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Spirituality

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

There is a spiritual world beyond this material world where we live in.

Presence of mind

Recently I saw the movie SULLY in which Tom Hanks character show how you can turn a situation around and not panic if you have a good presence of mind. This reminds me of a story which I would like to share.

In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy who happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter.

He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that he would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter. Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.

The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.

The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark.

Standing on a pebble strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles. Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag. He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.

The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:
1.Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.
2.Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating.
3.Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.

She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark;

“Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt.

Moral of the story: It’s always possible to overcome a tough situation through out of the box thinking, and not give in to the only options you think you have to pick from. No matter what the situation, only by being conscious we can overcome any situation

Learn your strengths

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We all long for a sense of belonging and in the quest some of us forget to check if the place we are in is truly where we belong. Some are very comfortable where they are but have you give this a thought:  Is it worthwhile to  just “fit in” because it is easy and comfortable?

It took me a long time to recognise the intense veil of naivety under which I during my early life. It is easy to fit in, it is easy to blend in and hide your outrageousness but it is so the easiest way to lose the precious parts of you. In an actual sense, usually we are greater than how we view ourselves or where we fit.  For most, it’s just about taking a step further or changing some strategies to lead us to a better place where we belong.”

So stop taking the easy way out. Stop trying to fit in. You deserve to be seen. You deserve to be heard. You deserve to be known for the real deal that you are.

Learn your Strengths- Live your Values – Lead the Change!

Think about it!!!

Positive Thinking

positive thinking

Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

The second salesman reported back, “There is massive potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

This simple short story provides one of the best examples of how a single situation may be viewed in two quite different ways – negatively or positively.

We could explain this also in terms of seeing a situation’s problems and disadvantages, instead of its opportunities and benefits.

When telling this story its impact is increased by using exactly the same form of words (e.g., “nobody wears shoes”) in each salesman’s report. This emphasizes that two quite different interpretations can be made of a single situation.

Intuition

Intuition

I was watching the movie Doubt, in which the female protagonist questions the priest’s integrity based on her moral certainty, without a shard of proof. This got me thinking about Intuition.

Intuition – “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning“. We all have a moment in life when we have a gut feeling about something which defies all rationality. In moments like these do you listen to yourself or do you shrug it off? Most of us have grown up believing that there should be logic to all the decisions we make, but we need both intuition and reason to come to the best possible decision.

Research show that only 20% of the brains gray matter is dedicated to conscious thoughts while 80% is dedicated to non conscious thoughts, so how could we possibly make decisions without including the non conscious part of the brain. The conscious is the expert at logic which we use relentlessly, on the contrary the unconscious mind searches though the past, present and future and tries to come up with hunches and feelings.

Writing your thoughts down helps open up your non conscious mind, stir up your emotional feeling rather than intellectual feelings. With this you create a deeper relationship with self which helps you to bring your true instinctual awareness back into your rational life.

Think about it !!!

Color Psychology

color psychology

With the monsoons coming in and graying the skies, I got to thinking about how colors around us effect our moods. Colors influences perceptions that are not obvious, so I did some research on how people get effected by the colors we wear. While many people are aware of the impact of color on their own image and how they look to other people, what you may not be so familiar with is the psychological impact your choice of color can have on others, specially in business. Color has such a subconscious impact that it is important to have an understanding of what it says.

  • Establish trust and credibility, then blue is best. It is the safest color of all, universally liked by most men and women – however it has a certain predictability about it and suggests ‘conservative’.
  • Appear friendly & approachable – choose lighter colors such as mid tone blues and greens, blue-greens and teal, tan and peachy-orange.
  • Be assertive – red, but it can also be threatening to others.
  • Get noticed – red, if giving a talk to a large group – but it can be tiring if you are already overtired.
  • Appear confident – blue-green is a good business color for women to wear, it suggests high self esteem and confidence, yet is still friendly and approachable.
  • Show dependability – green – be aware that it is also a color that is not always liked by others, even though it is the color of emotional balance.
  • Appear neutral – grey or beige will do it. This can let your personality shine through, although you may also come across as a fence-sitter, keeping your true feelings to yourself – you may say what the client wants to hear, rather than the truth.
  • Professional with authority – dark blue or dark grey, which are the most business-like colors and good for credibility when promoting your business, yet these could be too overpowering and somber for many of your clients in a consultation.
  • Shock and inspire your audience – magenta will do this for you.

