CONNECT TO YOURSELF (FIT INDIA REGIME)

’Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.’ ~ Samuel Johnson

We all have heard “A healthy mind lives in a healthy body”. Life is not hassle free now a days, people are wasting their precious time on materialistic things. We all are trapped in the world of illusion which ends up in being paranoid. Our lives have become so hectic and money oriented, that we totally disconnect with our bodies. In our journey through life, we need to re-integrate and rejuvenate our body to our mind and soul. The reintegration is vital in order to have a healthy body, since a malign mind will only exist in a damaged body. When we fail to listen to the screams of our bodies, which are a reflection of our souls, we instead live the emotional roller coaster of chronic stress that feeds disease, fear and illness. You can only integrate your body-mind-soul through the daily practices that lead to wholeness.

If you’re not the one who wakes up every day jazzed to hit the gym or yoga classes and eat lightly seasoned chicken and broccoli… don’t worry. You’re not alone. Following and sticking to a fitness and nutrition plan is tough, and there will be days when you can’t find any sense of fitness motivation at all. Its okay but one needs to understand the importance of fitness . It is just not having a good physique but a healthy lifestyle which means a discipline which should be a part of you. Taking inspiration from lives of Sportsperson or athletes, the value of discipline needs to be learnt. It leads to a better life-expectancy ratio, less health/medical problems and a positive, healthy mind free from any anxiety or psychological problem. So here, a good health/fitness is the answer to all problems of modern times.

Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Recently, A FIT INDIA regime has been initiated, in my view definitely not a political agenda, I believe it is the best revolution which can ever come to India. Historically, India is the only country from where origin of a healthy life has taken place in “Ayurveda”. Many scientific studies confirm what Ayurveda has known for thousands of years: Regular exercise develops muscle strength and posture, reduces body fat, improves digestion (Agni) and sleep, boosts the immune system, prevents sluggishness, and delays aging. The Ayurvedic texts describe the benefit of daily physical exercise as ‘sthiratva’, or stability. This not only refers to physical stability, but also mental, intellectual and emotional. Exercise clears and strengthens the ‘shrotas’ (transport channels in the physiology in which metabolism takes place); blockages and congestion are relieved, stress is reduced, and our sense of wellbeing is improved.

There is no persuasion to be a part of fitness club or lift heavy weights but one must adapt healthy and disciplined lifestyle which not only includes regular and adequate intake of water or having a healthy diet but also includes a disciplines lifestyle free from bad influences. Such a disciplined lifestyle will lead to the enlightenment and will be able to establish a strong connection between your mind and soul.

Looking at the way how the youths have adopted an unhealthy-eating lifestyle, partying every weekend, being a night owl but there is nothing like good taste, its your mind that controls your brain. Ask yourself when you sit alone at the end of the day, Are you happy with all such materialistic things which the whole world is doing? When you look at the mirror, do you love the person you see?  Aren’t more than half of your judgments affected by what people/world will think or say?  Honestly, before being a fitness enthusiast, I was not happy with my living, I was one of those miserable teenage girls who wanted to fit in society, who lacks confidence and probably have anxiety issues and a lot of anger.

So here is the deal, channel your anger towards fitness. I agree, in the start, it is not easy, we fall several times and trust me giving up is a lot easier option than working hard. Especially in the world who constantly tries to pull you down, it won’t be easy. But remember this time you are not working hard for the world, not to impress your boss, boyfriend, friends or family; you are working on yourself-something which is guaranteed to stay with you forever.

Fitness brings you more close to yourself. It wont be something new to say that people come and go in your life. You need to remember- “Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.” Respect this body, your soul, the way you respect a god or temple. In all religions and shashtras, it is written, your soul is a part of that ultimate god, so learn to respect your soul, your body first.

(PS- Being a fitness enthusiast has changed my life and I have seen that a healthy mind exists in a fit body. If a single person out there feels motivated, then my job is done. Any queries or help, you can reach me at meghachaturvedi2002@yahoo.co.in)

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An emerging superpower- India

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After receiving such a positive response from the article “The Greatness of India” (https://thegreatindianhitch.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/the-greatness-of-india-incredible-india/#respond), I would like to share some interesting facts which are unknown to the people of this country and other countries who undermine the power and greatness of this nation.

  • The country is achieving a high economic growth of over 8 per cent of its GDP annually, on a consistent basis. In fact, India’s economic growth rate is second highest in the world-next only to China. The developed world has been left behind. The two Asian giants-India and China have today turned the leaders of growth of the global economy.
  • Militarily, India is one of the strongest countries in the world. Having the third largest army in the world, it has a huge arsenal of weaponry including nuclear weapons. Its Army, Navy and Air Force are always ready to meet any challenge. India believes in having peaceful relations with other countries, but in today’s world of changing equation, it is necessary to have a military might to deter other countries to do any mischief.
  • ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) recently launched polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) which created history by lobbying 104 satellites in a single mission, whereas the previous record was in the name of Russia which marked 37 satellites in one single mission.
  • According to a report by New World Wealth in 2016, India is ranked as the seventh wealthiest country in the world. 
  • Few years ago, Indians (who are considered to be blacks) were discriminated in western countries but now Indian minds are ruling over the world:
    • CEO of Google: Sundar Pichai
    • CEO of Microsoft: Satya Nadella
    • CEO of Adobe: Shantanu Narayen

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You’ll find that again. You will!

