Inspiring links (from simplicity to spirituality)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on simplicity & spirituality!)

Courtney Carver talks about how expectations reduce joy in her post Easter eggs and expectations

The problem with simplicity

7 powerful spiritual truths: Turn challenges into a reawakening

Make a new friend everyday to create a sense of belongingness and nurture love & compassion

I loved reading about Michael Fischman’s spiritual journey in his book  ‘Stumbling into infinity’ – an amazing memoir beautifully describing deep knowledge & moments of grace.

10 quotes that changed my life

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

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Inspiring links (from journaling to gratitude)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on journaling & gratitude and have an attitude of gratitude everyday!)

How to make your journal a source of great ideas for your stories

Your golden key for creativity & inspiration- right at your fingertips!

Journal writing tips: Re-inspire your writing

The blessings in disguise we don’t realize we’ve received

Overcome ‘blankophobia’ & create something beautiful-How to break in a blank journal

Leo Babauta tells Why living a life of gratitude can make you happy? and also some tips to practise gratitude on daily basis.

Gratitude is just a sentence away

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Inspiring links (from blogging to photography)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on photography and blogging !)

Tammy Strobel clicks amazing photographs using her iphone. Learn her secrets at  Everyday Magic: iPhone photography tips & tools

Peter Knight  uses his talent with camera for philanthropic work at MSF School, Hyderabad. Also check out his beautiful pics in the gallery.

10 great ways to get noticed as a blogger

How to start a successful blog today

An online fun-filled, unedited, uncensored way of writing three pages a day about anything and everything that comes to your mind. Be creative and get your ideas flowing at 750words.com

Frozen moments

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Inspiring links (from simplicity)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on simplicity !)

Improve your life and productivity with this simple but effective technique – 3 words that you need to tell yourself daily

Someday I am going to need this stuff…Do you also fall in the same category? No wonders, you are never able to kick the clutter out of your house.

Reclaim your bedroom. Let not technology dominate your private sanctuary. Sleep, sex and reruns

When your work life is destroying your good life , it’s time to set your priorities right and also take steps to improve your work life.

7 quotes to help you live the simple life

Learn the secret ingredient  to be special – Art of living in Kungfu Panda

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Wisdom bytes (Dalai Lama on compassion)

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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 compassion

  • “If we think only of ourselves, forget about other people, then our minds occupy very small area. Inside that small area, even tiny problem appears very big. But the moment you develop a sense of concern for others, you realize that, just like ourselves, they also want happiness; they also want satisfaction. When you have this sense of concern, your mind automatically widens. At this point, your own problems, even big problems, will not be so significant. The result? Big increase in peace of mind. So, if you think only of yourself, only your own happiness, the result is actually less happiness. You get more anxiety, more fear.”
  • “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.”
  • “Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”
  • “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
  • “I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.”
  • “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” 
  • “The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.”
  • “You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.”
  • “I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.”

Inspiring links (from wellness to simplicity)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on time management,stress-relief & simplicity , take a look at your life and make the desired changes!)

How are you using your 86,400 seconds?

Get rid of anxiety and stress by using these 9 yoga tips to overcome anxiety disorder

Find order in chaos and savour the empty space by exploring The blank slate

Choose a lifestyle of excessive generosity- Bigger is not better

Say no so you can say yes to the things that really matter!

Simplicity is important because life is complicated

A quiet place is all we need to reconnect to our inner self.

Love and blesssings,

Shaloo

Letting go of books

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The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  ~James Bryce

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. Every book I read teaches me something new – a new perspective, some value-addition, a challenge to my beliefs, getting to know about different cultures and of course, enriching vocabulary.

For example, I read Leo Babauta’s ‘Power of less’ and it made me have a serious look at my consumption patterns , the way I had been cluttering my house, getting into debt with my habit of finding solace in shopping. The book is, as Leo describes it,

“A how-to manual on how to simplify and focus on the essential. How to do less while accomplishing more. How to focus and use that focus to achieve your goals, no matter what they are.”

All by doing less and owning less.

A few months back, I probably would have found it very hard to let go of my books. Every book I read used to be proudly displayed on my bookshelf as a trophy. I guess every book lover goes through a similar phase and can’t even imagine to let go of even one.

But a sudden shift came with my acquaintance to minimalism. I started questioning my pride of having my own library. I asked myself how many books I re-read and if I am not going to read them again, then why am I hoarding them?

Still giving away books was difficult for me, so I decided not to buy more books and bought a library membership instead. However that didn’t work out for me as library was quite out of the way and I found it difficult to take out time to go there. Also, at times, the titles I wanted to read were not available in the library.

And then I bought a ‘Kindle’- the most amazing gadget for book lovers. Though I must admit that, I miss the feel and scent of a book and ‘Kindle’ can never replace the pleasure of reading a real book! But still it’s a fabulous device. Your own personal library in a tiny device, you can carry your library with you wherever you go, you don’t have to worry about the physical space the books occupy and the books on kindle cost less too!

During my Diwali decluttering challenge, I gave away some of my books to friends and I found that it’s really not that hard to let go. So I put up some of my books on ebay for sale and I have started the process of downsizing my library.

I still buy books like my recent purchase of ‘The Tarot Bible’. I find that reference books are more handy to use if bought in physical form. Or my purchase of  ‘The Oath of Vayuputras’ as the title is not available on kindle.

It’s more important to read and savour the book rather than hoarding it. Read, learn and share – that’s what essence of reading should be all about!

Please leave a comment telling me about your personal library.