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Falling

Being high up in the air isn't a problem until the wind starts blowing.

Then the dance begins -- your mind rebels, and you have to do everything you can to not get sucked down into it.

The veteran climbers at The Gunks in Upstate New York have adjusted, but it's my first climb outdoors.

We wanted a 5.3 difficulty climb, but birds were nesting. So we're on a 5.6 called "High Exposure" -- a fitting description.

Adrenalin and bravado are a potent mix, and the first two-thirds of the climb were uneventful. Pleasant, a walk in the park. I'm a natural for this stuff. If I dropped 10 kilos, I could be a a pretty great climber. This is easy.

Do this for a blissful and productive day!

On Ram Sukh

I have always had trouble in getting up in the morning. I would rather stay up late, finish up my work, and then go to bed. I remember always getting up little groggy, and my eating and social schedules were total out of whack. My health was deteriorating with increasing cholesterol and TGL numbers, and my productivity was not stellar either.

I was a tenure-track professor of engineering at that time, and work and more work were the only things that occupied every void of time of my day. I knew things were not going in right direction, but I did not know any better either.

Thankfully I did not have any morning classes, until then. I was told that next semester during winter I would be teaching an 8 am class. Now as this was supposed to be a semester long ordeal, I did not want to take any chances. I could not miss a class at any cost. I had three months to prepare before the semester, and I started to train myself to become an early riser.

Slowly, but steadily, I changed my waking schedule to 4 am. No matter how much work I had, or how wonderful the program was on TV, I would slip between the sheets by 8 pm. I just promised myself- I would do this work in the morning when I get up, or I would watch this TV program first thing in the morning (yes, I did that).

That worked perfectly for me. Very soon I realized I had plenty of MY time in the morning. I could do some yoga, meditate, work, and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning before the day would even start. I could see the crack of dawn every morning from my window. An experience that one can enjoy everyday!

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