Chaotic Happiness


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12 months! A year…an anniversary! Wow, who would have thought that #1000 Voices would connect in a virtual realm to create a fathomable environment, for everyone, alike, to nurture, to soak, to relive, to believe in the power of Compassion and Connection.

Listen, to be aware, to be mindful & to understand 

Today, our world needs healing in terms of prayers, hopes, faith, compassion & love, to sustain ‘life-breaths of Humanity’, that seems to be lost in myriads of chaos, everyday challenges, from our moral struggles, to physical subsistence, to maintaining ecological balance to everything in its finite form that matters to us, that holds some place in our chaotic life style.

In present day world, where we all have been busily sifting though piles of photographs, but no memories, piles of redundant connection and defunct value system but no empathy. Compassion becomes important for me and for everyone of us.

Haphazard sense of digital waves affecting our lives in drastic ways, that it has become an absolute necessity, to wake from the deep slumbers of our constricted mindfulness, measured sleep, and to move on to our daily chores, that is nonetheless, incomplete without social networking websites and numerous other sites as per as our taste, hobby or liking. Surrounded by these continuous chiming of messages, links, information, calls, we keep on moving and moving, unmindful of these digital prying waves that has captivated our lives, our gaze and our consciousness.

I feel, deeply aggravated with the fact, that all we get to realize, experience is-noise, restless noises that keep on overpowering our positivity and sanity.

Often, we read, watch videos, links and talk about Compassion stories, inspiring words, vibes, positivity, circle of good energy, balance of life energy and everything that captivates our gaze for a minuscule moment, seems worthwhile.

We seem to have developed a habit-to listen less.

We are always busy, for others and busy for ourselves also…. our mind, body, soul need break-time from the toxic environment….

We forgo to listen many things happening everyone around us, be it a little bird making its way in a harsh winter to find grain/food from snow-capped trees or from a bird-feeder, a flowing water-fall in our backyard, a humming river, a robust tree, that dried sprig, smell of chamomile & lavender tea, Flowers fragrance enticing our numb senses, we fall short of words-to exclaim, to soak in the powerful message- everything is around you, all you have to do is- to listen, so listen.

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Most of the times, we see, our childhood differs with adulthood, because of innocence, (uncorrupted one) and power to understand and learn, but as we grow older, we stopped learning it seems, maybe we become slow, lost in conundrums of every day’s chaos.

So the real deal is in finding the ‘connection’ foremost with ourselves, our lost selves, dreams, hopes and visions & ambitions, that makes us happy, to create a realm, based on positive energy flowing from our body, mind and soul that helps to create a healed world, a better tomorrow.

We have to find a way with a practice to learn how to be in a state, that I would call as a state of – chaotic happiness.  

And of course, we still have a long way to go, we still have to tread all unmarked paths, we have to leave a legacy behind for our future generations that speaks about the potentials, about words, that seldom have been overlooked by us, many times, compassion, faith, their power and their energy that can transformed us, everyone around us.

We have to compensates for lost times for our callous choices in terms of global warming, crimes of all sorts, psychological decay, inability to express ourselves or to take decisions that reflects truly who we are, who we wish to be.

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I speak the language of ‘Compassion’

We all have been reading, sharing, liking & commenting on each others blog posts that must have evoked sense of connection or maybe a friendship.

Something powerful, innate yet fragile breaths ‘missing’ in our day to day life that we all have been constructively trying to find amidst hullabaloo. These awe-inspiring words, quotes, essays, photographs and life-changing stories contributes in finding a workable solution and effective way to out weed labyrinths of life, subsistence and value-system.

These ‘glowing interpretations’ may become a future idea, a vision, or a plea to form a livable world. Give these ‘glowing interpretations’ whatever name(s) you wish, you may wish to address them with love to ‘anonymous’ or to anyone who needs it most, it would never ever go waste, or unaccounted for.

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But there may be many perplexing questions, that we often ask ourselves or sometimes to others –

How to justify compassion?

How much compassion is good?

Is compassion measurable?

