Slow Down…A Bit….

Right from the childhood he was told to be 1st in class, be 1st in competition, be 1st in everything that he did. With the same understanding a child grows – competing and struggling to be 1st or somewhere near the 1st rank. Once the school and college is done – he jumps into the corporate world (most likely), and here the race becomes more gruesome. Every boss and mentor he meets pushes & gives an understanding of the competitive corporate world, about how difficult it is to rise, how much he needs to work and blah blah.

Till one day he sits and realizes – am i here to compete ? am i here to be 1st ? am i here to run my whole life ? am i here to spend most precious time of my life running to be 1st or 2nd, and in which race are we in ? am i here to earn money ? am i here to live a borrowed life ? ………….. Ain’t i here to live a life ?ain’t i here to enjoy the wonders of the world around ? ain’t i here to live everyday and every second of my life in my own way ? ain’t i here to relax and enjoy the cool breeze pass through my hair or to smell the flowers in the garden ? Ain’t i here to spend my days with my loved ones ? Ain’t i here to love animals and humans ?

That one day he gets an understanding of real life. That one day he shreds away an understanding that was imposed or borrowed. From that day life became simpler for him. He found an answer to his questions, and those answers opened a new world for him.images (1)

A world of love, a world that seemed more closer to the creation, a world that shone with the lights of the divine, a world that has ample for everyone, a world of beauty and charm, a world so magnificent that it provided enough to live a peaceful and happy life. A world that didn’t speak of race and competition but a world that spoke of walking hand in hand, understanding, helping and creating.

From that day he listened to his heart very carefully, with no fear of system, with a new understanding of the world around, with more love in heart and with no competition in mind he slowed down his life, spending as much time with himself, with nature , with the loved ones and started doing things which he loved and liked. He not only started getting what he wanted in life, he met peace, love and happiness in his new phase of life.

So slow down a bit. stop ! watch ! enjoy ! Enjoy each second as it pass, with awareness of the beautiful world around us.

The only worth you could give to your life is giving it an experience that’s worth re-living !!slow-down-image

 

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Rainbow Bubble – My First Solo Exhibition

Rainbow Bubble – an artist’s journey

So finally the day has arrived when I sit down and start writing to promote my own art work. With love for art since childhood, I had never envisioned that I would be coming up with a Solo Exhibition one day of my art work. It started one and a half year back when I had taken my first break from the corporate world. Painting was on my priority list and I did more of it with love and with an aim to get better every day. It was then when my work started shaping well and the appreciations came from everyone who noticed my work – esp family and friends. My friends & family have been my most loved audience and booster to my work. It was then when I started getting remarks on social sites to do an exhibition of my work. I had not taken the remarks too seriously at first neither did I ever ignored any of them.

With only training that I received in my school days, I learnt most of the work on my own – most from practice and some learning materials online. Youtube videos have been the best learning tool for me. Watching techniques and taking inspiration from artist on youtube, I learnt a lot of new and beautiful skill set . As I had no formal education in art, I was more on an exploratory mode. I started trying lot of medium to work with – Spray,Oil,Acrylic,Watercolors,Glow in dark paints, I play around with all.

love 2The journey has been fun and exciting. The more I did the paintings, the more I wanted to do. This love and passion for art work kept me going, even when I joined corporate after my 1st break. I kept the spirits on and painting/art became one common work, no matter what I was doing and no matter where I was employed. With time the difference in my work was pretty much visible to me. I started amusing and feeling good about the work. The hall of our 1bhk flat in Mumbai got all packed with lot of my work, its then I thought that the time has come to do it. As Pune had been my place, I was clear that if I have an exhibition it has to be at Pune first. So finally I booked Darpan Art Gallery, which usually is booked entire year round,I was lucky here as I got a booking within 3 months time. I had never dreamt of my own art exhibition, neither had I thought that I would ever make this passion and hobby as my profession, but I guess it’s the best and I am getting all geared up for my first solo exhibition.

I am thankful to my family and all my friends who have been such an inspiration and support for me. They are the strong pillars that have helped me carve this journey of mine !!

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Mantra for a high energy lifestyle

In today’s world with so much pollution, rush, and chemically abused food intake, its very difficult to keep your energy levels high all the time. Fatigue takes over us more frequently than ever. This happens for various reasons – untimely sleep, junk food intake, too much of alcohol intake, worry, tension and less or no exercise. Forget about multitasking, most of us fail to keep those energy levels high for our daily tasks. Many in their daily rush of work and family engagement fail to understand the importance of keeping their energies intact. Lack of energies results in irritation with people and work around, it results in under performance, it results in non creativity, it results in sluggishness and many a times it could also lead to depression and demotivation .

People really fail to acknowledge a fact that if their energy levels are high, they could do wonders in all fields of their life. People who are making wonders – are people with very high energy levels and they work hard to keep this energy level intact – as much as they could.

All those morning exercise, yoga, meditation, eating good, sleeping well, even talking good and positive are tools that keeps those successful ( not rich ) people – healthy and wealthy. All that and more, does more than just physical and mental – it helps keep the energies building up to keep up with the daily routine and work. If we all inculcate few very simple habits in our daily routine, we could definitely see the difference. You could feel the difference in spirit with which you play your day.

