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Discover these 10 off-beat ways to indulge your senses … and your soul

We are all on this never-ending quest of creating the perfect job, the perfect home… the perfect life, hurtling into a whirlpool of endless activity. In the rush, time just whizzes past in a blur till we settle down under the covers, comatose, ready to battle yet another day. And while we are on this quest, moments are slowly slipping away, leaving little opportunity to savor the most important ingredient of life’s recipe – the self. Are we even aware of ‘who’ is living this life?

Description: Are we even aware of ‘who’ is living this life?

Are we even aware of ‘who’ is living this life?

How about setting out a time every day to indulge the ‘self’? Not the regular indulge-fests of chocolates, shopping or a day at the spa; though they are bonafide indulge choices too.

Ground rules

Let’s lay down a few rules to make this journey full of unbridled possibilities.

1.    Schedule an appointment: Schedule an official appointment with your self and be there on time. Request the people in your life to respect the value of this time.

2.    Peek out of your comfort zone: if it’s comfortable, it’s boring. So peek out of your safe house now and then to choose a not so trodden path.

3.    The Aha! moment: Enjoying yourself is the core premise. If it doesn’t make you feel happy, what’s the point?

Now, here’s how you can indulge

Create something…anything

Every individual is bestowed with a creative bug. To deny its existence is to deny yourself a big chunk of life. Whether it’s pottery, painting, gardening, or doodling – the possibilities are immense. Make a list of top three things you always wanted to create and then take the plunge. The intention is to create something that carries your own singular expression. You will notice that the moment you decide to give of yourself, your creative spark gets ignited. And the more you give, the more you receive.

Go on a photography expedition

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Go on a photography expedition

Arm yourself with a camera and venture out. But remember, the camera is merely a tool to make you linger long enough to watch the little moments of beauty that you miss by simply passing by. Click away at things that make you smile, ponder, or takes your breath away. Suddenly that tiny purple flower leaning jauntily against the coarse brown boundary wall creates a whole new colour palette. If you keep at it, the world around will start unravelling its wonders for you, one at a time.

Try role play

Ever played the secret spy? Rope in your partner or friend for an evening of pretence and intrigue. Pick a role; the quirkier the better. Give a free rein to your imagination. For example, you can be the rogue spy while your partner can be the agent of another country who is trading you information. Plan to have a secret rendezvous at a local bar and make sure to dress the part. The idea is to meet as toal strangers and thicken the plot as you go along. Whoever stops pretending first, loses. Try it and you will be amazed at your creativity. And it might just give a whole new spin to your relationship.

Description:  Try role play played the secret spy?

Try role play played the secret spy?

Get an adrenaline rush

When was the last time you felt totally out of breath and exhilarated? Even if you think you have it all figured out, screaming like a lunatic on a roller coaster gives a new out-look on things – you suddenly realise the fragility and urgency of life. Fear has the potential to make you experience the present moment. So do something that you have always secretly wanted to but are scared to attempt. In the throes of that fear, there is that one moment in which your mind goes numb and all the gizmos of the ego – your position in society, work tensions, issues with your spouse, mortgage payments – simply fall off, leaving you pure and unfettered to taste life in all its naked intensity.

Description: Fear has the potential to make you experience the present moment

Fear has the potential to make you experience the present moment

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