Spirit of Giving Self to others. QOTD


“The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one’s self to others.”

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It happened to me …


It is only because of the veil of the false ego lying between us that you find yourselves involved in so many difficulties, troubles and worries, all of which disappear automatically when touched by the reality of love.

When the curtain of your limited ‘I’ is lifted –and it can disappear through love, and love alone –you realize unity and find me as your real self, i.e. God.

I say so because it is only I, everywhere. There is really nothing like you.

——-AVATAR MEHERBABA

[Sahavas (in the company) of God, p-15, Meher Era Publication, Pune]
(© Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust)

Come September for Old Man!?


One of my ex-junior turned 51!  I sent him a Facebook message ( it is my habit to send it to all my friends on linkedin too, which takes long time as there are over 11000 of them and they have work and other anniversaries too ! and they change positions, get promoted and receive my best wishes every time, without fail)  so my friend who now lives abroad became emotional, nostalgic.  This fellow does never come on a Facebook messenger as he is too busy.

So I was surprised to receive two sudden flash messages from him. There was the First clipping – a Video about Satya Sai Baba Hospital which has gone viral and I thought – “HOW THOUGHTFUL to remember the Old man and think about his health”.  And then I saw the second one – with someone playing Guitar and the famous Tune of COME SEPTEMBER which was my delight in my yesteryears! WOW! I said.  A message followed and it changed every thing!  “Some of my OLD FRIENDS will identify this tune!”

That did not make my day! I said, what does he think I am old, I am only a Babyboomer Generation guy 🙂 . I do have some ‘Senior -Brain fog, groggy moments” but I remember to eat my sugarfree Dark Chocolates and Goji Berries or berries of all kinds to keep me going. But OLD FRIENDS? 🙂 That did not certainly go well with the Tune which is so ALIVE and BEAUTIFUL to listen to.

What do you think.  I said Thank you friend.  It brought back some old memories and the Nostalgia ! Thanks again.

 

 

What a fabulous day! Dear Friends, I am Grateful!


What did I do Right today? Which side of the bed did I get out from?  I just shared others content which I appreciated and felt like sharing. I did not add my own article/s today. By the time of my writing with the kindness of all friends, the number has inflated to 176 and I am most grateful for your kindness! It encourages me.  During this month I had 3500 Page views and 2275 Likes. My All in page views was much lesser than this all these years and once I began to follow you all, and wrote comments on your posts, my following also rose and so did your appreciation conveyed in your Likes. i Love this. Never before have I watched this number so closely.

 

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Mentors’s Dementors – Brainfogged ?


Are you in search of a brain fog treatment? Well, I embarked on my own personal journey to learn more about the pros and cons of consuming gluten. I ran across a common theme: clouding of the mind. It is also known conventionally as mental fog or “brain fog,” due to the consumption of foods containing gluten. Conversely, I found that many who were omitting gluten from their diets, either voluntarily or on a physician’s recommendation, noted improvements in memory and mental clarity. If you’ve ever put your car keys in the freezer by mistake, looked for your car in the wrong section of the parking lot, or simply couldn’t think clearly for seemingly no reason at all, you may be able to relate.

Often chalked up to a “normal part of getting older,” symptoms of brain fog include mild confusion, forgetfulness and/or the inability to think clearly. But this doesn’t have to be your fate!

Certain foods such as artificial sweeteners and dairy have been linked to mental fog. However, more and more physicians are discovering that mental fog is quite strongly linked to gluten intolerance. Within weeks of eliminating gluten from my own diet, I noticed an ability to think more clearly.

Luckily, there are several foods that have been associated with improved cognitive performance that are naturally gluten free. Tired of losing your keys? Here are six foods you can reach for to clear up mental fog and boost your brain health:

Foods for Brain Fog Treatment
1. Avocados: Avocado is high in oleic acid. This fatty acid that plays a role in protecting neurons. Along with other omega fatty acids, oleic acid helps make up the myelin sheath. This lining on neurons helps information in your brain travel at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Avocados also increase healthy blood flow which promotes increased brain function. It also improves heart health. For an effective brain fog treatment, throw some avocado on your salad or spread some on your sandwich and super charge your brain for those holiday events.

2. Blueberries: Also called “brainberries” by Dr. Steven Platt, MD author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all fruits and vegetables. They are known to improve memory and cognitive function. Blueberries have memory-protecting properties. They have even been associated with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Add some blueberries to your breakfast and you may not need to check that to-do list several times throughout the day.

3. Beans: Not only are beans wallet-friendly, they also help stabilize blood sugar levels. They slow how your body processes carbohydrates. Our brains need a steady stream of energy and beans do the job. By adding more beans to your diet, you add some carb-like texture to your meals without consuming any gluten.

4. Nuts and seeds: One ounce a day can reduce inflammation and promote brain fog treatment. They provide you with a great source of protein and satisfy your appetite. In addition to having a high fiber content, nuts and seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals, and brain-boosting omega fats. They have a positive impact on your brain and heart health. For an easy snack on-the-go, reach for almonds, walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (pumpkin seeds are specifically beneficial for men).

5. Wild Salmon: High levels of omega-3 fatty acids in addition to astaxanthin, B vitamins, and amino acids make wild salmon a winner for improving cognitive function. There is a wealth of research supporting omega 3’s role in brain health preservation. B vitamins and amino acids boost everyday brain function.

6. Dark chocolate: The powerful antioxidant properties of dark chocolate and natural stimulants help enhance focus. They also improve concentration and stimulate the production of endorphins. These help to not only support brain health, but improve mood, too. One to two Hershey Kiss-size pieces of dark chocolate a day will provide all the benefits you need. So, don’t feel guilty reaching for that piece of dark chocolate. It will help you think more clearly and cheer you up.

