Daily Musings

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Keeping in mind the high tension on the border, PM Narendra Modi has launched a special campaign for indian soldiers, called ‘Sandesh to Soldiers’ TODAY for the Diwali Festival through which people can send their Diwali greetings and messages to soldiers who are guarding us on borders. All of us can send messages on the Narendra Modi App, through MyGov.in, and also through All India Radio.

Here’s to the real heroes staying up all night at the border so we can sleep peacefully in our homes. You are not alone. Wishing our jawans and their families a very happy, safe and prosperous diwali. #Sandesh2Soldiers

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Here’s something I’m reading right now.

It’s an interesting article trying to establish that plants have a conscience too and that it isn’t quite different from ours.

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Currently I’m home since the holidays began and every time I’ve switched on the television (which happens very rarely,I might add, only when I’m restless and my fingers get twitchy) I’ve come across a dozen food channels or shows about food while browsing.

It is interesting how much the food industry has boomed in the recent years. I still remember sitting with my mother on sunday mornings watching Sanjeev Kapoor’s cooking show on TV. The only show of the kind back in those days. It was a sunday morning ritual predominant in every household.

Slowly there were more shows and then Masterchef happened to our lives. I have never learnt as as much about the cuisines around the world as I have through this masterpiece in tellyland. The concept and the format of the show  food show is compelling enough to make anyone fall in love with cooking.

This made me happy because the platform made a lot of closet chefs come out and follow their passion and start their own ventures in the food industry. It wasn’t a penniless business investment nor was it taboo anymore.

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Coming back to the present, with the current senario, I feel a sadness creep in when I think about what it’s come to. We shouldn’t live to eat. Atleast not let food dictate our lives 24*7 and these days our existence seems to revolve around it.

You might argue that as a primal instinct we need to eat food to survive but that’s the thing, we’re not primal beings anymore. We are evolving to satisfy our needs so we can explore ourselves and our environment more so we can attain a higher level of knowledge.

Eat to live. Eating good food is essential, I don’t argue. There is enough to sustain us all so we don’t have to live our lives only thinking about the next meal. Need over greed,maybe?

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Just a little something I wanted to say.

See you in the next post!

The Power of Living in the Now

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We have constantly tried to work on changing a habit or implementing a recent thought of action that we think would take us closest to how we want ourselves to ideally be.

As a self admitted person obsessive person with a need to find order in my daily life, I have constantly tried hard to bring order by planning my day in detail to covering all my obligations to various aspects of my life in a journal which I would update as often as 5 times a day and as I am talking to you-  a mass of people completely diverse in your own way, I am sure some of you have done this too or at the least thought of doing it.

This is where we get lost. Our planning gives us the most satisfaction compared to when we complete the tasks and this is the absolute truth. We start dreaming of being in a space in time where we are our most capable self by having all the areas of our life in order and up to date but as we start working on it, we fall into the same cycle of procrastination and all else that hinders us to achieve that state so we start planning again. It’s a cycle of euphoria and a sudden drop which you try to overcome by doing the same thing that you’d done before to feel better again. We know from common sense that choosing to do the same thing over and over again would not give us a greatly varied result and yet we’d end up in the same place we started from. But how do we overcome this?

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The best way to do this is to completely shut down your thinking faculties. Through language we try to reason with everything in our current environment and state of mind. Stop thinking. This might be the hardest thing to do at first but it’s the best thing you could be doing to yourself. Stop thinking and ask- What could I be doing right now to feel better? and while you ask this to yourself, control your thoughts and only allow the thoughts that are direct answers to your question.

What could I be doing right now to feel better?

I want to finish reading the book i’d started a couple of months back but never completed reading it.  Leave everything you’re doing and start reading.

While reading if you see yourself getting restless, ask again- What could I be doing right now to feel better?

I want to know everything about the origins of jazz music.  Stop reading the book and find out.

You could apply this anytime, anywhere.

You feel like running a marathon but you can’t do it at the time you feel like doing it? Just close your eyes and imagine what it would feel like. Imagine wearing your running shoes and warming up at the starting line with many other participants around. Hear the gunshot and imagine yourself pushing through the swarm of people as you run. Feel the sun on your skin and the wind on your face as you run to your heart’s content. Feel it and you’ll feel you’ve done it.

If you’ve missed out on a lot of work, you might even say to yourself, ‘i’ll feel a lot better if all my work was done’ and so you get down to doing it. It is only as hard as you make it for yourself.

You could talk to family, learn a new dance, catch up with an old friend. You could trek to the highest peak of the Himalayas, you could dive to the deepest corners of the Pacific ocean, you could join an ancient tribe in the amazon forest, hell,  you could swim to the moon and back, you could do all of this right now. The question is- Would you?

While you look for an answer, here’s a video of what the night sky looks like from the space station.

 

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