Sadhanapada: A rebirth

It was the winter of 2016 when I had hit the wall and was truly longing for something unknown to come into my experience! And the thought and questions which constantly rebounded in my head ever since I was a kid gained momentum- “Well there is something more to Life! How do I find out? Who is going to guide me?”

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To recap, the questions about life was something which I always pondered as a kid but this longing did get lost in the mundane cycle: of getting good grades, of getting degrees, finding the security of a high paying job and to get into the security of a steady relationship. Achievements, accolades, milestones lacked fulfillment. My Life then was a bunch of fleeting moments of happiness. I knew for sure this was not Life!

Ironically the word security is crippling as it snatches one the opportunity of exploring oneself or experiencing Life as is.

However, in early 2015 I did quit my job in the hope of exploring Life and more so indulged in the things I loved and forayed outside my comfort zone; blogging, traveling, fiction writing, photography, publishing my own coffee table book,  working in a couple of startups as a content writer and quite recently freelancing in digital marketing.

While I was doing the above things outside my comfort zone there was something parallel which I had hit upon and this was giving me all the strength to do the things with utter ease.

So the winter of 2016 had passed and the beginning of 2017 brought me face to face to this program called Inner Engineering. A friend had suggested this and I thought, “Anyway this program is just for 7 days and that too for 3 hours only, let me give it a shot.” Trust me, I had no clue who Sadhguru was and I had not even watched any of his videos on YouTube.

Well, as they say when the student is ready, the Guru appears!

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The program made utter sense to the logical mind that I had. My journey through Inner engineering is out here: My experience of Inner Engineering

Well, within the next couple of years I had completed all the advanced programs and I was waiting for this final advanced program called Samyama which is conducted by Sadhguru himself. The practices, the kriyas were working wonders in my Life and I knew the final program with Sadhguru would be utterly life-changing!

Fortunately I did get this opportunity in March 2019 and it was an experience which I cannot express and still cannot fathom but it brought me face to face with Life as is; sans illusion.

Even though I had been volunteering at Isha in Bangalore since 2017, I quite had this urge to explore myself in a more insightful conscious way, to serve as a volunteer and also to experience life in the Ashram at Coimbatore.

Well, this is when Sadhanapada fit the bill and it happened to be the right platform to enhance my Sadhana and the perfect opportunity to offer myself as a Volunteer.

Sadhanapada is a 7 months residential program offered by Sadhguru to enhance one’s Sadhana and also to volunteer in the Ashram. The only pre-requisite is that one should have  completed the Inner Engineering program.

 

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I had decided to go ahead with the program but when I broke the news to my family they were hesitant initially (agreed upon later) and a few acquaintances, relatives were aghast at the decision and they had the below questions:

  • What do you get at the end of 7 months, considering you won’t be earning?
  • Is the program going to train you on something from which you can earn money later on?
  • Are you going to get any skills or become an expert in Yoga?
  • Why do you go all the way out there to serve or volunteer when you can do it in your home?
  • The organization is just getting young people to work in the name of volunteering for free, are you mad to go there?
  • You have just started a successful freelancing business, why are you leaving it?

I couldn’t answer to the logical minds of people as to what tangible things I would get at the end of it all because what I would be experiencing is far from anything tangible.

I quite didn’t have the answers to the above and more so even if I wanted to try and explain that would be beyond comprehension or probably misunderstood, so I remained mum but my decision was unwavering.

My parents initially were perturbed and anxious but once they got to know that this was something that would make a difference to my life in a big way, they gave in and helped me in prepping up for the program ahead.

I was elated when the interview went well and I was eagerly waiting for the confirmation with each passing day. Finally I had received the confirmation message and  I knew I was given the chance of a lifetime.

Come July 2019 and I was off to Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore.

The first month passed where I indulged in the orientation, adjusting to the intense schedule, getting to know the Ashram, working in my volunteering/Seva department and of course gearing up for the months ahead. I knew I had to cherish each moment and give 100% in whatever I did. I was grateful that I could enhance my Sadhana in the consecrated spaces of the Ashram and  being in the Ashram was something I had always dreamt about. Well, it did come true and thanks to Sadhanapada for giving me the solace of a rebirth.

A day in the life of Sadhanapada:

Sadhanapada has been an intense program which has changed my life for the better. I had forgotten to enjoy life just as it is, thanks to the program that I am quite able to be joyful without any external things or distractions. It has taught me the very basics of how to lead a Life joyfully and I wish everyone goes through Sadhanapada.

