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Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
I write about Self Improvement, Mindfulness, Parenting, Health, Inspiration & Life Lessons & enjoy showing my diabetes who’s boss. Visit: https://vidyasury.com
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If I’ve learned one thing in life, it is this: Nothing is impossible. Or to put it another way, everything is possible. I just need to believe in myself and open my mind to possibilities.

The year was 1997.

At the ripe old age of 33, I handed in my resignation at work, quitting a high profile corporate job as regional manager with a UK-based company. I was going to get married to the most wonderful man on earth. I would return to work after a brief sabbatical. Or so I thought.

Little did I know that life had other…


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A growing list of Mindfulness Meditations published on Mondays and Thursdays.

Chocolate Meditation — Because chocolate is nature’s way of making up for Mondays

Smiling Meditation — Yoga of the mouth, happiness right under your nose.

Hugging Meditation — 3-step mindfulness meditation for deep joy and peace

A one-minute Meditation — A no-pressure, full of benefits practice to overcome overwhelm.

A 5-minute Instant Detox — Feel wonderful in eight super-short steps.

Practice the Power of Silence — A communication fast for better relationships

The What-Went-Well Exercise — A simple two-step gratitude activity to uplift your mood

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When I look back over the decades, I realize that life has been my greatest teacher, ably supported by “experience”. Depending on how we look at it, growing up can be painful, or…educative.

My mother was married at thirteen. She became pregnant with me at seventeen when my father abandoned her after leaving the country to pursue higher studies. Life was not easy and she had to tolerate a ridiculous amount of domestic abuse at her in-laws’ before she finally got her cup of peace and returned to her mother’s place in another city.

Some might say my childhood was…


What a great case for inspiration vs aspiration! Wonderful life lesson! Thank you for your wise words, Mukundarajan.


Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore, India — Vidya Sury ©

Please tell us: Who’s your hairdresser?

We “met” this rather gorgeous gorilla at our local zoo. He was amazingly serene and calm, as you’ll see in the photo below. Quite contemplative, until his friends turned up to ask him something they had been meaning to ask him for a long time.

I mean, look at him. Wouldn’t you want to know where he gets his hair done? I certainly would!

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles ❤ Did you smile today?


He is an angel. Reminds me of my son--he wasn't great at sports but was always the loudest cheerleader in the sidelines. I was pretty much the same! The world needs more encouragers! Please hug your son for me, Trista! I love this post so much!


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With the technology overload, we often forget to notice the wonders of nature. Why not make it a habit to spend at least ten minutes in nature every day?

  • Switch off your devices for 10 minutes.
  • Then go for a short walk or bicycle ride.
  • Live near the sea? Enjoy the beach, the waves.
  • Or just walk outside, wherever you are.
  • Feel your connection to the universe.

Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation. John Ortberg

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. ❤ Did you smile today?

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

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