Leading a spiritual life

Jan 1, 2020

This little presumes that a person knows that a spiritual life is. But most people don’t know what a spiritual life is. The reasons are because many people don’t lead a spiritual life.  All of us live a physical life, the life of our body. So, we just look at our body and ask how this body live. We lead a physical life because of the body that we have.

Almost all of us also love a mental life, the life of our mind. We think, reflect and reason. So we have a mind. The ones who don’t live this life might be retarded mentally. They have a mind which no longer grows. They might be fifty years old physically but their mind has remained at the level of a one or two years old. But for most of us we lead a mental life.

Leading a spiritual life

Leading a spiritual life is different. For one it might be confused with leading a religious life. Up until the last century most people though that the religious life was a spiritual life. So, we had congregations and religious orders whose members though they were leading a spiritual life as they were leading a religious life: praying, reading books and other spiritual books, meditating, helping friends, etc.


But lately there is a phenomenon. Non – religious persons will be busy in learning more about the spiritual life. And when they plan that, they were not at all referring to the religious life of people. In fact, some of these non – religious persons who were performing research on a spiritual life thought that the spiritual life is in various ways totally different from the religious life.

So, the questions are, is spiritual life different from religious life?

The religious life starts from a specific ritual and its best started by a teacher who guides the candidate to this spiritual life. The teacher might employ a ritual or he may not. But he will guide the student as a tour guide would guide a traveller as they enter the building of historical importance.

Mind Exercises

Oct 13, 2018

Do you often feel that you are drained emotionally and mentally? Are you unable to focus on your tasks? Do you often forget about where you left things? Perhaps a few mind exercises can help sort you out! Try testing your recall memory by making a list of things to do, or a grocery list – and memorize it. After an hour or more, try to recall the items. This is a great way to stimulate your mental energy. If you love music, learn to play an instrument. It is a known fact that learning something new or complex for a span of time can help the aging mind. Not into instruments? How about cooking, or learning a new language! It’s possible! You can also try counting in your head rather than on your fingers!

When children are young, they play many games to improve their mental abilities through mind exercises – word games, memory games, strategy games. It is important to practice these things even as we grow. It is now an accepted fact that even video games improve our mental reflexes. So take so time out to game once in a while! Or if you want something a little more quiet, why not try painting, yoga, gold, or knitting. Your mind is a powerful tool when it is trained in the right way. Pick out your favorite mind exercises and try to keep your mind just as active as your body!

Time flies when you’re having fun.

Oct 13, 2018

Have you noticed how quickly time passes when you’re having a good time? You want to bottle that time and save it so you can cherish those moments forever. You never want a happy moment to pass! But on most days you find that time is crawling and the clock is ticking endlessly. Perhaps you’re stuck in a lecture, or at work on a slow day. In moments like these, you wish time flew by faster.

This is a huge mistake! Why would you want to give up something that you can never get back? Every second matters. When you think time is going too slowly, it merely means than you aren’t engaged in something that you like doing, or you’re bored. When this happens, it’s time to take a walk, get some fresh air, call a friend and have a pointless chat about old times!

Time needs to be cherished and utilized in such a way that when you look back at life you don’t regret having wasted your time by wishing time was over! The next time you feel like time is passing too slowly, think about the fact that this time will never come back to you. Draw that picture you are envisioning, eat the yummy pizza, go for that fifteen minute jog you’ve been prolonging, rather than sitting around and cursing the clock for boring you.

Time is the most precious thing on earth and we are the only species that knows we have limited time. Let’s make our lives worth living by using time efficiently and passionately! It’s time to enjoy the time you have left.

Why worry?

Oct 13, 2018

Worry is normal. Anxiety is common. Paranoia is a part of our lives. But do we spend too much time worrying and focusing on the negative? Most people do! Worrying is healthy to a certain extent – a mother worries about her child who is travelling alone and would probably make a few calls to them in case they haven’t reported that they’ve reached their destination. This ensures that the child is safe. This type of worry is instinctive and it has purpose.

But what about worrying about the future? What about worrying about how your child’s life would be after 15 years? This type of worry is unnecessary, time consuming and damaging. It influences decisions you make for today and although this may seem like the right thing – it’s not. Worry shouldn’t consume your life to an extent that it makes things worse! In worrying about your child’s future, you may overprotect them to an extent that they cannot fend for themselves without your support. Or they may become rebellious and disturbed and turn against you.

Worry is harmful and it spreads negativity to another person. A colleague or friend who constantly worries and complains may initially derive sympathy or consolation from people around them. After a couple of days, their energy seems to drain everyone and nobody wants to be around them. Are you this type of person? If you are, then your ‘worries’ are the main reason why nobody wants to be around you. But that’s not all, worrying and stress will make you stop enjoying your own company. The thoughts in your head will be so overbearing that you can’t spend time alone or if you do, you try to fill it with habits that are repetitive and destructive to your inner peace and mental health. To get rid of worry, try to meditate everyday. Believe in the goodness of people and trust in yourself. Life is full of ups and downs but it is best to always look on the bright side. So don’t worry, be happy!


