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Happy New Year!

January 3, 2021 1 comment

Instant Celebrity

If you could be a famous person for a day, who would you be? Why?


Flying on a magic carpet
To exotic countries
Greeted with cheers by die-hard fans
Crying to catch a glimpse of me

A shining limousine picks me up
Protected by body guards
From media and paparazzi
Fans vie for my attention

Whatever I need appears
I have the magic midas touch
The world around – a maze of mirrors
Everywhere I look there is just me

Sucked into a vortex
By fame, pride and wealth
Drawn away from love
My own being has deserted me

This mind, intellect and ego
Truth, knowledge and freedom
Happiness, fearlessness and fame
Are all an illusion

Blowing away my magic carpet
Pricking the balloon of my ego
I was pulled down to earth
By a shattering quake

Jolted from my reverie
Half-asleep and inebriated
I held on to my prized possessions
Self-belief and happiness


© copyright, skm, 19th June, 2014


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5 Ways to Brighten your day

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

(This was first posted in Modern Life Blogs  – )

We all have ups and downs in life.  But, if we know how to maintain our equipoise when turbulent waters rock our boat, then we understand that  life is all about embracing our true nature and living and cherishing each experience.

What are some of the ways that we can add life to our days?

1). Early to rise

The early morning is an ideal time for starting your day.  Either by taking a long walk in the outdoors, spending time in prayer or meditation, yoga, jogging, planning the day ahead.  The sound of the birds, the sunrise, and the serene atmosphere are ideal for these activities.

2). Enjoy breakfast with fresh juice

Breakfast is acknowledged by many to be the most important meal of the day.  So instead of rushing to work, make sufficient time to enjoy a good breakfast with your family.  A glass of fresh juice in the morning is very refreshing.

3). Take  a break

If you have a sedentary job, it is important to take a break to stretch your legs or relax your hands and eyes.  Looking at the monitor for long hours or typing at a keyboard for long can be strenuous.

4). Pursue your interest

All of us have a passion, an interest or a hobby.  Be it playing soccer, reading, writing playing soccer or badminton, music, toastmasters etc.   Making time for these activities is important as they fire up our passion and keep us motivated.

5). Bonding with family

With the advent of social media, technological gadgetry like smartphones, tablets and the like, we find no time for face-to-face communication.  After work, we have to spend some time with our loved ones to strengthen our bonds.

By cherishing and expressing gratitude for the things that we have, we can add so much more meaning to our lives.

Laugh out loud

April 26, 2011 6 comments

Picture this scenario.  Everyone is silent.  Then all of a sudden there is a loud rip-roaring laughter…..HA HA HA HA HA.  This can totally change the mood and the atmosphere.

Laughter is an emotion that brings joy, changes the mood and can lift everyones spirits. Laughter is  considered a visual expression of happiness, or an inward feeling of joy. It may be triggered from hearing a joke, being tickled, or other stimuli. It is in most cases a very pleasant sensation.
Laughter is one medicine that is fun, free and easy to use.  Easy to use – because laughter transcends language and culture.  Everywhere in the world people laugh in the same manner Ha Ha or He He or Ho Ho… but basically the syllables are the same.

Anatomically, laughter is caused by the epiglottis constricting the larynx and the study of laughter and its physiological benefits is called gelotology.

Origins of laughter:
A study of a pygmy chimpanzees in a German zoo found that when it was tickled it combined vocalizations and facial gestures much like those made by human infants. The finding suggests that our laughter could have its origins in primates.
Babies begin to laugh when they are around 2-3 months old.  They usually giggle, laugh and sqeal with pleasure,  especially when you play the peekaboo game with them. And parents wait with anxiety to see their baby start to laugh.

Laughter has immense health benefits:
.. It relaxes the whole body – by relieving physical tension and stress
.. laughter strengthens the immune system
.. laughter helps to release endorphins – which promote an overall sense of well being
.. it improves the function of blood vessels by increasing blood flow and protects the heart from heart attack
… it acts as a body massage. When you laugh from the belly, it gives your organs a thorough shake and it can even bring tears to your eyes

Laughter also has social benefits:
Using humor and laughter in relationships allows you to:
..Be more spontaneous. Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.
..Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.
..Express your true feelings. Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface.

Laughter Yoga:
Madan Kataria introduced a new form of Yoga called Laughter Yoga in 1995, with merely a handful of persons. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 Social Laughter Clubs in about 60 countries.
Here a group of people who may be complete strangers meet and they just smile and laugh together.  And this sets up a very good atmosphere .
Laughter has a domino effect.. it is contagious.   When you see a person laugh heartily it encourages us to ask – What is the joke? And to laugh together

Do you know what makes you laugh out loud?
Is it  a humorous book .. for me PG Wodehouse is irresistible. Or is it a funny movie – The Naked Gun, or a TV show like Friends, Whose line is it anyway?  Or is it a stand up comedy or just listening to jokes? 

In life we are struck by joys and sorrows which can rock our boat.  In such times we can
.. share a happy moment with family and friends to help to lift our spirits
..count our blessings
..look at things from a different perspective

William James the American author said, “We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we are happy because we laugh.”

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