I am fortunate to have shared this journey with my fellow participants from various walks of life. Some had left amazing opportunities, some high-paying jobs, some their loved ones only to learn and to know the being that they are. I am so grateful to have been a part of this program with such inspiring and motivating people.

 

These 7 months have given me so much that I wonder if I would have got these realizations / learnings  in 7 lifetimes at all. Below are a few realizations which have come by:

  1. Be it in my previous companies or any work for that matter I used to work efficiently but there was some amount of compulsiveness that I always ended up having a burn out time and again but these 7 months has brought me to a point where whatever activity I am given, I do it with 100% involvement. There is no compulsiveness and I am not attached to the work I just complete it to the best of my abilities.
  2. My likes and dislikes have come down and I indulge in what is needed to be done no matter what it is. I have come face to face with my limitations and I consciously work on them.
  3. During my freelancing stint, I did have sufficient time to do the Kriyas and practices at home but somewhere I would miss out on some Kriyas if I had more work to cater to. But in these 7 months I learnt how to manage my time and balance both the Sadhana and Seva(my departmental work). The first couple of months I struggled but after that it I could manage it with ease.
  4. My day started at 3 AM and ended by 9:30 PM but I could go through Sadhana, Seva, daily chores with utter ease. I never used to get completely exhausted, well probably at times a bit tired on certain days but I was vibrant enough to go about the work that was needed to be done
  5. Apart from Sadhana and Seva we took part in a various programs, festivals. The times when we danced, played some games it felt like I was a kid again and I involved myself without any inhibitions and reluctance.
  6. The joy of volunteering is truly exhilarating. To serve, help, support, to do an activity without expecting anything in return is something I learnt here in Isha. The fulfillment that I received here is far more than what I received in any job that I was paid for.
  7. There were of course certain challenging circumstances with people and work. These ordeals helped me to see through myself, my limitations and above all to be compassionate to the person at the other end and understand from his/her point of view. This was quite a struggle and also a revelation and it took me sometime to understand this. Whatever be the situation, it is actually how I perceive and respond to it.
  8. The entire program helped me to see myself as is without any false identifications. The walls, the boundaries I had built for my security just evaporated and I was bare facing things and this felt liberating. Not being in control is such a blessed thing for you are free. This made me realize that I had been such a fool growing up.
  9. I don’t need any reason to be happy, I am joyful always. There is a certain stillness or rather a distance that has come by with the mind and body.
  10. I was faced with a personal emergency during the program. As I went to meet my family, the way I responded and behaved was something out of the ordinary and I knew things had transformed within me for the better. Though it was an unfortunate incident, it actually helped me to evaluate my growth and impact of the program. There was a strong reluctance from relatives, acquaintances (not my parents thankfully) that I stay back for the family and not complete the program as they considered it to be some unnecessary time-pass or a lame thing which I was doing(this wouldn’t have been the case if I was working abroad or doing my masters in a far off place – probably these have some credibility in their eyes). Though I was hurt that they felt this way, my commitment to the program didn’t waver. I didn’t feel the need to explain this to anyone albeit my parents and I resumed the program for I knew this was for my Life.

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I would like to throw light upon certain misconceptions that some people usually have or the Society has-

