Clean is Healthy & Happy (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan/ Clean India a Mass Movement)

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan/ Clean India a Mass Movement

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan/ Clean India a Mass Movement

“It does not require money, to live neat, clean and dignified..” — Mahatma Gandhi.

A new wave of positivity is taking over Indians all over the world. Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a much needed hope to the people of my country. He has shown us a vision of a Developed India. He has taken many initiatives towards the nation’s growth but the one that touched my heart is the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India a Mass Movement).

Indians are very serious about personal cleanliness. Most of us are groomed to follow a cleanliness morning ritual before our morning puja/ prayers. Every house is cleaned daily in the morning and we take cleaning to the whole new level during festival seasons when every nook and corner is scrubbed till everything in the house shines in its full glory. Most of us do not appreciate breakfast or any other meal in bed unless you are hospitalized. Outside shoes in the house is a strict NO.

What I want to say is Indians are clean but India is not and it is a sad fact that the Vibrant Leader of our nation wants to change. I would love to see a clean and healthy India and I am eager to know all the initiatives that the government will be taking for it.

Mr. Prime Minister has made the Clean India Project a Mass Mission (Abhiyan) because Government solely cannot turn this vision into reality. Each and every citizen will have to make it a personal mission to keep our country clean. I request Indians all over the world to be an active part of this mission where we can have a clean, healthy and happy future.

Message from Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
“On 2nd October we are launching Swachh Bharat Mission, a massive mass movement that seeks to create a Clean India. Cleanliness was very close to Mahatma Gandhi’s heart. A clean India is the best tribute we can pay to Bapu when we celebrate his 150th birth anniversary in 2019.”

How can we all contribute to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India a Mass Movement):

1. This festival season encourage your neighbors to take the cleanliness drive beyond houses and clean your society or neighborhood,

2. Donate time or/and money to cleanliness drives happening in your city,

3. Encourage colleagues to clean areas around offices,

4. Encourage management to take green initiatives for the entire organization not only to save the environment but also save a lot on companies cost. This may increase your annual bonus.

5. Spread the word. Tell as many people as possible about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India a Mass Movement). Encourage people to be an active contributor like you for the better future of everyone.

6. Teach kids methods of saving the environment like minimizing wastages, recycling, proper waste disposable and get them excited about planting and growing trees. When their young minds adopt the value of clean surroundings they will grow up to be environment savers and not damagers.

7. Complain to the right office or authorities about any unattended garbage bins or if garbage is not collected regularly.

8. Discourage people from littering and make them aware about the mass mission and its benefits.

9. Encourage colleagues, students, neighbors by arranging contests and campaigns to come up with ideas to keep your surroundings clean.

10. Give the entire nation the same respect you give to your home. This amazing country has given us a lot and it is our chance to repay by making it clean for our own health, happiness and prosperity.

Let’s make India clean green and beautiful together. Our ancestors fought for our freedom this is our chance to give all we got for our development.

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7 Mind Traps That Steal Our Happiness – Trap 2. Worry

Trap 2. Worry

Trap 2. Worry

In “7 Mind Traps That Steal Our Happiness – Trap 1. What Other People Think About Me?” the first part of this series we discussed about giving people control over our mind and the unnecessary burden of their opinion in this part of the series lets discuss how worry steal a big part of our happiness.

Let’s just imagine the creator gave us all our life time of happiness in some kind of container. The happiness in that container is all we got and if we lose any of it is our loss. How do you think we will handle this container? We will guard it with our life, won’t we? The fine print that comes with this divine happiness container reads that whenever we worry a small hole gets drilled at the bottom of the container and happiness starts to leak out. Will this change our habit of worrying about everything under the sun? I bet it will. Here’s a secret we do leak away happiness when we worry so let’s not fall for this mind trap.

