“Yo! Read many of your blog entries..and I should say liked it a lot ! keep them coming …and inspired by you, I going to to copy the ‘Gratitude’ idea onto my own journal (private)…unless it is protected by patents and such “ I received this unexpectedly from a friend a couple of months back. Given that this guy reads some pretty esoteric stuff, I have chosen to take it as a pretty big compliment. There have been a few people who have read my posts, and talked to me about them, and helped me get better. But when I started writing, I was pretty nervous that I would sound lame, or that my writings wouldn’t have any uniqueness, and the whole world would laugh at me. The thing which gave me confidence to continue writing was this statement made by 2 people – “You should write more often. When you write, it actually feels like you are talking to the person.”. One of them is a dear friend and he knows I am grateful for his support. But the other person and I have drifted apart due to various reasons. This post is to just let her know that I appreciate her encouraging words. It’s very easy to forget someone’s contribution to your life in the web of disagreements and disconnect. And all you are left with is a sad feeling about your association. But if we actually take the time out to appreciate what they have done, maybe, [...]
MISF!T (My Interest Stays Firmly In Theatre) is starting the new Level 1 (Batch 24) acting course/workshop on 6th Nov 2011. This is the 10th year of MISF!T’s acting workshops. Level 1 is the foundation course which aims to bring out the fun of acting, make participants shed their inhibitions, teach them stagecraft, pantomime, and character building. It is also for people without any background in acting. The objective is to make them as natural as possible. To fix your appointment for registration (or for further details), call us at 9241500886 or 9886035100 only between 12:00pm-2:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm(this would be the best option). For more details go on to“Events” page on misfit.co.in .
I have struggled with fear for as long as I remember, and over this time it’s become my greatest enemy. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of getting hurt, and the list goes on. I have to engage in a full-blown battle every few weeks, to beat it down, and keep it there. It’s a battle which drains me out, but I keep fighting since I don’t intend to accept defeat (talk about your classic big ego!). But the primary reason I fight my fear is …wait for it…wait…because I am a bleeding idiot! I never realized (though I understood at a rational level) the purpose of the fear; most of the time I either gave in or I buried it. Either way, it grew into a monstrous beast. The fact was that I never learnt to deal with fear effectively. Most people never do, or more precisely are never taught how to. They only learn techniques to handle their fear and survive. For example, I had a fear of ghosts when I was a kid. Walking into a dark bedroom 4 feet away from my well lit living room used to make me break out in a cold sweat. But since I couldn’t avoid going into the room, I used 2 approaches to handle it: Never enter a dark room. Pretend to be brave, but get in and get out in the wink of an eye. None of the above choices really changed my perspective of the dark. [...]
One of the fundamental themes that spiritualists and therapists always talk about is acceptance – about how we need to accept the world as it is to attain peace. That we would not always get what we desire, and that trying to control your surroundings is meaningless. That the universe operates to its own rhythm, and we can either align with it and be happy, or struggle against it and be miserable. But take a moment and ask yourself this question – “Is what they are saying really true? Aren’t our desires being fulfilled? Can’t we control our environment to suit our needs?”. Think, and think long and hard about this. The answers may astound you! The answer you will most probably find is – “No, I am unhappy and life sucks and I don’t get most of the things I want!”, or some variant of this. Ironically though, that very answer is the most convincing proof that, you will get what you wish; because in this case what most people would wish, is to find that answer. Re-read the last sentence again – “what most people would wish, is to find that answer”, rather than “what most people would wish, is to find an answer”. So, to summarize – I wanted to find ‘x’, and I found ‘x’, which implies I got what I wanted. Let us look at a more practical example. Have you met people who always expect their current partners or their prospective partners to cheat [...]