Are You Flowing With The Tide? #MondayMusings

We fit ourselves in the new shoe. The feet adjust to contain themselves within its boundary through the pain of shoe bites in the first wear. Else, the shoe changes its shape according to our feet.

In a new surrounding, is it us who become attuned to the team, the workings of the group, the fraternity. Is it us who adjust our own frequency to match that of the people around us, or is it vice versa? Does the group get accustomed to us? Or is it both ways, each trying to match the others’ thought process, deciding factors, opinions, and views until all eventually fit in the same mould. Is this the science of belonging?

We attune our lives according to the natural frequency of our surroundings. Then we adjust to change. If we protest or fight against change- the workings of our peripheries- it hurts us.

We, humans, are similar to the musical instrument that needs tuning depending on who is playing it, for which type of music.

Do we make the patterns or do we fit into patterns ourselves? So do we get into the rhythm of things? Does rhythm permeate our lives or do we permeate ourselves into the rhythm of the surroundings? We struggle and strife when disconnected with our own natural rhythm, strive to find that balance in our lives, to realign our environment. There’s agitation, dissatisfaction, and chaos inside our mind.

Are we all trying to be in sync with our surroundings and get into our groove? Going with the tide is better. We are more present or mindful to what’s happening around us while staying calmer and relatively detached. We’re also less inclined to be triggered emotionally. Resisting the tide can be tough. But won’t flowing with the tide do us more harm than good? It would ensure we survive, but can we really live, in the real sense of the word?

Questions I ponder on a Monday morning. #MondayMusings


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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