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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tale 101

He announced early arrival that day...
She was excited to cook his favorite meal for him...
In hurry she slipped and fell down in the kitchen
She was shocked at how sudden it was
Yet she quickly gathered herself up and got busy preparing dinner
He came a bit late...
She let him be...
He came early for the match finals...
He Watched the screen diligently as she served him food...
He sat down for work after the match...
She tried to sleep but somehow couldn't due to the pain
She came out to pick up a muscle relaxant
He didn't even look at her
Not a word since he had arrived...
She tried her level best to apply it to her back and the swollen parts
He came very late and slept beside asking her how her day was
She told him everything that she did along with the fall
He said okay Goodnight turned his back and slept
That night it HURT more than it PAINED...

#notsotinytales

- Prajakta Sathe.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Do you want to smile?

Am I happy?
Will success make me happy?
Okay if I imagine that I have all the success in the world...
I become top notch in my field of interest.
Will I be happy?
Will money give me happiness?
If I become a billionaire... Own a private jet...an island... Power to buy anything....
Will that make me happy?
Will designation give me happiness?
I climb up the ladder... Maybe get to CEO level...own the company... Own clusters of such company... Become the owner of a huge empire...
Will that make me happy?
Will awards and titles or trophies make me happy?
Industry awards, government awards, international awards... Highest awards considered in the society...
Would that make me happy?
Recognition? Popularity? Fan following? Fame? Glamour? Political power?
Will the guarantee of retaining youth make me happy?
If I m granted the blessing of staying young always...?
Would that make me happy?
Would longevity.... Maybe conquering death? Maybe guarentee of my loved one's lives...???
Would anything above make me happy?
Can happiness be captured?
Can happiness be sealed for life...?
Can happiness be permanent ?
Is happiness important...?
What is it....? That will make me really really happy?
So many times...smallest things give me happiness....
Rains on a holiday...
Every moment of performance on stage...
New choreography that happens...
A sizzling perfect Tadka...
Undisturbed noon nap...
My students dancing well and practicing regularly and taking care of themselves...
Getting to watch my Dance teacher perform...
Painting on background to Music with a fabulous cup of chai...
Watching puppies play....
Holding a new born baby....
Making an infant laugh....
Seeing my garden bloom....
Trip to a vegetable market in the peak of spring with freshest produce ever
Coming back to a clean and tidy house...
Rearranging my cupboard...
Hot soup on a cold night...
Watching Rom coms
Sitting next to my soulmate
Holding hands of a loved one...
Hugging my favorite people...
Meeting my besties...
Eating a piping hot phulka right from the tawa to my plate....
Watching the sky which shows stars (uncloudy and clear) away from city lights....

And if the above things don't happen....
Am I not happy?
Not really, I am still happy....
I have been asking myself this question time and again...
And what I realised that the level of happiness is relative and changes with not just person to person but with the same individual as he or she evolves with time....

