This, is for my memory.
You and I, too, can make a memory.
Art of Living - Koregaon Park, Pune, India
I’ve heard of Art of Living in various countries, and I really wanted to understand what it was all about, and took the course. Wasn’t life changing, as I was hoping for it to be, but definitely learnt and picked up a few things.
Happiness does lie within ourselves.
Some things I took note of and remember:
Opposite values are complimentary to each other
The present is inevitable, live in the present and keep moving forward. If you look back and try moving forward, you’ll fall.
Some people are like postmen in your life, they come in just to give you a message
Sadness is of use to you, don’t spread it. Spread happiness.
“Love is not an emotion, it is your very being.” - Shri Shri Ravi Shankar
Accept. Love. Serve. Knowledge. Happiness. Peace.
I remember reading Visual Loops’: Cost of Relocating and it made me realize, that I should write exactly what my “vacation” was about, for the most part, and what my “cost” of relocation is.
Coming to India, isn’t the strangest of experiences, since I’ve worked here and travelled here numerous times over the past 22 years.. However, there was this peculiar emotion I hadn’t felt before – knowing that I’m relocating here permanently. Like I don’t have any “set plan” post-this-relocation. I’m not going back to the States, I’m not going back Home, but I’m here and this is exactly what I thought I wanted.. It is what I still want.
*Pardon the interruption while you read this, but I was about to take a picture of a few street kids, who were standing in an interesting position, but I thought to myself – did I want to take a picture of these kids because I just genuinely did – or because media, the world wide web, and other photography I’ve seen made me want to do so. These thoughts occupied enough time. Didn’t take the picture.*
So far, 9 days in India, the biggest challenge I’m facing opposed to every other time I’ve been here, is how to manage a budget with a healthy and hygienic lifestyle. I just read Living on India’s Average Income for a Month, and it made me appreciate things, and this “downgrade.” - stop judging. Eh, I guess I’ll manage.. 1 billion people can, I just need to get used to it.
I kind of need to reflect back on these thoughts after some time.
The cost of relocating here was basically an opportunity cost. Something I realized while spending time with family.
Leaving a family business that I know I could help grow into an empire (which may not be possible anymore). Leaving friends and family to put myself in this lonely, (for the lack of a better word, which I don’t want to find), situation. Leaving my comfort zone, which some refer to as running away.
I’m not complaining or looking at the negative side for that matter, not that I need to explain it, its just my fingers typing me-analyzing-myself-in-my-head. I’ve been through this before. 1 month, 6 months, or 12 months from today.. I’ll understand why exactly I did this and whether this choice was worth all my other opportunity costs.
The only thing I’m not happy about is sacrificing precious family time, even though I can’t handle them for more than a short-period.
Ahh..someone once told me, “its gonna be the twenty’s..”
every choice, is the right choice.. and everything happens for the better.
Celebrating Diwali with the Fam after 6 years - Zed!