Often in life we feel down and slumping. At these times our soul needs inspiration just like the body needs food. We all need inspiration to free our soul from the bondage of worries and give our life a direction. Inspiration is food for our soul that desperately drives us to be better and be the person we dream to be.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. You learn more from failure than from success, don’t let it stop you. It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed, the vision pulls you up. Thus far, we may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
A circle of light that can sometimes be seen around the moon at night or around the sun during an eclipse (a time when the moon is positioned exactly between the sun and the earth) is called CORONA. In Latin it is called ‘crown’ and in Medical terms, it is most commonly refers to ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV-2), a corona virus responsible for the 2019–2020 outbreak (COVID-19), the disease caused by the virus.
Considering the above, the COVID-19 has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for many of us in one or the other form.
When the lock down was announced none of us rushed to buy gold, land, car or expensive mobile phones. But all of us rushed to buy fruits, vegetables, milk and bread and other essential things, hence, one should realize that it’s not the materialistic things that will take care of us.
In this lock down, it has thought us many a things. with the help of family members, we did our hair cuttings, helped each other in kitchen, in fact, I have perfected the cooking skills now and we were able to adjust life with whatever little essentials available at home and most favorably I found time to pen down some of my memories and shall be sharing them in the coming days through my blog.
If I am not wrong, the world has changed, the climate now is pollution free and we can see the clear sky, mountains are visible, which was not possible then. Rivers and other water bodies are getting cleaned and most importantly, all species are having their freedom and we humans are caged now. Wish this continues for the sins we have committed to them and to the mother nature. We can only pray to the Almighty for the speedy recovery and to forgive our sins and stay united as a One World.
Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. Never compare your life with others, you have no idea what their journey is all about. Forgive everyone and everything. What other people think of you is none of your business. Time heals almost everything.
Relationship is not a degree or diploma to start and finish within 3 years or 5 years of time. It’s a lifetime course not just to study but also to feel and live.
The nature is a great experimenter. How do you think it experiments? Basically it discards the species that is not supporting the whole. And it has constantly experimented over millions of years. It has discarded the dinosaurs, it has discarded probably the Saber Tooth Tigers, it has discarded Ramapithecus, and it has discarded the Neanderthals.
A few of these species have survived for 200,000 years and a few of them have also survived for 10 to 20 million years. So this is just information for you but the question is how sure we are about the success of this human species? Are we sure, we’re going to survive forever? If you have to survive forever, that means you need to be beneficial for the whole. If you are not going to be beneficial for the whole, what would nature do? It would discard us. Are we being beneficial to the whole? If you probably have to have conversation with the planet earth, what do you think the planet will tell us, very unhappy?
We are probably more damaging than the smallpox virus, which doesn’t exist now. Yes? We are more damaging, we are causing greater calamity, and we are being cruel to this planet of ours. If you look at any other species. Every other species kills somebody else or kills another species only for its own survival only when it is threatened or when it is very hungry. But we as a human species, we have not evolved.
But we as a species kill another species not for our own survival but to prove our superiority over the other. To prove our dominance over this entire planet or sometimes even for pleasure.
The entire world is under Corona virus effect. What if this corona virus is nature’s way of eliminating the human virus? There is a huge possibility, right? We are not being beneficial to the whole; to the whole we have seen again and again that nature discards us.
In the current situation, China is not the problem; the Chinese people are not the problem, what is the problem then? The problem is our own consciousness. We are living and experiencing life in separation, we are living and experience life as though we are separate from everybody around us and this separation driven consciousness has its own repercussions and we see it in the world. We see it in the world as Cancer; we see it in the world as disaster, as natural calamity or as the Corona virus. It is time to awaken now, we can’t continue living our life from a disconnected state of consciousness. The more disconnection that we experience, more chaotic would be the world around us. If we are truly looking for a more peaceful world, if we are truly looking for a more joyful world, if we intend to create a beautiful world for our children for our grandchildren, then the transformation has to happen now and here it is already too late.