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/333669-foods-that-cause-brain-fog/
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stress
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain?page=2

via Brain Fog Treatment: 6 Foods That Clear Brain Fog | Live in the Now

No. I can not be your friend. I liked this article. Sharing.


Some loves last a lifetime, others as long as they were meant to.
I know that we could’ve been something incredible and perhaps the best thing to happen to either one of us. But we didn’t. Instead, a combination of life, physical distance, existential crisis, excuses, and hesitation crept in and pushed us just far enough apart for other things to come in. For other priorities. For other people.

It didn’t fall apart all in one day, but sometimes it feels like it did.

One moment, you were the only person who I could think about — the one who kept me up at night with your words and conversations, the one who took up so much space in me. The next, you were still all I could think about — but this time it was wondering if I should’ve tried harder to hold onto you. You were still keeping me up at night — all the words I never said haunting me and almost having me spill them all out to you far too late for them to matter anymore. You still took up all this space in me — and then left the gaping hole behind once we stopped talking to each other.

Life did go on, though. It has a funny way of doing that — choosing to keep moving forward even when part of your world feels like it stopped. So we both moved forward, too. I started a different path, and I honestly was happier with it than I expected.

“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star.
It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn’t even exist anymore. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.”
When really good things happen, I still think to tell you. When certain things happen in my life that I know only you would really understand, it takes everything in me not to send you a message. I still wonder about your life and how things are going for you. I think about reaching out to you more times than I would admit, but I don’t.

Because for one reason or another, we didn’t fight to keep each other in our lives. We didn’t try to save whatever we had from the damage that inevitably appeared; we chose to let the ship sink. No one can point fingers and assign blame. These days, we live lives without each other, and perhaps it’s for the best. But we don’t need to see how the other is doing now that we know that we aren’t part of the picture.

For me, even after all this time, it would be too hard to hold on and try to keep you in the forefront of my life, although sometimes there is nothing I want more, and so I let go, because I am too scared of falling into pieces again. It would be still too hard to watch you move on with somebody else, even if she makes you happier than we would’ve been together. Slowly, I have developed this new instinct for avoiding the emotional rollercoaster you could start in my soul. So I control myself, I keep my feet on the ground and I eliminate any visual stimulus, no pictures, no social networks, no hidden digital stocking. This is what they call self-discipline. This is what I call self-protection.

I know that in the end, it doesn’t really matter why we lost the paradise that we once built so carefully together. All that matters is that I still want all the best things for you: to find someone who loves you better, to be successful in your passions, to live the live you always hoped you would, even if I do not want to be around to see it.

So believe me when I say that it is better for us not to be friends.

But it doesn’t make me miss you any less.

via No, we cannot be friends. – P.S. I Love You

Inadequacy. I read this and liked it instantly.


There is one quote that comes into my mind after reading this:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’

Actually, who are you not to be?

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Selfless service is Karma


BE TRUE KARMA YOGIS – SERVE WITH SELFLESSNESS—

A discussion ensued about rendering social service. Baba made the following comments:

The activities you are engaged in of serving the nation and the people in a way are good. But to acquire the full bliss through karma yoga, there is only one sure-fire way and method. And that is, while rendering service, there should not be the least thought or feeling of “I serve … I do this work.” Real service requires selflessness and should be done selflessly. There should not be the least thought of “I-ness” or “I do this.” Because such egoistic thoughts create pride, which gives rise to extremely dense and deep sanskaras, and it is most difficult to eradicate these types of sanskaras.

People all over the world do some kind of service. Some serve their community and some their country. But in their service, the degree of egoistic self-respect and selfishness is immense. Some serve to bring their name into the newspapers, some with a view to be looked upon highly, some to gain prominence and applause, and some to appear good and decent in the eyes of others. Thus everyone serves with an ulterior motive of selfish ambition or pride, and this is not serving at all. What is done is all useless, worthless and totally meaningless.

Be true karma yogis! Serve, but serve with absolute selflessness. Keeping your “I-ness” at arm’s length, serve in the name of Beloved God.

Lord Meher Online 1039-40
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What is love?


No amount of rites, rituals, ceremonies, worship, meditation, penance and remembrance can produce love in themselves. None of these are necessarily a sign of love.

On the contrary, those who sigh loudly and weep and wail have yet experience love. Love sets on fire the one who finds it. At the same time it seals his lips so that no smoke comes out.

Love is meant to be experienced and not disclosed. What is displayed is not love. Love is a secret which meant to remain a secret for the one who receives and keeps it.

——-AVATAR MEHERBABA

[Sahavas (in the company) of God, p-18, Meher Era Publication, Pune]
(© Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust)

Thank you friends. 2002 Gratitude! 


2002 Likes! Thank you friends you made my day and months. I never realised I would watch this number and feel so happy within! 

My heartfeakt Gratitude’s for all who read my posts and liked some of them. Thank you.

I don’t agree with this QOTD – Do you


So what if you are a Warren Buffet,  I have a mind of my own and I choose to differ with you, Sir.  If the following quote was true – there would be no fluctuations in the Stock prices you invest, your stock values would never come down.

Everything that we do by rote, by discipline, by habit surely does a few things. For e.g. My walks burn calories but as the walking distance reduces with my walking speed the calorie burn rate my not reduce as I walk for more time.  Consequently, the weight loss may not be the same.  I have 4 years of daily data on self which proves this point.

But then, who wants to take cudgels with the Richest and Respected man like Mr. Buffet who in his own right is a role model for me who never invests in stocks.  but sometimes, the quotes which are attributed to them and go viral on social media do not rightly capture, the moment when it was said, the context etc.

