Tuesday, August 27, 2013

'S' For : Sleepless In Seattle and Serendipity

Last Saturday, I was bored and was just surfing through various TV channels, when I came upon some movie channel, and got to know that the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" was going to be aired in a few minutes, I was happy, that at last a movie which I always loved very much was going to be aired.
I must tell you that, I must have seen this movie at least 10 times, but still I never get tired of watching it. I literally know almost all the dialogues by heart.
Everybody from Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, the boy, Ross Malinger who acts as his son, all the actors have acted very well in this movie.
 I loved the way they connected the story of yet another romantic classic "An Affair to Remember" with this movie very much. I am a hopeless romantic, for I too believe in all the nonsense that is shown in such movies. Me and my daughter, we have watched "Sleepless in Seattle" together  on the TV many times together.
This is the houseboat/ floating house in Seattle in which the hero  Sam Baldwin ( Tom Hanks) and his son Jonah (Ross Malinger) live. I really fell in love with this house, and why wouldn't I?
Looking back: The house as it appeared in the 1993 hit movie Sleepless in Seattle

Anybody would love to live in a house like this. 
One couple who saw the movie fell in love with this house and they were lucky for they grabbed this house as soon as the house was put up on sale.
Present day: The iconic houseboat 20 years later

This what I read about them:

  • Loretta and Jim Healy bought the four-bedroom houseboat in 1993 for $550,000
  • Couple briefly put home on the market in 2008 for $2.5 million, but decided in the end that they could not part with it

  • They had their wedding there six months later, and claim that they have lived happily ever after since then. 
    'I love the place,' Loretta says. 'It's really magical.' 
    The unique property is one of the largest floating homes in Seattle, and features floating gardens and killer views. 
    Jim (her husband) even jokes that he doesn't mind being mistaken for Tom Hanks, who played widower Sam Baldwin in the film. 

    And finally they meet, everything is so magical, and so natural: the best scene, not many words, and they don't need words.

    (August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 GMT, 15 August in MailOnline)

    Another movie is : "Serendipity". This movie too, I have seen as many times as the previous one. The actors in this movie too have done a really lovable job. The title itself sounds so romantic, and the movie was awesome. Some of the best scenes from this movie:


    And finally they meet : destiny led them to each other

    I am sure many of you must have surely seen these movies, and those of you who have not seen should make it a  point to see these two lovely movies, where the people in the movie want to leave it to destiny but, they come to a point, where they can't wait till it happens, for their love is so powerful, and this quote is so true: 

    "when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true". Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.

    Did you enjoy these movie clips?

    Do you also have some favourite scenes from these two movies?
     Please share them, it would be so good .

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    'R' For: Rewards Of Good Deed

    One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia, USA. Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.

    “Could you possibly give us a room here?” – the husband asked.

    The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town. “All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said. “But I can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at one o’clock in the morning. Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? It’s not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night.”

    When the couple declined, the young man pressed on. “Don’t worry about me, I’ll make out just fine,” the clerk told them.

    So the couple agreed.
    As he paid his bill the next morning, the elderly man said to the clerk, “You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel. Maybe someday I’ll build one for you.”

    The clerk looked at them and smiled. The three of them had a good laugh. As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional, as finding people who are both friendly and helpful isn’t easy.

    Two years passed. The clerk had almost forgotten the incident when he received a letter from the old man. It recalled that stormy night and enclosed a round-trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to pay them a visit.

    The old man met him in New York, and led him to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. He then pointed to a great new building there, a pale reddish stone, with turrets and watchtowers thrusting up to the sky.

    “That,” said the older man, “is the hotel I have just built for you to manage.”

    “You must be joking.” – the young man said.

    “I can assure you I am not.” – said the older man, a sly smile playing around his mouth.

    The older man’s name was William Waldorf-Aster, and that magnificent structure was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt. This young clerk never foresaw the turn of events that would lead him to become the manager of one of the world’s most glamorous hotel.
    Author Unknown.

    I had passed by this famous hotel many times during our stay, in New York,  but I was not aware of this lovely story. I had even taken pictures  of this hotel, but I could not find it, so I had to take this photo from the net.
    "‎Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue."

    A story to inspire each one of us. The moral of the story is to do good to others without any expectations

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    'Q' for: Quest for the elusive freedom, are we really free?

    "No Nation is Perfect,
    it needs to be made Perfect "
    Happy Independence Day!

    "At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

    At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again.

    To the people of India, whose representatives we are, we make an appeal to join us with faith and confidence in this great adventure. This is no time for petty and destructive criticism, no time for ill will or blaming others. We have to build the noble mansion of free India where all her children may dwell."

    This is just a part of the speech given by Nehru: and today, despite the messed up state in which our country is, we can surely say, " there is light at the end of the tunnel"

    Let us never give up our quest for freedom.

    We hardly get to hear this beautiful song these days. 
    There is so much unity in our diversity.

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    P: For- Power Through Reiki


    Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy.  It is an ancient healing art, rediscovered about more than a hundred years ago by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese spiritualist, healer, physician and scholar. He was guided to search for the secret behind the miracle healings of Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. After many years of dedicated research, and travel abroad to countries like America, China, India and Tibet, he discovered the key to understanding the miracle healings in the Tibetan Lotus Sutras. In order to read and understand the Sutras in their original script, i.e. Sanskrit, he even learnt and mastered that language. 
    Realizing that he had found the key to the healings, Dr.Usui went back  to Japan, to the Zen monastery  which had all along supported him in his quest.  He had knowledge – but that was not enough : he had to be empowered to use it. Along with the Abbot of the Zen monastery, Dr. Usui decided to meditate. Together through their meditation, it was revealed to them that Dr. Usui should proceed to the sacred Mount Kuriyama,  and commence a 21 days fasting and meditation . 
     Nothing unusual happened, until the last of the 21 days dawned. it was still dark about, when he saw a shining light moving towards him  at great speed. It became bigger and bigger, and finallly hit him in the middle  of  the forehead.  Millions of white glowing bubbles, each one containing a three dimensional Sanskrit character in gold, appeared one by one just slowly enough for him to register each character. He was now completely empowered- he was connected to the cosmic energy and was armed with the knowledge and ability to transfer this unique power of healing to others. 