So next time you prepare for an event, interview or presentation, pick the right color.

Think about it!!!

Micro expressions

Micro_expression

I was doing some research on non verbal communication and came across micro expressions. Micro expressions are very brief facial expressions, lasting only a fraction of a second. They occur when a person either deliberately or unconsciously conceals a feeling. Seven emotions have universal signals: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, contempt, surprise and happiness. We come across non verbal cues everyday at work and at home, only if we had the knowledge to decipher them, can we use it to our advantage. Learning to spot micro expression can help us to:

  1. Improve emotional intelligence.
  2. Develop your capacity for empathy.
  3. Spot concealed emotions
  4. Improve relationships.
  5. Understand others.
  6. Recognize and better manage your own emotions.
  7. Develop social skills.

You can take the test here to check how good you are at recognizing micro expressions.

Simplicity

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One of Japan’s biggest cosmetics company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty.

Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty.

Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty.

No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent a whopping amount to do so.

But when a workman was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc but instead came out with another solution.

He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.

Moral: Always look for simple solutions. Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problem. So, learn to focus on solutions not on problems. “If you look at what you do not have in life, you don’t have anything; if you look at what you have in life, you have everything”

Try a power pose

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Body language not only affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. I was listening to this Ted talk by Amy Cuddy, where she mentions how our bodies govern how we think and feel about ourselves. Everyone talks about the importance of “body language,” but few people understand how much of an impact it actually has — not just in the way others perceive us, but in terms of how we actually perform. Certain “power poses” immediately change our body chemistry. And these changes affect the way we do our job and interact with other people. Our bodies do change our mind.

Take away from this session: Next time when you are going for an interview or a meeting where you will be evaluated, try a “power pose” for 2 mins before you start and see the difference for yourself.

When you pretend to be powerful, you are more likely to actually feel powerful.

Think about it!!!

Personality Type

Personality Type

Personality is the combination of traits that make a person who they are.

I came across this amazing free Quistic Personality test questionnaire which got me into thing about how being aware of our personality helps. So let me put down 3 reasons of how it’s helpful to know your personality.

You can learn to manage your energy

It helps in identifying your natural strengths. Everyone does best when they are working with their innate strengths.  Working in our strengths also gives us energy and enjoyment.

Self awareness

Knowing your personality type can help you in supporting your personal growth. achieving life balance, self awareness and creative endeavors.

Helps you find the right career  

Knowing your personality type helps you know your preferences better, avoid conflicts, appreciate diversity and improve decision making abilities.

Think about it !!!

Direction

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I stumbled upon this conversation between Alice and the cat while I was researching about direction.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” – Alice
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

This seemed to me like a perfect example to understand why having a direction is so important. I know it’s practically impossible to know everything before hand. But if you wait until you have all the information, life will pass you by in the mean time. Do some research, ask some questions, gain some practical experience, then make a decision, then act on it. If you don’t have a direction, why have a rudder or a steering wheel. Without direction, you are adrift in the stream of life, subject to all the problems, and completely without recourse. If you have a direction, you can always change your mind and decide to portage around the rapids.

Think about it !!!

Truth

Infinite doubt

A boy ‘n a girl were playing together. The boy had a collection of marbles. The girl had some sweets with her. The boy told the girl that he will give her all his marbles in exchange for her sweets. The girl agreed. The boy kept the biggest ‘n the most beautiful marble aside ‘n gave the rest to the girl. The girl gave him all her sweets as she had promised. That night, the girl slept peacefully. But the boy couldn’t sleep as he kept wondering if the girl had hidden some sweets from him the way he had hidden his best marble.
If you don’t give your hundred percent in a relationship, you’ll always keep doubting if the other person has given his/her hundred percent.

