Take off that mask !

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Wearing a mask
Day in and day out
Lonely & exhausted
Carrying the charade, you think you must.
You begin to forget
Who you really are

That mask
Your protection & your barrier
Between you and you.
Alienating and crumbling
Fragmenting your sense of self
Tearing into your integrity

How did you forget?
The core of your being
Your beautiful soul
That exists without masks
Intrinsically quiet and observant
Willing to open up its fragrance to the world.

Oh, why do you cover all that beauty
With that unforgiving mask
I know, life has been tough
I know you surrendered
Took the incentive
And raised the barriers

But you are beautiful
Despite the tears that stain your cheeks
With all that you consider imperfect within
Along with broken dreams and that abyss of sorrow
Unmet desires and unfulfilled yearnings
Despite infidelities and broken trust

You are vast
You are infinite
I know you feel small
But that you are not
You are powerful
You are love and courage personified

And you are here, now
Standing tall in this precious space
Own your thoughts
Feel the eternal & the finite
For you are
The unmasked master of your destiny

©Rachna (Author)

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You think you are the only one?

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Are you…

Disclaimer: This poem is not about me ( I wish it was, but it is not). It is based on feelings that ‘I felt’ when I saw a photograph of a man with his shades on – It was a powerful picture that spoke volumes (to me). This poem is an expression of my perception of his ‘probable’ feelings. And as we all know perception are just that – perceptions !!! But the picture moved me enough to help me create this little poem reflecting – resignation, annoyance, pride, courage, determination, helplessness as well as hope of self-perseverance. For that I am very grateful.

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You said you wanted to see my eyes

Are you brave enough?
To look into them
Without shuffling on your feet?
Can you bear to see the pain
And not squirm
Or fidget with your scarf?

Will you flinch when you see the raw anger
That oozes out…seeps
Simply because it’s tired of raging
Do you have the nerve to face
Your own sadness
Reflected in my eyes?

Can you stand quietly,
And not drop words
Of sympathy
Like coins in an empty box?
Nor look away
Because you cannot bear to feel my pain

If your answer is – Yes
Then I will undress my eyes
And let yours see thru mine.

 ©Rachna

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Over the Edge…

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“THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” –  Hunter S. Thompson

The traditional view of ‘going over the edge’ is usually that moment when one absolutely loses ‘it’… has no control over circumstances and self. Those who revert back from that point are determined, resilient souls – definitely very fortunate.

There is however another view of ‘going over the edge’. ‘Going over the edge’ does not have to or always results in the negative. Sometimes going over the edge gives us a new perspective and an insight into our own strength that resides within ourselves. Sometimes going over the edge shouts out loud and says – ‘Hey I made it !!! I survived. I came to the end of all that I knew I was capable of, but I kept going…Even though I was filled with fear and thought I lost ‘it’ … I kept walking – went over the edge … and SURVIVED !!!”

In both the views however, ‘where’ the edge is, is inexplicable…Each persons perception and definition of the edge is different, subjective and unique.

“Come to the edge, he said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, he said.
They came.
He pushed them and they flew.”

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

 

-Rachna

 

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It’s okay to be at a place of struggle…

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Don’t let this world make you bitter.

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When you’re struggling with something…

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Breathe..You’re going to be okay….

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Blue eyes…Brown tresses

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At the bottom of her heart, however, she was waiting for something to happen. Like shipwrecked sailors, she turned despairing eyes upon the solitude of her life, seeking afar off some white sail in the mists of the horizon. She did not know what this chance would be, what wind would bring it her, towards what shore it would drive her, if it would be a shallop or a three-decker, laden with anguish or full of bliss to the portholes. But each morning, as she awoke, she hoped it would come that day; she listened to every sound, sprang up with a start, wondered that it did not come; then at sunset, always more saddened, she longed for the morrow.”

Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary

 

I completed this painting a while ago ( a few days before I left Munich for 5 weeks). This one followed ‘Amalgamation‘ and was inspired by a picture I found online. The final painting took shape slowly…evoking deep emotions at times and making me learn more than what I previously knew. You see, I am not a trained artist and generally do not feel confident of my painting skills at all. Buuuut…despite all that – I love to paint. (Just as much as I love to write) I love the colours, the feel of the brush strokes on the canvas, the smell of turpentine and linseed oil. I love the mediums I use and most of all I love the person I am when I am painting and creating something on my own. I feel free, eclectic…wild and beautiful – all at once – and that ensures that I usually start another painting, soon after finishing the current one. I sincerely hope, your visit here today has been worth your time and patient reading.