What do you think? It is difficult to change habits for us as adults and it is also difficult to continue doing every day, the same thing ain’t it?

Yo

u keep doing the same things and you get the same result over again.

—Warren Buffett

 

QOTD


Ethel Waters

“We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2GBPGYl May 21, 2018 at 10:38AM
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Tom Brokaw

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2LjTEIJ May 22, 2018 at 10:33AM
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Ezra Pound

“Either move or be moved.”

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George S. Patton

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2sfESd5 May 26, 2018 at 10:44AM
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George Santayana

“The Soul is the voice of the body’s interests.”

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The Master’s message


I’m a wayfarer an walk average 15km daily now to reduce weight and reverse heart disease.

“ Places and physical conditions do not matter where longing and determination are deep and strong. It is not a question of patient, endless walking, for example. It matters how and where you walk — in which direction.

You may walk and walk for years, but if it is in the wrong direction it is a waste of energy and time. If you go further away, of course you do come back when the time comes, but it is such a long process.”

Lord Meher Online 1813
Photo Courtesy. Meher Baba Travels

1st Meetup of Mentor MasterClass


We had our first meeting of the Meetup Jay Parkhe’s Mentor Master Class yesterday at Just Practicals’ Sierra Cartel Business Centre.

To begin with we had 3A’s ( All new members who joined had their names beginning from A – Is this a good Omen?  Looks like we are off to a AAA rated starte.

Great introductions as all three are in 29-32 age range, One of them on the way to be a Startpreneur and other two in the Ideation mode.   It was a great exchange of ideas, examples of successes and failures Jay’s mentoring Approaches and way forward.

 

Radical Self Confidence


Self-confidence is a must for all of us- no matter which stage of our life journey we are in.

It doesn’t matter what our role looks like:

  • Whether we’ve lost ourselves in career or business

  • Whether we’re feeling lonely post-breakup or just lonely in a crowd or enjoying our solitude and the feelings of Quietude.

  • Whether we’re speaking on a stage or whispering our secret to a friend for the very first time

  • Whether our business came crashing and we are on the threshold of bankruptcy suddenly.

  • Whether our Revenue sources have dried and all our efforts to bring the derailed business back – fail due to lack of interest, apathy or our mental STATE.

  • We shall need radical self-confidence.

  1. Much of this sounds like saying “Close But No Cigar”

    Meaning: 

    Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end, we see our miserable situation while negatively imagining that others have no sympathy and they are laughing at us. 

    We shall Radical Self-Confidence to overcome the situation.

  2. We will have no choice but to “Go Out On a Limb”

    Meaning: 

    Putting ourselves in a risky situation in order to help somebody, or to hazard a guess about what could be the best possible way out of this jam.

We shall Need Radical Self-Confidence to over come the situation.

Story Generator App :) Interesting find.


Picturesque Moscow

A Short Story
by me

Charity Godfrey was thinking about Wenna Thornton again. Wenna was a cowardly friend with slimy legs and moist thighs.

Charity walked over to the window and reflected on her idyllic surroundings. She had always hated picturesque Moscow with its vacant, vigorous volcanoes. It was a place that encouraged her tendency to feel sad.

Then she saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the a cowardly figure of Wenna Thornton.

Charity gulped. She glanced at her own reflection. She was a cold-blooded, rude, whiskey drinker with beautiful legs and fragile thighs. Her friends saw her as a panicky, pickled patient. Once, she had even saved a colossal old man that was stuck in a drain.

But not even a cold-blooded person who had once saved a colossal old man that was stuck in a drain, was prepared for what Wenna had in store today.

The sun shone like thinking goldfish, making Charity delighted. Charity grabbed a cursed sandwich that had been strewn nearby; she massaged it with her fingers.

As Charity stepped outside and Wenna came closer, she could see the oily smile on her face.

Wenna gazed with the affection of 7074 violent mute monkeys. She said, in hushed tones, “I love you and I want less communication.”

Charity looked back, even more delighted and still fingering the cursed sandwich. “Wenna, what a spiffing dress,” she replied.

They looked at each other with concerned feelings, like two sleepy, sparkling snakes loving at a very mean accident, which had jazz music playing in the background and two tactless uncles talking to the beat.

Charity studied Wenna’s slimy legs and moist thighs. Eventually, she took a deep breath. “I’m sorry,” began Charity in apologetic tones, “but I don’t feel the same way, and I never will. I just don’t love you Wenna.”

Wenna looked relaxed, her emotions raw like a motionless, mammoth map.

Charity could actually hear Wenna’s emotions shatter into 9900 pieces. Then the cowardly friend hurried away into the distance.

Not even a glass of whiskey would calm Charity’s nerves tonight.

THE END

Auto Praise for Picturesque Moscow

“I feel like I know Charity Godfrey. In a way, it feels as though I’ve always known her.”
– The Daily Tale
“About as enjoyable as being hailed on whilst taking in washing that has been targeted by seagulls with the squits.”
– Enid Kibbler
“Saying the sun shone like thinking goldfish is just the kind of literary device that makes this brilliant.”
– Hit the Spoof
“I could do better.”
– Zob Gloop

Influence and Impact


  1. We become what we expose ourselves to.
  2. We become who we hang out with,
  3. who we listen to,
  4. the shows we watch,
  5. the books we read, etc.

 

We have to be sensible about what we expose ourselves to and about how much time we spend in the company of those influences.

And we must seek out more alone time for ourselves, in quietude and close to nature. If we don’t do this, we’ll lose ourselves. We’ll become other people and lose our peace.

