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Mountains of Muscat

For the love of the mountains
Today there is a rare 

And unusual clarity

In the skies

and one can see

The faint outline

Of the highest peak.

May our minds

Always have such clarity

And may we be granted

And blessed such visions

That guide us

Into the unknown

With calmness

And divine sublimity.

Good Morning World!
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First day of October

October bring all that’s happier!
First day gone,
Will October bring
A joyful song to sing?

First day gone,
Will October bring
A new friend to ping?

First day gone,
Will October bring
A reason to keep smiling?
Four more months- the last quarter begins
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What matters

What someone said, hurt.
It mattered, it hurt.
Its over.
Focus not what they said,
But how you felt.

How you feel determines your emotional well being.
So choose to be emotionally resilient by being flexible. Everytime you hurt, make a conscious move to come out of that experience. You may start singing or reading a joke and laughing or simply taking a very long walk, and sorting out your thoughts and releasing the slightest discomfort brought about by someone else's toxicity that hurt you within. Overcome this and flex your emotions. Meeting mean persons or having bad experiences is inevitable.But overcoming your sadness and pain is upto you and you alone. Love yourself enough.

You shall OVERCOME!
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Happy Teacher’s Day

Should I thank you life?
Should I thank you Life,
For what you have taught me?
It is irreversible and unforgettable.
You give no second chance
There is no time
For a backward glance.

You have set
The toughest lessons
And sudden twists
And unexpected turns
And all this
On slippery and steep pathways,
With no promises of getaways.

You give no hint
Of the next test
So brutal are your methods of teaching,
So Life, tell me
How do I thank you,
For being my ruthless,
Ultimate Guru?

The answer-less questions of life
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Come, September

Experience the shades of your emotions. Keep them light or bright.
Come September,
Like a dry leaf
Shake off
Everyone's grief.

Come September,
Make life better,
Help everyone shrug,
Each big and small grudge

Come September,
Help all remember,
You precede October,
And the last quarter,
Of this year,
And it's time
To acknowledge
That in the Fall,
Nature let's go
All dried and old,
Bares itself to the cold

Likewise, September,
Let everyone's heart Begin to clear,
Of worry and fear,
Of a frown or a hidden tear
And await calmly
The end of the year.
Turn over a new leaf…

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Keep away

Oh I almost forgot…
Keep away 
The urge,
To delay.

Get up!
Do it!
You have to do it anyway.

Exercise?
Declutter?
The follow up call?
Making a meal?
An unpaid bill?

What is it,
You haven't done still?

Today, make it a day
To begin, to attempt, to complete,whatever it be:
Any pending talks,
Your Nature walks.
Or lots of to-do tasks.

'What's your plan?'
Today, to you asks.
Now!
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Closure

In the beginning, is the end.
At some point of time,
Its just time,
To leave a job,
To leave a relation,
To leave a nation.

Some by choice,
So we may rejoice,
While some endings
Just are meant,
Pre written, predestined.

Perhaps a reluctant exit,
A heart-heavy bye bye,
At crossroads, we arrive.

Eyes we may half close,
Refusing to face
The uncertainty upfront,
Though questions chase,
No answers to hunt.

Then tears escape,
And sighs release
Lips we may seal,
Quiet and low we feel.

Each closure
Brings emptiness too,
Ends a phase of life,
Perhaps long overdue?

Look towards the new,
Watch the morning light,
The dawn adorns
A slightly golden hue.
Soak in the sun's rays,
May your energy renew.

You are enough,
To take care of you,
To yourself, do remind
To seek and look,
You will surely find,
Hope is within you,
Courage exists there too.
Give yourself quiet time to do proper closures
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Control

Think about it
'You can never expect life to be as you would like life to be. But you can always expect the most carefully thought of ways to deal with what is thrown at you. So how you respond is the key to your own well being.
Do not rush into a reaction immediately. Take your time.
You choose to be a highly inflammable chemical or not, in the moment. Be gentle to yourself.

Increase your self control. Score high in it. Self control is a challenge. Score atleast 70% and aim 90% in 5-10 years".

Think about it.๐Ÿ˜Š
Good morning Duniya!
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The Art of Leaving

Leaving is an art.

Smilingly depart.

Not all you meet qualify

For a heart-to-heart.

