Friday, October 24, 2014

Birthday Remembrance!

Tomorrow is my mother’s birthday! A day that  brings to my memories all the beautiful moments I enjoyed her presence….her visits to my place are still fresh in my mind. The little things that she did with great love is unforgettable…. There was always a special bond between me and my mom. 

My mom & my daughter

She was very simple, approachable and loved to dress up!  She Loved cooking and serving without getting tired; she liked to socialize, and would be ready to meet people.  She was very kind and compassionate, was always generous with whatever she had.

My mom & my daughter

She trusted God till the end of her journey; she also trusted everyone around her blindly… she had a very good sense of humor, ever smiling and cheerful.
Recalling some special moments with gratitude !!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Deepavali!

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 Deepavali, the festival of lights for me is a reminder, that we are called to be lights dispelling darkness. Darkness of fear, failures, insecurities, pride, prejudice, hatred, bitterness, anger ignorance and bondage.

As I watch people around me cleaning their house, and decorating with flowers, and placing the little lamp at their doors to welcome Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth).  I too feel motivated to do some cleaning, so today I cleared some clutter, which has been pending for a long time, I cleaned up a shelf, put things in order, and while doing so; my thoughts led me to think, why not also declutter the mind on this occasion, and allow some freshness to sweep in and get cleansed by releasing all the toxic.

So much has happened in the last few weeks, and it was quite a challenge for me to remain positive and grateful, despite all the issues I succeeded being not only positive and grateful, but also productive in terms of doing everything expected both at the home front and in my office, and the best part is I was also able to blog for a week.

As David lit the candles, for prayer, I let go and released all the negative thoughts and  persons who tried to humiliate and defame our family…. In the quietness of my mind, l let the light come into my heart and mind dispelling all forms of darkness.

The worst experiences are the most important ones, for they make you think, reflect and change and focus on WHAT and WHO matters most in life… I silently pray for those who hurt, betray, cause pain, are unfair and unjust… Glad they have touched my life giving me great lessons in life.. I forgive them for they have helped me learn about Trust and the importance of being shrewd, assertive and cautious…

Today I join all my friends who are celebrating this festival, may the Divine light shine not only in your homes ! But also in Your life and in your family!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A short story – When Things Go Wrong ….

This is the last post was written for Write Tribe “Rediscovering Your Blogging Groove Day 7 of the challenge.

I have not been able to post on time, but I do not want to leave the challenge incomplete, so here I go to share and short story I have read from the inspirational quote… “When Things Go Wrong…..

An old man lived alone in Minnesota.  He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was too much of hard work.  His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation;

“Dear Son, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year.  I hate to miss doing the garden, because your mother always loved planting them. I am just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot.  If you were here, all my troubles would be over.  I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison”

Shortly, the old man received this telegram: “For Heaven’s sake, Dad don’t dig up the garden! That’s where I buried the guns!” At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.

Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what happened, and asked him what to do next. His son’s reply was: “Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad.  It’s the best I could do for you from here”.
No matter where you are in the world,
if you have decided to do something deep from your heart, You can do it !

May you be Inspired!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why give Dowry?

I am writing for Blog Action Day, which was on 16 October, 2014. I could not post earlier, I am doing it today. Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day. This year’s topic is: INEQUALITY.

I am participating in Write Tribe's Rediscovering your Blogging Groove. Today is Day 6 and the prompt for the day is - Ask a question.

Discrimination begins right from the time a child is born in the family. I remember one old friend asking me, you have one child, is it expenditure or income. Meaning to say a male child will bring in income, and a female child is a curse, that will add to the burden in the family in the form of expenditure. 

Parents get worried if it’s a girl child, they start investing for them right from birth, so that by the time they mature and complete their education, they will be settled in marriage, and a lot of expenditure is incurred for the marriage.

It does not stop there, the saga continues, with a lot of customs wherein the bride will keep visiting their parents for first festival, first new year, and first of everything, even the first delivery is the expenditure for the parents.  Even the so called educated women follow these customs, and it’s a matter of pride to get brides who are rich and who can afford to make their husbands rich by giving them two/four wheelers, and have big fat weddings at the cost of the bride‘s family.  

Despite all the efforts made by the parents, brides are still not very secure and safe; we read so much in the newspaper death due to dowry harassment, suicide because of dowry, bride burning, attempt to murder…. The Indian women's rights activists campaigned for more than 40 years to contain dowry deaths, such as the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 and the more stringent Section 498a of IPC (enacted in 1983).

Using the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 (PWDVA) implemented in 2006, a woman can put a stop to the dowry harassment by approaching a domestic violence protection officer. I remember addressing a few of the issues related to dowry, when I was working for an NGO that was the service provider for recording the Domestic Violence cases and forwarding them to the Project Director, women and child welfare department.

Still there are so many cases pending, not resolved, getting justice is not easy, especially when you are poor and lower middle class, you got to be running from end to the other end, by that time, is too late for the bride to move on; as it is said justice delayed is justice denied. 

