Mental balance

I can understand that a strong man who has a great affection for a thousand other men, and he calls all of them by their name.

But I don’t understand that he regards some of them higher than the others and he preserves his mental balance.

—Moazzam Shaikh

Success is in the blood

Success is in the blood. There are men whom fate can never keep down—they march forward in a cheery and joyful manner, and take by divine right the best of everything that the earth affords.

They do not lie in wait, nor scheme, nor seek to adapt their sails to catch the breeze of popular favor. Still, they are ever alert and alive to any good that may come their way, and when it comes they simply appropriate it, and tarrying not, move steadily on.

I Desire to be Radiant

I pray and the supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, but simply to be radiant.

I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and good will.

I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear.

I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected and ready to say “I do not know” if it be so.

I wish others to live their lives, too—up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted.

If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, rather dictation.

That is to say, I desire to be radiant—to radiate life.

—Moazzam Shaikh

We are Weaving Character Every Day

A religion of just being kind would be a pretty good religion. Don’t you think so?

We are so much concerned about God and we think that He is an old gentleman with dictatorial behavior. We confuse ourselves by these kinds of thoughts and we wander the whole life with that unreal thought.

When our ideas of God change, we ourselves change for the better. Or, as we start thinking better of ourselves we think better of God. It is character that locates our place in another world, just as it is our character that fixes our place here.

We are weaving character every day and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful.

—Moazzam Shaikh

Happy New Year 2017

​New year. New beginnings. Happy 2017 to all WordPress family!

Dear past, I thank you. Eternal NOW, I love you. Hello future, I trust you.

It’s a new year, be like a five year old who orders an ice cream cone with extra sprinkles. 😊
Remember, never let go of a good thing for a new thing.
Happy New Year!

Life is a Joke

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Well, perhaps life is not a joke, but it may be refreshing to think of life that way in contrast to the idea that life is tragic. Laughter is too often ignored as an essential ingredient in life, perhaps even as the essential ingredient in the good life. We should not be so serious, but instead enjoy laughter and levity.

There are many kinds of humor. There are jokes, including both good and bad jokes, offensive jokes, and tedious jokes. Some thinkers emphasize the importance of sophistication in humor, but others say that laughter itself is what is important, not what the laughter is about. On the other hand, some say that offensive and silly jokes should not count as humor at all.

Tragedy and comedy can be combined in black humor. Once an old man has lost everything, but he breaks out in uproarious laughter and encourages the others to do the same. It provides the only possible “happy ending” to a story of greed, disappointment, and death.

It is hard to deny that all of us could use a little more humor, not so much in our lives but about our lives, in the way we see our own faults and foibles.

The Mind is Like Software – Beware of Viruses!

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Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing our attention on the present moment and accepting it with no judgement. Nowadays it is being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in the pursuit of happiness. People talk over various electronic devices and they urge each other to get contacted at the very moment of the happening.
While mindfulness might sound a little New Age-y to some, the concept has been around for over thousands of years and there is real evidence that being more mindful can enhance just about every aspect of our lives.
It takes practice and patience to become comfortable with mindfulness techniques. If one method does not work, you can simply relax and try another. The key is keeping the mind ‘in the moment’; that means being fully present to what is happening around you.
When we talk about practicing mindfulness, we first need to know something about what is often referred to as the conscious and subconscious aspects of the mind.
To draw an analogy, the mind could be seen as software, with the conscious as the apps that we interact with on the screen and the subconscious as the operating system in the background that controls everything yet that we are unaware of.
The brain, which could be considered here as the hardware, draws in stimulus from our environment and taps it straight into our conscious mind.
The conscious mind is the part that is aware at any given moment of what is happening around us, both inside and outside of us: i.e. our breathing and bodily sensations, the environment, etc.

Tame the Monkey Mind

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Within the workplace, can we really learn to develop a calmer and more restful mind?

Yes, it is possible; in fact, we already intuitively know the importance of being mindful. For example, when we want to watch, say, a video presentation, we prepare ourselves a room with no distractions, sit down and tune in with our eyes and ears.

If we want a meaningful conversation with someone, we prepare a place where we will be uninterrupted, get comfortable and speak from the heart.

Likewise, if we want to cultivate a peaceful and stress-free mind, first we must prepare for ourselves a reassuring and quiet space, then relax our bodies and slow down our thoughts. Only then can we start to tame the ‘Monkey Mind’.