Bliss

19 Dec 18

Pauline & Paul's Journey of Healing

The Ananda Mart is closed today. In the few weeks we have been here, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it closed before. On most days the man who runs the shop can be found sitting on the front steps. And mostly he’ll have his dog for company. In the early days of our time […]

19 Dec 18
The Same Street

I have fallen so deep I don’t know how light feels Now I wish it was a horrible dream from which I could get out Now I’m grabbing everything in my way to get out of this dreadful place How I wish I would know the starting and the end of a day The colorful […]

19 Dec 18
Sam film and video

  The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a film directed by the Coen brothers, Ethan Coen and Joe Coen. It’s structured as an anthology containing six stories about life in the Wild West. Each separate 30 minute film has a brutal and bleak ending, however the films still come off as light hearted thanks to […]

19 Dec 18
Lim Ching Yi

Not to brag but travelling to San Francisco was hands down the best experience ever. I might even go as far to say it’s life changing. We walked a lot there; walking made me realize the beauty of my surroundings. After coming home, I’ve taken every chance to walk to my destination — which may […]

19 Dec 18
Prayers for the Chronically Ill

Learning to deal with a chronic illness may include some crying as well as joyful times. Today’s Bible Verse: Psalm 30:5 (KJV), “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” What the Verse Means: When our soul is afflicted […]

19 Dec 18
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19 Dec 18
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fitness:   Physical fitness is a state of health and well-being and, more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports, occupations and daily activities. Physical fitness is generally achieved through proper nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical excercise, and sufficient rest. Before the industrial revolution, fitness was defined as the capacity to carry out the day’s activities without […]

19 Dec 18
I refuse to give up

Acceptance is the key To unlock forgiveness And open the gates for Eternal bliss © Sakshi Gangwani 2018

19 Dec 18
Comedy To Watch

Way back in 1999 long before Marvel and DC made it impossible to go to the cinema without seeing a superhero movie being advertised before every film you go and see, even if it’s a Romanian three hour epic about a miserable horse in a tiny arthouse cinema, The Unbelievables sent up superhero life in […]

19 Dec 18
craig on toast

“I should explain better; sometimes being suicidal is different than suicidal thoughts. It’s an actual feeling. The feeling that you have an itch you can’t scratch, that a dark cloud is shrouding you. It’s anxiety and depression, it’s mixed state” – Tea Jay, The Mighty Ah passive suicidal ideation, perhaps the strangest and slightly twisted little […]

19 Dec 18
Travellina

Under Constantia’s Spring Sun This festive season chocolate and wine pairings are arguably the best combinations as stated by the Daily Hive Montreal. If you’ve ever felt weird about pairing chocolate with wine, we are here to officially defend and justify your choices: You were right all along, and everyone should know it. Forever. – […]

