My Encounter with Inner peace

My Encounter with Inner peace
My Encounter with Inner peace

“Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.” ~Unknown

Like many people, I lived my life for a lot of years failing to understand inner peace is a choice. I am not sure what I thought. Perhaps I didn’t believe anyone could feel a lasting peace inside. I did know that my own feelings of peace have been always transitory.

There were many ups and downs in my life, too many claims on my time and too many difficult situations to be dealt with. I think I actually believed inner peace could only be achieved by monks and saints, or anyone living a reclusive life who didn’t have to deal with everyday struggles. Continue reading “My Encounter with Inner peace”

Yin and Yang - Balance in Relationships

Yin and Yang – Balance in Relationships

Yin and Yang - Balance in Relationships
Yin and Yang – Balance in Relationships

People say you should be with somebody who is similar to yours. People also say opposites attract. While both can be good to certain people I have found that a relationship that has the yin yang components is beautiful. Two people cannot think alike. Life affects each person a different way. You could have ten people in the same room all who have had identical life experiences and each of them feels a different way. Sure, they can relate, but all do not think alike. The way I see, if you have someone who is almost completely like you at some point in time there is no balance. When you have what I call a yin yang relationship, you can have harmony. I have discovered that the only reason one relationship can work is because they are able to complement each other. Continue reading “Yin and Yang – Balance in Relationships”

The Yin and Yang - Balance in Daily Life

Yin and Yang – Balance in Daily Life

The Yin and Yang - Balance in Daily Life
The Yin and Yang of Good and Evil

The whole concept of yin yang focuses on duality and how two parts must come together to form a whole, therefore, good and bad must exist in unity in the formation of one’s soul. If you ask there is none who is hundred percent moral, those who have never made any wrongs or mistakes. One simply cannot exist without straddling between good and evil. Continue reading “Yin and Yang – Balance in Daily Life”

Understanding Yin and yang

Understanding Yin And Yang III– Balancing the Duality

In Chinese the literal meaning of the word yin is shadow and the literal meaning of the word yang is light. The yin and yang symbol is often illustrated in black and white showing the greatest extremes co-joined in a balanced duality. The symbol is perfectly contained yet implies movement. It is supposed to represent the elements of nature, opposing yet not in opposition, rather interconnected. Human beings are animals and evolved from nature and have literal and figurative elements of shadow and light in their make-up as does everything in our world. This experience of contrasts is how we sense, and make sense of, ourselves and our environment. We see the difference between sunlight and shadows or we feel the difference between the warmth from the sun and the coolness of the shadows. These contrasts, and all the subtle ties between them, make for the profound richness of our lives. Continue reading “Understanding Yin And Yang III– Balancing the Duality”

Letting Go - a path to happiness

Letting Go – A path to happiness

Acceptance is letting go, but it is difficult to accept and let go.  There are stages to go through before you get to it.  Your starting point is always a love/passion/hatred/greed, but something happens, some kind of a conflict or hard life circumstance, and you move into shock.  The change causes you to feel a deep insecurity, which in turn leads to self-protective defensiveness, even anger.  There’s a period of denial and some self-pity.  You wonder how this could have happened to you.  You don’t accept responsibility for the part you played; you run away for a time.  But you find yourself missing the goodness and the love that you started out with, but seemed to have lost.  This leads to sadness and regret. Continue reading “Letting Go – A path to happiness”

Finding true – Success and Happiness

We all want to live happy and fulfilling lives and we want the people we love to be happy too. So happiness matters to all of us. But many believe that happiness comes with “success”, in terms of a glittering career, big salary, beautiful house, expensive car and so on. Now, although these external things certainly don’t guarantee happiness (and often bring the opposite); there’s definitely some truth that we get satisfaction from our successful accomplishments but does it assure long-lasting happiness

Death bed regrets – Two most popular ones

  • I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  • I wish I had stayed in touch with my family and friends.

Too often we are caught in the “busy” trap, running, running, and running—but never getting much of anywhere. It’s easy to let personal relationships slide (especially if we’re working too much), but personal connections give life a meaning—not reports and promotions and pay raises. Continue reading “Finding true – Success and Happiness”

6 Rules to be happy

We define our reality by what we believe and so we define our happiness.
Our beliefs make us who we are and determine the choices we make. Very often, those beliefs, far from leading us into happiness, bring us truckloads of pain and trouble.

Most of us lead a life bounded – restricted by our beliefs and rules that govern our lives. The question here is how and when we define such rules to be happy. And when we start building our beliefs and the system surrounding them. Every kid is born in an environment which consist of living and non-living things. Living things involve close family members and friends and nonliving things include all the things which we see, feel and touch. Also, every kid is psychologically affected-influenced by rules / beliefs of people surrounding it.  During the journey of life, we build beliefs and rules to govern our life.  And most of the times these beliefs and rules takes us to path of illusion / sorrow rather than taking us to path of happy /contended life. Continue reading “6 Rules to be happy”

Karma III- The creator of your present and future

“Everything that happens to you is outcome of your karma”Buddha

When I read this statement for the first time I did not understand its deep and hidden meaning. I wanted to understand what karma means and how it determine what happens to me. The journey of discovering the meaning of karma over the years made me refine my thoughts and actions.

Karma is an inventory of deeds you collect during your journey of life. Karma means “intentional action” and refers to the universal law of cause and effect. Karma is created not only by physical action, but also by thoughts and words.Just as action causes reaction, karma causes effects that come back to the original actor. Karma also tends to generate more karma that reaches out in all directions. We bear the consequences of the karma we create, but everyone around us is affected by our intentional acts as well, just as we are affected by theirs. Every birth is conditioned by a past good or bad karma, which predominated at the moment of death. Continue reading “Karma III- The creator of your present and future”

Karma II – Understanding the true meaning of Karma

The journey which started with childhood curiosity of understanding God / Religion / Caste, took me to different milestones in my life. One important milestone was understanding the true meaning of Karma.

What is Karma?

“The Pali term Karma literally means action or doing. Any kind of intentional action, whether mental, verbal, or physical, is regarded as Karma. It covers all that is included in the phrase “thought, word and deed”. Generally speaking, all good and bad action constitutes Karma. In its ultimate sense Karma means all moral and immoral volition. Involuntary, unintentional or unconscious actions, though technically deeds, do not constitute Karma, because volition, the most important factor in determining Karma, is absent.” Continue reading “Karma II – Understanding the true meaning of Karma”

Karma I – Journey to understand Karma

“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious”Albert Einstein

From childhood I have been very curious by nature. Always questioning beliefs- why my parents worship God? Why,they ask us to seek blessing before the exam? Why we ask God to give us this / that?

After few years of going through same question again and again, but no satisfactory answers, I tried to understand What/Who is God myself. The journey was not easy as it seems, trying to find answers of which no one had a concrete clue. In this journey I Tried to know and understand the reason why people worship. Why they follow any particular religion or belief in certain entity personified as God? Continue reading “Karma I – Journey to understand Karma”