Just start!

Several years ago, my life started….. Your life started…..

Many days back, 2016 started; and a few days back, February started. But have you started yet? To do the things you actually want to? Or care about?images

Did you take up the course you always wanted to? Did you start to work on your OWN business idea you always wanted to? Did you quit the job you always wanted to? Did you propose the girl/boy you always wanted to? Did you go back to your parents that you have always wanted to? Did you actually listen to your child?

Did you even take one step towards any of those?…. towards the future life you want for yourself???

“I am planning”. Did you just say that?

Oh, Come on, we all have been through it…. “PLANNING”! Huh!!!plan-action

We continue planning – about a lot of things in our lives. But rarely do we act out the plans. Yes, for one reason or the other we fail to act. Why? Often, we give various reasons for this. One of the world-famed author and speaker, Dr. Sean Stephenson talks about it in the form of THREE BUTS

  • But fears – it starts with the phrase, “BUT what if…”
  • Then comes BUT excuses. It starts with “BUT I don’t have the ….(money, background, people)”
  • And finally, it is our BUT insecurity that starts with “BUT I am not ….(tall, strong, qualified)… enough.

Did any of those sound familiar? But we very well know on the inside that these are not of any practical use. We CAN go out do all that we want to do.

So the only solution is to ACT. And whatever is the BUT you are on, you have to get off it and STAND to actualize your plans and dreams.

I know, 2016 has just started. I know, the month of February has also just started. And I also know that none of these will end in the very next moment. jobs quotesFebruary will not, 2016 will never end in the very next moment. I can guarantee that, and can even bet for that.

But what about your LIFE? Can YOU guarantee?

Many of us keep on saving, saving and saving Money until the final day comes. And, it’s too late.

Life is all about experiences. So the time is NOW – to take the first step…. Then follow through… Things will definitely SHOW UP!

MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE! :)

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The unforgettable trip to Madikeri, Mullayanagiri, etc.

At the height of approximately four thousand feet, with chilly wind breezing from all sides, dense fog present all around and grasses covered with condensed fog, I was only in my shorts! And the shorts too, I was all prepared to throw open if needed. Could you guess, what I am talking about? Sorry, nothing nasty here!

Half naked members forming the chain

Actually, it was the peak of Mullayangiri, the second highest summit in the state of  Karnataka and I was with my Yoga group members playing a game. What game? I had played it during my school days and you too must have. We were divided into two groups and asked to form a chain of the all things we had. Even individuals could lie down to increase the length. The team with the longest chain would be the winner. Everyone was lining up bags, dupatta, hanky, sweater, shoes, shoelaces, and what not? I was only in two piece – a t-shirt, a pair of shorts and a pair of chappals. So I donated the t-shirt, pair of sandals and was lying down, while waiting for an indication that we were losing. I was all set to forget all the lessons of shame and self-respect to even contribute my shorts but before that – WE WON! Not only I, but many more of the members got half naked to help their team win. No, no! I had no mental instability. Actually the group’s energy was so high and friendly that I neither felt any cold nor any shame. :)

The scenic beauty at the top was remarkable and incomparable. It enchanted us. All the members helped each other to reach the top and then to come down. I thank God and everyone else for helping me trek up and down the mountain successfully. At times, when I would stumble or slip, I felt that it was my last day. But…but… I did it and nothing happened…. neither to me, nor to anyone else.

View at the top of Mullyanagiri

View at the top of Mullyanagiri

By God’s grace we were able to enjoy fog, cloud and sun all on the same day during our visit. I can’t describe the beauty in any word but it can only be felt by oneself. Dark and light grey clouds forming awesome shapes, sun light beaming through the clouds and everything getting shuffled in matter of minutes kept me wondering. Added to this was the different shapes, sizes and colours of all the ranges around us. No words can describe that beauty of nature. At least – I don’t have words to describe!

We also did meditation and a few facial yoga activity to relax and improve the natural beauty of our faces.

But before writing anything else, let me tell you that I have joined a yoga group and we, the members, practice yoga everyday under the guidance of Mr. Rajkumar who has devoted his life to practising and teaching people the importance of yoga and yogic lifestyle. He regularly takes his students like us on various tours. Each tour is undertaken with different objective in mind.

In fact, this was a ‘nature tour’ with the objective of being away from pollution and mental tension but with the nature for two days. I think that the trip was very successful as it had been well-planned and by the end all the members felt that it had been one of the best tours they ever had been to. :)

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Scene from the train

To make the name more meaningful and relevant, we also had a unique train journey through the green jungles of Western Ghats. Starting point of the train trip was Subramanya and we got down at Sakhlespura. Simply amazing!

