing so much better now and have even re-started my yoga. Realized how yoga and exercise play such a vital role in our lives in managing not just our body, but our minds too.
And this year - I traveled with the master for knowledge, happiness and grace. I attended some beautiful programs that helped me to re-contain myself, focus on the positives and re-group my energies to create an even better tomorrow. Tell you what - there's a lot of activity happening beneath the surface - I almost feel like the swan, who above the sea level is very poised and easy, but doing heavy paddling with its legs beneath the sea level. But it's all good..because there's no better existence that earning what you achieve in life - whatever wisdom, grace and good things throng your life - it ought to be well earned and well deserved! And with that add on to your life some very special people who make you smile at life and yourself - that's also worth holding onto! It's important to just bear-hug those people who care for you, who make you feel armed and protected, who make you feel uplifted and serene, and those who have a plan for you to come out of life's event unscathed. I think I'm very, very grateful to god to have people who see me beyond my exterior - who see me beyond my toughness, my clumsiness and my sometimes mundane thinking - they are the one who fight for my happiness when I myself stop believing in it, they are the ones who keep my dreams going when I choose to open my eyes and wake up, they are the ones who push me to move forward when I want to stop and abandon the journey...they are my jewels! If you're reading this - do count yours :)
So nothing more to say in this one except for a book that I wanted to recommend - I came across this lovely opening synopsis on the upcoming book 'HAPPINESS EXPRESS' by celebrated TED speakers, Bawa and Dinesh! They've written down this very interesting book on 'how to be happy'..pretty basic, right?...WRONG! this book is filled with crazy facts and ideas that can enhance your health and happiness..I'm not telling you more..If you trust me, go to Amazon and get your copy now.
Next write up, will have lots of interesting details rather than just an generic 'I feel like this' account..Wait for it! Toodles...