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In Touch With My Soul #GratitudeCircle

In touch with my soul. Vidya Sury May Gratitude Circle blog hop

“If there are no downs, how will you appreciate the ups?”

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve said this to my son over the years, and a couple of weeks back, when we were walking on our terrace and discussing something, he asked me this question. Life lesson right back at me, I thought.

As usual, I’ve had a mixed month of joys and could-be-betters, and I am focusing on the joys. The month brought some semi-sadness, too, with my neighbors moving—and even though it is across the road, it isn’t the same as walking eight steps and knocking on each other’s doors, and treating each other’s houses as extensions of our own home. Sigh. I am grateful though, that they’re just across the road. Sob! Change is a you-know-what!

I spent a lot of time cooking and watching movies with my son, thanks to an iffy internet connection.  Nothing like getting out of the house and leaving these trivial problems behind. I did less work this month compared to the last few, and I still don’t have my computer up! You know how some things just take their time, and we let them? I am doing that now, with two very good reasons. The first is my son’s presence at home. I am grateful he’s doing his summer project here. The second is a stressed shoulder joint, and sometimes the pain is excruciating. So it is probably a good thing that I don’t spend as much time at my laptop. Grateful that I can afford to do that.

All that matters now is to spend time with loved ones, enjoying every moment we have, because who knows what changes tomorrow might bring.

Yesterday we went to the zoo and had a terrific time. Of course, I had a crappy moment when I pulled out my digital camera and saw the message, “memory card error”. After freaking out for a few minutes, I decided to format the card and that solved the problem, until the battery decided to die on me. Errgh! Thankful we had our phone cameras.

I always feel grateful for how my problems diminish when I step out and spend time in nature, going with the flow at an easy pace. When I look up and see the trees overhead, it puts things in perspective and takes me to a better place. I am grateful for that wisdom.

It has been fun to walk in the evenings, spinning stories with the kids and enjoying some gorgeous sunsets and of course, taking photos—yay! again for phone cameras.

I am thrilled that The Diabetes Council reached out to me to collaborate on a post that involved answering a few questions in relation to blogging about diabetes, along with 34 bloggers. Here is the post.

Issues with my neighbors upstairs continue—with seepage from above increasing the damage to our own house, and I can only pray for respite soon. Nothing is moving right now. But I am grateful for the roof over our head and our comfortable home.

On a lighter note, our feathered friends, the pigeons have found a way to sneak into our balcony through the net. Ha, to that. Worst part is, letting them out again because they panic like crazy, flapping around the place, and pooping away like there’s no tomorrow.  Who knew it is so hard to steer a pigeon out? I am grateful for the days when they just sit and stare at me from outside the net, most days.

We experienced more thunderstorms last week, creating havoc. These days the moment I see signs of lightning, I am quick to turn off my laptop and wind up for the day. One of these thunderstorms felled a lot of trees and we also saw the end of thousands of birds as a result. So heart-breaking. A tree smashed our friend’s car, and we’re grateful no one was hurt.

During the past two weeks, we’ve also been making the rounds with the dentist for each one of us. While we’re far from done, I am grateful we have a good doctor—and are able bear the pain, of the cost and the treatment.

So much to be grateful for on a daily basis; while each day brings its share of crazy, life is definitely better when we focus on the good stuff.  Thanks to my present internet situation, it almost feels like there’s a conspiracy to keep me offline, and I am grateful for it, as it means more time spent laughing, lazing, and hanging out with the people I love.

Today, I want to share this gratitude meditation I’ve been practicing like an anthem, because making gratitude a habit helps to replace frustration with peace and positivity. The meditation is basically appreciating everything you have in your life, right now.  And it makes a positive start to your day.

  1. Sit comfortably.
  2. Take deep breaths to relax and calm yourself.
  3. Think of three things you are grateful for. Can be that the warmth of that delicious cup of coffee you are about to sip, your child’s hug, a good night’s sleep, water to drink when you are thirsty, a brand new day ahead of you and the possibilities.
  4. Become aware of your environment through your sense of smell, taste, see, touch, hearing. Feel grateful for the home, the world, the community you live in.
  5. Next, think of the ones you love: your partner, your family, your friends, your colleagues at work and feel grateful.
  6. Now, it is time to look at you. You are unique, blessed, talented. Go on, give yourself a hug, and tell yourself you’re grateful for you and your abilities.
  7. Reflect on this: life is a gift to be cherished. Feel gratitude.

An easier version of this is simply maintaining a gratitude journal, and listing five things that you are grateful for.

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How has the month of May been for you?

Do join me in May’s Gratitude Circle blog hop.

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Nabanita Dhar
    May 26, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Love reading your gratitude posts, Vidya. They always remind me to focus on what’s important. I’m sure you are having a great time offline with the ones you love. I have cut down on my time online and time with virtual friends and it feels great. Real life is always more fun and beautiful, isn’t it? 🙂
    Will see if I can squeeze in some time to write a post today and join your Gratitude Circle 🙂

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    Rachna
    May 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Good to hear about your May, Vidya. So happy that you spent some lovely time with Vidur that took your mind away from the laptop woes. Is this the same neighbor you were telling us about? At least, they are across the street. Focus on the good stuff — we often lose sight of that when the chips are down. Wish you a great June. 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      June 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you, Rachna! Yes, same neighbor. Thanks to the proximity, we’re more or less in each other’s place all the time. 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful June, too!

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    G Angela
    May 26, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Its always a pleasure for me to read your gratitude post vidya; its so energising and inspiring, in fact I look forward for this monthly post and enjoy doing this exercise myself. It keeps me happy and also balanced. I learn so much from your life experiences and love the way you handle every challenge in your life. Thank you for sharing !