I am not a big fan of horror movies. I used to watch scary stuff when I was a child but lost interest in recent past. This has a lot to do with my over active and creative imagination. I don’t know how but my mind makes sure to remind me of the scariest scene of some random horror movie at the worst possible moment. Like when I am home alone and for some strange reason the power goes out and my phone’s battery is about to die. Please don’t laugh it really scares me when my mind reminds me of those bloody deadly faces and howling noises.

The reason for disclosing this embarrassing secret is because I feel worrying is like watching a horror movie in our mind and we are the writer and director of that movie. When we worry we think about something bad happening to us or our loved ones. We imagine the situation taking turn to the worst and keep replying it in our mind.

“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.” — Dr. Seuss

By worrying we torture our mind. Worrying drains our energy. If something bad does happen we cannot face the situation with our full potential as we lose our energy and thinking ability by worrying.

But isn’t worrying completely natural? Of course it is. Human beings are emotional creatures. We cannot help when it comes to worrying about people we love. But let me ask you this one question; “Would you prefer to be strong or weak when disaster strikes?”

The time we spend on worrying will make all the difference. Everyone goes through an emotional roller coaster ride when we sense a dangerous situation. Rather than worrying till you go breathless it makes sense to calm your mind down. Stop all the negative talks, thoughts, and mental images and focus on the positive aspect of the situation. Here I am talking about the situation before we face a challenge or a difficult incident. I am talking about jumping to the worst possible conclusion.

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” — Dalai Lama XIV.

Stopping a train of thoughts is not easy but is definitely not impossible. With help of meditation and creative visualization we can learn to channelize our thoughts from negative to positive. This needs time and patience. Daily practice will eventually make it possible for us to stop negative thoughts from draining our energy.

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.” — A.J. Cronin

A situation can either go bad or not that means there is only 50% chance that things will go wrong. So half the time we worry we lose a big part of our happiness for absolutely nothing. We create an imaginary hell in our mind and scare ourselves for absolutely nothing.

If like me you are a believer of Law of Attraction then you would agree that worrying should be completely avoided. As per Law of Attraction your thoughts become your reality hence one should stay away from all negative thoughts and images.

A calmer mind can think straight so when a situation does take turn to the worst we can act like the surviving hero of the horror movie and save us and our loved ones.

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Our First Valentine’s Day – My Platinum Day of Love.

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Young love gets very excited with first of everything; first date, first kiss, first movie together, first New Year’s Eve together, and the biggie – the very first Valentine’s Day. To recall my Platinum Day of Love I mentally scanned millions of memories and out of many one stood out as the earliest one.

This memory is more than 13 years old but I still remember like it happened yesterday. Before visiting my Platinum Day of Love let me give you some background. I met my husband 10 years before we tied the knot. I won’t say it was love at first sight but we instantly become good friends. Our interests were similar like we loved the same kind of food, movies, places to hang out and all those little things played a big role to get us closer to each other.

That year the Valentine’s Day was special for me. It was my first year out of a very strict all girls school and in college. I was looking towards celebrating my first ever grown up romantic valentine party arranged by the seniors of my college.

I planned the dress, makeup & hair, the shoes that will go with the dress and everything well in advanced now all I needed for my perfect romantic Valentine party was a date. Don’t get me wrong some boys did ask me (I remember at least 4) some well in advanced but all those were turned down and some very harshly by my best friend. He had a strong negative opinion about every boy who tried to be my date for the Valentine’s party.

He was against the concept of Valentine’s Day like Grinch against Christmas. Everyone in my college was excited about the romantic day except the one person I really wanted to celebrate with. He was having debates about how the day is nothing but a commercial celebration and how the greeting cards, flowers and chocolate industries rip off gullible youngsters. I imagined him as the prince charming in my fairy tale and he was behaving like the fire-breathing dragon guarding the tower.

The day before the party we were hanging out with our friends; one of them asked what would my perfect Valentine’s Day be like and without a thought I said a long romantic bike ride to some beautiful place. He looked at me and gave me a smile. We did share a moment but we both didn’t have the guts to tell our true feelings for each other. All my friends decided to go to the party as a group and not in pairs thanks to the grumbling of the Valentine Grinch in our group.

