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Creative Infusions – Malhar Jam by Agam, Coke Studio MTV Season 2

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Sometimes taking something old and current, and infusing creativity and freshness into it, is all it takes to make it exciting all over again. Relationships, work, travel, clothing…finding a new way to approach the same thing can make the world more exciting and inspire the playful child that is always there deep inside each and every one of us.

In today’s post we’re featuring the music of a band called Agam all the way from soulful India. Agam’s style is classified by the original and inspiring blend of Indian classical music and rock. In Malhar Jam , Agam breathes new life into an old Indian raga called Malhar which, according to the stories of the ancients , was so powerful as to bring down rains from the heavens when sung .This one together with my freshly brewed coffee made my day…..hope it makes yours too :-)…and yeah it did rain for a while for me..joyously and thunderously!

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Spread the Love Y’all

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I’ve got Jason Mraz’ s “Everything is Sound” running in the background to go with my freshly brewed filter coffee, and he’s the inspiration for my post today 🙂

While I was putting together this post, I realised how grateful I really am for the many things that are there in my life. It’s true that my parents weren’t necessarily around to love and protect me the way that I would have liked them too. It’s true that I have a string of broken relationships behind me, and many a mistake that I wish I could go back and change. It’s also true that many years of my life were lost in a downward spiral of clinical depression,where I was lost to myself, and lost to others too.

I know that some of the scars are lodged in deep and need to heal a little bit more. But you know what?! :-). I CHOOSE not to dwell in in what could have been and what might have been. I have CHOSEN to be free and be happy with my space, and for me that has been the difference between falling apart and healing myself; and getting my life back together again.

I am grateful for all the life’s lessons that I have received. I am appreciative of all the love that I am able to give and receive. And I love my life for all the beautiful things and special people that are already there now and in it. I am also constantly reminded of my purpose in life which is to spread as much of the happiness and sunshine around through the work that I have chosen to do.

Spread the Love Y’all. There’s plenty to go around twice over, and then some.

God Bless!

©  Jason Mraz, Irene Lopez  and An Urban Mystic’s Blog, 2013

My Award Nominations

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Award Nominations
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I’ve been nominated for the following awards by my fellow bloggers in the wordpress community.

1)Liebster Blog Award by Miss Elaineous of http://mirage231.wordpress.com/ as well as sparkyleegeek of http://sparkyleegeek.wordpress.com/ and mirage231 of http://mirage231.wordpress.com/

2) First Cup Award by Naresh of http://dreamlenz.com/

3) Versatile Blogger Award by Salvatore of http://freedomoftheheart.com/ as well as nattietee of http://lovelightlearn.wordpress.com/

Thank you for the nomination my friends, and thank you for passing on the encouragement and the kind words 🙂

Since I’ve accumulated a few awards now , to simplify the process I’ve just followed the rules just for the one Liebster Blog Award which is given to new bloggers with less than 200 followers to recognise and promote them. The word ‘liebster’ is of German origin and means ‘beloved’ or ‘dearest’ . Each nominee in turn selects 11 other nominations to receive the awards. Read on to see the rules and also stay tuned to find out if you’ve been selected to be one of my chosen nominations! 🙂

The following are the rules of participation for the Liebster Award:

  • Post the Award on your blog
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you for this award and link them in your post.
  • Write 11 random facts about you.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked of you.
  • Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Recognize 11 other bloggers that you think deserve this award, and try to avoid nominating bloggers who already have a Liebster Award nomination. Notify them of your nomination and post your link.

Here are the 11 random facts about me:

  1. I’m a closet Mystic. I have a boring day time job in the meantime. My blog is as close as it gets to career satisfaction 🙂
  2. Good food brings a warm fuzzy feeling to my soul. It’s like having a blanket but it fills you inside too. Besides, I can do no work on an empty fuel tank. I like my regular 3-4 pit stops for grazing.
  3. I play music when I’m struggling with my blog writing. It’s my muse.  An aphrodisiac of sorts, but for writing.
  4. I cannot sleep in complete darkness . It always scares me. It’s getting better with time though.
  5. I was a vegetarian for a full year. I called it exploration.
  6. My secret fantasy( which is no longer a secret), is to shave off my hair and eyebrows and live in a Buddhist monastery for a year. And I get to keep the saffron robes as my souvenir.
  7. I worry at times I’ll run out of ideas for my blog. But I don’t think I’m alone in that, and that’s comforting.
  8. My favourite colors are purple , white and maroon and that’s mostly because people say I look pretty in them.
  9. I don’t think I’ll ever grow up.  And some day I’ll be 100% comfortable in my zone.
  10. My house is filled with so many books, I barely have space for myself. I’m in danger of being overthrown.
  11. I actually dislike talking about myself. 🙂

