As Minnesota puts on a magical white snow-dress for Christmas, here are some beautiful pictures for you to enjoy the holiday season! These pictures are also a reminder that unexpected, amazing things can happen to you during this time of the year!
Enjoy the winter wonderland pictures from around my place and gear up for great beginnings!
Holiday lights enchant the child in us.
It is extraordinary how light dazzles when it interacts with darkness.
Sunset and snow make magic together.
Sometimes, we are so busy running to the next that we skip the wonders of now.
A picturesque house against the colorful sky.
Behold the blushing snow maiden!
Sky is an amazing canvas, creating masterpieces every moment!
The scenery changes when it snows!
Strings of illuminating light and a clear path for the joyous traveler.
Silent night, peaceful night, all decked up in the holiday spirit.
Hope you liked the winter photography of Minnesota. Which is your favorite photo?
This #Diwali, may you and I turn towards our inward light and walk on an illuminated path!!!
…A path cleaned up through self-observation, lit up with diyas of hope and decorated with rangolis of creativity….offering fireworks of laughter, sweetened with challenges of life… and leading us towards our highest Self.
One day, an old turbaned man arrived at a colorful, bustling bazaar in India. He set up a signboard at a corner – I Sell Happiness for Two Paise.
Many dismissed him as a con man, but a lot came out of curiosity. A man selling happiness was rare! “Hmmm, happiness for two paise? Can you show me happiness?” One mustached man said sarcastically.
“Sure, come sit by me”, said the happiness seller. By now, a small crowd had gathered to see the “tamasha”.
The customer threw two paise at him. The seller took out a carved mirror from his “potli” and put it in front of the man. The customer’s face contorted at first, and then he burst out laughing.
“Bravo! It’s strange, but he does sell happiness!” The customer announced.
Another customer came, and he went away laughing too. Some customers smiled, some laughed and, many rolled on the ground with laughter. Everyone thought the happiness seller was a magician.
One little orphan boy watched the seller from far, and thought – “The mirror seems magical, but what does it show?”
By evening, the crowd around the seller lessened, and he noticed the boy.
“Son, do you want to buy happiness, too?” he called out. The boy nodded but explained, he had no money.
“Well, I can always barter,” the seller said.
“Seller, I have just hardship and sadness to offer!” said the boy.
“Well, no harm in offering that to the magical mirror. Let’s see how it conjures happiness for you,” the seller said, kindly.
The boy sat and offered his hardship and sadness to the mirror…
What ensued was laughter… unrestrained laughter… from the child! His infectious laughter came from his pure heart, and soon, it spread all over the village. No one knew why everyone else was laughing.
The happiness seller had no idea the mirror could give THAT kind of happiness. After the boy stopped laughing, he asked – “Son, I am amazed. I am 100 years old now but I never saw anyone experiencing such BLISS! What happened, tell me?”
The boy smiled and said, “Dear seller, thank you for this great opportunity. Let me explain the reason.
The first man’s happiness came from jealousy. The mirror showed his enemy falling into the ditch. So, he laughed. The second man’s happiness came from ambition. He saw himself traveling to a new land and earning wealth. So, he laughed.
Everyone’s happiness came from something they wanted – their desire! They got happiness in the same proportion.
My happiness was based on the act of surrender – of my hardships and sadness. I let go of my burden, stress…and what stayed in me was …nothing…just peace. This inadvertently filled me with ecstatic laughter. The mirror showed me so free and joyful, and I laughed. And it spread everywhere.”
The turbaned man folded his hand and said – “My child, a divine being told me I will meet my successor here. And I found you! All my life, I sold happiness, became rich but never understood it. Today I saw it. So, will you be my companion in spreading real happiness…?”
The boy smiled and nodded.
The next morning, people from far and wide rushed to the bazaar to buy a fresh dose of happiness. Who doesn’t want happiness for two paise? What they didn’t understand was the priceless truth – real happiness does not come from what we GET but what we LET GO of…
Villagers desperately searched for the happiness seller. But he had already left with his successor.
Every day, millions of people sit in front of the computer searching for a job. With eyes scanning the screen, fingers typing that perfect cover letter, mind in a state of agitation and heart filled with prayer, every job seeker, searches for that Elusive Perfect Job. It is especially challenging to get a job, if you are trying after a gap or do not have professional connections.
For most, getting a job is a matter of bread and butter while others look in order to be in a better work situation …but whatever may be the reason – It’s disheartening to read the rejection letter after being extremely hopeful about getting a job.
