Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book Spotlight: Being In Oneness

We live in a world that seems to get louder and more frantic daily. That's why it's really wonderful to find ways to calm our minds and find peace within. We can find that peace in a variety of ways such as through music, prayer, meditation, reading, or even taking a walk in nature, just to name a few.

In the new book Being In Oneness by Suresh Purushothaman, readers can find a wonderful motivational source that contains uplifting short phrases that can inspire readers in their day-to-day lives. The book focuses on varied themes such as happiness, fear, success, achievement, and much more. Being in Oneness is filled with positive affirmations that gently encourage readers to reflect upon their own lives and open their minds to new ways of thinking.

Suresh Purushothaman was born in Pondicherry, a Union Territory of India that was once a French colony. His childhood and most of his life was spent there. For the last sixteen years, he has been living with his wife and son in London. He has always wanted to put his thoughts on life and happiness in a book to share with others. Two years ago a potentially life changing illness inspired Suresh to finally put pen to paper and complete this little book to share with others.

He has definitely done a wonderful job of offering his sincere insights on a variety of subjects with the ultimate goal of inspiring readers to find inner peace. After reading this lovely book, I came away with the feeling that these short phrases and reflections shared by the author come from a place of real truth. There is a simplicity that is refreshing and I found great comfort from Suresh's words. As a reader, I could sense that this author has been on a journey in his life and these are the lessons that he has learned along the way.

“I have seen success and failures in my life. I have experienced many emotional and financial challenges and I have come out unscathed. I have written this little book to share my thoughts with people seeking happiness in the truest sense”.
  - Suresh Purushothaman

A couple of my favourite passages from the book are:

"Believe in your oneness. That's the roadway to your happiness."
(From Being In Oneness - p. 40)

"Trust yourself and follow what comes naturally to you. It's the key to your happiness and a fulfilling life."
 (From Being In Oneness - p. 66)

Being In Oneness comes in a handy pocket-sized paperback form so it's very easy to carry around with you every day. It is also available on Kindle with beautiful photography that enhances the experience of enjoying the wisdom in these pages.

I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone who is seeking out something inspirational or calming. I certainly found myself fully engaged. One thing that stood out very much for me about this book was how it made me think and to think in a way that I had not done before. I will definitely be revisiting this little book again and again. This was a wonderful read!

Being In Oneness can be purchased here.

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Tale of Two Notebooks

My weekend was good. We went into town to run a few errands and then we headed home and did a bit of our ongoing decluttering. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I'm really enjoying this purging of things and rediscovery of things that had become lost in the shuffle. You can read about that here and here if you'd like to. I'm still enthralled by the rediscovered pink hand. Lol. I'm easily amused.

The photo above is emblematic of my weekend. The grey and white notebook on the left is my new beautifully inexpensive notebook that's just the right size...on the medium side of things. As you know if you've visited me before, I love to jot things down, so having a fresh place to do that is everything. I'm going to try to be a bit more organized with my jotting down with this notebook and not have little pieces of paper scattered everywhere. Fingers crossed ;-)

The other half of this photo is the date book on the right from 2013. It's in that category of rediscovered things. I love the happy cover first of all, but looking inside was a treat too. I love the time capsule nature of date books or journals because you can see what you were up to day-to-day. Often it's just some little thing that jumps out at me, not the big things in life. However, in the end, I've found that those little things are the real stuff of life. Who knew that decluttering and rearranging things would be so rewarding.

Have a great week! :)

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Friday Photo and Pre-Blue Moon Quiet

Today's Friday photo is a continuation from the last couple of Fridays. I guess that it's turned into a series :) Anyway, this is the last of the group taken on July 31, 2015. 

As I mentioned in my previous posts here and here, we went to watch the full blue moon rise on that evening and saw a fantastic sunset and the beautiful blue moon. It was a glorious evening and one that I won't forget for a long time. The awe-inspiring beauty has definitely stayed with me. 

The photo above is the midpoint of the whole experience. I had just cast my eyes upon the wondrous power of the setting sun in the west and then I turned my attention the other way to the east and saw this haunting lull between the stars of the show...the sun and the moon. 

When I see this photo, I can "hear" what I heard that evening...the quiet, as a slight wind blew across that Wiltshire hill as we waited.

As with the sunset and the full blue moon, I'm grateful to have witnessed nature's grandeur in this quiet moment. And I'm glad that I can share it :)

Have a great weekend wherever you are!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Delicious Bacony Rice

This is my first food post for a while. I used to post photos of my culinary creations a lot, but I must admit, I don't cook as much from scratch as I used to. I'm trying to get back to it as much as I can. I just don't have the time like I used to. But I'm trying :)

Anyway, as we take a trip down blogging memory lane, let's stop here and gaze at the photo above. All I have to say first is BACON! Mmmmmm!!! I love bacon. It's probably my favorite food...I think. Lol.

Let me stop veering off the topic at hand. Okay, this photo above was taken on Sunday right before I dived in like I had no good sense ;-)

This is something that I came up with in trying to use the foods that I had on hand. Let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS! I'm no great cook, but I cook well enough that I won't starve or anything. Here's the thing, I'm not really good at cooking from recipes for some reason. When I cook from recipes my food turns out weird. Lol. So I guess that I'm a non-recipe type cook. Works for me :)

This rice dish has bacon, onions, peas and various spices that I just kind of threw in here and there. The strength of this dish is the slight sweetness of the peas contrasting beautifully with the saltiness of the bacon. The onions and spices give it that zing. Yum! I thought about this bacony rice for hours after we finished eating. In fact, I'm salivating thinking about it now. Lol.

Next time I'm gonna have to make a bigger batch so I'll have some leftovers now that I know what I'm making. I hope I can remember everything I put into it :)