Musings and Meditation

Musings and Meditation

Opened Eyed Meditation authored by ShubhaVilas, published by FingerPrint publishers, is actually a compilation.

I had enjoyed the small insights Shubha vilas gave on various things in his two books on Ramayana, hence I assumed this one would be so too. But well this was kind of different.

The usual approach I have to a review is I read, the book and put it in the frame work of a hexagon but as if was doing this, I realized this is a self help book… so it is there, to help whoever asks for help. Who am I to judge and categorize the content?

That’s when I resolved to approach this book very differently from my usual synopsis, this time round I decided to focus on how did the book work for me, and mention what I found interesting.

The book opens with an impressive line up of blurbs, and a dedication to his teachers. The author walks us through his musing through 64 chapters, which to me appeared as notes, with key pointers to a sermon from Shubha Vilas actually ambled through as though ambling through a garden…

The introduction of the book begins with the author’s musing on meditation. When I muse over it, I realized we tend to forget that meditation, and the follow out of meditation is experiential and individualistic.

Like in the rendering of the Ramayana, as a footnote he would have philosophical inputs, here he has tried to match events from Mahabharata and Ramayana to get a point across. Again this relates can only happen if the reader viewed the narratives from the same point of view as the author. What really worked for me was the very crisp summary that he provides as a box at the end of each of chapter.

Some interesting take away for me from where I can work interactions are

A take on analysis, over analysis can cause paralysis of action.

A chapter on making right decisions gives interesting insights on what drives us to a decision.

Good attitude is the matter of choice

Without appreciation relationships head south and hit rock bottom.

The observation that ShubhaVilas makes about the human mind, operating and expressing through symbols, when it comes to beliefs, values and thoughts, and these symbols emerging from the cultural ethos, made great sense.

In the page 65

When it comes to self image he makes another apt observation that is it is the weak that seeks approval.

In the chapter where the author discusses the qualities that make a person charismatic, there are interesting things he talks about, though I do not fundamentally agree with the icons he has used to illustrate these qualities, the qualities in themselves are very sound –

  • Respect is one quality of a charismatic leader and respect breeds respect.
  • Put others before you, though self preservation is the primary goal according to the scriptures, a charismatic leader tends, to take people along that is create a win-win situation, or chooses to put the other before him or her.
  • Thinking out of the box and improvising is another quality of a charismatic leader.
  • Valuing one’s own contribution is also important, one need not boast, but one has to acknowledge the self, after all the world looks at us the way we look at ourselves.

While making a point, Shubha Vilas has quoted a story from the Upanishad, he has apparently come across it in the Mahabharata, the story of the sage Kaushika who burns up a crow, and when he goes to town to beg for alms, a housewife, makes him wait for it, while she completes her household chores. Just as the sage was going to curse her, she smiles and him and says, I am not the bird that you this morning. Interestingly Shubha Vilas stops the story here; he does not complete it, to where the lady directs the sage to her teacher, who happens to be a butcher.

Like the qualities of charisma, Shubha Vilas also ponders on innovation. He builds a link from informationà contemplation. àQuestion àRisk faction àconnection àcollaboration àcelebration.

Another interesting muse is on why people provoke this on page 178

How would I rate this book, well I don’t, and to who I recommend it to, this is dicey again, I would suggest that if you reach out and ask for help the book will help you. But the choice of asking for help is yours. To put it in Shubha Vilas’s words communication happens with connect and connect happens with

ISBN      9788175993907

Publisher             fingerprint

Author:                                ShubhaVilas

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Magic of Tidying

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Three women, at shared workstation, we were catching up, with life, one student, one journalist  each at different stages of life,  while we were in conversation a fourth woman joined us, interestingly our narratives were all similar, during the conversation, the fourth girl…shared a book with us, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying.” By Marie Kondo, I did something which I do not normally do I ordered it on Amazon.

The book was definitely an eye opener, it is also quite a challenge because during my self recovery I have been a steadfast follower of the flylady the first thing Marie tells us do it one shot. What I really liked about the book, is she takes us step by step starting with the clothes,

The book walks us through the journey of Marie Kondo to being the tidying expert, she then tells us the challenge she faced in tidying up, and challenges faced by the clients through her enterprise and it does not seem to vary very much.

Then she holds our hands through the need to discard.

The sorting of things into categories, then sorting those to be kept and those to be thrown, finally storing efficiently.

She talks about ironing which kind of vibed wonderfully with me, for I love to iron and stack my clothes. Lot of things she shares in the book makes sense. Letting  go is a major need of life, but what really got me was do it one time, at stretch after which only maintained is required.

Major take away for me

  • Each day empty your purse, and thank the purse for helping you through the day.
  • Put your footwear in the designated place and thank it for serving you through the day.
  • When we buy something that we later find redundant then discard it after thanking it, for teaching you that it was not needed in your place, and thanking it for the pleasure you got in buying it.
  • Before you buy one, make sure your discard one.
  • If you have a gift that you don’t like you might just be the keeper for it to reach the right destination

I now actually understand the oriental concept of reverence, it just means, take that breathe to thank the universe for whatever resource you have used. The resource could manifest in our space like a handbag, shoe a bottle of water or what ever. Including thanking the house for sheltering you.

Guess what I have done, I have given myself a couple of days off, at the end of the year to do just that de-clutter and tidy my house. I am also sharing a video of Marie and her folding technique.


