The 1 month Gratitude Challenge 

It’s super easy to express gratitude!

Can be done in words, or emotions, in intentions or actions or like I choose today, as a blog post!

I commit to myself to express gratitude mindfully every single day for a month..

And today I’d like to write a gratitude post!!! 

~ It’s been my son’s first day of pre school and it’s been fun and easy 🙂 I’d love every day of his school life to be this fun and light 🙂

I express gratitude for the way the day was spent ♥️


~ it’s been a year since I’ve found my soul in art! N my home studio just got bigger n better n as home as it could be.

We’re moving into my new studio (garage) n I’m super excited for millions of stories to unfold thru art ♥️I express gratitude for the marginal yet big shift that has manifested beautifully ♥️

~ thank heavens for Netflix n Tata Sky Plus, I’ve watched some amazing movies in the last year or more.

It’s super fun to live in a world that creates such awesome art thru the medium of cinema ♥️infinite gratitude for the same

~ I’m super lucky to have super coaches who are supporting me and holding space for me week after week. Simply enrolling into coaching has been such a great energy shift for me♥️

I’ve become really good at being ME♥️ infinite gratitude for that as well..

~ I’m glad that I chose to invest in life insurance thru LIC of India ♥️ the investments allow me such great peace of mind and power to spend, knowing that future has been covered..

A lil savings and investment go such a long way in securing our financial situation. N it feels awesome to have invested in the policies that are such a joy to invest in♥️ 

Infinite gratitude for a fund that secures families and also multiplies the returns ♥️

~ my family tops the list n the reason why my list has so much stuff in it is thanks to my awesome family..

Having beautiful open hearted people loving you in their own beautiful and unique way is a blessing that’s multiply disguised..

Infinite gratitude for my super family..

~ nature, the winds , my fav flowers, n the greenery around.. 

nature only knows to wrap one in a beautiful grounded feeling of safety. I am lucky to be surrounded by elements of nature ♥️

Infinite gratitude 🙏

~ for all the music available on this planet that soothes endless souls.. I have mine on my phone and am grateful beyond words for having such sweetness spreading music in my life

~ for all the colours in my life, the paints, the nail polishes, ear rings, accessories like bracelets, belts, clothes that inspire me through the power of colour ..

I am super grateful for this world being so colourful, the sky being so blue and the leaves being so green ♥️

~ for the power that words bring into my life.. 

writing has been a blessing, a saviour n a friend that has walked beside me thru the happy n sad times of my life..

It’s my truest loyal♥️

Infinite gratitude for ‘words’ and language..

~ gratitude for the prime minister of my beautiful country! He has filled us with new hope of a change that we’re lucky to be a part of..

~ gratitude for all of our homes, that allow me a safe space to be me!! The list increases beautifully n I’m super grateful for the opportunity..

~ gratitude to be in touch with beautiful open hearted souls from across the globe thanks to facebook 🤘

~ gratitude for the cozy space my (ex) studio offers us, where me and my son read and play n connect daily on a more heart to heart level (electronic device free level) 

~ gratitude for all the beautiful countries, cities, towns, monuments, gardens, museums n beautiful spaces this world houses,creating endless opportunities of travel for me and my family..

~ gratitude for my beautiful body that houses my soul, and let’s me experience the power of who I really am

~ gratitude for shows like Marco Polo and Game of Thrones that showcase the art of millions of people simultaneously .. giving multitudinous opportunities of expression to all at once ♥️

~ gratitude for all the diversity on this planet

~ gratitude for the sun shining and the moon creating waves and the ecology being so infinitely abundant in mysterious ways

~ last but not the least, gratitude for a planet that is totally ‘pro – life’, that allows us to live as we choose to live it♥️

Underrated GRATITUDE, our key to abundance❤️🎁

Wanna catch a glimpse of abundance? Go to the beach, and into shallow, ankle deep waters. Now look at the sea!

That is abundance ❤️

Irrespective of how deep you’re into the waters, you will get overwhelmed at the endless quantity out there❤️🎁

Yep! That’s abundance..

And you’re born into it❤️🎁

No choice to any life (human, worm,bird, beast) whatsoever! Whether or not they wanna experience it, they just got to…. cuz life is abundance..

We humans tune ourselves out of it, by under rating all the joys we already have, that spins us off into a cycle of lack.

Take time today to offer gratitude for the food in your plate, the great and secure sleep you are blessed with, good water to drink, a beautiful family to take care of you, a space you call home, hugs and kisses full of love, nature and its bounty around, …

Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens ..❤️🎁 that’s probably how this song got written, overflowing with gratitude..

Check it out as you make your gratitude list ❤️My favorite things❤️ 

Endless n overflowing gratitude❤️

This year has been fabulous! I’ve broken ice in so many areas that my gratitude list will overflow in tons of pages!