Think about it !!!

Meaningful goals-meaningful life

Two dogs chasing car in dust

A farmer had a dog who used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?” The farmer replied, “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one.”

Many a times, we waste our time and energy pursuing meaningless goals that are sure to cause disappointment and heartache, when we could have used our ambition more wisely for goals that would better fulfill our lives.

The great sage once said, To live a meaningful life, choose meaningful goals.!

Think about it!!!

 

Little things make a Big Difference

small fish eat Big fish

A man was taking a morning walk on the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die. The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one and threw it into the water. He did that repeatedly. Right behind him there was another person who couldn’t understand what this man was doing. He caught up with him and asked, “What are you doing? There are hundreds of starfish. How many can you help? What difference does it make?” This man did not reply, took two more steps, picked up another one, threw it into the water, and said, “It makes a difference to this one.”
What difference are we making? Big or small, it does not matter. If everyone made a small difference, we’d end up with a big difference, wouldn’t we?

Think about it !!!

Yogic Jogging – a quick fix

Yogic Jogging an effective way to energize and vitalize your whole body into action.

In this video Swami Ramdev shows how 10-12 minutes of Yogic Jogging consisting of 12 simple poses gives full exercise to the body, you’ll feel calm, relaxed and rejuvenated. Plus, yoga provides an array of health benefits that improve your daily life. Like; Yoga reduces inflammation and oxidative stress (which helps minimize signs of aging), boosts “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, strengthen immunity, improves posture, combats depression, and increases energy levels.

Yogic jogging is my vacation and travel yoga routine, after just 10 minutes of yoga, I have more energy, my concentration improves, overall I feel lighter and guilt free.

May the force be with you or against you …

While reading about change I came across a strategic tool – Force Field Analysis by Kurt Lewin. Kurt Lewin wrote that “An issue is held in balance by the interaction of two opposing sets of forces – those seeking to promote change (driving forces) and those attempting to maintain the status quo (restraining forces)”.

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Lewin’s force field analysis is used to distinguish which factors within a situation or organisation drive a person towards or away from a desired state, and which oppose the driving forces.These forces can then be analyzed in order to make informed decisions. Many of the reasons for people’s reluctance or refusal to change are related to the fear of change. To understand what makes people resist or to accept change we need to understand the values and experiences of that person or group.

Developing self awareness and emotional intelligence can help us to understand these forces that work within us and others.

Changing your attitude towards resistance is what’s needed to ensure successful change.

Think about it !!!

Expert Advise

expert advice

One day Akbar thought about professions and wanted to know which profession was most popular in his capital. He asked about this to his courtier. Some said it would be trade, other said soldiering.
When it was Birbal turn, he arose from his seat and bowed before Akbar and said, “Your Majesty, in my opinion it’s Medicine.”
This was surprising as there was just number of physicians in city. Physicians in court got furious and said, “you have no clue about how difficult is it to practice medicine and advice people about medical problems.
Birbal smiled and said, “I can prove this to you my majesty, If you come with me tomorrow morning.”
Next morning Akbar met Birbal on major crossroad in the city. Birbal had bandage on one hand. Akbar saw it and asked what happened.
Birbal said, “I cut my hand by mistake while cutting some fruits for breakfast.”
Birbal further request Akbar, “Your majesty you will have to write down the names of all the physicians we came across.”
Akbar agreed and said, “I will surely do but first be sure to wash that wound and apply ointment on it.”
They sat at busy crossroad through all day. Birbal was a well known personality so anyone who passed by inquired about his injury and advised him some or other medication.
As day went on list grew long, Akbar got tired so suggested to go home.
Birbal asked for list and said, “Majesty you forget to write your own name on the top of list. You were the first to advise me.”

It best to refrain from giving advice on matters you are not qualified to handle. And when it  comes to taking advice, make sure to check the credentials of those who counsel you in both personal and professional life.

Let it go..

