3 Simple advice to my 17 year old self

If I have to give 3 simple advice to my younger 17 year old self, it would be the following : 

Tell the Universe

Write as descriptively as possible to what you want/what you want to experience/ what you want to do/ how you want to live/where you want to go/ to whom you want to associate etc. Don’t be lazy in describing your deepest desires on a sheet of paper. Tell the universe as elaborately as possible about your thoughts. Words are extremely powerful, be fearless, honest and open in transferring your inner feelings onto paper. 

Be Grateful 

Be grateful for the –

Sun shine, peace, parents, relatives, lessons, challenges, love, risks, comforts, luxuries, internet, water, clothes, friends, flowers, food, taste buds, music, gadgets, siblings, guidance, stars, nights, tears, laughter, life and death. Cultivate the attitude of gratitude for everything.

Take one step : Do it

Action is a crucial part of life. And our actions are regulated by our thought process. Remember Newton’s first law – A body in rest continues to be in rest, and, a body in motion continues to be in motion. Same applies to our habit of getting things done. 

Whenever mind says, No!! It’s a huge task, postpone it….get up immediately and take the smallest step (to break the state of rest!). For example, you planned to woke up at 5 am, however, you got up at 7 am (the mind will make you feel that you lost it! You could not get up at the scheduled time…you are failure…etc!). Break the loop immediately! How? Start your day with one small victory : make your bed!

Would like to know, what you would advice to your younger self !

Three things on my rememberance list

I have been a keen observant of my life’s philosophy; it has changed alot and it keeps changing.Though there are certain things which got permanently installed in my life’s philosophy (in my attitude and in actions) 

Those top 3 things are –

1. Fitness : I believe in health, healing, fitness and abundance. 

2. Gratitude : I believe that everything is a Prasaad from the highest source. 

3. Living for my inner circle : There are people who matter most to me and for them I am ready to give my cent percent.

2016 Reflections

2016 gave me opportunities to grow in both personal and professional dimensions.

During the 12 months journey – I invested time on things which helped me to push my comfort zone. 

Personal zone :

  • Invested early morning hours on physical fitness and silence.
  • Wrote thoughts, quotes, to-do list, to-be list, happy moments, gratitude prayer and things which bothered me in my journal.
  • Traveled and explored new places.
  • Silently and gracefully removed myself from the lives of people who weren’t good for my mental health.
  • Cultivated the attitude of gratitude/thankfulness towards life. No matter what turned up, I deeply thanked existence for it!
  • Associated and met people who are far better than me. Never ever thought I will meet the creator of the wordpress theme (I am currently using on this blog) at his location. Thanks Raam.
  • Learned to (mostly) avoid and ignore things which are rubbish for healthy and happy life.
  • Loved, appreciated and brought smiles (sometimes unending laughter) on the faces of people who are part of my inner circle.
  • Death took away some near ones. It’s very difficult, it’s painful to even think that the person with whom we shared our journey will never come back! I could only pray and thank them for all their contribution in making my life better. 

    In professional (academic) area

    • Attended 2 International conference. 
    • Wrote and edited one full research paper (6 pages) by myself.
    • Co-authored and submitted two more research articles.

    In all, 2016 taught me to be :

     More patient,

    Deeply thankful,

    and 

    Walk one step at a time!

    Creating is tough, sharing is not 

    Very recently, I noticed that someone used the nature photographs I clicked few months before while visiting series of villages near Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India for promoting their upcoming travel tour at the same place.

    And instead of being happy, I got sad. 

    I felt bad that I spent days in exploring the village and someone just used the art work for their business promotions without asking or even giving credit or acknowledgement!

    After sometime, I stepped from everthing to allow my mind to return to equilibrium. And in calmness I tried to collect all the moments when I shared or used other artists artwork (write up, photo, idea, status update, research work etc) without giving them due credits or acknowledgment or when required their permission.

    And thankfully, I found none!!

    All of a sudden environment inside me turned joyous.My heart sent all the gratitude to all the artists who influenced and helped me through their work.

    With gratitude the feeling of sadness melted and in the end I walked holding the hands of peace.