Authentic Beauty ( 佳人 – a beautiful person)

There is a certain aura of radiating beauty around a person who is at peace, in sync with the inner self, and has a good heart with a clear conscience. There is an assuring, impressive level of confidence that comes along with being calm, composed and collected.

This quote in particular is one of my favourites, as I like people who are beautiful on the inside. When a person is kind, affectionate, and respectful to another, the kindness and affectionate streak of that person is the most seductive trait.

Whoever said that make-up does the trick? Well, it’s quite important to be aesthetically pleasing and presentable – it makes you feel beautiful and assured. Dressing well does have a psychological impact, will love yourself more and conduct yourself in an upbeat way, as compared to when you are under dressed.

My mother always keeps reminding me, that real beauty comes from within. Her viewpoint is eat veggies to get a natural and more authentic glow. And also be kind, loving, empathetic, well read and knowledgeable to emanate an essence of humanity and an undeniable sense of confidence.

To me the beauty emanated by a person who is empathetic and has a quite sense of assurance and the divine beauty that can be sensed. The aura and energy radiated is empowering and it feels great to be around a person who feels beautiful from within.

Beauty is indeed, skin deep.

External attractiveness has no relation to the goodness or essential quality. A persons character and values are far more attractive than the superficial aesthetics that float aimlessly on the shallow realm.

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Whoever said unused window panes were a waste? As simple as this artwork looks, it emanates warmth and looks lively. I was so inspired by this, that I tried to emulate a version of this when I got back home.

While I was travelling in Sri Lanka during Christmas, I was mesmerized by the beauty of the country, and by the extravagant decor all around the city of Colombo. I had been to ‘The Galle Face hotel’ to relax and see the sunset from the boulevard, I couldn’t help but notice the lovely decor that adorned the property.

There was something authentic about theses window panes, that adorned the walls of one of the corridors that lead to the beach.

The flowers adorning the corners are elegant and of exquisite taste, the candles were giving off warmth and glow that felt soulful. I hope the picture does some justice to what I experienced.

They were designed to be just window panes, were probably rejected, and now they have be reformed into artistic pieces of art and serve a different purpose – attracting attention, inspiring artists & radiating warmth.

#art #love #fire #warmth

 

Picturesque Lion Mountain @Mahébourg

Mauritius, an exquisite island off the south western cost of continental Africa is a delight to every explorer. Every place forms a natural gorgeous backdrop, takes you to a transcended state of mind. One of my favorites in Mauritius is the famous Mahébourg waterfront.

It was a pleasant winter evening and the temperature was just right with a cool ocean breeze. The place took me by storm – I had read about it, but to visit it for real was something else. It was blissful, soothing and there was an air of tranquility. The boulevard is beautifully paved in brick red patterns, aesthetically designed around the shore of the ocean.

This part of the Mahébourg waterfront has still-waters, and various shades of blue are splashed as far as the eye can see. The most captivating sight is the gorgeous view of the famous Lion Mountain. The lush green mountain forms a backdrop against the deep blue ocean. This is a place for that perfect picture you would like to take and cherish it for all days to come.

A visit to Mahébourg waterfront is a must on your visit to Mauritius. I would say – head there as soon as you land and drop off your bags at your hotel 🙂

The power of Positive Affirmations

We often wonder if this whole thing about positive affirmations would ever work, and often doubt its magical power in lifting us up, healing us or making us stronger from within. It’s really surprising how much impact a single sentence could have on our minds.

A wonderfully crafted line loaded with hope and positivity could provide immense strength and release the reserve massive strength from a hidden reservoir. When I often feel like I want to give up, automatically a positive note I read surfaces. At a circuit training it was time for squats, after 40 counts I was so tempted to give up when all of a sudden this cropped up “What you are about to achieve, is nothing compared to what you have done so far”, and I had strength I never knew I had in me to go ahead and complete the set.

In the recent past I attended an interview and I was overwhelmed to see the décor of the organization. The interiors we nice and the logistics were good but what really captured my attention was the aesthetically pleasing positive affirmations, that adorned the office space, beautifully framed and strategically placed. My interviewer’s cabin had this one from Bruce Lee, I liked it as it emanated a certain amount of assurance and the power to pull you up and an invisible force to never give up.

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I was reading an empowering note – ‘Our thoughts are important investments that pay immediate dividends’. This line left a lasting impact on me. It also emphasizes on the Law of attraction and says that what you feel, you attract. Its important to be positive, as our subconscious will focus on what we feel.

Your vibe attracts your Tribe! 🙂

I am currently going through a list of 6 positive affirmations to start off with, and the results I can see are tremendous, I am not only filled with assurance but I am constantly positive as well. I have a strong belief that the affirmations that I am making consciously, is helping me in breaking few preconceived notions. The mental conditioning we received at home or early childhood were often reflections of our parents, teachers or elders around us. As we grow up if few of these suggestions embedded in concrete is not helping us grow & prosper, if it is causing more harm than good – then it’s time to reboot the entire system.

It’s never too late, as this is the first day of the rest of our lives. I just read that ‘Awareness is better than knowledge” – I couldn’t completely comprehend with this when I first read it, but I do know now that it is important to be aware of areas to be worked upon and fix it.

You are the captain of your life. If there is denial on a vital aspects, then the boat might not gain the optimum potential to sail, or worse even stay afloat.

Let’s seek, and look around us for affirmations that focus on the end result instead of the process. Instead of saying ‘I am going to be Happy’ transform it into “I AM HAPPY” 🙂

Would you say that to a man?

