May 2017 By Megha Bajaj In recognising that one needs to be faithful both to the inner and outer world, Megha Bajaj arrived at an equilibrium with regard to social media With the entry of social media, a lot of our previous boundaries have expanded. A family holiday is no longer something that just took place between four to sixpeople – it is something that is shared with thousands over Facebook. An achievement is no longer just a silent soul nod saying, “Wow, you did it!” It culminates into sharing with the world at large and becomes acollective experience. Evensomething like death – and the pain one undergoes on losing someone - is now being written about, shared on Facebook and on Whatsapp, and is generally much more social than personal. Why talk about others, I too am guilty of these. A larger world has become a part of my inner circle and all the sharings have become collective. Personally, it gives me joy to share anything that is beautiful with many; it also gives me fulfillment to share a learning I may have had out of a difficult experience in the hope that it empowers another in the same boat. Yet, I am increasingly realising that a balance needs to be maintained. At what point expressing turns into impressing, we may never know. At what point does that outer world, which is so much louder and flamboyant than the subtler one within, become all-important, we may never know. The lines are so faint – the equilibrium so delicate. Recently I had been to Kashmir and was absolutely awestruck by the marvellous beauty of the place, the people, and the peace that just permeated the very air. A part of me was deeply immersed in absorbing it all in. The gentle snowflakes. The winter lands. The pine trees. The sheer wonder of all that there was. A part of me was tempted to constantly express all that Iwas feeling to as many as I could. The inner journey kept pulling me in to explore the depths of Silence within me. I found a slight conflict building up. Which part of me is me, I wondered. And just like that, as I sat in the balcony, watching the snow fall in whispers, the answer came, “Both are you, and you need to embrace them. Modern-day seekers are going to be different from the earlier seekers … accept this difference, fall in love with this difference… allow it to be.” It was then that I realised that as seekers in this information age, we could no longer hold onto age-old norms. It is no longer a question of this or that. It is a question of this and that. Going into a cave and meditating for months on end may not be possible for many of us. However, finding that hour each day and ensuring that even a swanky room becomes your own cave for the hour, sure is. Staying as a recluse, indulging only in the journey within – can be comfortably coupled with sharing all the findings with not just a few but with many.I finally found a resolution to my inner and outer pull at Kashmir. I would just keep taking it all in, all day. The phone would be switched off so in all the absorbing it was just me, and the Silence of the place. It was a very deep experience. Each night I would write, add pictures, and express to my heart’s content all that I was going through. With this little discipline I was able to make the most of both - my inner journey as well as its outer expression. The journey within, the peace, the realisation, the beauty that comes with it – can be expressed in the world outside through shared experiences. And it is beautiful. A long-term conflict ends, as I feel my inner world and the one outside integrate. Aha Megha is, above all, a seeker. These days she is attempting to find herself in the role of a teacher through the online writing course designed by her. You can know more about her on www.wonderofwords.org
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