We must define our life goals and begin to achieve these goals, this action will support us against stress because we will feel that we know what our life purpose is and why and that we control our own lives.
Wearing a $300 or $30 watch; they both tell the same time. Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet or handbag; the amount of money inside is the same. Whether we drive a $150,000 car or a $30,000 car; the road and distance are the same and we get to the same destination. Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine; the hangover is the same. Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 sft; loneliness is the same. You will realize, your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down, you go down with it. Therefore, if you realize, that you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, sing songs with, talk about north-east, south-west or heaven and earth that is true happiness!
Here are five undeniable facts of life and it goes like this:
- Don’t educate your children to be rich, educate them to be happy. So, when they grow up, they will know the value of things and not the price.
- Best awarded words in London, ‘Eat your food as your medicines; otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food.
- The ones who love you will never leave you for another because even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find one reason to hold on.
- There is a big difference between a human being and being human, only a few really understand it.
- You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage.
Hence, if you just want to walk fast, walk alone, but if you want to walk far, walk together.
Let me share this wonderful inspiring incident and do believe we have the same kind of spirit to face any challenges that come our way.
To be successful in life, one should practice doing one thing repeatedly, until you reach at a point where no one can beat you. Once Australian bowler Brett Hodges bowled Sachin Tendulkar out in cricket in 2007 match and that was a great achievement for a youngster like Bret Hodges, who was very ecstatic that he took the wicket of a great batsman and out of curiosity went straight to Sachin Tendulkar after the match was finished and asked for autograph on the same ball which he has bowled out Sachin and said this day would be my most memorable day in my life.
And guess what Sachin has written in the autograph, “this day would never come in your life again”, and to prove this it needed tremendous confidence and practice to stand by what he has said. It may seem a small incident, but it has a lot to say.
From that day, both Sachin and Brett faced more than 30 plus encounters but Brett never made it again to bowl Sachin out and that is what takes you to perfection with practice.
Let me share one more incident happened during Pablo Picasso’s time. One fine day Picasso was having a walk in the streets of New York and a lady on identifying Picasso, requested to sketch something for her in a piece of paper she had with her. Picasso, out of humility drew a sketch in just 30 second and told her that this is worth millions. She did not believe and left thanking Picasso for the sketch.
Few days passed and remembering the priced possession she had with her, the lady walked to a nearby Pawn Store and inquired about the painting value and the lady was stunned on hearing that the sketch was indeed worth millions. The lady than sold the sketch and returned back to home.
A few months down, the lady met Picasso again in a Painting Gallery and she walked to Picasso and said, Sir, do you remember me, you have sketched a painting in 30 seconds for me and said that it is worth millions and you were right Sir. I want to learn this painting of 30 seconds, could you teach me Sir. After a sign, Picasso said, do you know, to perfect this art, it took me 30 long years of practice.
There’s an another interesting story in the Hindu mythology that once Lord Indra got upset with Farmers and out of revulsion he announced that there will be no rains for 12 years and you won’t be able to produce crops.
The farmers begged for clemency from Lord Indra, but he did not heed to their cries and finally said, on one condition, rain will be possible only if Lord Shiva plays his Damru – [Damaru (Sanskrit) Rudra-Siva’s drum, shaped like an hourglass. A Damaru or Damru is a small two-headed drum, used in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. In Hinduism, the Damru is known as the instrument of Lord Shiva. The Damru was first created by Shiva to produce spiritual sounds by which this whole universe has been created and regulated. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Damaru is used as an instrument in tantric practices. ]. But, Lord Indra cleverly requested Lord Shiva not to agree to the farmers request and when the farmers reached Lord Shiva, he repeated the same thing that he will play Damru after 12 years.
Disappointed and with no others options left, the farmers decided to wait till 12 years. But one farmer regularly was digging, treating and putting manure in the soil and sowing the seeds even with no crop emerging.
