Saturday, February 4, 2017

Poem: Favour

Quote of the day:
I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man? 

The barely audible sound of rain against my window pane is the only pointer to any form of activity outside. And then the winds came howling, disturbing any sense of balance and the silence of things. Windows once shut against the outside world, against nature...reduced to a fearful illustration.

A part of me longed to break out into the unfolding melee...
Playing out between the storm and clouds.

What comes next?

Would they fight it out till the end?

Or maybe love would prevail as it never fails.

Cause and effect.

Leaves plummet to the ground making trees emotional. Light bulbs get turned on thereby forcing concepts into the brain. Vending machines eat coins and birth liquid dreams. The earth spins and related planets collide. Trains overcrowded with striking souls. Cause and effect.

Over and over...
An eye for another eye.
An action for an action.
An echo in the darkness, and silence favoring the light.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Oh Wonder -All We Do

Monday, January 30, 2017

Start Your Reading Year Off

Quote of the day: 
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. 
-Aldous Huxley

The new year is a great starting point to pick up on your reading. With the effect of the holiday season worn off, its definitely a great resolution to set the tone for the remainder of the year. Now, consistency is key in empowering your reading habit. You may have received book gifts so now is a good time to actually read each one, do not allow them gather dust on your bookshelf. Being busy is certainly no excuse, as seen with these six tips to help you read on a busy schedule, you can think of it as having a companion by your side, one that leads you on a special journey; seemingly weaving and riding high the waves of time.

Now without planning to, my reading this month has been mostly self help books which tend to be easier to read. I note a few key points in my mind, and go about the day and week initiating and expand upon each one. I believe the main point of a self help book is to steer you to a certain path, a rite of passage if you will, but it most certainly won't finish the journey for you unless you have the will to change. If you have the will to change, you will have the will to grow,

So what books are you reading right now, and what are your views on self help books? Do they have any lasting effect on you or inspire you to change in any way?

Books that I'm reading:

Author: Kerry Patterson, etc
Influencer : The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson & Others

Author: Jen Sincero
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Have a splendid new week!

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Amber Run -Heaven

Saturday, January 28, 2017

3 Things to Inspire Your Weekend #51

Quote of the day: 
It is never too late to be what you might have been. 
-George Eliot 

Credit: Diana Bowen/SNHU

There are some things in life that are never too late to undertake as long as there is time. Or better yet, its never too late to finally finish what you've started - in this case, the story of 94 year old Amy Craton, a great-grand mother and a fresh graduate, who put her education on hold in 1962 in order to return to work and take care of her children after a divorce. 50 years later, she's earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English -with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, from Southern New Hampshire University, US. She finally decided to complete her degree because it felt like the right time. Timing is certainly everything!

Credit: Ahmer Khan 

A mind is a terrible thing to waste, goes the saying. It certainly rings true in our daily lives and interactions. In India, 45yr old grocery store owner -Rajesh Sham gives back to his community by providing free education for slum children under a bridge, something he's done for the past 7 years, and with no seats or tables and a reliance on public support and donations only, he still manages to teach around 200 kids daily.

Architects: S+PS Architects
Theme: Recycling, collage, exposed concrete
Location: Mumbai, India

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Jack Garratt - Worry

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What I'm Really Thinking

Quote of the day: 
Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together. 
-James Cash Penney

With the wave of the new year celebrations long washed away -apologies to those who are yet to take down their Christmas tree, there is a sense that the status quo will prevail which is why I've outgrown making resolutions. I've cut back on the secondary, and minor things and instead focused on the primary and essential.

What I'm really thinking now is how to live even more healthier, and treating my body with utmost respect. This goes with my mind too. I envisage creating more time for my advancement. The right time is always now. The path that we choose to follow has repercussions down the finish line. At some point one has to decide whether to run, stand still, crawl or walk.

The worst part is feeling the need to achieve something but not having the will to. And when this need rises to the surface, it attempts to drown everything else around. Will eventually turns to a way, and a change occurs, like a seed growing out from the soil -a result of many underlying factors often naked to the eyes. There will always be cause and effect. A ripple in the ocean causing waves thousands of miles away.

But we live and learn.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Francis and the Lights - The Top

Friday, November 25, 2016

No High Expectations

Quote of the day: 
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. 
-Khalil Gibran

I was intrigued by the very act of expectations, often ignoring the obvious, thinking I could predict expectations and intentions, often bulldozing my thoughts through every moment of life.
Have you ever felt really excited about what's to come next in life? There are many experiences that have helped shape our existence, and there will always be many more. But alas, our expectations don't always agree with reality. Our sense come alive in varying ways, we observe, and perceive, and make discoveries, and in the end we eliminate that which we feel impedes our journey.

Here are some of the things that I try to stop expecting of myself.

1. Not expecting to always be right

You can be really knowledgeable in one area or aspect of life, but do not expect to always get things right. The truth is, there will be instances where nothing will feel right, where the world will seem to crumble down around you -but then that's all part of life's experiences. I've stopped expecting to always be right about certain things in life.

2. Not expecting to find a path with no obstacles

As the saying goes, 'nothing comes easy'. I've stopped expecting things to be easy, a great reminder for those moments when things actually get tough. Its all just a process, the growth of ways and emotions, through highs and lows, a mindset that helps either way.

3. Not expecting the approval of people

My opinion matters, and so does the opinion of the next person. Therefore, I don't expect that we'd ever come to an agreement on certain things, actions and behaviors. So I agree to disagree, freeing my mind from clutter, and leaving room for understanding. Not seeking the approval of people, but living anyway.

4. Not expecting peace 

On the TV and in the news its pretty much evident with all the conflict going on, that peace will always be elusive, and things will not always be right with the world. As long as ego and distrust exists, the only saving grace is for us to practice inner peace.

5. Not expecting anything

When was the last time you found yourself expecting something that either never comes or arrives too late? Expectation that goes unfulfilled brings distress. I've learned to expect nothing, but to appreciate everything in return.

Lowering your expectations of goals, relationships, and people may be effective over time. Give more, expect less, live more, worry less.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Elena Tonra- Took your breath away

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