  1. Eat healthy: This is most important. Our body needs to be taken care of. Eating healthy makes our inside as well as outside strong. Try to have as much natural food intake as possible. Anything that is unnatural will have a negative effect and lowers the energy. Avoid all packaged food and snacks – as far as possible.
  2. Exercise: Any form of exercise is helpful to keep those muscles happy. Stretching, yoga, some jumping around or playing some outdoor games is very beneficiary.
  3. Quit smoking. Quit alcohol: Smoking and alcohol kills one’s stamina and so affects the over all energy levels. Very occasional drinks and that too in small quantity, incase desirable is OK. Until you want to be a fitness freak .
  4. Meditation: One of my favorite and must do’s on the list. Meditation is one such formula that can have multiple benefits – mental and physical. It empowers you from within and the goodies is a long list. http://www.emmaseppala.com/10-science-based-reasons-start-meditating-today-infographic/#.WOvuuUWGPIU
  5. Dance: Yes, this is one thing that would not only make you move, but it also brings in cheer, improves balance and spatial awareness and much more. Dance even when you don’t know to dance. http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-pictures/health-benefits-of-dance.aspx
  6. Walk: Brisk walking at a park has its own perks. Walk barefooted and connect with the earth below. Feel the energies that you receive.happy-people-in-the-poppy-field-1280x800-wide-wallpapers-net
  7. Connect with nature: Nature is not only supportive to our life, it also helps us relax. One thing that can help get your mind back into gear is exposing it to restorative environments, which, research has found, generally means the great outdoors. One study found that people’s mental energy bounced back even when they just looked at pictures of nature. (Pictures of city scenes had no such effect.) Studies have also found that natural beauty can elicit feelings of awe, which is one of the surest ways to experience a mental boost.
  8. Get connected to people : Talk to people who appreciate your work and you – This is a booster. Spend time with people who make you feel good. Good words and appreciation helps keep your spirits high for life.happy-child-awesome
  9. Smile, Laugh, Giggle: Keep your childhood alive till the end of life. Smile, laugh and giggle as much as possible. Happy people tend to be more energetic and life will always have a lot of reason to smile and laugh.
  10. Listen to music: Music is magic. Music can sooth, music could energize, music could relax, music could make your feel better – so keep it on. Hear music that you feel gives power and motivation.
  11. Do things that you love: Nothing could beat this one. Anything that you love doing and are passionate about rejuvenates your soul.

Money can buy everything ?

iyANphMoney can buy everything…more often and more we all must have heard this quote from some one or the other. A sentence that probably has screwed many people’s lives or even made people live miserably. With this quote in mind, many are on their journey to make hell lot of money, sacrificing their present, sacrificing their time, sacrificing many tangible, non-tangible beautiful stuff in life, to make hell lot of money. There is nothing wrong in making a lot of money – but believing that money can buy everything has made many people go crooked over years and years now.

This is certainly a myth or misconception, if I may say, and does not hold any good. Neither it has ever been nor will it ever be. Money was introduced as a means for trade – pure trade. There is various understanding of money from historical data – but certainly it is not something that could buy everything. You certainly cannot trade love, nor happiness, peace or even a feeling – in true sense. If you say, buying sex is buying love, then the whole understanding of love is wrong. Similarly people talk about happiness in luxury, which again is a temporary trigger of emotions – yes just that. Luxury doesn’t bring happiness in one’s life. It does bring satisfaction due to fulfillment of a want, it does bring in excitement about new expensive stuffs, it does create a feeling of richness
and power, it might bring in more comfort – but does that really bottom down to happiness?? Is sleeping on a diamond embedded bed happiness ? Is riding/driving the most expensive vehicle happiness? Is having a filthy bank balance happiness ? Is money happiness? These answers needs to be sorted by you.

In contrast everything that gives happiness, love and peace is NOT at all dependant on money. Money is just a medium to buy things. We have made it too important in our life, way too important. People kill for money today. Is someone’s life worth any rupee or dollars? Indeed not!! But someone somewhere believes money can buy everything and this idea only brings misery and trouble. Nobody is ready for any monetary loss, or I would say 99% of the crowd will fall off their feet thinking of losing money. The attachment with money has become pretty intense. Money comes and goes- this should not hamper one’s sleep/relationship/happiness or even peace. But this is exactly what is happening. And if you further drill down the last 2 lines – the issue is more explosive because of the present lifestyle people are living- most people.

“Money can buy a big house, but not a home. Money can buy a high position, but not  respect. Money even can buy a person, but not love. In conclusion, money is an indispensable part in our life but it is not everything “-even Google showed this (This was a result of my search for a picture to add to my article – “Money can buy anything” 🙂 )

Most people who are rich and happy- are the ones who don’t bother much about money- rather they are more focused to more important things than money. Interestingly money follows them!!

Unfortunately we are living in a system today that shouts from all corners- making us realize that all those luxuries/things that are not important in our life is so much important to us- to buy- and everything costs $$$$ ONLY !!!!