Other farmers seeing this made fun of him. After 3 years all farmers asked that why he was wasting his time and energy when we all know that rains will not come before 12 years.
He replied, I know that crop won’t come out but I am doing it as a matter of “practice”. After 12 years I will forget the process of growing crops and working in the field, so I must keep it doing so that I am fit to produce the crop the moment there is rain after 12 years.
Hearing his argument Goddess Parvati praised his version before Lord Shiva and said, “You may also forget playing the Damru after 12 years”. Without giving a second thought Lord Shiva in his anxiety just tried to play the Damru, to check if he could play the Damru and hearing the sounds of Damru, there was rain all over and the farmer who was regularly working in the field got his crop emerged immediately while others were disappointed.
It is the practice which keeps us in fine tune and in perfection.
So what may be, let the lockdown lift after 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years. Whatever trade or profession we are into, keep sharpening your skills, practice with what little we have, upgrade the knowledge.
“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
Once, a Shaman was asked; What is Poison? Anything beyond what we need is poison. It can be power, laziness, food, ego, ambition, vanity, fear, anger or whatever. If you develop a habit of praying to God for others, you will never need to pray for your own self. Understand that you own nothing in this world, everything surrounding you is only temporary. Only the love and good deeds you have in your heart will remain forever.
Stress is a big challenge in life nowadays and in this Corona virus pandemic, it is often seen as a big cause. The source of stress are many and the helpful ways to reduce stress are also plentiful. Common symptoms of stress include skin problems, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, fatigue, insomnia and frustration.
We don’t need to set a time to reduce stress, we need to incorporate some strategies in our daily life routine to prevent stress and reduce its effect on the body.
In this lock down the best we can do to maintain a healthy stress free life is to follow simple remedial guidelines and should be practiced with utmost determination and dedication and these are:
Sunlight: When natural sunlight hits the skin it triggers the body’s production of vitamin D. Vitamin D is also known as “the sunshine vitamin.” It is a crucial ingredient for overall health; protects against inflammation, lowers high blood pressure, helps muscles, improves brain function and may even protect against cancer.
Rest: Relaxation techniques and self hypnotherapy. We can easily do this after having a hot bath to relax even more, simply sit or lie down in a comfortable place with your eyes closed, imagine there is a spot light above your head and concentrate on it, then concentrate on your body part by part and try to relax the body and feel the relaxation deepening. You can also use a self hypnotherapy audio tape to help in this process. Massage is another great way to reduce stress. Do this when other ways fail. One will feel better after receiving a massage. You can get a professional massage or you can simply ask your partner / friend or a family member to massage for you.
Exercise: This is one of the important things you can do which will reduce stress and bring happiness. When we exercise, our brain releases substances which bring feelings of happiness and relaxation; we need to engage in some exercise regularly such as walking, dancing or swimming or whichever you are most comfortable with.
Diet: Take control of your diet. We can use simple ways in our diet plans to reduce stress by avoiding some stimulants such as coffee, alcohol, tea and sugar and we can use chamomile tea as an alternative because of its calming and relaxing effects.
Further, we need to eat slowly in a calm environment to allow our digestive system to work well. We can use honey as an alternative to sugar but in a small amount (one or two spoonfuls per day).
Self Confidence: Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it. Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. Believe in yourself.
Friends: Your job won’t take care of you when you fall sick. Your friends and parents will, maintain them in all stages of your life and enjoy a healthy life.
Well; whatever it is that you want to achieve, whatever goal you want, you can have it. All you have to do is decide to have it, and your success is inevitable if only you’re willing to do the work. If you’re willing to take action and the risk to make it happen in the world, and if you’re willing to do the work on yourself.
Don’t stress yourself too much because no matter how bad the situation is, it will change. If you want to be strong, learn how to fight alone. Never judge someone by the opinion of others. Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.
Never lose hope. Good things will come. Believing in yourself is the first secret to success. Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come. Finally, the world is full of nice people, if you can’t find one, be one.