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There was a time she wasn’t sure. In middle of a hurricane, it always made her question- Wonder whether she will get through it, whether all of it is worth it or what if she could not handle, she always had a thought to quit in back of her mind. But she did not quit because she is not an escapist. The day she realized she has to fight back, she won because she was not scared to lose now. In middle of the storm, where she was the most vulnerable, her ears could not listen to the chaos where she listened to her heart which tells her to calm down, so she listens because she knows even if she wanted to, she cannot go back. Life is a crazy, beautiful, confusing journey but it is lived forward. 

We all had those frightening experiences, some of us are still going through or are yet to go, those memories that scare the shit out of us, but you made out and that’s your victory; the ones who are going through it, do remember that “This is Life and it is not supposed to be easy, it is much more than the barbie or X Box games.” But you will make through it. This is the end of the year and I would like to remind you all of your strengths which didn’t let you give up and trust me, you’re doing great! We all have screwed things in past, but don’t blame yourself for everything. Even if you’re low right now, its okay, give yourself some time, find yourself and you’ll rise again. We all have made mistakes in this year and  have left things behind but  remind yourself- You will find them again. You will be happy again. You will be okay, so keep moving!

Looking forward to the coming year with Hope and ready to fight back with everything life throws at you. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all! Stay Blessed ❤

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BJP barring Activists!

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The condition of India is very sad specially in terms of justice and order. An Australian Greenpeace activist was not allowed to enter India despite having all relevant documents. Yes. You read it right and that did happen. This is the government’s new stunt. What are they afraid of? Free speech? 
Freedom of speech is something  our Constitution grants but is still subject to violation and prevention. How can we expect justice if our government itself is unjust? And this, my friends, is the bitter truth.

Humans – The World’s Most Dangerous Animals

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In the zoo at Lusaka, Zambia, there is a cage where the notice reads, ‘The world’s most dangerous animal’. Inside the cage there is no animal but a mirror where you see yourself.

Yes, we’re the mightiest. Yes, we have brains. Yes, we are more capable than other species. But does it give us the right to do anything and everything and obstruct the lives of other species? Does it imply that we pollute the environment and make life difficult for other living organisms? Why should we twist the laws of nature? Why are we doing this? Does it make sense? Because, ultimately, it will affect us as well. In fact, it already is.

The human population is growing and so is the consumption of natural resources. Global industrialization is at its highest. Nations are developing and people are developing. With so much technology, life is no more difficult. Life is not difficult for many of us, but it may be difficult for the generations to come. For our comforts and our luxuries, we are using up all the resources. We are filling up the atmosphere with hazardous gases. We are draining our trash in the drainage system of the world. We are cutting down our trees and forests. We are destroying the natural habitats of many species.  We are polluting the oceans and the seas. We are even adding up to the junk in space. Why are we doing this so indiscriminately? For greed? We must remember, there our other generations to come. It is high time we decide how we want to leave this planet for our future generation. Its high time now, that we decide.

In the words of Mr Lester Brown, “We have not inherited this earth from our forefathers; we have borrowed it from our children.”

Love Yourself!

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We are so busy in our lives that sometimes we forget to love ourselves. We forget to value ourselves. We don’t realize our own worth and importance. We often forget to take care of ourselves. We forget the reason for which we were born. We forget our dreams and aspirations. We often let our ambitions go down in the drains. And what does it lead to? Our failure.

So, if you’re reading this right now, stop, look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a flying kiss. 😉 Because, no one can love you better than you.  No one is a better friend of yours. No one knows you better. You’re the most important person in your life.
If you want to spread the love , first, you need to love yourself. Yes, you need to adore yourself before you adore someone else.

Realize your worth. You’re a precious treasure. There isn’t another you. You’re unique.
Spare some time for yourself. Yes, your life may be a busy chore but always spare time for your hobbies and interests.
Do what makes you happy. Don’t care what people say just do what you love. 
Take care of your body and organs.
Don’t smoke and don’t do drugs. It’s yourself you’re harming and that’s stupidity.
Believe in yourself. Yes, you’re the best and you can do it. Don’t be a coward now.
Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s alright until you don’t repeat the same mistake again.
Follow your passion. You’re living to fulfill a dream. Catch that and pin it down. Nothing is impossible.

Go ahead and tell yourself the three magical words “I love myself.”