Year 2018 has been a Rollercoaster ride for me, and I have had my share of ups an downs this year, and in the advent of adversity I got an opportunity to read Bhagavad Gita and I went through the teachings of greatest Sufi Saint Jalaludin Rumi.
Lets talk about the things that hold us back and prevents us from living the life of our dreams, I would broadly classify them as bad habits, toxic relationships, Self doubt, grudges, guilts, procrastination, old wounds, Jealousy, anger other people opinion about you. So the question we have to ask from ourselves is that, are we going to carry on this hefty baggage to next year and the years to come? or we are going to change ourselves this new year. So I’d like to share with you my learnings along the way in year 2018.
The only thing Constant in life is Change
“Phoenix rising from Ashes”, Phoenix is a mythical bird who at the end of its life settles in to its nest of twigs which then burns ferociously, reducing bird and nest to ashes. And from those ashes, a new phoenix rises – renewed and reborn.
So this year, be like the Phoenix shun all your negativity and all your grudges.
Taking context from Srimad Bhagavad Gita “Change is the law of universe” , “One must deliver himself with the help of his mind, and not degrade himself. The mind is a friend of conditioned soul, and his enemy as well.” – Bhagavad Gita chapter 6.5
Struggle is Good and is the part of the plan
A Caterpillar Struggles very hard to become a Butterfly, It desperately works hard to come out the cocoon, but if we try to ease the caterpillar’s pain by cutting the cocoon butterfly will come out easy but it would never be able fly.
In the words of Rumi
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
and from Srimad Bhagavad Gita “O best among men(Arjuna), the person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation”-Bhagavad Gita chapter 2.15
Spend some time in Silence.
Meditation helps in you to connect to your higher self and helps in reducing stress,
In the words of Rumi
“Silence is the language of God,
all else is poor translation.”
“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”
“As a lamp in a windless place does not waver, so the transcendentalist, whose mind is controlled, remains always steady in his meditation on the transcendent self .”- Bhagavad Gita chapter 6.19
Practice Gratitude everyday
Research has proved that each night before going to bed, you should note down the things you were grateful for in a day. This not only makes us happy but attracts more goodness in Life.
In words of Rumi
“Giving thanks to abundance is greater than the abundance itself”
“Gratitude is the wine for the Soul ,Go on get drunk”
and from Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
“Whatever you do , whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever you give away, whatever austerity you practice, O son of kunti, do that as an offering unto me”– Bhagavad Gita chapter 9.27
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So finishing up with the Golden words from Rumi
“Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?”
“Shine like the whole universe is yours.”
“Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depth”
Wake up to the new year, a New day, New hope & New Sunrise.
Happy new year