Joy under the stars

I have always been in awe of the freedom one enjoys in an open-air theater, also known as an Amphitheater. A closed air-conditioned auditorium with all the facilities would undoubtedly look better at the first sight to the audience, but the exquisite image of watching an actor speaking at the top of his/her voice but without a tinge of shouting, sitting on the stairs without a care in the world, under the blanket of stars evokes emotions that just could not be replaced by the comfortable seats of an auditorium.

I remember a particular night during our dramatics workshop at the Tagore Open Air Theater, fondly known as TOAT, when after hours of exercises, we were made to experience the strangest joy (I had no encounter with meditation till then). I urge to all of you to try the following instructions while lying under the night sky to experience it yourselves.

So here it goes:

1. Lie down straight with your back against the ground.
2. Look at the sky for a couple of minutes and try to empty your mind, away from all the worries, and concentrate on a distant star.
3. Slowly close your eyes and try to recreate the image of the sky you just saw.
4. Now with your eyes still closed, imagine to fly towards the star you focused.
5. Observe each asteroid, meteorite, satellite, planet and all the other heavenly bodies that cross your way.
6. As you reach closer to your star, peek into the beautiful universe beyond.
7. Glide into a new galaxy, witness those unique constellations still undiscovered
8. Keep floating into the unknown for as much time as you like – unnoticed, untraceable and carefree.
9. Now you see funny things floating with you that could not be here. A chocolate, a guitar and you go further a colorful umbrella. Keep collecting as many weird things you see.
10. When all of them have been collected, make something unique, irrational and stupid by doing anything with those things.
11. Slowly come back to earth with your creation, and with your eyes still closed, start rubbing your palms.
12. When you feel they are warm enough, bring them to your eyes and softy transfer the warmth.
13. Slowly open your eyes and do share in the comments how was the journey and what you brought ๐Ÿ™‚

The photograph was taken at Dilli Haat (Delhi) which brought this memory from my workshop days. This is for the Day 2 of the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge nominated by the talented Prajakta.

I now nominate an amazing observer,ย Maniparnaย who somehow makes everything so divine and serene by her beautiful Haiku, poetry and photography. Do check her blog if you haven’t done yet:)
The challenge is โ€“ โ€œPost a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for theย challengeโ€

25 thoughts on “Joy under the stars

  1. Adrian B June 5, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    Beautiful post. Usually I am doing this meditation up to step 8, next time I will try more. Thank you for your hint. All the best Adrian.

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    • Prateek Kohli June 5, 2015 / 7:54 pm

      Thank you so much for appreciating and sharing your thoughts, Adrian.
      It feels great to hear that you, too are used to meditating with the stars.
      I read a quote somewhere on Facebook which said, “The world would be a much nicer place if everyone starts staring at the night sky for just 10 minutes” ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. sharol84 June 6, 2015 / 3:14 am

    Thanks for reccomending the exercise . It’s really helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Shreya Khandelwal June 6, 2015 / 6:54 am

    Amazing! I kept smiling through all the steps, somehow it felt so mesmerizing, the way you described each step with such serenity, peace and beautiful imagery. And I shall give this a try in a few days.
    And yeah, I too feel open air spaces are so much more delightful. And the imagery you drew here in the first paragraph, “sitting on the stairs without a care in the world, under the blanket of stars” tempts me to visit such an open space.
    A very refreshing piece!

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    • Prateek Kohli June 6, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      Well, for an entrepreneur (I got shocked when the spelling weren’t underlined after the first attempt ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ) I can imagine that life can be busy ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And it’s so true ! The closed city life sometimes make me feel like holding a pressure cooker in the head! ๐Ÿ˜€
      A happy Sunday to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Riverstardust June 6, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    ~really nice post!! Ill try this exercise soon hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ btw what is this 5days photo/story thing? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli June 6, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much! I’ll wait for your views on it then ๐Ÿ˜€
      And its a challenge in which one has to post a photograph everyday, along with a writing something about it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Prajakta June 7, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    Beautiful!! I did this in Goa with my eyes wide open staring up in the night sky. Eyes open is what worked for me

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    • Prateek Kohli June 7, 2015 / 7:30 pm

      Oh the sea would have definitely done wonders to this! Great to hear! Come on global warming, bring that ocean to Delhi. (Ok wait, I’ll go to it soon)


  6. Kritika Vashist June 7, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    I’ll do this definitely once I get time to go out.
    I gotta visit this haat, looks beautiful!

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    • Prateek Kohli June 7, 2015 / 6:49 pm

      I went here in the afternoon. Most of the shops closed and hot wind trying to evaporate me and no shade to hide.
      So be sure to check the weather forecast before going there. ๐Ÿ˜›
      And yes, I would love to know what you made in the space ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder June 10, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Haha…that’s quite a process..a meditation with fun… ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks a lot for all the good words about me and the nomination. I’ve done with my 5-day photo challenge, but will post something to honour your nomination along with another blogger friend… ๐Ÿ™‚

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