A new way to meditate

There is something I’ve been doing for years without realizing it. I never knew to give it a name. But I guess it was meditation. A very different kind of meditation, unique to me and my experience. I have always tried to meditate but the traditional way overwhelmed me and didn’t help me. Although, I would like to try the traditional way and master it, but for the time being the way that I meditate has really helped me.

So, I want to share it with all the other anxious minds especially during this time.

Spring is upon us- a time for rebirth, renaissance, turning over a new leaf, quite literally.

Finding tranquility is a habit we could all use and benefit from.

So, please try this if you’d like and I hope it helps you.

Sit or lie in a comfortable space.

Light a candle and turn on some music, think of a song that makes you feel warm and cozy, comfortable and happy. A soft soothing song that holds some good meaning for you.

Play it on repeat for 10 minutes.

And, just listen to each and every word, every sigh, every note. If it’s instrumental focus on how they melody flows, where does it start how does it evolve where does it go?

While listening to the music visualize a happy place. Try that the visualization doesn’t conjure up past emotions. If you imagine a memory that truly made you happy and if you can remain there without drifting into contemplating the past, then even past memories are fine. Otherwise just create something new.

It is always good to imagine something new, something you want, something that makes you feel butterflies and ecstatic at the same time.

See yourself in that picture, with your chosen music playing and just rest and breathe within that imagery.

If you have a hyper mind, make up stories and experiences you’d like to have and visualize them. It will help you focus and be more creative.

After 10 minutes you won’t even realize that what you’ve done was meditation.

Visualizing and creating has feminine energy at its core. Staying firm and stable in one place has masculine energy at its core. This practice creates a good balance of the two. And it makes me feel calmer. And I believe it will help you as well.

I hope you try it and that it helps you and let me know what you think about this.

As always take care. 😀

-Anshudha

Some Beautiful Lyrics about Love

So, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. In this event I will be posting a few love themed posts. Now, I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I’m really not. But, Love is another thing.

Love is everything- self-love, romantic love, love for the world, love for family, for things, for people.

As a writer, especially while writing songs, love is the ideal subject to write about because it is universal. In the feeling and the longing. Love is ethereal. Everybody has a favourite love song and it isn’t hard to come across beautiful love songs with beautiful lyrics because this subject does strike a chord with everybody in some way or the other.

Love songs are so incredible because you don’t even need to presently be in love to be enchanted by love songs. Love songs are always a good idea to bring tenderness into your heart.

In this post I’m going to mention few lyrics, beautiful lyrics from love songs. I hope you like them.

  • La Vie En Rose- Edith Piaf

It would be crazy if I didn’t mention this. I have put the lyrics sung by Louis Armstrong in the English version of this Edith Piaf classic.

A world where roses bloom
And when you speak, angels sing from above
Everyday words seem to turn into love songs
Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be 
"La Vie En Rose" 
  • Cheek to Cheek- Fred Astaire
Heaven... I'm in heaven,
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak.
And I seem to find the happiness I seek,
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek.
  • Moon River- Audrey Hepburn
Moon river, wider than a mile
I'm crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you're goin', I'm goin' your way
  • Mystery of Love Sufjan Stevens
Oh, to see without my eyes
The first time that you kissed me
Boundless by the time I cried
I built your walls around me
White noise, what an awful sound
Fumbling by Rogue River
Feel my feet above the ground
Hand of God, deliver me
  • Your Song- Elton John
And you can tell everybody
This is your song
It may be quite simple, but now that it's done
I hope you don't mind
I hope you don't mind
That I put down in the words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world

It is impossible to pick lyrics on love because there is an endless flow of words and melodies that people have written on love. But I hope you enjoyed reading this. These are just some of my favourites.

Take care

Anshudha Garimella

Moonshine

I love the moon on a cold winter’s night. Because it’s the only light that alleviates the melancholy of a season devoid of sunshine, devoid of life, devoid of softness in any form. When all the day has been a million shades of gray and you couldn’t differentiate between a dawn and a twilight, the night seems like a respite. Winter afternoons are more, rough than winter nights. Often on winter nights I go for walks and on these wanderings, I learnt that the moon wasn’t just waning or waxing, there was so much more to it, I would walk around in its silver shadow and the light drizzle from the winter sky, to keep me company.

I long for the moonshine on a cold winter’s night

Maybe I just long for anything that shines

It’s my stairway to heaven

On cold foggy nights

The sky in its brumous glory

Everything is dead to the touch

Walking on pavements lit in neon

I often stared at the sky watching the halo of a premonition

A premonition of a storm

A moonbroch it is called

The shining glory preparing me for a tingling numbness yet to arrive

I was mesmerized by the silver lake in the sky

If I could collect those moondrops in a crystal jar

I would definitely try

It is a symbol of the glimmer I always chase

A moonshine to put me in a daze.

-Anshudha Garimella

Sunday Musings : A new intention for a new week and month.

We all need to check our progress every now and then. To make sure we’re on the right track. Lately, I’ve been feeling lazy and jaded and it’s very tempting to just give in to that and lose all progress but it’s not worth it.

