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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.

12558276_136092090107122_1806599967_nHow to get there
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.

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

The Singularity of Ekam

Discover Ekam.

In an even quieter part of the already quiet and secluded Tree of Life Resort ,Jaipur.

Ekam – in Sanskrit is about “one “ or  ” unity “ A space where the body and soul are one with the elemspa1ents. In complete harmony. In a state of just being…

Discover Pure Indulgence. When you step into Ekam – The Couples Spa. Our Spa Experiences are an exquisitely balanced blend of wisdom offered by  traditional Indian wellness therapies and experienced with hand-crafted products created with pure, natural, organic herbs and oils. Offered by our specially trained therapists in harmonious settings overlooking our lush, natural surroundings. Quiet, zen-like, serene luxury does not get any better than this.

spa2Discover yourself anew. Re-kindle that spark with your partner and indulge in our signature offering where the entire Ekam Spa is booked exclusively for you.

This is the Tree of Life Eternal Bliss Experience. Spread over a leisurely 4 ½ hours – the Experience begins with a deeply nourishing, therapeutic bath. It is followed by a Body Polish & Body Wrap that exfoliates and nourishes. Followed by a luxurious and indulgent massage using the choicest of nourishing, sensual, aromatic Indian oils. A customised facial then feeds the skin with its goodness. An aromatic Rose Bath concludes this luxurious time – post which a glass of sparkling wine sets the mood…

spa4We invite you to soak in our therapeutic elixirs. Cleanse. Detox. Indulge. Nourish. Pamper. Refresh. Rekindle. With our ancient recipes and formulations. In solitary splendor. Or discover the joy with your partner.

We promise that you’ll be back for much more. To book your Experience at Ekam – The Couples Spa, call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000. Or email us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go towww.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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The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Road Trip.

A road trip to the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is well worth the 430 odd km distance from Delhi. For it’s the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge that awaits at the end of the 9 plus hour journey. Which becomes the base for your safaris, local excursions, curated experiences and a place where can forget one’s daily drudgery and play Lord of the Manor.

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve consists of  verdant grasslands,  dense ‘sal’ forests and swampy marshes. While the northern edge of the Park lies along the Indo-Nepal border, the River Suheli marks the southern boundary.
The Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge awaits at the end of a long but fulfilling drive. Set amidst sugarcane and mustard fields, this is a private heritage property, built in the 1940’s and used by the British as a hunting lodge. You can imagine it to be your own private, luxurious manor with caring and attentive staff to attend to you !

12356426_1539504513033605_1316061873_n (2)A Tiger Reserve since 1879, Dudhwa became a National Park in 1977 and adopted the Project Tiger in 1988. Although the Tigers at the Park are numerous, sightings are can be a challenge – due to the thick sal forest cover of the area. Besides Tigers, Leopards, Hispid Hares, Swamp Deer (Barasingha) and Rhinos thrive amidst the vegetation. The reserve is also home to a major rhinoceros rehabilitation project which was started since these forests had been the habitat of the rhinoceros 150 years ago.
The birds at Dudhwa National Park in particular, are a delight for any avid bird watcher. The marshlands are especially inviting for about 400 species of resident and migratory birds including the Swamp Partridge, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Bengal Florican, plenty of painted storks, sarus cranes, owls, barbets, woodpeckers, minivets and many more. Much of the park’s avian fauna is aquatic in nature, and is found around Dudhwa’s lakes.
BarThere are a host of curated experiences for you to choose from during your stay. Become One with the Earth where you ride a tractor and till the fields in the nearby village. Experience Sundowners at a special terrace space created at the edge of the marsh. Let the place work its magic to the accompaniment of your favourite beverages. Hop across the nearby Indo-Nepal border. Cross over and spend time at our neighbours’ sampling local cuisine and shopping for trinkets.

12558276_136092090107122_1806599967_nOr ditch everything for our one-of-a-kind spa offering – one that includes a full-day couples’ spa experience over a relaxed day at out spa location and its surrounds – all done at your own pace and time.

We’re opening for the season November 16th onwards. That’s pretty much the best time to experience the charms of the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge and the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. Don’t miss out this chance to experience the joys of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge.

 

Call  +91 9602091000 / 9602092000 or e mail unwind@treeofliferesorts com to book.