Sometimes it is better to just walk away from things


and go back to them later when you’re in a better frame of mind

Sometimes it is better to just walk away from things and go back to them later when you’re in a better frame of mind.

Try some of these to find your peace back.

  1. Answer the phone in a cheerful voice – even if it is a salesperson
  2. Try being a person who Wouldn’t Harm a Fly
    Meaning: 
    Nonviolent;  someone who is mild or gentle.
  3. Try not to make a Mountain Out of a Molehill
    Meaning: 
    One who escalates small things and turns them into big problems.
  4. And be like The shooter who says goodbye to his love.

 

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.”

— John Wayne

 

Random Acts of Kindness


  1. Help someone academically – lend them your study notes
  2. Offer to help your neighbours/friends with chores
  3. Visit a friend who’s sick
  4. Feeling brave? Give blood
  5. Leave a kind message anywhere (in a library book, on a computer etc.)

I will never be this young again. Ever. Oh damn… I just got older.


It is not my birthday but it will remain as a constant reminder of reaching an age post-retirement that constantly reminds of a few resolutions, few events and, few good, bad and ugly memories. Difficult to throw away like the pebble or the thorn that entered our Sandals and kept bothering us.

I know I will never be this young again. Ever. Oh damn… I just got older! 

What makes this memory not go away? It’s hard to stay connected – reach out to an elderly person you know.  Especially, if people you are mentoring are mostly milenials and rebel at heart, famous for breaking rules, ignoring parents’advice – you think they will listen to you, comply with your rules,  NO Way!

What they expect is equitable treatment of an Adult-Adult transaction, not the Parent-Child one which they have plenty at their respective homes. So I changed tracks on my birthday.  I also realized we cannot change an adult, we can not motivate anyone! And, I say this with experience.  Adults change themselves when they wish to and become determined to. ( My wife tries to change me so hard, but do I 🙂  No) .  Same is with Motivation. We are all motivated people.  We know what motivates or demotivates us. Our conscience tells us what is right or wrong for us, doesn’t it?  It remains as a murmur inside our brains dominated by negative emotions and all the pseudoness generating hormones? Doesn’t our Conscience become victim and is taken over by our own viscious mind’s CON-Science?  It does. Trust me on that.

So was I on “On Cloud Nine” ON my birthday couple of months ago? 

Meaning: 

Having strong feelings of happiness or satisfaction.  SADLY, No! 

So I generated a Random phrase and what came out was

Ride Him, Cowboy!

Meaning: 

A cheer people yell, usually at rodeos when cowboys are clinging to the backs of untamed horses.

But what a coincidence? This was an apt phrase describing my mental state.

There was no ice cream in the freezer, nor did I have money to go to the store, and  as I forgot to go to the ATM and draw cash. This is what Old Age does to you – Forgetful when needed but never let go of bad memories of past.

So do I feel I am Down And Out

Meaning: 

A term used in a boxing.

Or Someone who has become incapacitated.

I am happy to say, I am better that this.  I live life full even now and enjoy friends, online or offline. Enjoy the joy of my creation. Sometimes send long rants to friends or other times write blog or articles.  Meet new Startups, Mentees and Give back to society . So

Life is Good. Whether we are young or old.

Random Acts of Kindness


  1. Bake something for your family/friends

  2. Help someone improve, give them constructive feedback

  3. Someone looking lost? Help them with directions

  4. Who will be making dinner for your family today? Tag, you’re it!

  5. Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call

 

Random acts of kindness


  1. Lend a friend a book you think they’d like
  2. Make a conscious effort to recycle
  3. Put your phone down and have a conversation with a friend
  4. Write a complimentary note for someone
  5. Someone wronged you? Forgive them
  6. Smile at a stranger

I was very proud of my nickname throughout my life – What’s in a Name?


I was very proud of

my nickname

throughout my life,

but today-

I couldn’t be any different

to what my nickname was.

She told me she won’t use

my nickname again

It so happened,

I said Let me help you with

your baggage and bagasse’

and let’s throw this

into the Sky

with all our might.

But he was too short

to see over the fence.

A song such as this

could make or ruin

a person’s day

if one lets it get to us.

She did her best to help him.

and checked to make sure

that I was still alive and

The mysterious diary

recorded the voice.

but today-

I couldn’t be any different

to what my nickname was.

When I was little

I had a car door slammed shut

on my hand.

I still remember it

quite vividly.

but today-

I couldn’t be any different

to what my nickname was.

The shooter said goodbye to his love.

My Nick Name – WAS – JAYA 🙂

AND Now I know what’s in a Name anyway?

 

 

Does Macho prove Mucho? :) Plot Thickens. See the Random quotes.


Swinging For the Fences

Meaning: 

Giving something your all.

Lickety Split

Meaning: 

To go at a quick pace; no delaying!

 

“Macho does not prove mucho.“via Funny Quote of the Day https://ift.tt/2ipz5RAZxa Zsa GaborI am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.Zsa Zsa Gabor 

Zsa Zsa Gabor (born Sári Gábor, February 61917 – December 182016) was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite.

Quotes

  • A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished.
    • Newsweek, March 28, 1960
  • I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
    • How to Catch a Man, Keep a Man, and Get Rid of a Man (Doubleday, 1970)

Milton Fried man Prize for Ladies in White! WOW!


 CONGRATULATIONS ! 

The Cato Institute has presented Cuba’s Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) with the 2018 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, a $250,000 biennial award presented to a group or individual who has made a significant contribution to advance human freedom. The Ladies in White have a simple message: The political prisoners of Cuba are our sons, brothers, and our husbands. They must not be forgotten.“All who labor in the name of freedom take great inspiration from — and feel a tremendous debt to — courageous people who risk everything to stand up to oppression. The Ladies in White are a stirring example,” said Peter Goettler, president and CEO of the Cato Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) have a simple message: The political prisoners of Cuba are our sons, our brothers, and our husbands. They must not be forgotten.

