This mind is like a coal mine!

This mind is like a coal mine!

If you have ever seen a coal mine or a video of it, you’d know the amount of digging that goes into coal mining.

The deeper you go, the more and better quality coal you’d find.

Our mind works the same way!

We have seen just the upper layer of it and we feel our mind is so mysterious and beautiful and we have so much knowledge within us.

However, its only when you go deeper into it is when you realise how much more there is to dig.

How much more there is to know and understand and explore.

Just like a coal mine, if you want to find the good stuff and in quantity, start digging. (just not literally)

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Praise the Positive

Praise the Positive

How often does it happen that we didn’t like the food at a restaurant or an experience at a store or a hotel or a flight (for ex.) and we immediately leave a bad review on the internet?

How often has a public figure, be it a politician, or an entertainer or a sportsperson said something unnecessary and we immediately blew it out of proportion?

At the same time, how often have you written a good review after having an amazing meal at a restaurant? Or a positive review for a hotel or a flight after a good experience?

How often have you praised another colleague or a friend or an acquaintance after something good happened in their personal or professional lives? (not the inner circle, generally the friends in your life)

As a society, every individual is to blame. Because it is us who make the society collectively negative, with each one contributing by either a negative opinion or not praising the positive or also by staying silent.

Of those three, I want to focus on praising the positive in this post.

Let this be a challenge, let this be a movement. Every time we see something good happening, we build it as a habit to praise it, praise the positive.

In our circle, whether with friends or acquaintances or colleagues or juniors or seniors, whether on social media or offline, whether a personal accomplishment or a professional win, we’ll take that effort in praising the positive.

Whether we had a good meal somewhere, or had a wonderful experience at any place, through social media, or at least in person, we’ll take that initiative in praising the positive.

We cannot talk of everything else and not social media! Either the people we follow, or the community we’ve built, we will support whenever possible, we’ll praise the positive whenever we see it.

It’s this decision, this affirmation to make change possible when you see change happening. It’s this tiny step of you praising the positive, when you start noticing positive things happening in your life as well. This level of positivity will bring joy, energy, happiness and success along with it, you just need to be positive and praise the positive.

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But my problems aren’t that bad…

But my problems aren’t that bad…

Have you ever had a problem that made you feel you stressed or anxious along with a wonder as to how would you solve it?

At such a time, the mind boggles down into spiraling thoughts and provides us with imaginations of different scenarios making us feel more panicky.

Sometimes, people then realize that these problems aren’t that bad when they compare to someone else’s larger problem at hand which is much graver than theirs.

Now, that isn’t bad at all. That’s a good way to think, it helps you get rid of the stress and anxiousness of that smaller problem (in hindsight) of yours and helps you regain focus of your life.

However, this thought that my problem isn’t bad can be troublesome too.

How and why?

Well, not that it isn’t good to scale down your problem with that other larger problem, but at the end of it, that problem, whatever it is, still is one for you, no matter what.

Only you have temporarily gotten rid of its effects by altering your thinking.

What can you do differently then?

Well, getting to its roots and understanding why it is a problem for you is a really good scenario from a micro and a macro perspective of life.

Once you solve one issue of yours, you then become capable of handing the other issues as well, those that affect you, and on top of that, you then come into a situation wherein those kinds of problems won’t have that kind of an effect on you anymore. Because now your mind knows that you’re capable of handling it, rather than getting rid of it temporarily.

Another counter point here could be that, it’s so easier to say to get to the bottom of it, but how easy it is when the moment arises. That may be true, but it doesn’t change the equation that if the problem is a solvable one, then you just need to get a practice of that calmness and patience to understand it and to deal with it.

Having both types of thought processes is good for you, one will get you the perspective and the other will solve it for you. The balance of both will come with practice and perspective and will give you a skill you may have not had before, or rather improved you at it.

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Changing your morning narrative!

Changing your morning narrative!

There are two things that happen every morning!

Either you are in your control or your narrative.

When you let the narrative control you, then you are not in control.

And vice versa.

What do I mean by that?

How often does it happen that you wake up and you immediately had to rush for work, or with the current times, immediately log in to work?

