“There is no secret ingredient. Its just you”. – Kung Fu Panda
Remember this phrase from Kung Fu Panda when Poh gets his hands on the dragon scroll and is eager to find the secret? The scroll is blank or rather its polished surface reflects his face back to him.
I was struggling with some personal issues which set in a sort of a lethargy in the minds and the limbs. I was pretty listless in thought and not keen to engage with people at all. Safe to say, I was downright low! And when the mindset is such, one tends to analyze everything in this light.
I was bemoaning the heat and condemning it for ruining my morning walk regime. I was frustrated with the way my balcony plants were wilting and dying, despite watering them regularly. My car, the maids, money, work….. blah, blah, blah!
Now you must be wondering whether this is a ranting post, disguised as a gratitude one?
Can one be grateful without considering the rants in life?
I think not as its that contrast between the two that lets us acknowledge our blessings. And its this that let me struggle out of my heat induced torpor to spare a thought for those who are truly experiencing the brunt of this summer heat. I have a gorgeous roof over my head with enough appliances and electricity to keep me safe from the heat.
“Sharing is caring”
Keeping this adage in mind, I set out 3 terracotta bowls intermittently in the lane parallel to my house to fill up with water for the stray animals. I also started taking some biscuits and a bowl of water for a pair of very affectionate doggies near my gym. They rush up to greet me everyday with tails wagging full speed. I love the love that emanates from them and it brightens up my day to the core ♥
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♥ Social Front ♥
The Universe sent some much needed love to me via two warm souls who reached out and let me know everything is going to be alright. One of them is a fellow Reiki practitioner and decided that we need to sit together and practice our healing. Just setting up the house for that together session was good enough to cock a snook at my lethargy. The healing time was brilliant and I am looking forward to doing more of them with her.
Its no secret that true friends are the only ones who know us well enough to lift us up when we need it.
♥ Health & Fitness ♥
I joined back my Yoga sessions at CULT and am so grateful that there is a centre so close to my house. The trainers are just perfect and the sessions brilliant to suit my fitness state. All I had to do is take the step from morning walk to Yoga classes 🙂
My healer astounded me this month with some insights into my life events which have led to some of my current health issues. I could only gape at him in wonder and thank the Universe for directing me to him. His remedies have been super duper for me and I am just happy to have connected with him.
♥ Bookish notes ♥
Despite the number of book challenges that I have signed up this year, my TBR hasnt been exciting me since past 2 months. So I decided to re-read a 15 book series called The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan. If you are a fan of Tolkien and fantasy, then this one is a must read for you. I was quite happy to tuck into this absorbing read and am finally done with it.
♥ Green efforts ♥
5th June is celebrated as the World Environment day and I joined in a plogging group to clean up the pahadi. Some 10-12 of us got together to pick up the trash which was then carted away by local municipal carts. Not much of an effort as the garbage out there was huge but I am hopeful of this start.
You can read my angst over it here
I am trying to influence people in my colony to take up home composting and hopefully will succeed in converting one person at least.
One member of the ZW group connected with me to understand how to make Bio Enzyme – I was super chuffed. Gave her some of the starter, filtered BE and hope she will soon have a huge batch of her own.
I finally got some early morning time out to take a walk on one of the section of the Wazirabad Bund. Its a massive eco-restoration effort of some local and citizen bodies to convert a green walkaway on a dirty water drain. I was blown away by the thoughtfulness given to pedestrians and cyclists alike. Bonus was the dozens of varieties of birds that flitted about in the gorgeous trees planted there. This Bund is one of the best kept secret about Gurgaon and a must visit by all.
♥ From My Kitchen ♥
Despite the heat or maybe because of it, I have been treating myself to some soothing meals like coconut rice, curd rice, pasta with sun dried tomatoes (done at home by me), sabudana khichdi and even a plateful of halwa puri with choley *patting myself on the back*
My secret ingredient to cook up these meals is love for myself!!
♥ Blogging news ♥
The lethargy took over the writing bit too and I only posted one post in the entire month of June – aaargh! Yup I am feeling guilty about it but since the heart is not into it, there is no point in writing. Hopefully I will be more recharged in July to pen down some worthy ones for my readers to enjoy.
Despite that the silver lining this month for my blog was this ⇓
Well that seems to be all from my June for this month’s gratitude post and linking it with Vidya’s Gratitude circle.
In case you are interested, you may find my last month’s gratitude post here