This is not a battle which can be won in a day, and by few persons raising their voice; there needs to be a collaborative effort from all sides to put an end to  discrimination, violence and say a big NO to dowry.

Let us join hands and fight against this evil “SAY NO TO DOWRY”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gratitude Link Up !

Thanking Corinne for providing information on the links for Gratitude link up!
This post is inspired from linkup on Laurel Regan’s Alphabet Salad

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My gratitude list for today!
  • I am blessed with good health, got up early and did some yoga stretches
  • Got some time for breathing exercises
  • Spent some quiet time in meditation.

  • Practiced positive affirmations that made me happy and energetic
  • Enjoyed singing while riding to my place of work, and returned safe despite traffic 
  • Facilitated an issue the client found difficult to handle, felt confident and grateful for having made a good beginning!!
  • Happy to see my daughter taking responsibility to complete her home assignment independently
  • Glad to have read some inspiring messages
  • Getting back to re- reading a favorite and an inspiring book
  • Interesting place visited - Shilparamam, Hyderabad with my daughter and my friend with her daughter a place for art & crafts and also a model of rural village set up

  • Went out for lunch at Hyderabad House and enjoyed the delicious biryani
  • Energetic till the end of the day and closing this day with a gratitude post !
  • Grateful for being connected to Gratitude link
Be Grateful & Be Happy !


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 4 Link Posts

This post is written for Write Tribe – fourth day

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This post is linked  to forgiveness and gratitude,  from posted by Corinne ..

I strongly promote gratitude in my life; and believe that it is very important to be grateful for everything we have and possess in our lives. I found that being grateful has kept me positive and happy, despite a lot of challenges in my life…. I never underestimate the power of gratitude, and so I wanted it become a way of life for me; hence I am doing my best to sustain this attitude all the time.

Recently I attended a seminar, wherein a lady presented a research paper on the link between gratitude and forgiveness among the IT employees stating that forgiveness and gratitude are positive psychological characteristics that are connected to well-being.  She went on explain the research process as to how they arrived at the results.

Earlier in my life I did not connect gratitude and forgiveness-  as I looked at them separately..  Reading the blog reminded me of all the times, I found difficult to forgive myself for all the mistakes I made in my life and the pressure I put on myself to be perfect, thereby blocking myself to learning. 

In the process it was also a struggle for me to forgive others. I remember so many times I refused to let go of some experiences wherein I felt manipulated and exploited.  At the same time, I was completely aware that forgiveness is important to move ahead in my life… thanks to all those spiritual gurus whom I encountered in my life; and who helped me understand the value of forgiveness and letting go of the past. 

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Louise Hay in her book “You can Heal Yourself teaches to let go of the past, and encourages to make the right choice, which can impact and influence the future.  The positive affirmations that is suggested is mostly on love, peace, acceptance and harmony in ourselves, others and in and around the world.

Now when I look back at those persons and events that brought pain into my life, I realize the very same experiences have helped me to move on, find alternatives, and explore possibilities in understanding myself better, value those who love and care; enabling me to become a little more wiser, to see my own contributions to the situations that I have created.  

So in a way I am thankful for every experience and every person for  providing me lessons, otherwise I would not have learnt. Gratitude leads one to be  generous enough to forgive everyone and everything, thus setting oneself free from within in the process of finding our purpose for existence.

I renew my choice to forgive myself and others every day of my life  & I renew myself to continue  my journey  with gratitude !!

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I managed the fourth day post for Write Tribe … .. grateful to all of you, for inspiring…. I am sorry I am finding difficult to read your posts with my existing tight schedule, however  I will make  time to visit your blogs ! 

Be Blessed & Be Happy !!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 3 - Book Review

This post is written for Write Tribe Third day theme: Write a Review Post

I have read many books, but have never attempted to write a review post, so this day is a challenging one for me to respond to the theme.   Nevertheless, I am attempting to write a review post on a book that I have read years ago by Dr Joseph Murphy; it was one of the finest book called “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”.

I was very impressed with this book, when I read it for the first time.  This book has some 20 chapters, every chapter speaks about how the subconscious works in our lives, the power of the subconscious mind, and how we can get everything and anything in our lives by believing in the power of our subconscious to heal, inspire, strengthen and bring in prosperity in our lives.

The author shares about how our mind works; he explains the difference between the conscious and the subconscious.  He also speaks about the mental healings in ancient times and modern times.  He provides practical techniques in mental healing, with appropriate examples of using our subconscious to get the results we want, to create health, wealth and riches.

Dr Murphy also shares on how scientist use the subconscious mind to receive guidance, for inventions, to solve  various problems in relationships, to break or build a habit, to remove fears and to stay young and  happy. After every chapter the author gives us the summary, highlighting the main points to remember what we have read…

I enjoyed reading this book, and remember sharing it with many of my friends. I was so inspired that I bought a few books and gifted to my near and dear ones.

If you have not read this book, I recommend you to read…..  I have not read the printed word for a long time…  hope to get back to reading and learning to review..

Linking this to write tribe festival !

Be Blessed & Be Happy!

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