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How often do we all exclaim,”deep down, my heart knows it!”, “my heart keeps thinking of you!”, “my heart rules my head!” etc. Could our hearts really think? Could our hearts be storing our memories??

Yes, each cell in our body has memory. It is called cellular memory. It is not just our neurons and neural pathways in the brain that store and activate our memories. Our organs do it too, specially the heart! This phenomenon has been observed by doctors and researchers who deal with patients undergoing major transplants of organs, more so in patients with heart transplants! Many of the recipients of heart transplantation have shown remarkable changes in their thinking and behaviours. Many have undergone surprising changes in their personality traits. And all these changes have been noticed by the recipients and by their families. These were noticed to have an uncanny resemblance to the traits that the dead donor had earlier, as recounted by the bereaved family members!

To know more about this wonder, please go here

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“There is only a thin dividing line between the attitude of escapism and acceptance”

it made me wonder how so many of us take the easy route of saying that something is “my karma and hence I have to bear it”, instead of putting sincere effort to alleviate the difficult situation! Whenever we feel lazy to put in the “purusha prayatna” or our sincere effort, we simply attribute the negative outcome to our fate and keep quiet! And there is always a big debate going on about the supremacy of “Fate over Free Will”.

Here I am reminded of the words full of wisdom from our Poojya Swamiji Sri Sri Chandrashekhara Bharathi, the 34th Pontiff of Sringeri Shankaramutt, Sringeri. He once said that Fate is nothing but the outcome of the free will that we ourselves had once exercised earlier. Hence to overcome the Fate, we just have to exercise our free will once again now with an intensified force. He gives a beautiful analogy of our trying to pull out a hard hit nail from the wall. When the nail does not come out inspite of our trying repeatedly, we just drop our effort saying that it is my fate and accept the failure. Instead of giving up our effort, if only I can remember that it was I who had driven the nail inside the wall with many a hard hits, then I will realize that it now requires from me much more intensified effort to pull the nail out of the wall. I am bound to succeed!
In Viveka Choodamani, Sri Shankaracharya says (in samskrutha language – i do not want to ‘sanskritize’) “Mana Eeva Kaaranah Manushyaanaam Bandha Mokshayoh”. It is our mind which either makes us bound or makes us free. I have realized the truth of this sentence all the more now that I am in the profession of Psychological Counselling. Most of the problems that our clients come up with are self-created or self-nurtured! But we seldom realize the truth of it, because we find it so easy to shift the blame on someone else for all our problems. Once we shift the blame, we falsely believe that it is somebody else’s responsibility to solve it and hence shirk from the responsibility of setting the problem right! And as counsellors, it falls upon us to help them develop an insight into their problems thus helping them to discover a new perspective to the whole issue. And once acceptance dawns we find it so much easier to pave the way to resolve the issue.

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the above had appeared as part of another post in RK’s blog some time ago. i am posting it again for the sake of my new blog readers.

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arvind has tagged me. i did not know what was tagging and he explained that it is like a game and i now need to state 8 facts about me. which of the 8 ones out of soooooooo many shall i write here?? well, this is sort of ‘self awareness’ test for me! let me organize them:

1. i am very much like the cat in the above picture – always in the nurturing mode. hence i selected this pic for my profile 🙂 and don’t you feel the strong cat is empowering the weak chick?! (the theme of my blog name)

2. i have a thirst to gain knowledge. it gives me immense satisfaction when i learn something new – like how i was able to upload the above pic and some stuff on my blog!

3. i am impulsive. my heart rules my head most of the times.

4. my workspace is disorganized. i am always doing 10 things at a time! completing the work on hand is more important to me than keeping things in order. but i always manage to get my stuff without much trouble – u see, there is method in my madness 🙂

5. i have unflinching faith in my god who is right within me – guiding me at this point of time to complete 8 facts!

6. i believe – every saint has a past; every sinner a future!

7. i always tell my clinets that god’s delays are not god’s denials!

8. hey, am i sounding too much like a saint?! oh, no, i sin too – i am diabetic ; but i love rasagullas – now, just wait – i only said i love rasagullas, i did not mean i violate my diabetic diet!

arvind, do i get a prize now? like a good girl i have completed the task. in fact i can write many many more………… btw, do i get tagged now n then or only this once?

since my friends on wordpress are few, i shall for now tag only gvk , vandy and lakshmi bharadwaj. i will tag 2  more when my blogroll grows bigger.

can we tag those who have already been tagged by someone else?

