I am currently reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington where she talks about Third metric to Redefining success & creating a happier life. I am liking what I am reading cos most of it is what I totally believe in. And if it comes from one of the most influential entrepreneur in the world, it just re-inforces my belief in my thinking.

Through her book Arianna urges us to slow down, take a moment and look around. In today’s mad world where everyone is running after or say judging people on 2 metrics Power (fame) or Money we are totally resting ourselves on a two legged stool where sooner or later you are bound to topple over cos honestly how long can we keep the balance. Arianna suggests making room for a third metric in our lives so that we achieve balance through well being, wisdom, wonder & giving. And i couldn’t agree more. She basically urges us to look at a new paradigm for being successful & happier.

I know it might sound philosophical to some but believe me I have been in the Rat race & I still sometimes succumb to it which has led to nothing more than Stress & Anxiety. We are reaching a stage of “Burn out” much too quickly. The work place culture in today’s world is fuelled by stress, sleep deprivation & constant need to be in touch & ahead of others.. with whom?? for what??? Even as stress undermines our health, the sleep deprivation so many experience striving to get ahead at work is profoundly and negatively affecting our creativity & decision making abilities. In all this self created mess we forget to take care of our well being cos for some reason we are always crunched for time. And when we are living in a perpetual state of Time famine we rob ourselves of the ability to experience another key element of the Third metric : WONDER, our sense of delight in the mysteries of the universe, as well as the everyday occurences & small miracles that fill our life.

I have written about this in the past too and i cannot emphasise enough the need for us to be mindful. Mindful of our existence. Mindful of our being. Mindful of being in the NOW. And i guess precisely the reason Mediation is being touted as the newest drug to achieve success. No longer is Meditation being seen as some sort of New Age escape from the world. It is increasingly being seen for what it is ; a practice that helps us to be in the world in a way that is more productive , more engaged, healthier & less stressful. You will be amazed at the number of Public & successful figures outing themselves as meditators which is awesome. Also we don’t need to go to some secluded mountain ranges to connect to ourselves. All you need is 20 minutes of alone time with your ownself to disconnect from our omnipresent devices and re -connect to your inner self. There are many insights in the book that you will connect to & maybe some may not agree to but one thing I believe in is that to truly Thrive in life, we need to embrace and make room for this third metric.

Coming to my look, worked this colourful Indian jacket with my otherwise mundane attire to bring out some spunk. Just another way to style your Denims. Hope u like what you see. Have a great week ahead. More Power to you all.


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Jacket : Vintage Earth, Cropped Dungarees : Mango, Shoes : Christian Louboutin
Pics : Ushmi

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