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Life Hack – Being here, now

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One of my favorite Eckhart Tolle advice on being in the now are two of the most simple exercises which require less than 5 minutes of your day – 

  1. Take deep breaths – breathe in and observe as your body fills up with air as you inhale; and exhale while observing your body move with each of your breaths. Your breath is proof that you are alive, after all it is the universal life force, its an easy way to remind yourself that you are exactly where you are meant to be.  Now.
  2. Wash your hands – and while you do, notice how the water feels as it flows onto your skin forming small bubbles, observe your hands and all its details – your ring, the veins, maybe that little freckle you had long forgotten existed, smell the soap. A simple task like washing your hands can bring you to the this very moment.

My very own variation to these exercises is to allow myself a few moments to observe my surroundings especially when I feel like I am caught up in the rut.  I stop and take stock of my surroundings, the color of the fluorescent light in the room, the whirring sound of the ceiling fan, the sound of the ticking clock, my handbag as it sits on my desk with my favorite pair of sunglasses hanging on it, how my chair feels comforting and secure beneath me. As I take in all the details which seem familiar and often overlooked, and how it all makes me feel, I am.

Life as we know it (& just as it is meant to be) is in motion right now, for each of us, all over the planet.

Welcome to the present moment, your life. The beautiful Now.

Where else do we have to be?

Peace & Love

xo

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CatchLight- Plantation

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Riddle: What does the city girl who works a fairly stressful job in a big city where even ones daily commute requires no less preparation than going to war most need on a getaway?

Answer – A lot of green, no other sounds other than birds, and hills that nearly kiss the blue skies.

The Ooty Tea Plantations are famous, and one of my favorite quaint little towns in the south.  When the city makes you feel ragged with its cold indifference or brutal harshness, get into a car and drive to the neighborhood hill station, even if its just for a weekend.  Your soul will thank you for it.

Peace & Love

xo

CatchLight- Ente Keralam (2)

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A lot of places I’ve been to remind me songs heard long ago, although shouldn’t it be the other way ’round? Perhaps that’s why I am a (amateur) photographer instead of a musician, and my way of documenting beauty is with a camera.  An old Hindi song about a lone boatman comes to mind.

If there is only one advice I can give, it is this – make it a habit to always carry a camera with you (and I don’t mean just the one on your phone), so you never have to live with the regret of having missed a moment of pure beauty.  You will never regret the little extra weight.

Peace & Love

xo

CatchLight- Don’t hate Meditate

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Meditation – one of the best things ever.

Like most, I used to think meditation was difficult, that one needed to be a wise old sage sitting in the Himalayas to be able to do it properly, and then I realized that meditation is just a way to allow yourself to be present in the moment. Its that simple.

Meditation is Just like Yoga – after my yoga practice, I’d feel really calm and collected, like I could accomplish anything. Never realizing it was also a form of meditation, because the practice of yoga is about focusing on your breathing and allowing your body to settle into the asana. To be fully present in the moment.

Its only recently that I found the most effective meditation tool (and one of my favorites) called Zen12 created by Karl Moore (Thank you Karl, I will forever be grateful to you for creating this tool), and it has changed my life. I don’t even remember where/how I found this, but I did. And boy am I glad.

The biggest challenge for me when I started was to sit still, and slow down the flow of thoughts, and eventually completely quiet the mind. I’d often fidget, or start thinking of the things I needed to do after the “meditation”, or things I needed to do that day, or worse I’d start thinking of all the past experiences (especially the bad ones). And obviously get very frustrated.

But with Zen12 all I need to do is, choose my audio file, put on my earphones and just relax. I try to listen to myself breathe as the audio plays on, and 12 minutes later I feel refreshed and collected, much like my yoga practice. I try to do this every day, sometimes multiple times a day, on especially volatile days.

One of the biggest benefits of meditation that I have noticed in life is, I am a lot calmer in situations. Things don’t get under my skin quite as easily as they did before. In my mind, I am certain that there is time for accomplishing everything I am meant to.

Would I recommend meditation to people, YES (a million times, yes!)

If you are someone who describes yourself as “busy” or “stressed”, I’d day give it a go. What have you got to lose?

The best kind to start with are guided meditation, because it tells you exactly what to do, and you just need to follow along. Its the best one to start with, especially if you have never meditated a day in your life. There are thousands of videos online, when you search for the keywords guided meditation.

It is one of the biggest life hacks that I can share with the world. You will start to notice the change, sometimes after the very first practice.

So go on, try it why don’t you. And don’t forget to let me know how you like it.

Peace & Love

xo