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Paradise Found

paradise found vidya sury

Paradise is a place on earth. In my home. In my mind. Really. Because I choose to think that way.

I was just reading Elle’s post about little words making a big difference and it took me back six months to the beautiful trip we made to Northeast India. Oh, that was paradise, indeed. Now that I am forced to rest most of the time, I can’t help fantasizing making another trip to Sikkim to visit all the monasteries we missed during our short trip. Unfortunately we couldn’t stretch it because flight tickets were not available on the dates we wanted on the specific airline we were supposed to travel in.  It sort of irked me that  Indigo had a great package, but since this was an “official” holiday, we were bound by rules. Still, once the formalities were taken care of, we had quite a lovely time although it was a rushed trip.

Another thing that triggered the memory was my lovely prayer wheel, busy rotating in response to the sunlight. It is solar-powered and is a delight to watch. I was so excited when I bought it at the Ganesh Tok temple shop in Sikkim. I found it fascinating. Here, check it out – I made a little video just for you:

The other side looks like this: See the dark patch at the base? That is the solar panel that catches the sunlight and powers the drum.

Vidya Sury Flight Plans and Fantasies

I fondly recall the hours we had to wait at the airport during that trip. What was I reading? All American Girl” by Meg Cabot and quite enjoyed it.

Flight plans and fantasies Vidya Sury

Calcutta airport and happily lost in our books

Fond memories. The day we were returning back to Bangalore, we were so nervous about making the airport on time and literally had our hearts in our mouths as our taxi whizzed down the winding roads from Darjeeling to Bagdogra airport. We rushed into the airport and the check-in counter with our air tickets in our hands, only to find that our flight had been delayed by several hours. It was an adventure because it put our connecting flight at risk

I am somewhat peeved at not being able to walk around. How weird to feel mentally fine and being held back by physical injuries!  The waiting game sucks.

I had a nap this afternoon, much to my consternation. I just thought I’d lay down for a little while to rest my throbbing right leg, still swollen, silly thing.  The bruise was also smarting.  So I settled down with a book. And not two seconds later, was out like a light. I didn’t even feel the thud of the book on my face. I awoke, two hours later to find that Sury was back home and stunned to see me sleeping! That made two of us. Vidur just kept grinning as though he had engineered the whole thing.

So I freshened up, made a much needed mug of coffee and settled down to a pleasant evening of music with my folks. We each had a play list and really enjoyed a happy couple of hours of listening to our favorite songs before dispersing to get around our respective activities before dinner.

I am glad that I don’t have any work deadlines right now.  While this unexpected accident has put me out of commission for a few days, I am relieved to have the time to let go, rest and recuperate in my own little paradise.

As always, I appreciate the love showered on me by family and friends.

This too shall pass…but while I go through the experience, I am determined to make the most of it and have a good time.

A gift for you

Talking of good times, my dear friend Joy of Facets of Joy was kind enough to offer me the privilege of gifting her beautiful course, “Gift of Presence: Musings at Sunset“, a 21-day self-study ecourse, a $15 value,  to two of my readers.

I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Joy and being a contributor to three of her books:

A Power Prism: Reflections of Source

Cultivating Your Voice

Pearls of Peace

Click on the titles to know more about these complimentary ebooks.

The “Gift of Presence: Musings at Sunset” ecourse resonates with me highly.  To me, it is priceless. It is like a daily virtual hug. Soothing. Encouraging. It reminds me to linger, savor and relish.

During the course, you will receive  a daily email with a sunset photo and a heart whisper. Joy weaves energetic intention through each message. Please see more details at Gift of Presence: Musings at Sunset – and if you would like this gift from Joy through me, please let me know in the comments, or via email at vidya at vidyasury dot com. This course brings me serenity, connection with a close friend and the feeling of infinite possibility. I would be honored if you share how you think you will benefit from this beautiful course.   After choosing two recipients, I’ll let you know how to register for the ecourse.  I look forward to hearing from you.

When you open your heart, everything is possible!

You are loved.

Don’t let the need to measure up hold you back!

 Paradise Found Vidya Sury

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    Keetha
    January 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I remember your Paradise Found post!
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    Emily
    January 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Oh Vidya, I’m just catching up and I’m so sorry to hear you’re injured. I know it’s hard, but do try to rest.

    Thinking of you!
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    Joy
    January 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I am speechless. This morning I was wrestling with myself…avoiding a heart whisper…and then I decided to honor it…the project is 28 days of love, beginning tomorrow. I feel vulnerable and a bit afraid, because when one (I) commits to love, one (I) never know where I will be led…

    And, then, as I was writing my first article for this project, the links to this article came in…an affirmation of love, just like that.

    That is “how” *it* works…it=faith, trust, commitment…you step and Source meets you, and what you thought was impossible becomes most possible indeed.

    So, thank you…

    I *love* your prayer wheel..my friend has one and each time we walk into her home, we spin it. I love the idea and the feel.

    And, I know with certainty, that you might resist rest because you enjoy movement, but something is being perfectly placed as you rest…

    With a heart full of gratitude and love…I wish for you the experience of unexpected joy and delight and the affirmation of your heart whispers.
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      Vidya Sury
      January 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Hugs to you, Joy! 🙂 I always know that when I think of you, we both feel the wonderful connection. As always, as I was reading your latest email, I just went back and read a few more – such is the bond I feel. My heart always says “more, please” when I begin to read something you wrote and I feel blessed for the experience.

      Your wish for unexpected joy and delight will be fulfilled because you attract it so naturally 🙂

      Right now, I am thinking, exactly two and a half months more before I can actually hug you! 🙂 I am so excited!

      Looking forward to your “28 days of love” project.
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    Rickie Khosla
    January 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    A solar powered prayer wheel! Ok, I think I have seen it all now!
    Great travelogue! Hope the leg is better.
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    Elle
    January 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    So sorry you still hurting Vidya…but how lovely that you can take a trip to paradies anyway! Only you, kiddo, only you. 🙂
    Love Elle
    xoxo
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    Elle
    January 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    So sorry you still hurting Vidya…but how lovely that you can take a trip to paradiise anyway! Only you, kiddo, only you. 🙂
    Love Elle
    xoxo
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    Sandi Amorim
    January 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Often when I read your posts Vidya, I feel like I’m right there with you enjoying a hug and a cup of tea. Thank you for always creating this space.

    p.s. Resistance is futile. Rest. xoS
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    Tess The Bold Life
    February 1, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Vidya,
    I love that prayer wheel. Never saw one before and I met Meg in person at a book signing. Talented like you;) Hope you’re doing better.xo
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    Sandi Amorim
    February 1, 2013 at 2:55 am

    p.s. Like Tess, I love that prayer wheel!
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    latha
    February 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Oh vidya, I didn’t know you hurt your leg. Do take plenty of rest. Btw, I loved the wheel…I want one tooo…get well soon…:-)

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    Lori Gosselin
    February 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Vidya,
    The prayer drum is amazing! (Now it’s on my List 😉 I listened to it a few times. The sounds remind me of my singing bowl!
    You’re a more patient person than I am – soldering on through your injury. I hope healing comes quickly – listen to your prayer drum! Hang in there.
    Lori
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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    February 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Vidya,
    Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply. I watched your video and never got beyond it. What beautiful prayer drum! And the music was amazing! Did it come from the drum?

    I love Joy’s site and would love to be the recipient of one of the courses. I know it would fill a need I have to slow down.

    Thanks Vidya…. hope you’re doing much better this weekend!

    PS Did you like Meg Cabot’s book? I’ve never read her novels.
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