Friday, April 29, 2016

3 Places to Find Peace & Calm


Quote of the day: 
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. -Saint Francis de Sales



1. A Quiet Beach 

Have you ever watched waves crashing onto the shore? Yes? But have you watched it at past midnight? I have. With no cloud in sight, with fine brown sand caressing your toes, air so crisp you could taste it with an outstretched tongue, with a full moon gently embracing the surface, and a full heart brimming with a thousand thoughts seeking calm and clarity. Of distant vessels and shimmering lights, and with each rise and fall of the tide, imagining the happenings in life up to that very moment. Picturing every detail and immersing fully into nature. Like a movie being shot in varying frames, each part as necessary as the other, each new intake of breath not diminished by the old, and the mere sight of the horizon only helping to elevate each and every emotion.

2. A Park or Green Space

In the middle of a crazy world and city, a park can often be the only escape, the entry of dreams and exit of daily stress . Quite paths and walkways, less frantic thoughts, more green grass, trees and flowers. Numerous studies show that spending time in nature has numerous health benefits one of which is the fact that it helps reduce anxiety and stress. Active participation in nature such as gardening and green exercise (physical exercise undertaken in the most natural of settings).

3. A Museum

When its not too busy, a museum is surely a great place for calmness and contemplation. Apart from supporting learning, it can become a meaningful way for self discovery. Participating in exhibitions, visualizing, and the ability to make sense of things around you can be quite the experience. With invaluable information and history hidden behind its doors, a museum is a special place to visit and get lost in.


What are some of the places you find peace and calm? Do share in the comments.


Peace. Love. Light* 


Current Listen: Evanessence -My Immortal 


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thoughts on Fear and Failure


Quote of the day: 
And the things that we fear are a weapon to be held against us. -Ian Rush



It used to be that one of my worst fears was that of failure. The inability to capture things as they are, to try and not make any headway, to start something and not finish it, to fall short every time that I aspired for something. This used to be a definite fear of mine while growing up. In school, it was the fear of failing exams after studying hard, and a thousand and one other fears of failure. Looking back now, its easy to see that failure can often be a learning process.

History consists of those who failed before they succeeded. Of men and women who toiled over and over again, who subjected themselves to the elements, and had to contend with social rules and expectations. They kept going nonetheless. Like a car with worn out tyres, nothing could stop their determination. Now its clear to see that there is nothing wrong with failing. We live and adapt to things around us, we each have personal pursuits but will only accomplish a handful if the fear of failure stands in the way.

The frustration of letting yourself down, and others can certainly knock the wind out of you, and we've all experienced that feeling at some point. In the end it all comes down to how you manage your emotions, with the people around you, with life itself. Knowing that its fine to fail, to retry and adapt, to quit and start all over...rebuilding yourself piece by piece.

The universe is filled with constant energy. Roving and mingling with everything. It is right inside of us too. And awakening to this fact, realizing the effects of the human mind, how far imaginations can go, how swift our inadequacies and accomplishments take form. In life we undergo many tests. And when you learn from these failures, you have not really lost anything in the end. And that is indeed a beautiful thing.



Peace. Love. Light* 




Current Listen: Stevie Wonder -Superstition 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

What I'm Reading Right Now #39



Quote of the day: 
We each have a sixth sense that is attuned to the oneness dimension in life, providing a means for us to guide our lives in accord with our ideas. -Henry Reed 


My current book read for the week is by Haruki Murakami who has featured a lot in my reading list for the past year. This is one of his earliest books, and I dare say one of his finest.  In 'A Wild Sheep Chase,' which is the third book in the so-called 'Trilogy of the Rat' is an independent sequel to Pinball, 1973 and Hear the Wind Sing.

From the start A Wild Sheep Chase plunges you deep into the world of the central character, where business and politics, imbalances and relationships, belief and actuality, come into play.

