The Soul Seeker: Keeping It Glowing With Animesh Singh

Stay Home: What Is Home?
We didn’t utter the word ‘Home’ in such frequency as we did during these last couple of months. We all are staying at home, all over the world. Now, what does it mean, to me? Our apartment? Where I live with my family? Of course! The world that is healing? Absolutely. But what else?

According to the small mystic minstrel sect of Bengal, Baul, ‘Home’ is a metaphor of our body. In their literature, they treat the human body as their prayer room. You worship your body, get to know it, and you’ll be able to conquer the world. Keeping aside the doctrinal part of it, I kind of relate to it. To me, #StayHome is not only staying home, inside the concrete structure. It means staying within myself, within my soul and my body.

Connecting The Dots:
Very often we forget the fact that we are bound to nature. This unique situation is a reminder of that. Although I have been celebrating this bond always. My day begins with a 30-minute meditation, followed by some breathing exercises and Surya Namaskara. I try to do 75 to 100 Sun Salutations every day. It is not because I take pleasure in the counts. Rather it’s a connection. Like the Vitruvian Man of Da Vinci, I feel linked to the Universe. Honestly, it kept me sane during this difficult time.

Immunity Isn’t Only For Your Body:
Another word which has become very important these days. Here’s my take on it:

Curcumin in Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Black pepper increases the absorption of curcumin.

Urdu poetry works for me. Switch off from the constant con-calls, office work, social media intake and pick up or switch on to whatever works for you.

dil nā-ummīd to nahīñ nākām hī to hai,
lambī hai ġham kī shaam magar shaam hī to hai
As Faiz Ahmed Faiz notes in his couplet, we have to remember that this too shall pass. We have to keep looking for those silver linings and keep pushing forward. After all,

“lehron se dar kar naukaa paar nahiin hoti, koshish karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahiin hoti”
                                                                                                                          – Sohan Lal Dwivedi

Until then, stay home, stay safe.

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