Merrily moving to a holistic healthy holiday.
ecently, when I called up my cousin Sudeep, we both lamented over our too busy lives, consumed by daily chores and bogged down by work. He suggested a ‘cousins reunion’ to wash away the fatigue. The sheer idea of a casual holiday with family seemed divine. In childhood, we cousins were inseparable buddies who shared silly secrets, stifled giggles as we gossiped and sworn eternal friendship. Then in the prenet working era, we gradually immersed in family commitments. But, after a long break when we met, in an instant, hands of clock turned back and it was a heady feeling of being high on memories and floating on cloud nine as we swapped ‘remember when’ stories of great conversation, inside jokes, a world where strange quirks were accepted, unexpected pranks, hours of laughing till our stomachs hurt.
We sat in quiet verdant resort, a complete urbane detox, with no blaring TV, ringing cellphones and email alerts chiming in the background. The human mind yearns for a change and newness. Getting away from humdrum routine, meeting extended family was rejuvenating and recharging. The reunion acted as a balm to bruised bodies and strained souls. The words of Fyodr Dostoyevsky echoed in my heart, “I wanted peace, to be left alone in my underground world. Real life oppressed me with its novelty so much that I could hardly breathe.” These days, the idea of having a family get together is not easy but it can be done. This moodling time leads to happy, healthy and harmonious relationships.
There comes a time when creativity seems to slip away, stress levels soar through the roof, one can either sit and brood or think of the ways to regain one’s smile. Then it is time for a “moodling.” The word comes from US author Brenda Uelands classic ‘If you want to Write a book About Art, Independence and spirit and writer observes ‘So you see imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.” It is cogitating and composting time which makes creativity bounce back with a bang; alive and agile. It can be a small activity of meeting your dear ones. In my case, it worked wonderfully. After a short sojourn with cousins, I bounced back to my daily needs with renewed energy and resurrected elation, ready to execute my plans, possibilities and projects.
Moodling is all about time spent in the flow state, be it reading a book at ease, feasting on a rainbow, making a colourful mess, honing singing skills. Pamper yourself, any activity that engages you in something other than the usual mundane fretful anxieties and stands a chance to help fight boredom and brooding. One of my friends, in her fifties, has been learning the art of painting. The rhythmic movement of hands soothes her and her creations gifted to her family and friends make her elated and ecstatic.
My maid for 20 years, is off to Mathura and Vrindavan after every three months, comes back with a plethora of sights and stories to share with me. Moodling is basically a replacement activity which fertilises imagination, makes one overcome high and low notes of life.
Children are naturally creative, but as we grow older, anxieties and apprehensions, trials and tribulations creep in. Then we need to relinquish uncertainties and mood swings, recharge our batteries redirecting our attention to what is truly therapeutic. So, nourishing drooping spirits and dying curiosity, know thyself, love thyself and sing with Victorian poet Lord Alfred Tennyson ‘Selfreverance, self-knowledge, selfcontrol, these three alone lead life to sovereign power.’ Happy Moodling!
MOODLING TO THE RESCUE