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Setting and Achieving Life’s Goals– the Tree of Life Way…

We’re pretty much so caught up in a world full of madness. Over –communicated and over-stimulated. Work, home, family. study, relationships and the continuous insidious call of social media that eats into our lives more than we realise. Is it a wonder then – that the concept of a quiet time where one can be with oneself to pause, reflect, unwind and have a sense of awareness of what is going on in life. And to plan ahead for a life that could make the difference to our sense of self – is virtually non-existent ?
Life-coaches charge fancy amounts for what now seems to be catching on – the phenomenon of setting personal development goals and identifying ways to achieve them. We’ve put together a simplified a goal-planning system which can be broken up into the following three parts and detailed each below :

1. How to choose your life goals
2. How to get there
3. How to keep track of all your goals and actions and your progress

imagesHow to choose life goals
Some of us may know what our life goals are. Some of us may realise those with a bit of quiet contemplation. Some may be fairly clueless as as they have never figured out what their dream is, or what they’d like to accomplish. For them, here are a few suggestions:
1. Take out some time for quiet contemplation.
2. Think about what’s important to you.
3. Think about what you’d like people to say about you when you die.
4. Brainstorm — make a list of all the things you’d like to do in life, things that sound fun and exciting and wonderful, and then choose the best of the list.
5. You don’t have to come up with your life goals right now. You could just think of something you’d like to achieve over the next 6 months to a year, and continue to explore different things until you find your dream.

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If you know your goals, the next question is how to get there. A simple method that’s used often is called backward planning. Here’s how it works:
• Have a clearly defined goal with a clearly defined outcome — you should be able to visualise what it looks like when you’ve accomplished the outcome. Try and be as specific as possible. Quantify it. Put dates to it.
• What is the last thing you’ll need to do to achieve that outcome? If your goal is to publish a book, for example, the last thing you’ll need to do (before the publisher does the layout and design, printing, marketing, etc.) is edit and submit the final draft. Right ?
• What is the thing you’ll need to do just prior before that final step? If we stick to the book example, you might want to get an outside editor to review your draft and give your criticisms and suggestions and edits.
• What is the thing you’ll need to do before that previous step? Keep working backwards – step by step, milestone by milestone until you get to the first step. The first step is what you need to focus on in order to begin. You would need to think of ideas and plots or topics for your book as your first step.

If you follow this plan, you’ll have a step-by-step guide to achieving your goal. Now you just need a way to keep track of your goals and your progress towards them

65895db45dbe8a21578ae32e34584df0How to track and achieve your goals
Track your goals, broken down by into time periods (1 year, 5 years, 10 years, etc). with specific goals defined against each time period. You can further simplify this by choosing one to accomplish within the next 12 months. Or even choose a sub-goal of one of your life goals to accomplish in 12 months. And only choose ONE goal.

The key is to maintain focus on your one goal, and to put all your energy into achieving it. Don’t forget it, don’t be distracted from it. Maintain your focus, and you’ll achieve it.

That’s pretty much how the Tree of Life came about to be. Our founder – Himmat Anand had enough and more experience in the business of travel and hospitality under his belt. Having experienced different levels of what is essentially a service business – with focus on people, he had a definitive, experiential, luxury boutique hospitality concept that he wished to bring alive. One that would be different from everything that had existed so far.

And so the goals were created and set.

Infinity Pool at nightAnd the Tree of Life Resorts began to take shape. Brick by brick. Idea by idea. Detail by detail. Locations away from the city amidst nature and serenity. Creatively designed expansive guest spaces. Cuisine that would be personalised to guest tastes but put together in style with wine pairings and a mix of the fresh and exotic. Concept meals that would include creative takes on the special cuisine of the soil. Service that was designed to be discreet yet attentive. And a curated selection of experiences for guests to discover the area, become one with nature and find themselves.

Times were challenging. But the journey continued. Goals were broken into tasks and sub-tasks. With everyone on the team working toward the goal of the creation of the Tree of Life Resort ,Jaipur and its’ opening in 2010.

We’ve come a long way since then. The horizon is wider. The goals change and yet remain the same. The Tree of Life Varanasi is taking shape in time for a Summer 2017 opening. Our second brand – from the Tree Leaf Hospitality series is growing quickly and will move up from its present three properties to six by next summer.

Come, explore our world with us. Experience the fruits of our efforts. How we made dreams come true. Take time out for yourself. Be inspired. Because we believe we are different. And we make a difference.

