Let this blog find you actively engaged in a meaningful life with a sense of deeper purpose in whatever you are doing!
Recently I met many people who are questioning meaning & relevance in their life, their current work, whether they should continue what they are doing or follow something else.
In search of this answer, I found a clue in a book that I am reading: “Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl's Principles for Discovering Meaning in Life and Work” by Alex Pattakos. (Click here to read first few pages)
Here is a very simple and practical exercise mentioned in this book. It is called “Eulogy Exercise”.
This exercise has a profound effect. It may connect you to the central theme of your life. Do this exercise with a close friend. Include your achievements till date as well as those you will achieve in the future. Before starting this exercise you may declare: “Let my consciousness be transported to the time I pass on from this earth and speak through me now”
This exercise might help you articulate some of the core themes of your life: what defines you and all that ONLY YOU are meant to bring forth in this world. Let me remind you again: You are unique!!
Thursday, 19 September 2013
Monday, 16 September 2013
I remember watching and sharing a video with many friends & participants on: “Make up is not all”. It was a campaign by a company on “self-esteem fund: restoring self worth of your daughter”.
It showed a model’s make-up being done. Her picture was then photoshopped to show a picture perfect woman. “No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted”
Here is the 1 minute video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U). Or click on the video below:
A friend recently shared a 4 minute video. It is a speech by Jean Kilbourne: “Killing us softly”.
Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWKXit_3rpQ#t=130 Or on the video below:
It is quite apt, touching & true. Our self-worth is shaped by media & advertisements. Women are most often presented in the media as picture perfect, leading to a lot of women feeling less than perfect. Jean talks about how this leads to violence against women. Her website (http://www.jeankilbourne.com)
- - Cindy Crawford said: “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford!!!”
- - Kate Winslet (about her picture on cover of GQ magazine) : “The alterations were made without my consent. I don’t look like that & I don’t desire to look like that. I can tell you that they have reduced the size of my legs by 1/3rd!!!”
Time has come to appreciate our inner beauty and uniqueness. Let’s stop governing our view of self & others by projected perceptions!
May this mail inspire you to reconnect with how uniquely beautiful you are. I read this on another blog: “If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind. Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it!”