Reasons To Drink Water
February 22, 2017
2/3rd (about 60-65%) of our body is made up of water, it’s almost like we are made of water. This makes sense that we will collapse within few days, if we don’t drink water.
We lose lots of water through perspiration, urine and breathing. It supports 100s of processes inside the body.
Water is so wonderful thing but we don’t care about it just like we overlook benefits and beauty of Breathing.
There are many reasons to drink water. Some are:
1. Prevent Cancer: Drinking water reduces bladder cancer by about 50% and also reduces colon cancer. As water helps to flush out toxins and support smooth running of life processes and vital organs.
2. Dehydration makes you irritated and causes mood swings. Lack of water also causes fatigue. Water is good for beautiful, healthy and glowing skin.
3. Our joints contain cartilage and soft tissue, they needs water to be in good shape. It helps to reduce joint pains and problems. Prevents pains and cramps in body and promotes elasticity.
4. Water purifies our body and prevents kidney stone. It helps to get rid of harmful toxins and chemicals produced during metabolisms. It helps in digestion and movements of foods in body.
5. Water is calorie free. So unlike other drinks which contain harmful sugars and calories, water can even help you to lose weight and prevent various problems if it is used instead of other drinks.
Next question is, “How much should we drink?” Many of us are programmed with the thought drinking 8 glasses a day is optimum. But truth is different, you may need more or less water, it depends. Some may need more whereas some may need less. If you are living in very hot climate where you sweat a lot or if you are someone who exercise a lot then you will need more water. But if you live in cold place where you rarely sweat then you may need less water.
So, what should you do?
Always carry a bottle with water with you. This helps you to drink water often. Don’t wait for the thirst to force you to drink water, drink water just because you can. Water is life. Drink for life, drink it for good health.
I personally always keep a bottle with water right beside me. It works for me, when I feel bored or when I am thinking hard I drink water.
January 24, 2017
Today we live in this wonderful time, we can communicate with any person in the world within seconds, we can travel to any corner of the world within a day. World has become so small, that’s why it’s called a Global Village. Hence, if anything happens in one corner of the world we get affected emotionally or physically. You see if something violent happens in different corner of the world, it might not affect us physically but chances are it can affect us emotionally. Our daily life is filled with stress and chaos. Not only we have got more productive with the boom of technology but our life has also got more tough and hard. We are expected to do more, be more and achieve more. Those attention seeking medias and internet apps are bombarding us with stressing stuffs and expectations.
These stress and chaos has ruined our sense of calmness, tranquility and sense of satisfaction with life. We are continuously thinking too much, our life has got hyperactive. More and more people are depressed nowadays and more are suffering from stress related diseases and insomnia.
In this age of turmoils and chaos, meditation can come in handy. It’s benefits are well illustrated over scientific journals and research papers.
Some benefits of meditation are:
1. Meditation helps to clear our mind. It can reduce troubling anxiety and reduces pain significantly. Meditation boosts optimism and reduces negativity.
2. Meditation boosts concentration and reduces age related decline of brain. It gives better memory and increases your creativity and productivity.
3. Meditation boosts compassion and your emotional health. Hence, more joy and happiness in life.
4. Meditation helps in kicking out addiction. You will be able to sleep better. It helps to become self aware, you will start to notice your feelings, urges and emotions.
5. It lowers blood pressure and various other health and mental problems. Meditation also boosts immune system and promotes long life, in average they live longer than their non meditating counterparts.
Good news is, you don’t need to be people like sages, monks or somekind of religious figure to meditate and reap the benefit of meditation. Well, I don’t like to confuse you with various types and ways of meditation. I will just suggest (or recommend) you to meditate. Meditating is easy, the main thing to do is focusing on your breathing and being aware. For beginner like you, you can start by focusing on your breathing and counting it. You can sit or stand in the way you like but you got to have your back and head straight.
Don’t try to be a perfectionist, be slow and take your time. You don’t need to meditate for hour in your first attempt. Just few minutes a day can work pretty well. Overtime you can increase your time.