To complete this post…here is something that kinda resonates with me – “Painting reflects. It kills you in a colourful shower of emptiness. Flatness. Randomness. And beauty. Yes, it is the most pure beauty I have ever felt in my life.”

 
Nigel Tomm

 

©Rachna (Author)

 
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Are you feeling ‘stuck’ ?

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When you find yourself ‘stuck’ in a situation and find yourself getting frustrated and filled with despair – take a step back emotionally and look at that situation and yourself. Put yourself in a neutral state of mind and emotions just for some time until you can examine the dynamics of the situation. Observe the emotions that arise in you. Look at your response to the situation. Listen to your heart and then listen to your head.

Now, as difficult as it might seem – find the positive lesson or resource that you are gaining in the situation that you are stuck in. For example, resilience – when you and everything around you seems to be falling apart…or courage – when you are challenged to the core and yet stay within the scary parameters of a situation and are not reaching out. Identify the positive lesson that you are learning. Find the resource that you are gathering, whilst being stuck. If you cannot seem to identify the positive resource, seek a non-judgmental friend who will help you find pin point the resource that is building up within you, in the hardest of times that you seem to be going through.

 
This resource and positive learning is the treasure that you are chasing. Become aware that you are choosing to stay stuck for the time being because your soul is learning the lessons that it needs to learn. You are accumulating the resource/s that you probably don’t have enough of. You are learning by putting yourself through the practical experience of being in that situation that sometimes even churns your stomach.

 
Focus on this lesson each time despair takes over. Once you start focusing, you will find your coffers filling up with lessons that your soul needs to learn and the courage and resilience multiplying boundlessly. Before long you will see the sticky situation you have been ‘stuck’ in is getting less stickier and you are able to get ‘unstuck’ and have more choices ahead. Choices that probably always existed but you did not see them.

 
Now that you are better aware and in a place where you can assess yourself better, choose to get ‘unstuck’. Choose to retain what you have learnt so that you do not encounter an identical situation again. Choose to gather your power and move forward in this phase of your life.

 
Choose love, kindness, patience and forgiveness for yourself.

 
Choose love, kindness, patience and forgiveness for others.

 
©Rachna (Author)

 
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A chance to grow…

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Universe has a way of taking care of our needs.

 
Most of us have experienced times in our lives when we have felt beaten down to the bone, been unfairly accused, unjustly spoken about, felt rejected, abandoned and humiliated by those we love dearly. The pain is excruciating and deep – mostly because people who we ‘love’ carried out this painful behaviour.

 
In our journey of emotional & spiritual growth, it is important to understand that people who indulge in that behaviour and more are perhaps the best catalysts in our lives for us to learn the soul – lessons of acceptance, unconditional love and patience.

 
If we understand their role in our lives, then we would also understand that they are here to teach us acceptance of the human being in them, despite their behaviour. They provide us with an opportunity to learn to love them as they are – however hard a task that might be. They also provide us an alternate or complementary opportunity to stand up for our selves as and when required.

 
When we understand their role in our lives and their contribution to our emotional growth, we are able to look at these souls with a heart filled with love and understanding. We begin to understand that they are unaware of how their behaviour affects us or anyone else for that matter. How can we possibly hold anger or misgiving against people who are saying things or displaying behaviour that is based in total unawareness? How does one stay angry with someone who is completely oblivious of the effect their behaviour is having on others?

 
Having said that, It is to be remembered that we cannot and must not absolve them of their responsibility for their behaviour. Words and actions never form on the tongue. They are born out of a thought process. When someone is obnoxious, rude or plain uncaring in their words and actions towards us, obviously they have made a choice to be that way. They had a choice to be rude, obnoxious, and hurtful OR to be silent (in their actions and words). They had a choice and they made a choice. For example: We have a choice 1) to be furious with their behaviour and retaliate or break- up with them 2) we have a choice to understand their role in our lives and look at the positive outcome of such relationships 3) we have a choice to ignore them, their behaviour and carry on as before.

 
Today we are choosing – ‘choice number 2’.

