Saturday, July 28, 2012

Men's Cycling Race - Olympics 2012

We are in Salt Lake City and guess what we spend the morning doing? Well, watched the Mens Cycling Road Race (Olympics, London). Well, I would never have spent time watching these races if I was in home in SF. I would have been busy watching DID Iil Masters!
But I was so luckty to catch the glimpse of this 39 year old win the gold.
While Navin is in line to get the car rental, I got time for internet!! And could look up the statistics for VINOKUROV Alexandr Race from Rank 61 to 1!!! It was time well spent experiencing the moment and feeling happy for him.

187Kazakhstan VINOKUROV Alexandr5:45:57-
Lap 1 - 74.7 Km611:51:42+5:271:51:42
Lap 1 - 90.3 Km642:14:17+5:1422:35(9)
Lap 2 - 105.9 Km242:37:37+6:0023:20(14)
Lap 3 - 121.5 Km172:59:24+4:2521:47(4)
Lap 4 - 137.1 Km363:21:50+3:4822:26(112)
Lap 5 - 152.7 Km423:42:35+1:5620:45(19)
Lap 6 - 168.3 Km524:04:18+1:2421:43(12)
Lap 7 - 183.9 Km374:25:50+0:5321:32(15)
Lap 8 - 199.5 Km264:47:27+1:0421:37(6)
Finish - 249.5 Km15:45:570:00-
Source -

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Secret

In the last few days there has been a major shift in the way I look at life. Importance and impact of living in the present moment has not been more revealing and rewarding. So what changed or what caused this change? Frankly, I don't recall exactly what and why, but want to share my learning here in the hope that someone will benefit just the way I did.

Quite frankly I don't know where I should begin this post. So let me tell you of a book I came across Tim Ferris FB feed. He shared a book by an Indian author Kamal Ravikant; book name was 'Love yourself like your life depends on it'.
Indian Author, 5 star rating to this book and 99 cents download on Amazon, I thought to myself, sure!
What is in the book? Well, just what the title says - love yourself like your life depends on it. I would highly recommend this book to everybody.
The Author has described things he did to get out of rut; to bring changes in his own life; for miracles to work. And believe it or not, those things have definitely helped me get aligned with 'my being' and get 'on track' on my journey to happiness. I don't want to give out more details from this book; it is just some 50 odd pages I think and takes less than an hour to finish. Only advice I can give is keep your mind open and try out some of the things. I am sure you will see a change; anyway there is nothing to loose.

Our minds are busy all the time building false dreams, fear of uncertainties or remembering times of despair, sadness or simply going back memory lanes explaining self, how beautiful life was (which means it is not now or less now) or worse telling what bad things can happen to us.
This chatter has such an impact on our subconscious mind that it creates life patterns and situations that follow the feelings and emotions our thoughts produce. So then, one way is to break those patterns. Correct? And the answer to that is my secret. Actually the secret opens roads wide open to endless possibilities. Bringing 'magic' back to your life, the freedom and innocence and happiness your childhood mind had.

So as you may have guessed secret lies in being in the present moment; being in the now. There are many ways to achieve this not-so-easy task. Such an obvious fix to Life's problems, we may think. But took me this long to figure out. Some people don't even get that chance or opportunity.

And why would you do this? Why would you want to bring about this change? Because of Love! We our this source and it is our very nature. Goes back to the book 'love yourself like your life depends on it'.

The more I talk about this, I feel I am being repetitive. But that is what it is. Every explanation of Life's meaning, findings and truth leads to this simple state of Now.

What is Life? What is our part in this life? I have often been struck by this question.We are born, cared for, get education, make friends, go into relationships, earn big bucks, fulfill dreams of big house, big car, big business, get married, raise kids, get them married, get retired, travel places.
But before we get to each of this, there is so much anxiety, fear of failure, sadness of loss, bad memories.

What if I get to all this sooner than I planned? What if I don't get to this at all?

What I have began to realize is that all this doesn't matter. Because if you want something this Life is going to get you to it anyways. You just need to have the intention. As simple as that. Then what's the fear about? What's the hurry?
Problem is like I said before. The mind has so much fear, worry, sorrow and negativity going on already, the universe thinks, that is what you want and gives it back to you.

Living in the present moment has taught me many things I want to share. 

  • Life's achievement is how you can make your life simple. Sacredness lies in simplicity. 
  • Happiness is in 'mindful' living. Mindful - as in present - being in the now.
  • Have faith in God - the Life Force - the super being, whatever you want to call it. It knows what is best for you. Surrender to the present moment. 
  • Meditate to connect to the innermost magical Life force. Feel the connection to the Universe. 
  • It is not easy to change the habits; you will be bogged down and will go through tons of emotions. It's OK, just part of the process. 
  • Find abundance in all small things you would otherwise ignore. 
I would love to continue writing but got to go. But I will continue to share my experiences and how I learn to make these changes. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Look what I bumped into this evening

The path down that parking lot seemed dull and mundane. Until my eye caught yours.
I will look for you again little birdie. Suddenly that parking lot feels warm like someone's home.