One thing is for sure... Concentrating on things or experiences which gives me happiness definitely makes me happy... Do I ignore things that don't make me happy? No... I definitely don't ignore them...
Do I face them , fight them, struggle?
No... I let them be... They exist and hence must have some importance
I just like to not concentrate on them...
I acknowledge them... It's the presents of not so happy things that makes happiness that precious...
The theory is that there should be detachment rather from everything.
Anything that does not give me happiness but happens is for a reason... And I may or may not be responsible for it.... However the very fact that it happens is because I have written it in my blueprint in order for myself to work with the divine plan...
I am not just for myself....
My blueprint is intertwines with millions of other souls....
My happy may be someone else's not so happy....
So without judging moments by how they make us feel... Let us be grateful.... For what ever happens....
Good bad uglu happy unhappy are perceptions....
Every moment is nothing but An experience...
Every experience, A teacher....
Even striving for happiness is sometimes a stress...
Attachment to happiness is a burden....
In fact a few people secretly Romance tragedies...
We never know what would inspire whom and at what point of time?
Valuing what we already have is good...
Aspiring for better and for more is nice...
Taking efforts being regular diligent sincere is fantastic...
Eg. After working for 16 hours a day to come home to a family eager to see you is a blessing. Yes... But here happiness is relative... The man of the house may want to relax for a bit... Unwind... Sit back and have his dinner in front of the television.... Put up his legs on the recliner and watch his favorite series for a good hour... For him this would be a his me time....
For his wife and daughter this time would be their eagerly awaited family reunion in the day... The girl would want to tell her dad all about her fun time in class. The wife would be wanting to share her day...
In the above scenario no one is right or wrong...
However there are expectations...
There is me time.
They is giving... There is understanding....
Now is there a priority or importance to one person's happiness than other one's?
It is relative... It is how we take it... Expectations would burden... Self content and engrossment would ease things out...
It is okay to live and let live...
If the husband's choice is to relax And if that is important to him... Let him do that.... Why kill the deal with gyan of what he should or must do... It's his life... His priorities would make him happy... He must do just that....
The wife.... If she wants to sleep off she must... If she wants to give silent company to her husband while he watches his serial she can.... If she wants to sit and talk beside him and tell him her things while he watches his TV it's her choice.... If she wants to wait for him and wake up to have a conversation after he comes to sleep.... It's her choice.... If she wants to nag fight or complain and sulk..... It's again her choice.... The child will do what he or she wants to do.... It's non judgemental... He or she would take inspiration from how the adults in the house behave.... Influence and examples are what kids learn from.

A friend doesn't talk fondly with you anymore.... Maybe he or she is busy... Maybe he or she has prioritised things in life for his or her own good... Maybe your behaviour has changed... Maybe it's time to move on. Maybe you both need space... Rather an interval... Maybe the affection is still there and now the relationship is evolved to an extent that it's understood.... For him or her it's okay to not say it... Maybe for you it is important to express... So do what you want to do... Yell them how you feel.... Just that don't compel them to do things for you out of their comfort zone just so that you d be happy....
WE CANNOT CONTROL HOW THE OTHER PERSON WOULD/MUST BEHAVE.
It's his or her own right and no one can take that away from him or her just like no one can tell us what to do....
Weather to be gentler kinder happier giver is our choice....
It's okay to select an option which ceases to be positive in social norms...
It is our individual choice... We decide to live by it...
Live and let live...
Happily or unhappily is up to us...
So how we d like to feel is an individual choice based on our actions and response to the external precursors that happen from time to time.....
So let us be thankful for all the perceptive good and not so good things that are happening around us...
We are evolving because we are experiencing life in our perception...
Happiness is neither a myth not a reality...
It is a perception...
We can just live now.
That's the best we can do.

Tasmay Shree Guruve Namaha

- Prajakta Sathe

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Present ma'am!!!