    Thus was born the Usui system of natural healing- or Reiki, as it is popularly known to us.
    Shortly before Dr. Usui’s death, Dr. Usui charged one of his most devoted teachers, Dr. Chijiro Hayashi, a retired naval officer with the responsibility of carrying on the traditions of Reiki. Dr.Hayashi founded the first Reiki clinic in Tokyo.

    In the year 1935, Hawaya Takata (1900-1980),  a young Japenese – American woman from Hawaii was led to Dr.Hayashi’s Reiki clinic for treatment. Once she was completely healed, Madame Takata became a student of Dr. Hayashi.  After years of dedicated practice, she was made a Reiki Master by Dr. Hayashi in the year 1938.  On his death in 1941, Madame Takata succeeded him as Grand Master.  It was through Madame Takata that Reiki was made available to people all over the world.  She brought it to mainland United States, and finally to Canada and Europe.  In the last 10 years of her life,  from 1970- 1980, she initiated 22 Reiki Masters,  both women and men .
    This is only  a very brief history of Reiki.  You would have to read some good books on this subject to get a better idea  about Reiki.  The books that would help are: Reiki- Universal Life Energy by Bodo J.Baginski, The Complete Reiki Handbook by Walter Lubeck, Reiki The Healing Touch First and Second Degree Manual by William Lee Rand, Empowerment through Reiki by Paula Horon.
    The Attunement
      What makes Reiki different from other healing methods is the attunement  (initiation) process which the student undergoes in the various levels of  the Reiki class.  Reiki is not taught in the way other healing  techniques are.  It is transfered to the student by the Reiki Master during the attunement process. This process opens the Crown, Heart and Palm Chakras, and creates a special link between the student and  the Reiki Source.  In the few short minutes of attunement process, the reciever of Reiki energy is given a gift that forever changes his or life in every positive way.
                                    How Does Reiki Work ?

     Reiki energy is naturally available to all living beings from birth.  In time, various life experiences, emotional and mental stress, obstruct the free flow of Reiki, and the natural healthy connection is distorted.
     Just as Television waves flow in the atmosphere,  but require a suitable reciever tuned to its frequency to reproduce the sound and visual picture, similarly, we too need to be re- attuned to the cosmic energy to remain healthy or regain lost health.
     The attunement does not give the receiver anything new – it simply opens up and aligns what was already a part of her/ him. the process  is very much like plugging in a lamp in a house  already wired for electricity. Once you have received the attunement, you will have Reiki for the rest of your life.  It does not wear off, nor can you ever lose it.

                                         Channeling Reiki

    After attunement, all that is necessary for the practitioner to use  Reiki is to place their hands on themselves, or on the person to be  healed, with the intention of healing. The healer may not know what needs healing , but Reiki  energy has an intelligence far beyond human, and will go where it is needed. It heals on all the levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It can never do any harm- one can never use it for negative purposes.  Since you are not using your own limited energy  to heal,  you do not have to fear that you might end up with symptoms of your patient, (unlike other types of healing). You are using only the Reiki energy or the Universal life force energy, and you are just the channel.
    Reiki can be used alone, or in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. It will improve results of all medical treatment, acting to reduce negative side- effects, shorten the healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce stress and help create a calm state of mind. 
                                                  Is Reiki A Religion?

    Reiki is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in, in order to learn and use Reiki . Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with experience of their religion, rather than having only an intellectual concept or awareness of their own religion.                                    
    Most learning about Reiki comes from doing healings , and letting the energy teach the healer.  The more the student uses Reiki, the more it teaches him, and stronger his healing ability becomes. The more it is used the more Reiki also works in the healer’s life to accelerate her or his personal growth and self- healing.
                                    What Reiki Can Do For You
    1. Reiki brings the body into harmony by relieving the physical and emotional blockages.
    2. Reiki heals the root cause of any ailment and eliminates the effects of imbalance.
    3.Reiki helps minimimize your sense of helplessness when facing disease or trauma of modern society.
    4, Reiki helps lower the increasing cost of conventional medical care , easing strain on your finances .
    5.Reiki is completely impersonal and positive- you can’t do anything wrong with it.
    6. Reiki is a technique which allows you to assume responsibility for your health and well- being.  It shows you how to become the master of your destiny.
    There are 3 degrees/ levels to learn in Reiki. The 1st level, empowers you ot heal by placing your hand on yourself or on others, called Touch Healing.
    After 21 days of  sincerely practicing it , you should go in for the 2nd level. The 2nd level empowers you to send healing energy to anybody or anything without touching, this level is very powerful and is also important in the completion of this course for normal people.
    The third level is for people who want to take it up as a profession, they are empowered to teach. All the levels are certified.
    All that I have said or claimed is true, for I have been in this field for the last 18 years.
    However, Reiki is all about seeking for your own self and finding the right road that would lead you to your destination. There can be no forcing, convincing or persuading, for we believe when the time is right you will find the right master, and if you are meant to learn and use it for your own well being you would do it, and would never stop using it.
    Anybody who has done the Reiki course or had some experience with Reiki healing, are welcome to share it with all of us here.

    So do you think Reiki is for you?
    If it is, then all you have to do is to look for a good Reiki Master near your place and get down to learning this wonderful art of healing not only yourself, but also others.
    (Compiled from various sources )