“Unfortunately, you are no longer under consideration for this position…” – this line in a job rejection letter is terribly disheartening. It may ruin one’s entire day or maybe week! But the fact remains that the only way to finding a job is to be on the move… to explore! So, while the search is on, do remember some of these tips from your blogger friend!
If you have applied for 40 jobs, aim for 400 – The higher the count, the better the chances are to get employment. Also, while searching, you will come across a variety of job requirements and explore new career avenues, which you never thought, existed. Job search is a great learning experience in itself.
You are a job explorer rather than a job seeker – You did not lose that job, you have just been directed to a new path on your way to your job. Don’t take it personally, it’s not about you, it’s about their job requirements. You are a job explorer! You go find or create a new path!
Add that element of fun to your job search – Tired, bored, exhausted from a job search? Why not add some element of fun to it. Make a peppy, off-beat resume or maybe, appear for on-the-spot hiring events (even though unrelated), just for the heck of it. You never know what you will come across.
If you feel nervous about interviews, think this way! – You’ve got an opportunity to talk about yourself. In the world of social media, everyone is talking about their achievements. But here is a chance to talk about yourself to someone, who is so eager to listen. So, go ahead, be chatty and talk about yourself. Also, you get a bonus chance to interview the interviewer too. When you have the chance to ask questions, do ask – what qualities and skills are they looking for in an ideal candidate? And what are the daily challenges in the job? You will get many important answers from his response.
The one quality that will get you through the most trying times is – Resilience. Don’t worry about dwindling confidence, lack of motivation, self-defeating thoughts or lack of connections. They are what they are – Just thoughts! Your job is to keep exploring and applying.
Tap the Hidden Job Market- Be on the lookout for the Hidden Job market. It exists but does not get advertised. It’s potential can be tapped through networking, volunteering or reaching out to people.
During the job search, take out a few hours to upskill yourself. Get certified or take a course. It helps!
Raise the target as your search continues – If you have applied 400 times, make sure you raise the target. In the face of such tremendous willpower, how will the elusive job, stay elusive?
“Congratulations! We are pleased to offer you a job at our company. We think that your experience and skills will be a valuable asset to our company.” – Read these words and envision the joy associated with them. It will take you nearer to your goal!
Breathe, Believe and Good Luck! And, congratulations in advance.
Not even for a moment, believe that the helplessness and depression of the moment would last forever. It will pass just like many challenging situations in the past did! Moments pass. It is us who hold on to such moments, thinking and predicting endless sorrow and disaster. And thereby, creating more gloom.
The problem is if we stick to gloom, we will not enjoy the good times which will come after! Acknowledge the loss, accept the problems, try your best to work it out and move on. And allow time to heal you. You will be healed!
But never for a moment, think that adversity will stay on…forever…it just cannot. It gives wanted and unwanted life lessons and makes way for ‘Sukh’.
Prosperity, joy and abundance are waiting around the corner to come into your life, for sure, because that is the law of nature. It may look impossible now when it is dark, but who can stop the dawn? If Winter is here, can ‘Summer’ be far behind?
So sow your seeds. Prepare, hope and wait for good things. And do let go of that overpowering gloom and negativity. The landscape will be brighter again, we will have great joyful moments and we will rise brighter and stronger than before.
Till then, keep going and do not forget to smile, my friend, just like that…! Bas yun hi…
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order – John Burroughs.”I hope these 11 May flower photos from Minnesota, rejuvenate you from within. Smile, breathe and do not forget to be kind to yourself!
India has always been resilient, the country has suffered many invasions, barbarism, wars….and has not only survived but thrived. May India be victorious against Covid-19, once again. Here are some quotes to remind everyone of their strengths!
It is impossible to beat the human spirit. We will win over any adversity!
I had a very vague idea about holistic healing techniques before meeting Dr. Haritha Chiluka, a certified Pranic Healer. There were so many doubts and biases! I wanted to try out this no-touch healing method for two reasons. First to understand how it works and second, to know whether it works at all.
And this curiosity made me sign up for one of her healing sessions for overall wellness. How will you heal me? I asked her. You will heal yourself, she said with a smile.
I was mentally prepared for an intense, exaggerated session of loud mantra chanting and some sort of ceremony but this was different. I just sat comfortably at a quiet place and Haritha began her healing on camera. The process was simple.
