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Be Still.

12 Oct
Winter came and went  in the blink of an eye. However, there was no sign of  ‘Humor in everyday life’.Wonder if it’s the end of ‘humor in everyday life’ blog? or is she taking a power nap ?
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or did  she take her new year resolution too seriously and left the rat race for good?! Can’t imagine her renouncing the worldly pleasures- especially, the joy of blogging and most of all checking Facebook updates & Instagram pic.(Which has now become the post popular entertainment channel with ‘live’ show & updates)
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Hopefully, Spring would cheer things up and ‘Humor in everyday life’ would blossom  right  into our chaotic life
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 Alas!  Even the sweet-scent of Spring  failed to  wake her up from the  deep slumber.Not even the clear blue sky and the warm summer breeze .
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Now- we are left with a mixed feeling about ‘ humor in everyday life’. Not sure, if we should say ‘ Absence makes the heart grow fonder’  or ‘ Out of sight is out of mind’?
I hear you my friends! I truly do ! 🙂   –  Thanks to the new’ art’ of living  that I am trying to cultivate in my everyday life- ‘Be still’ even if it’s for a moment:)
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Happy New Year-2013

1 Jan

Wishing all my blog readers a very HAPPY and a MEANINGFUL 2013!!  Hope each day of the year will  bring you  closer to the true meaning of life and not be carried away by the wind of change. The change that I hesitate to embrace but who sneaks into my life, when I am busy running the rat race. It’s only been 7 yrs since, I moved to New York City and I definitely love the feeling of  adrenaline  rush,when I go out there to make my dreams come true. However, the pace at which this city and the people  move  overwhelm me at  times.The Change in which we live in today is that-  MONEY & POWER  holds more value than any other other human values.The basic human values like honesty, integrity and loyalty  seem to be mere words in the dictionary. I refuse to be part of this CHANGE and this rat race and so…here is my resolution for 2013- To slow down my pace and to smell the fresh air every morning and thank Buddha for giving me another beautiful day to walk in his footstep.

Here is a quote that I saw in my 2013 Pocket Calender that is perfectly fits into my new year resolution:)

“The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’r still a rat” Lily Tomlin.

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Once again, sending you all lots of love , happiness and a prayer for a wonderful year ahead.Until  next time.. here  is prayer that is very close to my heart and I hope, it will add some meaning to your life as well.

Prayer to Generate Bodhichitta by Dalai Lama

With the wish to free all beings
I shall always go for refuge
To Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
Until I reach full enlightenment

Inspired by wisdom and compassion,
Today, in the Buddha’s presence,
I generate the mind of full awakening
For the benefit of all sentient beings.

As long as space remains
As long as sentient beings remain
Until then may I too remain
And dispel the miseries of the world

I am back!!

15 Dec

Hi Everyone,

It seems like ages since, I wrote my last post. Did you guys wonder where I disappeared ??  Like my co-workers did yesterday, while we were on our way out for lunch.

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Where is she???! She was right here with us?! Hmmm.. “CHIME , CHIME.. can you hear us ?”

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Yvonne goes inside to look for me while the guys watch in disbelief at how quickly I disappeared.

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the youngest guy in my team- Chris joins the search team and says -” Hey, is everything okay? did you find her?”

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Hey.. Guys!!! Wait for me, I am here..!!

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A happy reunion with the team.However….soon, it would be time to say good bye to our dear and my one and only female co-worker in my team- Yvonne. It’s is her last day at work. She is moving on to the next journey of her life.

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All smiles except for our Dad-(The guy with glasses is our manager) who has traveled the world more then any of us and knows what is out there in the big bad world and hopes that she will be safe, where ever she goes.

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This place where few minutes ago, was a place of happy reunion has now become a sweet memory.

Yesterday, was a sad moment for our team  as you know, parting is never easy. However, the news of the deadly Sandy Hook elementary shooting in Newton , Connecticut  was the worst way to part from your loved ones. 20 innocent children and 8 adults became the victim of person with a destructive mind. Sigh!!  This leaves me to wonder… if the world is indeed coming to an end in 2012?