Well, for me, I had a twist here! Thanks to my fellow yoga members for saving me by waking me up as I fell asleep :P during the train journey and would have travelled to wherever the train was actually going. Covering fifty-two kilometres stretch, and passing over fifty-seven tunnels and 109 bridges, the journey has been ranked to be among the top ten train routes in India.

While we spent the first night on the bus itself, we went to Annpoorneshwari Devi temple to take blessings of the Goddess, have dinner and sleep during the second night. Six to eight batches of about three hundred people sat for dinner in the temple. After dinner most people left, but many like us returned to sleep. This too was amazing as ten people were provided with a big blanket to sleep.

However, our first spot was the Scotland of India – Madikere – where we took bath in cold pond water at 4:30 a.m. Well, it was after almost twelve to thirteen years that I took bath with chilly cold water in the open. There I also tried to swim and realised that I was unable to. I was shocked to realize this and a thought just popped in my head – could I ever forget other activities like walking, talking. Useless thoughts!!!

Then we went to ‘Talakaveri” temple – the birth place of River Kaveri. It’s surprising how after sprouting in droplets from the ground, it forms a small stream and then the huge river. And not only Kaveri but all the rivers are born in a similar fashion.

Tala Kaveri

Tala Kaveri

Nevertheless, our journey actually started on Friday from Silk Board in Bangalore at about 9:30PM. Our first night passed on the bus itself. But we slept during the second night in the Annapurneshwari Devi temple. This sleep too was unique, as firstly, we slept on the ground itself and secondly one big woolen sheet was used by about eight to ten people to cover themselves. :D First of its kind experience!!!

Additionally, we also visited the star-shaped Manjarabad Fort and a few other spots like Hornadu, Kalasa Temple that I might have missed. Friends, I have tried to include as many important points and locations as possible, and explain in the best possible manner. But, given the vastness of area and differences in one’s own ability to look at and interpret each item in this world, it’s almost impossible for me to write every detail about everything.

This write-up is only a short glimpse of the two days I spent in awe while watching beauty, human collaboration, joy and laughter. For detailed explanation, you have to actually join us next time to understand what I am talking about. :)

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Being the best we can

My friend posted an update in FB- “The work you do while you procrastinate is, probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”
—Jessica Hische

Aha! This is what I have been thinking for quite sometime, though not the same words.

What have I been thinking? If my deep desires, thoughts and actions get along the same line, it will lead to a huge force and – BOOM – all walls, shackles and boundaries will be shattered to pieces. find-your-passion

Procrastination often appears due to things we like to do and what we are good at. We get so involved in all that we are passionate about that we lose awareness of time. FLOW is the name given by psychologists to this state. APJ Abdul Kalam also talks about it in the book Wings of Fire. Several other books also mention this concept as something very important.

I think if I actually want to do something positive or useful, my thoughts will mostly go in line with my gifts or abilities. And only then will BOOM! happen. But it takes time to understand our passion and FLOW for each one of us. And, it often takes time to bring all three – desire, thought and action – along the same line.

Firstly, majority of the world’s population are not aware of their gifts or are not aware of their TRUE desires. And if they are, for several reasons – action is not there.

In fact, we often give up in this effort of knowing our passion. We give up on our efforts to become our BEST and accept everything! Only if each one of us continues to strive and be the best, the world will be a better place!

Would love to read your views so feel free to add it in the comment section.

 

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Explore! Dream! Discover!

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Explore! Dream! Discover!

 

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This image speaks it all!!!

Not success but an achievement – I think…

What about you?

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Holstee_Manifesto_Poster_Letterpress_Print_1024x1024Loved this!!

From http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/12/03/anais-nin-love-debbie-millman-1/

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Discipline or breaking rules?

How fun is it to even think of breaking rules! Isn’t it? I remember the days when we used to break the school discipline!! And also used to feel proud after doing so.

In fact, we love to know about individuals who don’t go by the norms but are capable of setting their own rules. Although we often have great attraction for the rule-breakers, the fact is that we need laws everywhere. And with the policies on paper we also need people who will go by it.

Anarchy is the name provided to such situation where people don’t follow the set protocols. Just imagine a situation where nobody wants to go by the rules, rather they all want to set their own terms.

Sure, it is very difficult to go by the rules. Procrastination is a bad result of inability to follow rules. And that is where martial arts training, yoga training, etc. help. They often help us become strong enough to be able to keep a check on our attraction towards momentary pleasures for reaching the larger goals.

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.– Jim Rohn

That is where I would bring spiritual life into scene. It is not very much concerned with God and religion, but with living a disciplined life. And that is what the lives of Swami Vivekanand and Muhammad Ali has taught.

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