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Most of us have lived in simpler times when all our tasks at hand were getting completed as planned. People could balance professional and personal life easily. Today we find ourselves struggling with deadlines at work, demands at home, challenges in relationships and decline in health. We hurry through our days complaining about not having enough time.
It is important that we supplement time management with a sense of ‘balance’ in all aspects of life. If we ignore a task at workplace there will be immediate repercussions. But if we ignore our family member or physical health, they may not immediately react. This is why many of us take our personal life and health for granted. We even justify that we are only pushing forward our careers towards success and that will make our family happy.
Let us become aware that inner success is the foundation of outer success. Once we internalize it, our time starts flowing to balance every area of life – work, personal time, health, family, finances, spirituality, relationships, hobbies, socializing and relaxation. A good practice is to pause and check every night if we divided our time and energy to balance all of them or at least most of them. If any area is ignored repeatedly depending on our circumstances, we can analyze and re-prioritize.
Let us check at each step what we gain or lose from our actions in terms of our inner treasures like peace, love and joy – We may be workaholic but if we do not see past our job, then our health and peace of mind suffer. In relationships, we may be so involved with one person whom we consider to be special, and ignore those who really matter. This is common in new friendships and new relationships. Another important aspect is to check that our spiritual wellness – our relationship with God and Self is not compromised. Spending a few minutes every day to connect with God and fill the Self with His powers will keep us calm and successful. We will then move forward in a more meaningful way, leading to healthy balance in handling daily responsibilities.
Time is an entity affected by our thoughts, awareness and consciousness. Sometimes we may be in the middle of an activity but our mind suddenly switches off from that context. It creates a series of thoughts of worry about the past, fear of the future or thinks about somebody. This can go on and on if unchecked, sometimes for up to an hour. By the time we realize and come back to the scene, a baggage of thoughts and feelings would have significantly drained our inner power. We feel heavy, exhausted and may even experience a headache. In this depleted state of mind, if we resume the task, our clarity, focus, efficiency and speed reduction. The activity that should have taken an hour may take us two hours to complete. Unhappy about the delay we try to rush through the next task but because the mind is not calm, we may go wrong and get delayed again… we gradually shift from being easy and live a busy life.
Often we feel that either time is chasing us or we are running behind time to catch up with it. We wish to bring time to a standstill or at least slow it down so that we can organize ourselves. There are also moments when each of us will want to temporarily step away from demands of our roles and responsibilities, to enjoy a few moments of solitude. Spending a few minutes to nurture the Self is a necessity but many people find it a luxury that they cannot afford.
If we begin our day reading or listening to pure and positive information such as spiritual knowledge for at least 15 minutes, the foundation layer of the mind will have an unshakable setting of peaceful and powerful thoughts. This strengthens our mind and intellect, so our improved efficiency saves us time and keeps us enthusiastic. Meditation connects us with God to recharge our emotional batteries. This means the emotional treasure that we are seeking outside will now be activated and rejuvenated from within us.
When every thought, word and action is a product of our spiritual charging, we will experience peace even while working and meeting targets and deadlines. We will never find yourself short of time. When we are in charge of our mind, then time will not control us, time will co-operate with us.
India has a sector in which it is exceptionally gifted than others, a sector which is being considered a rather dead one for the past few decades, Agriculture.
India’s population is expected to be 1.6 bn by 2050 calling for an annual food grain production of 333 mn tonnes which represents an increase in production of more than 1/3rd.
Then why Agriculture isn’t able to generate good economy and employment?
The agricultural sector employs more than 50% of India’s population and contributes to only 14% of the GDP. This indicates the drastic inequality in terms of earning when compared to the urban population who are mostly employed in either manufacturing or service sectors. With such high votes falling in this domain, no government can ignore their demands or solutions to their sufferings. Various governments in Centre and State have changed over the last 65 years without solving the crux of the problem faced by these farmers.
Successive governments have well identified the problems along with solution but have failed in implementing the solutions in an efficient and fair manner.Ministry of agriculture should behave like they are running a startup which is uber for farmers.
