My fracture, how I am recovering

Buddha's quote on self-kindnessSometimes things occur when you expect them the least. Who would have thought that I would have a broken arm once again after a period of 9 years! At least not me. But then it happened. I broke my left elbow a little less than 2 months back for the second time. Thankfully, my arm is no longer on cast (plaster). However, I am currently undergoing excruciatingly tedious and painful physiotherapy sessions that render me feeling feverish all day long.

Now you must be wondering as to why I am writing this post despite having painful episodes at the moment. Let me take this opportunity to thank a dear blogger whom I have been following for a pretty long time. He managed to write a blog post today despite his age, today’s ruthless weather and the ever unpredictable power cuts in Nepal. If this elderly gentleman who likes to be called “Dai” (elder brother) could muster enough strength to go about his Christmas shopping in this weather and also write about it, why couldn’t I?

So let me share with you the things I did to distract myself from being worried about my broken arm.

After reading an insightful article on Huffpost.com one day, I decided to try at least as many of the 40 self-kindness advice the article recommended. I like No.6 especially for its emphasis on watching our self-critic from pressurizing ourselves too much for everything and anything. I am trying to keep a balance to everything that’s going on within me ever since I got the fracture so that I do not end up hating myself for all the things that did not go well in my life.

Of the things that I could do during the time my arm was on cast was join the online Oprah and Chopra 21-day meditation experience which spanned from 3 to 24 November 2014. I am most thankful to Chopra Meditation Center for holding this event which coincided with the time when I needed it the most. The discourses given by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra were amazingly thought-provoking and very enlightening. I wish to apply each day’s mantra and teaching to my every day life.

I remember posting this on my Facebook timeline right after the fracture:

It’s such a debilitating experience to have an arm broken and then having to face the fact that it has to be plastered for 6 long weeks“.

For once it was debilitating, but later on when I thought about it long and hard I realized how hard it must be for people without limbs, I consoled myself that it’s just a matter of time.

Sometimes when we are weak physically, our minds tend to wander so much that we think only of the negative. I believe that we should not let our inner critics berate ourselves for all the things that went wrong. Just relax and love ourselves.

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NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2014 Nominations Announced

Ayushma:

I am being nominated for the Best Personal Blog 2014 category. You have been there through my thick and thin and you are a source of inspiration for me to write despite having some blue moments in the past.
Please vote for me.

Originally posted on nepaliaustralian:

Thank you everyone for getting behind Nepaliaustralian Blog Award 2014 and nominating your favourites blogs. I am so glad to have found some wonderful blogs in the process.

2014 blog awardSo now the nomination has closed and its time to vote for your favourite blogs to win the title.

Following are the nominations in each category.

  • Best Blog for 2014
  1. http://nepalilovestory.com/
  2. http://madh-mama.blogspot.com
  3. http://clarissasblog.com
  4. http://fancythatfancythis.com/
  5. http://sdunfocused.wordpress.com/
  • Best Photo Blog 2014
  1. http://retireediary.wordpress.com
  2. http://thatmontrealgirl.wordpress.com/
  3. http://sreejithpnair.wordpress.com/
  4. http://rajivchopra.me/
  5. http://oilpastelsbymary.com/
  • Best Food Blog 2014
  1. http://dentistvschef.wordpress.com
  2. http://foodpleasureandhealth.com
  3. http://passionfruitgarden.com
  4. http://mrsgrg.wordpress.com
  5. http://japancanmix.com/
  • Best Travel Blog 2014
  1. http://rfljenksy.wordpress.com/
  2. http://wisemonkeysabroad.com/
  3. http://anewlifewandering.com
  4. http://japancanmix.com/
  5. http://bcarth.wordpress.com/
  • Best Fashion Blog 2014
  1. http://deninamartin.com/
  2. http://style-delights.blogspot.com.au/
  3. http://fashiondee.com/
  4. http://thestylishconfessions.com/
  5. http://alwaysmaylee.com/
  • Best Personal Blog 2014
  1. http://nepalilovestory.com/
  2. http://englishwifeindianlife.com/
  3. http://madh-mama.blogspot.com
  4. http:// ayushmapandey .wordpress.com
  5. http://exoticisnothing.blogspot.com.au/
  • Most Diverse Blog 2014
  1. http://nepalkochori.wordpress.com
  2. http://japancanmix.com/
  3. http://kenthinksaloud.wordpress.com/
  4. http://weourlife.wordpress.com/
  5. http://witlessdatingafterfifty.wordpress.com
  • Best New Blog 2014
  1. http://nepalkochori.wordpress.com
  2. http://mymasalalife.wordpress.com/
  3. http://deninamartin.com/
  4. http://nepalilovestory.com/
  • Best Blog Post of the Year 2014
  1. https://sdunfocused.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/recipe-for-a-great-evening/
  2. http://madh-mama.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/the-secret-foreign-boyfriendgirlfriend.html
  3. http://kenthinksaloud.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/the-monster-blanket/
  4. http://vaidehivaidehi.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/my-friend-e.html#!/2013/05/my-friend-e.html
  5. http://englishwifeindianlife.com/life-one-suitcase/
  • Most Educational Blog Post 2014
  1. http://nepalilovestory.com/2014/06/10/women-run-nepal-but-men-rule-it/
  2. http://nepalkochori.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/speaking-up-teej/
  3. http://weourlife.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/how-i-was-about-to-be-trapped-by-a-scammer/
  4. http://whitegirlinasari.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/thinking-about-having-an-intercultural-relationship-read-this-first/
  5. http://smalltowngirlsmidnighttrains.com/2014/10/24/must-knows-for-filipinos-traveling-with-children/
  • Most…

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Play music for better brains–So says TED

Dedicated to musicians, this is an amazing TED video explaining the connection between the level of analytical and problem-solving ability that musicians have.

This reminded me of all my musician friends and especially Rudra (Pandey) and Sunita (Tiwari). Rudra is a seasoned guitarist whereas Sunita was learning violin when we worked together (I hope Sunita has mastered the art of playing violin by now just as she has made everybody proud by winning the Nepal Chhatra Bidya Padak (Nepal Education Award to Girls)).

Music, as I have already expressed in my earlier posts, is my greatest passion. After watching this video, I want to play a musical instrument now. I have been practicing on harmonium during my early days of getting into vocal lessons. I will definitely have to learn to play harmonium once again, not only to train my voice, but also to train the brain.

 

 

 

Har kisiko nahin milta

This is one of my favorite numbers. I hope you will also like listening to the song as much as I enjoyed singing it just for you :) !!!

Looking forward to your kind feedback and comments on the same.

Cheers

Ayushma

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