 
Every choice we make is followed by the consequences of that choice. Sometimes the consequences are thought thru and sometimes they are not. Either ways consequences loom large on the horizon of every single action we take. The fact that these people chose to be hurtful makes them responsible for the consequences of their actions. Each one of us has a choice to act in a certain way – whatever the situation and each one of us is responsible – for the consequences of the choice that we made. I know I am.

 
They choose to be hurtful and oblivious of effect of their actions, we choose to be understanding of their behaviours – whilst experiencing emotional and spiritual growth, and learning to safeguard ourselves.

 
Loving and accepting, those who hurt us with their pain inflicting words and hurtful actions, is our choice…similarly we also have a choice to limit our interactions with them to safeguard our boundaries from getting breached each time we interact with them.

 

You owe that to you and I owe the same to me.

 
As balanced we might be as individuals, whatever professions we might belong to, at the end of the day each one of us is a human being, encompassed with human emotions and fallibility. Just like a teacher may not know all answers all the time, a beautician may have a sudden attack of acne or have a bad hair day, an artist may feel completely deprived of creativity and a therapist may feel completely out of the loop with emotions running amok, there can be enough and more storms that rage within a human heart that are capable of imbalancing a person – whatever the reason.

 
Understanding , acceptance and love is the core that we are all made of. It’s an honour to find that core and work from it as a base for our day to day lives. It’s wonderful to understand those who inflict pain upon us through their behaviour, but it is also marvelous to understand our need to safeguard ourselves by understanding and limiting the toxic interactions.

 
As I said at the beginning of this post, Universe has a way of taking care of our needs – for the universe never abandons its child. This morning as I looked around to find a quote for the readers on my Facebook page – this is what I chanced upon…something that was hidden in my archives and something that speaks loud and clear to each one of us – providing us with the required permissions and affirming our rights in the gentlest ways possible.

 
“You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that. Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you – it’s something inherent. You exist, and therefore, you matter. You’re allowed to voice your thoughts and feelings. You’re allowed to assert your needs and take up space. You’re allowed to hold onto the truth that who you are is exactly enough. And you’re allowed to remove anyone from your life who makes you feel otherwise.”

― Daniell Koepke

 

Need I say more?

 

©Rachna (Author)

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‘Amalgamation’ – A painting (Acrylic on Canvas)

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Depths
Of
Despair,
Pain
And
Sorrow
Submerge.

Forming
An
Abyss;
Within
Which,
Life
Springs.

Deep
Within,
Stillness
Reverberates;
Longing
For
Tranquility.

Flames
Leap.
Waters
Flow.
Life
Goes
On.

The verse above was written to accompany my new painting – ‘Amalgamation’ (Acrylic on canvas) which as you see – accompanies this post. Very often I sense that once completed, my creative process needs a closure. Verses written after finishing a creative project kinda complete the entire process for me. Once that is done, I feel like I am done with what I set out to do and feel enthused about going on to the next project with renewed excitement. I think it helps me de-link from what was and focus on what is. A verse written after a project, to me is a ritual that demarcates the ‘done’ and ‘to-be-done’. Yesterday after I finished my painting…there was this sense of something being left incomplete. The painting was done. There was nothing more that I wanted to add in. So I sat on the couch and looked at the painting from a distance. My i- pad was right next to me and the words almost literally started pouring out. I was done writing within 5 minutes. And once done there was this immense sense of completion and peace that seeped into my being. I have now consciously decided to use my completion ritual for all the paintings I will be doing, in the future. Yay!!!

And oh…this applies to an emotional phase or an emotional upheaval as well. Once the emotions are expressed and cared for, writing kinda closes that bit and allows me to move on with life with a fresh perspective and a sense of closure with what ‘was’.

I hope you enjoyed the poem and the painting … And the revelation of one of my ritual towards ‘conscious closure’.

 

© Rachna

 

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Once in a while…

I truly got lucky. As I looked around on pinterest, this gem caught my eye. As there is no name named, I do not know who to credit the words on the card to. But whoever wrote these lines…is a very wise soul indeed.

And because they are so beautiful…the words just had to be shared further 🙂

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A Beautiful Heart…Revisited.

