Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Cloud watching, a meditative activity


Cloud watching is a very enjoyable hobby. Not at all expensive, no need of any types of equipment, it only requires lying down somewhere and watching the clouds in the sky! Make a note of them, observe their movements, and try to make out some shapes. Some are fluffy, some are foggy, some are furry, and some are flaky, and some are feathery! The above picture was taken during a cloud watching session at the Subhash Bose Park at Kochi, in Kerala a few months ago. Lying down on the beautiful grass it was a very wonderful activity we enjoyed!


This was taken at the Cubbon Park in Bangalore. It was a short session but good. The park as you know is full of trees and watching clouds move between the shades was pretty cool! Sometimes it is like a meditation connecting with nature. Try it, it is a wonderful way to relax!


This was also cloud watching done at a very close range. Such fluffy shapes looked very interesting indeed. Tiny bundles of fluffy shapes changed into a large mass and suddenly the sky was very blue! No clouds, just plain blue sky. So that was the experience of cloud watching while flying.

Try cloud watching as a meditative activity. It is a beautiful way to connect with nature. An effective way to relax.
  • There are many different ways to meditate. Meditation calms the mind, slows the racing thoughts, and aid in whole body relaxation. Cloud watching as a method of meditation has the added advantage of connecting with nature in natural settings.
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Sunday, 14 October 2018

An important motivational tip for success: Never ever give up!


Easier said than done!

Maybe, but it is not easy for everyone to say 'never give up' or 'never ever give up'. It needs a lot of courage to utter these words earnestly to someone who has experienced repeated setbacks or to ourselves as self-talk in the form of a positive affirmation when we do not have a clue what to do in the midst of turmoil. We all agree words have the power to instill positive energy but most of the time we feel like words hurting, the negative energy of filthy tongues inflicting deep wounds on us that take a long time to heal. And the so-called 'well-wishers', 'friends', 'acquaintances' etc. by some social mechanism become talented in poking at these wounds again and applying hot chilly also in a good measure so that they remain non-healing. The human mind is sensitive to the negative life events with fear-flight response to a serious stimulus overpowering the emotions of positive occurrences. It requires a lot of effort on the part of the sufferer to overcome such fears fighting the demons of negativity by pumping positive energy into one's own mind. If someone persistently talks positively with conviction, then that would be a great motivating factor! We need powerful and skilfull motivators in life. 

Some people have the habit of not giving up until they succeed. Even if they fail they will continue trying until they attain their goals. Such traits are not acquired overnight, they are the results of years of practice. It is interesting to find out how a habit is formed. First, we get some clue from the world we live in about something good which triggers thought processes in our brain. We weigh the pros and cons of this particular thing whether to accept it or discard. If it is accepted then slowly we start doing it bit by bit, then the action phase begins. If we feel good there is a high probability that we will repeat the process until it becomes a habit. With the happiness derived from this activity, there occurs a reinforcing pattern of thoughts which strengthens the habit. The process is the same with bad habits as well, sadly such things easily get ingrained in our minds. 

It is better to believe that there will be light at the end of the dark tunnel. Some solution will pop up one day or the other for even the most serious problem and with the passage of time, we tend to feel less the trauma. Such bad phases will eventually pass, do not worry too much! Be hopeful.  The important thing remember is to do something or never stop trying. In short, it is:

Never ever give up!
  • It is advisable to say 'I will never give up' as a positive affirmation to replace the negative self-talk to help the mind generate positive energy. Make it a habit that will steer clear the obstacles bringing the desired results.

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Spiritual energy; be ready to receive it!

Aum! Vakrathunda mahakaya
Kotisoorya samaprabha
Nirvighnam kurumedeva
Sarvakaryeshu sarvada!

I thought of writing a post today about Ganesha Chathurthi, a popular festival to invoke the blessings of God Ganapathy celebrated across India and various Asian countries like Nepal and Thailand. 

According to Hinduism blessings of God Ganapathy, son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvathy is essential to get rid of the obstacles and hindrances in any venture one undertakes. Be it business, studies, career or life in general people seek blessings of God Ganapathy as the very first ritual. He is known by different names like Ganesha, Vighneshwara, Vinayaka etc. and has a popular prayer depicting the 108 names the chanting of which is considered auspicious during the Vinayaka Chathurthi day.

May God Ganapathy bless you all!
  • Spiritual energy is one of the means to achieve success. By allowing the universal energy to flow through we allow ourselves to be in sync with nature which helps us to understand better, and accept the realities in life.
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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Ego, superego, recognize it, tackle it...

We meet egoistic people everywhere.

This, of course, is quite normal, ego is something every human being possess. But consider a situation when a human being behaves completely dominated by the superego without any regard for the people, surroundings, and things in the environment. A lot of people can relate to such instances of interaction with problematic, toxic, venomous humans who spread negative energy all over. There will not be any difference of opinion in stating the fact that dealing with such a situation, and interaction with such individuals is a difficult thing.

The most important point here is the identification of such an ego state in an individual. This is something people often fail to notice. Such giant sized egoistic bullies are experts at identifying weak targets and almost always will be part of an influential lobby with some Godfather protection. They themselves do not have any individuality, character, or self-esteem. But they derive their happiness by poking fun, finding faults, and creating trouble for the less dominant people thereby making their lives problematic. Even if we do something great or act heroic, do not expect they will behave nicely.

The situation is very common, the facts are crystal clear, and just always remember this fact. A well-wisher will never ever make you uncomfortable, feel mediocre or negatively criticize! They will not judge you. So listen to such people only and not to others who try to bring you down whatever good you do.