  1. Going to an Ashram and being on a Spiritual path:
    • Myth: If one goes to the Ashram, they will take on Bramhacharya, one will be hypnotised and eventually you will take up Sanyas.
    • Fact: Ashram is a conducive place for one to learn, enhance one’s Sadhana and also learn to serve / volunteer. Of course one gets transformed but for the better. It is as Mahatma Gandhi quoted “We must become the change we wish to see in the world.” 
  2. Age and Vocation
    •  Myth: Spirituality is for the old people and for people who are jobless
    • Fact: With thousands of young people already dependent on antidepressants, medication for stress / anxiety due to the lifestyle, work habits – Yoga is the need of the hour. It is better to start working on one’s well-being at the earliest and to have a positive approach to life rather than having this thought on the death-bed. Yoga is a tool which would equip one to lead a better conscious life.
  3. Renunciation
    • Myth: If you are on a spiritual path, then you have to leave your family, be a celibate and head to an ashram or the mountains
    • Fact: Yoga teaches one to be in balance and equips one with various tools to enhance one’s energies. This helps one tackle the challenges in the daily life with elan and to live life to the fullest and not just living a mundane life. It equips one to to take on Life and not run away from situations.
  4. Belief vs Seeking
    • Myth: Learning yoga will make one religious and a Hindu
    • Fact: Yoga is not a religion, it is a Science. Being on a Spiritual path is when you are choosing neither to be a religious fanatic(believing in God) nor an atheist(believing that there is no God)  you are just being a third kind- A seeker – Trying to delve deep within to find out more about yourself and more so get in touch with the Truth!
  5. Source of Happiness
    • Myth: Having a secure job, relationships, accolades, materialistic things is the source of happiness
    • Fact: All the above may give you pleasure, happiness but it is only momentary and elusive. Being in Yoga makes one blissful. It doesn’t matter what challenges life throws at you, you will be able to handle things with elan while being happy and blissful. By growing materialistically or spiritually we are only trying to expand but spiritual expansion happens consciously not compulsively. Source of Happiness is within you!
  6. Life
    • Myth: Life is Birth – Education – Job- Family – Death
    • Fact: The above is a part of life but we think life is just that and we forget the opportunity to know ourselves and explore life. To delve within is the only way out

Why am I sharing this with you all?

It is quite hard for me to articulate the happenings and experiences within me and I know I couldn’t do so even if I had all the gamut of words at my disposal. The challenges of life are many and may cripple you or may leave you dejected and lost but when you are on a constant journey of seeking the inner dimension, the life challenges won’t matter and you will be able to handle anything that comes your way with ease. Life will seem amazing and you will rightfully know how to enjoy a day! I want you all to experience this dimension of Life.

Open to all from all walks of life

Sadhanapada is open to all – My fellow participants were from across the world from various walks of life; farmers, doctors, engineers, yoga enthusiasts, digital marketers, bankers, entrepreneurs, teachers, homemakers, students, architects you name it we were all a part of this program. Young and old made this program a wonderful experience. I am sure you must be wondering that it won’t be easy for you to take this decision to apply for this program. Trust me, give it a thought and if you really want to seek what this Life is about then think no more. Take the plunge, everything will fall into place; it is quite a curious miracle.

Thanks to the Ashramites, the Bramhacharis, the Bramhacharinis, the Teachers, the Volunteers to have welcomed us in the Ashram and for constantly taking care of us and guiding us throughout the program and much after that as well. The program wouldn’t have been possible without all their support. And I am so fortunate for this opportunity to have come by and quite can’t thank Sadhguru enough for making this a possibility.

Below are some glimpses, a few from Sadhanapada culmination.

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Links and videos about Sadhanapada

Registration Link: https://isha.sadhguru.org/in/en/volunteer/sadhanapada

Further, please check Sadhanapada – Sadhanapada Tips and Guidelines on how best to prepare for the program. Read through this very descriptive post that would answer most of your queries!

So are you ready for transformation and to delve within yourselves?

 

 

And there the Joy of Shaving my Head!

Aha before you conclude…..

Must say, I was totally sane while getting it done and more so did it out of pure joy!

Well, society does attach a few associations like beauty, success, femininity with the kind of hair a woman has and there are certainly negative associations too when a woman shaves her head; a disease, a traumatic experience, a mental breakdown.

But from my own personal experience, hair has nothing to do with who you are and I didn’t go through any traumatic disease or experience; in fact a shaven head gives you an opportunity to delve deep inside and meet the person that you truly are.

Let me take you through as to why I decided to shave my head.

10 reasons and perks of shaving my head:

  1. I wanted to experiment and see what it is to forgo my identity (since hair is the most integral part of one’s identity)
  2. I wanted to see if I had the guts to let go of this attachment
  3. Being on a spiritual path was turning out to be totally exhilarating and I wanted to mark this by shaving my head and trust me it was so so liberating
  4. As I had missed to observe my hair growth while growing up, I wanted to see myself through all the stages; having a shaved head, having a buzzed head, having short hair, spiky hair and so forth 😉
  5. I wanted to completely detach myself from the looks of who I was. This has certainly made me a new person with new perspectives
  6. I wanted to feel vulnerable, go within myself and seek what truly matters because the external seemed mundane and unfulfilling
  7. Shaving my head felt like lifting a huge burden off me from all the conditioning accumulated over the years and it felt as though I was a completely new me starting anew
  8. I have saved considerable amount of time, energy and money in maintaining my hair since I shaved. Well that’s one hell of a perk
  9. The fact that I could feel and enjoy the short spiky, velvety hair was uber cool and to feel the wind, sun on my head is quite something when you have short hair (you ought to try it out if you really want to know what I am talking about ladies)
  10. Lastly, the process of getting it done was overwhelming yet rewarding and I love the way it turned out.