So much can be observed thought over decided upon done and practiced with regularity in our day to day lives...
I very recently made a significant change in my lifestyle
I was amongst majority of young women in the city who would grab the minutes of their eating time and multitask it into more things than just eating
I would make phone calls, would read emails, watch you tune videos or would help Kanha out with his writing homework or drawing activity while eating.
As urban clock competing humans, we are always pressed for time and hence rely on Multitasking as one of the means to cope with the lacking of it...
Well, when I got thinking as to why we do all that running every single day?
Yes, for a comfortable living, peaceful rest and Good food as the basic instinct that drives us to do what we do every day.
But then why do we have to Watch the God damn television or talk on ohones or read messages or answer mails or do random errands while we eat?
I have seen some of my closest associates eat while driving...!
One can get so busy....? That one can't find enough time to sit and eat quietly in one place...?
Is work so harsh on us that we forget  simple joys of relishing the food we eat?
Many of us wouldn't be able to recollect anything that we ate today morning (forget about remembering what we had yesterday)
Why? Why is this lack of awareness?
Why are we not present in the moment?
Recently when I Eat I just eat....
And with this there are so many minute changes that I have observed...
I understand every little speck of eating like it rightly should feel...
The bitter, salty, sweet, spicy, sour are the basics which I had never experienced in a new light before
Yes even subtle flavours are recognised and appreciated...
I am so thankful for what I see on my plate....
I feel so grateful for the nourishment it provides me...
I feel so fortunate to have been blessed to eat what I want when I want and how I want it...
I feel extremely lucky to have surroundings that lend peace and tranquility to this experience
Food is a medium to satisfy the senses and it should rightly serve the purpose...
I regularly maintain an actual Pen and paper good diary to note down all that I ate in a day and how I felt after eating it.
I kind of know if I have over eaten anytime or eaten in haste or eaten something driven out of mood fluctuation....
We all eat for various reasons...
The main reason should be hunger.
I now have begun to listen to my body. It communicates so well about its needs
And this is a wonderful relationship to have....
Being present in one moment gas slowly made me aware of how Present I should be in all other moments that I live...
I would be a typical Android woman fidgeting with my phone FB WhatsApp and networking sites at all times...
Just when Divinity decided to teach me via experience.
For 4 days, my net conked off...
Whenever I would step out if the house I would be with no data network
First day was utterly disturbing with nothing to see on over my phone...
Second day I missed updates but felt okay
Third day I did not bother unlocking the screen to look for anything...
Fourth day I know I could easily live without getting addicted....
For these four days I was present at l times of the day in whatever I did and whomever I met
I was so aware alert and sharp that I could pick up every single thing that was happening around.
I was less tired at the end of the day.
I slept better....
I hence decided to use the phone down policy when ever I was with people and hence am Working towards it....
I have all ears for what my husband kid mother friend student or maid say to me at any given point of time.
I don't keep forgetting things...
The Android tab remains closed when I m with people.
I am not a Pro yet... It will take time...
But I am so sure it will happen soon.
Being present in the moment doing feeling giving taking experiencing assimilating processing creating responding everything becomes seamless and spontaneous...
When our kids tell us excitedly about tiny stories of how their friend told them a joke and how their class teacher played a prank on them - BE PRESENT
When our spouse tells us excitedly about the upcoming project or progress in his or her field or any challenge at work - BE PRESENT
When your mom tells you about how some of her office colleagues became a grandmoms in their 40s - BE PRESENT
When your maid tells you about her sons 12th Board exam economics paper going tough - BE PRESENT
When your father tells you about their senior citizen privilege membership at a garden nearby which gives them a wide range of facilities to use - BE PRESENT
When your Girl Gang Bestie calls up to check if you think Cowl tees are passe or still in or if she could still wear one just because it makes her feel snuggle  and young... - BE PRESENT
When your inner self asks you to drop everything and take a walk, a break or a nap - BE PRESENT
Being present is the best gift we can give ourselves
We graduate from Doing to Being and gracefully so...
Inhale
Exhale
slow deep breathing
smile as you do it
BE PRESENT
Tasmay Shree Guruve Namaha

- Prajakta Sathe

Inside out...

I remember sharing notes about nutrition with parents and students of my Dance institute.
It was when I saw a few hardworking and talented students of mine gorging on Junk food before class started, I felt the need of raising the topic.
Today when parents of young kids taking up sports as a serious co curricular activity are getting serious about their nutrition requirement for optimum performance, I was concerned for students of performing arts not taking enough care of their eating patterns...
Unless one got serious about being professional performers or torch bearers in this profession which is largely visual and energy based, things weren't going to look up.
So I always make it a point of giving a pep talk about clean eating in class whenever there is a new admission.
With my personal tryst with fitness and clean eating, experience has taught me that what we eat shows on out face on our bodies and in our energy... Rujuta Diwekar has been instrumental in this awareness along with my eternal inspiration and source of wisdom, my Guruji.
The pointers which I presented in front of the parents of prospective seekers of performing arts as a serious part of their lives were as follows...

1) Eat fresh
We have a famous saying applicable to most Indian households...
Food is best when it's from pan to plate....
Hence TAAZA is best...
Fresh also means Raw. All seasonal fruits and vegetables and freshest produce when purchased less frequently from the market has lower standing time on the fridge and is cooked well before it starts wilting is the right way to go...
I admire my mom who picks up fresh stock of vegetables while her way back from office to home, and cooks it right away for dinner.
She gets another fresh stock from the market while she gets back from her morning walk and cooks it right away for breakfast n lunch...
This is such a perfect way to make sure the food is great to taste and even more so in terms of freshness....
I understand that urban working women may not have enough time to do this however it's never too late to start in our own small ways....