How often does it happen that you wake up and you’ve missed the workout time or your meditation time or even your breakfast time?

This is when the narrative controls you.

This is what happens when there is no regular sleep and wake up timings and the irregular scheduling hurts all the activities throughout the day.

One after the other, everything is rescheduled and then something fits in another time or it has to be dropped.

On the contrary, when your circadian rhythm is in check, when you have a regular sleep and wake up pattern, you’re in control of your life.

You control when to workout, you control when to have breakfast, you control how calmly and with ease can you start your work.

This is how you change your morning narrative.

And it changes when you control your decisions, rather than letting these tasks controlling your decisions.

Change your morning narrative.

Want vs Should

Want vs Should

The biggest battle that every individual goes through, without even realising it is this…

The battle of Want vs Should.

What you want vs What you should.

What it also means is what’s right for you vs what you would like to happen irrespective of it being right or wrong for you.

For example, you should exercise, but at this moment, you want to continue scrolling on your phone or go out and socialise or watch something on your laptop.

You should eat right and not have the unhealthy processed stuff that doesn’t benefit the body, however at this time, you want to have the packet of chips or have some cookies because you feel hungry right now.

Another example is, based on what’s right for you, you should schedule an hour or so everyday to read or learn something new, but because of whatever reason, you want to use that time to consume something entertaining and push the should to later.

As you’d notice with these micro examples of life, what usually happens is our wants take over our shoulds, and every time we push the should, we basically postpone what’s right for you and what you should actually do for yourself, in order to be better, in order to grow, in order to improve yourself.

The ‘what we want’ basically becomes a quicker, lazier way of making decisions which temporarily makes you satisfied vs taking the efforts and doing ‘what you should’ because that would take more out of you.

There are hundreds of examples of ‘want vs should’ which, if one reads, would be like a pin to the heart because that would make you realise the things that you do wrong, irrespective of knowing the outcome of it.

Every time, anything is put under this perspective, it’s an eye-opener for someone who would then probably understand what they should do vs what they want to do.

This applies to micro as well as macro situations in life, it’s only up to you to choose when you’d like to apply it and whether you choose to be on that path or not.

Beyond the Clouds!

Beyond the Clouds!

Sometimes clouds, dark clouds take over the sky, making it dark and dense.

At such moments, the sky isn’t visible, the rays of the sun aren’t visible.

It seems dark even in the lightest moments of the day.

However, what we should know is this…

Beyond the clouds, the bright, beautiful and the blue sky is still there and the sun is still shining out there.

It’s just that we can’t see any of it beyond the clouds, but it’s there.

It is so beautifully connected with life as well.

Where sometimes life is overshadowed by such dense clouds, even though temporary, that we lose our perspective of it being temporary and knowing that the beautiful life full of colours is still out there.

We just need to have a perspective of knowing what’s beyond the clouds even if we cannot see it.

When the situation is against you

When the situation is against you

You know what’s easy?

To be positive when you’re in a relaxed, calm and peaceful state of mind.

It’s easy to think right, act right and do right in such a situation.

You’re in an empowering situation at that time.

The trick is when the situation is against you.

What happens then?

If you aren’t able to keep your cool and calm on your thoughts, on your words coming out of your mouth, on your actions…

It means you’re still not ready.

It means you still have to grow.

It means you’re not in control of your emotions.

It means you still have a lot to learn.

However, the more important part of this equation is for you to realize that.

You have a Recycle Bin too.

You have a Recycle Bin too.

In computing terms, a recycle bin is the place where the files you delete from your computer are temporarily transferred, until they are permanently deleted within 30 days or immediately, as per your choice.

Well, why are we talking about this?

Because there’s a lot, literally a lot of unnecessary data in your mind too, filled with a lot of outside voices and opinions and doubts and toxic emotions.

Even if that’s true, what’s that got to do with the recycle bin?

So, here it is.

You have a recycle bin within you too.

You have the option to temporarily or permanently get rid of those unwanted things in your mind, which aren’t helpful to you or rather, are a hindrance to you.

That process starts with being more mindful about your thoughts, what’s filled in your mind, what drives you, what stops you and then having the power to say to yourself, that these certain things will not affect me anymore.

