Thursday, March 24, 2016

All For That One Smile :-)

There comes a point in life when all you care about is God's grace. The world, people, monetary, bodily, gastronomic, and all materialistic pleasures no longer matter. Superficial happiness begins to wear you out and all that matters is being able to look up with open hands and tell Him how much you value His existence in your life, and the only thing that excites you now is being able to hear His voice in your moments of silence. 

God, Universe, fate, intuition, whatever name we give it, we all would agree that there is a higher state beyond all logic and understanding that guides and controls us - and runs over us like a tsunami when we knowingly or unknowingly tune out its greatness. Before this vast, unbeatable power called the Universe, we are nothing. In fact, we are nothing in front of everybody. We are no one. We are just a blip in this endless Universe; our physical being, material gains, status, pride, and all such things do not matter in the grand scheme of things. They are all nothing but a shelter and means to survive on this earth. When we leave, we won't take any of those things with us. All we will take with us is our true Self; our soul, and our actions and attitudes will be counted by the account keeper above. 

When we will go past that point of realization in life, all we will care about is being able to smile at the end of the day, and even if there are tears, let those be tears of joy. Just doing our deeds without expectations, addictions, or attachment and only being concerned with Him and no one else, nothing else. Blessed are those who go through all those cycles of learning and are still able to gracefully stand tall and smile, as if an angel wished magic on their mouths, to smile forever.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Being thankful when we can't

If you only say one prayer in a day, make it Thank you.
~ Rumi

I once came across an old soul who hides in a young one's body, who shared that, "We should be thankful to God even for just being able to see the world around us every morning, and also be thankful not just for the good, but also for the bad and ugly we are about to face every day."

How simple yet beautiful and true! We always ask for the things we don't have, or complain when we think we got a raw deal, but often forget to be grateful when we are granted our wishes or when we feel nothing is going right. Everything we experience is for our betterment and nothing we experience is more than what we can handle. Be thankful just for being alive even if there is nothing to look forward to. The fact that we are still alive and have a sound mind is in itself a miracle and means that our purpose of life is yet to be fulfilled. Being thankful during those times will give the anchoring we need to rest, and readiness to sail when it is time. And the fact that the Universe finds ways to send us messages we need during such times means that the guy up there is indeed watching over us. All we have to do is let that Universe unleash its magic!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday Night Musings #YogaGyan

During the course of practicing as well as sharing the practice of yoga, I've heard people talk about how they are very flexible/inflexible doing some poses, or how the physical form of a pose is so important to them, how they find sitting quietly in meditation or Shavasana is too difficult, and so on.

Here's the thing: Even the most advanced practitioners can't do many poses "properly," meaning they don't look perfectly aligned, nor is their body a perfect yogi's body. Our body behaves differently every day - on some days, our head touches our knees; on others, we can barely bend 4 inches forward. There are days when 2 Surya Namaskars feel more than enough, and there are days when 12 feel like just 1. There are times when we want to practice Shavasana in an inversion and there are times when we would want to skip it altogether and jump into meditation.

Truth is, Yoga is not about touching our toes. It is about what we learn on the way down. It is about listening to our bodies and minds, accepting them for the way they are, understanding why they are that way and why they behave in a particular way on a particular day, understanding when to push ourselves beyond what our bodies and minds tell us, and when to pull back. The same applies to life. Our inner voice keeps talking to us all the time, all we have to do is understand the various beautiful ways it tries to speak. Life is not about the end of it or what goals we set to achieve, or what we actually end up achieving in life. It is about experiencing that journey, accepting it, and learning from it, ever second, every minute, every day. And most importantly, being grateful for all the roses and thorns it scatters on our path!