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      Vidya Sury
      June 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Oh, thank you, Angela. Your comment is a pleasure to read. It is a wonderful activity, isn’t it? I love to read your posts, too! Hugs! Thank you for joining me.
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    kalpana solsi
    May 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Vidya, your gratitude posts bring a smile on my face. Counting the blessings is focusing on the small plus points that seem small and the things that go out of way apparently seem gigantic. but human mind is amazing and can be trained to remain sane.

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    sathwika
    May 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Love reading your post.

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    wendy of the rock
    May 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    My what a busy and varied life you lead. Well done on the Diabetes Council piece. I’m sure lots of people will find it very valuable.
    Those storms sound ferocious. We were expecting ( even hoping for) a thunderstaorm last night after a hot few days here in London, but nothing more than a few minutes of heavy rain ensued.
    And you’re right. I am blessed, and I should notice that every day.
    Thank you.

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      Vidya Sury
      June 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks Wendy! I found the contributions of the others in the Diabetics Council piece wonderful and encouraging. We’re now having a respite from the thunderstorms, and are grateful for the cooler weather! Hugs! No matter what, life goes on, eh?
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    Obsessivemom
    May 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Like I always say you are an inspiration. I would have been tearing my hair if my computer would have conked off. Having your son close to you, though is the hugest compensation. Nothing life family to brighten up your life. I got back from our vacation last week and I realised how little I missed my laptop. There were times I didn’t even remember to go near it for days on end.

    Ah those pigeons – we hosted a family this year again. They truly are the silliest birds ever. The more you try to help them the more scared they get and flutter around so much they scare you too.

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      Vidya Sury
      June 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      I would tear my hair, too, Tulika–the only thing that stops me is losing what little I have left. 😀 I am simply focusing on what I have. Having son at home: best thing ever! As for those pigeons…Hmph! By the way, I saw so many varieties of pigeons at the zoo..and found them fascinating. Hugs! I am grateful that you linked up! (lovely profile pic!)
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    Menaka Bharathi
    May 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Your posts are totally an inspiration..So energizing it is..It reminds me of what is important and that i should be gratitude about it
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    Mahati ramya adivishnu
    May 31, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Iam also grateful for my phond camera which allows me to capture every day happy momments. My laptop dead too so iam blogging from my tab 😊

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      Vidya Sury
      June 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Funny how we manage to manage, no? Glad you have your phone to take pictures! I am always grateful to technology for helping me save memories in visual form! Hugs!Thank you Mahati!
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    Parul Thakur
    May 31, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    What a lovely post like always and you teach me how to focus on what we have and stay grateful. So good to know Vidur has been around and with him, a zoo trip would have been fun.
    I loved the Gratitude Meditation tips you shared. If we look closely, there will be things however small that can make a day wonderful 🙂 Thanks for not letting me forget that. Hope the dental checks and the shoulder pain go away soon and you feel better. Hugs!
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      Vidya Sury
      June 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you Parul! And I look forward to seeing your post, always with the roundup. Hugs! That gratitude meditation is very calming and I love it.
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    Sreesha
    May 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Have I told you how inspiring it is, the way you see the positive side of everything? Sad to hear that the computer isn’t fixed yet. Did you find anyone to fix it? Or still waiting?
    The thunderstorms have been scary this past week, haven’t they? On one of the days, I didn’t even realize it was raining that heavily when I was at work, but I came back home to flooded rooms!

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      Vidya Sury
      June 1, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you Sreesha! Hoping the computer will wake up soon! My friend will be helping me with it. It is just that he has a full time job and a small son, so, I am not pressuring him into it. Thunderstorms…scary, yet welcome. The weather is so much better no? I remember when I lived in one room with my Mom, we would watch helplessly as the room got flooded, wait for the rain to stop and then patiently shovel it all out! How did you manage? Hugs!
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        Sreesha
        June 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm

        Argh, don’t ask. Waited for the fans to dry out as much as possible, then mopped the floors. Usually I love getting drenched in the rain, but when I’m outside, not inside 😀 Hugs!
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    Darla M Sands
    May 31, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I hope your shoulder gets better and you work things out with upstairs neighbors. So much going on! Best wishes on all. I’m happy your son is there for the summer. What a blessing.

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      Vidya Sury
      June 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you dear Darla! Yes, so much going on…and added to it, school reopening for one niece and admissions for another. It is a busy time. As for my upstairs neighbors, the apathy is driving me nuts. Thank you for your kind wishes! Hugs!
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    Angel Stew & Devil's Brew
    May 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    This is such a wonderful post, Vidya. I just absolutely love it. Reading about your gratitude made me put my own in check. You always seem to find the silver lining no matter the situation. It’s always a pleasure coming to read your posts. 🙂

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    upasna
    June 5, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to make this a habit now- to write about the things I feel grateful for. I really feel good writing about it. Pleasure linking up here each month. I live in Panchkula, the town next to Chandigarh. Would love to meet you up Vidya ji in case you are here to visit your Son’s college.

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      Vidya Sury
      June 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Hey Upasna! Thank you for linking up. Didn’t know you were in Panchkula! I visit Chandigarh at least 3-4 times a year! Will be there in the end of July. Would be great to meet up! Will message you. 🙂 Hugs!
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        upasna
        June 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

        Do message me over Twitter. Hope to meet you.

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    Vasantha Vivek
    June 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Always I look forward to read and link to your gratitude post. Loved your gratitude meditation. My regards and wishes to your son.
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    chatty wren
    June 11, 2017 at 11:50 am

    You lead a very full and interesting life Vidya, filled so many different things. LOve the fact that you could spend quality time with your son. For me, my most precious time with my kids is when i am waking them up and then again tucking them into bed. I am going to use your gratitude meditation for sure.

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