One life to love

My first attempt at Glass painting.

One of my dear friend’s had gifted me glass paint on my Birthday. So sweet of her, thank you dear! I will very soon be painting one for you as well.

I have some glass pieces which would be getting ready soon, but then I couldn’t wait till then and tried out a simple picture on this jar I had. It’s easier to do glass painting on a flat piece of glass else the paint tends to flow down.

This is how the final piece looked like. Better job next time!

September 27, 2007 Posted by | Art work | 2 Comments

The Kitchen Window

We have a small kitchen window which required a curtain… it’s been requiring one since the past few years. It never happened because we never got a curtain rod fixed for this window in the first place and getting a carpenter at a later point of time is difficult. So we managed by hanging some cloth there which is so boring. Another important reason for needing a curtain for this window was to block the curious onlookers of the neighboring apartments from peeping into our home. One fine day an idea clicked in my mind and I took it up as a project to stitch a curtain which could be temporarily hung on the window rod.

This curtain was done using an old dresses shawl and that too without a sewing machine to work with, it is a tedious task. My sweetheart has plans to gift me a sewing machine sooner or later πŸ™‚ after which such tasks would be cool. I have stitched 5 tags which slide through buttons on the back (not seen in this snap) to be used to fasten the curtain at any position. This could later be used to move the curtain on to a rod. BTW today a carpenter is coming over to fix a curtain rod for this window.:) How do you like the fabric paint applied on the top portion of this curtain?. This had to be done to distract attention from the poor hand stitching that has taken place here. Then the small paper cuttings fixed on this are just temporary craze on mine to give a theme to the curtain.

The curtain came out well in terms of measurements and finish. πŸ™‚ Overall I was very happy with the outcome!!!

September 25, 2007 Posted by | Art work | 1 Comment

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of your dreams… By Deepak Chopra

This is one book that I have read quite many times, but each time I read this, I am able to understand things better. Best thing about this book is that it is short & sweet, so crisp and well written that we can finish reading it in one sitting of couple of hours.

This time I read the book, there were 2 laws that caught my immediate attention, thought I will mention them here for the benefit of those reading my blog. πŸ™‚ , not many I know.

1st Law – The law of pure potentiality.

The author explains that the pure consciousness is pure potentiality and it opens up the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity. He explains the concept of “self-referral”(Internal reference point is our own spirit and not the object of our experience) and “Object-referral”(we are influenced by the objects outside the self which include situation, circumstances, people and things; we are constantly seeking approval of others). Very beautifully explained!

This got me thinking about the discussion I had with a friend about “Living inside out” or “living outside in”. I felt it would be impossible to live totally “inside out” which is the same as “self-referral”.
The author further goes on to explain how to achieve the state… steps advised are
-Practice silence gradually by starting with one to two hours daily.
-Practice meditation twice a day
-Take a commitment to live a life of non-judgment.

Once we have done all this we would find it easier to connect with our inner self and then we need to spend time with the nature and learn to enjoy how the entire environment exist in pure sync and harmony.

4th Law – The law of least effort

This law talks about “Do less and accomplish more” and be happy… i liked this.. though it is easier said than practicing in life.

Firstly learn to accept the moment as it is, that is why it is called the “present”. Do not have expectation of what the present should be since we cannot control the reactions or responses of others. When things don’s happen the way we want, its because pur expectation of the situation is rejected by other’s responses. So it is actually the rejection of our expectations and it can be no other way than the way it happened, because it is the moment and we will have to accept the moment as it is. (Do not build expectations of how the moment should be, it is already defined and cannot be controlled, we can only try to mould the future based on the moment)

Acceptance simply means that you make a commitment: “Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances and events as they occur.”

Once we accept the moment, we need to respond to the moment and not to the expectation we had for the moment. This means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and this awareness allows us to take the moment and transform it to a better situation or thing

This means that you have relinquished the need to convince or persuade others of your point of view. Do not get defensive about our opinion. If you relinquish this need you will in that relinquishment gain access to enormous amounts of energy that have been previously wasted.