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http://www.unicef.org/voy/index.php

this is a very interesting, educative and thought provoking site where children and youth from all over the world write on various issues affecting them. they want their voices to be heard and unicef truly listens to these voices. visit the site, become a member and express your opinions and comments and show solidarity with the children and youth of the world!

you may come across many of my comments there in number of threads.

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another interesting research news in today’s TOI:

our brain is capable of holding huge amounts of information that we keep gathering everyday. just because i have stored so much of information, dont get deceived that brain processes all that info when i need to make a decision about anything. brain applies its own heuristics (thumb rule) to gather the most vivid images/information regarding an item that is easily available to it and arrives at a decision! and many a tims these decisions are not well thought over and are impulsive decisions that the outcome may not be very pleasant.

an example of this would be – in day to day life, specially when we go for shopping, most of the times we buy unneeded things and end up hoarding or throwing away things. that is because our mind thinks of those vivid images created in our brain after watching the advertisements that are flashed on the TV screens every now and then, gets swayed by the colourful info and makes a poor decision of going in for something that was totally unnecessary!

so, next time, take your time to make a critical analysis and then take a decision that would be more productive 🙂

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I read an interesting news item this morning in TOI – about the discovery of a gene in humans that is responsible for generosity! All these days psychologists thought that miserliness or generosity was a learnt behaviour. But that it has biological base is surprising! Researchers are saying that a particular gene is responsible for the production of harmone ‘argenine vasopressin’ which acts on brain cells and makes a person altruistic and generous. a particular region of a gene (the genotype), if it is longer,  then the gene expresses itself or we can see its manifestation in that person (phenotype)

I am sure many ladies would whole heartedly welcome this news. do you know why? well, i have a vision of availability of vasopressin injections in the market very soon that can be administered to miserly hubbys or their ‘miser gene’ gets some work done, so that they turn generous overnight and start showering their wives with money to be spent on their shopping sprees!!! :))

now, isn’t this music to our ears?! :))))))

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We all know that each one of us is a big bundle of energy. Our thoughts are a form of that powerful energy. And our thoughts are a mix of negative and positive thoughts. Negative thoughts are the thoughts that negate the good. Ex: “I am incapable of passing the exam”, “I am not good looking”, “My parents do not love me” etc. Positive thoughts are affirmations of good feelings, like; “People love me”, “I can be a leader”, “My friends respect me” etc. Negative thoughts drain all our energy and make us feel weak, whereas, positive thoughts energize us and prod us to move forward in life and achieve things.For many of us, either of the two modes of thinking is deeply embedded in our personality. And it is found that people with positive thinking attract positive people and negatives attract negatives (much against the laws of physics!). This pattern is very much visible in our relationships. Of course, like about all other rules, this also has exceptions when positive people can form relationship with negative thinking ones and such relationships suffer a lot. So in order to make all our friendships and family relationships pleasant and happy, it is imperative that we cultivate the habit of thinking positively. It requires conscious effort on our part to change all our thoughts into positive mode. Believe me, it is possible.

Creative visualization can be practiced in order to see more and more successes in our life. All you need to do is to select a calm and peaceful place either inside your home or anywhere outside where there is no noise or any kind of disturbance (these days many meditation halls are available). Sit there, relax yourself completely, head to toe. You can keep giving auto suggestions to each part of your body to relax. Take deep breaths – deep inhaling and longer exhaling, all the while concentrating on your breathing. You can even play soothing background music if it can relax you better. As you are breathing, imagine you are deeply inhaling the positive energy present in the universe and exhaling all the negative energy out of your system. And slowly start creating the image of the successful event that you want to experience on your mind’s screen. Have total conviction that it is possible for you to achieve this. Imagine it in all vivid details – the event, the people in it, your excitement in that situation, how enthusiastically you are conversing with all the people around, how they are all reciprocating your joy and happiness etc. Bask in that glory for some time. And slowly wind up your creative visualization to its conclusion, take deeper and slower breaths and slowly open your eyes and bathe in that positive aura surrounding you for a little while more. And then get up and go about with your routine activities. Practice this at least once a day for about 15 minutes (more number of times would be more beneficial in attuning your mind to positive mode of thinking). You will very soon achieve success in your endeavour.

This exercise can also be utilized even to forget the past bitter events in our life and to practice forgiveness.

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