Every Sunday, the Ladies in White gather, or attempt to gather, for Mass at Saint Rita de Casia Church in Havana, followed by a procession down Fifth Avenue. They wear white to symbolize the peaceful nature of their protest, and each wears a photograph of a loved one who is in prison. For this the authorities have constantly harassed them and organized mob violence against them.

The movement began on March 18, 2003, when journalist Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez was arrested in his home in Havana and sentenced to 20 years in prison for criticizing the regime of Fidel Castro. His case drew worldwide attention, with Amnesty International calling him a prisoner of conscience and demanding his release. Around 75 others were arrested at the same time, in an incident that has been called the Black Spring. All have since left prison, though not unconditionally, with the majority having had to leave Cuba. Since that time, sporadic arrests of journalists, lawyers, and other intellectuals have continued in Cuba, belying the myth that with normalized relations, Cuba’s human rights record would improve. If anything, it has deteriorated.

Two weeks after Maseda was arrested, his wife Laura Pollán Toledo brought together a group of wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters of the imprisoned to pray for their loved ones. They have continued to gather each Sunday, and the movement has since spread to other churches throughout Cuba. Although they are not a political party and do not have an overtly political program, they seek freedom of expression for all and the release of prisoners of conscience in Cuba. In recognition of their courage, the Ladies in White were the 2005 recipients of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded by the European Parliament. The Cuban government prohibited them from attending the award ceremony in Strasbourg, France.

In 2015 Berta Soler, one of the leaders of the group, told the U.S. Senate, “Our aspirations are legitimate…. Our demands are quite concrete: freedom for political prisoners, recognition of civil society, the elimination of all criminal dispositions that penalize freedom of expression and association and the right of the Cuban people to choose their future through free, multiparty elections. We believe these demands are just and valid. Even more importantly, for us they represent the most concrete exercise of politics, a step in the direction of democratic coexistence. Cuba will change when the laws that enable and protect the criminal behavior of the forces of repression and corrupt elements that sustain the regime change.”

As the first step, the Ladies in White demand the release of all political prisoners. The outlook for many of the prisoners is grim; prison conditions are deplorable, visits are rare, and even their mail is intercepted by the authorities. And the Ladies themselves have faced increasing police harassment and arrest in recent years, as the Cuban government tries to hide-but not correct-its habit of quashing dissent. Laura Pollán died in 2011 under gravely suspicious circumstances. But the movement she founded continues: The Ladies in White will meet, pray, and bear witness every Sunday until Cuba’s political prisoners are freed.

Intolerance to difference – Good, bad, ugly?


I would not generalise, and would not attribute any of the three above. Tolerance in India has come to mean – Tolerating+Nonsense right politicians to some members of thof even the general public . So does that make the two negatives i.e. adding IN as a prefix – POSITIVE. No. I am afraid not.

But, I came across this great quote which I like as a Drawing and Painting Artist amateur and Art Critic.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent van Gogh

See if you can agree and appreciate the Great Artist.

Awakening latent Dreams!


According to Freud, every dream represents a wish fulfillment. Dreams are representative of the imaginary fulfillment of a wish or impulse in early childhood before such wishes have been repressed.

Sometimes you meet someone and your gut makes you judgemental immediately, without knowing anything about people.To Freud, dreams were all about wish fulfillment.

The manifest content of the dream masked the true wishes and desires of the dreamer, which were revealed in the latent content.

In the ‘falling’ dream example, Freud might have said that the act of falling represented giving into a sexual urge.

like someone is “Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed”

Meaning: 

Someone who isn’t witty or sharp, but rather,

they are ignorant, unintelligent, or senseless.

It is a daunting task to go deeper and find the latent dreams of such people. They are dreamers too, and they have a subconscious. Sometimes it gives them messages, signals but they are so subtle, soft and noiseless that people tend to forget them let alone take notice of them.

Freud believed that the content of dreams is related to wish fulfillment and suggested that dreams have two types of contentmanifest content and latent content. The manifest content is the actual literal subject matter of the dream while the latent content is the underlying meaning of these symbols

Whatever a Mentor can do to Awaken the Dreamer’s Dreams it remains that

Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees

Meaning: 

Suggests that money is a resource that must be earned and is not one that’s easily acquired.

 

Thus said my Guru and Mentor 


Penance should not be like everyday repentance which follows everyday weaknesses. It should not become a tedious and sterile habit of immoderate and gloomy pondering over one’s own failings.

Sincere penance does not consist in perpetuating grief for the wrongs, but in resolving to avoid in the future those deeds which call forth remorse.

Discourses 1, p 74
By Meher Baba
Avatar Meher Baba Trust e-book
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Photo Courtesy Of Meher Nazar Publications

My new affirmation, My new Paradigm


 New Affirmation

I am quite happy and grateful as
I understand how to identify and change my life paradigms
it gives me the power to be,

do and have
ANYTHING I truly want.