Creative me…Really

Creative me…Really

My friend Padmashree just received her Amazon parcel it was a book, “Creative You” since we usually like similar books she let me peek at the blurbs, and it was quite intriguing since I had just taken the Myers-Briggs test for my Personal branding workshop!!
I had convenient Flipkart vouchers so got one for me too.
The book unfolds over three parts,
The book opened up with a line that I quite much keep saying that we are a creative and creative does not mean art and painting, creative is new thinking or thinking differently in any space. So the book became an immediate read space. The first part of the book is all about dispelling myths that surround creativity and the persona of creative person.
The question isn’t who is creative but how each person creative.
Part I is also about finding our space in the Myers-Briggs personality grid, the kind of creative preferences we may have, and the kind of temperament we have. that makes 4 components on the Y-axis and 4 components on the X-axis giving rise to the 16 creative types. Part II of the book discuss the personality types in details.
It the Part III that lets the authors down, since it suddenly takes on a wannabe self help, wannabe therapist, but I remain HR trainer mode. They are not really able to channelize the personality types into creative flows.
Authored by David.B.Goldstien and Otto Kroeger the book is an okay one time read. Had I read the book before I bought it, I would not buy it. Though if you are creatively blocked it would be a good point to unblock yourself from.
Yes Ladies and Gentlemen there are books that we buy after we read it simple because it impacts us so like the Quiet, and Eat, Pray and Love/
David B. Goldstien is Myers-Briggs type indicator certified and has spent more than six years researching the connection between creative potential and psychological types. An internationally known artist and entrepreneur, he writes blog
Otto Kroeger is a pioneer in the field of practical application of psychological types, he is also an expert in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment. He has several publication on the subject include type talk and type talk at work.

Seein’ is creatin’.

Shakti Gawain, the Guru of Creative Visualization.
Shakti Gawain, the Guru of Creative Visualization.

Creative visualization – use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life.

Author: Shakti  Gawain.

Publisher:        Nataraja Publication a division of New world Library.

ISBN:  978-1-57731-229-1

The book takes holds the hand of the reader to guide them into a world of exploration, and understanding the tuning to the universe. There are exercises in book, that helps us face the disconnect within us, and connect to the greater universe.

To a person who has attended the creative visualization it is like a ready reckoner to Shakti’s philosophy and thought process.

For those on a journey of self understanding, healing and connecting to the universe it is an excellent guide.

If you are into actually practising this as mode of self-healing then this book should ideally be followed by the creative vision workbooks.

Thank You Asma D’souza.  for this book, it is a precious gift.

An Session with Louise.

Love yourself, Heal your life work book.

Author:                  Louise.L.Hay.

Publisher:               Hay house

The book is exactly what it says, a workbox, it is a step by step activity of the book Love yourself heal your life.

It did take two exercises for me to get the hang of it. But after attending the Love yourself,Heal your life workshop conducted by Asma D’souza, the book became absolutely workable.

Of course how exactly one uses this book is up to the user.

About the author.  Louise.L.Hay the author of international bestseller you can heal your life is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide.

addendum: Asma D’souza is contactable at her website

Painting a picture

Painting The Future: A Tales of Everday Magic NovelPainting The Future: A Tales of Everday Magic Novel by Louise Hay
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Painting the Future
Inspired by a screenplay by Ron Marasco and Brian Shuff
Authors: Louise Hay and Lynn Lauber.
Publishers Hay House
ISBN: 978-93-81431-23-8
Jonathan Langley’s life takes a devastating turn when he turns blind. Once a successful painter and printmaker Jonathan becomes a recluse, angry with world. He then encounters a precocious 11r old Hispanic kid who lives next door and an unlikely friendship is formed. Her cheerful presence shatters his hardened exterior revealing the man he was before tragedy stuck. He finds a fresh lease and perspective of life with Lupe leading him. He discovers the power of Kindness, compassion and love.
The book brings back a fragrance of Silas Manor. The narrative is flat and does not inspire the affirmations and the power of affirmations are lost within the meandering and predictable storyline, the haughty rich girl losing her wealth , the negative filled mother, the repentant father. Even the so called twist is a predictable one.
Louise.L.Hay the author of international bestseller you can heal your life is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide.
Lynn Lauber is a fiction non-fiction writer teacher and collaborator she has published three books on her own and many in collaboration with other authors.

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Tools for empowerment

You Can Create An Exceptional LifeYou Can Create An Exceptional Life by Louise L. Hay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Authors Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson.
Publishers HayHouse
Genre Self help,New age spiritualism.

Good read, though not as inspiring or active as the previous book of Louise Hay.
The book is basically a conversation between Cheryl and Louise charting the journey of Louise to a certain extent, and Louise extending a helping hand to Cheryl.
It is a candid conversation that would empower and open our mind and heart to tools that will help us create an exceptional life.
The philosophy and view points do help us to tide over situations in our lives. The book has an interesting line up of parallel reading.
Louise Hay,the author of the international bestseller YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more 50 million books sold.
Cheryl Richardson is the New York Times best-selling author of Take Time of your life, Life make overs, stand up of for your life, the unmistakable touch of grace and the art of extreme sel-care.
more can be got about the authors on,,
You Can Create an Exceptional Life

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