It revolves around a young individual who leaves all he has ever known behind in pursuit of the unknown and unexplained. Its typical Murakami, for anyone used to his writing style already.


image: winfriedbaijens

What are you reading at the moment, anything interesting enough? Do feel free to share.
Thanks for visiting and commenting.


Peace. Love. Light* 




Current Listen: Sia -Footprints 





Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Musings of Mine #7



Quote of the day: 

A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. -Tom Stoppard 



1. Attitude is Contagious

The world is split into two separate view points. Two lines that never seem to connect, but remain parallel, extending equally but never meeting. The posture we assume can be in plain view or hidden behind layers and layers of mentality. Our attitude is contagious, whether good or bad. A broken mirror will always displays a broken countenance.


2. Sing Sing Sing 

A song can be uplifting, beyond clouds and stars, beyond winds that whisper. Being lost in tranquility, soaking up in sounds and tremors, hymns and instruments, colours of brilliance exploding beyond this realm.


3. Little things matter

A smile from a stranger, the smell of flowers, green grass, watching the sunrise and set, a good book, a loud yawn, selflessness, curiosity, unconditional love, ocean waves, a glass of fresh water, photographs, music, health. A million and one little things matter.


Peace. Love. Light* 



Current Listen: Daughter -Medicine





Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Plans For The Week #46


Quote of the day: 
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. -Anais Nin 


To be curious is to seek a rewarding life where answers are sought to both new and past questions. This spurs a wave of thinking driven by the pursuit of knowledge that transcends the present, awakening the mind to activity, where thoughts take on a life of their own, and new quests appear on the horizon. To be curious is to be free, shedding the obscure for the apparent, and increasing the ability to experience life to its fullest. We can learn a lot from kids, each day is filled with excitement, and a curious and open mind.

Here are my plans for the week.

Plans

1. Have an open mind
An openness to everything in the world, people and actions. I want to be more inquisitive, to challenge old and new ideas, and thoughts. The idea is to keep learning and never tire to change perspective if and when the need arises.

2. Stay healthy
A commitment to eating healthy and nutritious meals, including fruits and vegetables to get the necessary vitamins and minerals to maintain the body and mind.

3. Workout
Workout at least thrice during the week, as part of staying healthy, releasing stress, and keeping fit mentally and physically. Asides working out, at least 20 minutes of long walks daily will complement it all.

4.  Guard my energy
Becoming more aware of my energy stored within and guarding it like a treasure. Also, being aware of how easy is it to give it away, and pick up unwanted energy along the way. Less negative vibes and bad talk, more positive auras and intentions.


5. Read a book
Picking from my reading list for the month of April, I will read a new book for the week as well as other forms of reading.

6. Be good to myself
Get more sleep, drink more glasses of water, be kinder to myself and others, and admire my attributes.

7. Dream on
Continue dreaming and keep it alive.




Peace. Love. Light* 




Current Listen: SZA ft Isaiah Rashad - Warm Winds


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend #46


Quote of the day: 
Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts. -Paramahansa Yogananda



image: HuffingtonPost

An image showing Kevin Lewis, 18 (pictured left) and his best friend Afonso Slater,18, who were both orphaned from a young age in Mozambique. They grew up depending on each other, and in 2008, at 10 years old they were coincidentally adopted by two different families in Gilbert, Arizona -who lived just 2 miles apart. 


image: underwaterPhotography/Nick Blake

The above photo is entitled “Hello Cheeky” and was shot by Nick Blake at Lundy Island, United Kingdom. It took home the gold medal in the temperate waters category, in the UnderwaterPhotography.com annual photo contest.




17x17 House as seen on Arch Daily 
Architects: Matías Imbern
Location: Funes, Santa Fe Province, Argentina




Peace. Love. Light* 



Current Listen: MØ - Waste of Time



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Life Comes Full Circle


Quote of the day: 

Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite. 
-Anaïs Nin




image: DeviantArt/Batootz


I ponder on the evolving seasons. It sure is a marvelous sight outside. Sitting comfortably in the sky is the sun -finally able to present itself without disruptive clouds. It has waited patiently all along, knowing and waiting for the present time. Even the trees and flowers aren't left out in this re-awakening. And so is life. It takes patience and perseverance, for everything to come full circle. With the various highs and lows, twists and turns, peaks and valleys...life comes full circle.

