#1. ArtAs Elliot Eisner says, “Art is the literacy of the heart.” Regardless of which form of art you indulge in, be it calligraphy, drawing, engraving, sculpture, dance, theatre or poetry, art has a way of giving a purpose to your life. There will be ups and there will be downs in life. And it will be as difficult to handle success as it is to handle failure. (I know you’re looking at me with your eyes open in wide disbelief, reader. How can success be difficult to handle? It’s because we spend whole of our life running so fast towards success that when we actually have the success within our reach, we don’t know what to do with it. Because we were never ever taught how to handle success.)
In an age when even kids are forced to restrict their emotions and when the do’s and don'ts define even something as natural as mourning, it is extremely important to find a channel to vent out these bottled up emotions.
#2. MeditationFor all those who saw the word “meditation” and went “OMG! Who talks about meditation in this day and age? It is so old fashioned!” Let me tell you that the west is not the ultimate intellectual heaven that you perceive it to be. The east has its own distinct culture, which has come up with discoveries that are as valid as, if not more than, the west. (The only difference is that we did not know how to market our discoveries and theories as well as the west.)
And this is the type of meditation that is the most important. Those five minutes when you’re not running towards the next checkpoint in the rat race, your mind actually has the complete freedom to wander into thoughts that you never let it explore (Simply because who has the time to engage in thoughts that do not lead to concrete results?) And this contemplative dreams actually let you believe (even if it’s just for a moment) that fairy tales might just be real.
#3. PrayAs Gordon B. Hinkley says, “If life gets too hard to stand, kneel.” It doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not. And if you do, it doesn’t matter which God you believe in. Praying is a sort of process that is both empowering and humbling at the same time because it gives you hope. And as it is said, “Hope. Sometimes that’s all you have nothing else. If you have it, you have everything.”
In the end, it is important to know that it’s impossible to be completely sane. As Seneca says, “There is no great genius without some touch of madness.” So remember that’s it’s okay to be crazy at times (as long as your friends don’t drag you to a mental hospital.)
Written by Aneri Doshi
What makes my heart race? Books, Coffee and Rain