It has been close to 9 months since I got my head shaved and I have had some mixed responses but it doesn’t seem to bother me because I truly feel beautiful and empowered within!

Hair certainly doesn’t define me!

Well, have you ever wanted to shave your head? Or how was your experience of shaving your head?

Would love to hear your story and if you are thinking of having a shaved head, go ahead!

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Me through the months

Inner Engineering! What’s that all about?

My mind couldn’t fathom the immense profundity at the end of the Initiation day. All it said again and again- ‘I should have tapped on Inner Engineering much before I did Engineering!’ Phew! Probably I had to tread the hard way before I could cherish the Inner Way!

Well let me give you a glimpse of how my life has changed post Inner Engineering. Before that I want to be very clear, I am not writing this post to propagate a line of Yoga / any Foundation / Guru! I am simply sharing my experience as a person who has tapped into the beauty of Life and much more. I am sharing this so that it can reach any person (atleast one) who wants to know more about life, cherish it in the best possible way and who is willing to take on this journey of exploring oneself ‘The Inner Way!’

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It is almost two years since I completed the Inner Engineering program offered by Isha Foundation. It is a 7-Day Program(3 hours every day with one day being the Initiation day which runs for 12 hours) where one is taken through learning a Kriya- Shambhavi Mahamudra.

What the Program Offers:

  • Enlightening interactive sessions
  • Guided Meditations
  • Asanas, simple yoga postures
  • Shambhavi MahaMudra, a powerful, 21-minute energy technique that brings your entire system into alignment so that your body, mind, emotions and energies function in harmony

Post the Inner Engineering program which I completed in Jan 2017, I took to regularly doing the Kriya everyday which runs for 21 mins. There have been significant changes in my Physical, Mental and Emotional well-being!

To describe a few,

  1. I feel an amazing sense of enthusiasm in carrying about my work day in and day out.
  2. It has been a overwhelming experience of Exploring myself inwardly and trust me I wait for each day so that I can learn more about myself and be a better being!
  3. I can multi-task several activities in varied fields at ease, be it writing, photography, social media management of my clients and learning anything new in a day. And I am not that tired or exhausted. Believe me- I am surprised! Because I used to get bogged down with maybe 1/2 tasks a day!
  4. My take on Life or perception of Life has changed and more so confirmed that there is something more than the mundane which we fail to grasp; there is something more than studies, work, marriage, children, family, materialistic aspirations, keeping up with the societal norms!
  5. As I hike in the Himalayas every year, I now see a tremendous change in my stamina and energy levels. With falling sick on a mountain and being exhausted all the time to now being a person who is truly happy and overwhelmed that my stamina holds me up throughout the trek in high altitudes. Fingers crossed, I haven’t fallen sick in the last three Himalayan treks since I have been regularly keeping up with my practices (Yoga).
  6. Though I haven’t tapped into the secrets of life and have an answer for each of my problems, I surely have some sense of clarity in things that I am doing and certain clarity in the confusion! (That’s something quite right! 😉 )
  7. I have had opportunities where I stepped in as a Volunteer at the Foundation and otherwise where it has certainly helped me grow as a better human-being. I am very grateful for that.
  8. I have always pondered on religion, culture and wondered where I belong because I didn’t have a clear cut answer to ‘Do I believe in God?’ I was all muddled up but now I do have some clarity that ‘I don’t know!’ So, I choose to be a Seeker – neither a ‘believer of God’ nor a ‘non-believer of God,’ treading on a way of exploring myself than God!
  9. The best part of my Journey so far in these two years have been my networking with people from various walks of life! It is an amazing way to learn things and you never know when you are meeting a person who is going to be a part of your life or a person who is going to be your mentor! It is always a joy to interact with people who are on this journey but also otherwise. Needless to say, I have had some amazing conversations and connect with people on my travel.

More on my experience of being a part-time Yogi is out here. Joy of being a part-time Yogi! Check it out!

Well, if you want to register into Inner Engineering and want to know more about it, here is the link: Inner Engineering

To register for Inner Engineering Online, here is the link: IE Online

Please do register, if you think and know ‘The Way Out is In!’ And I am sure you would have realized this by now!

