Achieving Greatness

Do you want to live an extraordinary life? If yes, here’s some insight into how that can be made possible:

One way to achieve an extraordinary life is to increase your self- awareness. And for this, self-examination is the first step. Explore your self. Reflect on your life. Try new things. Figure out what you like and what you don’t. Get to know yourself better. Learn about your greatest capacities, hidden strengths and biggest weaknesses. Gain an insight into who you are fundamentally as a person.  If you don’t know all this about your own self, then how will it be possible to go out in the world with your A-game?

Once you are equipped with this knowledge, you can create the magic that you were meant to create. Remember, you were born to do great things. You owe it to this world to shine and if you didn’t, this planet will be a little less of a place.

 Another way to achieve greatness is to set concrete goals. Goals are like the backbone of any attempt to succeed in life. And, goal setting isn’t valuable because of the reward you receive after you’ve achieved the goal. It is valuable because it changes you as a person. Whether the goal was to be a better runner or a better parent, achieving it improves you and makes you a better person. And once you conquer the mountaintop, it also strengthens you.

Often this growth is not obvious and happens at an invisible level. The work it takes to fulfill any goal leaves you with qualities like self-discipline, an in-depth awareness of your life and a discovery of your abilities and potential.

And yes, you may falter on the way to the top but if you really think about it; failing is a matter of choice. Yes, nobody “chooses” to fail. Agreed. But actual failure occurs when a person decides not to stand up, after falling or failing. Nothing can stop a person who is determined to succeed, who refuses to be kept down. All it takes is a decision from the core of your being that no matter what happens, you will march to the beat of your drum, that you will keep walking the path of your life….the path you have decided to tread on, irrespective of the issues that exist or the obstacles that crop up.  Instead of letting them become stopping stones, turn them into stepping-stones.

Another thing you can do is really focus on being great. Like anything that is worth achieving, greatness too requires us to pay attention to it. So, focus on having unlimited passion for your work…whether you’re a rocket scientist/ teacher/ postman/ parent/ spouse/ son/ daughter. Whatever you do, do it with love, sincerity and utmost dedication.. That’s the only way to be great, i.e. to infuse it with all these and wait for the wonders to happen.

Last, but not the least, create extraordinary value in the lives of others. Be truly outstanding in every element of your personal and professional life. Be there for people. Let them know you care. A great person isn’t great because he does great things. He is great because he does small things in a great way.

Article penned by Juhi Jaiswal

Sewa done for Synergy with Energy

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On Feeling Good and Affluence

Affluence is not going to bring freedom to people – it is going to tie them up in knots.  ~ Sadhguru

Why do we give money and material possessions so much importance? It’s not because we want to. It is because we have been conditioned to do so. Since we have been children, we have been told by our parents, relatives, friends and society at large, to get a job when we grow up. Nobody tells us to get a job that we love.

Slowly it’s becoming one of the very few things people are constantly thinking about,  one of the few things that they are concerned about and  sometimes even the only thing people run after.

E.g. If we do not drive an expensive car, live in a particular type of house, follow certain ‘hi-fashion statements’ and have a certain amount of bank-balance, we are often times made to feel like we are failures at life. But is this really what makes us successful? Really? Do you seriously think that after we die, people around us are going to care about our ‘economic standard’ or remember us for how many possessions we owned? I think not.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

Isn’t this so true! When someone asks you to remember a person, what matters to you isn’t how affluent they are or what type of car they own… what matters is what kind of human being they are and how you feel around them. Your fondest memories of people you love are dear to you because these people made you feel good, special and loved, not because they were rich or powerful or famous.

They say money cannot buy happiness. Sometimes it may come close, but it is not quite there. Because the most special things cannot be seen or touched but only felt by the heart. And this is precisely the reason why retail therapy doesn’t work. If you are sad, and think that buying new clothes will make you feel better, then you are just a very fashionably well-dressed sad person.

In this competitive world, barring a few people, almost every one is trying to outrun the other. Constant comparison ends up making us feel bad about ourselves resulting in bruised egos and lowered self-esteem. What we need to realize is that it isn’t material gains that will lead us to feel good, it is kindness, passion, humanity and love that will lead us to happiness and feeling good.

Article penned by Juhi Jaiswal

Sewa Done for Synergy with Energy

On Living A Life Of Purpose

Purpose is one of the most powerful motivators in the world. The secret of true passion lies in purpose. If you engage in a particular activity that doesn’t have a purpose, then there isn’t really a appoint to it, is it? It, then, becomes extremely difficult to feel charged up and enthusiastic toward the activity. When you are not passionate about the undertaken endeavour, you won’t feel connected to and fulfilled by it, isn’t it?