But I was not ready for the surprise after the session. She had perfectly assessed my backache though I had not mentioned I was suffering from it. And my back felt so much better after the healing!
She has impressive stories of healing people in the US as well as from India. She never forgets to mention one thing – You don’t have to be sick for healing sessions or meditation, you just need to do it for living a healthier and happier life.
Negative thoughts and emotions create blockages in our energy body, which results in disease with time. Chronic diseases often have underlying emotional causes. Using pranic healing, we can cleanse these blockages, thereby accelerating the body’s ability to heal itself, she explains.
I thought I must introduce this positive and unique lady to all my dear readers. She is doing some wonderful things for the community. Do read Haritha’s interview to know more about her and the Pranic Healing technique. Do reach out to her for a free consultation if you wish. You can also contact her if you just want to explore and experience an ancient healing method.
What made you start and learn Pranic healing technique?
I always wanted to learn meditation, especially after reading somewhere that Swami Vivekananda had a photographic memory.
But actually, a college friend introduced me to Pranic healing through a magazine article. The article talked about aura around people, and I connected with that because sometimes I saw aura (brilliant light) around some people.
Around the same time, my mother’s wound got healed by her colleague, who was a Pranic healer. My mother got interested in healing and she asked me to accompany her to a Pranic healing class. I was more interested to learn meditation but she sort of convinced me by saying that they taught meditation as well.
Anyway, we attended the first class and that’s how my love for Pranic healing started. I was very impressed from Day 1, as everything I knew or experienced had a scientific explanation. (For example, on Day 1, they informed that salt disintegrated negative energy – that’s why it’s used in Nazar Utarna. They also encouraged us to feel the energy between hands.)
Later, after studying pharmacology (I am a Ph.D. in pharmacology) which is essentially how drugs work, it became clearer that medicines do a wonderful job in reducing the symptoms but do nothing to the root of the problem. And that’s where Pranic Healing comes in. Pranic Healing is a good complementary therapy that works on energy body and eliminates the root cause of illnesses.
Can you explain how Pranic healing works on the body?
Our body has the innate ability to heal itself. Our physical body is interpenetrated by the energy body and extends beyond the physical body. Any disease first manifests in the energy body and then shows up on the physical body. Often people feel discomfort even before their body falls sick. Clairvoyantly, this is seen as grey energy.
In Pranic healing, we cleanse this energy body, and by the law of correspondence, the physical body heals.
Also, our thoughts and emotions affect our body (For example, think of a lemon and your mouth waters, watch a comedy movie you laugh.)
Conventional medicine works great for the body. But it does not address our emotions and thoughts (energy) which affect our body. If our energy is negative (due to stress, problems, situations) it creates blockages in our energy body but using Pranic healing we can cleanse these blockages.
Please tell us the process of Pranic healing?
Pranic healing is a no-touch energy healing system, it can be done in-person and distantly. I do virtual healings.
Master Choa Kok Sui, the modern founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga, studied energy body, and chakras extensively for many years and he observed energetic patterns in each disease condition and gave protocols to heal like a cookbook approach.
When a person comes for healing I assess the energy body and chakras and use the appropriate protocol. I also do Pranic psychotherapy for stress, negative emotions & thoughts (fear, phobias, addictions).
Please share a few testimonials?
I had chronic lower back pain and Haritha’s remote soothing healing made me feel very relaxed. I couldn’t feel any pain after the session ended – Shivangi
Got get rid of kidney stones.- Raghavendra Srikanth
Tinnitus reduced…. -Anitha
Long time Shoulder and neck pain reduced – C.S
Long time Dog hair allergy reduced – P.S
Kindly share some tips for self-healing?
One of the major causes of disease is stress. According to stress researcher Hans Selye, stress is mostly emotional (anger, irritability, resentment). Sadly, many people are not even aware that they have stress and think it’s normal how they are feeling.
Meditation has great benefits in relieving stress yet many people don’t practice. When you have the right technique, it’s like a spiritual shower just as important as your daily shower for the body. My go-to is Meditation on twin hearts.
Another important aspect is that many of us hold onto anger/hurt for God knows how long but forgiveness is one of the best ways to keep our mind and body healthy. Forgiveness heals!
Also, our breath is so important and most people have the wrong breathing pattern. Consciously practice abdominal breathing (belly breathing), it rejuvenates the body instantly. Taking breath breaks during the day is more rejuvenating than a coffee break.