To the lives of those who we meet. Including yours.

Explore more on www.treeofliferesorts.com read what our guests have to say about us on TripAdvisor.
And call to book directly on +91 9602091000 / 2000.

Things that make us Happy !

Humans have been trying to discover the secret of happiness for centuries. Being in the business of people and experiences – we believe we do have more than just an idea about people’s moods and what makes them happy.

Read on for how and what we do to make our guests happy ! Because if you are happy – we’re happier !

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Numerous studies have linked pet ownership and interaction with animals to happiness. Spending time with a cat, dog or horse or even elephants is therapeutic, stress-busting and an antidote to loneliness !
Our resorts at Jaipur and Dudhwa welcome our guests’ four-legged family.

indian-thaliWe’ll go by your preferences.
Every day – our MasterChef in residence will visit guests and understand their eating preferences. And craft a personalised menu for them complete with wine pairings. No waiting or fretting at meal times. Just a feast for the eyes and taste-buds.

binExperiences are for everyone.
For those who can manage them. And for those who are challenged. We’re proud to have escorted a guest on a wheelchair to a special spot ahead of the Tree of Life at Binsar – from where she was able to get an unparalleled view of the Kumaon Himalayas.

14607141_1792788257628565_1795781927320420352_nSafaris that earn bragging rights.
When our naturalists and safari guides go the extra mile and ensure you catch the King of the Jungle in his habitat.

Wellness for well-being.
At the Tree of Life Jaipur – our signature wellness offerings consist of soft treks, jungle walks, guided yoga and meditation sessions and our spa offerings for individuals and couples. Both available at our Spa or in the comfort and privacy of the garden area of your villa.

But most of all – the entire experience of the Tree of Life is what counts. Different things make different guests happy.

 

Explore more on www.treeofliferesorts.com read what our guests have to say about us on TripAdvisor.
And call to book on +91 9602091000 / 2000. Because we’d like to continue spreading happiness.

Saving the Dying Conversation

Step out anywhere. Or stay in. Chances are that you’ll find almost everyone deeply absorbed in the happenings on the screen of their devices. Now it’s fashionable and easy to bring home a computer or tablet for your toddler. All the better to keep her busy with.

A face to face conversation is one that’s becoming rare by the day.  It’s a dying art. Even conversations at work are being rapidly subsumed by mounds of e mail and messenger chats. Our younger generations, bought up on a diet of touch-screen devices will in all probability not have a real conversation because they won’t know how to have one. And neither will those around them.

tatThe problem is with us – those who have seen both sides of the coin. And who know the value and impact a genuine conversation can make. Experts say that face to face conversations are critically important for our well-being. They are also important for our children.

“Conversations with each other are the way children learn to have conversations with themselves, and learn how to be alone,” says Sherry Turkle, a professor of science, technology and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Learning about solitude and being alone is the bedrock of early development, and you don’t want your kids to miss out on that because you’re pacifying them with a device.” (Bilton)

Experts who observe the phenomenon, believe that technically, that we’re not talking to each other. We’re talking all the time, in person as well as in texts, in e-mails, over the phone, on Facebook and Twitter. We’re talking at each other rather via technology. It is actually ironical – that we are today much more talkative than we have ever been.  But it has happened at the expense of a face to face, living, breathing conversation.

 

jaagir-lodge-room-1-8570Today – when we compare live conversations to those we have through technology –  they tend to intimidate us a bit. Sometimes awkward, sometimes aggressive, sometimes sparkling, sometimes….nothing. Experts describe them as being messy.  But it is precisely that “ messy-ness “ that is real. Pauses, interruptions, changes, swings and after which point of time – one can almost anticipate the biggie – the point where the tide turns and there is a brilliant sparkling moment – that changes everything.

The Tree of Life encourages you to unwind and just be with yourself. To have a conversation. With nature. With yourself. With your significant other. Far away from the din and cacophony of everyday life. Where even our silences speak. All you need to do is listen. Find yourself.

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Re-discover the lost charm of a regular conversation. Or spar with your travel companion and create a super-sharp, on-the-edge conversation exchange that sets tone for special memories.

 

At the Tree of Life – We have great spaces which offer great settings for conversations. Singly. In pairs. Or in groups. Quiet nooks. Overlooking vistas. Expansive bay windows that encompass the sky and the mountains. Zen-like water bodies that tempt your toes and fingertips. Lovingly enclosed in our sprawling resort spaces. With our award-winning, discreetly attentive service by your side.

