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Say "I want to feel good" when you're tempted to
indulge in low-energy thoughts. Wanting to feel good
is synonymous with wanting to feel God. Remember:
"God is good, and all that God created was good."
Every morning a woman baked Chapati for members of her family and an extra one for a hungry passerby. She would always
place the extra Chapati on the windowsill, for whosoever needed to eat it.
She noticed a hunchback came every day and took the extra Chapati. Instead of expressing gratitude, he would muttered the
following words as he went on his way: "The evil you do remains with you. The good you do, comes back to you!"
This went on day after day after day. The woman felt very irritated. "Not a word of gratitude," she said to herself. "Every day
this hunchback utters this jingle! What does he mean? "
One day, exasperated, she decided to do away with him. "I shall get rid of this hunchback," she said.
And what did she do? She added poison to the Chapati she prepared for him!
As she was about to place it on the windowsill, her hands trembled. "What is this I am doing?" she said. Immediately, she threw
his Chapati into the fire, prepared another one and put it on the sill.
As usual, the hunchback came, picked up the Chapati and muttered the words: "The evil you do, remains with you. The good
you do, comes back to you!"
The hunchback proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging in the mind of the woman.
Every day, as the woman placed the Chapati on the windowsill, she offered a prayer for her son who had gone to a distant
place to seek his fortune. For many months she had no news of him and she always prayed for his safe return.
That evening, there was a knock on the door. As she opened it, she was
surprised to find her son standing in the doorway. He had grown thin and lean.
His garments were tattered and torn. He was hungry, starved and weak.
Looking at his mother he said, "Mom, it's a miracle I'm here. While I was but a
mile away, I was so famished that I collapsed. I would have died, but just then
an old hunchback passed by. I begged him for a morsel of food and he was
kind enough to give me a whole Chapati."
"When he gave it to me, he said, 'This is what I eat every day. Today, I shall
give it to you, for your need is greater than mine!'"
As the mother heard those words, her face turned pale. She leaned against the
door for support. She remembered the poisoned Chapati that she had made
that morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her
own son and he would have lost his life!
It was then that she realized the significance of the words: "The evil you do remains with you. The good you do, comes back to
Moral of the story: Do good and don't ever stop doing good, even if it's not appreciated at that time.
Mother Teresa, the diminutive spiritual giant who worked daily in the streets of Calcutta, seeing “Jesus Christ in all of his
distressing disguises,” as she put it, offers us some profound wisdom in her briefly spoken advice. “There should be less talk,”
there should be more action on your part. The old aphorism, “I hear, I forget; I see, I remember; I do, I understand,” applies not
only to what you want to learn, but also to how you wish to be treated. Behavior is the most effective way to communicate with
|Grab That Broom
by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“There should be less talk….Take a broom and clean someone’s house. That says enough.” --Mother
When you find yourself embroiled in the futility of words, stop and remind yourself of the
great wisdom of Mother Teresa’s suggestion. Ask yourself, “What can I do here?” By all
means, talk it out, but eventually you must take the broom and clean the house of
another if you are truly going to be of help. Your words, while important, risk being
forgotten if they are not followed by action.
People of action, those who make a difference in life, those whom we most admire, all
seem to know the truth of the ancient wisdom, “What you do speaks so loud, I can’t hear
what you say.” Be a doer. And in the process you will do more to teach others and to
bring fulfillment into your own life than all the words in the dictionary could ever convey.
|Eight Things for Balanced Living
1. Wake up early
Early morning is the time when ambrosia is showered by nature. When you wake up at that time, you get to drink this nectar
and receive a boon of living long and healthy life. Nature works systematically – all animals, mammals, birds, and insects, wake
up early morning and go to sweet sleep by late evening. Aren’t we humans, part of Mother Nature’s system? Yes, we are - so
rise and shine early morning and derive all health benefits by following simple thing - sleep on time and wake up early.
2. Clear your bowel
If you wish to live long and healthy, do not store faeces in your intestines- clear it every day. Golden rule is – if you eat twice
then clear bowel twice. This will keep your colon clear and when colon is clean- body is disease free. Your 32 feet long
intestines can store ten to twenty pounds of faeces easily. So loose all the odorous bad smelling weight by simply making sure
that you go to bathroom regularly. As a result- your skin, stomach, even your swinging moods, all will settle very well.
3. Do asana
Yogic Asana is not exercise! Exercises work on your skeleton and muscles where as asana works on
your cardiovascular, endocronological, circulatory, glandular, eliminatory and lymphatic system. When
you do forward, backward bending and spinal twists, you are energizing your spine, making it flexible.
Yogic masters have said, “you are as young as your spine is” - so keep your spine young and remain
young for a longer time.
4. Divine tonic – pranayam
Pranayam is not just deep breathing. But pranayam is a process, which energizes your whole
body. Daily practice of pranayam can connect you to the source of divine cosmic energy from
where everything has come from. Do it every day and you will never need any tonic ever to
increase your strength, immunity and energy.