2) Eat Local
There was a time when I was bonkers about the exotic looking bell peppers, fragrant herb, asparagus, broccoli, mushroom varieties and corn that were foreign but new to us. However with time and research on the same I realised that what counts is the travel time of farm to mouths and carbon foot print is of serious concern in this day and hour.
Why leave our very own Mango, Jackfruit, Guava, Chickoo, Green Grapes and Sitaphal and run frantically buying Dragon fruit, Pink grapes, Kiwi, Passion fruit, Berries, Californian Apples and cherry tomatoes? Our Ber or Bor variants are good enough with ample nutrients in  them.
When the demand of local produce increases, Indian farmers will be encouraged to come up with desi crops and the import load will reduce making the economy better at sustainability, profit and ecologically balanced better...
It is okay to munch on desi matar instead of ordering Edamame beans which are exorbitant...
Both would give us proteins.
Our very own millets pulses cereals and grains are as good or even better than the plush Quinoa which is considered the saviour of many people trying to eat healthy...

3) Eat Clean
Anything that comes out of a bag, can or tetra pack is a shortcut.
I am talking about processed food here. By minimising the packaged food in our diets we are allowing minimum exposure to harmful chemicals and additives that may enter our body through products from a packet.
This includes all biscuits, cookies, cakes, chips, instant noodles, processed butter cheeses etc.
We are fortunate to have options... Home cooked rules all the time...

4) Eat home cooked meals
Home made white butter, ghee, laddu, chiwda, kheer, roti subzi, Dals, rice, kachumbar, raita, chutney is fantastic. We can have it without guilt.
Til Gul ladu in sankrant, halim/aliv or dink/methi ladoos for new lactating mothers or for everyone to have in winters, aam panna or kokun sharbat and morawla in summers, home fried bhajiyas ( once in a season) during monsoons - all of this is with a well thought over purpose and with a scientific reason.
Anything which is home cooked, fresh and when moderately consumed in synchronisation with the season is always good for us.

Quick snacks.
1) Soaked or dry almonds with dates or khareek ( dry dates)
2) Walnuts with raisins
3) Cashews with jardalu/khubani/apricots
4) Pistas with dry anjeer

This fruit and nut combo is great as a pre energy consuming activity

Quick meals
1) boiled sprout chat
2) banana roti roll with ghee
3) dates roti roll with ghee
4) roasted chana and jaggery
5) roti subji roll with salad shreds for crunch and a hint of fresh chutney ( wraps or franky- homemade and fresh)

Add on fillers,
1) cucumber/ carrot/ radish sticks with or without a yogurt dip.
2) Homemade Chiwda
3) Chaas with or without masala
4) fruit of choice ( I find grapes, bananas and apples great to eat and least messy while travelling)

Post hectic energy consuming activity
One must be careful to include good protein sources like paneer, sprouts, dal, egg whites or poultry  (for non vegetarians.) in their post activity meal.

With proper awareness and commitment to CLEAN eating sky is the limit when it comes to what one can achieve.
I now understand that food cannot be labelled or measured in terms of just the calorific value... It lends much more to our bodies than calories.
It is nutrient dense vibrational energy source... This is called life force energy or Prana.
Freshest raw produce vibrates at a higher frequency
Cooked food next to it....
Stored, stale or packaged food contains least energy and hence isn't much beneficial to our overall well-being...
When I now feel like having a bowl of soup... I just don't open up and pour it off from a packet but I start from scratch... Steaming boiling blanching.... Whatever it takes....
It is all worth the effort....
After all our body is a Divine gift to us and it's our utmost and ultimate responsibility to take good care of it.
Don't we all notice how fresh we feel after eating a bowl of freshly cut watermelon or shredded tossed salad.... Yes it's pure vibrating energy food that's nourishing every cell from within.

So next time before class starts, for your own sake, Don't open a bag of chips or a pack of biscuits, it's not going to make any good. Open up your tiffin and eat.
Eating clean is the only way to go.
It will 100 percent show on our face and the energy we exude... The freshness, the glow, the skin, the smile... Say it all...