I recommend you to form a habit, if you are serious about meditating. For this, you can read my article Tips to Easily Form New Habit.
January 16, 2017
For 1000s of years we lived the simple life, we hunted animals, we ate whatever was available in the nature and our daily life was full of physical challenge. We used to move, eat, sleep and once in a while mate if possible. Then suddenly Industrial Revolution popped up, it created the rise of machines, machines started to replace human in every aspect. Our life became more and more easier and productive.
This trend has continued till today, in the last 20 years or so we made a huge leap to make our life easier and comfortable. We created Internet and Smart devices, they are present in every aspects of modern life. They have become like one of our limbs, we can’t imagine our life without them. Today they takes care of our almost every needs, we don’t have to wander for miles to get our hand on food, we just need to do little touch in screen and food is delivered to our door, moreover they are more nutritious. Travelling isn’t a big deal, we can travel more in a single day than our ancestors used to in their entire life time but without any great effort.
We have changed the face of earth by building sky scrapers, bridges, walls, artificial islands. Today we are more busy at watching Videos, playing video games, checking out internet instead of doing muscular works like our ancestors used to do. By the way, we don’t have to those things.
Our lifestyle has changed drastically, we hardly have to move our body. Our job is more focused on mental work rather than physical work. Actually we weren’t supposed to live like this. That’s why we are suffering a lot with obesity, heart diseases, cancers etc. We are decaying and becoming weaker. Our body is made to move but we aren’t moving.
Here are some few points that shows how important is exercising:
1. Exercising promotes muscle growth and makes you muscular and strong. Hence it prevents fractures, injuries and promotes mobility. More muscle also burns more energy and helps you to lose weight.
2. Exercise facilitates the development of our brain and it’s capacity.
3. After age 40 we start to lose 10% of muscle and bone density every decade due to hormonal change and ageing. Whereas women loses bone density by 2% every year during or after menopause, leading to loss of 30% bone density by the age of 60. Exercise reduces majority of those staggering losses from happening and also tones our body. Hence, you can reduce 70% of ageing and make yourself look younger.
4. Someone who smokes and exercises tends to live longer than someone who neither smoke nor exercise. Research shows, Smokers who tends to exercise regularly is less likely to develop lung cancer than who smokes and live sedentary life. Well smoking isn’t good but you see, exercise literally changes the gene expression in cells, tissues and throughout the body. Hence, it improves the immunity and better functioning of body. We can prevent around 50% of all major illness and health problems like heart attacks, strokes, cancers, Alzheimer, arthritis, diabetes etc.
5. Exercise improves moods and reduces stress and depression. It helps in decision making, boosts optimism and energy throughout the day. It makes you feel good about yourselves and it’s awesome.
I am sure, this isn’t your first article about exercising or your first desire to exercise. Even though having great desire to exercise we fail to do so.
By the way it’s not our biological nature to exercise and spend those precious calories. Back in the days when we used to live in the jungle food used to be scarce, so our motivation system rewards the high calorie foods and discourage the energy consuming tasks unless it’s about survival like running away from predators or mating.
But even though we don’t have to worry about those foods and predators, our system is still the same. So, we still love the foods rich in Calories and hate doing works which drains our energy. That’s why today we don’t die due to lack of food but due to too much of food.
Good news is, we can change our mental and genetic conditioning. We can create habits that can help us to go against our instincts and natural drives.
Well right now, I don’t want you to get confused by various tips and techniques. I just suggest you to start and keep going. No matter how small.
For creating New Habit read Tips to Easily Form New Habit.
December 30, 2015
It’s no doubt you have been breathing, ever since you were born, everyday, every minute. But how often do you stop to observe your breathing, how often do you stop to inhale the cool fresh air, the air of freedom. How often do you stop to listen to the sound of nature, feel the beat of your heart, watch the movement of your fingers and realize you are still alive. Thousands of people dies each minute but how often do you stop to appreciate that you are lucky to be alive, lucky to get one more minute to live. Instead of worrying about money, goals and other people, how often do you stop to survive, to Just Breathe.
