This Valentine's Day Onward...

   💝Love yourself (it is not all that difficult once you begin healing and yes, that is tough, I admit but definitely, worth your while). 💝Observe without judgement. 💝Interact without judgement. 💝Accept your weaknesses. 💝Accept the same in others. 💝Set your boundaries firmly. 💝Accept that those close (even not so close) to you, won’t like it. 💝Respect the boundaries set by others. 💝Do not overshare or over give. 💝Decide to choose happiness (it will be challenging since we get more done with a grouchy look, I understand). 💝Know that No is a sentence. No explanations needed. 💝Spend time in Nature, when you can. 💝Save soil, save water, do not litter mindlessly, reduce excessive consumption of anything; do your bit consistently to save the planet whether or not others are doing it. Plus, you do not need recognition for giving back to the planet that nurtures you. 💝Respect Time. 💝Be kind and respectful to every form of life. 💝Be graceful as you

2023: Breaking Limitations!

 A Happy and Abundant 2023 Dear Readers and a chance to break all your limitations, little by little, till you are rid of everything that holds you back from reaching your fullest potential. I am not just preaching. I am putting it into practice even as I type this very line! How? Well, I am old school and I try my best to move ahead with the times and I am so empathetic towards the elderly (may not be patient but certainly empathetic) because I get them. I am them despite the fact that I have a little over a year to touch 50. Blame it on the fixed energy in my birth chart!!  The truth is I would never get over using my desktop and graduate on to a laptop since reaching the desktop was hard enough. I have still not given up my love for paper and pen and it breaks my heart that stationery shops are dwindling in number and in the choices they provide. I digress in my typical manner!! Well, I did buy myself a laptop last year and I have written a blog or two from it. And today, with this

50 Things that Warm My Heart!

  Let’s do this without an introduction except for “I was called to do this just because…” 1.       A hearty laugh. 2.      A warm cuddle. 3.      Eyes which emote love. 4.     Love and all its manifestations. 5.      Romance. 6.     A warm meal cooked by Ma. 7.      A cold meal- rich and sinful. 8.     Maggi. 9.     Before you scream gluttony, bonding with a trusted friend. 10.     Deep Conversations. 11.     Star gazing. 12. Moon gazing. 13. Sunrise. 14. Sunset. 15. Dewdrops 16. Large Spiderwebs 17. Ants 18.      Candy, Breezo, Joey and all benign dogs. 19. Butterflies. 20.    Birds. 21. A captivating book. 22.     A Mushy Movie. 23.     Flying and watching clouds. 24.     Long, never-ending drives. 25.     Train travel especially to and from Kerala. 26.     Greenery. 27.     Beaches, 28.    Mountains. 29.     Deserts too for brief periods. 30.    Lawns and flowers and trees. 31. Water bodies- from puddles to the oc

The Virgin Children of Mercury: 15 Shades of Virgo

  Virgo season is here! Is that why I am writing about them? Yes and No! I have written about Aquarius, Sagittarius and Leo so far and apart from the Sagittarius one which was written in December, the other two were written just because I felt like it and it wasn’t in their season! So, that makes it a No but what makes it a Yes, is that when you are talking about the most meticulous, perfectionist of the Zodiac, you’ve got to do at least a few things right! The New Moon in Virgo was on 27Aug2022 and with it we get an opportunity to embrace that energy, get organized and get back to getting tasks completed in the best possible way. No more procrastinating, no more excuses. The practical, hard-working, no-nonsense way is the current flavour. Guess what?! After a lull in my creativity for three months, I finally wrote a blog each on 22August and 23August, setting the ball in motion. Also, I woke up this morning with a promise to myself to complete all the incomplete blogs which were lef

The Face in the Window!

  Is there a reason behind a face being etched in your memory; someone you hardly knew? Photo by Mari Madriz on Unsplash Last evening after Trataka (candle gazing meditation), I sat in silence with my eyes closed and allowed for thoughts to come and go and then she came into focus and stayed. Reena. Reena Mathew or Reena Sebastian? I fail to remember. Perhaps her husband was Sebastian Mathew. She took me down memory lane to when I was in grade two or three, aged six or seven. For some reason her face appeared to me as a black and white photograph. I have never seen a picture of her, so that is odd. 1980-81, Alwaye, Kerala. My grandfather was a doctor and at that time he had a little dispensary within the large compound and tended to patients with minor ailments. He had had two major heart attacks himself so he did things at snail’s pace. Personally, I think he was always like that being a Sagittarius. Laid back, independent in his own quiet way, naughty and a whole lot of fun. My

Are We Tipping the Balance?

  Is the need to give and receive additional appreciation leading to expectation and corruption? Recently, I got a mail in my inbox stating that “tipping” is being introduced on that particular site for writers. Readers can show their appreciation for the writer by accessing a button and paying them a tip. I am a writer and I should’ve jumped for joy. Patrons always existed. Yet, I was disturbed. I sat with that feeling. Did I think of myself as unworthy? Did I have an unhealthy relationship with money? After a fair amount of thought, I realized that these questions may have been answered in the affirmative a year ago; not anymore! Then why was I restless? Honestly, I had been mulling over this very topic for a blog for a while now and this mail was the final nail in the proverbial coffin! “Tipping” or Gratuity as it is formally known, was a term that came about in the 16 th century or so from the French word “gratuite” meaning graciousness. This term that was coined in Europe