sleepwalking minds

Imagine being given a phenomenally valuable gift, but only having it for an extremely limited time. You’re told the gift is so precious that you’ll be asked to give an account of every single moment you had it. How would you cherish and make the most of that gift? That metaphor is our existence. The life we have now, which seems so permanent and unquestionable, is in fact more temporary than we realize. From the moment of your birth, the countdown has begun towards the day when we need to depart from this world. Me and you should ask within whether we are slowly developing into heedless souls who wasted this amazing gift by sleepwalking through it, consumed by chasing temporary whims? Or did we use our divine-given intellect to deeply ponder our purpose?

In my personal reflections, what I have noticed is that most people go through life in a semi-conscious trance. We’re vaguely aware of our ultimate fate, but we carry on mindlessly as if this will never end. We are overly consumed with acquiring possessions, social status, or indulging our egos and desires, none of which will accompany us to our grave. But occasionally we’re shaken awake by the stark realization of how everything can be ripped away from us at any moment. Through illness, natural disasters, freak accidents – glimpses of how feeble our grip on this worldly life really is. These are wake-up calls from the divine, alerting us to stop living like hostages to distracting delusions and turn towards our real purpose through deep reflection. The truth is, we have no way of knowing when our final moments will be. While we have this breath of life, we must make efforts to make the most of our intellect to contemplate the eternal realities. This world is but the blink of an eye. It’s time to awaken ourselves.

enkindling the splendor within: rediscovering the majesty of existence

In the midst of existence, there are rare instances when we become profoundly aware of the breathtaking splendor of life, the sanctity that permeates every moment, and the awe-inspiring potency of the cosmos enveloping us.

These ephemeral glimpses are transcendental, ravishing, and deeply stirring.Yet, more often than not, we allow them to slip away.

Our daily lives unfold as if we are ensnared in a somnambulant state, occupied with ceaseless communication, perfunctory exchanges with our fellow beings devoid of genuine affection, and a relentless succession of tasks and diversions.

It is as if we are adrift in a reverie, scarcely cognizant of the vital force that surrounds us, blind to its boundless grandeur. What prompts us to lose sight of the astonishing magnificence that lies directly before us?

The answer lies in our propensity to become habituated to our existence. We acclimate to our circumstances, and the once extraordinary metamorphoses into the mundane, the barely perceptible hum that fades into the background.

As we bear witness to the quotidian – the sunlight, the trees, the exquisite countenances – we grow complacent, believing we have grasped their essence. The extraordinary recedes, replaced by the ordinary or even the tedious. Such marvels cease to command our attention.

We stride past the azure blossoms, the resplendent yellow foliage, the verdant blades of grass, and the molten gold of sunlight, scarcely registering their presence.

We fail to appreciate the miraculous nature of our reality: soaring through the skies, the marvel of electricity, the instantaneous interconnectedness afforded by the Internet, the vast reservoir of knowledge at our disposal, our cherished companions, and the simple joy of a yummy meal.

This inexorable acclimation is a natural process to which we all succumb. As young children, we revel in the enchantment and euphoria of ordinary phenomena – the pursuit of a bubble or butterfly, the unrestrained laughter elicited by a bouncing ball. Over time, however, we become inured to these wonders, our attention instead consumed by our devices.

This is not an indictment of our collective character, for it is an intrinsic aspect of the human experience. Nevertheless, it is crucial to recognize our propensity to take our world for granted and to actively seek to rekindle our sense of wonder.

To achieve this, consider the following:

  • Cultivate a habit of perceiving your surroundings with an unblemished, childlike gaze, as if encountering each element anew. Rediscover the awe that resides in the quotidian.
  • Throughout your day, pause to acknowledge the seemingly insignificant blessings that grace your life. A steaming bowl of noodles, an enlightening podcast, or a window that frames a captivating vista.
  • Endeavor to forge profound connections with those you encounter, eschewing the transactional mindset and engaging with others without a predetermined agenda or ulterior motives.

Embrace the world with an open heart, and marvel at its truly resplendent nature. Our existence is an extraordinary privilege, an opportunity to bear witness to the majesty of this world. into oblivion.

God bless

infinite wonders

Infinite Wonders | Fine Art

It’s time to add a slice into the Ponder Series. As we journey through life, we often take for granted the complexities and wonders that make us who we are. But have you ever stopped to consider the incredible amount of information that exists within our own bodies? Each and every one of us is made up of an astounding 100 trillion cells, each containing a DNA molecule that holds within it a wealth of information.

Just one of these DNA molecules holds the equivalent of 3 billion different subjects, enough to fill 1,000 volumes of books with 1 million pages each. Imagine lining up all of those pages, end to end. They would stretch from the North Pole to the Equator. And even if we were to read them nonstop, 24 hours a day, it would take us 100 years to finish.