391396Years ago I attended a workshop, where one of the group member shared a story (from a book) that I now share with you. It’s a tale of loving unconditionally, giving without expecting any returns  and learning through pain. I remember being deeply moved and teary eyed, at the end of that reading. I know it’s just a story. I know it has been created to touch our hearts. But I also know that this story is true for me and for most of us. Each one of us has gone through  heartaches and a heartbreaks….our hearts have been crushed, pulled at and sometimes broken…sometimes leaving behind a pain so intense that it almost seemed to hurt physically.

Did that stop us from loving again? Did that stop us from giving? Did that stop us from being who we are? No….I hope not !! Despite all the breaks and hurts and pains and lost pieces…I think our heart is the most beautiful part of us…beating at an even rhythm…responding to our thoughts and emotions, every second of our lives.

As you read the story below, I ask you to become aware of your beautiful heart. Take a deep breath…Visualize it. Think of it lovingly. Thank it for being the life-force that it is. Smile at it….Feel it respond to you, filling you up with a warm fuzzy feeling as you do.

And Now – on to the story of *A beautiful Heart*

One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley.

A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.

Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said, “Why your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.” The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart. It was beating strongly, but full of scars, it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn’t fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces missing.

The people stared. How can he say his heart is more beautiful?? they thought. The young man looked at the old man’s heart and saw its state and laughed. “You must be joking,” he said. “Compare your heart with mine, mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears.”

“Yes,” said the old man, “Yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love – I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart, but because the pieces aren’t exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared. Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn’t returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges – giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?”

The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands.

The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man’s heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.

The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man’s heart flowed into his.

They embraced and walked away side by side.

(source: Unknown)

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©Rachna

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Its not easy being green…

We have all had days when it has not been easy being green different or being considered ‘different’. Being different or being considered different can be perceived as negative, if the person at the receiving end is unaware of how powerful ‘being different ‘ can be.

Each one of us is different. Barring the general number of internal organs and our external physical structure, we are all different. Our facial features, our skin colour, the iris of our eyes, our DNA, our cellular formation, our growth patterns…everything about us is different. Added to that, our thinking, our value system, our speech, our writing, our sense of style as well as our level of empathy, define us and make us into unique individuals.

Having said that, I would now love to add that element of ‘Gahhhh…why is she confusing us now’ ? 😉 (Well, because that’s how she rolls). So, here is the thing – We are different and yet we are all the same. Our emotions, our need to belong, our yearning for love, our fear of abandonment, our disgust of inhumane attitudes and our desire to stand out – all of this uncannily similar within each one of us.

We are very privileged to belong to this vast planet and thrive here as a unique species. We think, we feel, we cry, we laugh, we love, we hate, we hunger for experiences….Each one of us is a beautiful, breathing bundle of emotions and intellect….Each one different in our uniqueness and similar in our differences.

It is completely up to us to feel negated at being considered different or feel elated that we are considered different. At the end of the day each one of us makes that choice. We can choose to be unhappy about who we are or choose to be proud and thankful of who we are…for being different and being proud of being different is what constitutes who we REALLY are.

 

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This being Human – Rumi

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This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

Some momentary awareness comes

As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

Who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture,

Still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door

Laughing, and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

Because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

– Rumi

 

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To Rock or Not to Rock – That is the question…and the answer too !!

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Mind games are akin to sitting on the little wooden rocking horse. We think we are on top of the situation…we think we are moving…we think we will get somewhere. In reality, the rocking horse keeps rocking…the person sitting on the horse keeps sitting…..and Life moves on.

A few simple rules to avoid mind-games:

  • LISTEN – carefully, intently and with interest.
  • Simply ASK for what you need.
  • Know that you can say NO.
  • Know that you can say YES.
  • If you do not know what you want, TAKE YOUR TIME to think about it.
  • Know that the other person CANNOT read your mind…so don’t expect them to.
  • Ask questions WHEN you don’t understand something.
  • ASK for a CLARIFICATION when you feel confused.
  • DO NOT ASSUME.
  • TALK it out – for when you don’t, a lot remains unsaid, assumed or misunderstood.
  • DO NOT BLAME without considering all aspects with a fair perspective.
  • Say NO, when you cannot do something.
  • If you have said YES, then do it willingly.
  • If you do not agree – SAY SO.
  • If you have changed your mind about something – INFORM the other people involved.

And when you see the results, after staying out of Mind games – SMILE … and mean it.

 

Author – Rachna

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