Aren’t people who are kindhearted are taken as to be submissive?

If I get swayed away with compassionate words and deeds, Am I meek and fragile? Do I need some help?

Let go off these stereotypes, don’t fixates yourselves to fit in the mold, as there would be no correct proportion to be a balanced human-being, we don’t have to be mindful of showing sensitive side of our personalities, or to accept it.

I believe in the power of collective consciousness

What these numerous heart-warming tales, stories, affirmations, self-challenging tales, word of mouth, inspirational photo essays, quotes and poetry intend to do with our hearts/minds/souls?

How we all think? How we all are inter-connected with power of human connection? How I think? How I am inter-connected with power of human connection?

Isn’t being kind and being compassionate is considered to be overtly meek and invaluable in contemporary times, which thrives on ambitions personal gains and personal goals fueled by personal baggage that comes in every shape, size and magnitude?

Everything is labeled and packaged as ‘Personal’…an individualistic resolve to live life. From developing a somber and kind persona, we have switched to the option where we all work, live, think, desire, feel, captivate and long for something that brings loads of goodies but- ‘Personal’ ones.

Majority of us try to make a difference, through volunteering, reaching out, donations, supporting causes, and everything that in our capacity brings back to us the notion of- being ‘Social responsible’ in some ways and can be earmarked as ‘being humane’. But, we forget, many times, I would stress on this, that in continuing such life goals, personal ones, we have been circling around the closed circle, tightly wound up, shut down to the outer world. That’s why we all have fears, fears of rejection, fear of acceptance, fear of not being loved, fear of society, and we try to follow norms and values that aren’t threat to our closed periphery, anything outside of it would makes us feel threatened, vulnerable and exposed to the world, that we never knew or hardly know. We fear reaching out, we fear to listen, we fear to be mocked, we fear to be subjugated.

We fear this innate expression ‘fear’.

Replace it with the word- Share. You will feel the magic. I have felt the magic of share, care, compassion, in different walk of my lives. I would like to share one belief of my life with you all,

I believe in the power of smile in forming connection, reaching out and smile has an ability (undefinable in words) to heal, to seal, to provide courage and hope for everyone, alike. It’s magical. Try it sometime.

Compassion- learn it, teach it, share it! ❤ ❤

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In last 12 months, 1000 beautiful souls has raised their “collective voice” on the issue of Compassion, Bullying, Nurturing, Connection and Power of collective consciousness.

It’s exciting to participate in this collective efforts called as #1000speak. This month we are collectively raising our voice on the issue of Compassion.

If you all wish to read, join, share and write for the issue, join the Facebook Page 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion

Follow @1000Speak on Twitter

Use the #1000Speak hash tag across social media.

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If you all want to read my previous post on Compassion follow this link,

https://ruchi2312.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/compassion-my-spiritual-wallet/

If you all want to read my previous post on Bullying follow this link,

https://ruchi2312.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/bully-or-ally-its-a-choice

If you all want to read my previous post on Compassion with Nature follow this link,

https://ruchi2312.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/nature-lost-1000speak

Thank You!

Keep reading!

Keep Inspiring! ❤ ❤

Walk with me day#90


“Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.”
~Leonardo da Vinci

German beer √

German music √

German cuisine √

Bratwurst & chicken dance √

A superb chance to peek into the German heritage, that’s what ‘Oktoberfest’ is all about. In Ohio, ‘Oktoberfest’ starts at the end of August and festive spirits concludes in the October month, enthralling residents of Buckeye State. The major celebrations pep up the spirits for about 6 weeks or so in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

It’s a tradition to kick-start this world-famous festival with the traditional tapping/celebrity keg tapping of the first barrel of beer.

Traditionally, ‘Oktoberfest’ customs seem more lively and enjoyable with the costumes classic southern Bavarian dress, a dirndl, or low-cut blouse with a laced-up bodice and aproned full skirt for women, and the lederhosen leather shorts with embroidered braces for men. I was left mesmerized with the music, drum beats and bright attire.