Drew Carey


Did you know…

… that today is Drew Carey’s birthday (1958)? Carey is an American stand-up comedian, actor, singer, dancer, host, television personality, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his black-rimmed glasses. Whew, busy guy! Happy birthday, Drew. 🙂

~~~

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Learn how to set goals. That’s the key to everything. That includes designing your own success. You define what the goal is, it’s not somebody else’s goal, it’s yours.”

— Drew Carey

The Ultimate Dream


Where do we want to b?.

What is our desired place we see?

What is the Ultimate Place we wish to be?

A Dreamer knows Inside OUT and Outside IN!

We do tend to forget the dream and live life

Going with the flow,

mostly aimlessly.

Dreams give us Purpose, Goals, Ambitions, and Aims – albeit sub-consciously.

Mentors are awakener and constantly hammer, chisel, sculpt the mouldable Mentees/  into their Actionable Plans, often as Accountability Partners with joint responsibility.

Isn’t it your idea too that you can have a thriving business built on helping people and improving the world the ultimate dream?

It’s possible.

In case you didn’t know – the Personal Development/ Life Coaching/ Mentoring Industry is not just about feeling good.

According to Wikipedia and Psychology Today, this is a more than $11 Billion dollar industry – and growing.

It is Growing at a rapid pace and will continue to always help more lives with their positive impact – the question we should be asking ourself isn’t, ‘Can I be successful at this?’ …

it’s ‘How big of a mark do I want to make?’, and

‘What am I willing to do to make it happen?”

There is no limit to the amount of income or the satisfaction you can gain from teaching people how to unleash their unlimited potential and awaken their latent dreams.

I’ve been studying why people do what they do for nearly half a century.  .

Mentoring Dreamers to Awaken their Dreams.


Give the spark that may get fanned and become High rise flames and Fire

Begin to light we must ignite the latent subconscious and fight for our Right.

I Wake up the dreamers and demand their need for rights
In the dead corner of their hippocampus lies a sleeping, latent WISH

In the dead of the night,

the mentor makes you set your sights  and

warns of the dangers of letting it remain dormant,

hibernating, not knowing, never knowing

What is inside your brain –

the latent  Potentials and Dreams
Mentor calls for your arms

to begin the Motion arising out of this E Motion.
There are goodbyes and there are no second glances
For in the middle,

We, we see the glimpse
Of the mass of wishes wanting to come alive and

take control of our FOCUS our FUTURE.
They CREATE our desire to  fight

the life’s battles ahead to make these dreams come true.

We’re living trees of our own anarchy
Mentees take hands
It’s our time to give this life its only chance
Not one step back
A Pure Heart will take a stand

Inner liberation thrills
Echoing through the hearts

the beginning of our new being

Take pride as this is the vision for us to live by or die, or die

We”re coming
Light the Spark we must ignite we fire to fight begin our night
We’re coming

 

Inspired by the Story by Chanakya.

चाणक्य नीति: जानिए किन लोगों की मदद न करें और रहें दूर
आचार्य चाणक्य ने अपनी एक नीति में 3 ऐसे लोगों के बारे में बताया है जिनकी मदद न करें और उनसे दूर रहें।

चाणक्य नीति में आचार्य कौटिल्य ने अपनी एक नीति में बताया है कि किन लोगों की मदद नहीं करनी चाहिए वरना आप खुद परेशानी में पड़ सकते हैं। आचार्य चाणक्य ने बताया कि कुछ लोग ऐसे होते हैं जिनकी मदद करने पर आप स्वयं मुश्किल में पड़ सकते हैं। समय, काल, परिस्थिति, धर्म और नीतियों को ध्यान में रखकर आचार्य चाणक्य ने कुछ लोगों को वर्ग विशेष में बांटा है। इसके अनुसार उन्होंने बुद्धि और चतुराई के उपयोग से कुछ ज्ञान की बाते बताई हैं। जानिए ये 3 लोग कौन हैं जिनकी मदद कभी नहीं करनी चाहिए

-चाणक्य ने अपने श्लोक में बताया है कि – मूर्खाशिष्योपदेशेन दुष्टास्त्रीभरणेन च।
दु:खिते सम्प्रयोगेण पंडितोऽप्यवसीदति।

1. मूर्ख व्यक्ति -आचार्य ने जिन लोगों से दूर रहने की बात कही है, उसमें पहला व्यक्ति है मूर्ख। यदि हम किसी मूर्ख व्यक्ति को जानते हैं तो उससे दूर ही रहना चाहिए। मूर्ख व्यक्ति को ज्ञान देने की कोशिश भी न करें। हम मूर्ख को ज्ञान देकर उसकी भलाई करने की सोचते हैं, लेकिन मूर्ख व्यक्ति इस बात को नहीं समझेगा। ये लोग फिजूल तर्क-वितर्क करते हैं, जिससे हमारे समय का नुकसान होगा। इसीलिए ऐसे लोगों से दूर ही रहना चाहिए।

2. बुरे चरित्र वाला व्यक्ति – यदि किसी ऐसे व्यक्ति को जानते हैं, जिसका चरित्र ठीक नहीं है तो उससे दूर रहने में ही समझदारी है। ऐसी लोगों की भलाई करने पर या इनकी मदद करने पर भी हमारा ही नुकसान होना है। ऐसे लोगों के संपर्क में रहने से समाज और घर-परिवार में श्रेष्ठ व्यक्ति को भी अपमानित होना पड़ता है। जो लोग धर्म से भटक जाते हैं, वे स्वयं तो पाप करते ही हैं और दूसरों को भी पाप के रास्ते पर ले जाते हैं। इसीलिए ऐसे लोगों से दूर ही रहना चाहिए।

3. हमेशा बिना वजह दुखी रहने वाला व्यक्ति – चाणक्य कहते हैं कि जो लोग अपने जीवन से संतुष्ट नहीं हैं और हमेशा ही दुखी रहते हैं, उनसे दूर रहना चाहिए। इन लोगों की भलाई करने पर भी हमें दुख ही मिलता है। ऐसे लोगों का जीवन चाहे कितना भी अच्छा क्यों न हो जाए ये हमेशा दुखी रहते हैं। ये लोग दूसरों के सुख से ईर्ष्या करते हैं और कोसते रहते हैं। इस प्रकार ईर्ष्या भाव रखने वाले और बिना वजह दुखी रहने वाले लोगों से भी दूर रहने में हमारी भलाई है।

