What Makes You So Special?
A few days ago, I decided to update my Resume. Yes, being an
Entrepreneur Designer and Yoga teacher, for some reason I still felt the need
to keep a Resume ready. I made myself comfortable on my meditation cushion in
my yoga space, the laptop screen open in front of me, and I began adding points
on to the document.
10 minutes into this, my gaze drifted to the lush green view of the Banyan tree in front of me. The leaves looked new born, bright green and healthy, as the raindrops washed over it, the long chocolate brown roots looking rejuvenated.
Being a creative person at heart, I always welcome a magical moment that might inspire me or leave me in a state of wonder.In that moment, I suddenly felt like I was experiencing the latter. I began to ponder, why was it that I felt this need to list down my professional achievements good and proper? As I looked out at the slender branches of the enormously dense tree, which were now dancing gently to the wind, a thought dawned on me.
It’s because looking at this piece of structured document, I felt special. Special because it listed out some of the outcomes of what I had really worked hard for. It validated to me that I was adding value to society through teaching Yoga and creating designs by employing Indian Craftsmen. Nothing wrong with that. Just as your resume would to you, mine too gave me some solace. I had managed to achieve a small part of many more aspirations to come. That led to another question - did my Resume truly define who I am? Did it really define the being that I am in this moment?
Nature with its magnetic allure, I looked out to suddenly see the most beautiful parrot sitting precariously on a branch. This mischievous bird with its deep red beak and resplendent green feathers, looked as if it had perched itself right there to respond to my musings. Without any resume to it’s name, let alone even a name or identity, this bird looked pretty special as it was, just sitting there, looking blissful as ever, enjoying the now light drizzle.
What makes you so special? What makes each one of us so special? Sometimes, the answer need not be profound. It can be as simple as this queenly looking parrot – just hanging out on the branch and being. The fact that you exist; that there is no one is this world exactly like you, is what makes you so very special. Just by being, being the person you are, which does not mean your name, what you do, where you live and how much you earn, but simply that you are here in this world, is what makes you special like no other, literally.
Feeling amused at how nature was responding to my contemplations as if reading my mind, I gazed outside to notice that the delightful looking parrot was now gone. Instead sat close to its spot, a rather large crow, cawing away. My mind was clearly flowing with thoughts and the Resume completion had taken a backseat. Would I call this crow special? I’m not sure. It wasn’t exactly beautiful like the Parrot. But, if I were to use the above logic, then yes, this crow could be described as extremely special. I began to draw a parallel. When we say special, we reserve this word for only a select few. Special in the dictionary is defined as better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.
Or otherwise different from what is usual – and since only one of you is living in a current population of 7.7 billion (Findings up till June 2019 according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometers.), I’d say that is phenomenally different from the usual.
By applying this concept to everyone around us, recognizing that each person is special in their own distinct way, irrespective of their shortcomings, can help compassion, respect, love and bliss well forth within and without.
Divine qualities exist in each one of us. Sometimes they get clouded with our own thoughts, beliefs and experiences, but they are still very much present. We can begin to embrace our own uniqueness and beauty, understanding that a great Resume is a great bonus, aspiring for improvement is a great aspiration, but you being here exactly as you are – that is something special nothing or no one can compare to.
Just as my thoughts began to clear, the crow, the special crow, flew away into the sky. I noticed a sliver of sunshine and the expansive blue sky behind the clouds began to emerge.
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Posted on Aug 15 2019
eShe is an independent monthly magazine for women published out of New Delhi. Aekta Kapoor is a lifestyle journalist, and the founder editor of eShe magazine.
Little did I know that this yearning would bring about a turning point in my life. A close friend suggested that I start yoga classes, and that was how this beautiful practice became a part of who I am today.
Yoga is a life-changing philosophy. Soon after starting the practice, I felt much healthier and more flexible as my body opened up with the asanas. I automatically became more conscious of my diet. The breathing techniques made me feel calmer because my mind was present in the moment, and this released all the tension in my body.
After practicing two and a half years of power yoga from an inspiring woman, I began my practice of the traditional school of Hatha yoga.
THIS IS WHERE MY MENTAL TRANSFORMATION BEGAN TO TAKE PLACE AT A DEEPER LEVEL.
There was increased focus on each posture, along with breathing techniques and mantra-chanting. I felt as if I was in a meditative state. Yoga for me became a practice not just on the mat, but off the mat too.
The smaller things in life started to bring me joy, and I felt a deep sense of gratitude towards my work, family, friends, employees, the beauty around me, my yoga practice, my own body, and the list goes on.
The curiosity to deepen my understanding of this philosophy and also to share it with others led me to undergo a professional teacher’s training course from learned gurus at an international school of yoga. Those five weeks were completely transformational for me.
Yoga means union of the individual soul with the universal soul. When one understands that there is a force greater than you and I, you start to believe in the impossible and make it happen.
My perspective towards life and every situation I am faced with, be it at work or outside, has changed. I am aware of my thoughts, and because I make it a point to always focus on the positive, I feel a sense of gratitude, peace and happiness which is absolute.
With the practice, during meditation, asana, and Pranayama, my body and mind have become stronger and I can in turn focus better – even on my design work. A sense of discipline has also come into my life, which gives me more energy for long days in the studio or in my workshops.
Eradicating the ego is extremely challenging, as it exists at some level within all of us. But through yoga, I am learning to let go of it. You begin to understand yourself and accept yourself.
I am excited to share this philosophy with people and continue to deepen my learning, which is lifelong! The benefits of yoga are innumerable; you just have to practice it with an open heart and feel the love, peace, health and happiness start flowing in, just as I did.
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Posted on Apr 04 2018