Alas! we can’t sit on the couch and wait for our turn to part from the world. We each have a duty & responsibility to make this world a better place. This  is what motivates me to smile and get going when the dark clouds cover the beautiful blue sky.

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true meaning of life”

― H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

Tibetans in Tibet are burning. What are we doing?

6 Nov

This is the picture of the Funeral ceremony for Dorjee Lhundup who was only 25yrs old when he set himself ablaze on Nov 4,2012 . According to the eye witness news,it was told that his last words were.. he was calling out for Freedom in Tibet and return of his Holiness Dalai Lama to Tibet. This is now the 63rd known self immolation by Tibetans since 2009.

On Saturday night before I heard this news. I was having a great time with my friends when.. all of a sudden , one of them looked up and said..”Ohh no, .. another Tibetan just died from self -immolation today”… It was heart breaking to hear some one so young as 25 years old sacrificing his life for Tibet and Tibetans. It’s easy to say but… it’s harder to even feel the pain that he must have felt  beforehe took this  drastic action

.. So, the next day, I tried to test my own inner strength and challenged myself to see if I even have the slightest courage and will power like my brave tibetans who died.Definitely I couldn’t & wouldn’t try burning myself so, the next option was “fasting” and see how long I could stay without food( which to me was the basic need for humans to survive but… the truth I realized is the real food human need to survive is FREEDOM.. without that, even the food doesn’t taste good. Fortunately, I live in America but, my heart is still with Tibet.)
I started my Fasting on Monday morning at 7:a.m and was surviving only on lemon juice(lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper mix) – its also called the Lemon detox diet. This is me after 30 hours of not eating food. I broke the fast today at 1p.m at work. I tried to go about my work and it was IMPOSSIBLE to focus on work or to even think straight . I wasn’t doing justice to my work so… I broke my fast after 30 long hours…
and headed to the nearest Thai restaurant to get a vegetable soup to break the fast.The waitress gave me a weird look and saw her whisper to her friends when I ordered only a soup and said, it was to stay.Anyway.. as soon as I drank few spoons of the soup, I had to run to the nearest restroom where I threw up everything I drank.. I took my check and explained to the waitress why I was here and what I was doing and what is going on in TIBET. she then.. changed her perspective and looked with an Human eye and said, “I feel you , I hear your pain” and she took this picture for me.
I later drank some orange juce and went back to work but… it was hard to focus anymore as, my body started feeling extremely weak, my mind wasn’t functioning well and I didn’t feel right just being physically present at work. So.. I took half day off and came home.. THIS IS ME IN MY LIVING ROOM READY TO COLLAPSE..
Today is Tuesday- it’s the big day for the American’s- The land of the free, home of the brave. They are casting their vote today and it reminded me ONCE again of my country- TIBET, I was once rejected a stay at the transit hotel in Qatar last year during my 16hr hour flight to Nepal , even though I had paid the same price for the ticket as everyone else who stayed at the hotel that night- the only difference was… I was not a CITIZEN of any country. Even though, I was a Permanent resident, the Immigration officer said,”I am sorry, We can’t take your responsibility since you don’t belong to any country”. I replied and said, “I do belong to a country called”TIBET” and I am a CITIZEN of Tibet but.. currently it is occupied by China and I am sure you are well aware of it” But… even then.. he rejected and said, ” sorry”

Well.. so here I am back in my living room eating my Tsampa with tea. It is my favorite food and I have that for most of my breakfast. It is the staple food for Tibetans and is basically barely flour. I usually make a porridge out of it with tea and eat it.That’s what I am having in this picture.

This whole experience of fasting was a very humbling experience. I fasted not for the country or for anyone but for my own self – to challenge my inner strength and to find way to lose weight but… it opened my eyes to the pains that our fellow brothers and sister are going through in Tibet . Hats off to them for their brave act and I pray that we don’t have to lose anymore lives to fight for Freedom. Hopefully Buddha will bring peace and harmony and FREEDOM to the land of Snow lion- Tibet.
It’s my sincere request to each of you to kindly take some moment of your time to  question – “WHY  TIBET  IS  BURNING AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP IT??!” I think it is our moral responsibility and even if it means to just talk about TIBET and it’s situation
 to someone who doesn’t know(eg, like I did to the waitress in the restaurent) I think, we are making a change in our own little ways.
THANK YOU ALL AND IT IS LOVE AND PEACE THAT WILL UNITE ALL OF US AS HUMANS AND I HOPE WE CAN JOIN HANDS TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF PEACE AND STOP VIOLENCE.To my non- Tibetan friends- If you like to read more about the recent self -immolation and Tibet’s struggle for FREEDOM. Here is a very good and short article written by a Tibetan in the Standford Daily.
http://www.stanforddaily.com/2012/11/05/self-immolation-the-voice-of-tibetans/