This is especially true of your vocation or that work which takes up most of your day. Our work is how we contribute to this world, how we add value to our environment. It is also a huge factor in how we feel about ourselves. Our self-esteem is hugely affected by what we do with our days and years spent on this planet.

In the past, as a people, we used to be content to have a job that helped us pay the rent and bills. But now we want and expect more out of our jobs and daily work. And this is true- not just of our jobs but of anything and everything we do… from the smallest to the biggest of things. But now things have changed, and quite a lot!

We now crave much more than just the salary. We want creative challenge, a sense of fulfillment, growth, joy and satisfaction and a sense that we are alive for something more than ourselves. In short, all we are looking for, in our lives is meaning and our daily work is what that gives it to us.

One of the best ways to find more meaning in your work is to creatively question all that happens around you. This will help you become aware of the impact that your work has on the world around you. You can ask questions like:

  • What is the impact my work has on the lives of associated with it?
  • How does my product/service affect my employees and customers?
  • Do my daily efforts make a difference in this world?
  • What can I do to live a better life and make the lives of others also better?
  • How can I contribute to help the society and whole of humanity too?

The more you are able to answer the above questions, the more you will be inspired to work harder and smarter. The other scenario is that your questioning will help you find areas of improvement that can be worked upon.

When you graduate from a somewhat basic, self-centric yet powerful inclination to survive – into a  heartfelt commitment to serve; you cannot help but thrive and not just survive. Your whole life-state will improve and uplift.

Being filled with a deep sense of inspiration, commitment and determination to make this world a better place, in whatever way possible is perhaps even more important than a quality like hard work or smart work.

Don’t regret having a half-lived life. Instead, start now and the world is your oyster! Your legacy begins now, not twenty years from now, when you “have more time”. Reflect on what you want your life to stand for. Think about what you want to gift this world. What will be different in this world because of your presence?

The time to find your purpose is now. The time for action is now.

Article penned by Juhi Jaiswal

Sewa done for Synergy with Energy

The power and freedom to choose

The word proactive is a fairly common managerial term nowadays but it is not just limited to taking initiative. It goes beyond that. It also refers to taking full and complete responsibility for one’s life.  Anything that we do, feel, think and perceive is all a result of the decisions that one has made at some point or the other, in their life. These decisions may be made from a conscious, subconscious or unconscious level. But they are their own decisions, nonetheless.

And yes, not everything happens because of a deliberate choice. Yes, sometimes there are things that happen by mistake or because of something that we cannot control. But in such cases also, we need to take responsibility for our reaction or response that these events get. If the event was not in one’s control, at least the response can be, right?

Whenever an event occurs, there is a small window of opportunity where the person can make a choice between a healthy and positive response and an unhealthy and negative reaction. The goal of self-improvement is to increase the size of this window of opportunity so that, in it, one can make good choices and choose positive responses.

Proactive people take charge of their lives and they know that it is only them who can make their lives better. No one else can do it for them. Reactive people, on the other hand, are the opposite of proactive people. They blame the surrounding, people and environment for their life condition. This blame game does not really help anyone as rarely does any problem get solved, by blaming someone for it.

Becoming proactive can change your life. Is it easy to do? Maybe. Maybe not. To some of you, it may even seem like scaling Mt. Everest, but you have to remind yourself that in this climb, you are your own Sherpa! The ability to march up and scale great heights is within you, as is the ability to retreat before the summit. The choice is always yours to make…to be proactive or reactive. Choose now!

This is Juhi signing off, hoping that you make a healthy choice and reap its benefits in your future… Until next time, ciao and take care!

Thoughts of Juhi Jaiswal…

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ON BEAUTY, THAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF ADVERSITY

We all want a happy life. Maybe even a perfect life. And at some level, we all want to avoid problems and tough times. We all want a comfortable life which sails smoothly, don’t we? We certainly don’t want to go through problems ‘willingly’.

If hardship and negative situations come our way; yeah well… what choice do we have? We have to face them and go through them. But at a deeper level, we most definitely do not want adversity. No. No. We do not.

Why?

Because is it difficult?

Painful?

Exhausting?

Unpleasant?

Is it all of the above?

Yes. It’s all of that.

