Look what I found during De-Cluttering

45 LIFE LESSONS, WRITTEN BY A 90 YEAR OLD

When I was cleaning my laptop – decluttering old files and junk,

 

I found this interesting piece of article. But I do not remember who wrote this. But this is worth reading, contemplating and re-aligning our life.

What matters at the end is, have we lived our life fully.

Here are the 45 pearls of wisdom from a 90-year-old man about life.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

Why am I grateful to this Horse?

My 14,000 ft high gratitude from Mighty Himalayas

Did you know that the word “GRATITUDE” is a magic 9-Letter word & it always works!

I am highly grateful to this HORSE because it saved me!

This horse carried me through all the dangerous curves and bends at 14000 ft high in the Himalayas safely without anything in return. Watch this Video below I took in my trip to Valley of Flowers 2015.
Studies show that this one thing can make you 25% happier.

It makes you immune to anger, disappointment and frustration. It’s even been shown to heal pain and illness in your body.  That one thing is GRATITUDE – and amazing things happen when you integrate it into your meditation practice. Expressing gratitude is one of the happiness enhancing activity.

Himalayas – Valley of Flowers 2015 Travelogue Part 1

Every year, as part of Happiness Retreat I organize a trip to Himalayas.

This year in July 2015(25th July – 2nd Aug 2015), we(a group of 10) went from chennai to Himalayas – Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib, Badrinath & Haridwar.

It was an amazing and mesmerizing trip to the Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib.

Find below some of the best photos from this trip adventurous, mindful & spiritual journey from Chennai to tip of the Indian map at the top of the Himalayas

Yeah, we even went to Mana – The Last Indian Village, which is 3 kms after Badrinath.

Know your Chakras, Know Yourself – Chakra Manager

The word Chakra means spinning wheel.  Yogic meaning of this word is “Vortex” or “Whirlpool”.

There are seven important chakras, each associated with a different part of the body along the spine from the perineum to the crown of your head.  Each chakra is associated with a particular body location(nerve plexus), a color, a central emotional/behavioral issue, as well as many other personal aspects including identity, goals, rights, needs,  behavioral characteristics etc.

108 Breaths per day – Route to Enlightenment

First of all, Do you know how many times you breathe per day? 21,600 times. That’s approximately 15 breaths per minute.

But before getting into enlightenment part, Why 108? What is the significance of 108?

108 is a powerful number used across all traditions and cultures across civilizations. You will see it everywhere, on a mala (rosary beads, rudraksh) or set of mantra counting beads.

Worlds most Simple and Powerful Meditation

Sit in comfortable place,

 

Gently close your eyes,

Now,

Breathe….

Feel the air,

Know that you are breathing.

Here, I am not asking you for deep breathing or forcing your breathing or asking you to feel special or thinking whether you are doing it right or not.

Just a plain awareness of breath moving in and out.

Some use mantra or syllable to hold on to the awareness in the initial stages of practice. You can mentally say the word “So” when the air flows in and “Ham” when the air flows out. I am not asking you to breathe in and out. It is happening on its own. Just become aware of it.

Breathing and knowing that you are breathing is one of simple & powerful meditation technique.

Here is a simple video on So-Ham Breath Awareness Meditation.

Mindful Coffee Meditation

I successfully overcame my morning urge to prepare my own coffee. I developed my ability to wait for one hour for the 1st sip of coffee prepared by my mom. I practice the following meditation below. You can also practice this with your tea or coffee.

Breathe In – I am aware that I am sitting on my chair

Breathe Out – I enjoy sitting

Breathe In – I am aware of my whole body

Breathe Out – I smile to my whole body

Breathe In – I feel how my hands are holding the coffee tumbler (cup)

Breathe Out – I feel the warmth of the tumbler in my hands

Breathe In – I am aware of how my hands bring the tumbler towards my mouth

Breathe Out – I enjoy the smell of the coffee (freshly filtered decoction coffee)

How to schedule the first one hour of the day – My personal practice

The first one hour of the day determines your day, week, year & life. Here is a simple template I had personally practiced during my earlier part of my life. Good template for beginners.

If you do not have one hour, then accordingly modify the template. You can add or drop and customize according to your lifestyle. There is nothing called right or wrong.

Mindfulness – A Receipe for Happy Living

“Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?” – Lao Tzu

Are you simply moving through your day, without fully living?

I did this for many years. It was as if life were just passing by, and I was waiting for something to happen. I always felt like I was preparing for something later.

But today isn’t preparation for tomorrow. Today’s the main event.

How can you bring calm and peace to the middle of a stress-ful, chaotic day?