1. First and foremost, my hearts desire of having ‘been clicked’ came true n thru this year❤️

Accidentally bumped into Ankush, who agreed to do a photoshoot for fun, and I’ve ended up working with him on more than one occasions ❤️

Thank you Ankush❤️

2. Secondly, my momma skills in the last week itself are breaking the sky!! I feel happy and proud that I’ve been super patient and acknowledging, appreciative of my darling son.

Instead of losing patience n yelling , I remember to admire him in the moment and appreciate his ‘being him’ in the moment❤️

My heart overflows with gratitude❤️ manifesting Ekaansh into my life has been the most fruitful gift in my life (after Akshay n my beautiful family) n gratitude, tons n tons for him!

He is PERFECT❤️

3. I have to offer loads of gratitude for being able to doodle❤️ thanks to my family, my son and my determination to doodle , this has paid off big time❤️

Loads of gratitude for beautiful doodles, they create joy as I create them❤️

4. Next is my family trips❤️ we have been really dedicated to taking a vacation atleast once every year❤️

My heart has been overflowing with gratitude every vacation, yet this time having Ekaansh with us has been the chocolate icing on the cake❤️

He enjoyed the beach, rain, flowers, fish swimming in tiny pools, trees..omg

He is a nature freak ❤️love it

5. Big thank you, to the universe for the concept of Intuned❤️

It is the highest self that presented itself here and I offer loads of gratitude for more n more of such connections (that stay loooong)

Also, the fb page, managing Intuned in general is such a joy in itself❤️

Going beyond, how many lives it touches, I’m learning to find joy in the process❤️❤️❤️

And that itself is a big WIN❤️❤️❤️


6. And last but not the least, the blog site ibelivetoday.wordpress.com❤️

This site was created in 2011❤️ it has served me in thousands of tiny ways.

I offer gratitude for Aninda who suggested I should create one❤️ and gratitude for this beautiful space❤️

It has started my habit of being me, just being and now this space has grown into my life❤️

I am so comfortable being me, irrespective of people’s opinions or judgments❤️

Other items on my gratitude list:

1. Birds that drop by to say hi, every single day😍 I have tears just thinking of how thoughtful the signs are

2. My son..can’t thank him enough. He is such a joyous beautiful soul ( I am able to remind myself that when he is sleepy, to avoid mis doing stuff)

3. My writes , thank you❤️ however they are, they have been my solace n strength, and voice! Happy n grateful for being a writer❤️

4. Vision boards,and people who I feel attracted to ( law of attraction) ❤️ this blog post will be witness to me having worked with them❤️


5. Locations that are attracting me, thank you so much❤️

Loads of gratitude to the Grand Canyon, the monasteries of Leh n Ladakh, the locales of Ireland, the beauty of Scotland, the art galleries in Vienna, the Von Trapp family house at Salsburg, Bali, Tarkarli, Bhutan…. Oh the list is magnificent❤️

Lots of gratitude for those spaces of joy

6. I offer gratitude for my dream of addressing huge crowds❤️

I love the energy of a million people sitting in front of me, listening to me, and all of us shifting the energy of this magnificent planet like we already are❤️

I simply love that vision❤️ I feel gratitude in my heart,my heart chakra touching each n every heart sitting in the huge crowds..

How I love what’s happening in life❤️

7. I offer gratitude for my mom dad, my sister and my family❤️ this life seems impossible without them in it, cuz they have had such a deep impact on the amazing journey❤️

8. I offer gratitude for my houses, all the ones that created me❤️ each of them was so beautiful, irrespective of their size, reminded me that an open heart always has space for more😍

9. All the places I’ve visited so far❤️ the long drives that my family would take us on, singing aloud as we pestered our folks, teasing my didi, not letting her nap.. Oh those memories are beautiful ❤️ offer gratitude for every road trip we’ve taken❤️

10. All the inspirational people I’ve come across! Neale Donald Walsh ,Mike Dooley, Rumi, Byron Katie, Rhonda Byrne, Nick Ortner, Oprah, George RRM 😍😍😍

I love these souls and am so thankful for having bumped into them at some point in life❤️

11. Grateful for the game of thrones❤️ they show the world, what magnificence truly is❤️

A work of God ❤️ so many artists millions of different artists team up perfectly to weave. Magic across the globe putting life into the books of the great GRRM ❤️

12. I offer gratitude to all the awesome movies we’ve seen❤️ thank you Akshay for being my partner in crime❤️ the beautiful list of movies, long one really

