Inspiring links (from kindness)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. I hope this week’s round-up inspires you to do random acts of kindness!)

This week was super hectic as I was volunteering in a village after my work hours. I along with another Art of Living teacher took the rural part I course in that village which ended today with amazing experiences of participants after Sudarshan Kriya.

Google Hangout with Sri Sri: Watch Video (A unique dialogue between spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, world leaders and people around the globe on how to reduce violence in society.)

Courtney Carver talks about busy work v/s good work in her post Curb the busyness of business ( Luckily this week ,I did more good work than busy work!)

Create meaning by helping others ( without doing it for validation)

Act of kindness turns into free coffee for hundreds of customers

The Master’s hand

34 little ways to share with the world

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Inspiring links (from savouring life to making positive changes)

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(Every week, I will publish a series of inspiring links. I hope this week’s round-up inspires you to savour life , be creative , make healthy changes and  take challenging challenges to make 2013 your best year till date!)

How to savor life

I want life, not a lifestyle

6 practical steps to getting creative

Getting what you want while loving what you have

5 mostly doable challenges to try this year

25 healthy changes you can make today

10 things that are non-negotiable

and last but not the least, for all the avid readers out there The ultimate book list by Courtney Carver

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Wisdom bytes (Dalai Lama on happiness)

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Editor’s Note : True personal enlightenment begins with knowledge. Anybody seeking the universal truth would do well to familiarize themselves with the wisdom by the ancient sages and the great thinkers of today .Wisdom bytes are for you to read, inspire and challenge, shed light, help keep perspective, energize, lead to thinking in a new way and enjoy some immediate gratification. Get inspired…inspire others…

Dalai Lama on happiness

  • “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
  • “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
  • “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.”
  • “What unites all beings is their desire for happiness.”
  • “There are two kinds of happiness – the temporary pleasure derived primarily from material comfort alone and another more enduring comfort that results from the thorough transformation and development of the mind. We can see in our own lives that the latter form of happiness is superior because when our mental state is calm and happy, we can easily put up with minor pains and physical discomforts. On the other hand, when our mind is restless and upset, the most comfortable physical facilities do not make us happy.”
  • “Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.”

Inspiring links (from simplicity to happiness)

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(Every week, I will publish a series of inspiring links. I hope this week’s round-up inspires you to embrace simplicity and happiness!)

10 ways to have peaceful, loving relationships

Simplicity begins in us

Use it or lose it

The new year ( from the offical blog of Sri Sri Ravishankar which was launched earlier this month.)

The 3 habits of happiness

When you are going through difficult times

Colours of the Ashram (An amazing video showcasing the scenic beauty of the Art of Living International Centre in Bangalore.)

The unbearable brightness of being

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

 

Wisdom bytes (Sri Sri on Reason & Faith)

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Editor’s Note : True personal enlightenment begins with knowledge. Anybody seeking the universal truth would do well to familiarize themselves with the wisdom by the ancient sages and the great thinkers of today .Wisdom bytes are for you to read, inspire and challenge, shed light, help keep perspective, energize, lead to thinking in a new way and enjoy some immediate gratification. Get inspired…inspire others…

Reason & Faith – H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar

Reason is reeling in the known. Faith is moving in the unknown.

Reason is repetition. Faith is exploration.

Reason is routine. Faith is adventure.

They are completely opposite, yet an integral part of life.

Not having faith itself is misery; faith gives instant comfort. While reasoning keeps you sane and grounded, no miracle can happen without faith. Faith takes you beyond limitations. In faith you can transcend the laws of nature but it needs to be pure. Faith is beyond reason, yet you need to have faith in your own reasoning! Faith and reason cannot exist without each other. Every reason is based on some faith. Whenever reason or faith breaks, confusion and chaos prevails which is often a step for growth.

There are two types of faith. Faith out of fear, greed and insecurity; and faith born out of love like the faith between the mother and the child, the Master and disciple. Whereas the faith out of love cannot be broken, faith out of fear and greed is shaky.

An atheist bases himself on reason, and a believer on faith. A believer uses God as an insurance policy! He thinks he is special. In the eyes of God there is no “mine” and “others”; all are the same. An atheist rationalizes to keep his eyes shut to reality. Death shakes them both! When someone close dies, an atheist’s eyes are opened, and a believer’s faith cracks. Only a Yogi – a wise one – remains unshaken. For that person has transcended both reason and faith.

You need a balance between faith and reason.

The Liebster Blog Award

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A big thank you and lots of love to Summer for the Liebster Award Share the love !

Since I am new to blogging and didn’t know much about awards, so I did a little google search. The Liebster award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  What is a Liebster? Liebster means dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, favorite in German.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves. 
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

11 Random facts about myself

  1. I am into media by profession and Art of Living by choice.
  2. I am a Cancerian – emotional and moody!
  3. My day isn’t complete without meditation and Sudarshan Kriya.
  4. I am a part of 29 days giving community and I am committed to reviving giving spirit in me and those around me.
  5. My favorite author is Robin Sharma.
  6. The last movie I saw was Jack Reaper.
  7. I hate winters!
  8. My inspiration: My Master H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar
  9. I do tarot readings for my friends.
  10. I’d love to go to Venice someday!
  11. I am drawn to minimalism but I don’t think I can adopt it to the extreme.

Now the 11 questions by Summer

1. What makes you happiest?  Doing random acts of kindness.

2. Do you love the Ocean or the Mountains more? Mountains!

3. What has been your favorite moment of 2012? Meeting my master H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar in Delhi and seeking his blessings.

4. What is your favorite quote and why? “Life is a package of surprise gifts for you.” It reminds me that life is full of ups and downs. So just go with the flow.

5. Do you like yourself?  I love the way I am 🙂

6. Do you stay up till the Stroke of Midnight on New Years Eve?  Yes!

7. Something you wish you get it done ASAP?  Mastery in Tarot!

8. What was your favorite class while still in school?  Biology

9. What musical instrument have you tried to learn to play?  Banjo

10. Anything you wish you had learned earlier? Meditation & Sudarshan Kriya

11. Do you like to do crafts or draw or even paint?  I used to draw when I was young but not anymore.

My 11 questions for the nominees

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world and money was not a hindrance, where would you go? Why?
  2. Your favorite fictional character and why?
  3. Harry Potter series or The twilight saga?
  4. How old were you before you stopped believing in Santa Claus?
  5. Twitter or Facebook?
  6. Share your top 5 favorite books.
  7. Spiritual or religious?
  8. What makes your day brighter?
  9. Your most memorable moment in 2012?
  10. If the genie grants you three wishes, what would they be?
  11. Your goal for 2013?

And my nominees are:

  1. http://jasminekylesings.wordpress.com/
  2. http://quotesyou.wordpress.com/
  3. http://palife11.wordpress.com/
  4. http://whiteweights.wordpress.com/
  5. http://captainduff.wordpress.com/
  6. http://27butterflies.wordpress.com/
  7. http://mayandseptember.wordpress.com/
  8. http://thejournalfiles.wordpress.com/
  9. http://funkangeles.wordpress.com/
  10. http://shitijbagga.wordpress.com/
  11. http://alleysbackstreets.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to you! Keep on blogging in your own special way.