How Often do you Stop to be Right Here, Right in this Moment?
2015 December 30
Imagine a life, life with less stuff; only those stuff which you truly need, stuff that brings more value to your life, life with less commitments and responsibilities; only those commitments and responsibilities which you love to fulfill, which gives you joy, life with less clothes; only those clothes you need and wear, clothes that makes you feel good. What I am talking about is a simple life (a minimalist life), a life with less; less stress, less distractions but with more joy and meaning. A life filled with only those things you love, a life with more contribution, more space to breathe.
We all know we can’t increase our time, we can’t make 25 or 30 hours in a day, it’s limited. That’s why, we can’t do everything neither we can own everything. But out of millions of things, millions of people, millions of opportunities we can choose few things, few people, few opportunities that brings most value and joy to our life. And this is where minimalism comes into play, minimalism is the act of focusing our time and energy on those few things, activities and those few people who brings most value and joy to our life, who helps in our growth; personal and spiritual.
Why Own Less?
It’s always good idea to own as much less as you can. Because more you own
–More space you need. And more space means you have to own bigger house.
–More time you need to maintain and clean them (and perhaps to show off them).
–More money is spent to buy it. To make more money you need to spend more time in work.
Well, you can increase the size of your house, size of your salary but you can’t increase the size of your time it’s limited, always been, always will be.
It’s no doubt living a simple life sounds good idea. But you may say this isn’t for me; I got a family, a good paying job, responsibilities, good status in society etc. By the way, you don’t have to quit your job, family needs, responsibility to live a simple life. It’s true that over the internet there are bloggers and people boasting about how less they own, how they have quit their job, some even try to describe rules for minimalist life like you can’t own car, a house, you can’t own more than X (x=number) things in life. Well it may have worked for them but that may not work for you, we all have different sets of needs and priorities. Minimalism is not a goal, it’s a journey, there are no any specific rules. Minimalism was meant to make our life more meaningful, more simple not hard and confusing.
Path to Minimalism:
I don’t know what other people will say, but if you are fade up with materialistic life, want to find meaning and happiness in simpler life, in less, then you are a minimalist. This is what I believe.
Some tips for minimalism:
–Get rid of all the things you don’t use by donating or disposing:
–Try to own as much less things as you can: Buy the things that you really need, that brings more value. And don’t forget to simplify, simplify and simplify.
–Focus on quality over quantity:
–Focus on important things: Rather than watching mindless shows over internet or TV or doing something meaningless, do something meaningful, something you love, something you will be proud of later in life.
–Avoid advertisements: Industrialists and corporations knows a lot about human psychology, they use this knowledge to fool our mind, they create unnecessary desires to own more, to buy more, to keep up with the latest market trends. Have you ever wondered why you wanted that brand new car or gadget even though the car or gadget you currently own, works very fine. It’s all because of advertisement. But in this digital world it’s hard to completely remove the advertisement but we can reduce our exposure to it.
Living a Life with Purpose
October 29, 2015
There are more than 7 billion people currently living in this earth and it’s increasing day by day. Among this 7 billion people you are just another piece of blood and flesh. If thought rationally nothing will change even if you die just now unless you are a somekind of great person. Someone will fill your position and someone will do the job you have been doing. Within few years, even your loved one will start to forget you; they will learn to live without you (they have to).
So, rather than dragging yourself everyday from your bed, struggling so hard, doing things you hate to do and waiting to die, wouldn’t it be logical to die just now. What’s the point of living? Why are you here? Is it money, fame or huge house that you are running after? Remember, at the end nothing matters, your money will be useless, your fame can’t bring you back from death and people aren’t even going to bury you in that house you bought. You were born naked and die naked, it doesn’t matter whether you are a millionaire or poor, death is the common destination we all share.