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While taking a stress management class a psychologist raised a glass of water.
Everyone expected that he is going to ask, “Half Empty or Half Full..!!”
But instead he asked, “How Heavy is this Glass of Water?”Many called out the answer that it ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. Now psychologist replied

“This absolute weight of glass doesn’t matter. What matters is how long I hold it.

If I hold it for a minute it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour then I will feel ache in my arm.
If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed.
In all the cases the weight of glass doesn’t change, but longer I hold heavier it becomes.”

He continued..

“Similar are stress and worries.

If you think about them for a while, nothing happens.
If you think about them a bit longer, they hurt.
And if you think about them all day long, you feel like paralyzed or incapable of doing anything.”


It’s important to let go off your stresses.

Think about it !!!

Fear of the unknown

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I am at the crossroads of my life where I am trying to find a career which ignites my passion. I have a very good 9 to 5 job which pays all my bills but doesn’t motivate me enough to wake me up every morning to look forward to a bright new day. It’s just another day for me.

Recently I came across an opportunity which aligns with my interests and something I have been craving and trying for so long. I thought I’d be the most happiest person when something like this comes along but to my utter surprise I am terrified and confused and anxious. I am feeling totally opposite to what I thought I would be feeling.

This got me into thinking – Am I scare of the unknown or scared of losing what I have at hand?

Studies found that we can feel afraid on the unconscious level. In other words you might be afraid of the unknown just because there is something that you are afraid of but not fully aware of it.

I am going to figure out where my fears lie and how to overcome them and leave you with the thought – “This is your world, shape it or someone else will”

Think about it!!!

Focus

focus exercise

Today I came across a fun exercise about how to improve your focus which I will share with you. Before I do that let’s understand what focus is, why it is so important and what are it’s benefits.

Focus simply means “pay particular attention to”

Importance: (1) It sets you in a purposeful direction; (2) It keeps you motivated; and (3) helps us believe in ourselves.

Benefits – Again to name a few – helps you to make better choices; increases your listening skills.

OK now the exercise – partner up with a friend and and answer these questions -“What is the fun thing you did yesterday?”; “What is the fun thing you did today ?” and “What is the fun thing you will do tomorrow?”

Take turns and answer these questions but here’s the catch – S-P-E-L-L O-U-T Y-O-U-R S-E-N-T-E-N-C-E-S, YES don’t say them out S-P-E-L-L them out and try to understand your partner and respond to it by S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G out your response.

Isn’t it fun !!! Along with being fun this exercises also helps you to keep your mind focused.

H-O-P-E Y-O-U H-A-D F-U-N!!!

Heart of a mouse

heart of a mouse

A mouse was in constant distress because of his fear of the cat and went to a magician, he took pity on him and turned him into a cat. But then he became afraid of the dog.
So the magician turned him into a dog. Then he began to fear the panther, so the magician turned him into a panther. After which he was fearful of the hunter.
At this point, the magician gave up. He turned him into a mouse again saying, “Nothing I do for you is going to be of any help because you have the heart of a mouse.”

External change and appearance will not matter if you don’t change your inner self and mind.

Think about it!!!

Search within

Look-Within-Yourself

One day an old lady dropped her needle and started searching for it. She went outside the house and started to search for the needle. When passersby asked her, she told them she dropped the needle and so everyone thought of helping her by searching for her needle. After searching for a long time one of them asked the old woman, “Where did you drop the needle?” .The old woman said, “Inside the house”. Surprised by her answer they all asked why she was searching for it outside the house if she dropped it inside. The old woman said, “There is no light inside the house so how can I find it there, there is light outside the house so I am searching here”

The quest for finding solutions in life at times diverts us from focusing on where the actual problem is. Similarly, in the pursuit of happiness we often try to find it in the objects around us, rather than look within.

Think about it!!!

Solitude

solitude

Solitude is a choice that provides freedom and space from the demands and interruptions created by others.

Regularly spending time alone is good for your mind, soul, and body.

Solitude paves the way for self-reflection, clarity and to be self-reliant.

Think about it!!!

Perseverance

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It doesn’t matter how big or strong you are, if you are determined to succeed, you will.

