Balance Mind = Healthy Mind = Happy Soul

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It is all about Balance!

सुख है तोह दुःख है
दिन है तोह रात्रि है
धूप है तोह छाव है
जीवन है तोह मृत्यु है
मानो तोह है वरना नहीं है
 
ईनके बीच ही तोह रहना है
 
अपनालो, जो आता है जैसे आता है
स्थिर करो चंचल मन को
 
क्योंकि हर रात्रि के बाद सुन्हेरा सबेरा है।

Happiness exists so does sadness,
Day exists so does night,
Bright sunlight exists so does shadow,
Life exists so does Death!
If you believe, it is; else its not,
We have to stay among them
Accept whatever comes in whatever form,
Stabilize your flickering mind,
“caz after every night there is a beautiful day!

Balance keeps you stable. Balance keeps the family strong, motivated and in a positive frame of mind. Balance avoids you to fall down while walking/running. Balance lets you do multiple task at a time. Balance helps you solve complex problems. When your body achieves the appropriate balance then it balances your mind. When your mind is balanced then it connects you with your soul. The more you practice, the more connected you are! It’s a daily process, you can’t achieve or feel it if you do it once in a while. The more you are involved and balanced; the more you can feel the difference. For sustaining this earth the Sun has to rise and then has to set. This is the universal law and henceforth the balance is maintained in the environment, which sustains you, me and other living beings.

The same applies on us as well, if we deviate in any direction we would imbalance ourselves. Balanced mind is crucial to help everyone around and to take appropriate decisions. Understand this clearly, at any given point of time; you are not controlling the situation or the happenings around. Your state of happiness or grief is purely based on your attachment to the particular situation/person.

When I say, balance! You need to be in a normal state of expression towards the surroundings. Not too happy nor too sad. This does’t mean that you are supposed to be inhumane or  be heartless. It also does’t mean that you should forget grief or happiness. It’s more about how to respect the happenings around you. Be a witness to the good and bad. Respect them, be a part of it, feel it and at the same time stay composed. Nothing is permanent. If you practice being neutral, you will be able to take appropriate decisions in crucial time. You have to be a leader of your own life. No-one can help you, unless you take the charge. You have the capacity to be happy or sad or depressed. Raise yourself for others and for being a reason to show others the right path.

Attachment is the root cause of pain and agony. Attachment is when you start depending on someone. Their day to day things are more important to you than anything else. You tend to get hurt every time when the person with-whom you are attached is not doing good. This builds up frustration inside you and at some-point of time it irritates the other.. Realize how you are getting confused at a conscious or unconscious level. You are getting trapped in your mind and within your thoughts. You are trying to capture what is not yours! You are trying to have the ownership of someone else’s life. To be free and to have balance; you have to let go on attachments, you have to set free, you have to respect the other individuals and at the same time start focusing on your own-self. You need to love yourself and face your fears. Understand you need to have a balance in life.

You have to evaluate and improve yourself. This is an everyday task [I have recently started working on this.] You have to get better with time. If you are dependent and weak; you are making things very difficult for your ownself and for your loved ones.. Don’t find reasons to justify your situation. Stop being judgmental and look inside yourself. It’s always about your mental health; the moment you are balanced and composed. You will be in a position to handle all the situations gracefully.

I often encourage people around me to learn life lessons from animals and birds. They are someone who can help us learn how to deal life situations. Birds with their beaks make nest for their family, they struggle to find the right set of stalk to make the nest. Tirelessly they put all the efforts. After the egg is laid, the bird protects and then takes care of the hatchling. Tirelessly feeds it and teaches all the required skills for survival. When baby bird is ready to leave the nest. The mother bird leaves them alone and never returns back. They don’t get worried about their nest nor about the hard work they had put in to raise the baby bird.  Its only the pure unconditional love – nature-nurture.

Acceptance is what we need to learn. Every individual has his/her share of up’s and downs. We have to acknowledge, respect, accept and give freedom so that they grow with confidence, with more power and the gap is filled. Give them space to grow and learn their own mechanism. You are the best judge of your situation to understand when and how to have a balance! Learn it and follow it.

Cheers,

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Healthy Body + Healthy Mind = Happy Life Happy Soul

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Something just looks good in books. For example the message that the image is trying to convey. [source: pixabay.com]

When we are not composed and balanced from within, in no time we are quick enough to make judgmental analysis about others. Based on our mood, time, situation and liking constantly consciously as well unconsciously we create a reflection of the individual and it’s character. We need to treat others the way we wish to get treated. Sometimes we just start speaking for a bunch of people or may be more. Without having the understanding of their individual wants and emotions. It’s like if I am OK you are OK. We have been created in our own special way. Every eye has its own vision and demands its own personal perfection.