Give it some thought. Let us call this business Uber is organizing a vastly unorganized sector, same needs to be done in Indian agriculture as an industry. Uber noticed that in the cab industry, consumers a paying huge prices and still not getting the kind of service they deserve, and cab drivers are forced to charge huge amount because of the low-frequency of rides, wastage(of time and km) and hence don’t end up taking a lot of money home. Supply and demand both are frustrated, Uber came in and said that what if we connect consumers and suppliers(drivers) using technology, this will increase the frequency of trip and to locate drivers becomes easy and reduce time wastage because technology enables to connect me with the nearest driver, once the wastage is reduced, prices decrease and profits increase. Uber had to invest $8bn to organize this industry which also builds long-lasting trust and dependency among can owners and consumers. There is a lot analogous to Indian farming industry. Farmers are like car owners. They can just plug into a system from where they ‘ll keep on getting the demand. Consumers from these farmers can be the vegetable shops. Anyone can become a shop owner by simply signing up. Don’t rely on technology here but make it super simple(through banks, maybe) Uber had to invest to give discounts because they had competition and had to establish the industry. Govt. can simply invest in making sure the supply chain is in place by a PPP. Uber helped its drivers get car loans provided smartphones in EMI, made partnerships with petrol pumps and service centre to get better deals for farmers, same can be done here for fertilizers, tractors. Uber set training camps for drivers, similarly, farmers can go through various training sessions. Govt can also make a plan and raise money from private holders sharing equity and make profits after 5 years.”
There is a popular saying,
“Do not believe a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.”
― Swami Vivekananda
Recently, I had a major argument with someone, I was arguing for what I felt was right and gave up at the end because I felt hurt and didn’t want to waste my energy.That day whole night I was not able to sleep properly, thinking about how can someone have a bad opinion about me when I have not done anything and was very much depressed next day thinking why we people argue with others and hurt each other ???When we can talk politely and discuss the matter.That day literally all of sudden I felt from inside that if people think I am bad that means to some extent I am going on the wrong track and I need to look inside myself and change something within me rather than arguing with others. That day I realised the actual meaning of self-realization. The soul is the sum total of all of our experiences. It struck me how this meant that every experience adds to our soul, and there is no experience that can detract from it.
We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. When we stop regarding the unreal as real, then reality alone will remain, and we will be that.
People aren’t always what you want them to be. Sometimes they disappoint you or let you down, but you have to give them a chance first. You can’t just meet someone and expect them to be everything you’re looking for and then be angry when they’re not every hope and aspiration you projected onto them. It’s foolish to believe that someone will be what you imagine them to be. And sometimes, when you give them a chance, they turn out to be better than you imagined. Different, but better.We’re so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks—we’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?”
The experiences that we may reject because we think they aren’t the correct experience may actually be made up of the same peace, joy, and love we are hoping to have. We think of this world as a world of opposites, or dualities. But if we look more closely, we find that the so-called opposites are really just different amounts of one thing. Light and dark are an example: There is no such thing as dark, only light existing as photons. There are no “darkons.” You can’t buy a “flashdark” and point it at things and make them disappear. However, when there is little or no light, we call that dark, even though there is no such thing. Similarly, the only thing that exists is our true nature, which is filled with joy and love. If we are experiencing little or no joy or love, we may call that sadness or fear, although those are really only the relative absence of joy and love. And of course, there is often some joy in sadness and some love even in fear.
Forgiveness is an aspect of acceptance/love/peace/truth.Resentment is an aspect of hatred/emotionalism/negativity/falsehood.Forgiveness brings utter peace and serenity of mind.Resentment brings inner turmoil and suffering.
Which do you choose? And when? And how often?
It’s totally up to us.
Acceptance/forgiveness means choosing to see the absolute perfection and beauty in everything.Everything/everyone is currently operating at its own level of awareness and/or evolution.Everyone/everything is what it is right now because that’s what it needs to learn, or un-learn.People are what they are, and make mistakes, because they really don’t know otherwise (or they don’t want to know otherwise).
If they REALLY knew otherwise, they would ALREADY be otherwise.Whenever we decide to create a greater degree of change in our lives we need to start doing things differently.
If you do so your mind will be utterly free from any heavy or hard thoughts as none of them would matter anymore. That constant struggle to choose between desire and aversion, like and dislike, good or bad would also vanish and it would be clear that they are the makings of your own mind, driven by ego.
There will be no urge to go after anything. Even needs will diminish. The mind will be brimming with constant joy. There will be no doubts; so no questions anymore. What a relief it would be!.
Life will be lived in every moment. There will be no regret on anything from the past or fear and concern about anything in the future, as past and future will never matter anymore.
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become a habit.
Watch your habits; they become the character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny
― Lao Tzu
Have you noticed that positive people seem to get what they want out of life, and even if things don’t go their way, they still enjoy their lives… while negative people whine and moan about their misfortunes and even the good things in their lives?
If you are surrounded by negative energy that’s coming from a coworker, partner, friend, or family member, you must know how to protect yourself without engaging.
Don’t underestimate the harm that negative energy can cause–learn how to protect yourself and be smart about it.Nobody wants negative energy to permeate their lives, yet many of us allow it.
