William Shakespeare, was born at a tough time to be a baby. In 16th-century England, Shakespeare was considered lucky to reach adulthood amidst repeating outbreaks of the bubonic plague (sadly, his siblings weren’t so lucky).
By the reign of King James I, Shakespeare had become the premier playwright—but because of the plague, London theaters were closed more often than they were open. London officials, in their timely Elizabethan English, were worried that crowds of libertines and laypeople gathering to “see certain stage plays” would be “close pestered together in small room,” that “whereby great infection with the plague, or some other infectious diseases, may rise and grow, to the great hindrance of the common wealth of this city.”
When the plague closed theaters in 1606, Shakespeare got to work. According to Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, author of The Year of Lear, in that one year of cooped-up self-quarantine, Shakespeare churned out three plays: King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. These, some of Shakespeare’s best dramatic plays, were surely born in part from Shakespeare’s own dramatic circumstances of a pandemic.

VICTORY OVER FEAR 1

There is this very #beautiful story and wanted to share it with everyone.

Once #Krishna and #Balram were walking through a dense forest. It was a scary forest full of fierce animals and demons. Suddenly a #demon came before them. Balram was petrified seeing a demon and asked fearfully,” Who are you?” The demon answered – I am a demon the size of your fear. Hearing this Balram was even more scared and the demon grew bigger. The bigger he grew the more scared Balram was. Seeing him grow Balram fainted.

Then demon turned his attention to Krishna. He said- ” I am demon the size of your fear.”
Krishna looked at him nonchalantly and started playing his flute. The demon became smaller and smaller till he disappeared. When Balram got up he was surprised to see this and he realised his mistake.

We live in scary times today and we need to let our #faith win over #fears we have in our #mind. Let’s make a conscious effort to have our faith in good #positive things in life

1) Mediatate and keep calm – Your positive energies can make your #immunity higher

2) Relax- Listen to good music, or do whatever that makes you happy… work diligently. Stay focused and calm

3) Hear, say and listen to good things..things that are beyond COVID19

4) Stay #connected with people who uplift you instead of those who bring you down

5) Stay safe but be #kind and #loving too.. People need #healing and love in such times

Let’s remember that faith conquers fear anytime and anyday 🙏🙏🙏

positivity #positivevibes #weshallovercome #stayblessed

To love thyself 💃

“Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world – start with 6am, then 5:30am. Go to the nearest hill with a big coat, your favorite blanket and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

Push yourself to fall asleep earlier – start with 10pm and then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable. Lie in your garden, feel the sunshine on your skin.

Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. Sit and eat it and do nothing else.

Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. Stretch your fingers. Stretch everything.

Buy a water bottle. Push yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

Buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. Write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. No detail is too small.

Strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear into the washing machine. wash, then hang them in the sunshine with care. Make your bed in full.

Dig your fingers into the earth, plant a seed. See your success as it grows everyday.

Organize your room. Fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. Light your favorite candle.

Breath. Practice your deep breathing. Ground yourself.
Have a luxurious shower with your favorite music playing. Wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. Lather your whole body in moisturizer, get familiar with the part between your toes, the back of your neck. Wash the day’s stress away.

Push yourself to go for a walk. Take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. Smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. Bring your dog and observe the dog’s behavior. Realize you can learn from your dog.

Message old friends with personal jokes. Reminisce. Suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. Push yourself to follow through.

Think long and hard about what interests you. boarding school ? long-forgotten romance etiquette ? Find a book about it and read it. There is a book about literally on everything.

Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Let cars merge into your lane when driving. Help an animal. Compliment people on their cute clothes. Challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day-then two, then a week. Walk with a straight posture. Look people in the eye. Ask people about their story. Talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

Lie in the sunshine. Daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. Open your eyes.

Take small steps to make it happen for you…”


Its a beautiful and profound reminder friends … high time we understood the working of NATURE 🙏🙏

QUIET CHINA
Written by a Chinese Pastor sent to a brother in Istanbul via friends in Singapore

The hustle and bustle of China finally quieted down, the restless society finally calmed down, and the restless Chinese people gradually calmed down.
The Wild Animals that were once held by humans in cages finally managed to Keep Humans in “Cages”
Humans finally lowered their proud head and begun to think quietly: Are we still the king of the earth? Mankind finally felt the power of Nature once again
In the face of the threat of death, human beings have only begun to reflect seriously, only to realize that a lack of awe-inspiring social atmosphere will lead to more harm and more risks.