The one thing that should keep us going in any situation is our perseverance, strength does help but when an obstacle comes our way it is our dedication which will show us the way forward.

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.” – H. Jackson Brown

Think about it!!!

Sashimi Model

drop

Today I was going through the Sashimi Model for Process Development, and got into thinking why can’t we use this model to achieve our long term goals in life.

What is Sashimi Model?  It is the art of slicing up a problem space into pieces that are at the same time independently valuable as well as quickly achievable.

All of us have short term longs and long term goals in life, where short term goals are easier to manage, plan and focus; it is the long term goals which end up fading away.

Why not slice the long term goals into small achievable goals and set targets, have milestones to get some motivation. Celebrate each milestone.

A pot fills only drop by drop.

Think about it !!!

Keep a Journal

Therpeutic-Benefits

A Life Worth Living is Worth Recording.

Journals aren’t just for teenager. Powerful and successful people regularly keep journals. A journal can preserve memories and serve as an emotional release. If you’ve never considered keeping a journal, reconsider.

Keeping a journal is simple:

  1. Decide on a format. Nearly any form of journal can be effective. A notebook, word processor, or dedicated journal can serve you well. You can even record your journal online. It’s entirely up to you. A blog can serve as a journal.
  2. Stick to a schedule. Try to write something at least a few times each week. Ideally, you’ll be able to record your thoughts daily. You’ll find that the journal habit is easier to create if you write each day.
  3. Keep it casual. You’re not writing a novel. You’re writing for yourself. You don’t even have to use complete sentences! Use a style that suits your wants and needs. Some days you’ll write more than others and there will be days without much to write about.

Anyone can enjoy the benefits of a journal. Choose a format that you enjoy and start writing. Keep a regular schedule. You’ll be amazed by how much you write over the years if you just write a little each day.

Laugh at yourself

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Laughing at Yourself Made Easy

Laughing at yourself is liberating. Instead of feeling frustrated by your shortcomings or embarrassed about looking foolish, you can experience a little amusement when things go awry.

Benefits  

  1. Promote healing. Humor takes the sting out of sensitive issues.
  2. Reduce stress. Trying to impress others or live up to rigid expectations can be exhausting and even undermine your health. Letting go of that tension allows you to relax.
  3. Take more risks. Striving towards challenging goals expands your skills and knowledge. You may not succeed on the first try, but you’ll keep drawing closer when you stay cheerful.
  4. Increase your energy levels. Laughter is invigorating. Your mind and body get a dynamic workout as you take in more oxygen and pump up your circulation.
  5. Enhance your relationships. Trying to prove you’re right strains your interactions with others. Your friends and family will appreciate your company more when you’re flexible.
  6. Enjoy free entertainment. Broadway shows and video games are expensive. Laughing at yourself is a bargain.

Storytelling

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Storytelling” is one of our oldest art forms which only only entertain us but also is used to convey so many messages.

By telling a story you aim to inform, engage and  inspire the listener.

It helps leaders in inspiring the organization, setting a vision, teaching important lessons, defining culture and values, explaining who you are and what you believe, leading change and coaching people.

What would you prefer? A short story with a moral or a long lecture with a moral.

So why not change the way we communicate by making it more interesting!!!

 

Unlearn

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We often hear adults say, “How can I change it(habit or so..), I have been doing this for so long?”; or “I can’t change the way I do things now?”

This got me into thinking, as an adult is learning tough or unlearning.

Our mind struggles so hard to keep the things the way they are even if they have bad consequences, so we need to tell the mind consciously to stop. Rather than trying to learn new good habit we should unlearn the bad habit. See it in this way; only when you throw out the bad stuff, you can make room for good stuff.

Think about it!!!

WHY?

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Being a management person, one of the best model I came across is the “5 WHY’s” model. It is simple yet powerful tool which can be used for solving any problem.

What is “5 Why’s” ? Whenever you encounter a problem, just ask yourself “WHY” five times, in this way you dig deeper and get to the core reason of the problem. It becomes easier to solve the issue or at least understand it better.