You can't verify

Any person or relation

'Beforehand'

Only afterwards,

You realise

How genuine they are.

Time reveals,

Always, and also

Time heals.

Leave, don't grieve,

Don't pine

For what is not,

Don't in Moha-maya

Get so caught,

Shallow human selfishness

Has no limit,

Nor measure,

Gather yourself,

Choose a closure.

The 'art of leaving',

Means moving on,

Into new worlds.

In new beginnings,

Do start believing.
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For some of us

May their soul rest in eternal peace
For some of us

From this day, today,

This world will never be

The same again.

A few words unsaid,

A few tears unshed,

Will forever remain.

For some of us now on,

A hollow feeling,

An emptiness,

A sense of loss,

A long, quiet silence,

Will forever remain.

This world will never be

The same again.

To those 'some of us'

Whose hearts have broken,

I say, let us bid

Our final farewell,

To the dear departed,

Who now lies in peace

Rises to God,

No longer in pain.


Without them,

Our world will never be

The same again,

As they left quietly,

On the final journey

Rising to Paradise,

Welcomed by eternity-

Leaving with us,

Pure, precious values,

And pearls of wisdom,

And unforgettable

Moments and memories.

To those 'some of us'

Inconsolable, tearful,

Today in this unfamiliar

'Never the same again'

Wide wide world,

Those 'some of us'

Feel their absence in

This familiar homeland,

As they try their grief

To stoically withstand,

I too, with them, stand,

And pray that always

God holds their hand.
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Time

Spend your time well.

It's the only thing

We have no clue

When it will be over.

Think about how much

We need to push ourself

To accomplish today.

Your journey and mine,

Is like a sip of wine,

Time gulps us over,

May it go slower.


We live the distance,

From presence

To absence.

We breathe the distance,

From sound

To silence.

We traverse the distance,

Our journey together,

Some day transcends

To infinity.

Sooner or later,

We move far above,

To the skies;

Breaking free

From the earth

And its gravity.

You and me,

We are a soul,

In a form.

Into 'shunya'

Any moment,

We may transform.


Right now, here,

Next moment,

Who knows, maybe,

We will become,

A memory sheer.


Every minute

Loads seconds sixty,

So go ahead,

Live it intensely,

With a high level

Of integrity,

And positive energy.

If tomorrow comes,

Make today worthy,

To be remembered dearly.

* Shunya/ shunyata: -Sanskrit concept of nothingness/ zero/ zeroness/black hole
Time is most precious.
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Now on…

Live and let live.

A prayer poem for all

May all safely return home.

Today and every day,

Day after day,

May hope and light,

In your heart thrive,

May your smile revive.

Thankful that all

Home may safely

Finally arrive.


Blessed with health,

May you return

In your full form soon,

Your second life,

Your new boon.


So forge ahead,

All days,

Each hour,

Truly matter,

This disaster,

You did survive.

Today,

Every moment,

May you feel immense,

Calm and peace,

All worries release.


Today and every day,

Day after day,

May you heal,

And all fear,

With faith deal.

Now on,

Let the past

Be a bygone,

A story to narrate,

With detailed content,

And may you arrive

With gratitude

To its happy end,

Of how being blessed,

With a second life,

And affirm,

How Prayers

Worked for you,

To full extent.

Today and every day,

Day after day,

Live long,

Live strong,

May to you,

Peace and health

Lifelong belong.
Prayers for safe and secure life
for one and all
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The unexpected

It is this 'unexpected' that might shake us and break us. Shaking and breaking mean an end, a collapse of all that signifies our meaningful existence.
In the face of it,
Remember:

As your eyes dry,
You are too numb to cry,
Surrender 'me' & 'my'.

Let your soul
At God's feet lie.
Resist the questions
'Why me' and 'why'
Logic is just one way
More than a 1000 paths
Ahead of us lay;
Our journey may smoothen If we pray.

Have a prayerful day ahead.
Good morning
To the 'unexpecteds' today.
May the thorns bring
The softness of the petals along,
The sweetness of the scent,
May you breathe in long.
May moments
Of your 'dreams-come-true'unfurl,
May your heart in gratitude bloom.
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How far did you succeed today?

How was the day?

Reflect
You had a successful day if you laughed a lot.

You achieved considerably if you stayed focused.

You did great if you helped a few persons.

