Life’s more than picture perfect!

IMG-20170328-WA0020I will never forget that day when I was told for the first time that” Hey I follow you, and I love your pictures! “That’s when it finally hit me that, Oh God! All that I have been posting all this while is indeed reaching out to so many more people than I can actually imagine and the craziest fact is that once you post it , its forever there! Sometimes I wouldn’t even know which social media has been picked up by the viewer coz I was using all so many. This all went to a point that my personal life was public and everything that I was doing could probably be a part of discussion. I had no intentions of that kind of publicity, but then why was I doing it? Why was I turning a slave to this whole social media platform! I wasn’t even earning money by my popularity coz I aint no celeb and the ones which I was getting were compliments which felt like taunts that dint seem to come from a very good intent.

Also at this point a dear aunt told me that these days you guys are posting all your pix on Social media but do you realize ki posting all the best ones could attract negativity? She used the word “Najar lag ti hai beta”, and let me tell you I’m very much educated and not superstitious but that day I really took her suggestion into consideration and thought over and over again. Yes, it was making sense to me in a prospective that I was indeed attracting unwanted attention more than appreciation and that was something that had begun bothering me. People remember visuals these days more than “kaha suni kahanni” and then gossip. Yes we are always interested in others lives more than ours, wonder why? And then when I took a break to an undisclosed location altogether where I was forcibly cut off from the Net that’s when things became a bit too tough for maybe my so called followers but effortless for me in reality!

I guess our self-worth these days is directly proportional to our likes, follows and no. of friends and without this all we seem to be a failure in our own eyes. I don’t know who is responsible for this but slowly and gradually we have forgotten who we are coz we are constantly busy trying to put up a certain image and making things seem perfect even though they aren’t. We have lost our innocence and every single moment that we should be catching glimpses of each other’s real expressions and guessing what runs on their mind ,instead we are more amazed by  the reaction implicated by random emojis!

I think the “stay connected” attitude has given people the door to open a conversation at any time and any hour without thinking twice whether it’s appropriate or not. Everybody is using the messaging app that used to be earlier only for social purpose has become a networking tool and also a supreme stalking source. Let’s give this a thought and become not superstitious but atleast sensitive and a little empathy would definitely be appreciated!

Makar Sankranti 

Today is the Festival which brings people together to celebrate the beginning of Uttarayan. The Shishir rutu with it’s winter chills is part of The “Aadaan Kaal”. This is the time of the year when the body’s strength or “Bal”, capacity for digestion is at it’s peak. Hence, the “Agni” or digestion capacity is at its best and especially with the drop of temperatures the body strives for heat, that is food converted into energy. 

Sesame seeds and Jaggery is used to make Laddus, chikki and A special stuffed roti. There is a special custom of wishing everyone with a “tilgul”, to forego all bitterness and welcome the sweetness of festivities into our hearts. “Sesamum Indicum” is heaty in nature and is hence apt to overcome the seasonal changes. The oil from these seeds is used for consumption in cooking , as well as an excellent lubricating agent for the body. Hence Oil massages are recommended with this oil.

Makar Sankranti is also the festival of kites, where people of all age groups gather for Kite flying. It is a funfilled activity which goes on for as long as the sunshines. It’s great fun to see so many colourful kites flying high in the sky.

At Home it is a feast of sorts, as we eat the delicious “gul poli”, roti stuffed with jaggery sesame seeds mixture and also a special subji made of the fresh seasonal vegetables called the “Bhogichi bhaaji”. Being a true Foodie, it is the amazing food that keeps me waiting for this festival. 

Wishing you all a very happy Makarsankranti! 😄 

Seeking “Lord Dhanvantari”

National Ayurveda Day! What a splendid occasion, especially for me who is a fresher Graduate of Ayurvedic Medicine, it gives me immense pride to be a part of this announcement. A moment which celebrates Ayurveda is an achievement not in terms of Creditability but Recognition and a tool to spread Awareness.

I am super excited to do my first Dhanvantari Pujan! It’s a memorabilia from Kerala, the framed picture of Lord Dhanvantari, purchased at the exhibition of International Ayurveda Conference that I attended earlier this year. Dhanteras from this year on wouldnt only mean Diwali but so much more.

 

‘As I dwell in my shell ‘

I am extremely sorry for not being as regular! I guess I had my own short comings and I m sure you will be willing to forgive me for the same! I am just as caught up as everyone is, but now I have made a promise to myself to make it a point to blog once a month and catch up as often as possible.

Last month was all about “the Yoga International day” and so much about it that I am sure you all must be still hungover! But you know what, the real essence of Yog lies in the people who hardly need an introduction because its engraved so deep within that one look at them and you can’t help but get inspired.

In a world where we are suffering because of our wrong lifestyle choices, ailments are a definite outcome but “Yoga has the answers for its prevention and cure”. So when I got an opportunity to attend a seminar where Doctors and Yoga experts from around the country had gathered to put forward thier line of yogic treatment I just couldn’t miss it. These are the people who practice yog to cure ailments, the amount of research and experience they have is only believable after you encounter them. 

As these experts spoke for themselves and thier school of thoughts, they also supported one anothers views for there was one thread that connected them all, and that was “Yog”. It helped in looking at yoga from not only a perspective of health and fitness but “a shift in the way of living”. Its not just the body but a practise of “Complete awareness” of the mind and soul as I put it in their own words. 

The location of the venue was so serene that a field of positivity was around. The food that was given was also “sattvik” and therefore a feeling of calm had set in. 