The above points are written considering that all of us lead or intent to lead a relatively active lifestyle and undertake at least some physical activity or exercise per day.
Cheers to moving more and eating clean....

Tasmay Shree Guruve Namaha.

- Prajakta Sathe

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Q and A

A set of questions which recently acquired a new meaning in my perspective...
I ve been asked a few of these over the last few months by various people, friends, family members as well as acquaintances and I am amused as to how similar questions get repeated over and over again....
With the write ups, I have had these asked on social media messengers and watsapp and over the phone too...  I decided to write about it...

Do you read?
No

Since when?
Since 2014. However,  I keep referring to Amrit, the book written by my Guruji from time to time.

Why?
Because I don't feel like

Did you read earlier?
Yes

Why was that?
Because reading gave me pleasure then.

How staunch are you in this non reading phase?
Nothing hard and fast about it... I do read anything that interests me... It can be anything...magazine, stories, articles, novels, biographies, facts, fiction, sci fi stuff, designs, music, food, fitness.... anything...

Could you name a few things that you would definitely not read about?
Politics, cricket, violence...

Do you watch news?
Nope

Why?
I don't think it lends any value to my time.

Do you feel out of place in a group of people who happen to talk about these things?
I somehow rarely get myself in a place or a bunch of people where cricket politics or violence is talked about... And even I am, I  am a witness, an observer, a silent presence in the room... I do not participate actively. I am quiet...And I don't feel left out or odd... I am happy to listen...

Do you move out of that place then...?
If I have something more interesting to be done at that time, I definitely move out and get bust doing that... Or else I just be there... I prefer to hold a neutral stand... No accepting , no rejecting..

How about a random group of people that you encounter and are kept in...can you go on having a conversation with just about anyone?
In most cases I do end up having a great verbal or non verbal conversation with people I am with, irrespective of whether I am meeting them for the first time or the nth time...

What is this non verbal conversation?
When we speak... We never just speak what we hear... Our body emotes with us ... Our eyes communicate... Our aura does more talking than we do...
So it isn't necessary that we have a one on one vocally audible conversation. I have had some of the most profound and engrossing conversations non verbally.

Why do you write?
I write because it's an inner calling which I am focussing on without any doubts... I find that this act is giving me peace pleasure and satisfaction. It isn't a compulsive thing... The day I don't feel like writing , I don't write...
And everything is worth if its spontaneous... Specially writing...

Don't you feel that if you read more, watch more or talk more, you could write better?
Getting better in writing is not the point at all... It may or may not happen eventually... The only point here is we should be able to do what we really want to do... Information Knowledge and Wisdom are significantly different things... And there has to be enough personal clarity on what one seeks... I know what I want and hence there is no doubt as to the purpose of me doing one thing or not doing another thing...
Tomorrow if I feel like I must read or watch or talk, I would... Nothing is a taboo, nothing is compulsively prohibited...

So what is your policy right now?
Hahaha.... What policies ya... I m happy doing my thing and I am happy that others are doing their stuff... When a collaboration comes up I am sure I'll give my best and let you decide what and how you want to give... No expectations no disappointments....

What is this phase of positivity all about...?
Positive negative is a perspective...
We cannot label... It's not a phase but a sense of belonging... I feel I am in a positive mode right now... It might not be as positive in your view... Like I said earlier.... To each his/her own... Live and let live...

Does that mean you won't help?
I will should and must help when I am asked for and when the need arises...
Why gush over it until it happens...? We are all helping each other quite a lot by just being ourselves and in our own ways...significant or subtle....

How do you relax?
I am relaxed most of the times. I don't have to set up am alarm for it... I am already relaxed.... Though I d like to sleep more...

Where do you see yourself in the future?
Ahh ... I don't know... Right now I am here , I feel good and that's all I can tell you.

Who's behind all this?
My Guruji Naushir.

Tasmay Shree Guruve Namaha

- Prajakta Sathe

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Close our eyes....