The next morning as planned I packed my dress, makeup and shoes in a bag. We were going to attend the party right after classes. Deep in my thoughts I was getting dressed for my early morning classes. I remembered how he drove away every guy trying to ask me for a date. Maybe that is his way of showing he thinks of me more than a friend. May be when the time is right we will get to the place where telling each other about our feelings will not be so awkward.

It was a beautiful morning, the sun was rising, and the winter was very well showing its presence in Pune. I got in the bus that I regularly took for college and just like any other day I buried my head in a book. This was a very early bus and hardly had any passengers, I sat near a window to enjoy the cool winter breeze. Honking from a motorcycle distracted my reading. I looked out of the window and noticed two of my friends on a bike riding along my bus.

Aditi sitting behind held out a big chart paper having a huge “B” written on it; I waved to ask her what are doing but they rode ahead. Another bike with two more of my friends rode along the bus and Sarika who was sitting behind held another sign that read “My”. I was thrilled and a bit embarrassed with this act of my friends as everyone in that bus including the conductor was looking at these signs. The conductor made it more embarrassing as he was reading the signs out load.

After the second bike moved ahead along came the third bike on which Radhika sitting behind held out a sign that read “Valentine.” The conductor promptly read it out loud. Then he said out the whole sentence with the excitement of a child solving a puzzle; “B My Valentine.” Some in the bus giggled and some shook their head in disapproval for the crazy act of the youngsters.

I hid my face with my book bit shocked with this surprise and then the fourth bike came along with only one rider, my price charming who came close to my window and yelled out; “If the answer is yes please get down at the next stop.” I could not believe what was happening. Nobody ever did anything like this for me and I couldn’t wait to see what else was planned by my friends. I got down at the next stop. My seven friends grinning like the Cheshire cat and their four motorcycles where waiting for me at that stop.

I looked in his eyes and saw a spark like never before. Today he was more than my best friend, today he was my valentine. I sat on his bike and we all drove towards our college. I rested my head on his back and closed my eyes. The cool touch of his leather jacket felt so nice against my cheek. I put my arms around him and held him tightly. I never wanted that moment to end.

When we reached college it looked completely different. Lots and lots of bikes where cluttered in front of the gate almost everyone from my class was standing there. “What’s going on?” I asked him. “Well, didn’t you say something about a bike ride? I spread that idea among our class mates and got an overwhelming response. Now we all our going for a long bike ride to Kashid beach, it will take roughly 3 to 4 hours and then back till night. We have planned to bunk the classes and ditch the senior’s party. Please tell me if you like the plan or would you like to do something else. Either ways I would love to spend this day with you.” He replied.

How could I say no to something like that and so our road trip started from college at around 7 am. Our convoy of 14 bikes and 28 youngsters mostly couples reached the beach before 11 am. The bike ride was tiring but the roads were beautiful. The roads had lush greenery on both sides and very less traffic compared to the city ones. Riding along with a huge group was such an amazing experience.

On that bike I felt close to him like never before. Several times he touched my hand in the most loving way. My hands were sometimes resting on his thigh or hugging his chest. He kept asking me if I was comfortable or if he needs to stop for a break all along the road. In the morning when it was cold he told me to put my hands in his jacket pockets to keep them warm.

The day we spent on the beach was mesmerizing. Most of my college mates enjoyed group activities but I just loved walking on the wet sand and feeling the waves on my feet. The tiredness from the journey melted in seconds as my feet touched the cool and soft sand. The ocean waves were inviting and a dip in them made the trip completely worth it.

Just before sunset and before leaving that beautiful place I wanted to take a last long walk on the beach. He joined me and we walked along the long beach holding hands, taking like we are dating for years, picking up any interesting shell that we spot in the sand and of course playing with the foamy waves with our feet. He suddenly stopped, “I think we came too far. We can’t even hear our friends. Let’s go back.”

