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Being a Man

You are strong, stoic yet emotional,
That’s a different story that you don’t express!
About your feelings, we are aware,
And in doing so, you share!!

You are dependable and supportive,
Wants the best as you create!
Although you don’t want to show,
Wants everyone to appreciate!

You are brave, loyal and tough
As we know you dare!
Whether it’s with family, friends, coworkers or strangers
We know that you care!!

Although you are Self-reliant and give respect to others,
You give them preference to lead!
Appreciate their strength,
Never hesitate to seek advice when you need!!

We seek your guidance when we require,
We look at you in awe, at times!
We know that you are there to protect us
During all difficult times!!

The universe was made by dual energies of Shakti-Shiv
One focusing on physical strength and logic as a goal,
Other, on inner strength and intuition
Being a Man, you have both, that Makes You Complete and Whole!!

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Life is…

Life is………………………
Life is beautiful,
Ask a seed when it grows
Of course, it is magical,
Ask a Bud when it blooms
Life is mystical,
Ask a dew drop when it shines
Yes, it is Grace,
Ask a Tree that defies gravity as it grows
Life is a fragrance,
Ask a Lotus that gets nourished through dirt
Of course, it is a source,
Ask the Sun that brings life on Earth!!

Life is Patience,
Ask a mother who waits for 9 months for her child
Of course, it is a Dream,
Ask a young child who wants to fly high
Life is a Journey,
Ask a caterpillar that grows into a Butterfly
Yes, it is a lesson,
Ask a Person who has failed multiple times
Life is a Fulfillment,
Ask a person who lived serving others
Of course, it is boundless and Limitless,
Ask the dust that turned into a Star a zillion times!!

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YOUR GRACE

Your Presence is evident,

 in every aspect of Life..

The calm and serene breeze tells us all !!

This Life is a blend,

 of Highs and Lows..

The bright and dark cloud tells us all !!

Your Will succeeds Our Will..

The rain drops falling tells us all !!

We are just another life,

In this whole wide world!

The rising sun from the mountains tells us all !!

Your energy manifests,

 in every atom on this planet..

This rich soil tells us all !!

We are just a mere speck,

 in this Universe..

This Limitless Cosmos tells us all !!

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IT’S TIME ! A NEW WORLD ARISE !!

Where Swan will play and birds shall sing…

Where earthworm will roll  with joy and bees shall rise !!

It’s time !! A New World Arise !

Where rivers will be clear and mountains shall guide..

Where breeze will be pure and soil shall rise!!

It’s time !! A New World Arise!

Where lives will be equal and nothing shall be superior.

Where Nature will heal itself and tress shall rise !!

It’s time !! A New World Arise!

Where materialistic things will become past and true character  shall shine..

Where truth will reveal itself and purity shall rise !!

It’s time !! A New World Arise!

Where introspection will be natural and everything shall be accounted

Where We shall know one World and true essence of Being shall rise !!

It’s time !! A New World Arise!

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EMBRACING 5 ELEMENTS OF NATURE

Embracing 5 Elements of Nature 

Ray of Sun fills me with Love inside,

Playing and looking, where to hide,

In hiding, it spreads joy and bliss,

Filling every core without miss !!

When the breeze is cool,

It generates beautiful sensations to fool ,

It hugs and energizes  me ,

Shifting from dullness to glee !!

When drops of water falls on earth,

Every cell is brought to life, from dearth,

Every atom in my body begins to play like harp,

And the birds start to chirp !!

As soil on earth gets nourished,

Every life here gets flourished,

 My roots get strong and grounded ,

As I began to bloom and unbounded !!

The Aakash is there holding everything together ,

With you, me in this Multiverse, floating like a feather,

We bow down in awe ,

For it reminds us how insignificant we are in this Universal Law !!

By Monika Sakhuja

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UNDERSTANDING AND HEALING DEPRESSION

What is depression

Depression is a state where a person doesn’t feel happy or motivated at all and tend to remain in gloomy state for days after days. The person doesn’t feel any interest in whatever that is going on around and even the usual day to day activities seem boring and dull. So the lack of Enthusiasm and lack of concentration persists for almost every day. Even the regular hobbies like reading, painting and other activities like going out with family, friends, which gave the feeling of happiness, now doesn’t interest. And suicidal tendencies prevail at times.
Life doesn’t seem to have meaning and nothing motivates to live usual life, then definitely it’s a sign of Depression.
Thus you need to look out for these symptoms and need to heal yourself at the earliest.

