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“We are like books. Most people only see our cover, the minority read only the introduction, many people believe the critics. Few will know our content.”

But, nothing is more important than being able to read ourselves!

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ON ONE RAINY DAY!

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A 🌧☔️ soggy ending to 2021

…Ask me, What I don’t love about rain? (except when it harms people and properties )Heavy downpour here since yesterday. A few we had in this whole month. The sounds, the sights, and the moments of silence it brings are just fascinating for me.

In our humble abode with my tea, books, and blanket I read, I write, and I pause. THEN REPEAT! The thoughts of the past year, the joys, and the pains visit and then leave. And, I become more aware of the beauty of this moment as I peep outside at the cloudy skies.

I cook tit-bits &we enjoy together; We watch “LUPIN” on Netflix; I comment, and he teases me not to be a critic. I comment again.😆

The rainy evening comes with a glass of wine and Bollywood’s most popular 50s, 60s,70s,80s, 90s…Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, and of course some Item songs 😆too. We listen to all kinds and get into the rhythm. These are the moments of joy, love contentment, and gratitude. I feel them, I observe them, and I enjoy them. I look at the wet windowsill. It will change tomorrow and the sun will come in all its glory. With its beauty!

Of all the lessons I have been learning the most important one this year is …

“There is always beauty in every moment, and it’s my job to make myself available for it.”

Thank you all for being a part of my journey. Wish you a very happy and peaceful 2022.❤️❤️

“The old year is worn and tired.

Time now to kiss it goodbye.

Take with you its wisdom — the authority

and the power of everything you have learned.

Remember the past year with love, but let go of its despair.

Live the year that lies ahead with fresh energy and hope.

Be strong, have courage.

It is time now for something new.”

Rainy THOUGHTS

The pitter-patter, the dark December evening…

And the smell, the sight, the sound of a downpour…

It brings everything together for me if I lie down and just breathe.

As a collection of joy and peace in this box of flesh and bones.

But sometimes it takes everything apart.

And the box is empty.

I am becoming good in this Yin and Yang of Life.

Finding beauty in every box empty or full.

INCONVENIENCE OR ADVENTURE

This picture reminds me of my childhood rides with my older brother. The only difference is, I used to sit more in front than in the back. He would ride so fast in those narrow streets of our town, and I would be scared stiff 😱 😟 and mad at him. But, they were one of the most fun moments. As I look back I feel all the experiences where I had to come out of my comfort zone were the most alive ones. Those experiences had made stories that I share, which give me courage and strength, and the ones who made me who I am today.

I believe we are more alive in situations where the mind and body have to step up from the place of security. Most of the time we are forced by circumstances, or when we are out of any other option in life we come out of the safe haven of our mind and body. Actually, that’s the time we are in the present moment not thinking about the past or future. These moments open the doors of a more fulfilling and rich life for us.

“Life begins where fear ends.” OSHO

My Dose of Love..

“It’s still 20 minutes for the sun to set , I said .” The direction where the sun sets usually has changed , it sets behind the mountains now . “ he responded. I looked around, “There are more people of our age today than the youngsters and it’s quiet today “.’Oh! the people are quiet but the sea is talking “, my mind replied. We lived near the Atlantic Ocean for eight years ,and have been living near the Pacific Ocean for the last five years . I talked to myself.The mind gets busy comparing our lives on the two coasts .

Our usual observations of life around us at Butterfly Beach, Montecito while watching Sun Sets. This has been our thing to do since last year on some weekends. Walking on the beach and then sharing the ice cream cone of “HONEY ALMOND CRUNCH” at “Rori’s Artisanal Creamery”.I have noticed different moods of the Ocean. Sometimes her mood matched with mine and other times we both were in our own moods. Like today the ocean was loud,, high tides making little mountains. The ocean was at its fullest point on the beach. We noticed that there wasn’t much sand to walk on and the waves are breaking close to the shore or at the top of the beach

I call it “Enjoying the experiences of life at Sunset on the Ocean”.’The kids getting all soaked on the beach as the waves rushed towards and broke into their sandcastles. Surfer making themselves ready to get into the waves. A young couple just standing and getting wet slowly moving forward in the water. That’s when it happened, I looked to my right. She was standing next to me with her front legs on the railing watching the Sunset with me. .Oh! I whispered with a surprise.” “She is Maya, she wants to stand next to you and watch the sunset .”A man(the owner) in his 50’s said. As the thought to take his permission occurred to me I heard , “Yes you can pat her “.Maya with her most adorable face and her most loving eyes was waiting to give all her love and receive mine . I pat her and she came closer to me, I was told that was her favorite spot to stand and watch the ocean. Then Maya left to meet with her other friends standing on the other side of the railing. As we turned towards the parking lot to leave ,we saw Maya cuddling and leaning to a woman with her little boy. Giving them their dose of love.

We came back with memories of the glowing beauty of the sun, the taste of honey and almond, and hearts filled with the love of Maya!!