Every book is an insight into someone’s soul, a lifetime of discovery condensed into an easily digestible format. Yet not all books are created equal. Most books touch you but very few can be termed as profound. One such profound book that I read recently was Quiet: The power of introverts by Susan Cain. It touched something inside me and turned a life knob or something. I see the world very differently after having read this book.
Take a moment and imagine some of the things we do every day: speak up, speak out, push back, write about achievements, advertise our work, evangelize things we believe one. There is a common thread that binds all these behaviors: they are all extrovert behaviors to a certain degree.
Fear of missing out is defined on Wikipedia as “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent”. This social anxiety is characterized by “a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing”.
Before I started writing this blog I thought it was just a cultural term that’s become popular but on reading a bit more about it, I realized that is an actual social anxiety and can become a serious threat to psychological stability of people.
This blog, like many other blogs I have written in my life, was triggered by a book I am reading. The book I am reading right now is called Krishna: The man and his philosophy by Osho. I don’t believe in religion for sure and was a little skeptical about reading this. But it came up in a conversation with a friend and I liked what he was talking about. I decided to read it and one of the lines that struck me from the book was The word bliss is without an opposite. And I asked myself, what is the opposite of bliss? I couldn’t find an answer. We talk of most feelings in pair: love-hate, joy-sorrow, pleasure-pain but bliss is just bliss.
It is quite likely that in the last hour you craved momentarily for something or someone or a feeling. It usually hits us out of the blue, sometimes lasting for one moment while at other times it lingers on. It could be a feeling of intense desire, it could be that sudden hunger for ice cream or it could be the strong urge to buy that phone.
Craving is defined as great or eager desire; yearning in Dictionary. Some of the common ways to describe a craving include using words like hunger, lust, urge, need etc. However I have been wondering on whether craving is a good thing or a bad thing.
On those empty green roads
No.. I done think I should call them that
The path of green gently trodden grass
That leads to an unknown place
It is not a path in space perhaps
But more like a gateway into another time
A time where there is no wrong
A soft glow of right all around
I wrote a poem more than a year back called And there she stood . I still feel it to be the best thing i ever wrote. So just tried to continue from there. Maybe this is as good, though i am not sure!
I stand here again
Back to this place here, where
A few months ago she had stood
The faint smile and half words
My knees weaken, so does my soul
If only i could return
To that sweet moment in the past
And see that smile again
Lately I have tried to get a essence of spirituality as I feel it. One idea that was quite captivating was that of a glass or a cup. Spirituality for me has become like a cup with unlimited capacity. Whenever I do anything at all, from waking up in the morning to thinking some strange thought to having my dinner, I utilize some spiritual energy from this cup. Almost all the things use this Spiritual Energy. There is no upper limit on the energy you have in the cup, but you can definitely run out of it. You can make the cup empty.
Also the thing is, many of the things or events also add to this energy more than they utilize it. I prefer to call them positive contributors. They could be extremely small things, or they could be some life changing event. Anything at all. And the size or duration of the thing or the event is not at all related to the amount of energy they add. A simple but good cup of tea after a extremely stressful day could lift your spiritual level greatly. And yet taking a five star holiday might end up reducing your spiritual energy in the cup. Continue reading