Cherry Blossoms of Japan

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As I have begun to delve deeper into the Japanese culture, I have fallen in love with it. Although my reach and study is called barely scratching the surface, I am nonetheless astounded by the timeless beauty of it all. What a profoundly advanced culture and philosophy! The more I am mindful about their sublime, enlightened,’man in consonance with nature’ philosophy, the more I feel both the west and east needs to imbibe and emulate it’s brilliance and luminosity.. It’s pure, ethereal, all inclusive, organic, futuristic. To take things as they are and to learn the art of being in the world, as impressed upon by Taoism. To recognise that the art of life lies in constant adjustment to our surroundings. Laotse, it’s founder postulates that only in vacuum lay the truly essential. One who could make of himself a vacuum into which others might freely enter, would become a master of all situations..
Hmm.. Now that’s a thought for all of us to meditate upon..

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No Promises. Music by Carla Bruni

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Recently, I stumbled across an album by CarlaBruni, ‘No Promises’. She has given music to soulful poetry written by various poets such as Yeats, Emily Dikinson, Christina Rossetti etc. Lovely rhythmic music set to a swinging guitar, one can get lost in the wistful, yearning words of the poetry and the breezy melody of the songs. Carla’s breathlessness and smokey voice lends the songs a sensual appeal. All the songs exude a peaceful mood laced sometimes with melancholy or with romanticism. Dickinson’s, ‘I felt my life with both hands’ is both beautiful and touching. ‘Afternoon’ by Dorothy Parker is heartfelt and melancholic. Carla sings in a sultry voice and deep emotion. A delightful album, innocent and naive, is ideal to listen with intimate friends or lounging in front of a homely fireplace…sigh..

Breath in yoga

At the Iyengar institute of yoga,Prashant sir always leaves an impression on our eager minds..This is what he said in one such class.
” Breath is the spouse of the mind. If this breath is in tune with the mind, then the asana’s performed have great potency and leads us towards the path of yog and not just yoga. To breathe deeply during asana’s is what a yogi must master with great practice. The fewer the asana’s one practices with correct breath, the closer we come to yog.”

Time travel

The weight of my ankle bells
Magically seems to disappear
The soreness in my wrist
seems to just fade away
I seem to become as light as a floating feather
When I hear the sound
Of my teacher’s voice..
Time stands still and ..
The ecstasy of dance is all that remains.

Dance and Meditation

Dance is nothing but an intensive state of meditation.By nature, it is dynamic and engages in spontaneous self expression.Dance cultures the mind into a state of attentiveness and awareness, while the dynamic body form flows freely, unshackling the body from it’s past memories..