Who wants an experience that leaves us tired, upset, sad, worn out, angry; maybe even broken! Nobody. But did you know that “Adversity is like a strong wind that tears from us all but the things that cannot be torn so that we see ourselves as we really are.” – (Arthur Golden). And if you really think about it, that is exactly what adversity does… brings you face to face with your true self.

It is but natural to want smooth, stable sailing with no choppy crashing waves. But have you ever wondered what makes skillful, experienced and the best sailors? The very same rocky seas, not still waters.

There are some really important character-building lessons and qualities like integrity, growth, perseverance, grit, resilience and humility that only tough times can teach us…. lessons that we cannot learn from a smooth sailing life. Benjamin Disraeli once said: “there is no education like adversity.” Don’t you agree? Adversity is one of the best teachers.

So, what would you rather have…these rock-solid qualities or an easy comfortable life? You need to make a choice today. And it can only be one of the two. If you choose the former, you need to be ready… for anything and everything.

… Because growth happens outside your comfort zone

… Because playing it safe and avoiding adversity lead nowhere

… because struggle builds character and shapes your legacy

… because even if you fail, each defeat brings you closer to victory

Ask anyone. They’ll tell you the same thing. What do you want out of life? You need to make that decision. Nobody can do it for you.

Ride out the storm and see what is what. They say, sometimes the only way out is through. And this is something you can remind yourself when you’re going through a difficult phase. Powering through is not easy but it’s not impossible either.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that you go around asking for trouble or willingly put yourself in a tough situation. Definitely not. All I’m saying is that whenever faced with adversity, you must not run in the other direction. Don’t invite problems and issues, but when they arrive, make sure they do not stay.

Don’t ignore the challenge you are faced with and brush it under the carpet or be in denial about it. And if you realize that’s your style, it might be time to look into it because denial works only for so long; after which one has to face the music.

Personally feel (and you just might agree) that there’s a certain beauty to adversity. There’s something to be said about the human spirit that when faced with hardship or a challenge, comes out stronger and victorious.

Even for coal to turn into a diamond, it has to undergo extreme heat and pressure, doesn’t it? Adversity helps us to forge our character, like turning into steel from iron. Adversity is a chance to draw upon the innate courage, strength and power we all possess.

Part of the problem is that we see problems as just that: problems! Instead of seeing every obstacle and adversity as a blockage; try viewing it as an opportunity: an opportunity to try harder, an opportunity to do better, an opportunity to learn something new, an opportunity to try something different, an opportunity to challenge yourself … And this change is perception doesn’t happen overnight. Like anything else that worth doing, change in perception too, comes with awareness, effort, persistence and practice.

To sum it up, I’m reminded of what Motivational guru Robin Sharma writes: “ Do not miss the remarkable opportunity that adversity, even tragedy presents. Your life can even be made better by the things that break your heart.”

So every bump in the road is a chance to go higher. Even basketballs teach us, the harder you fall the higher you bounce. If an inanimate object can do that, then why can’t we?

Thoughts by Juhi Jaiswal…Sewa done for Synergy with Energy

NO PAIN, NO GAIN?

Perseverance is a 12-letter long word that has a deep and heavy meaning. To be honest, applying it consistently to our daily life can be a bit of a task. Won’t you agree?

We all have had those bouts of laziness and procrastination, every now and then, where we don’t feel like doing what we need to be doing. And at the end of the day, I know we’re only human (which means we will all have our share of struggles).

But have you ever wondered why our attempts at perseverance fluctuate or fail? Why do we give-in to giving up?

There could be multiple reasons. Giving up is easier than roughing it out. Some of us lack the will power and others may not even realise that they have the ability to endure. Some are short of self belief while others have been perseverant for far too long. Whatever the reason be, if you are someone who finds it challenging to be perseverant, this post is for you. J

I was watching a TED Talk in which the speaker talks about the adage: ‘no pain-no gain’ and how the society’s and human mind’s equalisation of pain with gain/growth/success/change isn’t doing any good to anybody, really. So she comes up with a phrase of her own; a concept, which she feels, may make life easier for some people. Her phrase is ‘no pleasure, no treasure.’ Interesting, right?

Just think about it!

Doesn’t it make more sense that if a person likes and enjoys the efforts he puts in his work, the more joy he’ll feel once he reaches the finish line. And not just the finish line, don’t you think they’d even enjoy the process much more? Even if he only ‘perceives’ the work as pleasurable, instead of as painful drudgery; making efforts everyday to achieve those goals may become easier, even effortless too.

