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Life is fragile. Humans plod along merrily, not realizing this. As is said, when we make long term plans, God has the last laugh. Hasn’t it happened to us all that we are happy, even partying and merrymaking and wham! Comes news that a near and dear one is critically ill or has passed on without any known ailment.

And we stand still in shock for a while. Then life moves ahead. But we still don’t know how many breaths we have left or how many days to live. When King Parikshit was told he had only seven days to live, he thought only of turning towards God to understand the purpose of life and heard the entire “Bhagwat” in a week.

But despite many stories and symbolic meanings to these stories, we still plod along with a lack of awareness. Yesterday, one of my friends told me she is working towards changing things around for the better from within. Fantastic! And it is not easy because you have to watch every little thought, reaction and emotion that crosses your mind.

You have to sincerely forgive and be forgiven. You have to cleanse all past memories of the smallest negativity which can mirror others.

And all this before life runs out and you don’t know how much time has been given to you. So, expanding our consciousness each second should be our first priority. Looking to and lighting up our own path is crucial, as compared to being bothered about another person’s journey.

Ultimately, we have to rise and rise further. As we go higher, our choices reduce and it is a straight but painful and hopefully, steady climb to divinity.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Every day, I observe the tendency of people to let their minds and prejudices get the better of them. If you like someone, you can even find it in your heart and your speech to defend them even if they have committed a murder. And if you DON’T like them, you will not give them even a little credit for a single good deed they may have done.

The mind plays games. It tells you “don’t like these people. See how they treat you”. Or, “see how wonderful this is” when it not at all good for you, e.g, befriending opportunists because you like their flattery. And you listen. Why? Do you really have a solid reason?

Actually not. You just cannot see beyond your ego at that point, YOU are not hurt. It is only your ego that makes you dance on its finger tips.

Very often, we have gone back and apologized to people after feeling wronged. Because we realized that it was wrong to feel wronged in the first place. Better sense dawns sometimes.

And when it dawns all the time is the time when you become calm and centered without swaying and swinging like a yo yo. And decide to let go and let things just BE.

We know we are all different and we should give the benefit of doubt to everyone as we give to ourselves all the time. No one is really “bad” or “good” but situations create our perceptions of these tags according to our prejudices and limited ways of thinking.

Once the mind expands and consciousness expands, we will be different as people. And towards this should our efforts be directed.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Sometimes, when you go to a show expecting nothing, you get mesmerized by the fantastic unexpected as I did this evening and as did many others.

The one hour, one woman play “Elephant in the Room” by the incredibly talented Yuki from Bombay was a treat that I was happy not to have missed. For the first time, I witnessed a touching portrayal of the human side and the anguish of Lord Ganesha as a little boy who had his head severed and replaced with an elephant head. Within this theme, Yuki weaves many characters and many little stories through Ganesha setting out to find his original head. She also touches upon contemporary topics brilliantly.

To keep the audience fascinated through her impressive and effective body language. acting, dance postures, incredible voice modulation for every character she played, from a hunter to a spider to a hyena and more , is certainly not a mean task. And Yuki did it with aplomb.

With simple settings and improvisations of characters with just a robe or a stole and super lighting and sound effects, the show is truly an unforgettable one.

FLO chose a daring, modern play but the Chennai audiences have come of age and responded with a thunderous applause between every scene and at the end of the show.

What talent and creativity can accomplish!!!

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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There are moments in everyone’s life when the world seems to be rushing by with us watching it go by, and unable to connect to that crazy frenzy. At such times, we can either feel a sense of relief and peace or a craving to be a part of it. If the latter is true, there is likely to be some amount of regret, depression, emptiness at the inability to connect. This is not such a bad thing. Because only when we are alone with ourselves can we introspect, instead of wanting people around which does work as a distraction for the mind. Sometimes, it is good to start connecting with yourself, too. The best evolution results can be seen then.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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It is a pity we don’t make a special effort to find pointers to solutions within ourselves. Others can help you only to an extent. No one knows your story the way you do. And the Universe does. And it also helps when you start to engage with it.

Small instances about intentions working! We were standing in front of an immigration desk, awaiting our turn. The man behind the desk was angry and had sent out one lady rudely for some mistake made. We were wishing we were in another line but it was too late.

And lo and behold! Just before our turn came, the man got up and was replaced by a pleasant woman. And we were through like a shot.

Many such experiences later, I have concluded that self help is complete help and always works if you are in sync with the purity of your intention and surrender before asking for help.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Chance


There is a great happiness that lies in our hearts and which springs forth from our hearts when there is harmony within and without. The laughter of friends, the gushing of a waterfall, the drenching in the rain together, bus journeys playing “Antakshari” amidst much merriment… and even in the silent companionship.

Life can be beautiful if you give it a chance.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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The Universe is buzzing around us, giving us so many opportunities, so much support, so many kindred souls to help . Yet, we are unable to move forward and create experiences at an optimum level. Our eyes scan far away horizons when everything is so close. Perhaps, that is why we can’t see it. It is too close .

The formulae for our well being are also perhaps as simple as the gifts from the universe are closer than we think or we know. We simply look in the wrong place.

Reminds me of the woman who lost her needle inside her hut but was looking for it outside in her yard only because the light was in the yard, while her hut was dark.

Similarly, we also look to raising our vibrations through external sources whereas the tools lie within us. We constantly look in the wrong place.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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