*Make Use of your Recycle Bin*

Things not in your Control

Things not in your Control

If there’s a lesson to be learnt here, it’s that no matter how much you prepare, no matter where you are in the life graph, there are times when some things are out of your control and you cannot do anything about it.

You have to roll with the flow; your overthinking or worrying or stress won’t change anything at all.

Its just how things are, and life brings us such moments from time to time to make us realize that.

All we can then do, is to work on things that are actually in our control – you know what’s in your control – your mindset/ your thoughts/ your habits – you can work on them/ make mistakes/ master yourself at it and know that when things spiral out of control, these things in my control are my assets which no one can steal from me.

Our Mind is so Unique

Our Mind is so Unique

Our mind is so unique and can be used for hundreds of thousands of different things!

We control it.

We can use it to our advantage.

Everything that we do, in our life, in our day, all begins from the mind.

You tell your mind what you want to do next, and it does that for you.

Be it controlling your body functions for a certain task to controlling your thoughts to focus on a specific topic.

Everything begins from the mind.

We shouldn’t let it overpower us; but we should overpower it – use it a tool to live life, to enjoy life, to be happy in life, to grow in life. Its all linked with the mind.

Focus!

Negative Moments in the Micro

Negative Moments in the Micro

We all face negative moments in the micro!

Yes, we all do!

No one has a perfect life! Don’t even have that illusion!

Now that we have that cleared up, these minute negative moments during the day could happen due to various reasons.

Usually, because things didn’t turn out the way we expected and now we’re in dismay!

Although, here’s the issue.

When these minute, different moments build up, they make you feel that you can’t do this, you can’t do that.

Because of such thoughts, the other results in the day-to-day overturn too.

It’s a cause and effect scenario here!

These moments, ultimately, lead to a loss in confidence.

Resulting in macro negatives in life.

However…

How can you not let this happen?

How can you change the process?

Well, you can’t stop the thoughts or the moments from happening. It’s a part of life.

However, what you can do is, nip it in the bud.

What does that mean?

When that first negative moment happens, either as a thought or an action or a moment, you cannot let it affect your life.

Sure, you can retrospect about it.

But, don’t let it bother your mind.

Don’t let it overshadow your day.

Don’t let it overcome the positive things happening in your life.

At these times, you overpower these situations with positivity.

That’s the answer.

Perspective – Gratitude – Empathy are the answers.

Sure, it’s easier said than done. But, practice makes it perfect.

One day at a time.

Nonetheless, negative moments do happen, all you can do is tackle them the right way and see the greener side of the grass.

Respect the Creator!

Respect the Creator!

This is something you might know, you might be aware of, or there are chances you might not know at all.

When a creator creates something, be it any field, art, craft, entertainment, sports, anywhere, there’s a lot, literally a lot that goes in each work of theirs.

For someone consuming or witnessing that, it becomes quite easy to just see the end result and probably, pass a quick opinion on it.

If the consumer has a different opinion, there wouldn’t be a second missed to have passed their opinion to the creator, irrespective of how it would make them feel.

However, for the creator, they have put their heart and soul into their work + lots and lots of hard work and efforts and ideation and execution and more importantly, time is usually spent on a single creation.

The creator has one goal from their creations, for it to touch the heart and souls of the audience, for it to provide value to them.

Although, what happens is, at times, the ones who do like the stuff usually stay quiet without appreciating the creator and the ones with a different opinion ensure to make their voice as loud as possible. Sometimes, harshly too. Especially on social media.

Without caring or understanding the emotions of the other person, without realising the behind-the-scenes of the work, that one comment sometimes breaks the creator.

The message that I’d like to send here is this, no matter who the creator is, no matter what the creation is, whether you align with it or not, whether you have a different opinion or not, first – respect the creator.

You need to have some empathy for them, empathy towards the person first, because they are a human being too.

Sometimes, the work may not have the expected results, but for them, they did put in the same amount of work for something was liked on a mass level.

Sure, if you have a piece of constructive criticism that would help them, do let them know with love and respect.

P. S. I did want to touch upon this topic with love and respect in mind, however, there’s another form of respect that needs to be shown towards the creator.