The Buddhist Philosophy of calmness

Calmness is a state of mind that is devoid of agitation, excitement or disturbance. The Buddhist philosophy advocated ‘mindful’ living for attaining wellness and calmness. Here are a few things that can help us practise calmness in the mad rush of this world:

Letting Go: Buddhism asserts that the primary source of all suffering is attachment to negative emotions like fear, anger and hate. Having a non-judgemental outlook towards life and people helps greatly in this regard. Just let the negative feelings go and restores our ability to see clearly.

Living in the moment: Nothing can be done about the past and the future is not known. Now – the present moment- is all that we have and we should be immersing our mind only in this moment. Whatever little things you are doing, be completely and mindfully present in that moment.

Take it slow: Do not surrender to the mad rush of the world. Take you own sweet time to do little things like drinking coffee or cooking. Forget multi-tasking and concentrate on just one task at a time and put your whole mind to it. This deliberate choice of slowing down will enhance your appreciation of life and bring calmness to you.

Cultivating understanding and compassion: Buddhism teaches us to have a good understanding of our own selves and the world around us. Harbouring feeling of compassion towards others and submerging feelings of hatred or anger is sure to calm your mind.

What causes lack of motivation?

You bulging belly makes you cringe but you cannot find the motivation to hit the gym. You know you do better by starting your own business rather than being in service, but you do not know how that will happen. Motivation is a thing that we constantly seek to achieve greater things in life and become our better selves. But what causes lack of it? Here are a few answers:

Fear of failure: Perhaps the biggest hindrance in being motivated is the fear of failure. Most of us are taught from childhood to be perfectionists. Failures and mistakes make us feel flawed. In order to achieve great things, readiness to take on failures is crucial.

Low self esteem: People with low self esteem think that they do not deserve success. They make half-hearted attempts at everything and procrastination is their habit. They cannot find motivation in anything and in fact try to run away from it.

Habit of procrastination: This habit of procrastinating things and activities for future is another cause of lack of motivation. Procrastination may be because of depression, low self esteem or fear of failure.

Depression: Depression is the new age disease that is cause of several underlying problems. Lack of interest in activities is a common cause of depression and people with depression do not want to do absolutely anything. Treatment of depression is possible and it brings about sea changes in productivity and motivation.

Chronic people pleasing: If you are busy pleasing people all the time, you will have no time for yourself, your thoughts or your dreams. Motivation will vanish from your plan of things. One must be vary of individual needs and try to balance their needs with that of other people.

Inner Peace

Oct 5, 2018
young yoga woman at sunrise mountain peak

You keep hearing how important mental health and inner peace are for living a healthy and long life. But do you know that inner peace can be cultivated by following certain habits daily? Here are a few of them:

  1. Be Thankful: Before you begin your day, thank God for being alive and be grateful for another precious day. Thank Him all through the day for little things like when your children come back from school, when you get your pay check in your account, etc.
  2. Check your mind: If your mind wanders towards negative things and feelings, check it by affirming a positive thought. If your mind starts to feel negatively about someone, bring your mind to stop thinking about that person and concentrate on something positive like listening to music or reading a book.
  3. Be kind and considerate to others: Practice being consistently kind to people around you. Always be willing to help and share. A kind person derives immense satisfaction for his small acts of kindness and revels in immense inner peace.
  4. Value time: Procrastination is one thing that is eats away our inner peace like termites eats wood. Time is precious and one should value it enough not to waste it. Do your things on time and see yourself becoming more content and at peace with yourself.
  5. Sit in silence: Sitting in silence for a few minutes during the day and just enjoying your own company will calm your mind greatly and contribute to your inner peace.

Can Faith and Fear co-exist?

Oct 5, 2018

Fear is a thing all of have experienced. Faith too. But can faith and exist simultaneously? The answer is no. The word ‘fear’ has negative connotations and non-productive ramifications. Faith, on the other hand, is considered with everything positive. Buddha has rightly said that “ If your believe in God out of fear, your faith has no foundation.

Fear is a forced emotion that no one likes to experience. Faith is a welcome emotion that pulls us. Just like fear and love are poles apart, so are faith and fear. One cannot love god completely if one fears Him. If one loves God out of fear, there will always be some kind of reservation in this relationship. To have faith in God is to love him without any fear, without any coercion.

Love is the foundation of life. To love and to be loved is the crux of human existence.  So love should be the only cardinal emotion while believing in the Supreme Power.

In the words of poet W.B Yeats, “The God that frightens is no god/ the god that loves, lives a heavenly abode”. If we love and worship God out of fear, then we are desecrating God and his boundless love for us.

God does take each one of us through adverse and fearful situations. But with a strong faith, it is becomes possible for us to overcome those adversities and fears. A strong faith casts out all feelings of fear. In short, faith is the antidote to fear.

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