One act of “Kindness” has the power to change lives!!!

“A little thought and a little kindness is priceless!!”

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Often in our lives, we have people who come into our lives and help us with unconditional concern or love. They are like guiding lights who show us the path, help us in letting go of the clutter or they merely accept us with all the flaws and the misdemeanours.

When people are lost, it’s’ easy to guide or misguide them. Criticism, judgement and losing faith in them can make them rebels and take them to a point of no return. On the other hand, patience, faith, understanding and a pinch of affection will not only guide them, but it also brings out their highest potential.

Remember, there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every drop creates a ripple effect. 

I have been on the receiving end of kindness. And, today I am filled with gratitude. Those seeds of kindness were sowed and nurtured by numerous people. As a result, I try being the most loving and kind person. There have been people who have been my guiding light. Similarly, the best way I can express gratitude to them is by emulating them. 

Finally, if you want more goodness, kindness in the world. PUT IT THERE!! Be the change you wish to see. 🙂

Mind your wings

Unlearning through Yoga

“Education is a process of Unlearning and learning.”

Similarly, Yoga is a process of unlearning and learning afresh. Thanks to our lifestyle and occupational hazards, we have acute stiffness, pains and bad postures. A lot of the new practitioners are taught how to stand right, sit with the spine straight and breathe deep. But, this proves to be more difficult than learning asanas due to the ingrained habits.

Part of the path of yoga is to learn to let go of the ego. The ego doesn’t like to be ordered around and it detests changes.

Yoga as a lifestyle

My journey had a lot of unlearning and letting go. There was too much effort in my postures and in my breathing. My breath was shallow and I was tensing up the shoulders and spine in every posture. Overtime with awareness, I learnt to relax the muscles and focus on a particular stretch or asana. There were a few instructions that I could not follow. But with time, practice and a lot of unlearning, I was gaining more composure in my yoga practice.

As per Patanjali’s Yoga sutras, ” Sthira Sukha Asana” , every practitioner should be steady and comfortable in a posture. On a physical level, an asana should be held comfortably for an extended period. And when we look inside, the key is to pay attention and respond to how you feel moment to moment, rather than imposing a structure from the outside.

Our fast-paced lives and the prevalence of stress-related illnesses, make it clear that we need to simplify and declutter our  lives. So, let’s begin with our body and mind. Many a times we need to unlearn, to improve the quality of our life and living.

Let’s set our sankalp (resolution) to simplify our lifestyle and let go of everything that no longer nourishes our body-mind-life.

Faith in hard times!

Faith is like Wifi, we cannot see it or feel it

But, it has the power to connect us to what we need 🙂

Faith, is so easy when things are working out our way. But, in dark times it’s so easy to slip, it’s so easy to doubt and lose the momentum we have set forth.

There will always be naysayers, fearmongers, non-believers. And if you are the first of them then, your faith may easily get lost. Sometimes your commitment/faith is tested in the form of challenges and failures. But, remember keep your eyes on the prize and you will always find a way.

And when you cannot see the prize or your goal seems hazy, refocus. Set your intent to find a solution. All we need is a speck of hope. Don’t quit when you cannot find any hope, have faith in your hard work. Just because you cannot see the path, does not mean there is no path. You just need to have faith, that you are being prepared for the grand prize. You need to know, more nurturing must be done.

Finally feed your faith and let your fears, doubt starve. Keep scintillating 🙂

Mind your wings

It’s the “Moments” that become your destiny!

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“The best things in life do not come in days, they are mere moments that leave us enchanted”

I set out on a journey travelling alone, all excited to learn. The first two-three days, nothing was happening. I was meeting new people, learning new things, but nothing that would be cherished. I was agitated.

But, it was only when I relaxed, that I realized:

  • It’s the small moments that teach us something new,
  • It’s those unexpected joys that become memories and
  • It’s  one story or one person that changes our perspective.

There is so much to explore. It is an incessant journey. But, don’t lose out on moments looking for “something big or grand”. It is the mere moments that can change our life. It is the smallest thing that can be the most extraordinary thing in our life. So wherever you go, live the moment and cherish it like there’s no tomorrow. You never know which moment is destined for your greater good!!

Mind your wings

 

It’s not your story to tell

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They say there are two sides to every story. Well, I think there are many sides to that “same story”. Besides the people who were involved, the bystanders have their own perspective, version. So every person emotes and relates to the same story in different ways, which is reflected in their storytelling.

Some stories reflect people’s struggles, lows, weaknesses, addictions and darkness. But, the vantage point must be the transformation, the courage, the determination; which is often lost when you mix the facts with emotions and judgements.

We all have been judged and we are still busy judging others (be it silently), then how can our stories be authentic, how can we represent a story character, why do we get to decide who is the villain, victim or hero.

We need to be brave to tell our story, kind to tell another person’s story and wise to refrain from telling some stories, as it’s not your story to tell!!

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. —Theodore Roosevelt”

Mind your wings

When doubt knocks!!

Motivation

When doubt knocks, close the doors and the windows

Turn on all the lights that you can focus on your goal

Or, switch off the lights and get into the bed for a good night’s’ sleep! 🙂

If, doubt is still knocking, then get off the bed, take a shower

And take a walk down your memory lane, 

Remember why this goal/thing is important to you

Remember all the hard work , all the battles 

Remember the times you tried diverting, but came back to this road. 

And just for a minute, close your eyes

Feel the joy-contentment of having achieved your goal

Was this worth the trial and the tribulations?

Do not give up because of the delays

Have faith, trust the seed you sowed, nurture it a little more

And the fruits of your labour are just outside your door!!

And Finally, thank doubt for helping you reasses your goal and path.

Sometimes doubt can be a blessing in disguise

As long as it stays just that- a doubt

And helps you strengthen your faith a little more!!

Mind your wings

 

 

 

 

The Path to Wellness- Understanding Anulom Vilom Pranayam

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There’s one quote that has sinked into my subconscious:

“Just Breathe, one inhalation – one exhalation at a time. Form a string of breaths and the magic happens…”

Anulom Vilom Pranayama or alternate nostril breathing exercise is one of the main practices of Pranayama.  It cleanses the pranic channels and balances the two main energy channels – Ida and Pingala thereby balancing the two hemispheres of the brain and it awakens the central channel called Sushumna Nadi.

Lets understand this in simpler language. Any form of deep-conscious breathing is Pranayam. In normal breathing, only one-third of the alveoli(air sacs in the lungs) get oxygen while the remaining remain inactive.As we get older, the inactive alveoli remain full of carbon-dioxide, becoming almost inert and our breathing becomes shortened. In Pranayam as we inhale more oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, our vital lung capacity increases. It helps the lungs in blood purification and improves blood circulation to all the parts of our body.

The ideal ratio in Anulom-Vilom is 1:4:2 (inhale:hold:exhale). We hold the breath for a longer time, as it is difficult to have thoughts when you hold your breath. Besides, our mind is cluttered with thoughts throughout the day, it is in silence that solutions and ideas are formed. We exhale all the toxins and the stress, but we do not prolong it as the rhythm would be broken and our inhalation would be jerky. 

Our goal should be consistency of the rhythm(of our breath). When our breaths are flowing effortlessly, the magic begins… The body recuperates, our minds are filled with tranquility and the soul is rejuvenated!!