 

Explore more on www.treeofliferesorts.com read what our guests have to say about us on TripAdvisor.

And call to book on +91 9602091000 / 2000

Celebrating Life. Here & Now.

“If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year…Today should always be our most wonderful day.” 

– Thomas Dreier.

In every culture, we do have special times set aside to celebrate life or a significant event. What we also know as Holidays ! Something that we get so excited about ! For they play a major role in our lives and are intertwined with our physical, mental and emotional states.

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Our life’s effort is motivated by the prospect of a reward.

On a “ feeling”  level – holidays are a reward. No work to worry about. Just doing things that one wouldn’t otherwise do. And which matter to us. Stuff we can really enjoy and perhaps experience once in a lifetime. Pausing to celebrate life is our reward for all the hard work we otherwise put into our lives. Much like walking towards the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Even taking time off from one’s normal routine to have fun and celebrate life fits into this “reward” category.

Rewards can be anything !

Rewards can have material value or emotional value. Most of us work for a material reward in the form of a monthly pay-check. A few others love what they do so much – that the monetary reward is unimportant and is secondary. The feeling of accomplishment they experience is what matters.

When we achieve something that matters to us  – we are emotionally rewarded. The reward can be something intangible – but it creates happiness. This action-reward feedback loop is an intrinsic part of human nature and is closely related to the joy of giving and receiving.

 012_villa-fire-placeMake special times happen to celebrate life

Our holidays and associated decisions are often decided by others. But in order to feel truly rewarded and happy – it is important we do this for ourselves. That would enable us to reward ourselves while celebrating our life’s victories. Even the smallest professional achievement or a personal breakthrough can be a catalyst for your reward. And a holiday !

 

dsc_6964Celebrating the everyday

Any time we succeed in our life – a celebration is in order.  This is one of the ways we give ourselves approval . Whenever you find yourself  achieving something – it is time to reflect on your accomplishments, it’s time to stop and celebrate life. Doing so will funnel massive amounts of approval into your neurological feedback loop.

.Make it an ongoing process

Without a built-in system for receiving approval, one’s motivation begins to fade. If you see your personal progress as a reason to celebrate life – you are providing yourself with the fuel needed to stay motivated.

Personal growth is a never-ending  journey and it pays fabulous dividends. Approval is the single element that keeps the whole process running smoothly.  Make  your own times to celebrate life and your accomplishments. It’s a really powerful way to let yourself know how much you approve!

“The more you praise and celebrate your life,
the more there is in life to celebrate “ ~Oprah Winfrey

So Celebrate. Find Joy. In the Everyday. And on Special Days. Check out our awesome holiday options – each one offering different experiences across our properties. Hallmarked by our signature award winning service, personalised cuisine and curated experiences. We promise that you’ll be back for much more. Call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000. Or email us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

Ah, Coffee!!

For a country that’s known to be the largest consumer and the second largest producer of tea in the world – India’s coffee story has come a long way.

1It is believed that a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee. He noticed that his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so spirited that they did not sleep at night. Kaldi took the berries to a nearby monastery. The Monks there made a drink with the berries and discovered that it kept them alert for the long hours of evening prayer. Soon, this news reached other monasteries, and beyond.

The Arabs were the first to grow and trade coffee. Demand was very high, and coffee beans leaving the Yemeni port of Mocha were heavily guarded. Word of the ‘Wine of Araby’  – as coffee was then called, began to spread beyond Arabia, via pilgrims visiting Mecca every year.

2By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent. As demand for the beverage spread, cultivation of coffee beans spread to Indonesia, the Caribbean, South and Central America.

By the end of the 18th century, coffee had become one of the world’s most profitable export crops. Today it is the second most traded commodity on the planet after oil !

It is believed that Coffee arrived in India approximately 400 years ago when the legendary saint Bababudan brought seven magical beans from distant Yemen and planted them in the Chandragiri hills of Karnataka.

Indian Coffee is unique and is known for its subtle yet intense flavours. India is the only country that grows all of its coffee under shade. Indian coffee is typically mild and not too acidic, possessing and exotic full-bodied taste and a fine aroma.

For those who love coffee or even merely intrigued by the different varieties available – our coffee primer attempts to de-mystify some of the terms associated with this miracle !

A look at the different ways in which coffee is brewed :

 

3The French Press

French press makes coffee by steeping the coffee grounds in hot water, and then pressing the grounds out. The plunger is pressed down and coffee poured directly into the cup ! After the drip coffee maker machine, it’s one of the easiest, least time-consuming ways to make a great cup of coffee.