Loved your thoughts on the matter, Women have to go through so much and yet maintain calm n poise.

Of Means and Ends

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“I’m not going to apply for the job because I want you to get it.”

I was in my mid-20s and a promotion opened up in my division at work and I planned to apply for it. Given the hierarchy in our department, one male coworker and I were the natural ones to consider for the job. When the topic came up, that’s what he said to me: “I’m not going to apply for the job because I want you to get it.” I don’t remember what I said in the moment, but I remember quietly seething and thinking, “Don’t do me any favors. Go ahead and apply and I’ll still get it.”

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Le Morne 

One of the most fabulous aeriel views while approaching the enchanting island of Mauritus, is the sight of Le Morne. As soon as I heard the announcement, that we approaching the coast of the African continent I ran to find a seat by the window and a very kind Blue eyed Mauritian let me sit by the window to savour the first glimpse of this continent. 

I saw a vast expanse of the Blue ocean below, the color was a deep rich blue. At the horizon I could see the color fade a little to turquoise and that’s when I saw this gigantic rock jutting out of the ocean. Beyond this rock I saw the island country of Mauritus. 

Le Morne is a Basaltic monolith rising to a whooping 1824 mts above sea level. The summit covers an area of about 30 acres. This is a Basaltic rock formed by the rapid cooling of Molten Lava. 

Volcanic islands are a treat to the eyes, you can see various formations across the island country of Mauritius. Beautiful Monlith such as Le Morne, can only stretch your imagination as to how it ended up being the way it is right now. 

The view of Le Morne at the extreme South Western tip of Mauritius is a natural wonder, has a historical significance, treat to a geologist, mountain of fantasy to a botanist as two rare plants are found on Le Morne, and enjoys the grandeur of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Due to the coral reef and the lagoon surrounding Le Morne, the terrain looks like the perfect illusion of a under-water waterfall…..! This is just a optical illusion 🙂 The various shades of blue and the reef make it look this way. 

 

The view of Le Morne, from Sugar Beach.  

There are a bunch of privately held luxury villas on Le Morne overlooking the bay! What a delight it must be to be living there! While swimming at the Sugar beach – the view of Le Morne is fantastic. You could take a canoe and wade around Le Morne. A visit to Mauritius, a dream destination where the swimming or canoeing around Le Morne is definitely the icing on the cake. 

Emerald Dew Drop – Sri Lanka

My sister and I wanted to go on an exclusive sibling adventure. KK a close friend helped us select Sri Lanka, his personal choice as he loves the Buddha, and for the positive review Sri Lanka flaunts itself with.

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A famous Buddhist abode, flanked by skyscrapers in Downtown Colombo.

The visa is pretty easy with an online ETA costing USD 10. There is an option to obtain it for USD 15 on arrival, but it would be wise to get an online ETA before you travel, its hassle free, simple and easy.

Sri Lanka is popular among tourists for a reason, its refreshing, welcoming, pristine, clean and it has a huge aura of positivity. We were there for Christmas & Sri Lanka boasts of displaying some of the worlds best cribs. The christmas decor all over the town of Colombo was like the biggest party i had attended, it could literally be Santa’s backyard. The weather was pleasant with moisture laden ocean breeze, the tuk-tuks are a very convenient mode of transport.

IMG_6864Colorful Efficient Tuk-tuks for easy commute.

At first we were pretty edgy about visiting a new country, the fear of the unknown and apprehension about the safety aspect. But as soon as we set foot outside the immigration all our fears were set aside and it was time to bask in the glory Sri Lanka had to offer us. And we were very pleased by what we saw at Colombo. We stayed at the Nippon, stones throw from the famous Galle Face. We spent two days sight-seeing and settling in a new place. Early the next morning we took a fancy looking red train from Colombo to Hikkadwa, the best part was the view from the train, as the tracks were along the seashore all the way! 😀

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View from the train 🙂

Hikkadwa is a laid back, relaxed town famous for surfing. The waters are a shade of turquoise blue with a tinge of green, the granules are pretty coarse and you can see the beautiful harmony as the waves scoop the grains from the sea bed while forming beautiful waves. We made this our base camp and travelled to Galle by the local bus.

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View from the resort we stayed at in Hikkadwa.

Galle  is a dutch town, an alien could land at Galle and move around the town effortlessly, it’s so well planned that there is no need to be apprehensive about it being a new city. Since we were travelling by ourselves we were on the lookout for surprises but the city is calm, laid back, and full of people who would help you. The most prominent spot is the Galle Fort. We walked all along the fort, the view of the ocean was soothing yet it reminded me about the wrath of nature’s fury during the 2004 Tsunami, incidentally we were at the memorial on Dec 26, 2012. The stories the locals narrated was hair-raising, real, yet unbelievable.

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At the Galle fort.

We next did a cross-country from Matara at the southern most tip of the island to the central province, by far our favourite place – Kandy! Personal preference is to a place with low temperatures as I love the weather when its pleasant and Kandy satisfied my wishes on various different levels. It was cool due to the topography, the central province is elevated and is several hundred feet above sea level, it’s a city surrounded by dense, lucious forests of the central province. No amount of information about the surreal beauty of this place does justice of being there in person. We had a memorable exploration at the National Park, Botanical Gardens, the tea factory, the spice gardens, table top mountain and we also bought some precious stones – emeralds and topaz for some fine jewellery.

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We missed the famous Kandian dance, but we are soon going back for more! This time we have Nuwara Eliya on our bucket list – rumored to be the England of Sri Lanka!