Sunday, 19 November 2017

When My Soul Sister Got Married!

“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life. ” — Richard Bach

Stefi, she means the world to me. She is a sister I never had.

As you start this new chapter of your life, as you unite with timeless love and friendship, I just want to tell you how emotional it is to see you as a bride-to-be! You mean so much to me! My first friend, my first confidant.

She had the most elegant bridal shower one day before her wedding :)


Her close family and friends dressed her up in all white. The white gown  hugged her perfectly. The most hip bride with sneakers under her ever so beautiful gown - my beautiful friend!



Today was the day she was getting married. She had to start a new journey and had to travel an unknown path that she had never traversed before.

While she arose and gracefully walked to begin her new journey, she looked the most beautiful!

More importantly though, the tradition, the love, and the pure happiness in that space as family & friends all gathered in celebration for our dear Stefi was truly undeniable.

“What do you do when you go to a friend’s wedding?” is one of the questions I get asked most.  It is utter joy to attend a close friend's wedding,  to enjoy their big day with them and embrace the spirit of their celebration!

It is an unparalleled feeling. Celebrating one of the biggest moments in my best friend’s life was absolutely priceless. There’s nothing like seeing your friends with that magical glow about them. Amiright?! The joy is such, that I never danced, but I did! And I did it HAPPILY, without getting conscious!

The small details become the big picture, Stefi & Jimmy did an incredible job incorporating meaningful details into every part of their wedding. They carefully planned the tiny details and elements of their wedding - something that made it look like everything was given so much thought!

The caricature on the card was beautiful. The wedding hashtag was lovely - #ElevatorLove - since they both stay in same building, just different floors! Such cuties!




I enjoyed the wedding to bits!

Congratulations to you both. :* Wishing you and Jimmy a lifetime of love and happiness. Let this adventure begin. Love you!


Watch their First Dance on this beautiful song J


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Let the fall make you stronger!

I believe that love is a light switch: Something flicks on.We get an overwhelming sensation.It hits us like a bag of bricks. Or a strong arrow.When we know, we know. Right?  Love is a series of choices.

The way he looks at me. How hard he makes me laugh. How unexpectedly, he tugs my arm and rests on my shoulders. The way he makes me feel when I don’t feel anything.

But like an airplane flight, there will be turbulence. The fights. The disagreements. The little things that will bother us. His socks. Her shopping. We might start wondering if we’ve made the right choice.

Once we are in doubt, we have to make another choice: to continue to fly with this person or jump out of the plane.

Love is making a choice every single day, to either love or not love. That’s it. It’s that simple. Either to continue the process or not.
Sometimes it is easy to love. Sometimes it is extremely difficult. But at the end of the day, it’s always a choice.

Always choose each other, fly and soar higher, grow stronger each day. And let the love deepen – the longer you stay on the flight and embark on the journey together, the more fruit the process will bear. The investment will pay off. 

Let the fall make you stronger!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Book Review : Ramayana: The Game of Life – Book 4: Stand Strong



Author - Shubha Vilas

The Ramayana is not a story. It is a way of life. It is the game of life.

Life is a constant reminder that nothing, however powerful in one season, remains so in the next. These endless cycles of change could really spook someone who is unprepared to face the realities. Remember that situations of helplessness are always created by one’s own limited imagination.

• Perception appears larger than reality. Many were afraid to battle the Lankans, but grounded in reality, Rama and his army managed to free Sita.
• Fear results in pain. Lying broken and bruised, Sampati did not believe he could help until he did and it made all the difference.
• Clarity leads to freedom. Rama never wavered in his single-minded pursuit, and eventually got exactly what he wanted.

Do you have the courage to face your fears?

AUTHOR :

Shubha Vilas is a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker. He helps people in dealing with modern-day life situations through the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions. He conducts leadership seminars in premier institutes across the world and inspires deeper human values.