So, you may ask, “What should I do in life?” But if I was to answer this question, then it makes no difference. You yourself have to find it, it’s within you and your heart already knows it. It differs for each individual. Some loves dancing, some loves sport, some writing, some painting, some drawing, some designing and so on. Wait a minute, but who don’t love to become a singer, a player, an artist, a high paid doctor or an engineer etc everyone loves it, Right! But in most cases it’s not singing, acting, playing or designing they love, most of the time it’s the money, fame or power they are after. You see, playing the game isn’t only about winning, it’s more about enjoying the each moments and giving the best you can. And at the end even if you lose atleast you enjoyed the game and perhaps become more better than the previous time.
Why follow passion?
You may ask, why should I live a purposeful life, why follow my passion? There are various reason to why you should follow it. From becoming the person you are capable of becoming, doing the things you think is a great work to living everyday to the full, waking up everyday with a passion with a drive. Or may be you are a spiritual person who wants to follow higher calling, life’s dharma or deeper meaning. GOD created you with a purpose to accomplish a task, the task only you are capable of doing. Throughout your whole life you will be given various guidance and opportunities to follow your purpose. And it’s your choice to either follow it or let it rust in your heart.
But let’s think like this, why not live a purposeful life, follow the passion, why not live your life doing what you love to do, why not make each day an exciting journey to learn something new, improve upon yourself, why not stretch your boundary, why not touch the life of as much people as you can, why not make your dream come true, why not bring the change you are capable of, why not become the person you are capable of becoming, why not?
Fear of Uncertainty:
But, major obstacle that comes in the way to pursue your passion is ‘Fear’. Fear of doing things no one supports us to do, fear of following our heart, fear of choosing different path, fear of failing, being wrong, fear of unknown. Society in which we are grown up says, study hard, go to college, get a degree, find a job, get married, raise a family, save some money and retire. Retire from what? Doing the work which you hate to do, which caused you headache, frustration and stress every single day of your life. Well most people will (or maybe they have to) follow the society but you don’t have to be like those people. Just ignore the fear, go for your dream.
Everybody wants their profit, schools colleges wants you to get enrolled, corporations and industries wants you to work for them, buy their products. It’s your choice either to listen to your heart or to masses.
By the way, getting a degree may not actually lead you to a good job. There was a time when most works used to be done by human hand and only few people used to attain higher education. But today most works are done by robots and machines, more and more people are getting college degree than ever but job market hasn’t increased as it should. There is a tough competition. The place you used to call safe zone isn’t safe anymore.
But for an optimist, there is more opportunity than has ever been. This is the age of Communication and Technology. Day by day world is becoming a smaller place, within seconds we can contact any person in the world in real time, within hours we can reach any corner of the world, we can plant the satellites in the space with the precision of fraction of seconds. A 15 years old can become a millionaire by selling apps, a Mom can run a successful YouTube channel about taking care of children, young artists can get new opportunities through YouTube videos. A photographer, traveler, cook, writer, computer geek, health expert or science enthusiast can earn a living through blogging. You can be your own boss. Middle aged man who lost his job can become an entrepreneur and thus create more jobs. All the information there has ever been is just next to your finger touch. You can become an expert in any field without even going to University. Technology has given so much power to each individual.
Finding the Purpose:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain
The main purpose of life is not about becoming rich, famous or powerful, it’s about improving, reaching our highest self, experiencing the life, doing things you think is a great work and serving the human kind, serving the world. There is a soul within each of us that wants to expand and love.
Purpose is not like a goal or target that can be achieved it’s something more like a direction which can never be achieved but can only be pursued. And generally, it’s not limited to space, time and practicality.
There is one common method most books recommend for finding life purpose that says grab a notebook and pen or text editor. Then brainstorm and write down everything that comes into your mind, just write and write. Then at somepoint your life purpose will pops out, you will realize when you find it and feel connected to it. Do like this until you are bored. If you don’t find it, come back later and try again and again until you find it.