Maybe you kept some resolutions that already fell through? or maybe you’re on a roll and you’re doing good. Or maybe you haven’t done anything different during this first month in 2021.

Whichever place you’re in. It’s all fine. But we do need to check with ourselves if we’re on the right track.

Here are a few things that I will do today as this first month is over. And I encourage you to try it.

  1. Write down the most productive thing you did this month. If you didn’t do anything productive in January it’s fine. Take a deep breath.
  2. Write down about the moment you felt happiest.
  3. Say goodbye to this month. Don’t be hard on yourself if your resolutions fell through. When we’re hard on ourselves we hinder our own progress. This pattern will likely continue if we don’t give ourselves some tenderness. Be light and kind especially to yourself. “Say it’s okay. I can change it. I’m motivated.”
  4. Write down a new good habit you’d like to have for the rest of the year.
  5. Note what motivates you. It is easier to make life changes if you’re truly motivated and willing.
  6. Go for a walk, clear your head and think about what you could do that will impact your life in a beneficial way.
  7. Tell yourself- ‘New month and New day’ “I can do it.”

Happy Sunday. Take care.

Please share in the comments about any new habits you’re working on having.

Good Luck.

-Anshudha

Quotes by Famous Artists

I am always mesmerized by artists, painters, sculptors and how they see the world around them. To them everything in daily life is an allegory. That state of mind makes daily life so exciting and enchanting. And if you think about it there is always something beautiful and artistic hiding in plain sight.

I believe in our day to day life it can help us to be more creative if we knew how to see things in multidimensional colours and textures, in different effects and moods.

Here are a few quotes by famous artists to get inspired.

I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.

Vincent Van Gogh

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.

Henri Matisse

He who knows how to taste wine does not drink wine but savors secrets.

Salvador Dali

I would like to paint the way a bird sings.

Claude Monet

The purpose of art is washing the dust of our daily lives off of our souls.

Pablo Picasso

To see we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at.

Claude Monet

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5 Romantic Perfumes (according to me.)

Have you ever smelt a fragrance so delicate and heady, tender and light that you can almost feel like you’re wrapped up in it?

Fragrances are a big part of my daily routine. I believe in Aromatherapy. It sets the day and sets the mood to perhaps be calmer and more centered.

You can include aromatherapy in your lives in many ways the most obvious way is through perfumes. Every scent smells different on everyone as different compositions compliment your intrinsic scent differently.

Here are my picks of 5 romantic perfumes that smell soothing, sensual and lovely.

  • Nuit by Hugo Boss

This is a lovely and simple fragrance. It is gentle and not too heady. It has the perfect lingering quality in a subtle way. The ability to cling to your clothes. To give off a soft and delicate aroma. It has notes of white peach, white flowers, violet, jasmine, sandalwood and crystal moss. It is a good fit for people who like a combination of floral with hints of subtle woody scents.

  • Hypnôse by Lancôme

This is one of my favourite fragrances. It is deeply feminine and delightful to smell. It is lasting enough to not keep reapplying but subtle enough to truly leave a trail of gentle aroma. It has notes of passion flower, vanilla, jasmine sambac, gardenia and vetiver. It is a deep fragrance with layered notes. A truly floral scent that is sensual.

  • Carat by Cartier

This is one of the most unique fruity-floral scents that I have tried. I would describe it as fresh floral. With notes of pear, bergamot, hyacinth, tulip, narcissus, lily, honeysuckle, ylang-ylang, violet, mimosa and white musk. This is a good choice even for people who don’t love floral scents because it is very fresh. Fresh and vibrant enough to wear during the day as well. Reminds me of a spring garden it is delicately fruity which gives it a freshness and slightly sweet with florals which gives it a deep feminine aroma balanced out perfectly so as to not be too fruity or too floral.

  • Deep Euphoria by Calvin Klein

This one is a great night-out fragrance for me. It is heady and deeply layered. It has notes of white pepper, mandarin leaf, black rose, peony, geranium, jasmine sambac, patchouli, woody notes and musk. It is a good option for those who like a confluence of woody and florals.

  • Miss Dior: Blooming Bouquet by Dior

This is an elegant floral. A true floral rose scent but in a very light and tender way. It is not too sweet like some florals can be. It is perfect for all day round in my opinion. Floral enough to be feminine and fresh enough to be subtle and soothing. It has notes of Sicilian mandarin, pink peony, damask rose, apricot, peach and white musk. It is said to be inspired by a spring bouquet. And it is a perfect scent for spring.

These were my choices of romantic scents. Every perfume smells different on everyone. So, share with me in the comments your picks of romantic fragrances or let me know if you’ve tried any of these. I hope you liked reading it.

Take Care : D

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Poetry of an Evening

Often times when I feel jaded and drained of ideas or inspiration. I go for a walk. There is so much poetry in just one evening.

I want to share some pictures I took on an evening walk. The second I took them I got several ideas like epiphanies to write new poetry.

Photographed by Me.
Photographed by Me.
Photographed by Me
Photographed by Me.