We turned back but we stopped for few minutes to notice the most beautiful sunset we ever saw. The sky turned red it looked like the universe was blushing as we were getting closer. He held me from behind, his hands crossing near mine. I never felt so secured, so safe yet so vulnerable before. He kissed my cheek and they copied the blush of the sky. For us the world stood still for that moment. Our feelings for each other were clearer more than ever. That sunset was the end of all the awkwardness and confusion. That was the moment we became one.

My Platinum Day of Love was nothing like I dreamed or planned but it was magical. I did wear the dress and makeup I packed in my bag but on another day for our first date just the two of us. I thank God that it also went nothing as planned and that is a whole another story. Now every day I try to live my life not as per some schedule or plan but trying to recreate the magic I experienced on my Platinum Day of Love. Why Platinum because we are blessed with true love that does not fade with time and a precious metal like Platinum compliments our eternal love.

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Positive Permanent Changes – Part 3 – Resetting our Mind

Positive Permanent Changes – Part 1 – Understanding our Mind

Positive Permanent Changes – Part 3 – Resetting our Mind

In the first fast of this series “Positive Permanent Changes – Part 1 – Understanding our Mind” we tried to understand our mind and how our subconscious mind controls our life. The deep rooted beliefs and habits in the subconscious mind shape our life, our identity and our future. The second part “Positive Permanent Changes – Part 2 – How Our Mind Learns” focused on different stages of learning with example.

“The mind is powerful, and you have more control than you think.” — Scott D. Lewis

Now with so much discussion on the mind let’s try to answer some questions. Have you ever tried to do something desperately but somehow could not do it? Do you find your brain caught in an ongoing tug o’ war? Do you find your conscious mind also known as logical mind struggling to get the unconscious mind on board about something? Why does this happen? If you are like me you must have wondered why we cannot come with a reset button where we can eliminate the blockages in our mind.

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” — William S. Burroughs

Actually we can reset our mind and make positive permanent changes by a very effective tool like hypnosis. Contrary to popular belief hypnosis is a safe and effective method to remove harmful and toxic beliefs rooted in our subconscious mind and replace them with positive ones that help us achieve our desires.

“You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of establishing a favorable climate in which to learn.” — Milton Erickson

Here is a dictionary definition of Hypnosis:

Hypnosis is the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person is highly conscious of suggestion or direction.

To go into a little more detail you could say that hypnosis is often over complicated. We use the term “hypnosis” to describe a trance like state.

However, essentially we all go in and out of mild “trances” every day; those moments when our minds wonder and we fantasize, even simply sitting down to watch television, we give our attention and enter a trance / hypnosis like state.

These are all examples of trance like states, and they are all organic and natural. Hypnosis simply puts you into one of these mild “trance” states purposefully, and gradually, as you keep getting exposed to the hypnotic suggestions of the hypnotist, your patterns of thinking and self beliefs will start to change.

Far from being asleep or unaware, hypnosis is actually a heightened state where you are both deeply relaxed yet have a heightened level of suggestibility as well as a centered awareness.

Because of this heightened mind-set you can use hypnosis to rewire yourself beliefs and patterns of thinking.

To sum up very briefly it is usually said that hypnosis gains access the subconscious mind to eliminate the negative beliefs which hinder personal progress.

What is possible?

Hypnosis is now used for the elimination of almost any adverse belief; it is used to help a wide range of health problems, and is massively effective for enhancing self beliefs such as self esteem and confidence.
I have tried out the Natural Hypnosis mp3s and they are a convenient and effective way to self hypnotize. The best part is you can try this in the comfort in your own house.

Get started with hypnosis today – the easiest way is to feel it for yourself as yes, it still is a subjective experience and results do vary. You can download 3 free self-hypnosis mp3s from Natural Hypnosis.

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