Magnification Of The Self

“Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting,” says Aldous Huxley.

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This is true, practical wisdom. A person, especially a youngster i.e. a person somewhat of my age, struggling to find a place in the world, often overlooks the sagacity of such words. He chases imaginary rainbows and comes to deep disappointments.

I believe this is avoidable. If we look at the analysis conducted by wise people, we get an insight into what leads to magnification of the self. Based upon my understanding of the same, it means –

One whose object of pursuit is not tainted by anger, pleasure, arrogance, abashment, ego and over-estimation of one-self, is known as a wise person.

One whose actions, condulations and innermost thoughts are not known to anybody until the work is done.

One whose work is not stopped by the impediments like the heat and cold, fear and courage, poverty and wealth.

A person who wishes and does only such good action according to one’s might without underestimating anything, such discriminating soul.

One who hears about a subject attentively and calmly, having a quick grasping power, knowingly performs his duty for the attainment of object of pursuit, one who never interferes in other’s affairs unless invited to do so.

One who craves not for unattainable worldly things, one who weeps not for lost things, one who is not afraid during the difficulties.

A person who decides first and then acts, once begun stops not in the middle, one who wastes not the precious time, and hold the mind under control.

One whose knowledge follows the intellect and one whose intelligence follows wisdom.

One who is not egoistic even though is endowed with wealth, wisdom and prosperity.

If we manage to imbibe even half of these, we’ll indeed be on a greater path of self-discovery and of becoming better human beings, thus discovering life with all the good that it possesses and facing the hardships head-on as they come! 🙂

Love and Peace to all ❤

What do YOU want?

Hope you’re all doing great! 🙂

Today, I decided to write about something that has been bothering me for quite some time now – the psychological mindset of people to go by the so called ‘norms of the society’; to be so concerned about what everyone else is going to think about their acts, their behavior, their appearance, their choices and so many other things that they begin to lose their own individuality in the process! Also, all of us want to do what we want to but we still stop those who do the same. Why can’t we grow together?

Nothing hinders an individual’s growth process as much as this mindset. It’s sad. We want to do something but we don’t because we don’t know what the ‘others’ are going to think about us. We are afraid of facing criticism. We fear judgement. We don’t know whether doing something ‘different’ is right. We want to be ‘accepted’.
Well, criticism and judgement are going to happen either way. They always do. A person who does something good will be criticized by those that can’t do the same and a bad deed is criticized anyway. Judgement is an attribute of mediocre minds, are we seriously so afraid of that mediocrity?  You do anything, they’ll judge you anyway; then, why not instead do what you want and be judged?

“I think everybody is weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrased or ashamed of it.” – Johnny Depp

Similarly, doing something different and taking a step away from the crowd should certainly have nothing to do with the others.

“People may hate you for being different and not living by society’s standards, but deep down, they wish they had the courage to do the same.”

Wait, but we don’t want to be hated! We must realize, no matter how great an individual, haters will always exist. Always! There will always be people who don’t like you; the way you look, the way you talk, the things you say, the way you dress, the things you believe in, the music you listen to. Nut the truth is: it is up to you if you let them ruin your day, or if you learn to stand up for yourself and accept yourself just the way you are. You are not here to please anyone. Just try to be as good as you can and do what you want.

What I fail to understand is, who are those ‘others’?! Are they going to live our lives for us? Are they going to eat and excrete for us? Are they going to face the troubles and joys of our lives for us? Are they going to breathe for us?!

We are here in this beautiful existence as a unique individual creation of mother nature. We posses divine souls, each here for a different purpose. No two possessions were meant to be the same. Otherwise why would there be diversity at all? Then why is it that we fail to understand the very basic essence of our being and take away its peace?! Why do we get so overcome with those norms and opinions that we begin to do it at the cost of our own happiness? We want to be accepted, but how can we expect others’ to accept us and our ways when our own internal belief system doesn’t accept it? Karma will work either way. We need to accept ourselves and enrich our own selves before expecting it from outside. And that is possible only when we are courageous enough to do what we feel is right. What makes US happy. No, I’m not being suggestive of being selfish here. I’m only suggesting self-love. If we love ourselves enough to do what makes us happy, we will certainly make those around us happy too. We have to learn to say no. And we have to learn to change something instead of whining about how we want to do something but we don’t solely because of “others”. People come, people go. We lead our own lives and so we should lead it in our way.

