Ideas….

Today I attended a lunch with the previous Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Interestingly he quoted Gandhi’s famous quote about original ideas. Reading his book recently during my India travels this specific quote had stayed with me and like to dig a bit deeper in it.

In philosophy, ideas are usually construed as mental representational images of some object or concept. Many philosophers have considered ideas to be a fundamental part of our being and our existence. As per wikipedia: “The capacity to create and understand the meaning of ideas is considered to be an essential and defining feature of human beings. In a popular sense, an idea arises in a reflexive, spontaneous manner, even without thinking or serious reflection, for example, when we talk about the idea of a person or a place. A new or original idea can often lead to innovation.”

Original thinking and creativity are important for our continuous innovation, for helping resolve old and new challenges that arise. There is lots of thought on how ideas are actually spreading. Diffusion of innovations is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. Everett Rogers, a professor of communication studies, wrote about this in his book Diffusion of Innovations. Rogers argues that diffusion is the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the participants in a social system.  Rogers proposes that four main elements influence the spread of a new idea: the innovation itself, communication channels, time, and a social system. Ideas must be widely adopted in order to self-sustain and there is a point at which the idea or innovation reaches critical mass. Another well known book about spreading of ideas is Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point. He explains  the spreading of ideas through epidemiology, comparable to how virus spreads.

Most consistently in all, innovators and their new ideas are often first thought of as crazy or unreal. It needs a strong mind to bring them to fruition.

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Colours….

Colours of the rainbow, colours of the wind. One of the vivid memories of my holiday is the  abundance of colours in India. “Colour” is the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, blue, yellow, etc. Colour derives from the spectrum of light interacting in the eye with the spectral sensitivities of the light receptors. Colour categories and physical specifications of colour are also associated with objects or materials based on their physical properties such as light absorption, reflection, or emission spectra.

The science of colour is called chromatics or colour science. Colours give meaning, red unmistakably associated with warm, and blue for example with cool or cold, green with pure and nature. Colours play an important part in how we perceive and interact with the world.

In hinduism colours play a very important role and have deep significance. The Hindu meaning of the different colours:

Red: sensuality and purity

Saffron: the most sacred colour for the hindu. It represents fire, and as impurities are burnt by fire, this symbolises purity.

Green: life and happiness

Yellow: knowledge and learning

White: is a mixture of colours, it therefore represents a bit of everything: purity, cleanliness, peace and knowledge. white is also the colour of mourning.

Blue: nature: sky, river, lake, ocean. the deity who has the quality of bravery, manliness, determination, ability to deal with difficult situations, stable mind and depth of character is pictured blue.

The abundance of colours in daily life deepens the experience.

 

 

 

Pranayama

Pranayama is “control of breath”. Prana is breath or  vital energy in the body. Prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life and ayama means control. There is different ways to control the breath, and each of these have a different way to bring energy into the body. Breathwork can deliver powerful mind and body benefits.

 

Yoga

Yoga is sanskrit for, “listen”. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, and most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BC. Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west. In Indian traditions, yoga is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core around mindfulness.

Practising yoga in India is a special experience. The Backwaters in Kerala, in, ‘God’s own Country,’ provided an inspiring environment for a daily morning practise.