Meditations at Daybreak

It is a good time to find a quiet space for the mind before the hustle and bustle of the busy day.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe morning call of the awakening birds greets me as I head for the terrace of the house.  Sunrises in Chennai are a different experience from those that I am used to in my part of the world.  The tones are different, and the colors are more muted. The explosion of light and color that I am used to experiencing as the sun clears the horizon seems to be missing.  But it is a remarkable experience nonetheless.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is too bad that most of us are indoors, either asleep, or preoccupied with getting ready for the hassles of the day, when this phenomenon takes place. I can see myself on a beach or on a mountaintop just soaking it all in. The glory of a sunrise provides a good moment for meditation and contemplation of bigger things, and this is true regardless of where you are in the world.

Dreaming of a Bowl of Cereal (6/19/2014)

I opened the door to the pantry with a little more anticipation than usual this morning.  This was the morning after our return from India, and images of the first breakfast that I would consume at home had been playing in my head towards the end of the trip.  I was looking forward to my first bowl of cereal!  I felt a sense to relief when I looked up at the top shelf in the pantry and saw the nine different boxes of cereals neatly lined up, just as I had left it before we departed for India.  This was going to be a good morning!  Perhaps the breakfast of my favorite cereals would help me to get back into the swing of things in Gaithersburg after having been away for more than three weeks.

Truth be told, this trip to India has been somewhat  unusual, with a few life events experienced, both planned and unplanned, both happy and sad, and with enough changes and adjustments to plans and schedules to keep things more uncertain than usual.  One managed to keep up with the flow, and the good thing is that with the current circumstances of ones life the mechanics of making such adjustments to the travel plans were the least of the problems to be tackled.  I have to thank all those who facilitated all of the last-minute changes in schedules in various ways without hesitation and without asking questions.  You all know who you are.   Thanks also to everybody, family and friends, for their extreme hospitality in spite of the disruption that one caused.   I have to mention the one “planned” trip I made to a facility to meet up with an old school friend of mine for the first time in nearly forty years. It was a great gift to me that he recognized me the moment we met.  But the circumstances were difficult.  The extremely destructive mental disease that my friend suffered from had aged him well beyond his years.   The intelligent and handsome young boy I had gone to with school appeared to have been destroyed by his illness.  Life can be cruel, and some of us are more fortunate than others.

But back to the present.  The cereal boxes await me in the pantry and the routine of breakfast at home is going to help me get back on track.  Perhaps you wonder at the number of cereals in question.  Each one of them is a unique, and need I say a “healthy”, mix of grain, dried fruit and nuts.  So what does Kuria do with all of this?  He puts a little bit of each cereal that meets his fancy on any particular morning into his cereal bowl and creates his own yummy mix.  This is what it looked like this morning.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then it is time to add some fruit,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand then some milk,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand down it goesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAuntil the bowl is empty!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, while I did relish the idlis, dosas, vadas, upma and other great stuff that I ate for breakfast while in India, this was what I was looking forward to and enjoying this morning.  Let’s see where the rest of the day takes me.

Submitted for the Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme Morning!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic

We just got through a major blizzard in our area that I have blogged about.  Woke up this morning to this sight in front of the house early in the morning.  It lasted only a few seconds.

Today is the first day after the day on which the roads to our neighborhood were cleared.  Our driveway is also completely free of snow and ice.  We have not been away from the house for four days. We will be venturing out into the still recovering neighborhood in a few minutes.  And I will be carrying my camera.  I feel optimistic!