“When writing the story of your life, don’t let some one else hold the pen.” 

You decide what makes you happy.
You already know what you truly want to do.
Nothing is too small or too big to be done if it makes YOU joyful.
You possess infinite strength to do anything you want.
Don’t let the noise of the world stop you from bringing out the best in you.
Be who YOU want to be, not what others want to see.
Just do it!
It’ll not only save you from the regrets of not having done something, but will also allow you to live peacefully.
Ignore the rest!
Everything will fall into place once you follow your heart.
It always does! 🙂

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So, it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”  – Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

At the same time, we must make sure we’re not practicing hypocrisy and hindering some one who is willing to take a different step from doing it. Encouraging them instead would be the right thing to do. 🙂

Love and peace to all ❤

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“As I Began To Love Myself”

Sharing this beautiful poem by one of the most admired persons, Charlie Chaplin.

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

Hope you’re all doing well.
Love and Peace ❤

Aloha!

Aloha to all the amazing people there! 😀
I really do hope in all good faith that life has been treating you well and you’ve been doing the same for it!
Well, it’s been over 5 months of inactivity here on WordPress and I finally decided to get back after this long break! I thought I’ll just have to take the blog down, but it would be unfair. Unfair to all those who’ve constantly been here with their ever-encouraging responses, to those who wrote to me asking when I would post next, to those who affected my life in so many different ways through their wonderful pieces of writing, and, unfair to the blog because of which I came across so many different people, made new friends, some of which are now a very integral part of my life and because of who my life has changed forever – for the better 🙂
This post is solely to thank each one of you for your support. For writing to me when I was away and keeping in touch. For motivating me to get back. I came across this picture which said, ‘Always find time for things or people that make you feel happy to be alive’…well, this is it. This blog and my amazing fellow bloggers are the best example of it and here I am! If not as often as I used to, I’m definitely going to write or share atleast once a month and will certainly be catching up with each one of you very soon.

Till then…Aloha dear people. Love and Peace to each one of you ❤

‘Jobs’

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” – Steve Jobs

Two days back I finally watched the movie ‘Jobs’ where Ashton Kutcher is playing the role of inventor, entrepreneur, and former CEO of Apple – Steve Jobs. What a great man he was! I can’t help but also admire Kutcher for his marvelous acting in portraying Jobs!
While it is often said that Jobs wasn’t the nicest of guys, he played a significant role in some giant steps for technology, and he was a wise visionary I must say. I have been reading about him since then and my admiration for this man has only increased. I thought I’ll share with you some (actually quite many 😛 ) amazing lines from movie which are either his direct quotes or compilations of his quotes.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.

I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Things don’t have to change the world to be important.

Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.

That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.

Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.

The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too. You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.

If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.

How does somebody know what they want if they haven’t even seen it?

When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life and try not to bash into the walls too much…that’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact—everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you…shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just going to live in it versus make your mark upon it. Once you learn that, you will never be the same again. Don’t just live a life; build one. 

We’ve got to make the small things unforgettable.

It [what you choose to do] has got to be something that you’re passionate about because otherwise you won’t have the perseverance to see it through.

Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.

In your life you only get to do so many things and right now we’ve chosen to do this, so let’s make it great.

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The 3 Magical Words

So, it’s Valentine’s Day soon- a gentle reminder of what is important in life – Love! Thanks to the 5th century Saint Valentinus for this. 😉

The first thing I’m gonna do when I wake up tomorrow (and I suggest you do the same) will be to stand in front of the mirror, look at myself and say “I Love You” aloud and realize what it truly means. It means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you when you’re in a bad mood, or too tired to do the things that I want to do. It means loving you when you’re down, not just when you’re fun to be with. I love you means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and I love you enough not to let go. It means that your presence is very important for me we’ll happily live this life together.

Take a moment to appreciate how awesome you are. Yeah, YOU! 🙂

Wondering why do this? Well, once you accept yourself for who you are, completely and wholly love your being, you begin to attract the same someone who will actually mean these 3 magical words for you and you’ll begin to experience the real magic together!

I wanted to share some quotes from these amazing people :

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”- Aristotle

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”- Lao Tzu

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.”- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”- Anais Nin

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” – Alice Walker

“Love is the expansion of two natures in such a way that each includes the other, each enriches the other.”