The WINDOW!

 

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This is a Window at my Grandmother’s place! And it was a window to the world for me!

The Summer holidays at my Grandmother’s place used to be fun; climbing Mango, Jackfruit trees, eating Kulfis whenever my Uncle would buy, listening to deafening music from my Uncle’s massive Music player, playing games with my sisters and cousins and of course loitering around the house running away from my Grandmother’s dog – Raksha!

Apart from this the window in my Uncle’s room was my favorite place; I used to sit by the window ledge listening to the wind blowing, the trees humming a soft tune and obviously enjoying the pitter-patter of the rain! If not for these, I would stare at the passers-by on the street and the myriad of vehicles.

On one occasion, there was a congregation probably some ceremony which I don’t remember now. Being the introvert, I stuck to the room, sitting by the window and watched the innumerable guests passing by the lovely garden and engaging in amusing conversations. I lost track of time and I remember Mom coaxing me to meet the guests and at-least have Lunch. So the Window happened to be my silent companion!

As I ponder, Windows have surely kept me company and have given magnificent views. I do remember a Window at my house years ago. The three of us Sisters shared a room and the window opened to the street by our house. As soon as I woke up, I would stare at the blue sky, the swaying trees and the weather would certainly set my mood for the day! Many of my creative works then used to happen by the window!

Lately, I am getting back to the mode of creating pieces of Art by the Window at my present home now! Wonder, if Nature beckons to this Soul to create a piece of Art which defines her and the language of the Universe! Well hope to decode it completely one day!

Do you have any Window stories or musings?

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Exploring Peppa to Masha way!

I have always loved watching Cartoons since my childhood days. Though the urge to watch has obviously subsided over the years, I do get a peek into the cartoon characters and shows through my nephews!

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Lately, there is a routine watch of a few shows with my nephews! Thanks to their summer holidays, I do get the opportunity to roll in the fun of their leisure activities!

I do remember watching DuckTales, Talespin, Aladdin, Mr. Bean videos(thanks to my Uncle for making me an ardent fan), Starwars, Shaktimaan, Captain Vyom and of course Tom and Jerry. It was in my early teens that I started watching Popeye, Scooby Doo, Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls, supersonic, Simpsons and maybe a few more… The joy of watching these cartoons surely helped me with my reasoning capabilities and of course being creative with my drawings and paintings back then. But they certainly helped me improve my diction and a glimpse of the world in a way!

There were a few which I used to watch a few years back Oswald, Spongebob Squarepants, Noddy- a favorite one of my 4 year old nephew then.

Well the shows that I watch now or have a peek into are Peppa Pig; a cute preschooler who learns and does a lot of activities along with her brother George and her loving family, Paw Patrol; here Ryder, a gadgety boy takes on rescue missions along with six tech talented puppies, Dora the Explorer/ Go Diego Go(the boy version)- where an 8-year old goes about exploring the world  and learning the mundane things in a beautiful way, Masha and the bear; is my 3 year old nephew’s favorite cartoon thanks to the versatility of the circus bear and the innumerable adventures that Masha has with him and they are adorable, Max and Ruby; brother-sister duo take on their everyday adventures with utter cuteness. Other cartoons they often watch are Shiva, Winnie the Pooh and Rusty Rivets.

Well you know I am thoroughly refreshed everyday with the innocence and beauty of these shows and it is great fun to watch along with my 3 and 5 year old nephews. These shows truly have a moral, a learning and I can see my nephews take on a few words and use it while conversing with us. It is splendid and it is really nice to see them relate to things, of course there are a few cons to that as well pertaining to toys and gadgets! 😉

Well thanks to my nephews, I have grown through the cartoons and probably growing again with more morals and learnings! It so happened once that when these kiddos weren’t there I have gone ahead and watched these cartoons at the respective times. Funny me!

There was a phase when I used to watch Anime / Manga series. They used to play on Animax Channel. They were quite interesting. I recently watched one series ‘The Death Note’ – it was quite a thrilling story and I was glued to it for about a month.

Well it is an adventurous journey along with these cartoons over the years. I am sure we as adults would love to watch no-nonsense cartoons once in a while curled up in bed with a hot drink/soup to go with. Or maybe just about cut off from the reality with these cute little characters! The child in us never dies.

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So what have you watched recently, I mean cartoons / animes / animated movies?