19 Dec 18
Thrive Global India
The volcanic activity was increasing. I was in the forest near Dukono, an active volcano in the northern part of Halmahera island in Indonesia, when I fell into a hunter’s pit. Oh my God, I am going to die, I thought. It was a dark evening but after struggling for an hour, I was rescued by my porters. The journey to summit Dukono had just begun. Climbing volcanoes is about mental, not physical fitness. Of course, you need physical strength, but the problems volcano-climbers encounter are far different from ordinary mountaineers. It’s a different terrain; one you reach after crossing dense and unknown forests, avoiding volcanic vents, ash, quicksands and as I had just discovered, hunter pits. If you panic, you die. I had climbed mountains before, I had ransacked forests before, but volcanoes, to my mind, were an uncharted and unmapped territory. I was as nervous as I was thrilled. When we camped that night, I couldn’t sleep. The volcano was spewing lava with such great force and noise that it felt as if multiple rocket engines were blaring at once. At 4 am, just an hour before I would start my climb, I heard a loud explosion. The porters tried to dissuade me from climbing but I was determined. I was wearing a gas mask but didn’t have a helmet or volcanic suit. If people thought this was a suicide mission, so be it. I knew that it was an inner, unquenchable desire to climb a volcano, and I was going to do it. As I began the ascent, the volcano kept spewing lava. I learnt that the way to continue climbing was to dodge the lava bombs that were shot in the air. Watch their trajectory and jump gently when they return, I told myself. Do not leap. Volcanic ash had made the mountain slippery and each step had to be controlled, firm and cautious. After three to four hours of careful climbing, I had climbed the first volcano of my life. I was at the summit. It had been a time of peak activity for the volcano and honestly, the moments leading up to it are a blur. But the moment I reached the top, I experienced absolute bliss. And not the bliss I had experienced before, but the bliss that follows the conquering of a long-held fear. It was meditative: an awareness of what’s around me and a complete abandonment of ambition, desire, expectation or self-satisfaction. It’s this experience that has made me appreciate life far more. What made me climb a volcano? The story of deciding to climb into the earth’s heart, the volcano, begins from my childhood. The pressures of the Indian education system had turned me into a rebel, but it was a rebellion filled with curiosity. As a young boy, I would break things at my home, my relatives’ homes, my neighbours’ homes only to try and understand how things were made and how they worked. As a result, I was banished from entering many houses but the curiosity never left me. Typically, when a person is fearful, they run away from the fear but my fear made me inch closer and closer to it till I had seen and held it and surpassed it. If I were afraid of the dark, for instance, I would sleep in the dark. But the greatest fear for me was the fear of death. I understood early that the fear of death has many branches. What if I lose a limb? What if I am compelled to live like this for the rest of my life? Those fears had to be confronted too. When I grew up, I had an existential crisis. What am I doing with my life? Who am I? Where am I going? I was searching for an answer. I had worked hard to become a security and tech consultant but something was amiss. I decided to take up travel. But when I started travelling, I felt that all the places were the same. After a point, the mountains and the beaches morphed into one. It didn’t excite me. I took up endurance biking as well, but got bored of it pretty soon. It was perhaps because I wasn’t scared to try any of these; I wasn’t overcoming any fear. Suddenly, one day, I saw a YouTube video of a person climbing a volcano as lava mercilessly spewed out. Something clicked. It took me back to my childhood when I was watching the movie “Volcano”, especially the scene where a person is engulfed by the lava. It had terrified me and it was a fear that stayed. This was it, I realised. I had to climb a volcano. I thought to myself: choose the most dangerous volcano in the world and climb it. I would use my savings to make it happen. The opportunity came in the form of Dukono. Today, after climbing a number of volcanoes, I can say that it isn’t heroism or a “suicide mission” which people often misconstrue it to be. It’s sheer curiosity. It’s my purpose. But my biggest lesson to people isn’t of merely conquering fear, but conquering fear to know themselves intimately. To lose their biases. I am conscious that I didn’t conquer a volcano but that the volcano allowed me to climb it and gain the experience. I could have been easily killed. Dukono led me on a path of thinking beyond myself, my own limited life, and into the sea of introspection. It allowed me to celebrate my curiosity because when curiosity exists, it outweighs everything else. I know that not everyone can be—or would like to be—a volcano climber, but volcanoes are within all of us, waiting to erupt. It’s about whether we want to give ourselves a chance to think beyond our regular life, break our pre-existing notions and biases, and agree to go on an adventure that suits us. (As told to Apekshita Varshney) Want to share your story of how you thrive? Write to us at editorial.india@thriveglobal.com More on Thrive Global India: 7 Ways to Believe and Thrive Morning Rituals That Power Padmaja Ruparel’s Days A Printmaking Yogini’s Journey of Strength from the Banks of Kaveri to Thames India’s Thrive Journey of a Billion Steps Starts with One: Yours What Do You Care What Other People Think? Resist the Urge to Do Something Every Minute
19 Dec 18
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Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton