With over 170 offerings at last count, this blog now has a host of practices, clearings, essays and poems that can serve inner work. As per their individual needs, I regularly recommend specific, relevant articles for self-study and practice to my clients. However, I was wondering how to make this reservoir more accessible and useful … Continue reading New at Serene Reflection: Explore The Archives
For all those who have been struggling to reconcile their head with their hearts, science with faith and pragmatism with idealism, here is a book that will capture your attention and offer solace for the doubts that may have haunted you for years. I happened to come across Martha Beck's TEDx talk and was immediately … Continue reading You Are Not Alone
I confess I am a little amused when people ask me if I am 'spiritual', or a 'seeker', or 'a 'healer', with a deliberate emphasis on the air quotes. Not because those words do not carry meaning, but because of the way in which they are discussed today. Language has its inherent limitations of course. … Continue reading Questioning the ‘Retirement Plan’
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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I recently started a sister site called Serene Expression. The idea is to help readers in "Giving voice to your unique song!" Reproduced below is a an introduction to the concept, and how we can learn more about ourselves from our everyday activities by engaging with them in a more conscious manner. I would like … Continue reading Why Serene Expression
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!