The greedy heart is being purified by the virus, and the mouth that loves to eat is being punished by the virus. The people who have been soaking in the bright red and green places all day have been driven home by the virus, saying…. Go home
There are fewer and fewer people on the street, few cars on the road,
The Air is getting Fresher…., the Haze is gone…, the Sky is getting Bluer…., the Sun is getting Brighter…., Family Lives are getting Warmer, Harmonial, and Cordial and People’s hearts have become more and more Calm
People who haven’t read for Years have picked up books at home. Parents and children who had no communication with their children, couples who couldn’t speak few words a year have opened up the conversation box. Children who did not know how to respect the elderly has also begun to be filial.


The virus taught human beings a vivid and profound lesson. It made us understand awe. It also let us know what is called “Good Times”. It also made us feel true love on earth. It made us gradually fall in love “Return to the Road”, we really should be grateful for this “Enemy”, we need such an “enemy” to give us Reminder” and give us “Empowerment”
The virus will not leave so quickly, it needs to see the “Cultivation” of human’s good habits, and the virus will not continue to rag, because Human love will gather more power to keep the virus away, time will tell us everything, Time will also prove what is right.


*_THE VIRUS 🦠 REMINDED US THERE IS AN ALMIGHTY. AND HUMANS R JUST HUMANS.

Happiness is a quiet responsibility!

As life moves on, our idea of happiness evolves too – but does the core belief of what brings happiness really change? I examine my own case.

Around 20 years ago, I defined what happiness means to me. Stumbling on it today, I was inspired to wonder how much my definition of this “ever-elusive angel” (as I called it back then) has changed over a period of two decades! Back then I write that I like to be on a constant high, shifting from one excitement to another. Today that idea seems kind of alien!

I reproduce here what I wrote about happiness then!

“I taste it in the raindrop I catch on the tip of my tongue; I feel it in the touch of a calloused hand on my cheek; I see it in the depths of a gaze that suddenly darkens with passion; I smell it in the heady fragrance of a rose; I hear it in the uninhibited laugh of a child.

“Happiness — that elusive angel who evades me when I chase her, and settles on me like a mantle when least expected. I find it in the littlest things — the drone of a bee on a summer day, the inflexion in a voice as it says my name; the memory of Mother’s creamy soft tum; a baby’s dimpled bum; a sudden and an unexpected smile.

“Happiness for me is very internalised. It’s a gift that I can give myself. And, it’s in the Here and Now. It’s not the sparrow’s chirp that makes me happy, but I that make it sweet.

“The twitter of birds; the softness of down; juicy, sun-kissed grass; the cool crispness of white sheets — the magic is all mine. It’s just a matter of keeping my senses fully attuned to the notion… My problem is that I like to be on a constant high — to shift from one excitement to another…”

I guess time and passing years do that to you. By the time you have had your share of all emotions — good and bad — and learnt to take them in your stride, you realise that come what may, life carries on. Like water, life finds its level and somehow or the other, gains balance again. Happiness no longer takes you to heaven; grief does not permanently ground you. All you seek is a good steady balance. And remember, the person who laughs too much, may not actually be the happiest!

And yet, the core thought hasn’t really changed for me at all in these years. I still believe that we are responsible for our own state of happiness. Happiness comes from within. You can choose to be happy most of the time, or not. A happy person is not one who is without problems; but just one who has learnt to deal with them better.

I find that comparing ourselves to others is the biggest mistake we make. The only way ahead is to get ahead of yourself – become better with each step. To me guilt and regret are the toughest enemies of happiness. And the only way to avoid these traps is to be true to your own self. If you stick to your principles and beliefs, you will never have reason to feel regret or guilt.

One is happiest when deeply connected to oneself and to the environment one dwells in; when one loves and is loved back. When one respects, and is respected back. When one believes, and is trusted as well!

Going back, “Since life is not so kind as to keep us all in a constant state of bliss, I guess it’s left to each individual to invent and look for his or her own moments of elation.”

Attachment in Detachment

Written by Sudha Murthy, wife of Narayan Murthy..

This is worth reading👌👌👌 it is simply mind blowing the way she has explained, infact a real eye opener for many of us…

“When my daughter, the elder of my two, wed and left home, I felt a part of me gone. With a daughter and a son, I know what both mean, differently. When she was in her teens I felt as if she was my “physical extension” ! So when she left home to set up her own, I felt I lost a limb…

Next time she came to stay with us, I was astonished how her priorities had changed.
We too must’ve given the same shocks to our own parents !

When she said Amma, she meant her mother-in-law, not me!
I felt she was always in a hurry to go back to her house and not stay with me for a few more days.

