Year 2018 has been a Rollercoaster ride for me, and I have had my share of ups an downs this year, and in the event 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 negativities and all your grudges, rise from ashes and become a better version of yourself.
Taking context from Srimad Bhagavad Gita “Change is the law of universe” , “Raise yourself by yourself: don’t let yourself down, for you alone are your own friend , you alone are your own enemy. – 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 “One whose mind is not shaken by adversity, who does not hanker after happiness , who has become free from blind attachment ,fear and anger is indeed a Muni or sage of steady wisdom”-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, I personally like to do chanting using mala beads.
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.”
“The Calm man who is the same in pain and pleasure, whom these cannot disturb, alone is able, O great amongst men, to attain immorality.”- Bhagavad Gita chapter 2.15
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 6.5
Here I would also like to recommend and endorse an Android app by a fellow blogger and my friend Upasna, who also happens to be guest blogger with my blog Livebeforeyoudie, this App offers a lovely colorful view with all our grateful moments in a single Pie. you can click to download the app into your android phone using below link
So finishing up with the Golden words from Rumi
“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