I have never felt more alive than when I am lying down in bed, in complete awareness of every breath entering and leaving my body. As this consciousness of my own breathing increases, my heart seems to pump faster while my breathing itself slows down to a gentle, rocking, wave-like motion.
So alive, that it immediately calms me down and soothes all my pains and aches. So alive, that it makes me grateful for this small yet enormous miracle of life. All stress and worry simply melts away from my body and with every breath I take, I can feel happiness seeping in and exuding from every iota of my being.
That’s it. It is that simple. I have no sermon, lecture, tutorial or explanation to give to you today. Just a benign reminder that the biggest of our problems, ailments and doubts can be surmounted if we but take a moment to be at peace with and at one with our own selves. In this humdrum affair of life, this inevitable rat race, we end up neglecting the one person who has the wherewithal to sort everything out – our own inner self.
So every night, before calling it a day, and every morning before rushing into your to-do list, take a few moments to simply breath in and breathe out. Feel the air flow through you right to the very pit of your belly and then make its way back out. Feel it lift up your spirits and ease your mind, making it better equipped to effectively tackle what lays ahead. Let it remind you of the simplest, noblest and grandest truth there is – Life goes on.
Try it, really. Report back to me, if you will. I have received countless comments and mails on my recent posts on self-care, soul-care and social media and sanity struggles which made me want to put this out there for other lost souls looking for a path back to normalcy. If you want to learn more about breathing exercises, mindfulness and how these can turn your life around – you might want to check out the practice of Pranayama (in Yoga). A little faith and a little routine can go a long way.
We’re slowly but surely moving into autumn, it seems
My favourite plants are shedding leaves
As if reflecting my inner sadness
The skies are gloomier still
Interspersed with hues of grey
Trees, however, are on fire
Basking in their last glory
A swan song
Before it’s all gone
In one fell swoop
Leaving a barren shell
I think I’d much like to go out like that
In the autumn of life
Rise once more
Before returning to dust
Even if it’s a toothless one
So that it resounds
And maybe leave a mark
So that the cup runneth over
Regardless of stepping on some sore toes
Let my scrawny, white hair down
Like fair Rapunzel’s crown
Yes, I think when comes the autumn of life
I’d like to show it a thing or two
What do you think you would do?
Don’t always make a whole
They could still be
Missing a soul.
In the best of cases
You’d be alive
Without victories under your belt
And feathers in your cap
Rich, for your experiences
Richer, for your successes
Richer still, for all your failures
Than when you started
You’d have thwarted
So do it
Give it your all
Take life by the horns
In the worst of cases
You’d be alive
With more than a breath left in you
is no more nor less
than your feelings towards me
More about you, really
is my sense of self
You may besmirch my reputation
smear my name with mud
relegate it into oblivion
Yet, you can only wish
you could lay a finger
on the pristiness of me
Because thoughts maketh a woman
Mine, not yours
It has been rightly said
I think therefore I am
and I am what I think.
Hello, my beauties! I realise it’s been quite some time since I’ve sat down to talk with you, one on one, that is. Except, of course, to ask really pressing questions about proper skin care. I love how you rallied behind water, the true elixir of life, and solved my problem in a jiffy! I am eternally grateful.
Another thing I am really thankful for is the recent upsurge in the number of followers on this blog. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to have people from across the world take out valuable time to read my writings and be kind enough to drop a thoughtful comment. It is a beautiful lesson in humility for me. I will never be able to thank you enough.
However, this recent trend also made me think how little I know of you and vice versa. My ‘about’ page is way out of date. Sadly, I am also unable to read as many blogs as I would like to.
So, I’ve tried to come up with a solution to this conundrum. Let’s treat this post as a little meet and greet, shall we? Would you be game for it and leave a comment telling me a little something about yourself? Nothing highly revealing or personal (in the nature of details). Just a tiny insight into what passions drive you, what you find to be most interesting, what you like to read/write about, etc. Also, you, in turn, can ask me something if you want. Just remember to keep it clean and casual. I hope the ones who participate will also be kind enough to visit the blogs from other comments on this post. If there happen to be any, that is (trust me to always be overly optimistic, duh!).
That’s all for now. I hope to hear from you soon!
As always, thank you for reading.
Do you still remember what it felt like
to fall in love for the very first time
that first flutter of butterfly wings
in the pit of your tummy
that heady dizziness
ready to knock you off your feet
and that never-ending smile
truly, it could go on for miles
Alas, to be relegated to a nagging feeling of wariness
for every other time of love
for now you approach it with caution
in the knowledge that it just might be fleeting
and you miss the magic more often than not
feeding the wretched mistress irony
I think dear ol’ Dumbledore had it pegged right enough
for he knew what he meant, with that twinkle in his eye
when he exclaimed
“oh, to be young and to feel love’s keen sting!”
I don’t own a lot of cosmetics. Frankly, even if I did, I wouldn’t know what to do with it. I’m more of a lightly kohl-lined eyes and a tinted lip balm kind of girl. Not that I have anything against makeup. I just never felt any need for it. So, when countless tutorials pop up as YouTube ads, and hordes of fashion and lifestyle influencers vouch for the virtues of a newly launched product, I feel slightly intimidated and subdued. Most of all, I feel if there was something I haven’t been doing that I absolutely should have been! Am I letting my skin die? Am I letting my body down? Do I need to develop a night-time ritual and a day-time one? Do I need to go the parlour more often? How much moisturising is enough moisturizing?
And answers I have none. So if any of you would be so kind as to solve my dilemma, I’d be eternally grateful. If you’ve used products for skin care or have home remedies for common skin and body ailments as well as preventive measures, please drop your valuable insight in the comments section down below. You’d be saving a girl!
Remember, real queens fix each other’s crowns!
P.S. – I can see you liking the post but I don’t see any comments, sirs and ma’ams. Get on on it, pretty please?
If you could go back in time
And undo just one thing in your past
What would it be, dear?
Would you clear up your deepest regret
Would you overcome your greatest fear
Have you lived a life so well loved
That the future, present and past
Are all merged and submerged
Into a whirl of beautiful colours
And you’d sit back
The kaleidoscope of life
Spinning a riveting tale
That no dark clouds could ever taint
Or would you stare on
At a canvas blank
Still begging for its first ever
Splattering or paint.