'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

MenoSunday; Life Lived Lovingly

It is an interesting thing that we have to work on ourselves and be ever-mindful of what it is to Love with the capital 'ell'. It requires of us a level of maturity (dropping pretensions), an element of spontaneity (lack of self-consciousness), a measure of child-like-ness (as opposed to child-ish-ness) and a large degree of 'absorbability' (no shunning of whatever comes our way)... all our little inner dark spots and protected areas require our attention and 'pruning' in order to free ourselves for the complete experience of Love.

I was pondering this not long before I went for a trawl through some TED talks - mainly to utilise for AV-blog - but blow me down if, yet again, serendipity didn't land me on a session which spoke to this line of thinking.

What struck me when watching this one is that, before we can truly enter the state of living in Love, we must do our own spring-cleaning, make ourselves 'fallow ground'... enable our vulnerability.

Now, joy of joys, a little more sniffing around brought me to a follow-up talk from two years later; that will be brought to you next week as it is definitely worth the listen.

Do think on what you have heard and ponder the possibilities of the freedom contained in opening up your vulnerability and how it can leverage the CeL. You may find that questions arise deep within as things get stirred about a bit - quite natural! You are encouraged to note those questions down somewhere and see whether next week's vid answers any... but also whether you can find some of the answers for yourself as you go through the week with this raised awareness. This is a core part of self-help - no more dwelling on what is not held, but looking for what can be released.


  1. It sounds like it should be so easy, but it is not! Letting go is very hard.

  2. Actually Yamini I am not sure I think that deeply. My life mainly consists in trying very hard to live in some sort of peace and wishing everyone else would do the same. xx

  3. TED talks - what a wonderful resource.

    1. Hari OM
      Indeed! However, one must 'filter' a bit - I do find some which are out and out rants, others self-serving raves and some are skirting round the T&Cs a tad too close for comfort! Yx

  4. Hello, it is hard to let ourselves become vunerable. Great post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  5. I cannot let myself be vulnerable. I am too much hurt by those around me. I have eschewed any sort of groups, not of my own family. I've sat on a number of boards, trying to volunteer. It just hasn't worked out. There is so much nepotism.


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