July 2022

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Life is programmed to be full of surprises. Some pleasant, others not so. Either way, we have to brace ourselves and take every surprise in our stride. It is natural to feel stunned for a while but it is not fine to continue to be that way. Once the initial surprise element has worn off, we must grab our boots and get going. Expect the unexpected. Always.

Taurus (Apr 21 – May 21)

There is a reason for everything that happens in our life. Including our birth, the family that we have, the people we meet, the friends we make, the obstacles we face, the glories we enjoy… everything. We may not know the reason or even comprehend why something is the way it is. Yet, we must rest easy in the knowledge that He knows the reason and it’ll ultimately be for our good.

Gemini (May 22 – Jun 21)

It’s way better to start unprepared than to never start in wait of the day when you will be fully prepared. While one must put in time and effort to prepare, it should be time-bound. If it’s not all falling in place, it might be wiser to start and continue prepping along the way. Time lost is lost forever.

Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 23)

Rights and duties go hand in hand. If you wish to exercise your rights, make sure you are fulfilling your duties as well. When we take care of our duties, our rights too get taken care of. Be it as a citizen, a parent, a child, spouse, friend, student… whatever be our place in life for the moment, each has its relevant and specific duties and rights.

Leo (Jul 24 – Aug 23)

A good, hearty belly laugh can do us much more good than the best of medicines, counsellors or doctors. I’m not talking of an artificial laugh but a real laugh that vibrates through every cell of our body. Find ways to enjoy that laugh. Find something to laugh about. And if you have someone to laugh with, better still.

Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 23)

Stop that mental chatter every time you become aware of it. Mental chatter makes us live anywhere but in the present. Instead of focussing on and being fully aware of the moment, the mind takes you to future plausible situations or ruminates over past conversations, real or imaginary. The moment you stop the chatter, you bring the mind into the present. That is where peace is.

Libra (Sep 24 – Oct 23)

Self-discipline is a gift we give ourselves. It is a long-term gain that in the present may be uncomfortable or even painful. That is why we avoid it and stop doing whatever it is that we are meant to do. Accept that discomfort and realise that it is necessary for your self-growth. Once you are convinced about the benefit and accept that feeling of discomfort you will stick to the discipline.

Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 23)

Before we attempt meditation, we must prepare our minds. One of the simplest ways is by being fully aware of any mundane activity that we do. It could be something as simple as brushing our teeth or eating our food. Perform it with full awareness. If the mind wanders, bring it back to the activity in hand. Start with one and then extend it to more activities.

Sagittarius (Nov 24 – Dec 21)

Before someone else can forgive us, we need to first forgive ourselves. If you keep feeling guilty and continue going over the same thing over and over again in your mind, neither the person concerned nor God can forgive you or help you. If you truly accept and acknowledge the mistake, it is forgiven. Remember that.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 20)

Are you here? Are you in the moment? Or are you constantly shuttling between the past and the future? Most of us are caught up in regretting the past or worrying about the future. Very few are in the present, enjoying the moment. So much so, that we don’t fully enjoy the present and then long for it after it is over. Practice being in the moment.

Aquarius (Jan 21 – Feb 19)

Life has no remote control, or Alexa or Siri—we have to get on our feet and act to make things happen. Wishes and dreams become a reality only when we act. Time, effort, consistency, discipline, perseverance, and hard work are only some of the key ingredients for making our dreams a reality. Once you are sure of where you are headed, get going in that direction, a little every day.

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)

Did you pray today? Swami Chinmayananda says, ‘Prayer, in its truest sense, is an attempt to invoke the mightier potential that is already in us, through mental integration.’ Build time for prayer into your routine and stick to it. It’s always better to do it at a fixed time so that it becomes a habit and we don’t skip it. It is not about how long, but even a few minutes of sincere, focussed praying is effective.

Chinmaya Udghosh