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D – ‘Dialogue with Death’ by Eknath Easwaran #AtoZChallenge

D – ‘Dialogue with Death’ by Eknath Easwaran #AtoZChallenge

“We can find our centre of gravity within ourselves by simplifying and slowing down our lives.” ~Eknath Easwaran

When I saw this book on a friend’s list of recommended reading for personal growth, I said to myself ‘Talking to death already? Not so soon.’ To let the curious cat out of the bag, I bought it anyways. Only to discover later that this book was more about living than it was about dying.

If we have noticed a sport well -it is towards the last few minutes that the players are suddenly more energetic, playing their best foot forward and going all out. Reaching closer to a deadline creates a sense of urgency. Just the same way, it is the eventuality of death that makes us conscious about our existence. Who are we really? What are we here for? If we could live for an eternity, there would be no urgency in finding these answers. We would simply be living without ever having to worry about an end. It is indeed death that questions our very life!

Thinking about death is to be alert about having first lived well! Wake up and take a look at your life before you look at death. ‘Dialogue with Death’ will compel you to live before you die.

Key Highlights:

We begin to take life seriously when we take death seriously

‘Everything passes. You haven’t got much time.’

‘The human being needs meaning in order to live and meaning cannot come from events outside us. It can only come from within, from the way we see the world.”

“We are all involved through the web of karma.”

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“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Happy to begin the #AtoZChallenge talking about one of my favourite authors and speakers – Eckhart Tolle. His bestselling spiritual guide ‘The Power of Now’ which I had read earlier was such a revelation of living in the present moment.

‘A New Earth – Awakening to your life’s purpose’ also touches upon living in the now while taking a look at our ego-based state of mind. It is an inspiring transformational book with practical tips to bring about a shift in our reality and that of the present day humanity.

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

This book is about awakening – beginning with the recognition of your own awakened or unawakened state of mind. Eckhart throws light on our ego-based state of consciousness and gradually leads us to an entirely new understanding of ourselves. We are not our egos but we do not realise it is our egos that make us miserable. If you are spiritually open and ready, a shift in consciousness will take place while reading this book. You will awaken to a lot more within than just your life’s purpose!

*This book features on Oprah’s Recommended Reading and Book Club

Key Highlights:

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.”

“People don’t realize that now is all there ever is: there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.”

Eckhart Tolle was ranked #3 on the list of 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People of 2015, just behind Pope Francis and The Dalai Lama.

Hear him speak with Oprah on this video clip:

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Morning Dose of Inspiration

Morning Dose of Inspiration


“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha

In life’s most painful moments, the nights seem darker than ever before. Anxieties and fear grip you so hard that uninterrupted sleep becomes a rarity. And you dread waking up to the mornings that seem to have nothing to offer.

I had spent several sleepless nights turning and tossing with worries. And rose to the mornings, clouded with a sense of hopelessness.

Then one fine day, I happened to visit our family friend and philosopher guide, as well as an acclaimed author, Mr. Russi Lala. During our profound conversation, he gifted a magical book to me – ‘Opening Doors Within’ by Eileen Caddy. He asked me in his hoarse and subtly compelling voice to read it every morning, unfailingly, along with my practice of Quiet Time that he sincerely advocated. Read here: Quiet Time

Since that day, my mornings did not change. But the way I looked at my mornings had started to change.

img_2152‘Opening Doors Within’ is a divine journal that offers an inspirational message for every day of the year. The author Eileen Caddy received personal guidance from a still voice within her, a source she calls the God within. These celestial messages are like your meditations for each day – simple and practical teachings that bring hope, faith and inner peace.

It is amazing how every time when I read the message for the day, every word is just so relevant to my state of mind. As if God is reading my mind and churning out just the words needed to lift my spirits. It feels as though my own inner voice is talking to me, prompting me with some action steps in a particular direction. Guiding me, filling me with optimism and subtly nudging me to make the right choices. Thanks to this book, I now believe in small miracles.

img_2132Just while I was enjoying these daily teachings, comes along another similar gift, this time from my Dad – ‘Each Day a New Beginning’ by Karen Casey, Hazelden Meditations. It consisted of daily meditations especially meant for women. This book too had a message offered for every day, along with a quote from well-known women.

I begin my day reading the messages from these books. They are my morning dose of inspiration filling my day with renewed motivation. They serve as a daily reminder that yesterday is gone, and with each sunrise comes new hopes, new aspirations and new actions.

The way we start our mornings surely sets the tone for the entire day. So do whatever it takes for you to get inspired. So that you rise beautifully, ready to shine anew every single day!


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