A reflection on a passion of mine: Bhangra.
Bhangra is a traditional punjabi folk dance, originating from a northern state of India called Punjab.
There is a growing Bhangra scene across the world. Something that really warms my heart is seeing people from other cultures grow passionate about this dance style.
I’ve noticed that there are teams that have more non-punjabi’s than punjabi’s, who still dance their hearts out on stage. It makes me proud as a punjabi person to see such enjoyment in these dancers’ faces as they get fully involved in something that is a prominent part of my rich culture.
Bhangra is a beautiful yet powerful dance style in its own right, with punjabi culture rooted deeply within the traditional dance moves.
The beauty of cultural dances is that they are open for everyone to try. They’re a very fun and active way to learn about other cultures. I would most definitely recommend trying a dance from a different culture; a very enriching experience indeed.
Around 20 years ago I was in a situation which could have resulted in me leaving this world.
But that was not the outcome.
I am here.. living, breathing and existing.
I am so grateful for everything…
My freedom to pursue my passions and hobbies
I am grateful to know what happiness feels like.
I am truly blessed.
Thank you to everyone who has ever contributed to a blessing of mine, may it be in a happy or challenging experience. Even struggles are blessings in disguise.
We are often put under the misconception that we have to find our best friends or life partners within the people we meet in typical life situations, such as school, work or uni.
This is just a reminder that there are over 7 billion people on the planet!
Within those 7 billion lurks your best friends, your soulmate and your family.
So don’t panic if you can’t find those special people within your local environment, they may be elsewhere.
We often forget that we’re stuck in our own bubbles, and that there are loads of other people out there. Try to imagine the bigger picture.
Bearing all of this in mind, that does not mean that you should hate or put no effort with the people within your life because you’re convinced that these are not your people. You should still try to make the most of the time you have with those people. Make the experience you have with those people a positive one. A little bit of effort can go a long way. My general moto in life is to enjoy it as much as possible in an attempt to reach fulfilment. For me that means making every experience I have as positive as possible, therefore I make an effort with everyone I encounter within different situations.
I have been lucky enough to find some of those special people in these “typical life situations”.
How do I know they’re special?
I connect with them in a way that makes their presence feel like home.
I feel comfortable around these people, I can fully be myself. My laughs around these people are genuine. Nothing is forced in my behaviour around these people. I can talk about the strange ideas and philosophical concepts that I ponder upon with these people. I feel confident and good about myself around these people.
I am GENUINELY happy around these people.
If you’ve found these people, then cherish them and maintain that bond with them regardless of your modern busy lifetyles. Friendships like these will last a lifetime.
Power is a weird thing. It’s something that people can use for both good and bad.
I believe that the mind is very powerful. It is the mind which can control you. Your mind controls how you think and what you think.
Often people say that you can’t control the mind fully, which I agree with. However I believe that the mind can control you as much as you give it the power to do so.
Mindset is very important. Mindset influences how you react in different situations and how situations can affect you. Maintain a positive and logical mindset, and your life will become less stressful. I know from personal experience.
I don’t like negativity. That doesn’t mean that negativity will stay away from me. It will definitely creep up on me many times, but I will not give it the power to adversely affect me. No. I will give the power to my positive mindset to deal with the negativity calmly and peacefully.
I’ve made the choice to uphold this positive mindset, and it’s this choice which has made me a more peaceful person.
No one knows the key to happiness, but I’m a firm believer that happiness comes from within. Strike balance, positivity and clarity within.
See how much of a difference mindset can make for you;