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The Moka

The stovetop coffee maker, otherwise known as a Moka pot, is easy on the pocket and makes a strong decoction. The Moka pot consists of three chambers, a bottom chamber where water is poured, a filter in the middle where coffee powder is placed and a top chamber. You place the Moka pot on the stove and the steam from the bottom chamber pushes the filtered coffee to the top chamber to give you a brew similar to that of an espresso.  The flavours of Moka and espresso machine brews are very close. However, the stovetop stuff is richer, less acidic, and almost chocolatey

 

5The Ibrik

It’s a charming metal pot made of brass or copper with a long wood handle – also known as Cezve, in Turkey, whereas in much of the rest of the world, you’re more likely to find it called an Ibrik. The filterless method of brewing combined with an exceptionally finely ground coffee powder produces a cup that’s dark and brooding and when prepared with the addition of sugar and spice, results in a unique and unforgettable brew that’s “ black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love”*

 

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South Indian filter coffee is brewed with a metal device that resembles two cylindrical cups. The upper cup is loaded with fresh ground coffee mixed with chicory. The grounds are gently compressed and boiling water is poured inside. Next, the lid is placed on the top, and the device is left to slowly drip the brewed coffee into the bottom. This brew is generally stronger than western “drip style” coffee. Traditionally, filter coffee is consumed by adding 1–2 tablespoons of the brew to a cup of boiling milk with sugar. The coffee is drunk from a tumbler –  but is often cooled first with a  dabarah – a wide metal saucer with lipped walls !

So that’s our take on the world’s favourite brew ! One that purists will swear by. With their artisanal and customised blends, perfectly brewed just so. And consumed at a specific time – making it an intrinsic part of our lives.

Coffee Rules !

 

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How we reach for the Stars !

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

~ Harriet Tubman

We’re a bunch of dreamers. That’s why we do what we do. And that’s why we are where we are. Having reached for the Stars after many years of hard work – we see its results every day. But we also continue our efforts to stay amongst the Stars. After all – dreams can only stay true with sustained effort that drives us from one to the next and higher Star.

We’re proud to share stories from our world. Where challenging circumstances created desire to overcome them. They set their sights high. And worked very hard and did not for a moment believe that they could not achieve the impossible. 2016-09-05-photo-00000104-2

The story of Roshan who is part of the team at the Tree of Life, Jaipur , is even more amazing than the story of how the Resort came to be. At the time of its construction, Roshan was working on the resort construction site as a ‘beldaar’. A ‘beldaar’ is a daily wage labourer who digs and carries earth, bricks, clay and sand at construction sites.  Roshan began to visualise not only the results of his labour in the form of a brand new resort – but also how he could be part of it. Once the resort opened , Roshan joined the Kitchen team at the resort, doing odd jobs – including chopping and cleaning. Over the years – and driven by his desire to excel in life – he picked up simple cooking skills and continued his learning. He soon achieved the ability to work independently.

Today – Roshan is a self-made, self-taught and valued member of our Food & Beverage Team. All because he had a dream and reached out for the stars from the dust of apriya-jpg construction site.

guddi-jpgThen there is the story of Guddi and Priya – whose parents were part of the team that built the resort.  Supported by the Balika Foundation – set up by the Tree of Life –  both girls are doing full justice to their dreams by studying hard.  Currently in high school, they both love studying English and want to be teachers when they grow up ! We’re delighted that with a little bit of support the lives of our children are changing. And we’re proud and happy to be part of the change.

2016-09-06-photo-00000069Last but certainly not the least – is the story of Maharaj. Who joined us to work in our Horticulture Department.  While he continues to be an invaluable asset in keeping the resort in its lush, green and flowering state – his spiritual inclination made him gravitate naturally towards the Ganesha Abode and the ‘Naun Graha’ Temple in the resort premises.  Today he is responsible for the care and upkeep of over 220 plus Ganesha idols that are showcased in the Ganesha Abode.  And in his role as a priest – he has undertaken responsibility for the morning and evening “ aarti” or prayer ritual at the ‘Naun Graha’ Temple –  creating a peaceful aura in and around the resort.

Our stories will continue. And victories will happen. And the Stars will come closer and closer till we can grasp them firmly in our hands.   The voyage shall continue…

If you’d like to meet our Stars – come by and spend time with them at the Tree of Life, Jaipur. Call +91 9602091000 / 2000 now to book  !