Knowing this will make you give less of a f*ck about what others think I worry too much about what other people think of me. sharing article from Medium.


Knowing this will make you give less of a f*ck about what others think
I worry too much about what other people think of me.

via Knowing this will make you give less of a f*ck about what others think

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?


Dealing with perceptions

in my mind’s eyes

hoping against hope

my presuppositions

my cognitive bias

my hyper criticism brutally

and honestly delivered

Reacted fiercely

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Interpreted differently

Forgetting all the time

There could be another way

May be it means something else

Meanings, judgements passed

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Forgetting our Being Human!

The tendencies to err

To become ruthless

Behave unnaturally with vengeance

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

In the meaningless repetitive

Arguments to prove us Right

Leaving sanity, wisdom

Ignoring subtle visible facts

Getting self centred

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

To prove I’m always right

No remorse, no feelings and

Emotions towards others

No empathy no sympathy

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Being mean before we know it

Mean machines we become

And wonder

Mean machine or

Meaning making Machine –

who am I ?

Is that me?

Who have I become

A Moron, a sadist

A masochist

Or just Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

(Writing poetry after many years! It needs a deep provocation, a shining up a mentors huge stick! And it just flowed)

Awakening Truth in Mentees


Spiritual Mentorship: Awakening Truth in Others

via Spiritual Mentorship: Awakening Truth in Others | HuffPost

Conversational Narcissist :)


I was once labelled as MR. TALKIES. And I just took over a Meet up club called TalkWiz which I renamed as TALKWIZArds Club.

via Conversation is a skill. Here’s how to be better at it | Ladders

conversational narcissist is the one that keeps taking the ball from the game of catch and not ever passing it back.

 

Why Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone Is Overrated. Good article on Medium. Test yourself on 5 assessments.


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

via Why Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone Is Overrated – Personal Growth – Medium

Don’t know if they are his words but i love this morning wish


thank you my friend on WhatsApp for these kind wishes.

4/23, 10:21] Nilesh Tiwari: ज्ञान से शब्द समझ में आते हैं
और
अनुभव से अर्थ…

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[4/24, 09:52] Nilesh Tiwari: विदेश मे विद्या ही धन हैं,
ब्यापार मे बुद्धि ही धन हैं,
परलोक मे धर्म ही धन हैं,
विद्या सब जगह धन हैं

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[4/25, 10:03] Nilesh Tiwari: बड़ा आदमी बनना अच्छी बात है, लेकिन अच्छा आदमी बनना बहुत बड़ी बात है।

🌺🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम् 🌺🌹🙏
[4/26, 09:47] Nilesh Tiwari: रिश्ते बरकरार रखने की
सिर्फ एक ही शर्त है ,
भावना देखें ,
संभावना नहीं

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[4/27, 09:51] Nilesh Tiwari: मुझे गिरते हुए पत्तों ने यह समझाया है….
.
बोझ बन जाओगे तो अपने भी गिरा देते हैं….
🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[4/28, 09:35] Nilesh Tiwari: हवाएं मौषम का रुख बदल देती है …
और दुवाएँ मुसीबत का..

🌹💐🙏🏻सुप्रभातम्💐🌹🙏🏻
[4/29, 11:58] Nilesh Tiwari: सुख के लालच में ही…

नये दु:ख का जन्म होता है…

🌹💐🙏🏻 सुप्रभातम् 🙏🏻💐🌹
[4/30, 09:45] Nilesh Tiwari: ✍🏻…
सुखी वही है…..जिसे
पता चल चुका है…..!
कि….इस संसार में….
सुखी कोई भी नहीं है!
🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/2, 10:02] Nilesh Tiwari: हुनर तो सबमें होता है,
फर्क बस इतना है
किसी का छिप जाता है
और किसी का छप जाता है ।।
💐🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/3, 09:49] Nilesh Tiwari: ✍✍✍✍✍✍✍✍✍

“”जीवन एक ऐसा रंगमंच है..””

“”जहाँ किरदार को..
खुद नही पता होता कि…
अगला दृश्य क्या होगा..!!””

🌺👏🌺 सुप्रभात💐🙏💐
[5/4, 10:12] Nilesh Tiwari: रिश्तो में झुकना

कोई अजीब बात नही,

सूरज भी तो ढल

जाता है चाँद के लिए.

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/5, 09:56] Nilesh Tiwari: रख लो आईने हज़ार ,
तसल्ली के लिए ,,,,,

पर —
सच के लिए तो —
आँखें ही मिलानी पड़ेगी !

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/7, 10:08] Nilesh Tiwari: जब छोटे थे तब बड़ी बड़ी
बातो में बह गए
और….
जब बड़े हुए तब छोटी-छोटी
बातो मे बिखर गए।
🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/8, 09:39] Nilesh Tiwari: अहमियत
उनकी ज्यादा होती है
अहम
जिनमें कम होते हैं!
🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🏻💐🌹
[5/9, 10:03] Nilesh Tiwari: ✍🏻….
एहसास की नमी बेहद जरुरी है हर रिश्ते में …..

वरना रेत भी सूखी हो तो निकल जाती है हाथों से।

💐🌹🙏🏻 सुप्रभातम्🙏🏻🌹💐
[5/10, 09:31] Nilesh Tiwari: 🥀
स्वयं में ‘आस्था’ है
तो

बंद द्वार में भी ‘रास्ता’ है..

💐🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹💐
[5/11, 10:27] Nilesh Tiwari: विरासत मे हर बार ….जायदाद ही