Have a nice day. 😀

Stuck in a Rut? Try this….

It happens to the best of us. There are times when we are stuck in a rut of laziness. Of unproductive days where no matter what we try nothing motivates us. It can be really hard to get out of a rut and sometimes just wanting out of it isn’t enough. But that’s not your fault we all go through it from time to time.

It’s frustrating because you feel there is so much you can do with your time. But you just aren’t able to.

Why do we fall into a rut?

Several reasons, perhaps you have been feeling low, stressed or have not worked out for a while, perhaps you are eating unhealthy which can deplete your energy levels. Either way there is one thing you can try today that can help.

I’m writing this from personal experience. Every time I am in a rut. I go to a park, not to exercise or to achieve anything specific. I just go outside. OUTSIDE and wander around aimlessly in a park or a garden.

Here’s what it does:

  1. It immediately makes you feel like you are doing something productive. It makes you feel active. Because you are up and moving.
  2. Listening to music while strolling is a stress buster. You just listen to your favourite music and observe your environment. It gets you out of your lethargy. With music you can just zone out.
  3. Looking at trees and the sky and the ground can do you wonders. By just taking a short walk you will feel immediately connected to the environment around you. You will get some fresh air, and some time to think. You will start to feel motivated.
  4. Just a short walk can help you to start moving to get out of that rut. And after your walk you will feel better because you have done something.
  5. And the beginning is what will keep you on the right track.

This has helped me every time. While it is okay to take a break from time to time still, being in a rut for a long time can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle therefore making you feel demotivated and tired and lazy.

Sometimes you just have to get moving in any way you can.

I hope this helps you in some way. Take care 😀

-anshudha

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Things I’ve learnt from Flowers….

Nature has much to teach us. In every element, every sunrise, every twilight.

I’m a great lover of nature. I learn something from it everyday. It will forever be my greatest inspiration.

I miss flowers the most now as things are not yet in bloom. And there’s still some time.

Photographed by Me.

I love flowers and often read about different flowers’ different symbolism.

Here are a few things we can all learn from flowers:

  1. To be gentle but strong– I always saw my hypersensitivity as a curse but it isn’t. There is strength in feeling things very deeply. To all the sensitive souls reading . Strength isn’t just one thing. There are various forms of strength. Even the most fragile flowers have their strength. Find yours.
  2. To be open– Flowers are at their best when they blossom in their entirety. What would it look like to be a person who is truly open? Open-minded a free-spirit, open in receiving and giving. To be unapologetically and fully you.
  3. To not be scared of change– Flowers lose their petals and whither but they are not afraid to grow again. Fresher and fuller, blooming better than ever. We can be that way too.
  4. To have faith– Whenever I feel I’ve lost faith or confidence I think about Spring. Nature is proof that change will happen. Change is constant. And you are not stuck. Your change is always around the corner.
  5. To see beauty in various forms– Beauty is not just in one flower. Not in just one rose or in one peony but in all flowers. Every flower is different just like every person and they have their intrinsic beauty.
  6. That appearance is just one side– Some of the most gentle flowers, the most fragile and little flowers have a lot of healing properties. Some of the most delicate flowers thrive in the harshest weather.
  7. That it is okay to be different– Think about it, if every flower looked alike we probably wouldn’t even notice them. Difference is what makes them. And what makes us.

So be your own flower.

Photographed by me.

Take care.

-Anshudha

* Featured Image photographed by me.

The Importance of Little Pleasures in Life….

I’ve only recently begun to learn to not apologize for the things that make me happy. I don’t know why we do this. But we do. We apologize constantly either with words or with guilt for things that make us happy.

Maybe it’s because sometimes we feel guilty for being happy or calm because some strange voice in our heads is telling us we don’t deserve it. Or perhaps some society pressure that makes us feel that we need to earn happiness through struggle. But we don’t. Everyone deserves to be happy. And nobody owes any explanation to anyone for things that make us smile.

Perhaps sometimes you feel that if you cry enough one day you’ll feel deserving of happiness but that’s not true you always deserve happiness. Always.

Everybody has little things, little pleasures in their lives that make them smile. Like watching the sunrise, stopping to smell a rose, smelling fresh coffee in the morning, dancing to that one song or wearing that one outfit that makes you feel great.

No matter how unnecessary it seems to other people, if your rituals make you happy. then they are important.

I have those little pleasures too. That at times people told me, were pointless. And sure enough that inane message got stuck in my head and I started apologizing continuously.

But I’m learning to change that silly compulsion of apologizing for things that make my day.

Here’s what I want to suggest for today:

Write down your little pleasures. Describe why they make you feel happy. And don’t apologize just embrace them. They’re yours. They exist to make you happy.

When we enjoy the little things in life. I believe it raises our vibration therefore making our aura more positive and more receiving to happiness and joy.

When we are happy we can spread that joy and be a calmer presence in other people’s lives. We can give more and help more. So why deny yourself the daily happiness?

You deserve it.

Take care.

-Anshudha

*Featured Image photographed by Me.