The most enchanting, enthralling journey ever undertaken…A trip to the Himalayas….A Trip to the Alaskan wilds…A Trip to Scandinavia…. A trip to any remote island…….Away from the noise…away from the crowd….

Well, with the responsibilities that all of us have…of family… of jobs… and promotions and targets and deadlines…. of kids…. a trip to one such exotic location is a welcome break…

A week away from the daily chores…relaxing…sipping away on a glass of wine…soaking in the breeze….sunlight… or moonlight…..

And before we realize, its back to the chores and duties 😦 and the worldly grind….The break seemed otherworldly….

Perhaps one of the reasons… that folks across the globe yearn for a break is to get away…break free from the crowd…to break free from the burden of responsibilities…and pressures…..is a deep yearning to find some time…time with “ONESELF”…

But alas.. The flavour of these carefree weeks is not something that’s sustained…its got a very short shelf life…as the quagmire of daily routines and responsibilities pulls one down in no time….and then its the same old pattern of the mind recollecting with fondness the sweet memories of the last good time….of the last break…

But can we…sustain the flavours of that last vacation…the essence of that vacation… lifelong??or at least attempt to??

The possible solution is very simple…too simple…so simple…that it becomes very slippery to follow….Break the pattern…break the rut and find some “YOUTIME”…But please be wary  of the mind…

For the mind loves to focus only on things to complex… Something very simple… does not challenge the mind… It loses interest… This is so damn simple….. I am someone special… Let me focus on the more complex things…Let me focus on “complexifying” things….that the simple things that too often get neglected for a lifetime….

Simple “YOUTIME”…whenever you feel like…whenever you are in the mood… no matter what time…no matter where you are…

If you feel like gently swaying to music… do it

If you feel like sketching..do it

If you feel like humming… do it

If you feel like gardening… do it…

If you feel like Singing… do it…

If you feel like playing an instrument… do it…

If you feel like modelling clay… do it…

If you feel like spending time with children….do it…

If you feel like hugging someone… do it…

If you feel like resting on someone’s lap/shoulders do it…

If you feel like writing or blogging…do it…

And then this act of yours is a prayer…It’s rawness… It’s juice…is beyond comparison…way beyond cultivated prayer…fulfilling…

Go with the flow… Sway with your emotions… “e-motions”.. the very word indicates movement….flexibility…. It is often our own rigidity…our posturing… our discipline… that does not permit us to flex …

A sturdy. .haughty  tree was poking fun of a creeper… You do not have spine…You have no character….You are simply a weakling….check out my might… see how ram rod straight am I…..

And then there was a huge storm…. The tree put forward all its resistance to the strong gales…ferocious gales…but finally it was the tree which was uprooted…

The creeper simply bent in the direction of the gale and survived…

No matter how “ordinary” a person society has labelled you…. each one is special… is in an absolute speciality, a total and unfragmented speciality…a “character”  in his own simple ,sweet and ordinary way…Find that sweet spot which brings a smile onto ur lips…

And then the flavours… the essence of your last Scandinavian trip….the Himalayan trip…The Goa trip…The Ashram stay… will accompany you lifelong…. and any future journey will enhance the inner essence… the inner flavour…

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