But here’s the truly mind-boggling part: this vast library of information exists within something as small and seemingly insignificant as a single hair or fingernail. How is it possible that such a vast amount of knowledge could be contained within something so minuscule?

It is a reminder that the universe is full of mysteries and wonders, and that we are constantly discovering new things about ourselves and the world around us. And it’s not just science, but also the spiritual side of things that makes us so much more than we think we are. So, next time you look at your hair, remember that within it, there is a universe of information, waiting to be discovered.

Some chapters to go through:
the fleeting dream
Perceiving Time
Is it a dream ?
Ornate Blossoms
Visual Narrative – Ponder Series
Reflecting on Shadows
Stumble over Pebbles
Ethereal Quality | Petals
Golden Ratio
Vision – Pondering on the intricacies
Ruminating on Bird Nests
Living Embellishments
Pondering on Birds 

breathing profundity

This would be a slice into the Ponder Series

“Breathing Profundity”

When I say that we’ve a lot of blessings that we don’t notice, it might appear poetic & looks like another philosophy post blooming. I would like you to think with me on breathing. Have you thought deeply and consciously about what a great blessing it is. I had been hospitalized with situations where it was difficult for me to catch my breath. I had put a note on that day in my diary to write about it many months later when I’d be fine and this is the day & boy I’ve thought a lot about it in depths through which I want to take you now : )

I’m not an expert to expound professional biology here, but the intention here is to unravel the magic happening inside you on a layman terms.

Try holding your breath for about 40 seconds. The beauty of breathing is that if you or me are put in a situation that we can’t breathe for more than about 40 seconds, we would give up everything we have just to breathe again. After a minute or so of not being able to breathe, we would be losing consciousness. Brain death would follow in about 3 minutes after that.

You’d have taken approximately about 7 breaths by the time you have reached reading till this line of my post with you not needing to do anything to facilitate it. Have you thought about the marvelous system within you enabling you to breathe. The air entering your lungs has been cleaned and a humidity regulation happens within your windpipe. Blood circulation from the lungs enables it to be conveyed to cells and are used for their nourishment and vital functions. Carbon Dioxide is received as a waste material and when we expel the breath, it is pushed out. We know the science, but have we thought about it and how fortunate we are to take a breath through this state of the art system inside. Breathing is a key to many important things happening within our body such as cell division, beating of our hearts, movement of muscles, thought etc. This process that we often relegate as a simple one represent the source of life of about 100 trillion cells in our body.

The gateway to the entire system is the nose. We often think of nose as the organ for detecting odour or smell. But they serve important functions such as making the air we breathe suitable for lungs. The nose has a perfect aerodynamic design and is a marvellous air conditioning system within itself. Nose has special filters inside in the form of hairs. Even its curvature has its design intent. The nasal mucus warms and moistens the air we intake. After the first level of filtration, the second filter it passes through is the mucus. Dust, bacteria and pollen are trapped. There are mobile propellants carrying mucus and they get swallowed in reflex and gets destroyed by stomach acids. Alternatively, they could be expelled by coughs. A pretty decent vigorous cough has a speed of 960 Km per hour. Have you thought about this safety precaution within you ? Hairlike structures called cilia line the mucous membrane and move the particles trapped in the mucus out of the nose. The tiny hair like structures called cilia on deeper examination is an engineering marvel. It forms a cylindrical rotor with nine different protein chains. It’s internal components resemble an engine. The next component is the windpipe.

Respiratory System – Artistic Illustration

The walls of the windpipe are supported by C-shaped rings of cartilage.If the windpipe had been made from flesh alone, the ensuing softness could result in regular blockages. That could make it not possible for us to breathe.
If it had been made from some thing as hard as bone, then our actions could be to a huge volume restricted. Yet the cartilaginous shape which makes up the windpipe is ideally fitted to all varieties of movement, and it continually stays open because of its flexibility. There is a small flap of elastic cartilage referred to as the epiglottis proper at the doorway to the windpipe. This flap routinely closes the doorway to the windpipe at some stage in swallowing. During all of the hundreds of food you’ve got got eaten, from babyhood right as much as the present, you have swallowed tens of hundreds of times. And each single time this little flap has closed the doorway for your windpipe at precisely the proper moment. Although we are ignorant of its presence and may exert no control over it, this little flap has saved your life via way of means of closing the doorway for your windpipe at simply the right moment.

Body tissues produce carbon dioxide due to their daily functions. This carbon dioxide is carried away from the tissues through the blood. This blood, loaded with carbon dioxide, is dirty blood. In order for the blood to be wiped clean it needs to make touch with the air. The oxygen in the air and the carbon dioxide withinside the blood will as a result be exchanged. There are round five litres of blood inside the human body. In order to be aired, this five litres of blood needs to unfold over a place of around 100 square metres. That is equal to the area of a tennis court. Everyone reading this blog post now has a place the scale of a tennis court squeezed into his lungs. Think about it!