5. Drink ten glasses of water and eat more fibers
Water is life - so drink enough water to remain hydrated. Drinking water will clear up all toxic wastes from
your body; as a result it will save you from various diseases. Drink water slowly, consciously and you will
see that magically simple water will begin to taste like wine. Eating fibrous food adds bulk to food, which
gives extra bounce to health, and results in good bowel movement, healthy shiny skin and lower levels of
cholesterol; best part is that right amount of nutrition absorption will begin to happen in the body.
6. Do chanting
Power of mantra can solve your biggest problems. Mantra gives your mind power and it balances your brain. When our left
and right hemispheres are balanced, we make right decisions- quick decisions. Mantra chanting makes us emotionally strong.
Don’t you need to be strong to deal with day-to-day challenges of life? Thank god and enjoy mantra chanting - those who do
this will never be lonesome, frustrated or weak.
7. Never leave the room in anger
Anger is carcinogenic. Anger kills you, not on whom or what you were angry about. When you become
angry, you waste your energy and your precious time. Be cool-headed, solve the problems and
encounter difficult individuals with wisdom. Anger is just wastage of energy; anger means you are not
capable to handle situations. Be wise – be cool – deal with it- do not run away from it.
8. Enjoy every moment
Life is a real time drama. Everyday it offers new scenes. Watch every scene and enjoy. No drama is
complete without a villain or vamp. Don’t be one of villains! If you can be a witness to life then every
single moment will become an enthralling experience. Be a receiver but never hoard anything. Let it pass.
An old Farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson.
Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Bhagavad
Geeta. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he
One day the grandson asked, "Grandpa! I try to read the Bhagavad Geeta just like
you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the
book. What good does reading the Bhagavat Geeta do?"
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, "Take this
coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water."
The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said,
"You'll have to move a little faster next time", and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.
This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather
that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said," I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You're just not trying hard enough", and he went
out the door to watch the boy try again.
At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the
water would leak out before he got back to the house.
The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.
Out of breath, he said, "See Grandpa, it's useless!"
"So you think it is useless?" The old man said. "Look at the basket."
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty
old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.
"Son, that's what happens when you read the Bhagavad Geeta. You might not understand or remember everything, but when
you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Krishna in our lives."
The Rose Within
A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed, he examined it.
He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought, "How can any beautiful flower
come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns? Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and just
before it was ready to bloom... it died.
So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like qualities planted in us at birth, grow amid the thorns
of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects.
We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it
dies. We never realize our potential.
Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person
can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns of another, and find the rose within them.
This is one of the characteristic of love... to look at a person, know their true faults and accepting that person
into your life... all the while recognizing the nobility in their soul. Help others to realize they can overcome their
faults. If we show them the "rose" within themselves, they will conquer their thorns. Only then will they blossom
many times over.
Don’t wait ‘til you’re sick to give your body and mind a break. Here’s how I learned to drop the guilt
and recharge myself. I woke up feeling cranky. I didn't want to do housework, though the laundry
was piling up. I didn't want to read the work I brought home from the office. I didn't want to do
anything that resembled responsible behavior. It was that kind of day.
As I drank my morning tea, I thought I felt a headache coming on. Yes, there it was, a dull throb just
behind my eyes. Maybe I should go back to bed until it subsided. As I put the dishes in the sink, it
seemed that my muscles were beginning to ache. Or was the ache in my joints? That could mean I
was coming down with the flu. Everyone I knew had the flu this year. Why should I be the one to
escape it? I absolutely should be in bed.
I shuffled back to bed, wiggled under the covers and shut my eyes. Another couple of hours of sleep would be so nice, only I
was now completely awake. I ought to get up. But no, there was that headache and the beginning of a sniffle. Better get the
On my way back from the bathroom with a family-sized tissue box, I stopped to grab that big new novel I had bought but had
no time to read. I opened the book and settled against the pillows.
The morning was moving along and so was my reading. Another twenty pages and I was stretching. I should try to crack the
report I was working on. I should at least get up and do the wash. What if I was contagious? I certainly didn't want to spread
any germs. The wash could wait. My family was resourceful enough to scrounge clothing for the next day.
Maybe I wasn't actually getting the flu. I didn't really want to be sick. To be truthful, all I wanted was a little time off. I
needed to nurture myself away from people, chores, career and the outside world. Did I have to wait to be sick to do that? As
a child, the only respite from school or family chores was illness. But I wasn't a child any more. Did I have to manufacture
symptoms to provide myself with an excuse? No, I decided, I didn't.
I talked to myself. Okay, I said, you need a day off. Admit it. Accept it. Toss out the
guilt and enjoy a mini-vacation. What would you like to do? Read? You're already
doing that. Pamper yourself? Take a bubble bath. Be a hermit? Let the machine
answer the phone.
I poured half the bottle of bath gel into the streaming water and added a hearty
handful of chamomile bath salts. Then I lit a vanilla-scented candle and gingerly
stepped into the bathtub. With a grateful sigh, I immersed myself in my homemade
spa. I heard the phone ring somewhere off in the distance and smiled.
