Thursday, April 17, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Obsessions

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.


UBC Day 17
The O Piece - Obsessions

Nature teaches us so beautifully that all things must balance.

But as human beings we are obsessed with achieving at any cost, we are obsessed with academics, we are obsessed with being wealthy, we are obsessed with finding love, we are obsessed with having the perfect body, we are obsessed with being one up on others, we are obsessed with reaching the top in our work, we are obsessed with having the fancy car and the mansion.

We believe that when we have got all of that, then we are successful and life is good. And when we fail to achieve all of that, dissatisfaction and frustration sets in.

Some obsessions are unhealthy and unfortunately create imbalances in our lives and in that chase for what we classify as success we forget to live, to appreciate all that we have, what the world holds for us.

I too went down many an obsessive path. Perhaps my greatest obsession was in having the perfect body. I've been on so many diets and exercise regimes. And the harder I tried the more annoyed I got when the weight that fell away a little, wouldn't shift any further. I was at the gym or at the karate class, or walking.

My life was just whizzing by and I was missing out on the little things. Like watching some TV with my kids, helping them with their homework, playing a game with them, just conversing with them about anything in life. And all because I was obsessed with finding perfection.

"Perfection is not something you strive for, you are already in a state of perfection" was a message given to me one night just at the point when I was about to fall asleep.

I stopped the madness in time and cut back on all that crazy exercising. Yes, the weight came back on but now I share many moments with my children. And what would I do with the perfect body anyway. I am as I am meant to be and I am perfect just the way I am.

If we must have an obsession, let it be for something good, let it be such that it doesn't create imbalances. Be obsessed with living in joy, be obsessed with having a healthy mind, spirit and body, be obsessed with helping others and making a difference in their lives, be obsessed with kindness, be obsessed with compassion, be obsessed with respect for all, be obsessed with healthy loving.

I never lose an opportunity to speak about my obsession: 
humankind and the environment
 ~ Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Enjoy life and now and then, more often than not, do stop and smell the roses.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Nature

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.


UBC Day 16
The N Piece - Nature

Walking in Nature is Meditation for me. But there was a time when I took Nature for granted. A hill was just a hill, a tree just a tree.

I was caught up in the rat race and I lived in a concrete jungle. The gardens and parks were play areas for my daughter - a place I could send her to with the maid.

Then my destiny sent me a long long way to New Zealand. There was nature all around. Even the city is nestled among hills. The air is so pure and refreshing here that walking became a pleasure. And slowly I started to appreciate and understand Nature.

Each day I thank the lovely Pohutakawa tree near my bus stop that gives me shelter from the rain and protection from strong winds.

The beautiful hills around my home are so serene and calming. I sit each morning watching the hills and sipping my tea. It's one of my favourite times of the day.

The skies are amazing. They look different everyday and somedays the clouds make some amazing patterns. I look at the clouds sometimes and wonder if the patterns they form mean something.

I love the plants in my garden and I've grown to love them. I watch them change with each season. And the little birds perching on them look so sweet. I love walking bare-feet in my garden and feeling the grass underneath them.

And on the days when the wind stops blowing I actually miss the wind in my hair. Not many days when the wind doesn't blow as this is Windy Wellington and because of the wind, we have very little pollution here and the air always smells fresh and clean.

On Saturday mornings, I visit the Farmer's Market. I've been going for quite a while now and I usually get caught up in the buzz of the place. But the last few visits I have also noticed, the trees around the place that make the whole place look so pretty. I look at them and feel they are protecting us.

The last year, Nature has suddenly become an important part of my life. I've noticed so many things I had never seen before or taken for granted. Nature is so alive.

Our Earth is such a beautiful planet. We should all look after our Mother Earth and appreciate all the things she bestows on us. We have in recent times faced her fury and now and then she reminds us that we are privileged to live here.


the trees at the Farmer's Market

the hills I look at each morning - taken in Summer, it's much greener now


Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet 
and the winds long to play with your hair.
 ~ Khalil Gibran

Enjoy nature but also respect her.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Meditation

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.



UBC Day 15
The M Piece - Meditation

My greatest joy comes in love for the Divine, my sweet Lord. And what better way to connect with Him than through meditation.

I started meditating about 15 years ago. It's one of the best practices I've adopted.

When I first started meditating, I started with the traditional method of sitting in silence, cross legged on the floor, finger and thumb together, concentrating on my breath. I was uncomfortable, I moved about constantly and it was downright boring. I failed miserably.

Then I tried guided meditations visualising a grand staircase that you're going down slowly. But I always wanted to climb upwards on a staircase made of clouds!  Or I wanted to walk down a wooded path or I just wanted to sit in a garden on a swing and have a great time.  Or they were going to fast and I wanted it slowed down or they were going to slow and I wanted it faster. I failed miserably again.

Then I tried meditative music but that just made me bored and restless or I fell asleep. I just couldn't still my mind. I failed miserably yet again.

Stilling the mind is obviously not my cup of tea and by this time I was just about ready to give up on meditation, but that thought inside my head wouldn't go away - someday I will find the perfect "thing" that will take me there.

And so many other thoughts came into my head. Perhaps meditation for me is not stillness of mind. Perhaps it's just the ability to tune out and connect with my Lord. That's all, nothing more nothing less.

Meditation took on a completely different meaning for me when one night, while listening to instrumental music - pan flutes, all I could think of was the fusion of souls in a cosmic dance. I was in a different world. Meditation for me just meant the ability to be in a total state of bliss. No need for any messages or answers and no reprogramming of the mind is necessary, just peace and bliss.

The flute mesmerises me. It's melody is haunting.  Here's a song that can take me into that place of bliss where my soul goes on a cosmic dance.




But the one song where I feel that Divine connection the most is George Harrison's My Sweet Lord. I always feel that whenever I get a strong urge to hear this song, it is my sweet Lord who wants to connect with me. 



Walking in the hills and taking in the breathtaking beauty of nature is also another successful mediation for me.

So no need for all that stillness and breathing. Just find something that resonates and takes you into another world and that's your meditation. Who says one has to be quiet and focussed. George Harrison's song proves that even a song with a fast beat can take you to that place of peace. And the louder the volume the faster I go into that connection.

Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo, Maheshwara
Guru Sakshat, Parabrahma,
Tasmayi Shree, Guruve Namah

O Master; You are the Creator, the Sustainer, the Divine, the Destroyer
And the true embodiment of omnipresent, transcendental Divinity.
To You, glorious and supreme Master
I humbly and reverently bow.

My sweet Lord
Hare Rama, Hare Krishna


May you find that state of bliss.


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