  • Be on the lookout for the negative energy, always keep the eyes and ears open detecting it; the moment it gets detected wear the psychological armor, get away, cleanse the mind, body, and soul asap. 

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    Monday, 1 January 2018

    Happy New Year 2018


    I wish all my blogger friends and the readers a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year filled with happiness, and bliss. As usual, our city adorned with glitter and glamour celebrated the arrival of the new year in a grand fashion much to the residents' happiness. The beginning of the new year is an opportunity to start everything fresh, to re-assess, to modify, and to drop bad things.

    Check this new year video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6-E53zsdfI

    • Let us do our best to make the world a better place to live.


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    Monday, 25 December 2017

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


    WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 

    I wish all my blogger friends and the readers of this blog a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Christmas is a time of happiness, peace, and hope. Likewise, the new year brings us a chance to begin or redo what we plan to, in other words, we are given an opportunity to rewind the time to go to the past! Festive seasons are times of joy, celebration,& satisfaction. The general mood of the community is of happiness which makes everyone in the society delightful. Utilize such occasions to inject maximum positivity into the mind, reduce stress and do not forget to laugh out loud! Make such celebrations a time to recharge the batteries of energy, declutter the mind, and to radiate positive energy all around. 

    Enjoy life, have fun, and May God Bless You All!

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    • Utilize the positive energy getting radiated everywhere during the festive season to energize, de-stress, and to develop ourselves more and more.


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    Saturday, 23 December 2017

    History and heritage, how are they important in personal development?


    All academic textbooks will dedicate some pages, that too, in the beginning, to the history of the topic it deals with. People proudly exhibit valuable possessions from the past in front of their business establishments and the same is true in the case of households as well, all across the world. We all get inspired by the wonderful things from the past, amazing creations and inventions of our forefathers and strive hard to protect the heritage sites, preserve them and learn from them to enrich history. Are those things from the past outdated, irrelevant and not something to spend time and money upon? Such thoughts, attitudes, and the resultant actions destroyed many treasures of the past, sadly. 

    We often hear about 'the theory revisited, lessons from history, what to learn from the past, things re-invented' etc. If we do not care or study the base upon which a topic has been developed we will not be able to understand it well, explain it clearly and in detail and develop it further. Research is a continuous process, what we profess today will become history tomorrow. But the whole process has relevance and importance irrespective of the time frame. 

    The above picture is of the St. Francis CSI Church at Fort Kochi, in Kerala, South India. This is the first church built by the Europeans in India. This was built in 1503 by the Portuguese explorers and the most prominent among them was Vasco da Gama. He died in 1524 while he was at Fort Kochi and was buried here initially. His mortal remains were removed to Lisbon some years later. Portuguese built the Fort Emmanuel at the beach and the place gradually acquired the name Fort Kochi. 

    The culture, the lively environment, the things that shaped up what we see now, are all interlinked and this is a continuous process. This place is an internationally acclaimed tourist destination and without its rich heritage how could this place become what it is right now with so many people from all over the world visiting, each one contributing a little at the least to its culture? This cultural transformation is a dynamic process and the study of the past, present, and the future and not only the present and the future will help in further development of this beautiful place. It is only because of its vibrant, rich and lively past this amazing destination had gained a lot of popularity which will mesmerize everyone visiting and this is the reason they keep on coming back, for more and more. 
    • Past, present, and the future, the flow is continuous; it is a dynamic process and not separate entities. Learn from the past, cherish beautiful memories, live the present well, and build an awesome future!

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    Thursday, 14 April 2016

    Enjoy festive season's positive energy to re-energize ourselves



    Today we in Kerala celebrated Vishu. 

    Vishu is an important festival in Kerala. This day marks the first day of the New year according to the traditional malayalam calendar. In olden days harvest took place during this festive season.

    The yellow flower that you see on the GIF image is 'Kanikkonna' ( Cassia fistula ), the most important item when we arrange " Vishukkani", for everyone in the family to see very first on that day when they get up early morning signifying prosperity and God's blessings through out the year.

    I have written in detail about Vishu last year; please check :


    I wish you a very happy Vishu !

    • Festive season brings joy, peace and elevates mood. Such occasions bring lot of positive energy. Celebrate it ! 

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    Sunday, 27 March 2016

    Cupcakes


    Awesome cupcakes...!

    Anjali, my daughter's friend started this baking venture recently and we were more than happy to order all these delicacies from her the other day. Yummy...!

    These beautiful cakes were a treat to our palates. The chocolate cupcakes were topped with a bit of both ganache and whipping cream. The texture of the cakes was spot on, flavor great and the presentation was brilliant ! 

    She makes so many cool flavors like this and we are planning to get more from her asap :)

    Check her facebook page for more info :

    Highly recommended :)

    We wish this young entrepreneur all success :)

    Some pictures sent by her are also included here of her creative beauties...enjoy !





    • Creativity originates from a passion about something. Coupled with dedication, perseverance and a right positive attitude an entrepreneur can make things happen.
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    Wish you a very Happy Easter


    I wish all my blogger friends a very happy Easter !

    Enjoy Easter bunny chocolates, yummy eggs and celebrate the joyous occasion with your loved ones!

    • Believe in God. He loves you unconditionally. He takes care of you even if no one loves you. You are always welcome into His open arms. Need not be ashamed to go to Him even if you are a sinner. May God bless you all !

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