Kindly share your contact info. Also please tell us about your sessions.
I guide people through my program “Unleash the innate healing power” – a 6-week program that includes 1:1 healings and guided practices like an emotional detox.
Invariably everyone goes through stress, one doesn’t have to be sick to get healing. Pranic healing helps in healing physical, emotional health, relationships, and finances. I also do free weekly stress relief meditation. People can connect with me through email, Instagram or Facebook.
Ever wondered that the profound concept of Nishkama Karma Yoga (Selfless Action with Detachment) is contradictory in nature? How do we find inaction in action? And how do we do anything selflessly without any expectation? We are humans, right?
There cannot be any motivation if we are not result-oriented. Hmmm! But this contradiction is the beauty of Nishkama Karma Yoga. If we go to heart of it, we will know that this great philosophy mentioned in the Bhagavd Gita ensures perfection minus stress and anxiety. And the ultimate reaper of any selfless action is the doer!
We have to understand this – Nishkama Karmayoga is about detachment not disconnect. Detachment is different from disconnect. Disconnect would stop karma altogether detachment will bring karma to the center instead of the result factor. To a detached person, all enjoyment comes from just the action and activity, the result is surrendered. Here are a few quotes that underscore the meaning, the path and the greatness of Nishkama Karma Yoga. These quotes will hopefully dissolve the contradictory factor and make us evolve into our better selves.
What is Nishkama Karma Yoga – This quote helps us understand the concept
If one can joyfully involve in any activity, that is Karma Yoga. If one does it with stressful effort and a motive, it is just karma, not yoga.
Here is why a Nishkama Karma Yogi stays stress free and gets a better result automatically!
How to practice Nishkama Karma Yoga – How to remove the result part from the action part?
Tricky, right? Love and faith is the answer. Nishkama Karma Yoga can only happen if you love somebody or something so completely that you work just for the heck of it. Appreciation and recognition is a bonus! For those who believe in God, every action is an act of surrender. The devotee believes He is the doer, the act and the result, so he stays blissful. And did you know it is being practiced as a great management mantra in some of the big organizations?
Didn’t I tell you every sunset is different? These 10 sunset pictures taken from the same place, prove this fact. Have a look at the stunning, glorious sunset pictures that will amaze you. And there are some amazing Sunset quotes for that extra effect! Enjoy.
Indian English is quickly carving its own space in the world. The tone, accent, colloquialisms, vocabulary, sentence construction, and variations are slowly being accepted rather than laughed at. Various localization projects worldwide treat Indian English separate from British, American, or Australian English, and …that’s a relief!
Because since long, we Indians have been so self-conscious and focused on using the English language correctly, that we have hardly been able to express ourselves at all. We have stayed segmented and almost mum in many ways.
It has been like always pretending to be someone else – a caricature of something we believed to be ‘grand’. But now, Indian English is finding its own footing. We no longer need to blush with shame for using the Queen’s English in Indian style. The self-consciousness in using English is lessening as we personalise and Indianise English. Indian English is now spoken by 125 million people and it is high time the language gets its own stature and dignity.
In my home, here in America, the boys often notice my English and ask about my ‘different’ pronunciation. They find my English accent strange and dissimilar from their American way of talking. I say, “I have studied British English, so, my English is a little bit different from yours.” Actually, my English is ‘very’ different from theirs, it is full of Indian words and Indian ways of sentence construction. It is decidedly Indian English!
A few days back, the word ‘opportunity’, gave me the opportunity to talk to my kids on the subject of different types of English. I was reading a book and when I said – ‘OP-POR-CHUNITY,’ I had their attention. “But Mumma, it is ‘aa-pr-too-nuh-tee,” the little one said. “But Mumma, in British English, “it is op-uh-tyoo-nuh-tee’. You spoke it differently.” The older one said. And I found myself saying – I speak Indian English, you know! A few years back, I would not have done so because nothing was clear-cut then. Indian English had no properly defined presence at that time.
It is now time, that Indian English gets properly defined guidelines of its own. This does not mean – distorting or meddling with the original beautiful, flexible language. This means, using the language as an Indian rather than being an Indian and using it as a foreigner. English has the rare flexibility and ability to adapt, that’s why it has survived and thrived for so long. It should be used for our advantage rather than being overwhelmed by it.
By giving dignity and support to Indian English, we will have a new generation of confident kids who would not feel conscious in speaking English, in Indian style.