From last few days I have been reflecting upon this word “Success”.  I guess my anxiety flared up with a fast approaching change in my work place and new job positions opening up with tough criteria and assessment exams involved.  It will be total wrong of me to not accept that yes I got nervous, anxious of losing out.

One day, as per my usual practice in the morning, I was reading my affirmations from “Motivational Moments” by Mufti Menk who is a famous Muslim scholar from Zimbabwe and the following quote gave me much mental clarity and helped me change my thought process around the dictionary definition of the word success which means, ”

a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors.”

Rather I found total relief in the following words,

“Don’t be frustrated when you see no results after trying. There’s a lesson there. You may be struggling but it doesn’t mean you are failing. “

After reading this I must admit I felt lighter knowing that even trying out for something new and going through a selection process is also a success in itself. After gaining this understanding, I was able to cope up with my feeling of anxiety and nervousness and was able to develop a plan to follow to achieve a positive experience.




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About Reflections in a teacup

Life is an experiment that involves constant tries and various procedures to achieve desired results or one must say satisfaction.

Said that sharing one’s personal experiences with another, some  times improves our own lives thus open doors to happiness and above all personal satisfaction.

In this very small corner of the web, I would like to highlight and share some of my personal experiences, ideas, my cooking ventures and recipes, poetry writing, and various other fun stuff that intrigues and inspires me. 🙂

I decided to contribute to my blog under a unique theme based trademark Reflections in a teacup. The name Reflection in a teacup holds a diverse range of freedom that inspires me to write and express freely on various thoughts that crosses my mind.

It took me quite some time to decide on a theme for my blog. My inner person wanted to categorize items but then I got a very inspiring advise to keep everything simple and on  front page for an easy navigation.

If you are new to my site, take a minute to explore around. Each post is unique from poems to recipes to books reviews, to general feedback about a product, to family and lifestyle advice, and much more. Follow me on my blog as I build, explore and share my experiences.

I invite you to also visit my Facebook Page for the collection of fun articles and interesting posts that I personally liked.

Follow me on Twitter and on Instagram  for my everyday tweets, thoughts, beautiful captures and much more. I will include the link to my social media accounts at the bottom of this page.

Thanks for visiting my blog and stay tune for upcoming interesting reads.

Noor Reflection



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A journey in life

Few months back I thought to myself that this is it. Writing, ideas, poetry will not come to me anymore. I was struggling through finding answers for numerous questions in my mind about purpose of life, people’s behavior, attitudes etc. This was just a small list of uncertainties, mysteries and riddles that I was struggling through constantly. How did this positive transformation appear in me is yet I am still unsure about? Change was a small word in this situation, I was ready to seek mental transformation and so it did happen. In this process, I took a break from writing, posting stuff on Twitter and Instagram. Why? The answer was simple; I couldn’t get myself to enjoy what I was doing. Ideas got blocked and I didn’t know how to unblock my energies. In this struggle, one day I was aimlessly browsing You Tube videos and came across inspirational videos from Sadhguru which caught my attention deeply. One after the other I was hooked on watching his videos on purpose of life, meditation, stop caring about other people thoughts about you, organizing your mind and the list goes on and on. I was listening to his videos in each and every free minute I was getting. My curiosity peaked when one night I slept with ear phones still on and this video played with a soft female voice talking about emotional health and dealing with people’s behavior. It was late at night and I was half asleep when her words drifted me back in deeper sleep. In the morning, I couldn’t remember who she was but I only remembered her message that my mind absorbed like a sponge. To satisfy my curiosity I started to google any information I can find about the message I listened. I had a faded image of the video on my phone and I only remembered a girl in white sari. I even googled “girl in white sari”. Finally, I somehow managed to pull her name and found her You Tube Channel. Her name was BK Shivani short for Brahma Kumari Shivani.  Well the next few months I spent her videos on You Tube and one day my friend complimented me that she noticed a huge transformation in me both on physiological and mental level. In this journey of self-transformation, I also embraced my spiritual habits and worked on to strengthen them each day. Along with Sadhguru and BK Shivani, I got better understanding of life, religion, spirituality by listening to Mufti Menk’s lectures on You Tube who is an Islamic Scholar from South Africa. I took great comfort in his words and found guidance to tackle my own problems. My journey of self-transformation has just begun. I must say that it was not an overnight process. It got accompanied with other factors of eating healthy, maintaining a healthy life style, balancing work and personal life, learning art of communication, giving back to the community in terms of doing volunteer work and giving charity. Today I felt like that the words are trapped inside me and they are now ready to come out. I am proud of myself in many ways and this is to say that I am still in the process of learning but I am now ready to empower others. At the bottom of this post I will include the names and Wikipedia articles of the three inspirational human beings that helped me greatly for those who are also seeking for answers in their day to day lives.

Mufti Menk

BK Shivani



N. Reflection



#Sadhguru #BKShivani #MuftiMenk #Journey #Life #Inspiration #mental #transformation #mentalhealth



Book review – Far Away Friends

Far Away Friends

Written By Baljit Ghuman.

Books cast a mystic spell over me that is hard to explain at times. For me buying a book, reading a book even holding a book in my hands drifts me away for few minutes and serves to be very relaxing.

I recently got a beautiful book on poetry called Far Away Friends written by Baljit Ghuman. As always I like to hold the book in my hands and feel the cover, the pages, the texture, the print, the weight. I must say I was thrilled to hold this book in my hands. What caught my eyes and attention was the title “Far Away Friends” printed on red background with white font. After the title there is a total white space followed by the author’s name again on the red background with white font. For some of us, this would be just a matter of picking up a simple design but for me it held more meaning than just a design layout. It gave me a hint of some one remembering their friends, memories associated with them from the realm of their thoughts, searching in the deep corners of their brain thus the white space signified  the quietness and stillness to get those memories out to share with the world.

The cover was inspiring enough for me to read the book, so I made a cup of tea this time not coffee and started to read it on my comfy couch. 🙂 I must say I was right about my predictions earlier. Each and every poem in the book was very relate-able with one’s life personal experience. What inspired me to keep on reading without lifting my mug of tea, was the layout of the poem on each page. The poems, thoughts and words are organized in a unique but very interesting, searchable way I must say, that tempts the reader to keep reading, searching, and relating to themselves. After some poems, there is a white page that I say is added for a reason – to self reflect, to remember, to take a break, to breathe and then to move on.

I thought of adding my personal favorite poem and inspiring words but I couldn’t narrow it down to just one poem or saying. The whole book and all the words are inspiring thus eliminating the need to pin point to just one personal favorite.

I can strongly recommend this beautiful, enlightening, inspiring collection of poetry around friendship, love, loss, freedom, wisdom, nature, divine light to my friends and followers and I can certainly see myself going back to this book for inspirational thoughts, motivation and courage later in coming years.

For all my followers who are also interested in exploring this book. It can be found easily at Amazon.

Far Away Friends by Baljit Ghuman via @amazon

#Friendship #love #nature #poetry #poems #goodreads #bookreview #inspiringreads #writing #literature

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Book review by Noor Reflection