Saturday, July 22, 2017

Soulie Saturday #14: Thoughts so far... And Sharing Our Soulie Moments!

I have enjoyed Instagram-ming ever since I began actively participating in it just the way I have enjoyed blogging ever since I began writing. I find Instagram as one of the purest forms of self expression just like blogging. Whip out a picture, write something, edit if you like or leave it as is and tada! You finish creating a post, your post… unique, special and incomparable, just like you.

I see Instagram as a fun tool that enhances full explosion of an inner voice without delving deeper into the logistics of the process thereby enabling us to enjoy the flow… the journey of creativity with minimum or zero thought about the end product.

With the idea of project #Soulie coming into existence, I have tried to shift my focus of photography solely from 'click-capture-repeat' mode to 'click-capture-create' mode in an attempt to refine my awareness of the moment by capturing it in my camera and appreciating it with the brush strokes of my heart  – in the most authentic way that I can.

#Soulie, as I understood from what I saw on Instagram, is generally seen as someone outside but my idea of it is going within to harness an untapped, echoing space inside, not really different of us or who we are. It is an experience of the unseen, love and light in its most raw and purest form used for a creation, a post that gives you an uninhibited joy as also a better understanding into yourself.

In that sense, #Soulie is a journey of discovery of our own authentic self, the invisible side of it and Instagram (as also our blogs) is a sacred haven for telling that story, for painting a picture that is not for comparison to someone else’s but for the sheer joy of it, a reflection… reflection on the miraculous creativity of the mind factory used to create a post as we like it and the many unseen riches like fulfilment, joy and happiness traded in return, in the pockets of our heart.

All I know for certain is this is how I want to spend my life –
collaborating to the best of my ability with forces of inspiration
that I can neither see, nor prove, nor command, nor understand.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert.

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My #Soulie!

A very big heartfelt thank you to all those who have supported, encouraged, questioned, participated and appreciated my idea of #Soulie in any way – you have helped me clear my own thoughts around the concept and facilitated an improved understanding of the entire idea for which I am truly grateful.

As for the road ahead, I will keep up with my #Soulie posts as long as I can and you are always welcome if you wish to share one of your own creations with 'My Yatra Diary'. The only change being, you don’t have to worry about using the tag anymore. Instead, just go on creating what your heart calls you for (so will I) and I will share some soulies from Instagram that can touch our hearts and inspire every one of us in some way once every month as part of the series (even if you don’t use the tag).

Moving onto #Soulie sharing for the month of July, sharing chronologically the amazing creations that wonderfully talented photographers and bloggers shared as part of the series, click on their names to check more of their work on Instagram and blog:


Some Sunsets Rip your Soul 💕 #soulie

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Cute little monks! We pray, we play, we grow, we study and we learn the basics of life from each other. That's all what defines the real meaning of life to us.

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#kids #monks #soulie #gangtok



From @saumynagayach21 again.

The life of a coconut!

Look at my fragile body and you'll see that I have lived my life and now lying alone for a peaceful end. Life was quite different when I was up there along with my mates, the view we used to get from there of the beach and the sea was actually a treat to our eyes. But somehow it all ended!
Someone plucked me from my home (tree) and took me to a place, where I never belonged.
Later he sold me to a heartless person, who kept me for days and then one day when he saw my faded body, he threw me to the place where it all started (my home i.e. tree).
And this is how it all ended! And this is why I'm lying here alone!

The life of a coconut! Look at my fragile body and you'll see that I have lived my life and now lying alone for a peaceful end.Life was quite different when I was up there along with my mates, the view we used to get from there of the beach and the sea was actually a treat to our eyes. But somehow it all ended! Someone plucked me from my home (tree) and took me to a place, where I never belonged. Later he sold me to a heartless person, who kept me for days and then one day when he saw my faded body, he threw me to the place where it all started (my home i.e. tree). And this is how it all ended! And this is why I'm lying here alone! --------------------------------------------------------------------- This post is inspired by @artisdiary 's ongoing series 'soulie'. Follow her on instagram for more soulful pictures and words. Also, take part in this beautiful series by using the #soulie ---------------------------------------------------------------------- #coconut #fragile #life #beaches #existence #palmtrees #sea #sand #photographers #lifephotography #photography #travel #blogger #travelingram #insta_photography #insta_photo #instaflowers #ngtindia #traveldiaries #indiaview #indiapicturesofficial #photographers_of_india #photographersofinstagram #postcard #indiaclicks #indiapictures #india_undiscovered #incredibleindia #nature
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And slowly colours disappeared, just a few left She held them close...
But her eyes didn't reflected them Her eyes, which once adored colours ,
knew they'll fade away... Just like her Faded Childhood.




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necks arched, poised for flight
with wings of white marble
our soul is free.. light.
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perched atop high walls
ready to soar in blue skies
yearns the heart of stone.
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I tagged this voluntarily - from @sunshinebluegirl25

Anticipation...
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Savour the journey... even the wait. Krishna says, " karmne vadhikaraste ma faleshu kadachana" To perform  KARMA with utmost sincerety and perfection and, not to worry over the results.

Gospel says, "In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade." (1 Peter 1:3b-6)

To me both boils down to the same that is, not to expect but enjoy the process. Life is what happens while we are busy planning it. Enjoy that tingling of anticipation with a bated breath, and excited fervour but yet an unbelievably calm mind.
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Anticipation... . . . Savour the journey... even the wait. Krishna says, " karmne vadhikaraste ma faleshu kadachana" To perform KARMA with utmost sincerety and perfection and, not to worry over the results. Gospel says, "In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade." (1 Peter 1:3b-6) To me both boils down to the same that is, not to expect but enjoy the process. Life is what happens while we are busy planning it. Enjoy that tingling of anticipation with a bated breath, and excited fervour but yet an unbelievably calm mind. . . #anticipation #bud #flowerstagram #jasmine #white #beauty #mothernature #naturephotography #anandpursahib #punjab #flowers #budding #newlife #indiblogger #blogging #captions #writersoninstagram #written #words #wordsofwisdom #musings #bible #geetagyan #wisdom #wabisabi#blogpost
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5. Rachna Parmar @rachna.parmar

On an early morning walk on #MarineDrive with the husband, I came across this stray with her puppies. Her little pups were scampering around while walkers passed on. She has no possessions. Possibly does not even know where her next meal will come from, but do they look worried? No! 

They are happy. As happy as one can be even when their lives is a struggle.
Nature shares is bountiful lessons every step of the way, if only we'd stop and stare.
I find a calm in mundane, everyday happenings.
Do you as well? #soulie


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