Why Depression

Depression as we all know is the opposite of term “Express”. So when we instead of expressing our emotions, we try to suppress them, that’s when the body’s balance goes off. State of conflict is created in mind/ body which goes on for days after days that mind accepts the ‘off state’ as natural state and creates the disease ‘Depression’. When the mind body goes into ‘off state’, the mind doesn’t think anything positive and feels completely low all the time.

This generally happens when we try to negate what’s going on in the body and put a false face over the actual one. This creates resistance in mind and the body.
The reasons for not expressing our true self can be many:-

  • Self imposed Fear – We try to remain in highly optimistic state whereas inside we feel completely opposite i.e. pessimistic state 
  • Family imposed Fear – The family pressure can be such that we are not allowed to express emotions in healthy manner and thus forced to suppress it.
  • Society imposed Fear – There can be social pressure which doesn’t allow us to behave in certain manner.

In short, for whatever reasons, we don’t express what we truly feel inside and then try to stop it and dismiss our emotions saying it doesn’t exist.

Emotions are also called as energy in motion, i.e. which is ever flowing. This energy which is flowing inside can be of any state. It can be high or low state like happiness or sadness, love or fear, anger or forgiveness. Thus if one is feeling so called low state and tries to dismiss , ignore it and deny its true self and believe that it ‘doesn’t exist, then mind gets confused and resistance is created.
It’s like, water is flowing in one direction and you try to stop rather try to channelize it, then obviously it’ll create tiff and water will not move and will cause destruction.

Thus stopping of movement becomes unhealthy for mind and the body. And then we say “why me” and how we got depression. Then we seek doctor’s help who gives us drugs that relaxes our mind by releasing happy hormones to combat Depression.

Root cause of feeling depressed

Depression is actually soul’s expression that it’s not fulfilling its purpose. When we are feeling low, we need to introspect the reason for feeling low.

Types of Problems

Firstly we need to ask our self, “Where the lack in my life is, is it in career, health, relationships or wealth or sense of purpose?”

Find out what is the source of problem. Are you:-

  • Finding difficulty in any of the relationships whether it’s family or loved one?
  • Unhappy in the work that you are doing?
  • Parents expecting too much from you?
  • Facing serious financial loss or under debt?
  • Facing some serious health conditions ?
  • Thinking life is meaningless and having suicidal tendencies?

Find out the source of feeling lack. Whatever the problem be, first realize that you are not alone in this situation. Almost every being on this planet in 90% cases feel exactly the way you do. So please be patient with yourself.

Important things to Remember

  • This is just a phase and this too shall pass
  • Trust in the Universal energy or the Source or God that will take care of every situation in the Divine time and Divine order 
  • Believe that your soul is very powerful and you have all things to handle this situation 
  • Remember you as a soul have chosen this life and all people that are present around you, including your parents, relatives, loved ones and even your enemies 
  • Remember that life is like a school, the moment you learn the lesson out of a any given situation, you clear the grade level and situation improves 
  • Remember in this perfect Universe everything works automatically as there are laws that govern that. Once you understand these laws you can use to to create what you want in this lifetime 
  • It is very easy to Understand the Law of Attraction and Law of Abundance and you can create everything out of nothing 
  • Remember that death is just the end to your body and not your soul’. The soul’ craving for growth will not die and you may again choose to be born under same situations and same kind of souls around, in your next lifetime; thus suicide is not an option at all 
  • Remember your beliefs and sanskars of this life and all your past lives, have been the reason to attract the kind of life you are living now. Thus by changing it you can change your life and patterns. 
  • Remember if you express gratitude then your vibration changes. So if you start replacing the feeling of lack with abundance that you already have in your life, then you shift the reality of your life. 
  • Remember this life itself is a gift that can be used to serve self and others 
  • Remember to find your life’ meaning and focus on the bigger picture. If you see purpose of your life then there’s no reason to feel low or depressed. 

Find Inspiration of your life

Inspiration means ‘In spirit’, thus realizing your true self and your power of soul, will prove that there is no lack in this Universe, but only abundance and pure love. It’s our mind that creates these feelings and thoughts. Every situation is soul’s expression to learn and evolve. The moment we learn from our situations, that situation improves. Once the lack of feeling is replaced with ‘blessing in disguise and opportunities in every situation’, the meaning of life changes.
If you are born on this planet then you do have purpose in life. And you need to find the true meaning of self and life.

Healing Depression: The Solution

What we need to remember that while we are seeking help from our doctors, we need to heal the root cause of the problem that created it in the very first place.