(This is one of the pages of my diary, interesting fact is I got 85% (i.e. 85.5% in exact) in SLC perhaps it’s spooky Law of Attraction. Sometimes I wonder, I should have written 90%.)
About 3-4 years ago I had done same thing, I got my purpose as, “Supporting for welfare of animal along with being best I can be.” I love animals, their innocence and at that time I was extremely against torturing animals (Now also I am but not like that).
But with time it has evolved to become like this, “To live everyday to the fullest and to get better and better everyday in everyway. To help other to live better life and develop my nation.” It’s still evolving, sometimes I will deduct words from it, sometimes I will add.
My own story:
My own journey begun like this, I had a average childhood (perhaps a little difficult one), in early teenage year I was like every other teenage kid trying to master every skill I saw, I wasn’t popular and was shy and introvert. At around 15, I started reading a blog of Singaporean Blogger Celestine Chua, at one time I had saved all her pages in my mobile. At around 16, I started writing journal, I wrote a book Teenage Guidance so that I could guide other like me and just wanted to publish it, even without any profit in return, and at that time I didn’t had any intention of becoming a writer. But at the end I was unable to publish that, so with the suggestion of a brother Tilak Khadka, I published it in Google’s Blogger, I found the new world of blogging really interesting. Soon I joined Higher Secondary School in Science faculty, but I was unable to focus on my study, my grades weren’t good, some part of me had always wanted to learn new life skill, read books, become better, share the ideas, help other. So, here I am working in my blog, risking my career. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, let’s hope for better. But I believe even if things don’t work out, atleast I will learn many new ideas, skills and become more better than I used to be.
Perhaps I should be grateful for those low grades otherwise like my friends I will also have been pursuing some kind of engineering course. People have built new companies that they have been wanting to, once they are fired. And after years of being fired, being fired becomes the best thing that could happen to their life even though it felt terrible at the moment of being fired. It’s interesting looking at fact that there is very strong relation between college dropouts and successful people. But the real fact is, they were the one who were forced to seek the opportunity outside of academic field once they found it’s not leading them anywhere. While their counterparts were busy in getting college degree for getting good job, they were already doing job, moreover creating new jobs. But everyone who drops out of college will not be successful, most of them just get more worse. Few who becomes are the one who delivers continuous hard work and perseverance in the things they loves to do, the work they believed is a great work.
But you don’t necessarily have to be fired or fail in college to follow your passion. Neither you have to quit your job or college and turn your life upside down inorder to follow your passion. There is a concept I really like; Life is like an onion if you peel one layer of onion other will come, if you peel it again another shows up and if you keep peeling, at the end only the core of onion remains. Like this, currently you may love doing something which may change overtime but someday it will lead you to your true passion, that’s the core of your onion. It don’t necessarily have to be like opening a new company, starting a multi million project or something big that can create trouble to your family or parents. It can be something as small as writing that short story you have always wanted to, creating YouTube channel, starting a blog, joining that sport club, learning dance, meditation, programming, painting, photography, piano or something like that.
This quote by Steve Jobs supports the fact “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Living a life with purpose, following a passion is not going to be easy. It’s hard but the inspiration and joy that comes while pursuing your purpose a passion will motivates you to keep going even in the time of great adversity. That’s why if you want to do something big or make your life meaningful, you have to do what you love and love what you do.
“Yeah, people say you have a lot of passion for what you’re doing, and it’s totally true and the reason is because it’s so hard that if you don’t any rational person would give up.
It’s really hard and you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don’t love it, if you’re not having fun doing it, if you don’t really love it, you’re going to give up.
And that’s what happens to most people, actually.
If you really look at the ones that ended up being successful in the eyes of society, and the ones who didn’t, often times it’s the ones that are successful love what they did so they could persevere, you know, when it got really tough.
And the ones that didn’t love it, quit. Because they’re sane, right? Who would want to put up with this stuff if you don’t love it?