“WHY should I do yoga? It will help develop my physical and metal strength.

“WHY do I need better physical and mental health? Because it is good for me.

“WHY is it good for me? Because it will recharge my body and mind

“WHY do I recharge my body and mind? To keep me focused.

“WHY do I need to focus? To pursue the things I am passionate about.

All you need to do is ask yourself and dig deeper to get a better insight.

You are what you eat

 you-are-what-you-eat
The phrase, “you are what you eat” is literally true. Nutrients from the foods you eat food provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in your body, from your skin and hair to your muscles, bones, and your brain.
So shouldn’t you be concerned about what you are feeding your brain?
Why do they say that people who eat lots of chillies get angry very fast? Why does eating chocolate get us into good mood?
In my opinion the food-mood link is very real, so we should always be careful of what we stuff ourselves with.
According to research, lack of omega-3 has already been linked with depression and antisocial behavior and the brain’s neurons need the essential fatty acids to keep us bright and snappy.
Eat healthy and keep smiling 🙂

Smile Yoga

smile yoga

“Smile Yoga” does it sound funny and ridiculous? It does but it is one of the simple yet profound technique of meditation in which you sit in a meditation pose and generate a feeling of natural happiness and smile. Just smile 🙂

There are so many easy ways to stay positive and happy then why get stressed and frustrated.

Think about it!!!

 

Karma

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What goes around comes around, so why not be good to people around us, the environment and to the nature.

Think about it!!!

Live forwards

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Post analysis is always easier or trying to understand the meaning of today requires the reflection from a point in the future but you gotta do what you gotta do and go ahead in life.

Don’t forget the lessons learnt in the past but don’ let them stop you from going ahead in life.

Think about it!!!

Keep the faith

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Story of the the Chinese Bamboo

A farmer plant a Chinese Bamboo seed, waters it, nurtures it waits for it grow but after one year what he see’s – nothing.

He keeps his faith and goes on nurturing it and watering

second year – nothing

third year – nothing

now he is angry and frustrated but he has invested 3 years of his life to nurture this seed so he keep faith and has patience.

fourth year – nothing

Now he has almost lost it and is ready to lose all hope

In the fifth year – he sees it  sprout and grow 80 feet tall all at once in a season.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho

Keep the faith!!!

Small achievements

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So finally I started working on that Oil Painting that I had in mind since months, this would be my first oil painting. I couldn’t start it till today, not because of my laziness but because of my fear for messiness …hmmm

I am still scared I’ll spoil some of my clothes but let’s do this 🙂

 

Take a deep breath

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The way we breath affects our whole body.

The next time when you feel relaxed, notice how you breath. Deep breathing is the best way to lower stress levels. When you breath deeply, a message a sent to your brain to clam down and relax. So the next time you feel stressed, tensed or anxiety, find a quite spot and take a deep breath. Practice Yoga.

Click here to check some breathing exercises you could use.

 

What’s holding you back?

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A man once saw a horse which was tied loosely to a small chair but was doing nothing to break free from it. When he asked the owner, why such a powerful creature like that never tried to free itself, the owner said, ” When the horse is very young and much smaller we use the same small size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. Sure, they will try to break free, but soon learn they are unable to. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free again.”

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up if we are caught in a struggle. What once held us back is a stepping stone to setting us free.

Think about it!!!

 

Uncertainity

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In uncertainty – lies all possibility, so embrace it and channelize the anxiety and doubt to find new possibilities.

Being uncertain is one of the best things that has happened to me 🙂

Think about it!!!

 

Intention list

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Writing your intentions down is critical to your success. Writing has a magic ability to crystallize your intention and also provides a great method to place great amounts of focus and attention upon your desires.

As soon as you give birth to a new desire, the Law of Attraction immediately begins working in your favor. As you begin to define the details of your desire, the Law of Attraction responds accordingly to incorporate your new asking.

So at first glance, identifying your desires and writing your intentions down is one of the most critical stages in the manifestation process. Without it, one would fail to achieve the desire.

Think about it!!!

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