On the same note, there was a study where young children were given a neutral task of cleaning a dirty table. Those children who enjoyed making proactive efforts for a clean table were more likely to see the task through. The other kids who found the task meaningless abandoned the task halfway, leaving the table dirty. In this study, the kids who persevered felt the satisfaction of seeing a task through.

On a more personal note, while I was being coached to play basketball, it took me no less than 35 days to score a point on a free-throw. Most of my peers were successful in 7-10 days. So, even though it took me triple the time to learn, I knew there was no way I was gonna quit. Sure, the process was hard… I was not kinaesthetically intelligent and a proficient sports person.  The training used to be during a scorching 45 degrees Celsius. And I had never played any sport formally, before this. But every day, without fail, I would try and try … 50, 70, sometimes even a 100 times. Nothing worked. And then one fine evening, I heard that magical sound that the net makes when it is touched by the basketball, post its diving into it. Sweetest. Sound. Ever!

Apart from skill and talent; seeking and deriving pleasure from work* is crucial to growth and success. Other very important factors include

  • hard work,
  • a positive attitude,
  • looking at the bigger picture,
  • and above all, perseverance

Imagine if a rescue worker (we) are trying to save someone (our life) from getting harmed. And the rescuer doesn’t persevere….the first three and/or any other factors/qualities essentially become meaningless, doesn’t it?

*work does not just refer to paid/ salaried work. Also refers to work done my homemakers.

Thoughts by Juhi Jaiswal…Sewa done for Synergy with Energy

GOSSIP MONGERS – ENERGY VAMPIRES

Most of us gossip about some one or the other in life. While we may pretend that it’s concern for the other it’s invariably at the cost of showing someone down or ridiculing and criticising them in front of others but definitely behind the concerned persons backs. We make it seem as though we are superior and know them inside out and have the right and freedom to be judgemental about their lives and situations whereas in reality we know absolutely nothing. GOSSIP MONGERS in fact are the MOST UNTRUSTWORTHY people cause if they are gossiping about others behind their backs be rest assured they would definitely be doing the same behind yours. Some of us thrive on filthy gossip. It only generates negative energies and emotions towards the other and in time act as ENERGY VAMPIRE’S damaging ones own Consciousness.

It takes extreme COURAGE to stop yourself and anyone else to speak in the non presence of the concerned person. It shows your integrity, love and value towards your relationship with both concerned. And most importantly you are protecting and saving your own mental and emotional energies. It enhances your respect and esteem towards your own self.

Live a GOSSIP FREE LIFE and experience better physical, mental, emotional, karmic and spiritual health.

Abundant Love, Light, Blessings and Enlightening Spiritual Energy to us all for a gossip free Life.

IRREPARABLE FAMILY LOSS. HEART BROKEN REALITY CHECK

Yesterday i went to one of my frequently visited charitable school for underprivileged children at Pune Wagholi which is selflessly run by Mr. Jadhav and his family for over 3 decades.

He along with his mother, wife, young son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and his dedicated team of teachers and administrative staff have been providing free education, free food, clothes, shelter for 300 plus deprived children relentlessly with the limited financial aid they get from Individual contributions and CSR sponsors.

On reaching there and after handing over my humble offering, i sat down with Mr. Jadhav in his cabin to spend a few moments. He seemed extremely disorientated and saddened compared to my last visit experienced. i asked him what was the matter. Just then his wife entered the cabin and he requested me to talk to her as she had gone into deep depression over the past few months. i held her hand and made her sit next to me. As i was doing that i happened to look at a photo frame which was kept on a cupboard near by which I recognised to be their young sons. I guessed that there has been some unbearable and irreparable loss that both Mr. and Mrs. Jadhav had gone through.

With a soft voice, looking deep into her teary eyes, i asked her what had happened? That was enough. She just broke down. Just then Mr. Jadhav said that around 4 months back they had a tragedy in their house where their young son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons all who would have releaved them by taking the responsibility of running this noble Institution forward in times to come……. All four….. ALL FOUR of them were victim to a horrible road accident in which they all died on the spot…..

i WAS SPEECHLESS FOR A FEW MOMENTS ……

Here was a poor dedicated family that had sacrificed their entire life to make a huge difference in the upbringing of not 2 to 3 children (we find that a humongous task) but 300 plus poor downtrodden children from early ages of even 3 to 5 yrs whose parents left them at the mercy of this unforseen force who we call God.

i have gone through several phases of depression and in a moment I realised that my depression was nothing but a frivolous game of my mind and its unfulfilled desires? Both Mr. and Mrs. Jadhav though utterly devastated and in deep grief continue to serve all the children in fact now with more love.

i held Mrs. Jadhav’s hands tightly, closed my eyes and being a professional Life Energy Coach and Inspirational Mentor i prayed to the Mother and Father of the Universe our Creator, who we call God to use me as an instrument to give some solace to both their grieved and pained souls.

