Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Art - use it to boost creativity

Water temple, an artwork by Song Dong
Inspired by his dad's tip to improve the calligraphical skills and at the same time to save paper and ink Song Dong, an artist based at Beijing has started painting on glass with water using a brush and it formed the basis of this masterpiece at the Aspinwall House, the main venue of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018. We can enter inside this glass enclosure and create our own masterpieces as well, just paint using water and brushes kept there. So use this space to tweak your artistic skills, let your creativity develop!

A good creative pursuit!

Another one, also good!
The above ones were created by some of the people while I visited there. The canvas clears by itself naturally for the ones that come afterward. What a beautiful idea, brilliant!

Artist's profile and what this is all about
This artist has gifted this edition of Biennale a beautiful art which is located at the sprawling compound of the Aspinwall House gelling well with the natural surroundings. Such works provide an interactive platform for the visitors which undoubtedly make them more involved with the creative pieces of art. 

My attempt :)
The above one was made by myself. I leave the interpretation to you😊

Philosophically speaking, all of us are visiting this planet for our destined period. The vast canvas is kept clean by the universe, that is its rule, its duty. We are free to draw whatever we like, paint it and decorate it. It is all up to us how we do it! Once our time here ends, the same canvas will be wiped clean, the next ones in the line step in, and will begin their turn in front of it. Now it is all their world, their life, they can do whatever they like to do with it. How they make use of their time here is only what that matters! Metaphorically, if something needs to last a little longer or we wish to make it last more, paint it frequently, add water little by little, and this reminds us the need to give more attention to such matters of importance. If not, the picture dries up quickly making the canvas blank. Care, attention, and putting our heart into whatever is our passion are some of the important things to be successful.

A great work, indeed! Thank you so much, Song😊

Check this video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMRF_wLd87U
  • Art is powerful. When it is interactive it becomes more powerful. Energizing positive vibes emanate from such masterpieces that make people better, and more receptive to joy and happiness in life.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Cloud watching, a meditative activity

Cloud watching @ Subhash Bose Park, Kochi
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, others are foggy, many are furry, a few are flaky, and there are plenty that looks feathery! The above picture was taken during a cloud watching session at the Subhash Bose Park at Kochi, in Kerala a few months ago. It was a very wonderful activity we enjoyed!

Cloud watching @ Cubbon park, Bangalore
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 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 again, 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 will 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 and 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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