That was the first time, it dawned on me that I have to start practising detachment with attachment.

Two years after my daughter’s marriage, my son left for higher studies to US. Having experienced a child’s separation once, I was better equipped emotionally.

I plunged head long into various classes held in the city starting from vedanta to healing to ikebana – I just wanted to be away from home..since my husband was a 24/7 workaholic.

My son used to write how he was missing my home cooked food, how he was waiting to come back to live in Chennai with us… After a few years, he did come back and we got him married.

He started living separately with his wife and we were also happy that they wanted to be independant from the beginning…

But now, it was all changed !

When in the U S, he missed my cooking, now if I called him to come over with his wife for a meal, it was always some excuse like “oh, amma, we have other plans for the day, please don’t mistake us if we don’t drop in today” ! I could see that his priorities had also changed completely..

We talk so many things and give so much #advice to others, but when it comes to our own #children, #acceptance comes very late. Our next step is to just leave them undisturbed
in every way… It was at that time, that I made the following, my ‘new profile’.

*In all my relationships , rather interactions, I give my best and do my best to live up to what I say.* My attachment with them is complete… However, I remain detached in the sense that *I do not expect them to reciprocate my affection.*

Most importantly, I make a conscious effort , *not to interfere or pass judgements* on the lives they choose to lead.. My *concern for my near and dear ones will not fade with my detachment.*.. If you let go of the ones you love, they will never go away – this is the *beauty of attachment with detachment !*

I have learnt to #love and let go.. This dictum has developed tolerance in me. When *I let the people live the* *way they want to, I learn to accept* *them for what they are.*

Most importantly, I learn to tolerate the world around me and this tolerance brings in me a sense of peace and contentment.

Since both my children live in Chennai, I follow this very strictly, you know why ! Now *I have realised that we start growing* *mentally much more only after the children leave the house* and we have to tackle the emotional vacuum, that arises, along with age-related problems .

I specially dedicate this post to my friends, who are totally dependant on their children’s lives, to nurture their own selves emotionally… Please develop your own intersts, hobbies etc, however mundane they may seem to be.. We must learn – *To love whatever we do instead of doing whatever we love !!”*

🌺 Very important to learn attachment with detachment with age.. 🌺

HEALING THE BODY & SOUL

What happened to you was not your fault.

It was not something you asked for, it was not something you deserved.

What happened to you was not fair.

You were merely collateral damage on someone else’s warpath, an innocent bystander who got wrecked out of proximity.

We are all traumatized by life, some of us from egregious wrongdoings, others by unprocessed pain and sidelined emotions. No matter the source, we are all handed a play of cards, and sometimes, they are not a winning hand.

Yet what we cannot forget is that even when we are not at fault, healing in the aftermath will always fall on us — and instead of being burdened by this, we can actually learn to see it as a rare gift.

Healing is our responsibility because if it isn’t, an unfair circumstance becomes an unlived life.

Healing is our responsibility because unprocessed pain gets transferred to everyone around us, and we are not going to allow what someone else did to us to become what we do to those we love.

Healing is our responsibility because we have this one life, this single shot to do something important.

Healing is our responsibility because if we want our lives to be different, sitting and waiting for someone else to make them so will not actually change them. It will only make us dependent and bitter.

Healing is our responsibility because we have the power to heal ourselves, even if we have previously been led to believe we don’t.

Healing is our responsibility because we are uncomfortable, and discomfort almost always signals a place in life in which we are slated to rise up and transform.

Healing is our responsibility because every great person you deeply admire began with every odd against them, and learned their inner power was no match for the worst of what life could offer.

Healing is our responsibility because “healing” is actually not returning to how and who we were before, it is becoming someone we have never been — someone stronger, someone wiser, someone kinder.

When we heal, we step into the people we have always wanted to be. We are not only able to metabolize the pain, we are able to affect real change in our lives, in our families, and in our communities. We are able to pursue our dreams more freely. We are able to handle whatever life throws at us, because we are self-efficient and assured. We are more willing to dare, risk, and dream of broader horizons, ones we never thought we’d reach.

The thing is that when someone else does something wrong and it affects us, we often sit around waiting for them to take the pain away, as though they could come along and undo what has been done.

We fail to realize that in that hurt are the most important lessons of our lives, the fertile breeding ground upon which we can start to build everything we really want.

We are not meant to get through life unscathed.

We are not meant to get to the finish line unscarred, clean and bored.

Life hurts us all in different ways, but it is how we respond — and who we become — that determines whether a trauma becomes a tragedy, or the beginning of the story of how the victim became the hero.