Seeking Inspiration

seeking inspiration

Inspiration comes from where we seek it. You seek, and you shall find. Inspiration comes from where you choose to get it. I may not get as inspired by watching a video of an amazing renowned motivational speaker as you do, but I get inspired multiple times by a simple quote. Complex logic by a certain guide may not motivate me, but few simple words by a simply dressed lady called BK Shivani manages to reach my soul. Her words are what I seek to know and understand. The concepts of spiritual awakening in daily life, practicing detachment daily and changing our core ‘sanskar’ for a fulfilled living appeals greatly to me. I like watching the show 'Awakening with Brahma Kumaris'.

Recently, I listened to such talk with Suresh Oberoi about removing our dependencies on others. It resonated with me totally. As sister Shivani rightly said, we all want to be physically and emotionally independent. We don’t want to depend on others’ behavior for our happiness, or emotional well-being, yet we search for happiness in food, a daily cup of coffee without which we can’t exist. We need to start slowly removing these dependencies from food, detaching ourselves slowly, and then moving on to people. So true!! I literally seek that feeling of calm in a cup of hot coffee. And a dear friend of mine seeks the same in chocolates. Just a few days back, I wanted to eat ‘gulab jamun’ so badly that I became sad and irritable on not finding it in the food-court.

I am still dependent on food and simple material things for peace of mind; how can I even expect myself to not be dependent on my friends and dear ones for happiness? I need to practice that bit of detachment- enjoying everything, still getting attached to nothing.

Another source of inspiration are the TED talks. Susan Caine’s talk on Power of Introverts, Ziauddin Yousafzai’s (Malala Yousafzai’s father)talk about his daughter and his relationship with her, Zak Ebrahim’s talk about his life as the son of a terrorist, John Green’s talk about maps and life and so many more inspire me multiple times. I keep revisiting these talks to renew the vibe. I love Anupam Kher’s talk show ‘Life Mein Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta He’. The celebrities narrate their own life incidents of a miracle, hope, and making impossible possible. It is such a feel-good show that I miss it tremendously whenever it goes off-air.

And all said and done, I have my daily dose of inspiration through quotes. My facebook wall is always full of those. Whenever I feel down and low, I just log in, read through and feel rejuvenated once again. It’s all simple things that we need to be reminded again and again. My favorite subscriptions are- Positive Outlooks, Simple Reminders, and Kate Spencer’s quotes. Not just quotes, they share inspiring stories from around the world. 

Keep sowing seeds of inspiration and keep receiving a lot in return. :) 


Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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