The Poetic Wreckage of a Creative Soul.

I wish to have another night.
Hoping all will turn out right.
I wish to have you by my side.
One more night to hug me tight.
I wish to rest on your shoulder again,
Listening to the plans you made;
And wait for you to cuddle in my arms.
I wish to wake up by your side.
My mornings aren’t the same,
Without the twinkle of your eyes.
I wish for another hug that engulfs me.
The one that makes me feels complete.
I wish you smile at me again.
And I fall in love again.
If no more, I wish for a sign.
I wish it says, “I’ll remember you always.”
Continue reading “The Poetic Wreckage of a Creative Soul.”

Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet

Khalil Gibran, the Arab writer who not only is deemed as the most liberating force in Arabic literature but also one of the most widely read authors in English. The Prophet is deemed to be his masterpiece and it is one of the most highly regarded poems of modern times. Born in the North of Lebanon on 6 January 1883 Gibran was scared when his book was published in 1923 as he had an opinion that “People are hungry for beauty, not for truth”.  The “strange little book” as he called it sold all 1,300 copies of its first edition in the first month of publication and went on to outsell all others in the 20th century except Bible.

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The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables closely interwined with his own life and thoughts. Almustafa, has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with variety of topics like love, marriage, work, joy and sorrow, pain, friendship, talking, beauty, religion, and death. I wanted to share a few of his quotes that I loved a lot while reading the book.

“For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.”

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

“Work is love made visible.”

“Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your sea fearing soul.”

“Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.”

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”

“Yesterday is today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.”

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion.
Whenever you enter into it take with you your all.”

“Man’s need change, but not his love, nor his desire that his love should satisfy his  desire that his love should satisfy his needs.”

“Oftentimes you think & speak of night as the season of rest,
yet in truth night is the season of seeking & finding.”

I am hoping these quotes would have given you enough food for thought and made you wanna read more. Have a lovely & kick ass September people.

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XOXO!!
SoulStrokes..

The Secret and Me

The first time I watched The Secret, was around 5 years back (my good old college days). The film is classified under self-help category and lays its foundation on the fact that everything one wants or needs, can be achieved by believing in the outcome and maintaining a positive outlook. I watched the movie and forgot about it thinking that it’s crazy shit and won’t work in real life (though the film had showcased a serious number of renowned people backing “the law of attraction” and how anyone, anywhere can tap into it).

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2-3 years later I saw the book at a store and bought it, just thinking it might have some fragments more practical and closer to real life than the movie. I was literally surprised after reading the book, I got so engaged in it that I finished it in one go on a weekend. Now I am not sure what happened in these 2-3 years between the movie and the book, as the content of both is literally the same but somehow I am still under the spell of the book.

I literally love the book and everything it talks about from positive thinking to creative visualization, personal power to law of attraction and the fact that it somehow all boils down to how badly you want something in your life and ultimately, to your own personal belief and confidence that you deserve what you want and you are going to get it.

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The Secret posits that the law of attraction is a natural law like gravity that has been always there for people to tap into. It determines the order of our personal lives through the process of “like attracts like”. The author claims that as we think and feel, a corresponding frequency is sent out into the universe which attracts back to us events and circumstances on that same frequency. For example, if you are sad and think sad thoughts and feel sad, you are going to attract more things in your life that will make you sad. And that’s where tapping into your emotional system and deliberately making an effort to remove the bad feelings and to feel good comes in the picture. Like it’s said “Fake it, till you Make it”.

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Everything presented in here makes your thought process simpler, and gives you the energy and enthusiasm to go by smoothly with your life problems, just smile, feel good and get going with the best you can do with your time. I am trying to implement the tricks suggested in the book to make things work for me (like getting up early, I am a big time late riser), hope they do work soon enough. But some really simple things like getting a surprise call from a friend or getting an unexpected cup of tea have worked for me.

I will suggest all of you to give this book a try, maybe it will click with you and help or maybe it won’t. But you will never know till you try and till then Think Good, Feel Happy, Sleep with nice thoughts, Wake up with Gratitude, have Faith in yourself and keep doing what you love doing.

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XOXO
SoulStrokes..