July 31, 2016

Writing With Hand

Ever since I've finished my college education, I've missed writing. Writing with hand. Sometimes it seems ages that I'd written a page or two.

I'm very much fond of writing on paper. Most of my work is done by writing on the keyboard. And as a result, I miss the feel of using a pen and writing in cursive on a plain sheet of paper.

Recently I'd to write a lot while we were being imparted with in-house training in the company. I found that I've lost the speed and the ease with which I used to write. Even my hand started paining after writing a few lines. We had an exam after the completion of the training and I was the last one to finish. I scribbled until the examiner came to my desk. I'd many thoughts in my mind, but my hand could not cope up with the thoughts.

I used to write my thoughts on paper sometimes and then would again type it out and publish on the blog. But that practice gradually disappeared. Now, most of my blog posts (including this) are directly typed onto the keyboard.

I miss the days when in school and college we had to finish our homework by writing with pencil and then pen.

There are benefits of writing with pen and paper. It can act as a personal productivity tool. It helps in concentrating on your thoughts and there's no one between you and your thoughts. Also, writing with hand is better when your thoughts are flowing at high speed. At least, I can't cope up with the speed of the thoughts while I'm typing. At such times, writing with pen and paper is the optimal way.

So, I'll try to write at least a page a day using pen and paper.

July 19, 2016

Awaken The Guru Within Us

It's Guru Purnima today - a day when we express our gratitude to our academic as well as spiritual teachers (guru's).

But we all forget that there's also one guru within us which is always ready to help us and guide us. He knows all our faults and weaknesses which even our academic or spiritual guru's might not be knowing.

The word Guru is derived from two Sanskrit words: gu means darkness or ignorance and ru means the remover of darkness. Hence a guru is one who enlightens us.

The guru I'm pointing to is our inner voice - the one which resides within us.

We are so busy in the outer world that we have forgotten to listen his voice. And, in turn, we are misguided, or feel shallowness in our lives.

As per our Indian tradition we always bow down to, pay respect and obey to our guru's preaching, we also need to pay attention to the preaching of our own guru - the guru within us.

Listening to our own guru promotes self-development and maintains our inner peace.

What we need is to contact our real self and bring out the real transformation in our life.

So, we'll should (including me) start listening more to our inner guru and obey his preaching to transform our life.

Here are a few tips that I've found useful which helps in communicating with our inner-self:
  1. Practice solitude: Only if you're alone, you'll be able to communicate with your self. It is important to get away from all the noise and clutter of our life. Go to a quiet place like a garden, library, temple, etc. where no one can disturb you and start introspecting.
  2. Switch off your mobile: These days we are most disturbed with this communicating device. It plays havoc with our inner communication. Tip: Disconnect to Connect
  3. Write out: Writing out your problems clears your mind which in turn helps in getting more inputs and solutions from our inner-self.
  4. Meditate: Meditation helps in calming down our senses. Hence we can concentrate more and hence it opens our mind for suggestions.
Happy Guru Purnima.

July 15, 2016

Learning is Life Long

I'd a training session at my office for 5 days. One thing I noticed that the trainer everyday emphasized on one thing: Learning.

He'd make us learn different topics by exercises and workshops and after each training he'd make us learn a few things by describing on what we did right and what we did wrong.

I liked his approach of making us learn valuable topics.

The thing that caught my mind was his emphasis on learning - learning everyday. He used this term frequently and was quite positive on the results.

I'd like to quote Leonardo da Vinci:
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Sometime back I was afraid of learning as I need to change gears for learning. But now I'm charged and open to learning.

July 9, 2016

Waking Up To A Pleasant Morning

My alarm buzzed on my iPhone. And I made it snooze immediately. It rang again after a few minutes.

After shutting off the alarm, while still lying on the bed with eyes closed, I realized that each time the alarm rings it gives a panic thought like “I’d be late for office”, “I won’t have time for breakfast”, etc.

On further introspection, I found that such panic thoughts are not good for a beautiful morning. It creates a negative mindset right from the time we get up. And it has a spiraling effect for the whole day.

Instead, our mornings should be pleasant and without any kind of fear, stress, or negative vibes.

Now the question is – How to make the morning pleasant?

So to make my mornings pleasant, I need to do something that elates me, something that calms my mind or excites my mind instead of sending it into the panic or stress mode.

One thing that I really like is listening to music or reading. Reading something positive - maybe some self-help books and not the newspapers filled with negativity.

Or maybe just stand out in the balcony and feel the fresh air.

Or maybe get some exercise or do yoga.
The point is that I need to refrain myself from checking my phone for Whatsapp Messages or for Email because it is not at all a good way to start your morning.

One more thing for making my mornings pleasant is to get up a little earlier. Because the panic mode starts as soon as you think you'll be late. So to avoid this, I'll get up early by half-an-hour to start with.

Whatever I do, I’d try to make my mood better and positive to take on the day.

Let’s see how it turns out tomorrow.