Indulging in conversations where people talk about other’s weaknesses depletes our energy. The person who is complaining and the person whom they are talking about may not be connected to us, but just being a listener will deplete our emotional health.
“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.”
– Dalai Lama
Option 1: Have the power and ability to decline politely but assertively that you do not want to listen to anyone else’s issues or behaviour. You need to handle the situation exactly the way we consciously watch our physical diet – we refuse certain eatables, regardless of how tempting they are, or how lovingly they are offered.
Option 2: Progress the conversation from being problem-oriented to solution-oriented. Shift the focus on how the person talking to you should handle the situation so that issues he has with the other person are resolved. You are then discussing the sanskars of the person talking to YOU and not about the sanskars of the person who is not present.
Option 3: Shift perspective of the person talking to you. You can help them look at all the positives in the person they are talking about. When complaining about someone, people fail to acknowledge the good qualities of the person they complain about.
Option 4. Let us not be passive listeners, quietly nodding at everything being said. It amounts to our endorsement of the views. Too often, we hear out someone in the name of courtesy, obligation, or fear that our refusal to listen will hurt our relationship. Just as we do not feel bad when refusing to eat anything unhealthy for the body, we should refuse anything unhealthy for our mind. It’s good for us and them.
Although it can be hard to admit, sometimes the negative person is YOU. Sometimes it’s your own negativity that hurts you more than anything else.If your inner critic is trying it’s hardest to get the best of you, try giving up all the thoughts and contemplations that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, for the rest of the day. See how doing that changes your life. You don’t need these negative thoughts. All they have ever given you is a false self that suffers for no reason.
An entire body of water the size of the Pacific Ocean can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, all the negativity in the world can’t bring you down unless you allow it to get inside your head. People who are able to discern the positive points in negative situations are the ones who prosper in the long run. So defend yourself against the ‘negative way’ and make room for a positive day.
If you feel like you need to cry, then allow yourself to cry in a place you feel safe.
If you feel like you need some alone time, then allow yourself to spend some time alone.
And if you feel the need to talk to someone, then allow yourself to open up to someone you trust.
If you are grateful for what is (including the unpleasant school of life lessons), then you can invite more and more positive energy into your life.
When you overcome that conditioning and realize that the future is NOT cast in stone but that you have more control over your circumstances than you believe – then you can begin to consciously design your life.
Why not choose positive energy?
Make some changes within, and you’ll quickly see positive changes in your life.
Enjoy the good feelings and abundance!
We are always getting ready to live but never living.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today we have higher buildings and wider highways, but shorter temperaments and narrower points of view.
We spend more but enjoy less. We have bigger houses, but smaller families. We have more compromises, but less time. We have more knowledge, but less judgement. We have more medicines, but less health.
We have conquered the outer space, but not our inner space.
We have higher income, but fewer morals these are times with more liberty, but less joy with much more food, but less nutrition these are days in which two salaries come home, but divorces increase. These are times of finer houses, but more broken homes.
That’s why I propose that as of today — You do not keep anything for a special occasion because every day that you live is a special occasion. Search for knowledge, read more, sit on your front porch and admire the view without paying attention to the needs. Pass more time with your family, eat your favourite food, and visit the place you love. Life is a chain of moments of enjoyment; it isn’t only survival.
Use your crystal goblets. Do not save your best perfume use it every time you feel you want it.
Let’s tell our families and friends how much we love them. Never pass up a chance at adding laughter and joy to your life. Every day, hour, and minute are special because you never know if it will be your last.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.―Dale Carnegie
Our Dream is to live, so why not live to dream?
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams and in the power or passion they bring.
Dream But dreaming of the person we want to be,
shadows the person we truly are.
Take risks be ambitious for better things but not too boastful.
Overcome obstacle to seeing beyond the forest, you must first climb the tallest tree.
Hard work always pays off sooner or later.
Love the second best thing to do with your lips is smile so share that kiss.
Love is giving someone the power to destroy you…but trusting them not to, everyone’s good at heart, he or she won’t hurt you on purpose.
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly, so hold on, don’t be too quick to let go, it’s not over to you give up.
Believe Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there, some of the most successful people, became it because they believed.
Get stuck in Take every opportunity and run with it, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Be your own best friend Find out who you are, and try not to be afraid of it because we live in a world full of people pretending to be something they’re not.
And if you only listen to one thing I’ve said, listen to this… We’re not just here to casually stroll through life avoiding all the problems.
Make the most of the things,
Grab every opportunity with both hands,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
Dreamlike you meant it because life’s a game,
but you don’t win or lose by playing by the rules,
you only lose by not trying.
Every great achievement was once considered impossible…