Archive | November 2013

Mind Hack: thought decodification.

mindhack_logoBecause of overwhelming feedback and readership, I have rebranded Think Rainbows to Mind Hack. The Mind Hack Project is an initiative aimed to encourage self awareness through thought decodification. I will build on my learnings from my Think Rainbows blog, and initiating a new journey of self-awareness with the Mind Hack Project.

I hope you will continue to follow my journey at my new blog, Mind Hack.

-rani

PS: if anyone knows how I can transfer my Think Rainbow WordPress followers to my self-hosted Mind Hack site (using the with WordPress plugin), I would be very grateful for your help!

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A Thousand Thoughts.

I’m not shy. Just give me a reason to interact. I don’t talk often because I’m observing instead. It’s loud in my head. And, when I do talk, I enjoy talking about ideas and concepts; I’m terrible with trivial conversation.

I am an introvert.

As an introvert, I’m misperceived as an analytical thinker. Such a thinker breaks down information step-by-step into the minutiae of data, aiming to problem solve with a cause and effect rationale. But, that’s not me. I’m a critical thinker. I evaluate and interpret information with sound reasoning…okay, it’s not always sound. I try to explore elements not represented in the information given to me.

In conversations, I’m either asking probing questions to gather information for a better understanding, or listening and observing, taking it all in.

This way of thinking is so innate to me. My mind is always ‘on.’ Even when I’m alone, I’m thinking because I best make meaning from conversations when I reflect.

It is so exhausting, and I need to escape whenever I can.

I find solitude in simple indulgences, which are represented by these pictures displayed in my home (kept my promise!):

A East Indian woman striking a traditional Kathik dance pose. I am East Indian. I enjoy dancing. Nothing fancy, just the club kind (I missed my calling as a go-go dancer).

Cupcakes. But my love does not discriminate. It extends to all desserts. Yum.

thinkrainbows_piccollagePepsi box on a bicycle. I’ll be honest; I just like Pespi drinks and needed to fill a frame, and I can appreciate this photography

Chai tea served in a glass as it is typically served in India. I love chai tea. It ignites a nostalgic comfort.

Banksy. “There is always hope.” Don’t worry. Be happy. Positive thinking for simple living.

Buddha and lotus flower representing mindfulness and awakening to life.

Einstein. “I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them, I did it myself.” The best life lesson ever taught to me. I’ll elaborate in an upcoming post.

Music, kettlebells (representing crossfit), and the beach offer me a lapse in time from reality by tuning out the outside world.

Abstract sketch of a dove. I don’t know why, but I think of my Grandma when I think of doves. RIP.

Woman travelling. I’m so blessed to have travelled globally, with a lot more to see. Okay, though I don’t look this dolled up when I travel, I’m always ready to jet set.

These pictures are worth a thousand thoughts. They symbolize how I escape from thoughts, how I turn off my thinking. It explains why I don’t like reading while at the beach, why I don’t know the lyrics or meanings of songs, and why I can’t do real dancing (anything coordinated). I don’t know if I’m mindful or my mind is full. (ha!)

My me-time grounds me. It helps me grow and reenergize. Tapping into my inner self is my power.  It gives me a sense of life.

Rainbow Thoughts:

(1) Quiet people have the loudest minds.

(2) “I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds.” Laurie Helgoe

(3) Take comfort in rituals.

Picture Perfect.

Please come into my home. Feel free to get comfortable by slipping out of your shoes and into these house slippers. Help yourself to food and drinks in the kitchen. Just remember to use a coaster, please.

On Sunday, I met my long-time friend Mohan for breakfast. We conversed about a few things, including the next steps for this blog. To keep writing, was my answer, and to potentially rebrand it. But, I couldn’t articulate a plan for this idea. The topic eventually digressed. Phewf, dodged that bullet.

As we parted after breakfast, Mohan noted that he was expecting a write up by Tuesday. Uhwhat? I was unsure of what he was talking about. Mohan wanted me to send him some ideas for rebranding Think Rainbows. He appreciates where I am, but is motivated to help me get to where I need to be. How nice.

When I got home, I settled in on my couch to take a nap. But, for a change, I couldn’t sleep. My mind wouldn’t stop reflecting and introspecting. After some time, I concluded that I am not content with complacency as I previously shared. Instead, I lack accountability to myself. This was my ‘aha’ moment.

I decided to change this sour attitude by not working on Mohan’s assignment, and instead completing a home décor project that’s been underway since I moved into my apartment in 2008. I always planned to have a dining room wall entirely of photos. In 2008, I painted the wall an accent colour. In 2009, I displayed a painting to fill the bareness. In 2012, I repainted the wall to match the rest of my apartment. In early 2013, I bought some picture frames. Eventually, I down scaled the project to a smaller collage because I was lazy. And, that’s where the project halted until this past weekend.

thinkrainbows_photocollageI finished the stupid photo collage after two days of finding and printing the right photos, and running around town to buy different frames. In my next post, I’ll detail each photo I used because they represent things I enjoy/value.

I feel pretty good for seeing a project through, a project that is for me (I’m usually very good at, and pride myself on, being accountable to others). This was a good weekend for me to try to grasp the difference between self-love and selfishness. I’m selfish in many ways (e.g. don’t ask me to share dessert), but I guess while trying to err on the side of caution of not being selfish, I kind of lost what I needed to make me feel good.

Now, if only I could fix the bathroom towel rack that’s been broken for more than two years. I swear I don’t live in a dump.

Rainbow Thoughts:

(1) You have to put yourself around people who think bigger than you. They will speak life into your future. (Robert Hills Sr)

(2) Self-awareness is only meaningful if you work to better and improve yourself based on that knowledge.

(3) Knowledge is power.

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