‘Not German but Bavarian’ as many would eulogized it, the festival is not quintessentially German, it’s seem to embrace history of all major cities. King Ludwig of Bavaria in 1810 started the Oktoberfest celebration and a horse race to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

Why Chicken Dance?

Composed by accordion player Werner Thomas in Switzerland in 1950s. and became popular when Dutch band De Electronica’s recorded it in 1980. Properly translated as The Duck Dance, there were no duck costumes at the Tulsa Oklahoma ‘Oktoberfest’ when it was introduced to the United States by the Heilbronn Band, so they used chicken costumes instead. Since then its been called as Chicken Dance. Cincinnati Oktoberfest, 2004 holds the record for the World’s Largest Chicken Dance.

Bavarian Shopping Village with exciting items for sale like earthenware beer steins, German merchandise, paintings and jewelry gives us a sneak peek about German culture. There was this witty and awesome guy who was keeping kids of all ages amused with his balloon art. Our younger one specifically told him, “I wanna have one Pink Octopus” 😀 & elder one went with a Teddy Bear. We tried beer, funnel cakes, native ice-creams flavors & bought home-made cakes, chocolates, gifts, jewelries. Lots of fun, live music, German food, microbrew competition, wiener dog races and Paulaner beer. It’s not-to-be-missed thing when you are around Cleveland. We had a great time. You’ll enjoy these heart-warming sneak peek ❤ ❤ 

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CHEERS! MY HANDSOME HUNK ❤

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Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.

~E. O. Wilson

#WALKING IS A STRESS BUSTER#

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World Photography Day# News


August 19th, 2015

Photography…passion, love, joy, stories, inspiration, smiles, cheers, creations, creative, eyes, lens, life, moments, spirit memories…these words define photography for me. ❤

“When magnetism of heart captivates a moment, it becomes a memory, to rejoice forever.”

~Ruchi Chopra

We all as an Amateur, Hobbyist and Professional photographers aren’t less than any storytellers. Photographs are livid moment eternalize as a memory. As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousands words.

Photography Day is all about applauding/rejoicing/ creating memories, sharing your passion, your stories, listening others memoirs/stories/visions/creations, to learn & to grow. Thankfully, today we all have online galleries, plethora of websites/webpages/blog/links to create & share our mutual passion/hobby/art/vision with the world.

So, when the whole world is celebrating World Photography Day today, what a better day it would be to share one impending/Cheerful/excited news with you all.

I have participated in the 29th Annual Amateur Photography Contest & Show-2015, Glenn Penitentiary Nature Center, Ohio, USA. My selected photographs were on Nature/Landscape/Flowers/Lake Erie shoreline categories.
It’s a wonderful feeling to share place with other amateur photographers in a 2 months (July-August) long show. It’s also a learning step for me to follow my passion & hobby Photography. Though these selected photographs didn’t win any prizes, but it’s definitely a huge learning step for me. Sharing this joyous news with you all gives me immense happiness as you all have been my constant source of inspiration for “Walk With Me” series & I am thankful to our virtual blogosphere.

Cheers ❤ ❤

Exhibit photographs- 

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Walk with me# day 89


Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

~Rabindranath Tagore

It’s been a while that I shared “Walk with Me” series with you all. Today, I am sharing few photographs of  Trees- different perceptions, different moods of Trees. I captured these “trees-moods” during my walk@ Stoney Brook stream, Glen Penitentiary Reservation, Kent wood, Ohio. It’s about 34 miles from my residential city, amazing place, worth the long-drive to walk/hike its beautiful trails.

Stoney Brook is a permanent stream designated as a cold water habitat. The surrounding valley support populations of native cold water fish, birds, amphibians and plants etc. If one gets lucky, one can spot Dark-eyed Junco, Louisiana Water thrush, Northern red salamander, two lined salamander & Black nosed dace.

We hiked around 2.83 miles, to reach gorge. The access to the George is restricted due to its steep walls, unpaved path & preserving Eco-system. Enjoy the Walk. ❤ ❤

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To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another.

~Leonardo da Vinci

#WALKING IS A STRESS BUSTER#

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