You are absolutely not my eye! Stop judging me! Move out of your comfort zone before you judge others.

Mind thinks unrealistically and loves to live in its own dream-world. Mind-thinks and this mind-web rises so does our need and demand. We are slave of our mind. Human body has been designed in a peculiar way. Every body-part needs to work perfectly if you wish to maximize. To keep the body available and functional it’s important that you follow a systematic exercise regime. We screw up things big time when we forget the importance of our body. Your body is only dearer when we start having physical problems.  The body parts are  weak and become useless with time as we hardly use them in the required way. Either side of your body [left or right] will be more flexible, smooth, stretchable, strong and bigger in size. No joke— seriously look at yourself. This is a more perfect and understandable example of how you treat your own body. When you change the course of track, the threads will get damaged burnt. Stability is only in equilibrium.

Like-wise is our human mind!  Zip up! Absolutely!! When we do not get time to work on our body — mind is million years ahead or behind! Root cause of your pain, trouble, stress, anxiety and all the negative emotion is because of your mind. Denial is always first and ready to manipulate with an answer that is approved by you. Well, even reading about Human Mind and it’s importance is many-a-times too much that it will instantly add stress :P.

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You still have the choice to gradually low down the intake of the medicines! Choose a healthy lifestyle. [source - pixabay.com]

Train your mind and you will see the difference. I know you are the most busiest person. You run short of time, you are someone who is trying to protect the world. This looks so nice to read. Comforts the little ego and makes you feel special. Sorry, wake-up! As a matter of fact you are not at all strong. You are just performing your duties and trying to survive in your own-style. As an individual at a particular phase of your life; your laid back attitude towards ignoring your physical and emotional health will pinch you real hard. Despite of it; we will let go and live with destiny. With time, technology and weakness our mental strength is only for the strong hearts. We are slaves of our mind. Pleasure and material are the only things which excites; rest looks good in the books or to hear. To understand the impact and complications of sedimentary life-style is good; however if precautionary measures are not taken then its a waste of knowledge and time.

Many of you are already aware and working on it. Please motivate others too and help them from running away.

Enjoy the life you have as per your satisfaction.

All the best,
Cheers,

There is no place other than road to run!

runners-751853_1280.jpgFeel happy to see the steady rise of health conscious people.  They are into many things, which keep them healthy. Fitness is moving to a different level.  I see them walking, jogging, cycling, gyming, cross-fit, yoga, strength training, endurance and so many more. This really makes me feel happy, as personally am a self-defence trainer and a health conscious individual.

What I had been noticing and observing is that most of the joggers are jogging on the road with the on-going vehicular traffic! My concern is specifically for the early morning joggers and cyclist who are out on fitness journey before sun-rise, in near pitch-darkness. They are rarely visible jogging on the road. During monsoon season it’s a challenge, the drivers need to be more vigilant to identify the presence of humans on road specifically at early hours.

Okay, there is no place other than road to run! I can understand, there is no harm to be on the road. However, how safe is it!

I have closely observed joggers running opposite traffic direction so that the driver can see their little hands moving here and there – asking them move aside and not to run-over them. At the same time, they are cautious, alert and in a position to run off the road if the driver miss seeing you. The anxiety, stress and extra alertness are clearly seen on the face of the joggers.

My question would be to the health conscious people – joggers – walkers and cyclist. Does this stress help you when you are out there to stay healthy?

The simple solution would be to educate and use common sense. Rather than keeping your mind alert. Get reflectors, glow in darkness, choose your freedom, and enjoy your workouts.

It would really make things easier for the joggers and as well for the drivers if certain precautions are taken care. The joggers and cyclists should wear radium/ light reflecting clothes which can discover your presence on road at such an hour, when no one else is on the road.

Your workout gear needs to be bright, fluorescent and must reflect! Don’t go for black, grey or brown attire which would absorb light and make you feel sexy.

The gym owners, marathon runners, health conscious people should encourage them about safety and how to be visibly visible when on road. You are a health conscious individual sweating out to be healthy. Enjoy it and be mindful about being safe. Train hard and be smart.

Cheers

Does Your Work Space Give You A Pain In The Neck?

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Ergonomics is the boss and you should never mess with the boss.

Occupational hazards like Shoulder-neck and back pain are increasing day by day. I had been through this phase for 3/4 years. Just have to make some changes in your life-style.

Most of our social entrepreneurs spend maximum hours on computer, mobile or laptop. Sleeping hours are erratic, eating habits don’t ask me and sleep [what is that]!!! Healthy body, mind and soul are required to give your best to your venture, job or your life.  These are the changes I incorporated in my lifestyle and it has helped me immensely. Not sure, if it would help you. However you can try and somebody who is in real pain – it’s better to consult the doctor.