In the case of the season, with spring the familiarity and bond that has existed before between the sun and the earth is rekindled, with flowers, plants and trees expressing themselves anew without difficulty, an endless variation of expressions -all part of a continuum . This inner circle expands to include all other elements and themes, patterns and shapes, voices and silence, cause and effect, like a blank piece of paper about to be painted on. The same is true of every aspect of life.

Flowers bloom in different ways. Seasons come and go.  Our identities can change from time to time. Life is a journey that must be enjoyed in every way possible so that when that moment comes, when you are finally at the right place, having achieved those things that matter the most, coming full circle resonates.


Peace. Love. Light* 




Current Listen: Hindi Zahra - Stand Up



Thursday, March 31, 2016

What It Feels Like to Stare at Your Old Self


Quote of the day: 

One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good. 
-Gretchen Rubin 


First it was baby pictures, what your folks took pride in snapping, with copies printed and kept in family albums and not to forget framing some to keep around the house. And of course video capture too. There you are without a care in the world, getting picked up and pampered by different people. You were innocent and defenseless -and like all babies you were most likely dressed  in trendy clothes that look hilarious now (And yes there's nothing wrong in laughing at yourself, go on). Growing up you either liked being photographed or you didn't. "How about a photograph?" your folks would ask during certain occasions. You were already approaching adolescence and imagined what it would feel like to not have to take photos with relatives you hardly talked to, or so called family friends who were no friend of yours. There was no middle ground whatsoever. And on and on it goes. You discover later on that taking photos wasn't so bad. You embrace it. You capture moments spent with friends or with nature on your camera. And with your phone, the world became a stage with you being the director recording different scenes and acts...

Sounds familiar?

Looking at old photos of yourself can be quite uplifting. There you are in some timeless pose, and with a certain look in your eyes -and not to forget your sense of style which looking at may either amuse you (what were you thinking?), or make you laugh out loud. But there is a middle ground somewhere at least, for those whose old photos look great and decent enough not to elicit laughter, only pride and nostalgic tendencies.

They say sense of smell is closely linked with memory. Well looking at old photos of yourself may unveil a thousand memories. Each unlocked memory linked to a place and time. I'd say revisit the good old photos that bring smiles to your face, that transports you back in time across the years. I say good because you may have old photos of yourself that you dislike. But to see how far you've come in life, sometimes its happiness to revisit the early days.

So when was the last time you went through old photo albums of yourself? Did you have a good laugh? Do share your experience.



Peace. Love. Light* 




Current Listen: Gold Panda -You

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Reading List #3



Quote of the day: 
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. -Edith Sitwell 





It appears that my challenge of reading at least 5 books a month is still on course. As I present to you most of my book reading list for the month of April. The idea is to spend as much spare time that I have reading as much as I can, out of a handful of titles, and it has worked out quite well so far in that I've managed to read at least 5 books each month since I began this challenge at the start of the year.

I also like the fact that sometimes I pick books without reading the back covers, and just jump straight into reading. As with most cinema trailers that give away far too much of the plot, the same can apply to a book, and I try not to read reviews about the book until the very last page is turned. I must add that I do not do this for every book.

Moving on, here is my reading list as seen above:

Kazuo Ishiguru -Never Let Me Go
Haruki Murakami -A Wild Sheep Chase
Eilis Ni Dhuibhne -The Dancers Dancing
Paulo Coelho- Brida

What books are you reading or planning to read during the coming month? Do share.
Have a wonderful week!



