Sunday, May 26, 2013

Living in the ‘Now’

“And one day the eyes of your soul shall open, and you will know everything”. Something similar I read somewhere. These are quite powerful words. But when will that day come? The day is today and the time is now. You see mostly people keep postponing things for the future, which is yet to be. Will it happen then? We don’t know. But there is a shimmering hope that it will. We plan so much for our future. I will buy a house after 2 years. I will be promoted this year. I will buy that ruby necklace for my wife after 6 months. And on and on. The list keeps piling up. None of these is going to happen, if we don’t spend our time now in a constructive way.

You see, I’m not against planning. We must. But if we squander away the time that is right now and expect for things to happen, well, then that is a long shot. Too much of planning also spoils the fun. Once we know that we are set to achieve a plan, we must start working towards it. In the now. As you will realize, the now is the only thing that matters. The past is gone and the future is a pipe dream. IF you ask a crow what is the time , it will be surprised. It will say that the time is now. What else is there. I’m trying to bring your attention to the clock time that we are so obsessed with. 7:00 AM Get Up. 8:00 AM Breakfast. 6:30 PM Friends. And so on. We really cannot live without the clock.

Now for a moment don’t think of anything. Stay in this mode. Did you notice that time was still. We really need to give up our obsessive attachment to physical time and instead utilize the present in the most optimum way that we can. While working if we get distracted by thoughts then our wok will get hindered. Have you ever seen a painter work? When he paints his art, he whistles, not knowing that there may be people around him. Now that is work. Full concentration. So much so that you forget where you are. All that matters is the work. When the object and the subject merge together, we lose track of time and the result is born from the depths of creativity.

We all must work with our heart. If something is bothering us, we should leave that behind and focus entirely on the now. The day we escape time and ego (which causes it to happen) we will be transformed into a totally different personality. A calm and confident person. A serene and an alert individual. What we all need in this world is for this consciousness to set in. We do so many things in automatic mode out of habits that we have picked up through the years. Some of these needs to be shed away and to be replaced by more positive ones. And this physical time obsession needs to be given up. Because time doesn’t come and go. We do.

As felt now.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Memories are forever

“There are places  I remember. All my life, though some have changed. Some forever, not for better. Some have gone and some remain. All these places after a moment. Well, lovers and friends, I still can recall. Some are dead and some are living. In my life, I love them all”  (Beatles) Memory of the yester-years. Memories are like souvenir's. We keep on collecting them as we go along, in the walk of life. We all attach certain emotions to our memories. Some vivid and some losing sheen. There  are all sorts. Good ones, bad ones and those that we can’t describe precisely.We not only relive memory in our lives, sometimes we do so in our dreams too. One thing is for sure: We are all fond of our good memories.

So on and on it goes. We keep notching them one by one. Some use it as a tool to feel positive. Some like to drown their bad ones with drinks. All kinds of people you see. Whether memories bring you sorrow or happiness, we need to practice, selective recall. By that I mean only relive those memories which make us feel good. But try as you may, sometimes it’s difficult to get rid of the thorny ones. In fact, some people relish sad memories, by listening to the supporting music or by downing a drink or two. If life were not made of dualities, where would be the fun in it? Everyone has both pleasant as well as sad memories. Wish that we could do it another way this time all over again. It’s just a wish.

Why do you think photo albums are so popular? We like to relive the times that we have spent in the past. But too much of it can be a distraction. Memories should be relished only once in a while. Wish it was as easy as that. Because we simply don’t know when they pop up. Wish there was a way of amplifying the good ones and getting rid of the bad ones. But this seldom happens. We have to live with our collection. Some of them may evoke a sensation of fear within us. Too much of it can even make us psychotic. And on the other hand, some memories can make us real lofty. They lift our moods up and make us feel like kings and queens. Wish all of them were like that.

Can you imagine what would happen if we had no memory? No past. All these predictions based on the past would go for a toss. We would be living like most of the animals. In the ‘now’. One way it is good, but one way it’s worse. We would have no reference points. Not only us, even computers have memory. While they use it to  hold values, we go a  step further. We cherish them. What would you do, if you had no recollection of that trip to Hawaii or that baseball match. Well, most  of us live to collect such artifacts, so that we can look back and say, ’yeah, I lived my life well!’ If such is God’s design, so be it. So the next time you feel nostalgic, what would you do ?

To the good times …


Sunday, May 12, 2013

It’s never too late for love

Love is the uppermost positive feeling that we have. This feeling can be towards a person, a pet or simply platonic. It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Well, have you heard this saying ? At least once in a lifetime, we must feel love. Or it’s a life wasted. When do you know you are in love? Well, when you are feeling positive, you are. When you are in seventh heaven, you are. When positive thoughts and vibrations surround you, you are. When you are positive in action, you are.

To get there requires conscious work from your side. Do what you love and love what you do. Other things don’t matter. If something agitates you, give it up. Don’t let in anything inside you, that disturbs you. Only let in positive thoughts which lead to positive emotions. Shed this doubt, fear and worry. Go full steam ahead with those things that make you happy. Practice this, and soon you will find that you are a very happy, in short a lovable person. Love emanates from a happy person.

Have you already got what you wanted or are you waiting for that moment ? Whatever the case may be, keep yourself pumped up happily. Learn to come to terms with the laws of nature. Providence cares for everyone. If you have made mistakes, never mind. Everyone does. Just remember, there is no such thing as a time and age for any activity. You  can get started whenever you want. It’s never too late. So don’t wait for the planets to move into an auspicious position. Start right now.

Never even have a shard of doubt that you will be able to find love or not. It’s waiting there. To be discovered. Keep in mind that you have to collect as many positive thoughts as possible. No brownie points for a baser thought. And soon you will find that you are flying. Yes. Simply that. When you become fully immersed in positivity or happiness, you will be a force to reckon with. One thing about love – it’s infectious. So spread as much as you can. Because there are many unfortunate people out there who are awaiting a glimpse of this expensive commodity.

Clever people know that it’s up for the grabs for the happy ones and it costs as much as the air that you breathe.

May everyone find love.