So it’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of worrying constantly and, if you don’t love it, you’re gonna fail.
So, you gotta love it, you gotta have passion.” -Steve Jobs
Tips to Easily Form New Habit
October 16, 2015
Habit is everywhere; we walk, talk, eat, act and react based on our habit. Everything we do is a habit, from exercising, working hard, studying well to making choices. According to researcher in Duke University, more than 40% of things we do daily are habitual. As a whole, we can say habits help us to achieve our goal and become better person. Habit is what makes difference between someone who earns six figure salary and who constantly struggles due to financial problem, who lives happy fulfilling life and who constantly gets in trouble.
If you are reading this then it’s no doubt that you have tried many times to cultivate habit. An average person when see someone with some wonderful habit or gets disappointed with life, does little research and makes a list of some good habits, gets himself motivated and commits to form those habits. He prepares a strict routine and start following it, for a few days he drag himself to follow the routine then motivation wears out, following the routine becomes tedious job and finally he abandons the routine. This happens to most people, back in the school, after each exam I also used to do the same but things never changed.
After trying lots of methods, I came to conclusion that “Small change makes great difference in the long run.” When trying to cultivate habit most people try to completely revamp their life, they try to alter every aspects of their life from waking up early, exercising to watching less TV, eating healthy food etc. What seems motivating in the beginning, soon becomes terrible task within days, and soon he will return back to his old way of life.
Don’t Ignore the “Power of Less”
In life we are always after big things, big salary, big house, big progress etc and by the way ‘Big’ is far more appealing, so ‘Less’ always gets ignored. But let’s flash back, there was a time when you were just learning to hold the pencil, when you were struggling just to make sounds but now you can write hundreds of words within minutes, you can fluently speak multiple languages. Let me ask you one question, was that small child hustling to hold the pencil or to make sound, certainly not. He didn’t even know how learning to hold the pencil or to make sound was going to change his life. But just with small-small progress with time, you are able to achieve such a great feat. Just look around your life and note how small-small things have made bigger difference in your life.
By the way I don’t think you are going to form habit for certain period or certain time, actually habit is made for a whole life. Good habit is like a deposit in the bank which constantly delivers compound interest as long as you keep following it. So why hustle to form new habit, let’s make it slow and progressive process and also fun.
Instead of starting from 30 pushups a day, running half an hour a day or meditating 20 minutes a day, start from doing 1 pushup a day, just getting out of house and walking 1 minute a day, try to meditate just for 5 seconds. It’s not hard you can do it anytime anywhere even right now. Put your Smartphone or laptop aside and lie flat on the floor, push your chest up with your hand on the floor. ‘Bravo’ it’s day one and you just started doing push up. In the same way, meditating is also not hard just close your eyes, count five seconds in your mind, ‘Congratulation’ you just started doing mini meditation.
Don’t worry about things like right method, right amount or right time, the main idea is to make things simple, easy and fun. Overtime you will form the habit of doing push up and meditating without even knowing it.
And it’s not always boring, let’s do little math, if you keep increasing +1 push up or +5 seconds of meditation each month, then within a year you will be doing +12 pushups or +1 minute of meditation a day. What you have been trying to do since many years is now a habit, which you rarely miss to perform.
By the way you don’t have to wait for 1 whole year to form just 2-3 habits, most habits are formed within 3-4 months, depending on the difficulty level it varies. Easier habit can be formed within 2 month or less time but harder habit takes time, sometime even more than a year. Main principle is to stick to the same habits until it becomes automatic, easier and effortless, then only jump to other habits. Even in average you will be able to have more than 5-6 new habits within a year.
Here is the summary:
1. Make a list of good habits you want to cultivate, among them pick 2-3 habits you want to cultivate within next couple of months.
2. Make the process simple and easy. Don’t worry about right method, right amount or right time. Slow change is better than no change, so stick to the plan no matter how boring it seems.
3. Once the habit becomes automatic and effortless, choose other 2-3 habits and start working on them.