Take charge of own health: – One of the most important aspects is to accept this state and take power in our own hands. We need to understand that our mind and emotions have created this in the very first place thus with our soul’s power we can change it back.
Accept the state: – Accept all the emotions that are going through. All these are part of us. Just accept that like happiness, sadness is also part of our feeling that body is experiencing. Never deny any of the emotion and become aware of the fact that there’s nothing wrong with the emotions that are going through.
Express your emotions: – Once we accept our state, then we need to express our emotions. This step is really important as it will help in healing us at initial level. We can choose any of the activity like beating a pillow, dance like crazy, exercise or run. Don’t stop until you feel completely let out, and you become aware that you’ve expressed all your de-pressed emotions. Just do whatever it takes to let your emotions out constructively. Remember not to hurt anyone else in case of any revenge feeling. Once you feel better even in slightest manner, appreciate yourself and continue to do those activities that bring relief.

  • Practice Yoga
  • Exercise 
  • Go for long walk
  • Practice any Dance form
  • Indulge in hobby like Painting, Pottery
  • Go for swimming
  • Listen to happy music
  • Take a break / vacation

Overcome addictions: – In this internet world, we’ve become addicted to multiple gadgets and we get so engrossed in it that we forget to connect and spend some time with our family and friends in real time. We need to get rid of them and spend quality time with ourselves. Doing introspection can actually give insight to root problem.
Talk to loved ones: – Talk to closed family member or your friend whom you trust completely. You will feel much better.
Express Gratitude: – Instead of focusing on lack, focus on the things that you already have like your healthy body, healthy mind, family and friends support and many other things that you may have not noticed. You can also make a gratitude list everyday and see how fortunate you are.
Serve others: – Just a simple act of serving others will definitely increase your vibrations and help you in feeling purposeful. If you see someone in need then just help them in whatever way you can, and you’ll feel great!!
Meditate: – To completely heal we need to sit for just 5-10 mins and be with ourselves. Meditate on this feeling, allowing us to be true to ourselves. Accept the person we are, and without passing any self judgement and send love to ourselves.
Affirmations: – While meditating some of the affirmations below that can help in miraculous way.

  • I am perfect in every sense
  • I am divine in every sense
  • I have all the power to change my life the way I want it
  • I am the best 
  • I am beautiful soul 
  • I am peaceful soul
  • I choose to remain happy and content for what I have
  • I am genuine and true to myself
  • I can do anything and everything
  • I can handle anything
  • I am so majestic
  • Everything is in divine order so is my life
  • I am always connect to supreme source
  • I have a divine purpose in life and I am here to fulfill that
  • I belong to this planet

Believe in the affirmations: – Repeat the above beautiful feelings till they become natural to your every -+- Repeating it, while believing in it will have miraculous effect.
Live a meaningful life: – if the work that you are doing or any hobby that you are pursuing make you feel great then definitely your life has meaning and you’ll never get into feeling low phase for long. But if you are living a life of a lie then it’s a dangerous sign of getting depression. For once, just be true to yourself and you’ll know the reasons. So be Brave and have courage to face yourself first and you can face the world.

“Live a meaningful, purposeful and inspired life to live healthy life!!”

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OPEN YOUR HEART CHAKRA

Heart chakra

Chakra (energy vortex), is a sanskrit word that means ‘a spinning disc’ or ‘a wheel.’ There are seven major of these energy connections in the subtle body through which the life force (prana) or vital energy moves. Chakras attract healthy energy for us to absorb, and throws off negative energy that we no longer need. The healthier the chakra is, the more energy we attract.

Heart Chakra (Anahata, in Sanskrit) is the 4th chakra, located in the centre of the chest. Since this lies in the center, it helps in balancing the whole body by linking all the other chakras. It is associated with feelings of Unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion. If we have a healthy balanced heart chakra then we are able to give and receive love easily.

Symbolic Meaning

The symbolic meaning of ‘Heart chakra’ is to “Let Go and Let God’; which means accepting that “everything and everyone is part of divine plan”, and thus seeing it with love and compassion. All the issues related to Unconditional Love, Self Love, Forgiveness, Relationships, Devotion, Depression, Loneliness are related to the issues of Heart Chakra.

Balanced heart chakra is characterized by feelings of Compassion, Love, Balanced, Self love, Peace, having good Immune system

Unbalanced Heart Chakra is characterized by feelings of being demanding, jealous, having poor boundaries, overly sacrificing, possessive (Excess); and being antisocial, cold, shy, judgmental, lonely, fear of intimacy or relationships, lack of empathy, bitterness (Deficient).

 At Emotional level, heart chakra affects emotions of love, compassion, despair, hate, envy, fear

At Physical level, it affects Heart & Circulatory system, Lungs, Shoulders, arms & hands, thymus glands, Diaphragm. Thus Physical dysfunctions may include Disorders of heart, lungs, thymus, breasts, arms, asthma, allergy, circulatory system (blood related diseases), immune system deficiency and tension between shoulders.