13. For the greenery around us and the love of nature

14. For the most special perfume, most expensive I’ve ever bought for myself Rosé 212 VIP❤️

15. For my sling bags, that help me keep my belongings lighter

16. For the Switzerland bell that keeps me on high vibration, and the Leh Ladakh pataka

17. For the harrems, palazzos in my wardrobe that have taught me to feel free, and let loose❤️

18. For my short hair that lets me be,irrespective of gender expectations❤️

19. For my toe rings, and mangalsutra that remind me every moment…how awesome, freakingly fabulous a spouse I’ve got who takes such awesome care of me n pours love in thoughtful actions❤️

20. For a fabulous double family that stays tight n keeps me warm, irrespective of how many times I’ve behaved liked a jerk

21. For shoes that make travel so awesome, and outdoor life so comfortable

22. For kajal that glorifies the simplicity in my eyes

23. For all the beautiful people that chose to bump into me before passing on n moving with their beautiful journeys

24. For the beautiful music in my phone n the awesome ear plugs

25. For the suit cases I see few times a year, that make my life worth living more n more,and remind me that I got to see them more often

26. For the patchwork quilt me and moms made for Ekaansh❤️ it was the first time,I finished a project that was too complex for me to handle❤️ Ekaansh’s energy got transferred to me thru my tummy for sure❤️

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27. For the Clair audience and clairsentinence, that freaked me out at first yet now has become my best buddy❤️ my intuition that keeps me grounded

28. For the awesome feeling of trust that life has my back come what may❤️

29. For feeling young n feeling like I’m still a kid who loves to blow bubbles with my kid ❤️

30. For Cadbury silk bubbly 🤑

31. For my love of life. Gratitude for gratitude,and expressing it

32. For the beautiful adventures ❤️

33. For this awesome journey I chose ❤️

Happy to be turning 34 soon❤️ grateful for every bit of the adventure ❤️

Your playlist speaks to you,huh??

  
What kinda music are you listening to right now?

Is it lots of rhythm or melody? Are you listening to the words or to the tune?

How does the music make you feel -now?

Have you observed yourself enough to actually see a trend in the choice of songs & your moods?

I’ve observed that listening to some songs depresses me, almost all the time & I’m careful, thus avoiding those songs..

The songs needn’t be the ones of loneliness or despair.. It’s just the effect that kinda music has on you..

Similarly, I’ve observed in my case – rhythm and fast beat songs often liven up my mood -almost all the times. Even when I’m tired, these songs lift me. When I’m energetic, they make me giggle and smile from inside. I really feel blessed and grateful when I listen to such tracks..

The only times I know I need to lift my mood is when I feel switched off towards these rhythm songs. This gives me a hint, that something inside me is not okay..

Have you observed the effect of music on your moods? Which are your all time fav genres? Do you need to avoid any?

Have you thought about what your music playlist says to you all the time???

Music- A Universal Language :)

Some songs are/music is such that you don’t have to understand the lyrics or language or meaning..

It touches your soul come what may & puts you in a peaceful state of bliss..

There’s one song that stirs me up from confusion n chaos & centers me & its a Kannada song, the meaning of which I cudn’t comprehend, yet this is one song that brings me joy n bliss.

Here it is, Karuniso Ranga by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi..

Enjoy!!

Cheers

PS- If it doesn’t center you, no worries- your song is sitting somewhere else, waiting for you to listen!!

Blessed with the Power of Expression :)

Amazing Must watch – Barfi 🙂

What kind of power does ‘Expressing Oneself’ bring along? or rather let me ask you, how do you feel when you can easily express everything that’s going inside of you?

I’m very sure you would have never given this a thought!

Just about a week back, I watched this Hindi movie- ‘Barfi‘, in which the protagonist is (played by actor Ranbir Kapoor) a boy named Barfi, who is born deaf n mute.  The whole movie is a kind of a celebration of this boy’s life & I loved the beauty of his character. The contentment that the character portrays & his attempts to make the life of others around him, as beautiful as he perceives his life to be, is simply- Mindblowing!!

Just as much as I enjoyed watching this movie, I also realized how much I’ve taken for granted the abilities that I’ve been bestowed with.

Each one of us has the power to take control of our life, irrespective of how much ‘GIFTED’ we are in sense of these abilities. Its never about, how much have we received.. Its always about, what have we done about what we have received..

I didn’t mention this amazing power of expression in my gratitude list, but now that I’ve noticed, I must offer my gratitude to the giver for not just allowing me to easily express myself vocally, but also the power of expression he has gifted me thanks to this blog.

Loved the movie & suggest that everyone catch a glimpse of it. All the 3 actors, Ranbir, Priyanka & Ileana have done an awesome job, & however much one may criticize the depth of the love- story, I encourage all you Hindi movie lovers to go watch it as its an example of a self- love story!!

I loved the character of Barfi & felt its a gr8 starting point for each one of us,to love ourselves, the way we are & celebrate life just like this character does 🙂

Signing off!

Shraddha