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in Motivation - 09 Sep, 2008
by Ajay Matharu - no comments

You could be walking and suddenly see a lemon and some greeen chillies tied to a string lying on the road. Your first instinct is to avoid it. You may not even stop to think why you are avoiding it. You just do. If you take a moment to consider what you believe, is just an old wives tale or superstition that lime and chillies lying on the road have been used to ward off bad luck.

Such superstitious beliefs have been with us as long as we can remember. We may have never questioned their origins or verified how real they are. We just accepted them as something we follow. And this belief in touching wood and applying a black dot to ward off the bad luck, eagle eye has not decreased no matter how much we have progressed scientifically.

This attitude needs to be changed according to Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS). Set up in 1989 and having 180 brances all over India, MANS is dedicated to eradicating superstitions from our lives.

But what is the harm in following silly old superstitions that harm nobody?

But can we discount faith and its powers. Faith does play an important part as it gives people the strength to go ahead, but it is important to take care that the person doesn’t bank on that faith alone.

Man is a thinking animal who can rationalise his actions and beliefs. Over the years we have also devised scientific explanations for most of the things like the movement of the sun and stars we thought were miracles of God. After such progress, beliefs in superstitions pull a man back to where he started from.

But could some of these superstitions be based on some scientific fact? All superstitions are just old wives tales and have no base in science. Even miracles performed by babas and sadhus are nothing but sleight of hand.

Would education help to stop such practices? Some agree that education helps, but cautions that along with education we need to develop a scientific attitude which is lacking in current generation. As fas as belief in superstitions is concerned, there is no urban rural divide.

It is the attitude that needs to be changed. Arguments come from both sides about how good or bad superstitions can be. But it is high time that people stop basing their decisions on such superstitions. After all “a general can’t win a war if he turns back because a black cat crossed his path.”

in Motivation - 08 Sep, 2008
by Ajay Matharu - 2 comments

Sometimes, the best piece of advice comes from within us. But we do not take it seriously, and tend to ignore it. It is vital to talk to ourselves, review ourself on daily basis. We need to reinforce ideas, underline them in our minds, make them bold and keep affirming them.

It is important to repeat the messages of the dreams you want to transform into reality. If you want to be a good dancer or good singer or any one, it is important to send positive affirmations of how you are a good dancer and how you are a good architech to your mind.

Why are affirmations important? It helps  to focus on your gooal. It increases your determination. It fires your imagination on how you can achieve what you want. As you repeat affirmations, visual images of what you are saying form the recess of your mind and can be a great motivator.

Ensure that your affirmation is in the present tense, not the future, as th future is ambiguous, and there is no time frame. When you tell yourself what you want to be in life, you are mentally and emotionally readying yourself for it. Say it with feeling and sincerity.

As you keep repeating it, the fact slowly blooms into reality as you work consciously and sub-consciously towards it. But repeat it when you are free and not involved in something like dodging vehicles. It is best to keep it to write it somewhere as it is easly to remember, easy to repeat. Like: “I am getting healtheir everyday.”

After numerous affirmations over a period of time, the sub-conscious mind will accept it as your body readies to become healthy. Giving your mind positive affirmations is much better than negative self talk that most of us do. Use positive words. Do not allow your affirmation to ramble so make it pointed and specific.

Affirmations can help us repair our broken lives. It can boost self-confidence and self-esteem. You could repeat it numerous times a day. Just choose the right time and space. Calm down and be relaxed, as you need to concentrate on the thought while saying it to yourself. Affirmations are not like chanting that most people do when doing something else. When you are repeating affirmations, don’t do anything else. You could set aside specific times to do it.

It may help to write down the affirmations on the back of your visiting card or a piece of paper and put it into your wallet. Or pin it up on the board in front of your workstation. Read it numerous times. You will be amazed how you soon will be doing all you need to make it happen. Have patience. Many of uswould want affirmation to turn into reality overnight. It will happen but it needs time.

It may sound silly, but repeating a thought to your mind works. sometimes, there can be doubts and negative thoughts, But do not ever give up. Persevere. Slowly see the magic happen.