Current Listen: John Newman -Losing Sleep












Saturday, March 26, 2016

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend #45



Quote of the day: 
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough. -Richard M. DeVos 




image: Getty Images/Navesh Chitrakar

Prince Harry visiting Nepal to help shine a spotlight on the earthquake victims, most of whom are still living inside makeshift tents since the devastating natural disaster in 2015 which killed many and displaced families.


image: Facebook/Li Ting

A photo shared by Li Ting who was out dining, showing a McDonald's employee in the Chaozhou Township of Taiwan, helping to feed a customer with disability.




Clay Roof House as seen on Arch Daily 
Architects: DRTAN LM Architect
Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia



Have a good Easter folks!

Peace. Love. Light* 



Current Listen: Chet Faker - I'm Into You


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Poem: Lines Drawn Without Orderliness


Quote of the day: 
I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism. -Barbara Hepworth


image: DeviantArt/fyobyber


The escapism of sound protrudes.
Non piercing but yet audible enough.
Bound to life and noncorrosive particles. 
Even terrains can get overtly rough.

Visions spread across twisted faces.
Fever builds itself a fortified castle.
Progression was never a thing to grasp.
Blue horizon suppresses a yawn.

Polished metal of forgiveness.
Discarded along trembling paths.
Strings of melodies predominate.
Evenly spread across rusty banisters.

Lines drawn without orderliness. 
Tip toe across shards of glass.
Granting desires not impersonations.
A sculpture is a sculpture still.

Rinsing away solemnly night and day.
Submerge, baptize, and repeat.
Blessings over cataclysm.
Heavenly dusts remain unfading.

Immortality cannot be transient.
A window is but an open heart.
A photograph is but an illusion.
The revelation of sound caves in.



Peace. Love. Light* 





Current Listen: Mogwai - Take Me Somewhere Nice



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I Often Zone Out!


Quote of the day: 

Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. -Tecumseh



Distractions are never ending. You set out to do one thing, and end up doing another thing entirely. It all boils down to one thing, and that is the lack of focus. Many articles and books are out there that reveal just how focusing on one thing at a time can be a deal breaker. Focus or better yet concentration is an art that can be learned as with all things in life.

In the past, I’d often zone out, my mind wandering over hilltops and horizons with my physical body left to itself. I’d day dream and although this was a laudable thing it became more persistent with time. There must be a correlation between a wandering mind and lack of concentration. I could be sitting in class surrounded by fellow students and a teacher, and my mind could be miles and miles away. If this happened to other kids, I do not know. I was in my own world, a vast island with coconut trees, gushing waves and trembling winds. A space filled with essence and with no sense of time just emotions, pure and raw emotions. Maybe it was just a phase of growing up, of stumbling on the possibilities of the human mind. Of course I do not mean to say that my days of daydreaming are over, it’s just that they are a lot lesser than before. A lot less expansive, but more focused I’d say.

Distractions are never ending. There is a lot to contend with today. Throw away technology and this reduces the percentage drastically. No phones, no internet, nothing. What then would we be distracted by? The answer is anyone’s guess. But being able to discipline the mind has its benefits surely. Being in control is a wonderful thing. This ability to be mindful of one’s thoughts, of being aware of time and space, of giving energy to individual elements, time and space, highs and lows, and so on. When last did you take in a lungful of air, slowly and deliciously? When last did you close your eyes to feel yourself breathe in and exhale deeply, when last did you feel the beating of your own heart?

Imagine eating slowly, each spoonful a measure of your inner energy level which you must conserve. Each movement becomes more fluid, every action a milestone, and of course this also translates into other aspects of life –the ability to conserve energy, and not to give it away so freely. This calmness can be practiced, and can become a way of life. It doesn’t necessary mean one should be so rigid as not to be active, but hyperactivity can be draining. One of the best things to do to increase focus and energy levels is by exercising, and studies have shown it improves not just the body but the mind too.




Peace. Love. Light* 



Current Listen: Lorde - Tennis Court



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