“A picture is worth a thousand words”

4 Nov

Sovenier from Hurricane Sandy that I picked up from the park.

Note: Pictures I took with my cellphone camera today  while, I was taking a walk in the Park. It was  a beautiful day after the crazy week we had due to Hurricane Sandy.

Miss Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath

30 Oct

Hi Everyone!!!

I am back!!  Still alive and kicking after the Hurricane Sandy.I thank my lucky star and Buddha for his blessings and protection.I don’t think, I alone could have  faced  the wrath of  Miss Sandy.I heard few succumbed to her wrath and died in the city. My prayers are with them.She was  not only furious but was totally out of control. She stormed right into  our  city and my neighborhood.  It took  a  lot of cajoling  from  Jesus, Buddha, Allah , Lord Ganesh  and many others to calm her down. She was indeed extremely unhappy with the way, we humans have been taking her for granted and treating her with dis respect.  Boy, I definitely don’t want to mess with her, she is one lady, you don’t want to provoke. I have learnt my lesson and will respect her at all times.

By the way, for a women- her strength was  phenomenal. She can easily knock out Mike Tyson or Manny Pacquiao  with one punch.I can bet my life on that :).I thought, I was one wild lady but…. after seeing Miss Sandy, I think  I need to redefine my definition of “wild”.

Here are few pictures I  took today in my neighborhood . I will leave it for you to judge her strength.  By the way, the dates on the pictures are for tomorrow.I did not realize it until, I posted them here… I guess, that tells a lot about New Yorkers. We always want to be ahead of time and it’s no surprise that  we are always running out of breath.

Until next time…. Adious’ Amegious!

HURRICANE SANDY – Are you really coming?!

29 Oct

My younger sister called from Canada and said, “Acha, don’t underestimate the fury of Hurricane Sandy. Please make sure you are taking all the precuationary measures and stay safe.”

If indeed, Miss Sandy  turns out to be worse than expected and if all communication channel  fails. Here is a message to all the people far and near who have touched my life.

“ I love you all.At times, I might have shouted at some of you  or annoyed you to the point ,where you wanted to pull out the very last hair standing on our head. I hope  you  know that, it too was my LOVE expressed in my own annoying ways 🙂 . At this very second, when I close my eyes and reflect- all I see is nothing but the beautiful moments & the special ways in which, each of you have touched my life. I want to thank  you all for being part of  this wonderful journey and hope our paths cross again”

Leaving behind few thoughts that over the years, have   become the pillar of  my life . It is very well captured in this Wishing Fountain picture that I took a while back at the New York Botanical Garden.

 

Potential:  The ripple effect Never underestimate your own potential and never think  that,you are just one individual and cannot make an impact or achieve your goal.Every single action of yours creates a ripple effect. Slowly but surely, you are one step closer to your goal. Stay positive and  never lose your  self  confidence.

Contentment: Just like the way we throw our coins in the fountain and make a wish for something better.  Haven’t we all done that at some point in our life ??! In our pursuit for happiness, we fail to see & appreciate what we have , instead we  run after things that  we don’t have. In the  end, we end up losing what we have.

Reflection: The reflection of the tree in the fountain  reminds me  of one of the key fundamental principle which helps one to maintain sanity and humanity. In this fast paced life where time is money and money is time,  we lose track of  the true essence of life . It is when we need to pause and do a reality check through reflection on our own actions.

Last but not the least, I will definitely continue to pray to Buddha to  tame  Miss Hurricane  Sandy. I hope this will be a wake up call to all of us to live each moment  positively.

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