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A farmer had a dog that used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?” The farmer replied, “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one.”

 

Many people in life behave like that dog who is pursuing meaningless goals. There is always a personal definition of “meaningless” for each of us. Life has so much to offer that it is often very difficult to make the right choices for ourselves. Sometimes, we may think we have made them, but the resulting experience may ring hollow. So, there is little satisfaction in the whole exercise.

 

The good news is that this kind of experience helps us search further and this search takes us forward in our journey towards evolution. We need to know what to do, of course, but it is also equally important to understand what not to do.

 

I see many judgmental people who are looking at the lives of others with a microscope. If we really think about it, do we really know what the components of someone else’s journey are? It is very possible that what we perceive as “meaningless” may be very meaningful in their journey. So, again, “meaningless” becomes a very subjective feeling.

 

Taking off from the story of the dog, maybe, its journey of chasing cars is exciting. Maybe, it will get tired when it gets tired and then, starts to look for something else which may excite him.

 

The thought I am attempting to present here is, there is nothing meaningless in life. Everything happens for a reason because everything has a built in lesson for us. Maybe, the owner of the dog should have chased cars to see what lies in that experience.

 

The learning is, do what your heart tell you. Be happy. Everything works if there is a flow of energy that doesn’t create any blocks. Every breath we take is also an experience because we really don’t know if it going to be our last one.

 

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

Speakingtree Blog: http://www.speakingtree.in/public/surekhakothari

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Since childhood, one of my most favorite games has been “Naughts and Crosses”. The challenge of getting three crosses or three zeros together in a row to win just never wore off and continues to excite me even today. While playing recently, it suddenly struck me how similar this game was to life.

How we love to tie ourselves up in knots, and the result is that we come to “naught”! When I looked up the Dictionary meaning of “naught”, the words “nothing”, “lost”, “ruined”, “worthless”, “useless”, “immoral”, “wicked” and phrases like “come to nothing”, “be without results”, “fail”, “regard as of no importance” and “disdain” sprang up at me. I always knew that a game is a character building exercise because it teaches us to be a good loser and a humble winner; humble, because the next time, we could lose.

The next word “crosses” turned out to be equally meaningful. The cross is one of the most ancient human symbols, and symbolizes the union of the concepts of divinity through the vertical line, and the world through the horizontal line. The symbolism of Jesus being crucified is deeply rooted in his purity and spirituality as a living embodiment of the perfect meeting of divinity and humanity.

The entire journey of the human soul to reach the meeting point of the two lines can be defined as “life”. The crosses we have to bear during our journey are the deflections from our path which happen due to our own narrow vision, due also to the lack of soul knowledge and the purpose of our journey. The “I” identity which is given to us to heal our negative files from many lives becomes blurred between worldly pleasures and the Divine Plan. Like the game, we start with a challenge but often get confused with where to place the crosses and where to work with the stillness in the “nothingness” of the “naughts”.

Now, I have made a game out of every game I play. I look for lessons for life in every move and this has shifted my consciousness onto a much larger plane. Everything and every moment in our lives have learning if we choose to learn with an open mind.

Simplicity, love and letting go are enough to untie the knots we put around us by surface reactions inspired by our ego. Let us learn to look beyond the facade of temporary reactions to discover the intrinsic worth of a human being. This will automatically lessen the crosses of small and large misunderstandings, wounds and scars of the perceptions of betrayals or wrong doings and keep us lighter and emotionally stronger to walk through life with a smile.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

Speakingtree Blog: http://www.speakingtree.in/public/surekhakothari

 

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Audrey Hepburn, the beautiful star of Hollywood said, “Nothing is impossible. The word “impossible” itself says,” I’m possible”.

Just reading these words is so uplifting, so energizing. If we can actually internalize these words, we can achieve great heights. Believe me, I have been within the realm of the “impossible” many a time. It has been a lonely and disheartening place. But, when we see fragments around us, we forget that some of them are pieces of a jigsaw puzzle in our lives which needs to be completed. And then there are some fragments which we have to let go of, because they are only there for a while to facilitate our awareness and a deeper understanding of what we require to move ahead.

“Moving ahead” is the catch phrase which should determine our action. This will necessitate pulling out the “possible” from the box of the “impossible”. Motivated and energized people can do this more easily than those who believe in the “impossible”. By doing this, we are actually challenging ourselves and harnessing more energy from the Universe to fulfill our goals, our dreams.

Any lack of self esteem, self confidence or self worth can result in a feeling of inadequacy, leading to a sense of helplessness, diffidence and inability to move ahead. So, the list of items under the “impossible” heading keeps increasing as does the sense of depression and complexes. No one should allow themselves to sink into such a state at all because to emerge from this often becomes a Herculean effort. Instead, a daily cleansing can work wonders in dissipating this kind of negative buildup.

Why is that that we take so much time and effort to create an external personality which is appealing and popular? Are we depleting our inner world by doing this? Are we resorting to a pretentious identity which negates our intrinsic core? Is this what is depleting our core energy, the energy we were born with to lead our lives with the awareness of being connected to our spiritual source? Is it because we have a gnawing need to be assessed and appreciated by others and only then, feel good about ourselves? Is that why societies are filled with intolerance, hatred and crime perpetuated by the dark forces unleashed by people who feel unaccepted, discarded, wronged, victimized?

I think we all need to find answers to this current reality of our lives that seems impossible to alter or reverse. But, I started by suggesting that the impossible can be made possible. I maintain that anything is possible in this Universe. We need awareness, introspection, devise a plan of action and make a determined effort to achieve the set goals. The moot point to remember during the best and worst of times is that it is all up to ME. If I think I can, I WILL. If I think I can’t, I WON’T.

Surekha Kothari

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

Speakingtree Blog: http://www.speakingtree.in/public/surekhakothari

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