Whats Your Sacred Strip

Let me share my story of relocating to Bangalore… in 2012. The choices I had were to live in a busy area close to work or look for a calmer residential area which is not too far but with a side effect of not well developed, access to groceries, other amenities were all not very close… but I liked a place (south Bangalore) as there are about 4 to 5 lakes around the area…you can see some coconut trees and silver oak trees from the balcony

the next neighborhood is a large villa community and there are hardly any vehicles passing by in front of the apartment road, as the area was still coming up, it felt more like a resort on the city outskirts… I liked the quietness and the greenery of the place around

I really liked the well-maintained amenities like the very clean half Olympic pool (swimming is one of my hobbies, so swimming pool makes a huge difference), nice gym.. and a walking track around the apartment broad enough that a car can go thru.

I took the plunge. I decided to live there, I had to make a call as my wife and kids were still in Pune and I came alone to join my new job in Bangalore. When my family joined, my wife was a little apprehensive as there was no nearby transport other than our car, or any nearby groceries shop etc.,

Once we started living there, I noticed the mornings of this place are full of energy with people walking, jogging and stretching on this walking track. It was more like a big park, where people came to express themselves…

How many occasions or opportunities in life do you express yourself freely… unfiltered. In all aspects of what you wear, how you look, how loud you speak… etc., as in the so-called era of the well-behaved and diplomatic world, we created around ourselves… we lack the opportunities to vent out… yeah, you noticed it right, the expressing yourself becomes a vent out… as that’s what happens when you are not expressing yourself often… it builds up and becomes a vent out expression or emotion

I really like the whole experience of jumping out of bed, set my hair with just fingers, wear something that is covering the body and get out for a walk, stretch, yoga etc., as the intention here is just to get yourself out there soonest possible time elapsed, as the more you allow your brain to think, there will be numerous things that come along the way like … I have to head out to work in an hour… don’t have time for the walk today… I can meditate here at home… do I need to step out?…. etc.. On this sacred strip, especially in the mornings, I can just go… don’t have to worry too much about how I look, what I wear etc.,

In fact, all the experimental dresses that I want to wear… this sacred strip is my testing ground. Like lately I got a pathani dress stitched. The cultural dress worn by Punjabi’s and this is also prevalent in Pakistan and Afghanistan ….. and the first time I wore it, is for an evening walk on this sacred strip. So this is my testing ground to see how people react to some of these dresses.

I started using this 0.6kms strip for a walk, and gradually and over a period of time, the walks became runs, squats, lunges etc.,

The best thing when I step out on this strip is, I never know what I get inspired with on this walk. Could be seeing the regular walkers, some of these folks really putting heavy effort to do their nth round of walk job, sweating, Hopping around, could be the regulars.. senior citizens on their walks or kids doing their rounds of skating, bicycling etc., or a bunch of old kids (read… senior citizens..) in animated conversations…

Some dogs,,, cats with their respective wards… walking across. Someone teaching bicycling or something else to their kids or friends playing…

A happy sight of a bunch Kids playing with their mom or dad …and while doing that, the parents gradually converting to kids in the process.

If I am clueless on what to do, or lost in something and want a let out, I just go down and take a walk around this 0.6 km strip. Just the shear stepping out and Hearing those birds, amazing beautiful sky of Bangalore. Coconut trees and several other trees the beautiful bougainvillea Blossoms along the compound walls of the apartment

I get inspired by the little things I watch along the way. I do I further it, what can I implement in my life, how do I make things easier for me

Sometimes I feel the monotony of life, repeating itself..same things

Seeing parents teaching the next generation about what is the right way to do, play… walk… and sometimes it’s interesting to see some young kids pushing themselves hard to learn something they like

I feel that 0.6km sacred strip becomes the heartbeat of the apartment…

It is live and energetic all thru the night and day…

I feel life is happening all around you, how much you want to participate in this life and how much you adapt to it, all by yourself, no permissions needed, or don’t have to wait for your turn, it’s happening now.

During festival evenings people take a walk along with family.

People run/jog/walk… any time of the day, morning or evening, it could be someone returned from a long journey and can’t sleep from a jetlag etc., or someone finding time for themselves after a hard day’s work.

When I get on to this strip, I don’t know what conversation I may run in to… about yoga, spirituality, traffic, vacations, can be anything. And these conversations may not be contextual to where your thoughts are, but they may be what is needed just to tickle a different part of your brain

Find your sacred strip, nearby your place of work or where you live, where you can watch life happening and get inspired. See what can motivate you and bring a different perspective on life, like my sacred strip always brings me different perspectives or a viewpoint which was in my blind spot as I took it for granted.

Not sure who will run into me to say hi… not sure I am going to enjoy a conversation with someone and make the best of my walk around the sacred strip

Key messages.. find a place of let goes, on a walk, a stroll, a person… a place… where you can open up and chat and don’t have to be conscious of what you were or how you look or what’s next on your schedule. The sooner you find it, the lesser opportunity of the expressions converting to venting out.

Happy finding…. your Sacred Strip. Share with me if you already got a sacred strip or once you find it

#Veijay

 

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Veijay is an IIT’an (IIT Madras), has two decades of experience of driving Change Management, Operational Excellence, Behavioral dynamics for global enterprises both at several MNC’s and Product Organizations

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