Let me know if there are any intriguing Anime series for adults or an educational cartoon for the kids!

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Freelancers are not free!

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Freelancing for me has been an amazing space to explore various avenues, learn new skills and also to interact with a lot of passionate people across fields and industries. The freedom to choose the work and time is most certainly the biggest advantage in a freelance career!

Freelancing on and off for almost over 2 years has certainly made me rich with experiences; some amusing, some annoying and some totally off-putting!

Let me share with you a few scenarios and for all the freelancers out there I am sure you will resonate with the below:


Firstly most people think ‘Freelancers are free and rich!’ 😉 That would be amazing right if it were true. Well, let’s get to the actual definition by Cambridge dictionary – “Freelancing-working independently usually for various organizations rather than as an employee of a particular one!” And of course getting paid for the service provided!


Client: Could you JUST do this? It does not require extra money!

Frankly Me: Ahem! JUST = my time, my efforts, my skills! And yes you have to pay me for that!

Freelancers of course have to be paid at the end of providing a service! It is as simple as paying for food at a restaurant and secondly even after you were happy with the meal or not!


Client: I will make the payment tomorrow!

(tomorrow never comes! When is tomorrow?!)

Frankly Me: How about I provide the service tomorrow! 😉

It is so annoying when people expect a product/service to be on time but are least bothered to make the payment on time!

Or in worst cases, don’t make the payment at all! It is disheartening to see people act this way after using the service provided!


Client: Could you make the charges lesser?

Frankly Me: Oh yes, how about I provide you a lesser service with a lesser quality!

The service is priced at a certain level owing to the time, effort, skill-set, quality!


Client: I have the tools, could you teach me how to ace the skill in a day?

Frankly Me: As good as saying I am new to Cricket and have all the Cricket gears, teach me how to hit a six in the match today!

A person provides his skill after working hard on learning it, practicing it, mastering it and expects to be paid fairly when providing the service. Respect the person’s time and effort. It has nothing to do with exposure!

‘If a person is good at something, don’t do it for free!”


People: You are free right, could you come and do this?

Frankly Me: I am not free but I will make some time for it!

Juggling with multiple projects, commitments, they make time for people!


People: You have all the free time in the world, what are you actually doing?

Frankly Me: I am a Freelancer!

People: Ok, but what do you do for making money seriously?

Frankly Me: Seriously I make money through freelancing!

People: Oh! Does it pay you so much?

Frankly Me: A decent amount from which I can sustain myself and I am growing day by day! Most importantly, I enjoy what I do even if it pays me a decent amount!

Freelancing is a possibility, a reality! You just have to try it and be one!


Client: Why should I pay you?

Frankly Me: Because I am providing a service which you want like any other company!

Do Companies get a upper hand than Freelancers? Is it because they have a logo, registered company, an office?

It really doesn’t seem fair to compare these parties. At the end of the day, a service is a service!


Well, all in all, those were few of the many things that happen in a Freelancer’s world!

With all that said, I have to admit, each day is new, challenging, intriguing when I have to find out new ways to work out things. It keeps me on the edge and I get to use my brains a lot! The avenues are innumerable if one wants to take on a freelancer / entrepreneur mode!

Though in the US, especially New York City Freelancers Union have an Act in place which protects the freelancers’ rights of getting paid timely and legally.

In India, many people are opting out to be Freelancers but there aren’t any local laws in place yet. I guess firstly and hopefully, the mindset of people should change with regards to taking Freelancers seriously! And more so respecting the work, time and efforts put in the service provided!

These are a few small annoying things but the journey of a freelancer / entrepreneur / solopreneur is quite a courageous and an adventurous one!

More power and love to all fellow freelancers and entrepreneurs, we rock!

So, have you experienced any of the above with your clients? Or have you been a good client? Time to reassess!

Do you have good laws or acts in place in your region or industry?

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Life a Circle / Spiral?!

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It has been a while since I blogged. Well, a lot many events, travels and work have kept me away.

Well here I am today pouring my heart out!

Lately, I am feeling that I am back to the same point where I started ? That is a question on my mind and I can’t find the answer.

I know I have grown a lot, changed mentally, spiritually, even physically and understanding life in a completely new perspective or must I say experiencing life in a different way.

But somewhere deep down I feel I have come back to the starting point, it feels like I am starting everything anew and now. It does feel great!

From a spiritual perspective, we tend to grow and move ahead spirally transcending into the dimension unknown! Well, this is something entirely intriguing and gives room for more exploration.

