Retrospection 201628, Dec, 2016, by Seema Bhatnagar
Life is a journey, with each year passed by it gets a new meaning. Each year leaves us soaked in some experience, beautiful memories, new relationships, new friendships, new bonds of love or may be something else that make it meaningful in some unique way.
2016, another glorious year of our life is coming to an end. How fortunate we all are that we have experienced another year and enjoyed the abundance of life. To appreciate this fact more, just think of all those people who are no more and left many things unexplored in life.
My Journey for 2016
Personally for me, it has been another fantastic year full of experiences which have taken me to the next level of personal growth. Well, you must be wondering how come I am growing and by what means I am stating that I am growing. This is a very valid doubt or a question, answer to this would be truly speaking, there is no parameter of assessing personal growth, it can only be felt. Every life situation presents an opportunity to test personal growth and it is only you who is the best judge to understand if you are really growing or simply struggling with situations.
As a big picture, maintaining inner silence and change in my food habits have been the main endeavors for this year.
Blogging and personal coaching had been on a low key because I deliberately put it on back burner in order to conserve my energy to experience deeper silence. Fortunately, there was no dearth of getting assignments and I had to politely turn down few requests, it was really hard for me to say no. In one of the instances, I literally had to act callous when someone made a tearful request to entertain pressing issue. I felt bad about it but at the same time I was determined in my efforts to experience silence. Why I had to say No because coaching takes lot of energy and involves lot of talking and discussion with clients to reach a point where they could understand what needs to be done to cross the barriers of growth.
Partying with friends.
Friendships, contacts and network expanded further and have enjoyed great moments with friends. The most interesting part is, my circle of friends includes people who think and enjoy similar activities whether it is about food or travelling or the fundamental mindsets about matters of life. I really feel myself fortunate enough to be surrounded by such friends.
On health perspective, enjoyed a healthy year free from any fever, cold or cough. Fortunately, did not contract chikungunya virus when there was its outbreak in Delhi. Gratefully, it excused me when almost everybody in every home had suffered this. Though escaped from this but got stuck with ankle fracture, which I nursed for three weeks. Bounced back with strong realization about life, already shared my feelings in a post on this.
Celebrated all family festivals, like Diwali, Holi etc. with gaiety and zest. Enjoyed each and every festival with full spirit.
Diwali celebrations at home. Decorations done by me.
Diwali celebrations with crackers.
For food, in addition to our (friends) regular eating out trips, this year we enjoyed Onam festival (Festival from Kerala, Southern India) and specially went to one of the very famous restaurants, Mahabelly, in Delhi, to enjoy the delicacies prepared for sadhya. Check out pics below. The food was awesome and had a very authentic taste.
Sadhya served on banana leaf. Onam celebrations.
Attired in traditional malyali outfit.
On my daily food habits, finally I have switched over to sativik diet, which means removal of garlic, onion and asafetida from diet. These food items act as natural stimulants for body and produce undesirable chemicals and unnecessarily put body in a stress mode which means loss of energy.
Choosing this diet does not mean that if I am visiting somebodys place or eating out, will expect others to respect my choices. No, I will eat whatever vegetarian is available, even if it is prepared using these items. I am more concerned about what I am eating everyday because it has more impact on body than what I consume once in a week or may be fortnight. I do not want to become rigid about it, once in a while it is fine to have deviation.
Recalling my past efforts, I had been trying to switch over to this diet since long, almost two years, but somehow I was not able to maintain it. But this year, I could do it successfully and really feeling happy about it.
Another habit which I have developed is, to get up early morning, in predawn (3:30 am) which is called as brahma mahurat, to do my meditation practice. For people who are into spiritual practices, this is an ideal time to get up and do meditation for getting maximum benefit. With regular practice of meditation and satvik diet my sleep quota has reduced drastically, as I conserve my energy throughout the day so I do not feel tired and hence do not feel sleepy at all. 3-4 hours of sleep is good enough for me.
The objective behind developing these two habits demands a full post, will give it a fair share of details in one of the upcoming posts.
Overall, I am enjoying a rich, contented and healthy life, and gradually making progress towards my sole purpose of experiencing the highest level of human consciousness. Once again, not missing an opportunity of being grateful to my Guru and higher power for bestowing grace upon me every day. It is only this grace which is constantly enabling me to walk on the path of personal growth.
Becoming Zero for Year 2017.
Captured Supermoon for year 2016.
For next year, as such I have no goals and plans, going zero on planning and thinking. Just keeping myself open for new opportunities and experiences and will just go by the randomness and spontaneity of the moment. Trusting the fact that higher power always designs a better and efficient plan for me so not becoming a block in his planning. My only task is to enjoy life to fullest with utmost joy and bliss and face every situation and challenge with utmost grace and poise leaving all consequences to higher power.
New Year Wishes
Out for indulgence in traditional and authentic Italian cuisine.
With a heart full of love and joy, wishing each and every being of this planet.
May every human being of this planet experience a peaceful, joyful and happy life. May it brings richness to every dimension and every aspect of life and takes everyone closer to true self by leaps and bound.
May life brings abundance, best possible opportunities and enough challenges for you to grow in every possible way. Even if it means little discomfort sometimes, let it be, because this is how wisdom arrives.
In Hindu scriptures, there is a beautiful chant (in Sanskrit language) about wellbeing, which is also a universal prayer for the wellbeing of whole society.
ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः॥
Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah ।
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet ।
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ॥
1: Om, May All become Happy,
2: May All be Free from Illness.
3: May All See what is Auspicious,
4: May no one Suffer.
5: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
Wishing the whole world, a very Happy, joyous and cheerful New Year 2017.