Self-test for heart chakra

Before we go towards healing our heart chakra, we can do self test below:-

•        Do you have difficulty accepting yourself the way you are or lack self-love?

•        Do you have difficulty accepting others as they are?

•        Are you experiencing a lack of freedom in your life?

•        Do you keep anger or grudges against others?

•        Do you have difficulty making up your mind and find yourself indecisive?

•        Are you always saying “yes” to other people’s demands and requests?

•        Do you fear rejection or being abandoned by other people?

•        Do you feel jealous and find yourself envious of others?

Daily affirmations to heal and balance the heart chakra

•        I Love and Accept myself.

•        I am worthy of receiving the love of God and others.

•        The universe provides me with unconditional love.

•        I practice compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness daily for myself and others.

•        I accept people as they are and easily forgive them as I do to myself.

•        I let go of feeling of anger, fear, hatred, guilt and being a victim. 

•        I am able to appreciate & express gratitude for what I already have.

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PREGNANCY CARE

Pregnancy is very crucial time as we are aware that we are not alone and are equally responsible for little one inside. That is the time when we need to make conscious changes in our habit.  My journey too changed during that period. Initially I thought it would be difficult to change my habits, but with time, I found it interesting to live my life healthy way. I feel lucky to experience this beautiful journey of being a mother. In fact this journey was an eye opener to how my life had been. Before, I never thought of what I ate, how I lived, but with my baby inside, I became conscious of what I thought, what I ate, how I breathe, what I saw and read etc.

So it was complete change for me. This proved to be healthy not only for my baby, but for me. I switched to more entertaining, inspirational, light comedy programs. This way I became comparatively happy and experienced very less mood swings during that period. Being emphatic in nature, I avoided negative talks, persons and news at all cost. I read inspiration and informative books that gave all the knowledge of living healthy life and motivation to follow good habits throughout the period. Meditation became part of my life as I changed my limiting belief systems and became more positive. I chanted mantras to increase my vibrations.

Thanks to that journey, I am more aware of the food that I eat now. I am aware of how I breathe at all times. In between I learnt yoga to get me back into my original shape.

Below are the tips during Pregnancy that I followed and can be helpful for others also:-

  • Drinking lots of water approx. 3-4 litres and mostly lukewarm water
  • Deep Breathing throughout the day – During Pregnancy breathing tends to become short and shallow as stomach begins to expand thus it becomes important to be aware of your breathing.
  • Meditating every day to keep mind calm and release stress during the whole period.
  • Including salads in meal and drinking homemade vegetable soup and including more proteins (reduces swelling in the body)
  • Eating 2 -3 fruits every day
  • Avoided refined wheat (Maida) and refined sugar completely
  • Reduced rice and potatoes
  • Including Light Exercises to increase flexibility of the body and reduce the aches in muscles and spine.
  • Reading good inspirational books to keep you motivated and informed. Some of the books I read Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Enchanted Living, Perfect Health; Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Power of Intention; What to expect when you are expecting etc…
  • Listening to good relaxing music – This really helps in meditating and relaxing the muscles. Ex: ‘Om’ mantra; Theta music to calm; baby care music on you tube
  • Switching to natural oils, handmade soaps, natural shampoos, and avoiding products having harmful chemicals like Body lotions, moisturizers , bathing bars, nail paints, lipsticks, shampoos
  • Watching Motivational, Comedy  and Pregnancy related Informative videos  
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CONNECTION WITH MOM

It’s has been more than a year that my mom changed her form and merged with the Divine. It was very difficult to imagine our lives without her.  But when we think selflessly she actually freed herself from physical discomfort that she was facing from long term illness. She had been a great source of inspiration to each and every family member. She showed so much of courage and power to deal with the ups and downs in lives.

I still remember that midnight (25th Mar, 2013) when she left, her body was there but the essence had gone, then suddenly around 4 AM that morning there was knock at the window and a green colored bird came outside my mom’s room. It was so beautiful that we had never seen that bird earlier. The bird sat there for many hours, my sister kept some water near her, but that bird just sat there. When we came back from cremation that bird was still there as if silently observing everyone!!

After that, around noon that bird wasn’t there as if her purpose was done. Then my sister found 2-3 green color feathers outside in our garden area. She just showed that to us and said it simply reminded that of our mother and safely kept it.

Then after 4 days when Kirya was done (special Prayer for deceased), when all the carpets were removed from our driveway, a strange scene was observed by my father. Early morning that day, our father woke us up and asked us to follow him to driveway.