As we came towards the end of the event, we knew we were going to return with a happy but a heavy heart as the place was soo inviting. It’s hard to not fall an impact after meeting so many yogis in person and to sum it all up they all said “Make Yoga a way of Life!”.

For more glimpses :

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‘Breathe -n- keep peace ‘

There are days when you feel so stuck up that all you need is a moment of liberation! Yah, I am talking of those days which seem unending, and you literally drag yourself through them. We all go through these tough times but what really keeps us going is the piece of cake on the other side of the bridge. Yes I am looking forward to this and that! Have you ever noticed how fast time goes when you actually have something going on at the back of your head and you literally can’t wait until you get there. That could mean just about anything from meeting an old friend to attending that concert you always dreamed of, no matter how the meeting with that friend goes or how fabulous or not the concert was, the feeling of fulfilment is far big and starts to fill up on all the empty spaces of waiting for that moment.

Happiness is a very subjective word and varies from an individual to another. The day you begin to embrace it in the smallest of things, it lifts you and keeps you floating. The dreamy state remains for as long as you want, and it is knocked out very often by the daily grind but don’t you think it did be really wonderful if we could get in touch with ourselves at the end of each day. Our much needed “peace of mind” is the best remedy to all our problems. If we are at peace with ourselves we are better guarded to deal with the world.

Chanting is a practise that I have taken up after much research and discussion. I believe that every new practice that you start has a timing and a reason to take up, when you find yours you will voluntarily start. No amount of hammering really works, “inspiration and faith” are the biggest rolemodels in shaping our life. “Wisdom cannot be taught, it is ensued”.

TIP: Pick up those beads and make the most of them today. Chanting is not religious, it is a means of liberation.

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‘Sleeping beauty, where’s you?’

“I am a night person! “ I’m sure there’s a whole group of people nodding in agreement.  Now isn’t this like just the perfect tagline to escape from the fact that we don’t find enough time or energy during the day and turns out the night with its sense of tranquil inspires us in different ways, but have you really thought what kind of havoc is that causing to your body? We love ourselves, don’t we?  We live life on our terms but, hey! do you really think those terms are going to be your loyalist when it comes to your health and wellbeing. I’m sorry to tell but you are causing self harm! You probably don’t drink, you probably don’t smoke, you probably don’t pile up on junk and you probably are trying to do all things right in your own little ways but are still wondering what is it that’s going so wrong? Why am I not reaping good health? Ever thought if your lifestyle is right?

A Lifestyle isn’t really about all the things fancy but a life which suits you just right. Ayurveda is the science of Life and you would be amused to know that although its an ancient science its laws still hold true. In the fast life we have somewhere forgotten our basic needs, in which “Nidra” or Sleep holds a lot of importance. It’s the least spoken aspect in our regime but in the Ayurvedic  refrences it has been mentioned that its lack can cause great peril. If you think that you catch sleep over the weekends, then that extra sleep holds no value because it isn’t going to fill up for all those days of the week when the harm is already done. It ain’t  just the number of hours that you sleep but also the time and place that makes a whole lot of difference.

Ideally the sleep should be completed during the night, so as to wake up early before the sunrise and answer nature’s call. This practice in itself cures and prevents a lot of diseases. Sleeping during the day should be avoided and if need arises then the individual must sleep before lunchtime for a period exactly half of which he missed previous night. Sleeping during the day is discouraged in all seasons except for “Grishma” or summer and in those individuals who do strenuous physical work are an exception. Also it is very normal to feel sleepy after  consuming food, but try catching sleep while in sitting position, maybe on a rocking chair or head on desk .This way you get the benefits of sleep without causing a disturbance in the tridoshas which could be compared as the cause for obesity and also disturbance in the levels of hormones due to erratic sleep hours. So instead of making excuses, sleep on time and sufficiently to experience a healthy you!

TIP: Make the most of your lunch hour and take that short power nap on your desk. It will definitely recharge you on a hectic day.

‘OIL-the-TOIL’

My grandmother always ran behind me for oiling my hair and as a kid I always wondered why was it so important. At school where oil in hair was compulsory, was such a curse that I am sure all of us looked forward to getting rid of rules. Once in college the oiling became a rare sight, for fashion and looking good took centre stage. Such is the situation with most of us, until some survey or a person of great expertise enlightens us with the truth.

There’s always been a controversy about whether to oil or not but if you ask me then Ayurvedic texts have mentioned the importance of Oil and massage. Application of oil to body,foot and external orifices like nose,ear,eye each have different effects. Our body is a machine that we literally use everyday, sometimes overused,sometimes underused or sometimes abused. Don’t you think we should take care of it so that it supports us well for the longest time?

The “shir abhyanga” or head massage is beneficial in improving our reflexes by directly stimulating the sense organs. It makes the hair indeed stronger, longer and thicker. “Karna puran” or oiling the ear is therapeutic in relieving neck and jaw stiffness, done after sunset. “Pad Abhyanga” or foot massage done with oil releases the build up tension in the body, enhances vision, lubricates and strengthens them.

A very fine example of watering the tree to keep it nurturing has been compared with oil for the body. It’s effects are noteworthy if continued in the long run. Sesame oil is preferred option as it is easily available and also has the properties to enhance health. Now you know why should always listen to your elders😉

TIP: Forget expensive pedicures, Massage feet with oil before you retire for the day starting from today and make it a daily practise.

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