Moodling Times

Mer­rily mov­ing to a holis­tic healthy hol­i­day.

Woman's Era - - Con­tents - By Ritu Kamra Kumar

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!


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