Looking Within, In a Digital World

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Sitting in a café, all alone, trying hard not to look like a serial killer, I do what I think I do best. While for some it may not seem like a big deal, to pick up a laptop and start punching the keyboard by the window of a neighbourhood café, in my head, I just climbed Mt. Everest. I’ve been so busy in the humdrum of life, that I never realised how deep into my comfort zone I went, and how long I’ve stayed there. Being on my own in a common space with nobody to talk to, simply enjoying my coffee and writing, isn’t something I normally do. Besides, I always seem to have company, if not a living human, at least a mobile that I bury myself into every five minutes. I like to be surrounded by company, to do things in the comforts of my own space, to not stand out much. So when I decided to spend a little time with myself, getting out of my comfort zone, I took the first step towards feeling awkward and uncomfortable, I took the first step towards being comfortable with myself.

And it made me think, how often do we spend time with ourselves, how often do we look within?

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How Gratitude Changes You

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I’ve spoken about gratitude before, and do so time and again. That’s because it’s the most underrated tool for change, and possible the most effective one. All the self help books I’ve read, and all speeches on positivity, often advocate gratitude. From my own practice of gratitude journaling, and learning to appreciate people, opportunities, situations and things with gratitude, I understand that there’s a reason this simple practice holds the potential to change your mind, and your life.

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Here’s How You Can Make Life Easier

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There’s no better feeling than looking back at realizing the little steps you took along the way, were actually huge leaps of faith. Life may be challenging at times, but, even struggles seem like a journey when you have the right answers.  Here’s how you can make life much easier. I’ve done them all and would love for you to give it a try as well.

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Don’t Wait For The End, To Begin Living

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I’ve been watching a lot of Ted Talks of late, on life, bucket lists and living with passion everyday. Almost every talk I came across, is focused on life, but more importantly life before death, or after near death. Several speakers had one thing in common. Most of them had almost died, and the news of their impending, or near-missed death, made them evaluate their life, the choices they made, the career they chose, the lives they lived. As with these speakers, and many others in the world, life begins with death – ironically much! So many stories out there, of the ones who escaped death, and decided to live a life true to themselves, without regrets. And it makes me wonder, should we really wait for a tragedy, a warning sign, a reminder from life that it is indeed temporary, to start living the life we really wish to live?

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Think You Love Yourself? Think Again

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I am an ardent advocate of self love. Over the years through the ups and downs of life,  I’ve learned to love myself, place myself first, and really be kind to myself. I am much in love with who I am, and who I can be. Self love is often misunderstood to be selfish, but if we don’t learn to love ourselves, what standards are we setting for others to follow? Every change, every joy in life, begins with our love for ourselves, and the acceptance that we are indeed amazing, and deserve it all.

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Take Some Time Out, To Do Nothing

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“There’s a reason we are called human beings, not human doings” – Unknown

It’s only after an impromptu stop at a coffee shop after a regular swim class that I’d usually rush out of, to get to my next tasks of the day, sitting in the close comforts of a book and some heartful conversations, did I ask myself – how often do we do this? How often do we take time out to enjoy doing nothing? The simple joys of being in a moment, cherishing a cup off coffee, or spending time doing nothing, yet cherishing that nothingness. We’re all too busy either doing things, or failing to do them, meeting targets or failing to meet them, working towards goals, or failing to work towards them, but once in a while, it’s OK to not belong to either of the sides.

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Choose Rituals, Not Will Power – What I Learned Today

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As mentioned in a previous post, I have replaced my work commute’s playlist, with motivational audios and self help audio books. I came across something interesting today, and thought of all the times I’ve learned something new in my commutes, that’s worth sharing. So, say hello to my “What I Learned Today series”, where I’ll share interesting learnings I come across now and then.

Ever wondered why that diet you started ended abruptly, just a few days after you stocked your fridge with the best of diet food and veggies, or why you couldn’t stick to your morning routine or go to the gym, despite trying  your best? I struggle with this all the time! Turns out, it’s not willpower that helps us make changes, but turning routine into rituals, that does. In one of his speeches, Tony Robbins says, when you decide to make a change, or work towards something, you got to bring yourself to be consistent, no matter how you feel.

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