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Sit with me awhile,

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02 October 2015

What my tree taught me...

I call it my tree because I can see it from my balcony. I love trees, but living in a city, these are rare, so I cherish this one. I can spend hours just looking at it and drawing its energies into me. I have seen how my tree changes itself in all the seasons, and love it equally in all its avatars.

This morning, while spending time with my tree, I thought these thoughts...

My tree breathes in all the toxic fumes generated all around it, but it gives out only life-giving and life-sustaining oxygen. Lesson to be learnt here - no matter what is dealt to us, no matter how toxic, heart-rending or gut-wrenching, we should send out and share only good thoughts, good vibes and uplifting words with those around us.

My tree never rushes. Each of its thousands of leaves takes its own time to grow and become mature. Its flowers are in no hurry either. Each flower waits patiently till Nature creates her distinctive shape and features and when she is ready, she blooms spreading her color and beauty to everyone, without exception. Lesson - there is no need to 'rush about and worry so'. Leave ourselves to Nature till she carves and creates us in our own unique shape. Then, we need to share ourselves in the beauty Nature has created, with those around us.

My tree is not scared of the winter. Though she looks glorious when she is in full bloom with an abundance of dark green leaves and beautiful red flowers, come winter she has to shed all of her glory. Every single leaf and flower is gone and my tree stands in its nakedness against the harsh winds, the hot sun, the swirling dust and terrible dryness. No birds chatter on the tree. My tree weathers it all patiently and bravely, becoming stronger in her solitude. The twigs and branches that cannot withstand these vagaries of the season are shed. Everything that distracts my tree from its standing straight and tall are cast off. And then, when all the conditions of Nature have been fulfilled, the first tiny little pale green leaves make their debut. Soon, the tree looks fresh and new and pale green. The leaves glisten in the early morning. And then, gradually, gradually, very gradually they mature and the tree stands tall and full. Lesson - we too need winter in our lives so that we can remove all that is bringing us down. We need the quietness of solitude to sift and sort our insides and clean ourselves up so that when the first winds of spring blow, we'll be new persons...

01 October 2015

Many of us...

search diligently for perfection. Wise people have said that this is only an illusion; that in the striving for perfection, we often lose sight of what really matters to us....and so on. In other words, while striving for perfection, we have to keep in mind that we may be driving ourselves to beyond our limitations; that we are opening up ourselves to hurt; that we are in danger or trashing ourselves because we cannot attain that pinnacle on which we have set our sights.

Here is something to make us pause, since we often, believe...that it is only if we are perfect that we are whole. There is no room for broken dreams, broken hopes, broken lives...


Wholeness does not mean perfection, it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of your life. The broken bits are where the Light comes in from. Putting broken bits together shows us what we can do without and what we can shift around. Fixing broken pieces creates new patterns and designs.

28 September 2015

My article...


Spare a moment and go through it. Would love to hear back...

02 September 2015

Daily Meditation...

from the White Bison (

"Everyone has a song. God gives us each a song. That's how we know who we are. Our song tells us who we are."

~ Charlie Knight, UTE

The meditation on these lines, leads us on to further thoughts - Whenever we sing this song, we will receive courage and strength, not only for ourselves but if we sing this song for others, it will also help them. The song will give us power and make us feel really good. The song will make us see life in a sacred way.

The idea is to live our song every day...

30 August 2015

Amid all the big things...

happening in our life, are we forgetting the small kindnesses? For, these are what make the difference. These are what make life fulfilling...and happy...

28 August 2015

Thinking about...


According to the Free Dictionary, leisure is:
1. Free time when one is not working or attending to other duties.
2. Relaxation or activities engaged in during such time: the pursuit of leisure.
3. At leisure - 
a. having free time for ease, relaxation, etc
b. not occupied or engaged
c. without hurrying

According to the Thesaurus, synonyms for leisure are:
Convenience, recreation, relaxation with quiet and pause coming way down the list

However, if leisure is meant to rejuvenate and refresh us, it must have something to do with our inner being....our core. Our inner core has to feel rejuvenated, maybe even renovated and has to be made to feel new again from its jaded, tired condition. In that case, these words make sense:

'Leisure, then, is a condition of the soul – (and we must firmly keep this assumption, since leisure is not necessarily present in all the external things like "breaks," "time off," "weekend," "vacation," and so on).

Leisure is an inner absence of preoccupation, a calm, an ability to let things go, to be quiet. Leisure is a form of stillness - only the person who is still can hear, and whoever is not still, cannot hear.'

(I got these words from Brain Pickings)

Sharing this poem by William Henry Davies


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

24 August 2015

Native American Indians...

have always fascinated me. Their Code of Ethics struck a note deep within me. I'd like to share it:

The Native American Code Of Ethics

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. If it was not earned or given, it is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.

7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of one’s will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.