The lungs consist of bronchia divided into hundreds of various tubes.
At the end of every any such bronchia are the alveoli, or air sacs, the size of a pinhead. There are about three hundred million of those air sacs in a healthy lung. Their general floor region is equal to that of a tennis court. The air passing via the bronchia fills the alveoli. The alveoli are blanketed with a dense community of capillaries, the smallest of the blood vessels. The alveoli and capillaries are separated from every different with a skinny membrane. This membrane allows an alternate of gasses among the blood and the air. The carbon dioxide inside the dirty blood and the oxygen in the air are exchanged here. And the dirty blood is cleansed in the alveoli. The device which permits your blood to be cleansed with each breath you’re taking is constructed on an air sac no large than a pinhead. Alveoli has a thin water layer inside and this creates surface tension. This could cause the alveoli to collapse on exhalation, but it does not happen when we breathe due to surfactants produced by Type II cells. These surfactants reduce the surface tension of water inside the alveoli.

Now, the oxygen which enters the alveoli interacts with cells that’s in charge of transportation, the “red blood cells”. Haemoglobin, a special protein is present inside the red blood cells. There are about 250 million haemoglobin molecules in every single red blood cell. They contain iron items and they bind to oxygen like a magnet. When it reaches the relevant places, some internal mechanisms within the body reduce this binding power of haemoglobin and thereby aiding release of oxygen. The by product carbon dioxide is also transported similarly. There’s a very delicate and balanced plan in place here.

The role of brain in this process is also worth pondering. The muscles around the ribcage are sent commands from the nerves in the medulla to fill the lungs with air. This signal is cut for 3 seconds which aids to the muscles to relax enabling exhalation of air. This is not in our control and we don’t think consciously about it.

The brain – artistic illustration only.

To summarize it, we have the marvellous air conditioning process in the nose, the safety measures in the respiratory tracts, the functioning of cilia and mucus, the special design of the windpipe, the flap openings, the tennis court area squeezed in our lungs, the alveoli of size no more than a pinhead, interacting cells, haemoglobin, the special nervous system directing a sophisticated transportation network. And the magic happens without you expending any effort or thinking about it.

It took me a hospitalization to ponder deeply about it and feeling grateful for this. Don’t we need to be filled with gratitude & awe to Almighty when we take a single breath. Think about it. For something as effortless as breathing, there’s an entire world working inside us aiding it and it’s too sophisticated to be an accident or co-incidence. It’s tailor designed on purpose for you. They’re working in the background to be known & discovered by you. To be aware of it is key to many enlightening delights. It’s another moment where we discover extraordinary systems within what seems ordinary. God bless!

You’d have taken roughly around 36 breaths by the time you’ve finished reading this article : )

Some of the other chapters from the Ponder Series that you can read on :

Perceiving Time
Ornate Blossoms
Visual Narrative – Ponder Series
Reflecting on Shadows
Stumble over Pebbles
Ethereal Quality | Petals
Golden Ratio
Vision – Pondering on the intricacies
Ruminating on Bird Nests
Living Embellishments
Pondering on Birds 

If you are reading this series for the first time, have a look at the intent post.

When we think about the world around us and also when we look within, it might seem usual and ordinary. But ponder series, as you might have already guessed, is all about thinking deeply and delving into the details by going beyond the ordinary perceptions. It’s a very humble endeavor towards unlocking extraordinary in the ordinary by opening our eyes of wisdom and insight. Hope you enjoy reading them. God bless friends : )

roots and branches

The photograph of a meal during a journey to Buyukada island in Constantinople ;).

Around 5 months back or so, I had written on the theme of realizing roots. We talked about trees with their branches spreading through the air and producing fruits & the marvelous miracle of tiny seeds and grains bearing huge trees within them. If we pause and consciously think about it, the roots which are soft when we touch then pierce through hard rocks and dark earth. As the roots pierce the hardest depths, the branches on the top spread in the air bearing fruits and leaves retaining moisture despite the heat outside. Have we wondered about what a miraculous piece of machinery this is? We can see that they’re under a command. A seed in the process of its initial development would require a lot of things for it to flourish well. The right kind of soil, the balance of water, temperature, delicate humidity balances are some of them. The proportion and the correct balance of each of these factors are paramount for the seed to develop. The right mix and proportion reach them. Can an unconscious entity like a seed work consciously for this proportion to be right? That’s a definite no. We see intention, purpose, and design. Almighty has left these beautiful wonders around us as locks that could only be opened by the key of our thoughts and awareness. It’s consciousness and awareness that elevates & humbles us. The provisions in front of us would invoke yearnings and reflection for the seeker.

Part ofΒ Ponder Series