You did well if you
spoke your truth no matter what.

You were doing fine if you stood up for yourself and stated how offended you felt.

You were right if you treated yourself to the very best of what was possible and

You were awesome if you managed to thank God and feel gratitude that the day was fruitful.

Measure your day now- how successful were you?
What can you do better tomorrow?
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Only

Only when tears overflow,

We regain our balance,

And then does peace glow.

Only when fears

We do face and overcome,

Does living life

Seem worthy and awesome.


Despite the impediments

Continue your journey

onward.

Despite the highs and

lows,

Our gears we quickly

change,

We drive and move forward

Through Life's

Complete and inescapable

'Good and bad' range.


Let go the tears.
Face your fears.
Change your gears.

Mondays come and go.
Just move forward today.


Move on!

Not all mornings are good.

The darkest hour is before the dawn.
Ces`t la vie
Some mornings 

A noisy silence
In your mind
But your lips smile.

Some mornings

A quiet noise
In your heart
But your lips pray.

Alternate cycles bring
A smile, as tears sting
Or tears, with a smile.

Accept.
Learn.
Detach.
Move on.
Stronger, surer.
This too shall pass

The final destination

Rishi Nitya Pragyaji.
Om Shanti. Om Shanti. Om Shanti.
Reaching to our origin.
Shunya, the eternal,
Shunya, the infinite.

Reaching to our origin.
Shunya and Silence,
Silence, the endless deep,
Death: pre-destined,
Eternal sleep.

Reaching to our origin,
Shunya, the infinite
Silence, the ultimate
Eternal Peace.
Om Shanti.
Om Shanti.
Om Shanti.
SHUNYA
(Shunya means ‘Zero’ in Sanskrit)
Reaching to our origin

Morning of Memories

Memories are like mountains
The fog hides them all
And the sun
Reveals as we recall.

Some days memories
Play hide and seek,
A clouded mind
Struggles for detail;
Other days, memories
Refuse to leave,
All visuals you retrieve.

Memories.
Mountains far and near
Sometimes a smile,
Sometimes a tear.


Fog-hidden Al Hajar mountains

Disentangle

From little to more,
We are entangled
In daily life
Our mind and heart
Tired and mangled.

Take a deep breath,
Now with force exhale,
And let it all go,
Repeat again and again,
Till you know
The heaviness is gone,
You don't feel
Overwhelmed and low.

To yourself
Just remind,
To:
Disentangle,
Distance,
Detach.
You can't always
Yourself grind,
Free yourself
From burdens,
From 'Musts'
And 'Shoulds'
Do not your mind,
So strictly bind.

Life takes care
Of itself,
There are times
To put in every effort,
To be in the front,
And at times,
It's your moment,
To let go,
With grace bow,
To hold back,
Withdraw and rest,
And pray for the best.
This too shall pass

#ShaheenCyclone

Gubra Area
The winds howl
The windows rattle
The doors bang
The rains pour and pelt

The sounds threaten
The thunder's louder
The water levels higher
The warnings stricter.

Tempest, twister,
Hurricane or Tsunami,
The destructive Gonu,
Or Shaheen cyclone,
The land does moan,
The sea does groan,

The wind has lost
Its usual control,
All living creatures
Are paying the cost.

The planet did warn,
The globe got too warm,
The deserts dry
Now are flooding
Oh this is human doing!

Now no more sitting,
Discussing and musing,
Stop Nature-exploiting
Environmental abusing.

Move to act,
See how our earth
Angrily does react.

Live life simply,
No resource-wasting,
Recycle, don't buy,
Lessen your ego,
Every gal and guy!

Give up the need
Of ownership
Of material possessions,
Give up greed!

In sacrifice
Take pride,
Start sharing,
Choose re-using,
Give up luxuries,
Grow more trees.




Indian school Darsait area

Being just me

I choose, I decide
No I didn't prioritize 
Folding clothes
Cooking
House keeping.

I wrote verses.
My apologies
For fresh fruit,
Salad meals
And just washed
Unfolded, unironed
Clothes.

I deliberated
Over lyrics,
Rhythm, rhymes
And word tricks.

To sweetly suggest
Being a woman
I can multi-task
Comes with a risk:

I need my rest,
My 'me-time',
To hum my rhyme.

