If there is anyone who can hold up a mirror and make you laugh at that which you may have so far been turning a blind eye to, it is my friends GD and Aalif Surti. GD's inimitable, witty way of pointing to profound wisdom (and difficult truths) is artfully captured by his articulate brother, … Continue reading The 11 Commandments Of The New-Age-Ego (In A Nutshell)
Assuming you consider your self to be a dedicated "seeker", or one in sincere pursuit of answers to the fundamental existential questions - have you ever examined your motivation for the same? What put you on this path? What drove you to seek deeper meaning and perhaps even enlightenment(however you define that)? Why we do … Continue reading Point of No Return
My wise friend, GD, recently contributed a profound post to my friend Aalif’s wonderful blog – ‘The Illusion of Ownership‘. Two lines from this post have such a depth to them, that I have been savoring them ever since I read the post, namely:
“One has to believe the illusion of ‘me’
before one can create the illusion of ‘mine’.”
Considering these lines together with my own blog post, ‘What are your memories costing you?’, has been a useful contemplation.
To me, what came is that who we consider ourselves to be – is largely the sum of our preferences (and dislikes), strung together with narrative explanations that the mind puts forward for the happenings we experience.
We have invested much in this story of ‘me’, and much of it, is malleable, questionable – a captivating piece of fiction. Well, all of the ‘I’ is a story, but at least this rumination is getting one in touch with the experience of the theoretical knowledge.
I am re-posting my blog here, along with GD’s lines… and inviting you to meditate on both together for yourself.
Would welcome your insights and comments 🙂
Do we really tell ourselves the stories as they actually happened?
Our cherished memories are often retold in great detail, evoking the same emotions with intensity and recent familiarity. We also listen to the frequent narratives within our families, communities and so on, and with each retelling, the story seems to become more vivid for us. This occasionally works to our advantage. So remembering a walk at the beach, replaying the details of the sunset colors, the feel of the sand under your feet, the smell of the ocean breeze and the soothing sound of waves – returns one to a peaceful place.
Similarly, for years, I have associated the cinnamon smell of freshly baked apple pie, with warmth, motherly love and a sunny kitchen. Whenever I ate apple pie, it gave me opportunity to discuss delicious recollections with whoever happened to be with me at that time. A beautiful association with…
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One of the conversations that took center stage in GD's recent workshop revolved around the posture and hierarchy in relationships. About how we can have conflicting needs and motivations wherein it becomes difficult to give or receive with ease. Whether it is time, love, attention, knowledge, healing or guidance - we seem to have a need for both, … Continue reading Embodying Grace
Stress, overwhelm, exhaustion, helplessness and hopelessness - all shut us down and close us off to new possibilities. We feel stuck in this state and nothing seems to help. This 15 minutes guided meditation has been designed to shift you out of such a state. It helps you return to a harmonious, balanced space, where … Continue reading The ‘New Beginnings’ Daily Meditation – Available for Download Now!
I have learned not to dismiss things I do not understand. I laughed when I first heard of Reiki and remote healing. Until my back was against the wall and I was willing to try anything that did not threaten to worsen the existing situation. Ever since, a more mature, open minded approach has brought … Continue reading Skeptics, Mystics & New Ways Forward…