I had the very first mango of the season  yesterday...
The very first bite was with my eyes closed...
Relishing the piece of juicy awesomeness, the taste, the flavour, the aroma...
This is how most of us taste our favorite things... Isn't it? We CLOSE OUR EYES....
It is hot now...most of the pot plants and compound plants have their base mud in cracks daily...
I eagerly await the moment when the gardener waters the plants and I plan a walk in the compound just at the same time to smell the awesome heady earthy moistness in the air...
All of us by default, CLOSE OUR EYES to smell the heavenly wet mud after the first showers...
I rarely get to go by the sea shore...
Walking on the sand with company is one of my favorite things to do...
Many of us love being by the beach to chill out and relax...
While most of us like to do our own things, some swim or hang out in water , some do adventure water sports, some build castles, a few others eat and drink merry, yet another group just enjoys the sunrise and sunset...
Well what most of us do eventually is, that we CLOSE OUR EYES, to hear the waves crashing near or far, the breeze flowing through our hair, the saltiness and the humidity, typical on shore weather....
What are your favorite flowers?
Mine are mogra and swarnchampa or sonchapha.... I always take the first whiff of its beauty by my eyes closed...
Music lovers that all of us are, we listen to a pure rendition and we automatically CLOSE OUR EYES...
We come back from work sit on the sofa and relax drink a glass of water and let out a hussssshhhh and yes WE CLOSE OUR EYES...
Yog practitioners or individuals who meditate prefer to CLOSE OUR EYES while we are at it...
If we've ever picked a newborn and held it close to our cheeks or near our heart, if we have ever tried to calm down a crying baby by patting... we are most likely to CLOSE OUR EYES
Whenever we meet our besties or our loved ones after a long long time, we hug them and we hug them tight and long....we CLOSE OUR EYES...
We CLOSE OUR EYES when we kiss...
We CLOSE OUR EYES when we pray or bow down to show respect to someone...
We CLOSE OUR EYES when we are overwhelmed and teary...
We CLOSE OUR EYES when we sneeze and often when we yawn...
We CLOSE OUR EYES when we are in fear...
We CLOSE OUR EYES when we do that last rep of a heavy set in gym...that last pull or push or lift....which is totally worth it...give all our strength and effort....
There are soooooooooooooo many other things that are better with our eyes closed....
We CLOSE OUR EYES when we sleep...
When eyes are such a blessing in life...
Why do we close them at moments of utmost importance or significance...
We are visual beings and are driven by images and scenes....
Why do we have to CLOSE OUR EYES...?
Scientifically, interacting with both physical and visual stimuli, the brain cannot fully appreciate the physical when distracted with the visual.
Well, vision is a blessing yet if most precious things are felt with our eyes closed, it means that we do need to close our eyes more often....
Except for fear sneeze or yawn, which is not much in our control or hands,
all other things mentioned above are things that give us pleasure, are things that make is happy...
We should and must do things that make us joyous more often right?
Smell the flowers, smell the air in natural environment, eat fresh, meditate, chant, pray, listen to music, taste what you love, be in the Greens or by the sea, meet our loved ones, hug, hold, kiss, carry a baby, feel the innocence and the tenderness, caress a sleeping child, relax after  long day, sing , thank with our heart, sleep....feel...know...be aware with getting lost in the feel world....
It is beautiful, it is precious, it's just what we need.....
We are so blessed because we know what makes us happy....
Let us do it more often ....
We just need to CLOSE OUR EYES....
Tasmay Shree Guruve Namaha

- Prajakta Sathe

Monday, March 21, 2016

Random blessings...