Least effort is expended when your actions are motivated by love, because nature is held together by the energy of love. When you seek power and control over other people, you waste energy. When you seek money or power for the sake of the ego, you spend energy chasing the illusion of happiness instead of enjoying happiness in the moment. When your actions are motivated by love, your energy multiplies and accumulates–and the surplus energy you gather and enjoy can be channeled to create anything that you want, including unlimited wealth.

Well said, isn’t it?

September 10, 2007 Posted by | Good Read | Leave a comment

The year that was!

It was a very eventful year that passed by. I would not say that it was totally great…of course there were lots of lessons learnt… and the best part was all the attention I got.

Ok let me stop the vague statements and get to the facts. The past 12-15 months have been the time of my life when lot of attention had to be given to my health and my dear ones ended up getting worried for me.

Ok, to put things short , it all started with a simple occupational disease called superficial thrombosis in June 2006, which after few months of caring in turn lead to Deep vein thrombosis which was caught because I developed breathlessness- pulmonary embolism, which is the fatal state of DVT, lucky me that it was detected in time and I was treated properly to recover fine out of that. Then the months that followed were hell with the hassle of tackling the side effects of the medications being taken. Had another mild attack of PE after 7 months, which also lead to pulmonary hypertension, another hassle…. finally, thought the end of these incidents would happen and things would settle down with a surgery, so went ahead and had that in August 2007. When things seemed to finally get well and I was moving fast in the path of recovery, came the day when I developed an unnecessary, freak ailment, some infection in the brain (nothing too serious luckily) which lead to headache and which in turn lead to another few months of hassle of some more medication and care…Now hoping that this would be the end to all the lows. It all started with a minor ailment, so I am hoping that with this minor ailment, things would finally settle down and so I am compiling the lessons learnt from the past year.:)

Luckily I see the positive and am filled with hope, so each time something goes wrong, I think “ok this is the final one and I will be fine going forward….ha ha ha”

Lessons learnt.

1) Look only at the positives of incidents in life.And take all comments from others in the form of compliments and good wishes only, ignore the rest. Never let others push in negative energy into us.

2) On falling sick, talk to people and do all the ground work to understand the situation ( from the net and from others experiences) so that we are well equipped to talk to our physicians and get them to think better for our benefit.

3) Of course talk to people and request them to do positive prayers for our speedy recovery. The positive energy from our well wishers is the best form of good wishes for us.

4) Keep a close tab on the treatment being provided at the hospital and keep clarifying each step taken by the physician, since we have had experiences of physician being careless and forgetting our history while deciding the treatment.

5)Try to keep your hobbies near you, be it watching movies on DVD or on TV, surfing the net, blogging, reading books, reading blogs, mailing friends, chatting with friends over the phone and keep self engaged with the energy level we have. Do not overdo, continue your favorite activities on a slow pace. This might be the time to explore the long dreamt of past-time of painting, trying out new simple recipes, watching the programs that you wanted to always and so on.

6) Keep your mind free of worries and upsetting environmental conditions. For every person the worry factor might be due different reasons, understand yours and work around that…

7) I was also lucky to have so many dear friends and well-wishers who were always there to cheer me up in all possible ways by visiting me regularly, gifting me, cooking for me, calling me to enquire and passing good wishes.

8) I also got to meet many new, interesting, loving and helpful people who have made a difference in our life with their unconditional support and love and whom I cherish being acquainted with.

9) Finally pray and hope that everyone is lucky like me to find a sweet companion who would be there with me all the time to take care and support during the bad times.. My sweetheart was always near me when I needed him and he made sure that I got all the rest I needed…

I doubt if I would come out of all this as a lazy bum…hope not. All the inactivity during the past many months have made me slightly lazier, no doubt… πŸ™‚

September 10, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment