The Visualization and the Flow of Thoughts

Challenges are an inseparable part of life; not just with me, but with everybody. And one must commit to those everyday challenges with a dedication that equals their willing commitment toward their dreams. Such is our wish—as strange as it may be—to ward off all worries that we forget that it is their co-existence with, and not the absence of, that makes life what it is!

Last week, when I was, yet again, getting bogged down by the increasingly heavier workload, I thought I was going farther and farther away from where I wished to be. Despite how much commitment I showed, I was walking slower (figuratively, of course) with each step.

My family felt and shared the pressure. And so did my friend and well-wisher, at Samruddhi AstrroVastu, who told me to resort to the relieving therapy of creative visualization.

He told me to visualize that I was sitting by a river-side and observing the flowing stream. Eventually, when my mind was in a calm(er) state, I was supposed to get up and pour down all my assumed impediments, challenges, and worries into that river. I was to be just an observer and not become a participant in the process (and thereby get affected by the feelings). Yet I was to witness the feelings and watch how the cosmos (I think he used that word, but I am confident I can equally make that up on my own, too!) received my negativity and transformed it into positivity. Later, I was required to report the changes to him. But the writer, a poet, in this case, responded with a poem. He liked it and wished me to share it with all of you.

So, here it is.

The Flow of Thoughts

By the quay, within my mind,
In the quietude devoid of time.
Flew along ‘that’ stream
A stream of thoughts.

Impressions of, then,
People surfaced
From within my mind—
From all walks.

Reflections of, then,
Events and conversations
Gleamed that had
Shone from all talks.

Surrendered, then,
I, to the bishops,
Rooks, queens.
And, even, to pawns.

Forgave, then,
All those who had
Once betrayed.
Corrected all the wrongs.

My fluvial thoughts—
Yes, that never-ending stream—
Then gave way to risings.
’Twas to be a new beginning: a new dawn.

©Suyog Ketkar
June 2021

Such visualizations can help us rid the negativity and ride the wave of assertiveness as an observer. We may never know the limits and strengths of our minds. But then if we did, would we remain as humble as we are?

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