Well, maybe I am moving ahead; my understanding of life has changed, the way I lead my life has changed, relationships/friendships (some have nurtured, some I have let go, some I am beginning to understand the shallowness/depth), the dilemma between reality and illusion or in another words thinking illusion as reality still boggles me about living my life. Well all of these sound very complex but trust me the way I look at things are somewhat clearer.

Well, you must be thinking what gibberish is this all! But I can only hope that you reach a point in your life when all of this makes sense.

Well, I don’t think I have answered the question I started the blog with. Because I am still unsure but all I know is I am better equipped to take on another circle of life.

What has your journey been like? Have you ever felt this way before?

 

 

Team Indus, a private startup launching a Rover to the Moon this December 2017!

Team Indus, a private startup launching a Rover to the Moon this December 2017!
An Inspiring story to share – Team Indus, a private startup launching a Rover to the Moon this December 2017!
 
Kudos to their indomitable spirit. More about them on my blog post.
 
Hoping for #HarIndiankaMoonshot soon 🙂
 
#TeamIndus #inspiring #ShoePenLens #spacetechnology #aerospacestartup
 

Well, the joy of being a part-time yogi!

I remember three years back, my first tryst with Yoga turned out to be a sour puss. I used to go to a certified Yoga practitioner in the vicinity. The classes were held in the evenings and I drudged my body twice a week to all the weird poses and stretches. My body ached and mind did wallow in the stillness for at least a while. But, it seemed a boring affair after a month that I quite stopped going all of a sudden. With all due respect to the teacher, I felt Yoga was not for me.

Yoga, PC: Instagram
PC: Instagram

About six months back, I apprehensively went through a course which indulged in Yoga and Meditation too. Quite surprisingly, I took to it like a duck takes to water. Well, maybe I needed to be ready to take on a Guru who would light the path; the path of realization! This happened well in time or should I say at the opportune time for things were clearer from then on.

I write about this not because I want to propagate Yoga or want everyone to take on Yoga, I am sure you are wise enough to decide for yourself!

Adiyogi
My recent visit to Adiyogi, ISHA Yoga Center, Coimbatore, India

I want to put forth a few simple things or thoughts that have changed me for the better over these few months of practising Yoga.

  1. I have felt an amazing sense of freedom irrespective of what my situation is.
  2. Life is beautiful and miraculous; you would agree with me if you have touched upon the inner journey.
  3. We are all travellers on this Earth. Birth and Death are mere pit-stops.
  4. We have come here alone and going out alone; prestige, wealth, fame, societal norms won’t travel with you- they are not important.
  5. All the treasures and answers are within you. Mind and Body are merely there to assist us in the simple transactions of life.
  6. The purpose of life on this Earth- Know Thyself, while you are at it- enjoy what this world offers.
  7. Compassion and humility are the keys for a better life.
  8. An action arising from the very sinews of the Infinite makes way for a more truthful and healthy life.
  9. Being ever engrossed in Sadhana be it the work you do or simple acts of service or just being meditative( your practises, your work, your hobby) gets you on the path of the divine.
  10. Most importantly, live in the moment for this is the now!

I have just mentioned a few thoughts that have ran across my mind now. But there are more subtle and amazing things which I have not expressed as I want and hope this journey for you is as intriguing and mind boggling as it has been for me.

Well bottom line, Yoga has changed me in and out. My whole perception has changed and it has been a significant revelation and it makes me want to enjoy this life to the fullest!

Phew, this International Yoga Day I am talking about the beauty of Yoga and the miracles of life that it augments; I quite cannot believe this 🙂 Well let’s call it a miracle too!

 

Rumiquotessoul

 

Do you practise Yoga? How has been your journey? Enlighten me…..

 

 

 

 

 

Zero #AtoZChallenge

Z #atoZchallenge

The Journey of Nothingness!

I didn’t want to be Zero, I wanted to be something or the other. Be it in my career or in life in general- I always aimed at being something.

Lately, I have come to realize on a spiritual level that you don’t need to be anything. You can delve into nothingness and be one with the existence around and just be nothing.

Well I still have to realize the beauty of Nothingness but I have started my journey if it happens to be one.

The journey of BEING with no assumptions, notions, prejudices…. Just be like the wonderful trees, birds, ocean, sky, mountains, fellow beings- enjoying their presence in all entirety!