नही मिलती…दोस्तो..

कई बार जिम्मेदारीयाँ भी ….मिल जाती है…!!!

💐🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹💐
[5/12, 10:16] Nilesh Tiwari: कौन है,
जिसे कमी नहीं है.

आसमां के पास भी,
ज़मीं नहीं है.
🌺🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹🌺
[5/13, 09:58] Nilesh Tiwari: “आज” वही कल है ,,

जिस कल की फिक्र, तुम्हें कल थी ।

🌺🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹🌺
[5/14, 10:21] Nilesh Tiwari: बेहतरीन होता है वो रिश्ता
.
.
जो तकरार होने के बाद भी सिर्फ एक मुस्कुराहट पर पहले जैसा हो जाए…..।।

🌺🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹🌺
[5/15, 10:39] Nilesh Tiwari: जिंदगी एक खेल है, यह आप पर निर्भर है कि, आप खिलाड़ी बनना चाहते हैं या खिलौना

💐🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹💐
[5/16, 10:40] Nilesh Tiwari: जब से सभी के अलग अलग मकान हो गए…..

पुरा बचपन साथ बिताने वाले भाई भी, आज एक दूसरे के मेहमान हो गए…

💐🌺🙏 सुप्रभातम🙏🌺💐
[5/17, 10:13] Nilesh Tiwari: ✍🏻….
एहसास की नमी बेहद जरुरी है हर रिश्ते में …..

वरना रेत भी सूखी हो तो निकल जाती है हाथों से।

🌺🌹 🙏🏻 सुप्रभातम्🙏🏻🌹🌺
[5/19, 12:19] Nilesh Tiwari: “वो दिन बहुत अच्छे थे ,

घडी सिर्फ एक के पास थी ,
आैर समय सभी के पास था…!!! ✍🏻
अब घडी सभी के पास है लेकिन समय किसी के पास नहीं।

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम् 🙏💐🌹
[5/20, 09:54] Nilesh Tiwari: …✍

उम्र…
बिना रुके सफर कर रही है,

और हम…
ख़्वाहिशें लेकर वहीं खड़े हैं…!
🌺💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌺
[5/21, 10:08] Nilesh Tiwari: 😃ये वक्त की नजाकत
और बदलते दौर
की मजबूरी है ।

लड़के को पराठे 🍪
और लड़की को कराटे 👊. सिखाना
बहुत जरूरी है ॥
💐🌺🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌺💐
[5/22, 11:23] Nilesh Tiwari: “बातचीत”….

यूं तो शब्द ही है..

पर की जाए तो…

दिलों के कई मैल धुल जाते हैं..।

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If You’re Not Sure How a Male Author Would Describe You, Use Our Handy Chart. Interesting article from Electric Lit :)


If You’re Not Sure How a Male Author Would Describe You, Use Our Handy Chart

via If You’re Not Sure How a Male Author Would Describe You, Use Our Handy Chart

Knowing this will make you give less of a f*ck about what others think I worry too much about what other people think of me. sharing article from Medium.


Knowing this will make you give less of a f*ck about what others think
I worry too much about what other people think of me.

via Knowing this will make you give less of a f*ck about what others think

Story from Medium I liked. sharing. Should and Must


The Crossroads of Should and Must
This is a story about two roads — Should and Must. It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — months, years, maybe a lifetime — and feels like it’s about time they gave Must a shot

via The Crossroads of Should and Must – elle luna – Medium

I like Satish Acharya’s Cartoons.


Vajubhai and Yeddyurappa at Karnataka Restaurant!: Vajubhai and Yeddyurappa at Karnataka Restaurant!

via World of an Indian cartoonist!: Vajubhai and Yeddyurappa at Karnataka Restaurant!

UPS Longitude – A Newsletter worth subscribing. I like it.


Brands Haven't Kept Up with the Ways Customers Use Products

Brands Haven’t Kept Up with the Ways Customers Use Products

Antonis Kocheilas | Harvard Business Review

Here’s a truth: Many in the marketing industry today don’t really understand brands. Today, when there’s more of everything – more channels, more choice, more speed, more confusion – it’s fair to ask: What is a brand? To answer this question, we… Read more.

Want to Move Fast on a Strategic Opportunity?

Want to Move Fast on a Strategic Opportunity?

Amanda Setili | Setili & Associates

No doubt about it: We live in a rapidly changing world. Disruptive technologies, shifting customer behaviors and emerging business models are shaking up nearly every industry. If you are going to survive and succeed amid this change, you need to move in a fast and adaptable way. Yes … even… Read more.

Foreign Aid Enters a New Age of Accountability

Foreign Aid Enters a New Age of Accountability

Simon Moss | Global Citizen

“I don’t know why you’d bother giving money to help people overseas. It’s just wasted and taken by corrupt dictators.” I must have heard this comment (masquerading as a question) hundreds of times as I’ve spoken to audiences about the opportunities and challenges of ending extreme poverty by 2030. [pullquote… Read more.

Local Business Innovation Equips Off-Grid Households with Electricity

Local Business Innovation Equips Off-Grid Households with Electricity

Patrick Greene | University of Waterloo

If the old adage is true and necessity is the mother of invention, then ingenuity must surely be the father. Globally, 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity. Within this decade, the global off-grid solar energy market has grown complex and dynamic. [Photo: Power Africa/USAID] Initially, it was marked… Read more.

Getting in the Family Business

Getting in the Family Business

Mike Smith | Smith & Sons

Small business owner Mike Smith is passionate about the power of solar. The co-founder of Smith & Sons started his general contracting business with his father in the 1980s, when the two… Read more.