In the whole driveway, there were many white feathers as if kept parallelly along the way. We couldn’t find any explanation of feathers being kept at almost equal distance throughout. We also found white feathers in our garden area outside my mother’s room. We all felt as if it was message from our mom that although she had gone physically but she is always there with us in another form that has no boundaries and no limits. We still have those feathers with us, reminding us of her presence. It wasn’t that this just happened then.

I still remember that day when my sister was driving and I had an appointment with doctor. She simply didn’t park outside her clinic area where we normally do, but parked 2 blocks before that. As soon as I got down from the car, there was a white feather on the ground, indicating that my mom is there with me and I need not worry. Whenever we all miss her, we request her to show us that she’s there with us, we see appearance of feathers even at the strangest place where no one can imagine.

We also found feathers in the Mall’ s elevator, in temple, in bathroom, in balcony, even in strange car parking lots.

I just feel that souls connect with us, it’s just that we need to be ready to accept and seek guidance. A soul can connect with us in any manner and make us realize that we are not alone and our guardian angels are there with us protecting, guiding us always!!  

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HARMFUL CHEMICALS TO AVOID IN DAILY USE PRODUCTS

Are you aware of the chemicals in the products that you are using in day to day life? If not, then it’s high time that we become aware of the ingredients used in these products.

Please note that the below is not the complete list, but it’ll make us aware of the ingredients that are being used in our daily use products ranging from face wash to creams, lotions, toothpaste, shampoos etc.

1. Cocoamide DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA  (triethanolamine)– Hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines, and is related to liver and kidney cancer and inhibits fetal brain development.

2. Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol: easily penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. It is considered so toxic that it can cause brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.

3. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): Used in detergents and surfactants and in personal-care products. It can lead to eye damage, depression, breathing troubles, diarrhea, severe skin irritation. SLS may also damage the skins immune system. When combined with other chemicals, SLS can be transformed into carcinogens that causes cancer.

4. Mineral Oil: petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging.

5.Triclosan & Triclocarban: Antimicrobial pesticides in liquid soap (triclosan) or soap bars (triclocarban), very toxic to the aquatic environment. Triclosan disrupts thyroid function and reproductive hormones.  It is classified as a chlorophenol,  suspected of causing cancer in humans.

6. Benzalkonium chloride: Biocide, preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies, asthma or skin conditions like eczema. It is found in many household disinfectants and cleaning supplies.

7. BHA:  again anticipated to be a human carcinogen. It can cause skin de-pigmentation. In cases BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels.

8. Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients (including Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine): Coal tar, a byproduct of coal processing, is a known human carcinogen.

9. Formaldehyde / DMDM hydantoin & bronopol (2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol): Cosmetics preservatives that decompose and release formaldehyde , which is known as human carcinogen. This can trigger allergic reactions. Formaldehyde is also an asthmagen, neurotoxicant and developmental toxicant.

10. Fragrance or Parfum: Fragrances are in everything from shampoo to deodorant to lotion. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world.

11. Hydroquinone: A skin bleaching chemical that can cause a skin disease called ochronosis . It can cause tumor development.

12. Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone: Preservatives, commonly used together in personal care products, among the most common irritants, sensitizers and causes of allergy Lab studies on brain cells suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic.

13. Oxybenzone has been linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies. Studies indicate that oxybenzone and its metabolites may disrupt the hormone system.

14. Parabens (Propyl, Isopropyl, Butyl, and Isobutylparabens): Parabens are estrogen-mimicking preservatives, found in breast cancer tumors. According to the study, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutylparabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders.

15. PEG/Ceteareth/Polyethylene compounds: These synthetic chemicals are frequently contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is considered a human carcinogen and which readily penetrates the skin.

16. Petroleum distillates:They may cause contact dermatitis and are often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities. They are produced in oil refineries at the same time as automobile fuel, heating oil etc

17. Phthalates: This chemical is linked to male reproductive system disorders. Pregnant women should avoid nail polish containing dibutyl phathalate. Everyone should avoid products with “fragrance” indicating a chemical mixture that may contain phthalates.

18. Resorcinol: Common ingredient in hair color and bleaching products; skin irritant, toxic to the immune system and frequent cause of hair dye allergy. It can disrupt normal thyroid function.

19. Toluene: Volatile petrochemical solvent and paint thinner and potent neurotoxicant that acts as an irritant, impairs breathing and causes nausea. A pregnant woman’s exposure to toluene vapors during pregnancy may impair fetal development. Toluene has been associated with toxicity to the immune system. Some evidence suggests a link to malignant lymphoma.