So Many Hues Of Life…How To Remain Grounded?

hues of life

Is life so distressing? A passing thought, which often gnaws at my nerves…during some dark hours of contemplation.

It is not so always, I reassure myself and it can’t go on like this, empty, bereft of all joy and mirth.

‘Life is not a bed of roses’…this adage never seemed convincing to me when I looked around and saw from the eye of an immature, growing adolescent, whose rosy dreams and soft thoughts… that all is well with the world…considering the small, protective cocoon that I lived in, formed those illusions.

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Real Life:

The journey of life actually unfolds its reality when we step into this fiercely competitive, engulfing world; waiting to devour us, defeat all our sincere and honest efforts!

Some disappointments, some frustrations and disillusionments become a part of our journey.

Do we give up? No, we want to explore more.

It becomes more meaningful and challenging…we learn to define our goals, snub some desires and struggle to move ahead with renewed vigor.

But it remains interesting!

Whenever we face the roadblocks, we wonder why is life so tough, why do we have to face a new challenge everyday, why can’t it be smooth sailing?

Nobody answers our questions. We have to figure out the answers.

Sometimes a light within us enlightens us but many times we end up into darker tunnels, fighting the obscure paths to comprehend our desires and goals.

When we emerge successful, we have newer trials…the unending path before us seems so frightening that many times we actually contemplate quitting.

Quitting? A voice within reprimands!

This is the time when the equilibrium is shaken, when anxiety sets in, when stress races ahead and captures us.

Do we fall an easy prey to stress? Many people do but they soon realize that they have to keep a balance and move ahead.

Life moves at its pace yet it seems to be rushing. Isn’t it strange?

The Illusions:

Sometimes, it seems that life is just a big vacation – when you nestle in the center of a place, surrounded by pine forests with snow covered peaks staring at you, …with whiffs of peace and contentment all around.

A serenity that coaxes us to slow down, to savor the little moments of joy.

Such a scenario changes our opinion, filling us with new enthusiasm to do something new, something different.

Have you ever felt this exhilaration? The illusionary aspect of life is a significant contributor.

Just look at the ocean, feel its vastness, sit by its side and look at the waves rushing at you. They speak to us, if we can understand the profound lesson each wave leaves for us.

The Lessons:

Life is that simple yet seems complicated. However high the wave, it has to touch the shore and surrender! Everything meets a natural end. Every moment around us is so transient! All the hues of life merge into each other. None of them belongs to us.

Life is an amalgamation of:

  • Some boring moments – we have to make them interesting.
  • Some failures – we have to strive for success.
  • Some regrets – we have to move on.
  • Some disenchantment – we have to relook at our perspective.
  • Some snubs – we have to emerge stronger.
  • Some deeper hurts – we have to balance our emotions.
  • Some fantasies – we have to remain grounded.

Remain Grounded:

  1. Get in touch with Nature and spend some time in her lap. Observe the shoots and saplings, the flowers and their smiles, the trees and the withering of leaves. Listen to the music of nature, soak in its grandeur and you will feel life is a huge blessing.
  2. Meditate and feel connected with yourself, the real self, which unfolds slowly. Let your thoughts flow freely. After a few days, they will learn to phase out and elevate you to a new level – a state of mind, which will be free from all superfluous thoughts.
  3. Accept life as it comes, welcome all its ups and downs with resilience. Draw energy from positive thoughts and people. Dwell on your blessings. Keep your cool in the face of provocations and disappointments. Embrace your agonizing moments to exorcize them from your life.

How do you remain grounded? What is the meaning of life for you? I would love to hear your views.

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20 thoughts on “So Many Hues Of Life…How To Remain Grounded?

  1. I liked the part you mentioned about life being a vacation. While it hasn’t been for me I think it can be on many levels for anyone if they choose to take that perspective. Meaning with how blessed we are to have life each day. Now, a caveat, is in some place where there is turmoil in day to day society beyond one’s control that might be much more difficult to overcome. I do work on meditation and breathing when I can ground my feet to the Earth and let positive energy flow from above it works. It’s quieting the mind and getting there that is sometimes difficult, Balroop! 🙂

    1. Hi Mike,

      Life is like that – some joy interspersed here and there but most of the time, ‘turmoil’ that goes on and on in one form or the other. I avoid such thoughts while writing but some have crept in while I was writing this article.

      Thanks for liking some parts of my illusionary world! I love that aspect of life though it may be short-lived. You are so right Mike, we can produce our own positive energy, which can flow into our dark moments to enlighten them.

      Thanks for sharing those thoughts so honestly!

