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Japan earthquake

March 13, 2011 1 comment


The earth shook, trembled and shivered
The ground cracked, highways were torn asunder
Houses collapsed and buildings fell
A resilient nation was brought to its knees

A giant tsunami rose from the waters
Engulfing all within its path
Cars, ships, trains and houses
Piled up amidst the rubble

People stood and watched in shock
The world witnessed shocking images
Natures fury at its play
Lives lost, broken and shattered

The earth has finally gone to sleep
Leaving rubble in a heap
Tears and cries of survivors
And bodies of  the dead

Japan, Land of the Rising Sun
Your spirit still strong
Rise like a phoenix from the ashes
And carry on your song

© copyright skm, March 13, 2011

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If music be the food of love, play on …

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night Act 1, scene 1, 1-3

Our minds are nowadays so full of logical thinking.  Right from the morning hours when we wake up to the end of the day we get lost in our preoccupations.  The mind is subjected to routine tasks of brushing teeth, having a shower, packing up, ironing clothes etc.  Then when do we get the time to relax our nerves, stretch a leg and have fun?

We are used to performing left brain activities everyday.  So, we need a creative outlet to express ourselves .  This can be done by engaging in right brain activities.  We can do this through art, music, and fun outdoor activities or evening watching a cartoon with your kid.

I found that I have been performing less right brain activities and since last year I started taking part in activities that I have never thought of doing earlier.  I took up  Indian classical violin lessons.  Then I started taking an active part in Toastmasters which gives you an avenue to communicate on topics which are outside the realm of office or business life.  I also indulge in poetry writing more often, biking, inline skating and occasionally run a marathon.

Music is a great stress reliever.  When you play music or sing a song with all your heart it is a great avenue to pour out from the innermost recesses of your heart.  A soulful rendition also wins everyones hearts.  Most of all, it makes us feel light and relaxed.  Music is a form of meditation and has been recommended as a remedy for stress-related illnesses.  Music can promote concentration, alertness and it stimulates our brain.

Plato so wisely said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

Patterns in nature

March 11, 2011 2 comments

Many objects in nature have interesting patterns that are astounding and of complicated geometric figures. Many natural objects – ferns, clouds, seashells – are shaped like fractals.

Fractal geometry is a new language used to describe, model and analyze complex forms found in nature. Chaos science uses this new fractal geometry.

Fibonacci sequence is another pattern also found in nature.

The Sun – never ceases to wonder!

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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The creative spark in children is because of their sense of wonder, excitement and curiosity.  They never get tired of asking questions.  As we grow we begin to lose this child-like wonder in us

Nature never ceases to wonder. The Sun has always baffled me.  It is so huge that it defies our imagination. The diameter of our sun is such that you can place 109 earths side by side. If the Sun was hollow, you could fit 333,000 Earths inside!

The Sun is one out of billions of stars.  The Sun is the closest star to Earth. The Sun is by far the largest object in the solar system. It contains more than 99.8% of the total mass of the Solar System.  It gives us light, warmth and energy to carry out our daily activities.  This giant ball of fire is about 4.5 billion years old. Since its birth it has used up about half of the hydrogen in its core. It will continue to radiate “peacefully” for another 5 billion years or so.

The Sun is by far the largest object in the solar system. It contains more than 99.8% of the total mass of the Solar System.  The Sun is, at present, about 70% hydrogen and 28% helium by mass everything else (“metals”) amounts to less than 2%. This changes slowly over time as the Sun converts hydrogen to helium in its core.

The Sun’s surface is called the photosphere.  The temperature of the photosphere is about 10,000° Fahrenheit.  Its core is under its atmosphere. The temperature at the core, or very middle, of the Sun, is about 27 million° Fahrenheit.

For the Aztecs, who lived in central Mexico, Tonatiuh was a Sun god. There is also a Sun temple at Konark in Orissa, India. Built in the thirteenth century, it was conceived as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, Surya, with twelve pairs of exquisitely ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses.

Sources: nineplanets.org
library.thinquest.org

Body Language

Biting nails —————————————Insecurity, nervousness
Lounging on chair with arms dangling —— Relaxed
Standing with hands on hips——————-Readiness, aggression
Arms crossed on chest————————-Defensiveness
Touching or rubbing nose———————Rejection, lying
Rubbing eyes ————————————Doubt
Locked ankles ———————————–Apprehension
Rubbing hands ———————————-Anticipation
Hands clasped behing head ——————-Confidence, superiority
Open palm —————————————Sincerity, openness
Pinching bridge of nose, eyes closed ——–Foreboding
Tapping or drumming fingers —————-Impatience
Patting/fondling hair ————————–Insecurity
Tilted head ————————————–Interest
Stroking chin ————————————Making a decision
Looking down, face turned away ————Disbelief
Pulling or tugging at ear ———————–Indecision

Sleep

March 4, 2011 12 comments

Lying in the mothers lap
After a fun day
Sleep like a lullaby
Soothes the little infant

Fatigued, tanned bodies
Lie on the pavement
Sleep gives solace to them
Magical,  sweet sleep

Sleep tender sleep
You ease the pain
Calm the nerves
And appease tired souls

Like a loving mother
Who dotes all her kids
You bring tranquil peace
To thief, saint, beggar and  king

Sleep take me on a dream
To a world without walls
Where there is only joy and peace
And one does not belittle another

©copyright skm, March 5th, 2011

Go – fly a kite!

March 1, 2011 1 comment

Flying a kite is so relaxing.  The last time we flew a kite at Woodlands Waterfront.  As I watched the kite flying high in the sky, I thought of how similar flying a kite is to our lives.

  1. When you are young you need support:  Initially, your parents help you to stand on your feet and guide you until you are a teenager.  In the same manner, you need some help with the kite to get it off the ground into the air
  2. Fly high in search of your goals: When there is wind (opportunity) one must fully apply oneself to ones ambitions and soar as high as possible.  When the kite is flying freely it teaches us to reach for the skies.
  3. Get a holistic view: The view of the kite from above is a birds eye view.  It teaches us not to rush in making lifes important decisions.  It is important to get a holistic view and do proper planning in life.
  4. Ups and downs are part of life:  When the kite is taking off, it experiences a lot of turbulence and swings from side to side and may even fall down to the ground.  This teaches us that ups and downs are part and parcel of life and that we have to pull ourselves together and make a renewed effort if we are to succeed in life.
  5. Tugging the string teaches us to focus:  As we soar in search of our goals, it is important to keep our focus.  If our thoughts stray, then we will lose our focus.  Thus, it is important to tug at the string if we observe that the kite is straying.
  6. Rolling the string: However high we go in life, we have to remember to stay humble and come back to earth to take care of our loved ones.  So, at the end of the day we roll back the kite

So, the next time someone tells you to Go –  fly a kite  – You can tell them that you are going to do just that!

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