The next few minutes i experienced a force playing through me and i ended up saying such things to them which i would have never dared to. The powerful words of love and compassion gracefully flowed as unabatedly as Mrs. Jadhav’s tears flowed deeply from her soul. It just felt like I was meant to go there to convey something to them.

They both heard me patiently and felt their son giving them a strong message that they all are fine and in a safe and loving place of light and that they are being protected by them at every given time. Requesting them not to be saddened as it stalls their ascension process instead be happy that there is no other way than God’s way and that they should quickly accept the Divine will for them to move on in their souls journey.

After conveying what the force wished me to, we said a prayer for the departed souls and we hugged each other and i took their blessings and took their leave committing that starting immediately I would visit the Gurukul Ashram every Monday for 1 hour to conduct my Synergy with Energy Meditation for the benefit of all at the School.

MY PARTING NOTE IS….. to please re – read the image posted with this.

THINK THINK THINK friends……….. A split second is all it will take for our loved ones to transcend and travel to the next world.

What are we arguing, quarrelling, lying, fighting, abusing, backbiting, bitching, blaming, complaining etc… in our lives.

ACCEPT THIS BITTER TRUTH AND MAKE IT YOUR SWEETEST REALITY BY RE-ALIGNING YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS BY LIVING IN THE PRECIOUS PRESENT MOMENT…. IN THE LIGHT OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND ONENESS WITH ONE AND ALL.

SHATTER THE EGO AND SHIFT YOUR EXISTENCE FROM MIND EGO CONSCIOUSNESS LIVING…. TO UNCONDITIONAL LOVE LIVING FROM THE HEART.

Pl read….. re – read and share this with as many family and friends. You never know how you can impact another’s Life.

Abundant Love, Light, Blessings and Enlightening Spiritual Awakening Energy 2 us all.

BLISS WITHIN AT THE MASTERS LOTUS FEET ……

Thou art that….. Ek tu hi tu…..

Does one really need to go anywhere else other than the caves of our own divine Spiritual Hearts…..

Go within… Go within…. Go within. Listen to all the saints, sages, seers, mystics, masters of time immemorial….. All they say is Go within….. Go within….. Go within….

The question really is…. who needs to go within?

It’s our own mind with its 5 outwardly running senses that ceaselessly consume our Soul’s Consciousness Energy.
We are living in highly exhilarating times where we are all multitasking and draining our precious energies through scattered thoughts, words, feelings, emotions and actions.

The mind has to be centered time and time again. It has to be reconnected with its Source Energy. It has to be silenced for it to get the license for entry into its own spirit.

Every day sit in Silence focusing on your breath for regular short intervals and rejuvenate your mind body and spirit.

Meditation, Pranayam, Yoga and Spirituality are not some fashion statements. Its your time of Soul Connect. Do it for yourself. You deserve a great life of Peace, Joy and Happiness.

Abundant Love, Light, Blessings and Enlightening Spiritual Energy to us all.

A TRANSFORMATIONAL SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Many of us will identify with the massive Spiritual Awakening that we as individuals and collective human beings are experiencing. Many of us are breaking away for our old conditioning by shedding our past psychic impressions as they do not serve our highest good and fit with the shifted consciousness of the limited 3rd Dimensional world.

We are all being given the chance of evolving to higher levels of expanded awareness and consciousness. Mind you there is no force it’s a chance given for us to make our own choice out of free will

As this process happens one experiences tremendous changes in ones thinking, attitudes, perceptions and brings about a radical change in the deep rooted belief systems of the old energies. This change at first seems very challenging and at times makes you loose out on family, friends and relatives as they cannot digest your breaking away from the away from the old you into the new.

Don’t fret. Don’t be hard on yourself or others. Keep evolving yourself. Let the new consciousness transform you completely. You will feel the shift and when that happens you would have created your own paradise and this aura will attract all those people who need to be in the journey of your spiritual awakening. Those who are not…… Just remember…… They were not meant to be. Just send your love and healing vibrations to them. That will help them in their Awakening. Be a Lightworker in the lives of others. Don’t think you can’t make a difference. Its all about purity of intentions. Just remember…… EACH OF US HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH THE POWER TO BLESS.

Abundant Love, Light, Blessings and Enlightening Spiritual Energy to us all.