What I can,
What I will,
What I won't
I decide,
You don't.
Me-time is MINE

What if…

Comforting thoughts
If we've lost
A near and dear one,
May we find within
Patience and solace,
That they're resting
In a better place

What if
Death was for them
Rest and relief?
They could not bear
The suffering,
Take not the pain,
So left this life
And the soul reached
A beautiful realm
Much greater, higher.

Let us perhaps
Hold this belief,
To lessen the sorrow,
A comforting thought
Maybe we can borrow.

Accept fully,
This journey
To the other realm
Follows cosmic time,
Not an age in number
As in temporal time.

Don’t feel like

If you don't feel like    
Starting the day,
Your chores and duties
Confuse and overwhelm you,
The sigh is longer
And heavier than usual,
Then sip your coffee slower,
Remind yourself,
'I choose to be braver'
Breathe and feel
The air expelled,
Close your eyes
And imagine
The clouds moving,
The day too
Will glide through.

You will lose some,
Win one or two,
Just remind yourself,
I'll try better,
Worries I surrender.

A day isn't too long,
If things go wrong
I will set them right,
Effort and acumen,
And grace and grit
To me belong,
To me belong.

MAKE THE DAY GOOD.
You can choose.

Detach from Fear

Fear and fall
You may feel fear, 
Sometimes fleeting,
Sometimes intense,
At times momentary,
But seems ever-lasting.

Yes, its natural,
Yes, you have fear,
But I guarantee,
Fear you can conquer.

Having constant fear,
Your mind heavy,
Foggy and unclear,
The victory wheel
How will you steer?

Both feet
Not grounded,
One down,
One up in the air,
Won't you fall,
Come on,
Stand up tall!

Fall and fear,
Fear and fall,
Go together,
Neither is fair,
So do take care.

Don't remain uncertain,
With one shaky foot
Stuck mid-air,
Blank gone the mind,
Empty eyes just stare.

That's how it feels
When fear breeds
And doubt grips,
So stand alert,
Ready to go,
On your toes,
Defeat these two foes.

Fear robs
Your confidence,
In yourself,
In your capability
In your potent
You must trust

At any cost,
What's lost,
You must
Just re-earn.

The midnight oil
You must burn,
Re-prep, re-learn,
Slowly but surely,
Your confidence
You can re-earn.

Your faith
You must restore,
Do pay heed,
Do you hear?
Detach from fear.

Living is thriving,
Not 'safely' surviving,
Be in control,
Your road,
Your life,
Your car,
You are driving!

Life's thrills
Begin beyond
Doubt and fear,
Live life bravely
Fuel with excitement,
Drive mile after mile,
With a confident smile.

Regain my dear
Your strength
Your power.

Beyond fear,
There's much more,
So much more!
Push fear away

Re-try, re-fly

Build Resilience: Re-prepare, Re-attempt.
In this steep flight, 
You tried, you fell.
At you, the world
Will love to yell
'Fail fail fail'.

To your Self
You will tell:

I will perch a while,
Then re-fly,
And aspire
A higher sky.

Life is a vast ocean,
I remain resolute
I am far above
All this negativity
And fearful commotion.

I have succeeded
In a million things,
Done everytime better
In the first, second
Or next attempt.

I disallow
A single instance
To belittle
My esteem,
Or break
My confidence.

I will always
Choose wise,
To reach high,
Re try and re fly
To a new sky.

Never ever give up!

Post pandemic do’s and don’ts

We shall overcome
Do not ask folks
How they are,
They may not
Want to recall
Many a scar.

Say,

'Good to see you',
I'm here to help you.

Do not presume
All's well,
Maybe they chose
On issues
Not to dwell.

Say,

'Whatever it is,
May you heal,
It will take time,
Want some ice water
With a squash of lime?

Do not share
How awesome
Your staycation was,
Some have had to bear
Irreparable loss.

Say,

'Hey, want some coffee,
Let's bond over
Some cookies and tea'.

Do not expect
A 100 percent
Of pre pandemic 'Normal'
To return will take,
An effort decent.

Say,

'You'll get there,
For you, we truly care.

Do not assume
Its easy for all,
To switch gears
And let go fears,
Some maybe
Unwilling to return.

Say,

'We hold your hand
At every twist
And at every turn,
First of all,
Your well-being
Is our concern'.


