Memories

Memories… they are strange, aren’t they? Sometimes they make us nostalgic, sometimes they make us laugh. Memories are like a window to our past. We click pictures, we record videos, why? So that we can relive those moments again.

We remember those moments, those little talks, those inside jokes that made us laugh. When you are doing your daily work and suddenly you saw something that seems familiar to you or you feel like you have done this before and then suddenly you remember that particular memory when it happened. We all have memories, some good, some bad.

I personally have any memories. Many of them are good and many of them are bad. Some of my bad memories, they teach me that not everything in your life is constant. Life is full of ups and downs. Falling out with a friend, fighting someone, all of this taught me something. My good memories, they make me laugh, they make me nostalgic but most importantly, they make me remember those moments.

We all have those embarrassing moments that happen to us. Like embarrassing yourself in front of your crush or saying something inappropriate/rude in front of your teacher. At that moment we feel shy or stupid. But after some years when we remember those moments, we laugh at ourselves. Our memories bring out the emotions that are so rare. Our memories mean something to us. They are a part of us and the part of learning experience that we carry with us. The best thing about memories is making them because, at every step of our life, we are making memories that we don’t even know about.

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Enjoy Life

When was the last time you watched a sunset or watched rain pelting against your window? When was the last time you talked to your family or friends without feeling any burden or thinking that you have so much work to do?

Most probably the answer will be ‘you don’t know’ or ‘you don’t remember’. But you know, being always busy or being always knee-deep in work is not good. Not for your mental health and also not for your physical and emotional health. Doing too much work can keep you from enjoying the simple pleasures of life. When you work too much, your heart works too much too. Your health will suffer too. You will be working till the wee hours of the night and then getting up early to go to work.

Don’t do this. Keep your health in check. Spend time with your family and friends. Meditate. Do yoga. Go to the park and watch the sunset. Watch how the sky changes colours. Watch how the sky goes from blue to yellow to orange. Feel the wind blowing on your face. Take some time out of your busy schedule and just enjoy life. Enjoy simple pleasures which we usually overlook. Watch rain pelting against your window.

Dance in the rain. Take a stroll in the light rain. Share your thoughts, feelings, opinions with your family and friends. Go on a solo trip. Enjoy nature. Enjoy the calmness of nature.

Have a pet? Spend some time with your pet. Give them love and they will give you the love back. Have a good night’s sleep. Wake up fresh. Yes, work is also important, but don’t indulge yourself in work so much that you forget what is happening around you.

Be happy. Smile more. Care a little less. Live your life to the fullest and enjoy every moment.

Letting Go

When somebody told me that he has failed in his exams, my question was, “Is it a law that you will pass every time?” When someone told me that her boyfriend broke up with her, my question was, “Is it a rule that you will have successful relationships everywhere?” When somebody asked me why am I in depression, my question was, “Is it compulsory to have confidence all the time?” When someone cried to me about his huge business due to his wrong decision, my question was, “Is it possible that you take all the right decisions?”

The fact is, our expectation of life is that life has to be perfect or permanent and this is the biggest reason for our unhappiness. One has to understand the law of impermanence of nature. After each sunny day, there has to be a dark night, after each birth, there has to certain deaths, for the full moon to come again, it has to pass through no moon. In this imperfection of life, there is perfection.

So stop taking your failures and bad parts of your life very personally or intensely, even God does not like to give you pain but its the cycle through which you have to pass. Prepare yourself for one more fight after each fall because even failures are not permanent. Enjoy life.

Your breath comes to go. Your thoughts come to go. Your words come to go. Your actions come to go. Your feelings come to go. Your illness comes to go. Your phases come to go. Your seasons come to go. You have come to go.

Then why do you hold on to your guilt, anger, unforgiveness, hatred, so tightly, when it to has come to go, let it go.

 

Sensitivity

You think just because you are sensitive, you are weak? That it’s bad to be vulnerable. That all the time you have to be strong. You have to put up this image of yourself in others mind, so they think that you are strong, that you can handle everything and anything thrown at you.

Now let me tell you one thing. Your sensitivity is not a sign of weakness. Your sensitivity makes you human, it makes you beautiful. It makes you different and unique. We live in a world where it’s okay to pretend that you are fine. That you don’t feel remorse and sadness. That everything in your life is just good and you don’t have to worry about anything. And if you dare to express your emotions, then others will pick on you. They will bully you because suddenly showing emotions is not “cool”. From a young age, you’re taught that strength means hiding how you feel or just not expressing your feelings at all.

But I want to ask you, if you don’t feel, then how do you love? How can you empathize with the tragedies happening in the world? Showing your emotions or your vulnerable side to anyone is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. It means that you are strong enough to show your vulnerable side to anyone and you are not ashamed of it. Promise yourself from today to be at peace with your sensitivity. Instead of trying to hide it, cherish it.

ZEN Living

Do one thing at a time.

When you are doing something focus completely on that particular task. As the Zen proverb says, “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”

It may sound simple, but this can be really difficult to achieve. We live in a world full of distractions. Completely focusing on one task isn’t easy, but the results are remarkable.

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When you start an activity – even something as simple as reading a book, turn to it with your full attention and decide you won’t do anything but read. When you notice yourself thinking about something else, or getting your attention pulled elsewhere, don’t get irritated at yourself. Just notice it. Then return to being fully present in the activity.

Empty your mind of preconceived ideas about the activity, and just be curious about what the activity is actually like, right now, as it unfolds. Allow yourself to be surprised.

As we give each activity the attention it deserves, we start to appreciate everything around us as something worthy. We start to live life more fully. We are more aware of the seemingly small things that surround us.

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.

 

 

Winter

On a winter night, the streets were buzzing. Everyone is happy, the streets are lighted by fairy lights, children are having fun with their parents, everyone just seems to enjoy the weather.

Among all these people, there was a girl, walking alone on the sidewalk, observing everyone. She was in her own world. The first snow was supposed to fall on that day and everyone was very excited. The sky was clear and after some time, the snow started to fall. The children were trying to catch the snow crystals on their tongues, some are laughing and having fun. The girl looked up at the sky and smile as the snow started to fall on her face.

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For her everything fades away and again she was in her own world. A boy who was walking in the same direction as her stops, when he sees her. He was so mesmerized by her. For him, she was looking like a fairy, so beautiful and so full of life. without thinking anything, he asked her, “Who are you? A fairy?”.

The girl looked at him and smile. She replied, “Nothing. I’m just a girl who is trying to live in this world”.

  You never know when something beautiful is born. Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you never know who could love the person you hide.

 

 

Why Me?

A beautiful message by Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player who was dying of AIDS, which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983.

During his illness, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed :

Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease?

To this Arthur Ashe replied :

50 million children started playing tennis, 5 million learnt to play tennis, 500000 learnt professional tennis, 50 thousand came to Circuit, 5 thousand reached Grand Slam, 50 reached Wimbledon, 4 reached the semifinals, 2 reached semifinals and when I was holding the cup in my hand, I never asked God: why me?

So now that I’m in pain how can I ask God:

“Why me?”

Happiness keeps you sweet. Trials keep you strong. Sorrows keep you human. Failure keeps you humble. Success keeps you glowing. But only faith keeps you going.

Sometimes you are not satisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life. A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead dreams of flying, while a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of returning home.

That’s life!

Enjoy your life. If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets. But only poor kids do that. If power ensures security, the VIPs should walk unguarded. But those who live simply, sleep soundly. If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages.

Live simply, be happy. Walk humbly and love genuinely.