Beings and baggage

  • How much baggage do we carry? 
  • Why do we carry it?
  • How do we deal with it?
  • I have no answers…but I’ve seen people burdened/ weighed down by what they carry…on their persons and in their souls….
  • The burden of comparison….constantly comparing oneself to others, physically and mentally….extends to comparison of partners and offspring! Please stop….for yourself and your loved ones…
  • Stuff…..belongings……there are no winners…..
  • Burden of our sins…..if you do not purposely repeat our sins/ blunders..let go, forgive yourself
  • We are humans, essentially flawed…no body is the best…I mean, literally…body wise….or the wisest and wittiest…….nobody is infallible….let us enjoy the time we have left….

The picture below made me think of the people who have stuff that fits into one bag…..we can do with less…..mental and emotional baggage….


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Grabbing Happiness

We exist, therefore we think…not all thoughts and experiences are wonderful….

Many events and people threaten to drag us down into an abyss…..where no ray of light can reach……serious. clinically diagnosed depression has to be treated by a specialist and dealt with the compassion and understanding that any disease requires…

For the not-clinically-depressed who are feeling low….here is what might help…helps me…..

  • Wear red/ yellow/ bright colours
  • Look at yourself in the mirror, make ridiculous, embarrassing faces and laugh out loud, make a pouty face, a coquettish face…..
  • Yell….I am bloody awesome 5 times 🙂
  • Hug a loved one…. or call them up and tell them how much you love them
  • Tell your partner/ child / pet that you love them multiple times/day…and why they are so wonderful….the look on their face will cheer you up
  • Send naughty msgs to your partner…..if they are hilarious as well….awesome
  • Eat…..dark chocolate…whatever you love, unless your health and doctor forbid it….eat what you can, and how much you can
  • Sing…..loud…a song that you love….the worse you are at singing, the better it will make you feel
  • Dance…..uninhibited…….sing along with the lyrics…..
  • Take a holiday….travel or read a book, watch a movie…with a happy and funny theme
  • If you love stuff….go and buy some
  • Let out your anger/ resentment…..if someone hurts you….tell them in uncensored language what you think of them…..hang up and block the number(for a while, at least)
  • Solve puzzles….
  • For some, burying themselves in work is uplifting….
  • Friends can not cheer you up as much as a person with shared DNA can…..vent to a family member / partner who loves you as much as you love them
  • Paint…..with bright colours……
  • Blow bubbles…..works wonders!
  • If you have a garden…..sniff the flowers, walk barefoot in the grass
  • Feed birds and dogs…..they will trust you instinctively
  • Work out….stress busters are released
  • I count my blessings that I have someone to cook and clean…
  • Enjoy each moment, acknowledging that it will be over all too soon……
  • Last resort…..take a walk in the hospital…………………………….walking and talking and laughing are miracles which we are capable of…..


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Huge Bottle gourd-our garden

It delights me  to see a vegetable as much as it does to see a beautiful, fragrant flower or the birds that feast off them……this bottle gourd  was the best one from our kitchen garden….no hormones/ insecticides have ever been used by the gardener or us…..I was afraid it may be going to seed or over-ripe, but it was just perfect…..


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Siblings–similarity in dissimilarity

Peas in a pod? a pod that is used for cryopreservation? Nope…..I am proud of the fact that my parents never ‘tried’ for a boy…they were supremely happy with their 2 daughters…I have great respect and admiration for those with a single daughter or 2 daughters only….hey, it’s my blog and wall (being a girl child in a 3rd world country means you have to choose between fight and flight ) ..

  • Individuals of the same species? hell yeah!!!
  • Observations from my life….The bond between 2 sisters is forever….is it stronger when it is only 2 sisters…no other sibling….my views are often strong, sometimes wrong…
  • Sisters do not worry about the troublemakers aunts and friends who compare and contrast…they brag about each other, sans sibling rivalry
  • The bond is stronger when the age difference is more than 3 years…

 


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Floral leaves tree

Another first…is it a type of poinsettia? it looks aflame…..a beautiful tree in the North-eastern part of India, with clusters of red flowers/ leaves…..beautiful, vibrant, set against the backdrop of hills and open skies…..


