Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Grass is ALWAYS Green: A Shift in Perspective is All it Takes


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We Live in a World Blessed with Abundance. Our Future is what we make of it.

We Live in a World Blessed with Abundance. Our Future is what we make of it.

For many of my friends across several industries, I know its been a recessive if not dull economy to say the least. I wanted to share this comment I posted in response to an entry on forbes about how people can successfully multitask between projects, professions and entire careers.

http://blogs.forbes.com/work-in-progress/2010/12/22/your-future-as-a-free-agent

         Stepping into the shoes of a free agent and creating your own future abundance is an art in itself. It requires almost a 180 degree change in perspective and attitude, to be able to successfully transition from a regular professional engagement or commitment. You become your own Institution in a way, and are more or less responsible for yourself and the success of the businesses, people or groups you associate with. Many people pursue the role of a Free Agent or Business Free lancer, keeping their day jobs. It all depends on how well you manage and master your resources, your time in particular, and most importantly yourself. The trend is mainly so because it helps individuals grow and become more rounded, resourceful, multi faceted, self sufficient, reliable and promising. Some of the keys I've been able to learn from my own personal experience and those of close friends, consultants and consultancy firms, who've been successful, is to definitely create a sense of balance in all your efforts and expectations. Honest and dedicated practice makes perfect. Setbacks and disappointments should be treated as stepping stones, valuable lessons and new opportunities for improvement and growth.  Not all circumstances, developments and market conditions can be expected to be within our grasp, comprehension or control, and this is when and where you are most likely to gain the skill of adaptability, patience and perseverance, to try your best to stay on top of the game. Becoming a Business Free lancer or Free agent involves developing a very strong work ethic, this really is well and truly an incremental process that guarantees slow but solid growth on many levels. Making things like planning, time management, resource management, meticulously preparing for future advancements, visions, missions and tracking tangible progress, ought to be made an everyday habit akin to second nature; even way before you can start reaping the rewards of your undertakings. Contract based and Technology enabled business opportunities are plentiful even in a dull economy. This is usually the trend and the norm globally for most Free Lancers across several industries and lines of business.  The key is to continually develop and expand your skill set, and to make parallel efforts to market yourself, and to measure up, scale and compete with the best there is. Social and professional networking and constantly developing proactive interpersonal skills are a must have. A little extra research, oversight and planning never hurts. Committing yourself to constantly researching, attending workshops, seminars, webinars, interviewing experts, associating with successful individuals and joining relevant local organizations are some among the many things that can help you get started before you launch into becoming the person who makes good business happen. Experiences both good and bad, and those with it, are just as valuable as any other asset could be. Performing regular rain checks in personal analysis and assessment along with open, honest and realistic zero point thinking also helps a great deal. Pursuing such an approach to your career and facing and surmounting such challenges really helps build character, levelheadedness, moderation in habits, thoughts and behavior, tempering of the senses and emotions, equipoise, a sense of direction and calm in both the good times and the bad. Success and failure may mean different things to different people but at the end of the day its the dedicated, determined and selfless sense of duty and purpose, the effort, the process and the experience that adds real value and quality to life. Experience gained from each project, contract or undertaking is by far the best teacher there is, and experience only happens when you make it happen.

Thanks again to Amanda for writing her entry on forbes, I am sure that many people will benefit from it. The grass is ALWAYS green........it is only a simple change in perspective that can do the trick.

Happy holidays to you, my fellow readers, contributors and the team at Forbes.

- Jai Krishna Ponnappan :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Surrendering into the peace of the Awakened Heart


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Hello dear friends, I wanted to share this beautiful message posted by my friend Kym on face book..... It echoes the very sentiment within me and that of like minded souls among us....The Truth is within us. An unchangeable, unconditioned, infinite, indestructible and eternal being, waiting to be discovered and recognized. It enables all facets of our true nature to help discover the unconditioned Truth in others all around us and to serve the very purpose of our higher nature in life and beyond......." To realize that I am infinite love, I am joy, I am peace and I am unbounded compassion...that's everybody's true nature, waiting to be empowered by the spirit of Love and those who share it. It is the very process of stripping and silencing worldly and conditioned habits, distractions and entanglements of the mind and heart, and to awaken and surrender to peace, joy and wholeness." Making miracles happen in everyone's life is perhaps the most beautiful act of service and love. Our true calling and the very purpose of Life itself. Season's Greetings & Blessings to You All. Spread the light, Keep it shining :)
~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Transcending All Qualities: Why Love pervades All Hearts beyond All bounds :)


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                      I've come to believe in Love...... A spiritual quality perhaps or a simple Truth beneath, within and beyond All intelligible expressions. Probably the best religion by far, innately filled with limitless freedom. All of nature including animals, trees and the stars seem to resound with freedom and echo the melody of its simple song :)

                     I've come to believe in it even more so, because it knows no boundaries, requires no qualifications or affiliations. It speaks of no rules, doesn't tell apart between the religious or spiritual, rich or poor... heaven or hell. We can all feel and share in its joy to a certain degree, what ever our state of being or circumstance, when ever and where ever we may be. What I love the most about ' LOVE', is you Preach & Teach it by example. You give unconditionally without a doubt or hesitation with an open and generous heart. And surely someday you'll receive and fulfill the rewards of its promises filled to the brim with hope, joy, strength, fruitfulness, grace and never ending faith. Love is perhaps the best lesson mankind in all his faculties can ever be made aware of. To give it expression is to wonderfully bring to life the many beauties it seamlessly perpetuates in all existence and Life. Love is a big winner, and Life is living proof of its many victories.


Wishing You All a Wonderful & Joyful Holiday Season. May it be one free flowing and filled with the eternal water of Life, called Love.


- Love, Peace & Blessings to You All :)


P.S - I wanted to add some of the feedback I received from my friends on face book, 

Tamara Schilling- Thank you Jai for your lovely words of sacred wisdom ministering through this mystery we call Love.

For most of us, when we boil everything down to it's root, we exist in only 2 states Love or Fear in any given moment...all decisions/choices either stem from a root place of Love or Fear.

Even with that said...truth be told, reaching into the highest realm, all that ever really existed at all was Love... we just could not see it, taste it or grasp it's gauzy, misty, mystical secrets because our eyes were clouded by misperception.

Thank you Jai for your sage description of the indescribable, unnamed existence of all. Much love to you.




Jai Krishna Ponnappan: Hello Tamara, I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season. Thank You so much for sharing with me your very deep and truthful insight. It's amazingly interesting that after several hours of meditation, contemplation, self-reflection and ...introspection this week, the same insight occurred to me over and over again. I'm usually in the habit of writing them all down, but I thank you greatly for having penned them down very clearly for me and my online journal. It's true as you put "we exist in only 2 states Love or Fear in any given moment...all decisions/choices stem either from a root place of Love or Fear. " This applies to almost every relationship personal, professional or otherwise and every circumstance, hardship or sources of joy and celebration, and on almost every scale however imaginably big or small. I discovered from my own personal experience that if we work on and try hard enough, we also do have the beautiful blessing of choice between the two directions at some point or the other. To break down the walls of " Clouded perceptions" as you put it and to break into the joy of Love, is a beautiful and rewarding journey indeed. I thank you so much for your input and your friendship, and I hope to learn a lot more from you. I wish you a wonderful and blessed holiday season filled with Love, Light & Joy. Best Regards, Jai :)