The Magic of Meditation

Many youngsters are turning to meditation as an antidote for the stress they face in their lives. Various international and national celebrities are hitting their yoga mats and vouching for the calming-effects of meditation.

 

But what does it personally mean to me?

 

As a meditater, for the past 2 years, I can say that meditation is far more than just a stress-relieving tool. It is something that has enhanced and enriched my life much more than anything else.

 

Meditation provides deep rest, a break from my perpetually-chattering mind. My first experience of deep meditation felt as if I had just flushed my mind off of 20 years’ worth garbage. When my mind is clean and well rested, consequentially, I am also more energetic.

 

This ‘extra energy’ is spent on the activities that I’ve always wanted to do (like learning music, gardening) but never had the energy to do. Since I get to do everything I want to, without getting restless or stressed out, my day’s worth increases. 

 

My meditation guru said, “A meditater lives in the moment and his awareness is sharp therefore he always gets his money’s worth. For example, if a meditater orders mango milkshake, he is with it completely. Enjoying every sip of it. Not coupling every sip with the thought of his impending examinations!”

 

Despite all these benefits, many of my friends excuse themselves from meditating because of ‘lack of time.’ To them I’d like to quote Mahatma Gandhi. “I’m so busy today that I cannot meditate for an hour. I have to meditate for two!”

 

Meditation not only improves the quality of your day, it also, very magically, increases the quantity of your day. Well, meditaters don’t get really more than 24 hours but they definitely get the capacity to do much more in those 24 hours (as compared to their non-meditating self.)

 

Meditation is something so deep and unfathomable in its working that it is quite pointless for me to try and comprehend the whole of it. But it has worked in many subtle ways to improve not just my life, but that of many around me.

 

I only hope and pray that I continue to practice and get many more to experience the joy and magic of meditation.

Joy of Meditation

Joy of Meditation

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KKHH <3

I remember I was in my 5th standard when Kuch Kuch Hota Hai released. It was the first time that I wanted to watch a movie but my family was not the kind which went for movies often! And I wasn’t allowed to go on my own either (we’re talking about the 90’s!)

Two of my friends and me would incessantly call the ‘cable wala’ and ask him to play this movie on the cable tv. And after quite a long struggle and wait I got to see the movie (at last *sigh*)! And I was in love!

The freshness of the movie combined with the innocence of a 12 year old created magic! I remember I used to firmly believe that Kajol should get married to SRK in real life 😀 My heart ached for Kajol when she had to leave college and SRK! I loved the honesty of Rani’s character and adored the friendship that ‘Anjali’ and ‘Rahul’ shared. I lauded Salman for sacrificing his first love in order to see her happy.

Even now, when I listen to a “ladki badi anjaani hai” or “koi mil gaya” my heart does a tappity tap! Whenever the movie is telecast on TV I manage to watch at  least a portion of it ( to the multiple groans of how-many-times-will-you-watch-this-movie.)

My taste in movies has “grown” over the years and Bollywood has changed too! I enjoy more meaningful and intellectual movies now (or so I would like to think) but this candy-floss, breezy movie will remain an eternal favorite.

 

p.s. try marathon SRK-movie-songs antakshari with friends sometime! It’s pure fun! 🙂

Living in the Ashram

Living in the Ashram has been one of the most rewarding times of my life. I’ve never lived away from my parents and being in the ashram was the best balance of being independent and still feeling ‘at home’. It was after ages that I saw a sparrow trotting into the dining area and for the first time in my life I saw bees buzzing into flowers.
Me being a hard-core HP fan, I just couldn’t help imagining that I was in Hogwarts… of a different kind may be. Kitchen was like the great hall where everybody dined and had food. Vasuki, Aparna, Parikrama were like the dorms in which ashramites stayed just like the gryffindor tower and the other houses’ dorms! Ashram has its own lake just like the lake in Hogwarts… Hogwarts is no match to Ashram though. Radha kunj, Kashyapa, Vishalakshi Mantap or Sumeru have no counterparts in Hogwarts!

Mera Bucket List

This is my bucket list in random order. Hope to complete it much before I actually kick the bucket!
  1. Learn Carnatic music like a pro!!! To be able to sing alapana, kalpana swaras, RTPs in various ragas.
  2. Have my own cute little business – what it will be, I don’t know! But it will definitely be something I am passionate about and something that inspires and motivates me to work really hard!
  3. To have a beautiful blog (not that this one is not!) with sprightly photos, funny caricatures, wonderful articles, lip-smacking recipes and beautiful ideas!
  4. To paint something that I was inspired to create
  5. Read loads of books, including many scriptures.
  6. To maintain a lush garden – there is something romantic and fulfilling about taking care of plants.
  7. Travel! to various places. Not just the exotic locales and shopping paradises but also to the interiors of India and meet the people of the place, learn their culture and cuisine. Ah!
  8. Have a quirky habit
  9. Take funny pictures of people
  10. Be able to come up with situational songs!
  11. Write poetry
  12. Publish a book/novel
  13. create some unique product!
  14. be enlightened

I’m sure more will be added to this list as time goes by but for now this is it.

Do you have any interesting thing on your bucket list? Ideas for the extension of my list are welcome!

Time Traveler’s Wife

Let me not get into the plot or the narrative or the characters and all the other things that one usually writes in a book review. For me it was the feeling of reading it that made “Time Traveller’s Wife” a book to remember!

It made me wonder about Time, is it really as linear as it seems?! Are the future, present and past happening all at once? It was one of those books which takes you into itself- travelling through the time, in its spaces and surrounding. It invoked the intense artist in me, it made me want to paint, to sing, to write! The people and the situations seemed so real, despite the fact that time-travelers actually don’t exist (or do they?)

Usually I prefer fantasy, comedy or “light” books but T-T’s W definitely got a thumbs up from me despite being an intense book!

If you are the dreamer-types who loves escaping into the cosy and intimate lives of characters, i’m sure you’ll love Time Traveler’s Wife.

P.S. Yearning watch the movie, trailers look awesome!

 

Flux – apparently a state of mind too!

For the past month or so I’ve been living in a state of flux, not knowing where I’m going to be living the next week! Why? I wonder does  one need to be sure about the future. Isn’t it enough to just live in the NOW! and take life as it comes.

But then mind doesn’t understand all this high-fundo knowledge! It wants to be sure, wants to know if I can be comfortable tomorrow. It fantasizes about holidaying in a quaint, idyllic place. Builds dream houses with plants, comfy furniture and books all around with all the time to tend to the interesting hobbies. Wants to do things without any pressure or deadline.

P.S. – Feels nice to blame the mind for all this!

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