I’m simply going to go ahead and say it out…

Please don’t use a creator’s work for yourself, please don’t blatantly copy paste their work for yourself, please don’t try to remove their watermark/copyrights etc and use it for yourself.

Bottom line, if you do that, it’s just so disrespectful.


Always,

Always,

Always…

Respect the Creator.

Worry Less, Smile More

Worry Less, Smile More

Seconds turn into minutes and minutes into hours and just like that, the day is over.

A better part of that day is spent in worrying either about the past decisions or about future plans.

There’s just too much unnecessary worrying which takes place in our day-to-day.

In this chaos, what we forget is to smile! ☺

A smile to show our appreciation towards our day.

A smile to show our love towards our close ones.

A smile to everything that we could accomplish today.

A smile to live another day.

So why not live in the moment, think about the now, worry less and smile more.

After all, the more we smile, the more happy do we feel.

#WorryLessSmileMore

PSA : The truth of turning ’25’

PSA : The truth of turning ’25’

Since I was 16, I’ve been hearing “Now you’re in the big game, on the verge of adulthood’.

Then at 18, it was “Welcome to Adulthood, how does it feel?”

Then at 21, it was “You’re now an adult, the teenage years are behind you now. Welcome to the real world.”

All these years I’ve been hearing, “25 is the shit, with real responsibilities and real troubles and decision making and what not” (you know the words)

Well, this is how the society operates. Every number has been assigned with some “hyped-up” shit which only stresses you out, but doesn’t really matter in the first place.

Well, today I turn 25 and I want to reveal the truth which applies to the previous age groups as well, this is for the now and in the future too.

Here’s the truth of turning 25!

Its okay to not have stuff figured out in your lives.

It’s okay to take your time.

It’s okay to disregard all questions asked to you, those will be asked regardless of what you do.

It’s okay to experiment in life.

It’s okay to not have ambitions in life.

You have time. A lot of it.

Of course, you have to utilize that time wisely, but the important point is that you have time. Let nobody tell you otherwise.

If you’re going to live for a 100 years, 25 is just 1/4th of it – now, that’s not delusion, that’s Optimism.

More importantly, the focus on this topic is because of happiness. Don’t let others fool you and tell you it’s a myth. It’s important that you’re happy with what you do in life. If you aren’t, keep switching, keep experimenting, don’t let the little things in life get you down!

You have your whole life ahead of you!

To, 25 and beyond! 🥂

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Well, there’s more!

On this day, I have uploaded my first video on my YouTube channel, it’s me talking about today’s topic on video

Here’s the link – https://youtu.be/CAehIHwN6rg

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Thanks!

The Value of Kindness

The Value of Kindness

What’s the value of a kind gesture?

It takes zero efforts to say something kind to another person – short, easy to speak and it’s not taking anything from you.

Yet, one kind gesture brings immense pleasure to the other person – you have just made their day, their month and you wouldn’t even realize it.

It might just be something that the person needed. Its impact would truly last a lifetime.

Be kind, spread kindness and witness the magic! ❤️

#KindnessOverEverything #KindnessKarma

Do you wear shoes?

Do you wear shoes?

You know the thing about shoes, right?

All of us wear shoes, but the difference is that we wear different pair of shoes – different sizes, different designs, different brands and of course, comfort is different for all.

What does that tell you though?

Can you wear the same shoes as mine? What if it doesn’t fit you though?

In the same way, our journeys are different too – our paths are different, our goals are different, our thoughts are different and that’s the beauty of life.

When everything is different, there’s no reason as to why anyone’s journey or anyone’s accomplishments should be compared with someone else.

Let’s try focusing on wearing our shoes for once and not comparing them with someone else’s.

What’s Next?

What’s Next?

What’s Next? The question on our minds, at every point of time, no matter what we are doing.

This isn’t just about work, it involves everything we do, every day.

While we are doing something, we are constantly thinking, what are we going to do next!? 👀

You see the problem, right? In this quest for what’s next, we aren’t enjoying the present moment at all, we aren’t enjoying the process of whatever we are doing.

I realized this, and now I want to make amends. I want to feel this moment, I want to enjoy it and remember it.

#LiveInTheMoment