Create awareness and be mindful about everything around you.

Rest: – Yes, this is the most important aspect to be followed. Give your body rest. For all those who are suffering from shoulder-neck and back pain should immediately try to reduce the usage of your shoulders, fingers and arms.  Your body needs time to recover and heal

Ergonomics: – Follow good and healthy ergonomics to reduce further damage and to help in recovery.  These links will help you understand

  1. How to sit at a Computer
  2. How to improve posture

Healthy Food: – Have a balanced diet

Walk: – Spend some time for your own self, go for a walk and relax your entire body. 30 – 60 minutes’ walk would help you distress and make you feel relaxed

Exercise: – Include stretching exercise in your daily routine. Do not over exert on the first day or first week. Have a disciplined routine. In case of severe pain or problem talk to your doctor before you start

Meditation: – Love yourself. Take out 10/15 minutes of the day to meditate. This is your personal time – no thoughts – no work – no business plan – no negotiation – no pitch practice – absolute scalene do nothing. Turn on soothing music and listen the beats and follow them. Keep practicing this and you would gradually start falling in love. If you can’t sit for 10 minutes – start with 5 minutes. This will help you start your journey in Meditation: Be mindful

Sleep: – Get some good sleep

Keep enjoying yourself and keep inspiring.

Cheers,

Anand

 

 

Reflections @ INSEAD Business School, Singapore

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. Bruce Lee

Learning is a part of life and you keep learning consciously or unconsciously till the last breath of your life. Everyone dreams for the a better life and a better world. Some dream the dream and some take the first step to make it a reality.

As a martial artist, I perceive life with a positive eye. For there is always an opportunity in every given situation to pounce back. When I came to ISEP, I dropped my guard and was ready to unlearn – learn. Being an open minded person it was not difficult to get in this learning mode.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell

Social Entrepreneurship is an emerging area – we got a totally out-of-the box experience. At an individual level learnt many more than I had actually thought of. Needless to say, the way it was designed was very effective. Understanding the heart and heart [oops meant the mind] of the social entrepreneurs; the curriculum in a perfect way, penetrated deep within the mind, yes the mind.

Outstanding Professors – Outstanding curriculum – Outstanding colleagues working on Outstanding solutions

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I would thank all of you who made this a wonderful and interesting learning experience. Each one of you has made an impact on me and its going to be helpful.

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Professor Hans & Professor Jasjit you are best anyone can ask for! You are a complete 200% package.  All the professors who taught us have been able to make a huge impact.  As we began the course, many troubling questions were answered! Many more were answered, which could had been a possible threat in the future. The Professors are like the guiding angel you ask them and they answer within no time. The connection and network built is one of its kind. Clear, neat and transparent.

However, the real gem of this entire programme has been Ms Christabel Kek who tirelessly took care of each and every individual. Special thanks to her skills, passion and energy.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F. Kennedy

Till the last breath keep learning, growing and inspiring others.

For Love,
Anand

Traveling : The Unconscious Teacher

Among all those lovely teachers around….Travelling is one of them which I consider to be a very good teacher. It teaches you many things in your personal life. Right from managing your finances, food, stay, planning, people handling and more importantly learning more about your own self.

Traveling explores your unknown potential at body and mind level. It actually pushes you for the unexpected; where your threshold is challenged every now and then. Mountain tracking actually challenges your mind the most. Forget the body support… It’s purely the mental strength which defines the success of the mountain tracking adventure or any given traveling.

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Traveling also gives you an opportunity in understanding and respecting different cultures. Different ethics and values of each and every place only enriches you as an individual. It gives you an opportunity to grow mature in your personal life. There has always been an impact of the experiences felt be it good or bad on your life as a whole. Right from your attitude till your sleeping habits.

Negative experience helps in creating wonders in your life. Your patience, people handling, mental strength, body capacity and capabilities are all tested in one go!!! Don’t forget you have passed them gracefully.

As always, I reinforce we should always have positive attitude towards life.

No doubt its wonderful teacher – however how many of we as travelers learn and use it in our day-to-day life. The mind many-a-times create such mind-web and you yourself becomes a victim. Suddenly all your travel learning go for a toss. What I am trying to tell you here is – no matter what you learn from your experiences, if you can’t utilize them in your daily life any learning from any format or experience is of no use.

Everything bottom’s down to power of mind.  Mother nature has got immense information to give out – be open to accept them and apply it across in your life.

Cheers,

For Love as always,

Anand