  2. Hi Balroop,

    Such an interesting topic of discussion and so much can be written about life as such 🙂

    I agree with all that you mentioned, though for me life is just living in the moment now. It wasn’t so earlier and even now it gets overwhelming at times, but you need to learn to slow down and take it one day at a time. I keep reminding myself of doing that so often.

    Accept things and people for what and who they are, and if something needs to be changed, it’s better to change yourself or your thoughts, rather than run around changing the situation or person as it seldom works.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      Thanks for being so kind and generous! Your words of appreciation are so helpful in moving ahead with more such articles.

      I know, real life demands our full attention to the present moment and that is what I believe in too. It is the present that defines our goals and success and if we concentrate on these moments, stand and stare, both things can go hand in hand. Even the overwhelming moments prove to be rewarding when we look back!

      Yes, accepting life as it comes is the best attitude…sometimes busy, sometimes calm and relaxing. All hues do present themselves with time. Just wait and watch!
      Thanks for sharing lovely thoughts. You too have a great week!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for liking the post and my idea of the hues…I have actually felt and soaked in these colors…I love looking at the changing hues of the sky and the sea. Nature is my favorite companion and I have learnt a lot from her. I am glad you too find solace in mother nature.
      Thanks for adding your perspective to the discussion, it is greatly valued!

  3. To your question, Balroop, being grounded for me is a conscious choice, a meaningful mindset and, a way of being that yields desired desired space.

    It is in these simplistic views that I practice and appreciate being grounded, a state which differs for each one of us.

    Thanks for prompting this thoughtful topic.

    1. Hi Eric,

      I agree with you, that’s why I asked this question. Every individual has his/her own level of mindset and seeking peace and it is interesting to know all the levels. Making a conscious choice to remain grounded is that level of spirituality, which many people crave for. I am so glad that you have reached that stage.

      Thanks for sharing your valuable perspective. I appreciate that.

  4. Hi Jagbir,

    Welcome to my blog! Thanks for liking my article and appreciating my blog, it means a lot to me. I am glad my words could touch you in a positive manner. I look forward to your perspective on other articles too.

    I just had a look at your blog and would visit again to read it and then share my opinion. Thanks!

  5. Interesting post Balroop, like life, your post is a mix of hues, questions, answers, reflections and the spaces in between. What keeps me grounded is time in nature, my garden, doing physical tasks, the more consciously, the better. blessings…

    1. Hi Brad,

      Thanks for understanding the hues and spaces so well! these spaces too keep us grounded or at least convey a lesson to face life as it unfolds. Many times we don’t have much of a choice so it is better to embrace all the hues.

  6. There are two parts to this story that really resonate with me. First, the analogy provided by the image of a wave. Regardless of whether it is a huge wave or a small one, whether it is one carrying good tidings or difficult ones, it will always touch the shore and surrender. Beautiful choice of words!

    The second point is the fact that children seem to be more immune to the highs and lows that we experience as adults. The innocence and carefree attitude of “why not” exuded by children is a thought process that we could all do well to get behind and adopt in our daily lives.

    Thanks for another insightful post Balroop 🙂

    1. Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the appreciation, I am glad that the most important part of this article has touched you! How I wish we could adhere to that thought process of carefree days, which kept us away from unnecessary anxieties! I am consciously trying to get back to such reflections, having slowed down the pace of life and can feel the tranquility…though it is different from the breezy attitude of adolescence.

      Thanks for adding your valuable thoughts to the discussion.

  7. Wonderful thoughts, very profound and very inspiring.

    Yes, life is simple but appears complicated. In life things are clear but there are so many illusions. The paradox of life is so evident and we keep a distant and gauze at the mirage of life.

    how to face the ups and downs of life, easier said than done…it is always good to sit down and look back, the reflection gives us good feedback hot handle things better in future. yes, I love that wave analogy which you have beautiful articulated.

    how to balance the good and the bad in life, the thought of keeping self grounded when needed is so important and we find it really challenging to do it.

    1. Hi Nihar,

      Thanks for reading this post and liking it.
      You are so right, it is very easy to preach, all those thoughts and efforts fall apart when we are in the midst of crises, wondering why me? Often we have questions in mind than answers…till we calm our minds down and talk to ourselves but we have to nurture that ability, it doesn’t come at a young age and it doesn’t come in a jiffy.
      The efforts go on…like the life!

      1. Yes, you are right…when we are in the spot, it is never easy to think and act. Life is full of questions and we keep searching for the right answers. To keep calm in such difficult situations and able to think without distraction can make a great difference in facing problems and progressing life…
        Life is a beautiful journey and we keep learning and with age we look at things differently and handle things better.

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