Here are my answers to the questions posted by Miss Elaineous:

Q1. Your favorite book:

Autobiography of a Yogi. I had seen this book many times before in book shops and never felt the urge to skim or purchase. It struck me as one of those books meant for yogis or fledgling mystics, going purely by the title. Let that be a lesson to literally never judge a book by it’s cover.  After stumbling across several raving reviews , my curiosity was piqued and I eventually picked up a copy to read. I was incredibly blown away by the contents. If you thought the life of an evolved yogi was dull , think again. It’s anything but.  Paramahansa Yogananda’s life story has magic, inspiration and love strewn across all it’s pages. Tis the stuff of candy-coated and multicoloured dreams.

Q2. The most memorable outing/expedition/trip/journey you’ve been to.

Chiang Mai in Thailand, last weekend. I got a blessing from a Buddhist monk, learnt how to cook Pad Thai, discovered the roots to my most deepest fears. My outlook on life has been turned 180 degrees on it’s head and I hope I never look back.

Q3. Your favorite place in the whole world.

I’m pretty partial to Thailand these days.

Q4. Would you rather undertake a journey by rail, car, air or sea and why?

I’ve travelled a lot by air and by car. Rail and/or Sea are next.

Q5. Tea or coffee?

Coffee hands down! 🙂 I love having a weekend morning cuppa at the local Indian joint called Saravana Bhavan. It’s a very special type of coffee called “filter coffee” unique to the Southern region of India. A perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness and packed with enough punch to kickstart sleepy nerve endings. I know there are a lot of Starbucks and Costa afficionados out there. No offence guys. Filter coffee holds pride of place in my heart. Nothing truly compares and to each his own.

Q6. Your favorite movie Or Three.

It’s tough picking one from so many of the great movies out there.

Q7. Cats or Dogs?

I once lived with an aunt who had a menagerie of cats, dogs, kittens, puppies and one squirrel. It’s like having a family with different personalities. It’s true that cats are not outwardly as affectionate as dogs are but they are incredibly fantastic listeners. And they listen with a certain detached poise and grace. But there’s nothing like dogs for loud , messy and exuberant loving.

Q8. Favorite superhero and why?

There was a cartoon that used to air on TV in the 80’s called Rainbow Brite featuring a little girl protagonist of the same name. According to the blurb , ” she is the main source of light and color of the planet earth, as it is her job to make everything beautiful”.  Pretty much sums it up I think.  I’m not sure if I’ve outgrown her now, but yeah it was magic for a while.

Q9. Favorite website.

When I find one I really like, I’ll post it on here for sure.

Q10. When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew I wanted to change the world for the better. An Urban Mystic’s blog is one small step hopefully in the right direction.

Q11. If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

Anything that caused large scale destruction to innocent people and life on planet earth.

And finally( drum rolls please)! Here are a few blogs that  I’m nominating for the Leibster Award. Stay tuned as remaining 7 spots to be filled very soon 🙂

1. http://bethanyelizabeth10.wordpress.com/

2. http://freddiewalton.wordpress.com/

3 .http://23seafield.wordpress.com/

4.http://gettingbetterman.wordpress.com/

These are the questions for my nominees:

  1. How would you describe your blog (in 50 words or less).
  2. What inspires you to keep writing.
  3. If you were marooned on an island for 10 days and had a choice of 1 person to be with, who would you pick and why?
  4. Your favourite book.
  5. What do you think really makes the world go round.
  6. Your opinion of my blog 🙂 ( had to sneak that in)
  7. Your idea of a great date.
  8. Do you get stressed ever and how do you work it out.
  9. What are your thoughts on reincarnation.
  10. What do you think is your best quality.
  11. And what do you think we can do more of to make the world a more beautiful place.

 Good luck, congratulations and have fun!