Monday, October 31, 2011

A transformational experience!

"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing." - William Shakespeare, Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, 19–28.

The last 3 days of my life have been the most significant and trans-formative ever. I attended the Landmark Education Forum in Bangalore along with 220 0ther people. Though the impact of the forum is different for different people, without any shred of doubt, I can say that it leaves a person completely different. (The Landmark Forum is the first of the 3 courses of the landmark curriculum and Mahesh Nambiar, our coach was extraordinarily effective with us every moment he interacted with us)

My request to anyone reading this post is to mail me and get more details about the forum for no amount of "description" can completely communicate the real possibilities that will emerge after one does the course. Captured below are some views that would change our perspective towards life forever -

When we know the distinction between facts and opinions, we begin living
When we stop complaining to justify our current predicament, we start taking actions and our performance is directly proportional to our actions
When we stop doing things to "Look good" and instead lead a life of "integrity", we start realizing our potential
When we unravel the hidden context in our lives, we begin seeing multiple perspectives
When we listen without relating what we hear to something in our past, we are receptive
Life always happens on the court and never in the stands. Every day we keep waiting, we spend one more day in the stands!

Life is empty and meaningless. Life is nothing. Only the present moment matters, not the past, not the future. Life is "Right now"

It is possible to experience fear and be courageous in the face of fear. Many of us think, we are scared of others. What if others also think the same!

Our strengths become our identities. All of us are struck with our strengths and sometimes they can constrain our views 

When we realize the various complaints we have in life, we begin seeing the costs associated with them 

It is a joke that our strengths and complaints drive our lives! 

When we realize what our choices in life are, we don't resist them. When we don't resist them, our career and relationships begin to operate at an entirely different plane!

All of us have lived life merely chasing one thing after the other and continuously reacting, never creating! Toys, Parents' affection, bicycles, marks/grades, vacations, engineering/medical seats, career/experience, post graduation seats, career/experience, cars, houses, international vacations, money, companionship, etc..we have chased them all and we continue to...when we see the joke, we can see the possibility of living in the current moment and being happy! When the current moment is taken care of, the subsequent moment will take care of itself!

Who am I? I am my word. I am what I commit. I am not my profession, gender, religion, caste, nationality etc


Leon said...
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Abhinav said...

Great write up, I randomly came across your blog and found it to be very interesting. The range of articles regarding covered in every post were a joy to read. I will definitely follow your blog. Please keep writing.

Shiva said...

Thanks for your kind words Abhinav!

Natasha Rego said...

Hello, I am a trying to understand the graffiti signs around Mumbai that say "Godrej workers in grave danger". Now when I googled it, your web address came up, but I am unable to find it anywhere. Can you tell me where you saw it and how long ago? I see that these posts are from 2011.