Ambal’s Work Life

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On Withdrawal Symptoms

Don’t panic on my behalf and assume I am withdrawing from my coffee addiction.
I am still loading up on my coffee to retain my sanity.

This post is about metacognition and to raise addiction awareness (hence the dark filter on my photo).

Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one’s thinking. Metacognition is “cognition about cognition”, or “knowing about knowing” and higher order thinking skills.

We all have this and we use this.

However, sometimes, we are not aware that we are doing it. We forget our meta-cognition super powers.

Let us assume that you are going overboard with something. Then, you first need to be aware of it. In most cases, we are aware. But, we can’t help ourselves going overboard.

That is why withdrawing from alcohol or cigarattes or drugs or any addiction for that matter is very hard.

I often hear friends say, “If so-so hadn’t offered me the smoke when I was …..”, or “If I hadn’t tried that…”.

That is the wrong way to look at it. Nobody can force us to do anything.

We might be aware of all this. Through metacognition. But, to resolve and to quit cold turkey is not easy. It requires crazy amounts of will power.

That is what I am doing this week.

I am withdrawing from something that I have got addicted too. Don’t worry. It is not drugs, cigarettes or alcohol or anything bad.

I am withdrawing from something very meaningful and something that is very close to my heart. Because, I think, it is healthy practice to practice #detachment.

That said, withdrawal symptoms are never just in the mind. They are visceral.

#StayStrong

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Whatever Will Be, Will Be

These railroads are shrouded in fog in Austin all today.
Kind of mysterious.
Just like our future…..shrouded in mystery.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. –Albert Einstein

 

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To Be in the Moment

One of my friend’s reminded me today that the present (moment) is the biggest present (gift).

So, as the fog and rain continue to steal my soul and heart this week…I have been playing all my favorite rain songs for the boys.
I also encouraged the boys to go out and BE with the rain.

To smell the rain.
To touch the rain.
To hear the rain.
To see the rain.
To taste the rain.
To be in the moment…and with the beautiful rain.

I hope that after I am long gone, my love for music and rain…will live on through them.

P.S That is right. Despite my rationale brain, my conspiracy theories and my cynicism (masked…oh so carefully), I am… like all of humanity.. a die hard romantic.

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Let me Lead a Purposeful Life

Poets who touched our hearts….there are many, aren’t there?

I love Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Byron and Frost…they all live with us…..with the beautiful poetry that they shared with the world.

Every time I see yellow flowers…I think about Wordsworth and his swaying daffodils.

Every time I see snow…I think about Frost and how we described (so perfectly) what to our eyes is a mere mound of white.

One of my favorite poets is none other than the one that spoke in my mother-tongue.

Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subramanya_Bharathi

Here is one of my all time favorites of Bharathiyar. It it called Nallador Veenai.

Check this video out…even if you don’t understand the words you will understand the ethos in the song…because music is beyond language.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqZ6lQs8BZI

Here is the one line meaning of the poem:
Let me lead a purposeful life

The long meaning of the poem is as follows:
Nalladhor veenai seidhe….
—(I)made a noble veena

Adhai Nalamkeda Puzhidhiyil Yerivadhundo….
— Does it make sense to throw a well made Veena in garbage?

solladi sivasakthi. ennai suDar migum arivudan padaithu vittai….
—So tell me Shivasakthi, you made me with sparkling intelligence

vallamai thaaraayo – intha
maanilam payanura vaazhvatharke
—Wont you give me skill and brilliance to make
the society lead a purposeful life

solladi sivasakthi – nila
chumayena vaazhnthida puriguvayo ?
—Answer me oh Goddess
Why will you let me go a waste, an unnecessary burden to this Earth?

nasaiyuru manam ketten – nitham
navamena sudar tharum uyir kaetten
—Give me a untarnished mind – and a
life that would light up life

dasayinai thee chudinum
siva sakthiyai paadum nal agam kaeten
—Give me the drive to sing about
sivasakthi long after this body is burnt

asaivaru mathi kaetten – ivai
arulvathil unakkaethum thadaiyullatho ?
—And gimme an immovable confidence – Do you
have any problem in granting this?

Over to you: Who is the poet who touched your heart?

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Music bring Solace

Music brings peace.
Music brings solace.

This old Tamil song by legendary lyricist Kannadasan has been my constant companion as I navigate rough waters in the last few weeks.

Lyrics In Tamil:
Mayakkamaa kalakkamaa
Manadhilae kuzhappamaa
Vaazhkkaiyil nadukkamaa

Translation in English:

Are you dazed and queasy?
Is there confusion in your heart?
Is there uncertainty in your life?

Lyrics In Tamil:
Vaazhkkai enraal aayiram irukkum
Vaasal dhoarum vedhanai irukkum
Vandha thunbam edhuvendraalum
Vaadi ninraal oaduvadhillai
Edhaiyum thaangum idhayam irundhaal
Irudhi varaikkum amaidhi irukkum

Translation in English:

Life has thousands of problems in it
Every one’s house has anxieties (not just you)
Whatever the trouble is
If you wilt and stop, they don’t go away
If you have a heart that can endure anything
There will be peace until the end

Lyrics In Tamil:
Aezhai manadhai maaligaiyakki
Iravum pagalum kaaviyam paadi
Naalaip pozhudhai iraivanukkaliththu
Nadakkum vaazhvil amaidhiyaith thaedu
Unakkum keezhae ullavar koadi
Ninaiththup paarththu nimmadhi naadu

Translation in English:

Make the poor heart a palace
Sing poetically about night and day (sadness and joy)
Dedicate tomorrow’s time/worries to god and
Look for peace in your present life
There are crores of people worse off than you
Think about that and feel grateful and peaceful

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