REVIEW:

Stand Strong is the fourth book in Ramayana: The Game of Life series. A modern retelling of the Kishkindha Kanda of Valmiki’s epic, it reminds us through the tragic story of brothers Vali and Sugriva that life is like a dangerous treasure hunt. One must be resilient while running through confusing, zigzagging paths to acquire essential wisdom.

This book is an authentic narration of the epic life lessons helping readers keep faith and conquer their fears. I have read the previous three parts. I feel that everything is alright and in control as long as I read this series. It gives meaning to my life and give me an intrinsic changeless core inside my heart to rely upon, in this ever changing and forever shifting external world.

Amazing book for the youth, it is filled with the practical situation in our life relating them to the incidents of the Ramayana. Things are nicely explained and filled with the touch of suspense and with it a nice teaching of our daily life. It is a beautifully written book covering even the most intricate details of the period.

I liked the book and I am sure people with a taste in Indian mythology would like it. And, for people who are still to read about it, Shubha’s books can be a fitting beginning. Overall, I recommend this book. Read it. It will not disappoint you. There is something or other to learn for anyone from this Game of Life.

I wish that may this Shubha Vilas' Ramayana may touch many more hearts, and enable them to improve their game of life. This book is a nourishment to your soul.

Rating – 4.5/5

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Faasley


Faasle bahut hain,
Par itna maan lijiye,
Aap khayalon me itne karib hain ki faaslon ka ehsaas hi nahin hota.

Aaina hoon main,
Mere samne aakar to dekho,
Khud nazar aaoge,
Tere harr lafz ko ibaadat banakar sambhala hai,
Dagmaga jaoge mera dard utha kar to dekho,
Yun to aasaan nazar aata hai,
Kitna mushkil hai meri raaha se jaakar to dekho.

Ajnabee toh yun hue,
Lagta hai baant ke samandar ko do dariya kiye,
Kabhi haalat se, kabhi zamane se bebas ho gaye,
Aate jaate najane kitne pal tere naam kiye,
Jhatak kar haath jab bhi chale door tujhse,
Zindagi ne tujh mein ulajhne k bahane hazaar diye.

Kayi zakhm dil ke seeye gaye,
Kayi mushkilon me jeeye,
Magar hote apne barbaad wajood ki khabar na le sake..

Faaslon ka asli ehsaas toh tab hua,
Jab maine kaha 'theek hun' aur aapne maan liya..

Darmiyan humare fasslon ko kuch aur bhi baaki rehne do,
Ek baar fir kabhi, yun hi achanak milne ki aarzo toh baaki rehne do..

Kal mile hum agar kahin,
Toh kuch ho kehne tumhare pass aur kuch sunne humare paas,
Gile shikvon ki ho agar baarish, toh bheeg sake hum sath sath,
Muh fer kar na nikal jayein, ajnabeeyon jaise,
Kuch lamho ki hi sahi,
Mulakaton se toh na katrayein..

Friday, 20 October 2017

Our ‘Almost’!



Relationships that don’t reach their destiny teach us so many things -

1. People are not possessions
Loving and then parting, shows us that, however much we care for a person, we can never own them, their thoughts and their decisions.

2. You learn how to let go gracefully
As hard as it may seem at the time, failed relationships teach you that letting go gracefully, and with your dignity intact, is far better than desperately clinging on to a sinking ship. There are certain relationships that are brought to us not as the happily ever after, but to teach you how to honorably let go and grieve the loss of a relationship.  

3. It teaches you that over-analysing a situation achieves nothing

4. It teaches us to never take anything for granted
At times, we take things we have for granted and only their loss makes us realize how important they were as a part of our own existence itself!

5. Sometimes, grieving is life time. Healing is not a linear process
The end of a relationship brings with it a spectrum of feelings where our emotions go from grief to relief, sadness to joy, and anger to excitement. As we travel along those spectrums, we may find that one day we feel like we’re on top of the world, to then feel instantly distressed when we see reminders of a past relationship. In that moment, we feel as if all of the progress we’ve made has gone down the drain Sometimes a person’s loss is forever and it will haunt you always, it is going to be a baggage you would have to carry till grave. Unfortunate, but true.