Funny how the aches subsided in the heat of the tub. They just slipped away with the last of the
bubbles down the drain. My head felt just fine, the throb replaced by a sense of well-being.
By late afternoon, I was back at it, refreshed physically, mentally and emotionally. And rather than feeling
helpless, I felt empowered. I had given myself permission to listen and respond to my needs, to care for
myself the way I tended to my family. I didn't need the crutch of illness to justify a rest. It was such a simple
awareness, but then isn't it the simple things that set us free?
Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening address to
his evil angels, he said, "We can't keep the Christians from going
We can't keep then from reading their Bibles & knowing the truth.
We can't even keep them from conservative values. But we can
do something else. We can keep them from forming an intimate,
abiding experience in Christ.
If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is
broken. So let them go to church, let them have their conservative
lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can't gain that experience in
Jesus Christ. This is what I want you to do, angels. Distract them
from gaining hold of their Savior & maintaining that vital
connection throughout their day."
"How shall we do this?", shouted his angels.
"Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life & invent unnumbered schemes to occupy their minds," he answered.
"Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, then, borrow, borrow, borrow. Convince the wives to go to work & the husbands to work
6 or 7 days a week,10-12 hrs. a day, so they can afford their lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As
their family fragments, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work."
"Overstimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player
whenever they drive, to keep the TV, the VCR, & their CD's going constantly in their homes.
And see to it that every store & restaurant in the world plays music constantly. This will jam their minds & break that union with
"Fill their coffee tables with magazines & newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hrs. a day. Invade their driving
moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, sweepstakes, mail order catalogues, & every kind of newsletter
& promotional offering, free products, services, & false hopes."
"Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted & unprepared
for the coming week. Don't let them go out in nature. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts & movies
instead. And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip & small talk so that they leave with troubled
consciences & unsettled emotion."
"Let them be involved in soul-winning. But crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from
Christ. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health & family unity for the good of the cause."
It was quite a convention in the end. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to
get busy, busy, busy & rush here & there.
Has the devil been successful at his scheme? You be the judge.
|Are Your Days Crazy? Take Control
| Here’s how:
- First, claim a block of time to gain control. Yes, it will take an hour or two. Yes, you can find that time. Schedule an
appointment on your calendar. If you really, really can’t find the time in your work day, get up early, or do it right after
work. You can find that time if you really try. Your sanity demands it.
- Make a list. Do you already have all your tasks on a single to-do lists, or several next-action lists broken down by
context? If so, you are ahead of the game. If not, this should be your first step. Gather all you papers into one inbox
(including post-it notes, phone messages, etc.) and process them, listing the tasks you need to do on your list or lists
(see Three Steps to a Permanently Clear Desk). However you do the list(s) is not important at this point. I recommend
the GTD method (see Beginner’s Guide to GTD), but do whatever works for you. Making a list of your tasks is the first
way to get them under control.
- Plan your day. Not just today, but every day. You need some sort of regular schedule in order to get things under
control. Schedule your regular tasks in blocks of time: email, calls, meetings, processing your inbox, planning time,
writing, etc. Try to have at least 15-30 minutes at the beginning of each day when you plan your day out in these
blocks of time. This little time for planning each day is a simple way to gain control. (See Purpose Your Day: Most
- Stop multi-tasking. This is probably the thing that makes your day the craziest. You can’t stay sane if you’re juggling a
million things at a time. If you are doing this, you are not being productive either. Focus on one thing at a time (see
How NOT to Multi-task).
- Control Incoming Communications. Others won’t let you do this? You need to be assertive and claim control of your
time. Let others know when they can call you, or how often they can expect to receive responses to your emails. Turn
of IM and chat. Turn off your email notifications and only check it once an hour, or on some other regular schedule.
Let calls go to voicemail. You simply cannot respond instantly to every cell phone call, every email, every page, every
request at your desk. If you have to, put on headphones. Be clear and upfront with others about your availability and
the times when you cannot be disturbed. People might not always be happy with it, but after awhile, they will begin to
respect your time.
- Review your day. Set aside a little time at the end of the day to review what you’ve done, check off your to-do lists,
update the lists with new items, put stuff back where it belongs, clear off your desk, and plan for tomorrow. Leave
- Set routines. These regular routines are the best way to feel in control of your life. I’ve been working on a morning
routine and an evening routine at home, and it also helps to have a first-thing-in-the-morning work routine (including
Step 3) and an end-of-the-day work routine (Step 6). Make them a habit, and your days will be must less stressful.
Some of us have such hectic, busy, crazy, chaotic days that we
don’t have the time to even consider organization, goals, or
routines. It’s when your days are so crazy that you need to take
that time, and get your days under control.
It’s important, for your mental health, your sanity, and your
productivity. You simply cannot be at your most effective if you
are running around, putting out fires, and getting super stressed
in the mean time. Taking the time to gain that control will make all
the difference in the world.