Its lovely to see how climate changes and so does our temperament...
Well, now that we have decided to stop complaining let us keep at it...
It was just yesterday that I was returning from the gym...
The road between my house and the gym passes through a municipal garden...
As I walked pass the garden footpath, I noticed that the road had not much crowd except a few drivers that were hanging around post lunch and a few rickshawallas taking a noon nap...
It was hot, humid and I was super drenched from the workout and sore as well...
I wasn't complaining at all, however I couldn't wait to get home for a shower and a nap...
Just as I walked on the garden periphery, a stray dog followed me unobtrusively...
I noticed it but didn't give it attention...
And then in the scorching heat of the noon sun, suddenly out of nowhere there was a gentle cool breeze...
An ample shower of Indian laburnum Amartas flowers dropped from a tree over me and the dog...
Since I was soaking right from the gym the golden yellow blooms stuck on my skin....
The feel of the petals was so gentle and soft that I had goosebumps right at the moment...
And man what a shower it was...
There was a carpet of gold that I was walking on...
The dog following me in this scenario and it kind of looked ceremonial...
Feeling truly like some princess I held my head up high and my gait turned from tired parched and famished to feeling fabulous pretty and pampered...
I stopped, literally gathered a few flowers in my hands as they kept dropping off the tree,
I had my Shahrukh pose ready for the collection right in the middle of the way....
When my hands could collect a few I looked at the dog...
He gave me a casual look, as if he meant to say, "Hey girl, I am a Royal already, you seem to be new... Get used to it and next time you are walking down the road; walk already like a princess... Don't just change your face in a jiffy and surprise me like this... silly Dame"
By the time I reached the compound gate I had the widest smile on my face...
The watchman was amused seeing a flowery sweat head grinning brightly...
I strutted inside my colony and walked right inside my wing...
I took the stairs (when I m back from the gym I generally take the lift only because I need to rush home)
And my noon was made...
 My day was set...
There are significant yet subtle ways in which something invisible cares for you and guides you from within...
The only way we can come to know about it is through awareness...
Keeping all our senses open and accepting, we can embrace blessings with all our heart...
The dog could have been a random dog...
But for me he seemed like a guardian angel...
The flowers could have irritated me by sticking on my already sweaty skin but no they didn't...
It felt awesome...
It may be that sudden shower of rains that drenches you on your way to office...
Oops...that kind of sucks right?
Specially if it's a train travel in wet clothes and then you enter your AC office...
It isn't funny right??? And this can make you cranky and irritated...
If you have time, you can first choose to visit a mall and buy yourself  new set of clothes and a towel and change...
Well a surprise opportunity to shop right?
If you can't somehow do that, you can visit the office loo take some tissues and dry whatever you can and then grab a cup of hot beverage of your choice place a plastic bag on your chair and start working like it was  final stage of a competition of khatron ke khiladi where you have to finish a task in extreme cold...
Focus on work... If the sun decides to peep in do take a breather and try bathing in heat for a while.
It is a break from the routine...
And no it won't make you sick,
No you don't have to COMPLAIN about the mess...
If the co workers pity you... Give them a smile...
Similarly drenched colleagues would start gossip and sympathy game...
Do not participate...
Remember it is a break from random routine...
Can you physically change anything about it?
No...
Then why mentally suffer?
It is in our hands literally to feel bad or good about something....
Every moment is new and trust yourself for your ultimate good...
It is not a life and death situation in smallest of things that we crib about ..
And even if it was, the attitude of positivity will give you courage to face any adversity thrown in your way...
Any challenge is always a learning opportunity...
Like my Guruji always says, challenges will keep repeating themselves until we choose to learn our lesson or accept and face it with a positive attitude.
One of the fool proof ways to get better at this is by practicing Sadhana under an enlightened Guru.
The Guru with his Grace and guidance teaches you to get rid of the emotional garbage in your mind and keep your auric field clean and subtle body pure...
This results in us getting less affected with the daily problems that we face and a tangential shift of focus to solutions takes place...
This is not an overnight magic that happens, however it happens one aspect at a time...
We d be amazed that what seemed like atrocities a few years back , hardly matter now...
And we are better equipped at handling external triggers that might shake our internal peace...
A positive loop starts and keeps rolling till we constantly keep at it...
It works if we make it work and if we work towards it....
Being grateful and thankful for every single thing in life is a key to happiness...
With high vibrations you are less likely to have major setbacks as life brushes past in any speed...
The gears are in your Guru's able control and for your ultimate good...
As cliche as it sounds, We are not physical bodies with a soul, We are Spirits (spiritual beings) with a human body...
Tasmay Shree Guruve Namah

- Prajakta Sathe