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Withered, wonderful—undercover

As the body withers, the human using it  incorporates the experiences of having survived storms and trials, of uninhibited joy, passion and the freedom of spirit. As the person concentrates less on physical attributes, and loves their own skin unconditionally, thankful for having survived and thrived …..the true appreciation for other beings begins.

The physical self is vital, we are conditioned to respond to it….with time, it is not the most important factor in an interaction….though we each have a blueprint of how much withering and imperfection we can love/ tolerate in another…..body odour being a very important part of it……some of us gag and become nauseous due to a particular fetid odour..that is something I can never overcome…unless anosmia strikes !!!!

One gets to recognise the slick, creepy, well-practiced flirtation, borrowed-from-literature-meaningful quotes and sense of humour…. and disguised sophisticated lechery that comes from years of using people…and not flinch, one just shrugs and walks away without a response. At a younger age and stage, one could become a victim of a relationship that could destroy the spirit for a while, not when one has seen several seasons and reasons!! The connection with the deeper consciousness of another is what elevates, levitates…..and liberates…..and makes the experience of knowing another, with the cover they wear and without……heavenly. 

While the self-proclaimed forever-young are looking down upon the presumed-beyond-the hill–…the withered have won……..Before you call an ‘aged’ person Uncle, Aunty, Sir or Ma’am……look into their eyes and see the naughty twinkle while they dismiss you as unworthy of a reaction….Cheers to living long and strong, while we can…..hold off the botox and plastic surgery…..your spleen and pancreas are ageing irreversibly….enjoy the value of the years spent on this planet….not all are as lucky, to have survived as long….

Relevance of the picture below??? is anything I write or say ever relevant??? the pic shows the stages of life…..the bud, the flower and the withered flower……


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Amazing hot air ballooning— Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is one of the most unique places in  the world. The landscape is made up largely of a ‘moonscape’ or ‘fairyland’. Apparently, the millions of slender, stark, furrowed mountain peaks are a result of hardened ancient volcanic eruptions. The local population carved out churches, hotels and entire underground cities in the ash, which gradually hardened to a rock-like consistency, and are preserved even today. Another wonderful and unique feature is the hot air ballooning before sunrise, which has been described as one of the best in the world. 

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Hundreds of balloons are launched into the pre-sunrise sky. A collective gasp is heard as people watch this spectacle, open-mouthed. Each balloon carries 12-20 people. The people who operate them are experts, and take you on a one hour trip over the terrain to witness the splendour below. They take you down to the side of a tall peak, then take you up just as you feel there is no way to escape a crash.

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Take a flight form Istanbul to Kayseri, which is the nearest airport. Book your hotel in Cappadocia in advance, they will pick you up and drop you at the airport. Similarly, the balloon companies will pick you up and drop you at the hotel. Watching the sun rise above this city is an experience in itself. The experts land the balloon ( with all of you in it) on the back of a truck/ lorry!!!!!!!! The oooohs and aaaahs of the passengers make it even more exciting. Wait—there is a certificate/ medal and champagne waiting for you at the end.

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Cheers, don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


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Bathua raita…

IMG_4272The green bathua plant is high in nutritive value, it is called Chenopodium album or white goosefoot or lamb’s quarters in English. It can be combined with yoghurt to form a tasty and healthy dish which is easy to make. Take the shoots of the plant and pluck the leaves, boil in water for two minutes. Cut the leaves and drain. Add to the yoghurt. IMG_4268 IMG_4269 IMG_4270 IMG_4274

 

Take yoghurt and churn it. Add salt, red chilli powder and black pepper. Take a little ghee, add cumin seeds, remove from heat when they sputter and add to the mixture of bathua and yoghurt. Mix well, enjoy !!!!


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Fresh Juice

Vit C rejuvenates and energises ……the simplest juice extractor is a contraption of a stand and an orange- press, a lever to manually squeeze the juice….simplest, most effective, inexpensive, hygienic method….easy to use and clean….


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Lady’s slipper vine-India

Bright flowers in abundance, hanging from the roof, overlooking a lake…..it is grown in India and Spain and also called the Indian clock vine……a delight to behold…..this is the first time I have seen these flowers….I wonder if fairies wear them in the twilight hour and dance over the moonbeams in these?????


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