Do not presume,
All will be OK
With everyone,
So many are taking
Each day as it'll come.

Do not presume
Everything is alright,
Some are trying
To find
Their lost light.

Say,

'You'll overcome,
Here, have some
Chocolate yum.


Don't mind
If someone won't smile
They'll take a while.

Say,

'Hope it will
Get better soon,
May your day be
A perfect boon'.



Anticipation

Problems are wrapped solutions. Unwrap and solve!
Step out 

With a feeling

Of anticipation.

Do resolve

To learn from

Both experiences,

Bitter and sweet,

The life lesson:

Duality is the norm,

And co-existence is

To go with the flow,

Or choose to decide

Your own journey,

And harder your boat

You must row.

Continually emerge

Stronger and evolve.

Embrace a pinch

Of true dynamism

Remember wrapped inside

the nagging problem,

Hides the solution.
You are stronger than you believe!

COME, SEPTEMBER!

COME, SEPTEMBER
Bring some melody
Lessen the cacophony
Come,September,
Heal the ailing
Brighten the paling.

String hearts together,
Make tempers milder,
Come,September,
Let's hear melodies,
Begin soothing
Heavy, hurtful memories.

Come, September,
Remind us our cheer
And patience
And put our lives
Back in forward gear.

Forward is the way

Compassion

May all choose Compassion
Halt a moment,
Stop! Save a child,
Listen to the lament,
Life for love is meant,
Rise above discontent,
Revise your intent,
And choose to be,
The One to help
To nurture and care,
And let each of us
To the 'other'
Be truly'God-sent'.

Reflect calmly to find your balance

Meditate to find
The balance
Be mindful
Of how you feel
Keep your mind
Very still.

Meditate to de-stress,
To worries release,
To realign,
Receive peace
And reconnect
With the Divine.






Draw the line.

Life is not about just having. Life is more about living. Life is more about experiencing rather than accumulating. Money is no doubt very essential for enabling empowerment. There are no two things about it. But to live less in order to earn more and just have more at the cost of too much stress and no fun is where we need to truly reflect and slow down on the chase, if we have inadvertently fallen into it in the first place. Life is more when you follow your heart with your mind open and in control. Decide where to draw the line. Its your life and your time on the planet is your greatest gift to live it fully and fulfillingly. Balance is the key. But do not wait too long to do what you really feel like. Do not keep pushing away your heart’s desires too far, too long. Go live well and live more๐Ÿ’.

One day at a time

When in life,
There's no rhythm
There's no rhyme
No laughters chime,
A tear glistens
You can't even sigh,
Your breath feels muffled
Each time you inhaled
It felt like an effort
And you struggled,
At that juncture,
When every nerve
You feel will rupture,
Just be in silent plea
Really pray to the Divine
and sense the silence
And hear the quiet,
Say to self,
One day, at a time.






Surrender

The way to go
When you know
Nothing
The way to go
When you feel
Empty
The way to go
When you just
Do not know

The way to go
When words fail
And tears dry

The way to go
In such a time
Is to Surrender.

To silently stay
Not ponder just pray.

Pray if not in words
Prayed before or
pre written,
But just pray
That a ray reaches
The dark recesses
Of doom and despair.

Surrender

A day comes

What mattered always, you must let go.

A day comes
When what mattered,
You must let go.
You just know,
You give up.

It is the day
You are just
a little less alive
But you survive.

Like the cat's
last lonely walk
around the street,
In extreme heat.
Losing hope,
To find a bite
To chew, to eat.

Both you and the cat
So much alike,
Until next dawn,
Both just survive.

Will the cat
Without the hat,
Not named Tom,
Nor pretty
Hello Kitty,
Find a fish
In a dish
Or Jerry the rat?

And you,
Will you ever
Overcome that?
The day is new but you are no longer what YOU were.

A new day, a new way…be AWESOME today!

Be YOU and do MORE!
Work becomes effortless

When you perform

With keen interest

And sincerity.


When you do your best

Out of anxiety,

You block the flow

Of fresh ideas.


When you do your best

Calmly and with love,

Your ideas like a fount

Seem endless and

Excite you to do more.



This brings magic

To your work,

This is the 'extra'

In the ordinary:

The extraordinary.



Choose well!
ExTrA OrDiNarY iS nOt OdD