Come on now what are you waiting for? Go ahead and let your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend or ‘anyone you secretly are in love with’ know what they mean to you. Celebrate this day of love with love ❤

And all those people of my league (you know what I mean), the law of attraction will work at the right time, till then be in love with yourself! 😉 😀

 

It’s ‘Pooh’ time!

Who hasn’t heard of the adorable bear Winnie the Pooh? His wisdom can guide a kid from childhood straight into adulthood and beyond! So I share with you some important life lessons courtesy of Winnie and the rest of the gang from Aker woods 🙂

Don’t Get Bogged Down in Details

“You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.”

Let’s not make the classic mistake of spending too much time nitpicking or making mountains of molehills. It’s better to relax instead and focus on the positive things we have and want in our lives. It’s time to keep our attention on that and work towards it. The days may seem long but the years are often pretty short. So let’s live them instead of constantly inspecting, criticizing or over thinking them.

Be Proactive. Take the Initiative.

“You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you… you have to go to them sometimes.”

It’s easy to get locked into a reactive mindset.

“Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.”

We often tend to just follow along with whatever is happening and do what the people around us do, and so, we get lost in these circumstances. This way of thinking doesn’t feel too good. We tend to feel powerless and like we’re just drifting along in life but being proactive is another way of going about such things. To be the one who makes the first initiative and to take the lead. It’s not always easy though. We’ll have to get out of our comfort zone and it can feel scary. Let’s take it one small step at a time and change our reactive attitude into a proactive one.

Keep Conversations Simple and Positive.

“Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.”
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?””

What do people want in conversations and relationships? Long-winded negative babbling? Or, positive focused talks where it is interesting to listen, communicate and exchange ideas? Although the answer probably varies but most people generally prefer the latter.

Do Nothing Once in a While.

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

Although it feels good to work towards our dreams and doing the things that we love but things definitely tend to go better when there’s a balance.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

Let’s take some time each day to do pretty much nothing, spend sometime with only our own self either by going for a walk alone or just looking around – anything! By doing so, we unload our minds. We feel relaxed and so life feels less burdensome and we feel inspired to work better.

Appreciate the Little Things. 

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”

Daily happiness is to a large part about appreciating the small things.

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”

If we just allow ourselves to be happy when accomplishing a big goal or when we have some great luck then we are making life harder than it needs to be. Appreciating those things like the food, weather, health, friends&family, the opportunity to be able to read and write, our ownself can be alot better and can uncover the happiness that is already in our daily life.

Be Patient. 

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

Wait.

Be Considerate of Others.

“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.” 

Be Silly and Take Care of Yourself  and Spread Love 😀

“If you want to make a song more hummy, add a few tiddely poms.”

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”

 

Over and Over again!

Hello all the wonderful people out there! 🙂

I hope the year 2015 began with a bang for each one of you (I mean a bang of happiness and not sadly like the one happening in Pakistan or France…) Okay, I didn’t want to bring that up but such events always trigger strong emotions right? I think  the terrorists need more blessings to be able to realize what “good” they’ve been doing!

Anyway, so I hope you’ve all been keeping positively well, content, satisfied and peaceful inside.

I’ve got a little story to share today –

” A wise man sat in the audience and cracked a joke.
Everybody laughed like crazy.
After a moment, he cracked the same joke again.
This time, less people laughed.
He cracked the same joke again and again.
When there was no laughter in the crowd,
he smiled and said : 
You can’t laugh at the same joke again and again,
but why do you then keep crying over the same thing over and over again? “

Beautiful message right? This year let’s not think about what’s gone over and over again and let us instead focus on and enjoy the very present that there is, automatically, the future will be good! 🙂

Love and peace to all ❤

Everyone Has Their Own Truth.

“Everyone has their own truth!” One of the best from Zachary 🙂

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It seems like the Earth is currently engulfed in arguments. There are religious arguments, geographical disagreements, unrest and frustration. I think one thing  seriously lacking is compassion and understanding.

It can be so easy for us to become consumed by our own viewpoint and belief that only we are correct, which can lead us to completely misunderstand our neighbor. If we each see the world through a unique lens, then of course another life will look strange to us through our lens.

We need to step back for a minute and remember that…

Everyone Has Their Own Truth.

Amish family living a much different life than most of us. Everyone has their own truth. An Amish family living a much different reality than I do. Photo: OttawaAC

“I feel like when people judge me they’re not judging me, because they don’t know who I am.” – Gisele Bundchen

We each have our own unique set of views and beliefs. My beliefs may be very different than yours, but that doesn’t make…

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