Happy Diwali

Diwali, also known as festival of lights is a 5 day celebration. It marks the arrival of God Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu) after 14 years of exile. During his exile he defeats Ravanna and signifies good winning over evil; Wisdom winning over ignorance.  In Sanskrit, Diwali also means row of lit lamps. Although the festival is marked by different celebrations based on regional and religious beliefs wishes for joy, prosperity, light, love and success are the same.

On Diwali and in the year ahead I wish you all wholesome happiness, love, compassion, hope, unshakable faith, and an inner nurturer who helps you shine in joy and spread your wisdom.




Simply Breathing

Breathing consciously is one way of staying mindful.   Conscious breathing  calms the body and relaxes the mind. What could be more important than that… as you go about your day, taking care of work projects, family, chores.  No additional time is needed to do this exercise because you are already breathing… Its a conscious breathing activity.

This conscious breathing exercise below by Thich Nhat Hahn, a buddhist  monk, is one of my favorites. It is  simple to practice anywhere. You can do it for 1 minute or give yourself more time. You say the following words silently  while breathing in and out.

Breathing in, I calm my body.

Breathing Out, I smile

Dwelling in the present moment

I know this is a wonderful moment

Within a few minutes a shift can be felt. Tension subsides.  Muscles in the face relax. Peace and happiness are a breath closer. Cultivating awareness in this nourishing way is transformative and healing.



In The Moment

We all have the ability to point our inner compass  to happiness. Once the compass is set to recognizing happy moments you still have the choice to appreciate those moments or let them slip by. In order to strengthen the habit of experiencing happy moments, recognition is important.

There are a lot of things, thoughts, ideas, perceptions that seemingly get in the way of happiness. One of them is what we term “failing” or “failure”

Pema Chodron says  “We think of failure as something that happens to us. We either blame it on somebody else or some other organization — our boss, our partner, whatever,” she added. “Sometimes you experience it as heartbreak or disappointment. Sometimes it’s rage. But failure or things not working out doesn’t feel good. At that time, maybe instead of doing the habitual thing of labeling yourself a failure or a loser, you could get curious about what’s going on.”

This idea of being curious engages the observer mind where you observe what is going on with your emotions, thoughts and physically.

Pema Chodron goes on to say

“It’s a little hard to tell, actually, what’s a failure and what’s something that’s just shifted in your life in a new direction,”

Sometimes what we think is a failure actually turns out to be a blessing and other times what is seen as a success brings more challenges. However, when we choose to accept the experience without labeling it as success or failure, we give ourselves the time and space to recognize the treasures that align with inner happiness. Silent observation of the experience in itself can help us set and re-set our inner compass.

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