Creative expression often emerges from deep silence and stillness, a state also achieved by meditation

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It’s in deep silence that all meditation begins… In complete stillness, when the mind becomes an empty container, willing to receive everything that comes its way.

As a writer too, I almost always never start with an idea in mind, perhaps just a vague thought… I simply allow the mind to receive and the hands to key in whatever comes naturally.

Sometimes the messages make sense… They stay, they provide insight. Sometimes they bring up old memories, or experiences, or the wisdom gained as a result of both.

At other times, the message is not very clear… A faint one…

It’s time to stop picking up the pieces, and create a future that reflects your inner will… Be fearless with your plans this year!

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Many I’ve spoken to this year feel that their lives are stuck, and not moving ahead in any clear direction.

I couldn’t help but wonder if this was a post-pandemic effect... Perhaps, some sort of post traumatic stress, or a lull after being in fight or flight mode for so long.

Either way, it’s a real feeling that isn’t going away anytime soon, unless we start working on it.

My friend said an interesting thing the other day — ‘While 2020 took away a lot of the negative from our life, it also took a lot of the positive.’


Does the ghost of 2020 continue to haunt you, or are you finally free of its clutches?

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I’m trying my best to leave 2020 behind … To believe it was a nightmare that will not repeat itself.

But I can’t seem to do so; it has already reshaped me. It has transformed every pore of my being…it’s almost like I now wear a new set of clothes.

I don’t know if the transformation is regression or progression…I hope for my sake it’s the latter.

But, I do know that the transformation is complete, and there is no looking back.

The old way of life had long passed its sell by date… The lockdown was just the final…

Rework the beliefs that don’t work for you, but hold on to those that do!

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Believe — a small word with huge impact.

Have you ever thought of how beliefs can be both limiting and empowering?

Have you thought about how letting go of one belief can free you for life? And, similarly, how holding on to a belief can give you strength to keep walking?

Beliefs, like everything else, must be fluid...

They must evolve and take their own shape… Or, else, the buds of belief will never flower. Their ultimate form will never be realised.

Beliefs may betray…

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“Dal and Pilau Rice” by su-lin is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Dal chawal has been the Indian staple for millennia now… And, when it’s steaming hot with the right amount of seasoning, it’s a divine and nourishing taste that touches every pore of your being!

After a long day’s work, a spell of travel, or even when you want to put your stomach back in order, because you’ve been socialising and eating out a lot, dal chawal is the food to resort to.

A few years ago, I had written a blog titled Bhelpuri for the Soul, about an Indian spicy popped rice snack, that was always comfort food for me…

Tap into your brightness!

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The spiritualist in me believes that we come from light and go back to light…

The philosopher in me questions — During the time in between, how do we stay in light?

We know the opposite of light is darkness… We also know that there are instances when the light within us does not shine so bright!

Not to forget, there is a dark place —however tiny — hidden somewhere within, that we cannot obliterate, no matter how hard we try.

How do we come back into light then — jump out of those dark moments or places, that can…

2020 has been a year to rebuild, reinvent and regroup... Take its lessons and create a new you!

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In numerology, the number 22 is the master number of the builder… If you take away the zeroes from 2020, it adds up to 22.

Hasn’t the entire year of 2020 been one of rebuilding our lives — literally starting all over again from scratch?

As we stayed locked down in our homes, trying to fend away the virus and preserve our lives, we developed various coping mechanisms.

More importantly, the lockdown gave us time to introspect, and see what aspects of our personality needed work and what we needed to let go of.

Here are my 22 learnings from…

No. This is not a blog on financial investments. It’s a blog on what you pay attention to…every day of your life!

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Newsenstar1, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

‘When you’re really invested in what you do, that’s what makes things happen!’— Rosé, Blackpink: Light Up the Sky, Netflix

The documentary movie Blackpink, based on the South Korean pop group of the same name, may have received mixed responses. In fact, the whole K-pop or Korean pop industry on the whole is shrouded in controversy.

But, what definitely shines through, is the hard work that the four young girls put into their career — sacrificing personal needs, time with family, and even a formal education to pursue what they believed in.

In a way, their 3–4 years training seemed…

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Pink Pinjra literally means a pink cage.

It’s amazing how the same word can feel limiting at times, but can also feel comforting at others.

When I conceptualised Pink Pinjra, I wanted it to be about expression — expression that seldom found its voice otherwise.

I wanted to capture stories of transformation — from situations, places, people and events that had catalysed growth and creativity.

I wanted to encourage people to step out of their limiting minds, fears or doubts, and explore their potential through their chosen mediums of expression.

More than anything, I wanted Pink Pinjra to represent a…

A butterfly entered my home and stayed for a while… It soon died, and I decided to pay it a tribute. So, I dug out an old blog of mine, that captures exactly how I feel about butterflies and their significance in our lives. Read the full story for more…

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I am fascinated by butterflies.

I don’t know where this affinity stems from, but I absolutely love the way they flit around, not being in one place for too long, not living that long too, but still adding their beauty and colour to spaces they touch.

So, a few years ago, when I entered a butterfly garden at a resort, I was awestruck by the number of them that thronged the full-bloomed bushes. The various colours of the flowers were beautifully complemented by the patterned butterflies that wooed them.

With a camera handy, I decided to get one shot of…

Ritika Bajaj

Writer-editor, educationist, entrepreneur, seeker, change agent, voyager, student of life… and more

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