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If there has been ONE thing which the lockdown has taught me – it is that creativity is no longer an indulgence – it is a necessity – the most vital tool that we may have to hone and exercise for the rest of our lives. In fact to be creative in solving problems of livelihood, health, entertainment and even food and nourishment will be the biggest goal and target for us, our children and their children. How to solve your problem with limited resource, despite high constraints would create new benchmarks.

The lockdown has pushed all of us to think of new ways of thinking. Each of us have very quickly adapted to new ways of staying engaged and alive over last few weeks. All of us tapped into the inner resource which we forget to exercise – creativity, original thinking, finding new solutions to old problems. In fact just when humanity thought that it has solved most of the problems for itself, the pandemic has shown that indeed we have still many more problems to solve on this planet before solving the problems of the moon and mars. While problem solving is one part of creative thinking – creative expression for entertainment and inspiration is vital.

Look how we were either creatively solving problems or spending time consuming  creative content for entertainment. Creativity is the seed of universe within us, calling us to express itself. When we create we vibrate to the frequency of the universe. The world as we see it is nothing but a continuous process of creation – a cycle – a flow. Now, not everyone is automatically tuned in to feel creative and start churning words, music, art – but there are a few ways in which we can make it a habit to get into the creative mode daily or as frequently as want to build a fulfilling life.

The first step is to be inspired. Inspiration always comes from a higher place – love, spirituality, service – whatever may it be.


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For last seven weeks, I have been publishing episodes of a selflove podcast.

It feels great to be creating something I have been wanting to, for a while now – a personal growth platform to encourage others as much as myself to live up to our best. Producing this podcast for last few weeks has been full of insights on commitment to self-improvement. While my podcast, Selflove With Sharmila is now available on all podcast platforms, I post here today, a part of my seventh and latest episode. You can listen to it here:


Welcome to Episode Seven of Selflove with sharmila – my weekly podcast is as much about waking myself to selflove as it is for you.

As I explore ways and ideas to keep tapping on inherent knowledge and help integrate them in our daily lives and keep the focus right where it belongs – to our personal wellness and wellbeing. This week, the podcast is about something I’m passionate about – aroma, perfume, good smell, incense. Your sense of smell is the most powerful way of guiding you to inner wellbeing. We perceive our world through the five senses – touch, vision, taste, smell and hearing ability. We will explore this week what good smell does to us when we can use it to get to feel more grounded in our physical experience.

Those of us who have been raised in traditional Indian homes, know that twice a day we burn incense in the house. Good incense is part of our daily lives – some special ones used for clearing the energy of our houses, frankincense, loban, camphor and so on. Sandalwood, rose, jasmine are common household aroma, which is easily a part of the culture. Aroma oils are not so new, but alternate additions to this existing culture of adding good smell to our living environment daily. People have used aroma for treatment for years. Each of us use it in some form of the other – not all of us use it consciously each day, but they still are very much part of our habits. When I give reiki treatment to anyone in person, I use aroma oils to make the healing experience powerful. Humans have used aromatherapy since ancient cultures – resins, balms, oils we have known their value for years – while they are strongly used for religious purposes – they have strong psychological benefits as they help to shift mood by bringing in a sense of calm, joy or even induce sleep. There are hundreds of different aromas on the market, but it is natural to get drawn to a few that you absolutely love.

I burn my aroma oils on a diffuser usually or make a concoction and use it with my bath salts – both work like magic. You can use aroma s to manage pain, improve sleep quality, reduce stress, agitation, and anxiety, soothe muscles and even boost immunity. There has been research all over the world to prove the effect of aroma on the quality of sleep and mood. I find it the easiest way to settle down by end of day. Just light a diffuser, and let the aroma do the work – as you breathe in your favourite smell deeply, you are easily going to shift to an expanded state which can help redirect you to where your attention should belong – your own wellbeing. Integrate the power of good smell in your daily life – let it be one of the selflove things you do for yourself.