Saturday, March 21, 2015

That Feeling of Love

That feeling of being in love is probably the happiest, craziest and over-the-moon experience in your world.

Embrace it. 

Love it. 

Cherish it.



What's your favorite love quote? 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

How to never ever give up on the spiritual path

The Upanishads have compared a spiritual aspirant's journey to a razor's edge. From the age of 9, I have been walking on that razor's edge. No matter how hard I try, how sincerely I aspire, the fall is always a gut-wrenching one, filled with mind-numbing pain. 

Then I chant the name of Lord Sai in my heart and I start my baby steps all over again, stumbling, sometimes falling but always knowing that my God is there , protectively watching over me. 

Being human, sometimes I forget that my nature is essentially divine. And on such days, I turn to Baba in despair, wanting to understand the cause of these inner struggles and consequent pain. 

I forget that my real Self is untouched by suffering. 



One such day, this was His message through the book 'Life is a dream; Realize it' by Joy Thomas:

"Many quail before the impossible demands of Sadhana. When confronted by calamity, you must attach yourself to this sadhana even more firmly, instead of losing faith in it and slacking off. The drug should not be given up when it is most needed. The pity is, when the first disappointment faces you, you lose courage and give up..."

And here's how to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path:

1. Learn to think in positive affirmations.
2. Discipline your mind to shut negative thoughts.
3. Love yourself, stop self criticizing.
4. Put your Divine awareness to practice
5. Create new patterns of thinking and actions to feel good about yourself.

What steps do you take to overcome the struggles that limit you from realizing your true potential? Looking back, how do you see your pain, struggle-filled phases in life? What has it taught you over the years?

Do write it, I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, March 13, 2015

It's a Magical Feeling to be a Mother

Before I became a mother, I was a busy, successful party-hopping editor. I came home only to crash and I didn't have a single boring 'at-home' weekend. And I kept FAR away whenever I saw kids....just as I did from domestic pets....not that the two are fair comparisons. 
And when I was in the process of becoming a mother, I went cranky with worry. 

Kept asking myself questions like:
Will I be a responsible, loving mother?

Will I feel that my baby tied me down to a routine that bogs me down?

I remember the exact moment when my baby, Adi was placed in my arms. 
When the doctor placed Adi in my arms, I saw a red face that was shrieking in a way that would have made anyone wish to be tone-deaf....but the emotion that I felt at that moment was one of ocean-like love, may be much more. 

I loved this tiny being with a fierceness that I didn't think could have existed in me...no wonder, it is said that when a baby is born, a mother is also born.

Every moment of watching a baby grow makes a mother experience Sath (truth), Chith (consciousness at the deepest level) and Ananda (Bliss)
Time flies but there are so many beautiful moments that mark motherhood. And here are some of my favorite ones:

Gazing at his sleeping face
Call this crazy but I have spent hours gazing into Adi's sleeping face and he looked so angelic, as all babies do. 
Cuddling up with sloppy kisses
I still haven't got over this yet. I love kissing my baby and the way his face would sometimes scrunch up to look at me, unsure whether to be happy immediately or give out a good, healthy yell. I miss that as he grows up and acts like a big guy. He won't let me hug him in front of his friends - it's a 'guy' thing.
Sound of Music
When Adi was a baby, I would look into his eyes and sing continuously to him. He would listen with rapt attention. I used to sing old Malayalam melodies, English hymns and African English songs, bhajans, keerthans...and I always felt he enjoyed the sound of my music. He had that rapt expression that made my heart soar while I sang.
And just when you think you already know everything there is to know about being a mother, a series of events happen to make you doubt it. 

Every mother goes through a world of emotions that no one outside of her inner circle would probably know about. 

And as my son turns nine, I feel the same anxiety and happiness course through me as it did on the day he was born.

You see, no mom wants to let down her kid no matter what the odds are.  And perhaps that's what makes mothers strong, vulnerable, powerful and wise - all at once!

The vulnerability of parenting is terrifying at most times. 

But it's also about sharing joy, experiencing love and demonstrating the values you believe in. 

As Joseph Chilton Pearce writes, "What we are teaches the child more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become."

And no matter what, every mom knows that secret truth: It's a magical feeling to be a MOTHER.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Four Magic Ways to Keep Your Spirits UP!

What to do when you feel bogged down by negative thoughts? These simple tips give you a clue:


1. Do something you enjoy
Bake. Cook. Read your favorite Or better still, go to one of your favorite places and simply chill. Watch people around you, how life moves on and brings out the best in everyone. 

2. Contemplate on how you feel
Work through your observations. Everyone deserves happiness, so do you. It's just your thoughts that tend to choose happiness and unhappiness. Once you know what you want, create your action plan and stick to it no matter how impossible it seems

3. Visualize your dreams
Remember, you alone can make your dreams come true. Visualize and live your dream. You have to help yourself first by taking the first baby steps. Doesn't matter if you fall, get hurt...just NEVER GIVE UP. Keep trying. 

4. Dare yourself to do something like never before
I am a cautious person by nature. I hate taking risks. Afraid of getting badly hurt in the fall. 

[You may also want to read: Sounds of Silence.

But I did something daring and brave in 2014. It changed my life. Then I did something braver at the beginning of 2015. 
Feels super good to be trying. I am on a roll. Talk to a stranger. Or angels. Whatever makes you happy, just do it!
It doesn't matter that I can fall. Thing is, I am not afraid anymore. I can bend and break the rules. I can dare to do things. 
Letting go of fear is the boost that we need to discover what we are capable of. So, go on. 
Break the rules that bind you.  
What's the bravest you ever did? And looking back, how does it make you feel? 

Would LOVE to know. Do write in.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Make your emails less boring and more fun


We take ourselves too seriously. A good laugh is the best part of your day.  And there are very brands that get it SO right!

Growing up, I loved the Amul billboard signs because they were just so creative, apt and always had a quirkiness that made everyone smile.


                                         [Image Courtesy: MorgueFile]

I happened to read this peppy post on how Mouth Food uses Mail Chimp to reach out and engage with people.  They use funny emails with a creative zing!

Their emails are so full of life that it leaps out straight at you. Like a warm bear hug.

Maybe humor does that - it gives us a sense of intimacy when some one or something has the power to make us relax our guard and make us smile.

Next time you are about to send out one of those boring e-mails that tempt you to yawn if you ever received one of those, think out-of-the-box to create an impact like Mouth Food.

At the end of the day, you want your name/service/company product to be remembered, longed for and desired.

Try something different. Make some one smile.

Can you remember a brand-related email that makes you want to 
smile? Tell me about it, I'd love to know!

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