August 31, 2010

Lewis Pugh on his swim across the north pole

Posted in Inspiration tagged , , at 12:48 pm by Venus Viswambharan

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August 27, 2010

Gratitude

Posted in Gratitude tagged at 8:29 pm by Venus Viswambharan

Gratitude has this ability to not just elevate the one who is expressing it but it also elevates the receiver to a higher energy. It triggers the parasympathetic / calming-branch of the autonomic nervous system.This pattern when repeated brings about a protective effect on the heart. Expressing gratitude and receiving it : increases the dopamine and serotonin production in both people. Both hormones are contributors towards the feeling of well-being in the body. Gratitude  also reaffirms the belief of the receiver that he should continue his acts of benevolence.
  
I would like to dedicate this space to a few people and express my heartfelt gratitude to them :
 
“Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, – a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise”.-George Herbert

 
Thank you Dad and Mum for all the work you do daily, touching so many people’s lives, you have paved the path for me !
 
Thank you Amardeep Sidana ,apart from being a consistently supportive husband you are a very good friend , who stood by this passion of mine with an amazing conviction, goading me on. Being the wind beneath my wings!
 
Thank you Tarveen Singh you were the one who pushed me through my fears with these unforgettable words” Go for it Girl! what is the worst that could happen ? So what? we’ll just pick ourselves , learn from it and forge ahead”.
 
Thank you Inderjit Paintal you sparked the idea of the blog initially, saying “It would be a great place for you to express yourself , with enough room” and I cant forget the kindness of quoting me in one of your well written articles.
 
Thank you Simran Sodhi Paintal for hearing me out always! For all the encouragement and honest feedback and for giving me ONE very important book , which actually commenced me on this journey of reaching out and touching people’s lives.

Thank you Harmeet Kaur from being a great friend, always receptive no matter what the distance , perpetually supporting and motivating me
 
Thank you Simerjeet Singh you have been quietly steering me in the right direction all along , even this blog has come about with just the right advice from you no matter the distance ,in your words : “The best way to learn is by doing it!”.
 
I want to thank the rest of my family : My Mom in law & Dad in law, my  brother Vinay Viswambharan & his wife Mearl Fernandes, my brother in law Dr Parminder Sidana & his wife Dr Shivani Raghav  and my sis in law Deepinder Sidana for all the support ,encouragement & cheering.
 
I want to thank each of my friends and my co bloggers for all your support & encouragement.
 
Each one of you that I have mentioned has been placed perfectly in my life!

August 26, 2010

When I look at you I can see the fingerprints of God..

Posted in Gratitude tagged , , , at 9:13 pm by Venus Viswambharan

August 25, 2010

Which wolf is it that you are feeding?

Posted in Empowering tagged , , , , at 8:06 pm by Venus Viswambharan

A grandfather was talking to his grandson, telling him,” I have 2 wolves barking inside of me. The First wolf is filled with anger, hatred , bitterness and mostly revenge. The second wolf inside of me is flled with love, kindness, compassion and mostly forgiveness.”
“Which wolf do you think will win?” the young  boy inquired , the grandfather responded , “ Whichever one I feed”.

Lets take a look at our thoughts in a day – isn’t it easy to criticize, to find fault; to complain about the neighbourhood being unsafe, our politicians being corrupt, the pathetic state of our education system, our youth being involved in crime. The less global ones would be: how snooty our neighbour is, the abusive boss,  the mean in laws…
The thought we focus on multiplies ,drawing more of the same kind until it not only becomes a habit but it IS just what our world becomes! What you think continually is what you believe, is what you become, is what you have – a vicious cycle .
What if we concentrated our minds and energies on all the “goodness”,  we can find around us? Can we find any? It is hard, isnt it ? lets try… Appreciating , being grateful.
We have electricity today, We are connected better & quicker due to technology, Crimes are lower, myriads of diseases now have cures, so many groups and associations now focus on uplifting , healing & wellness.Closer home, The neighbour’s kids are so bright and cheerful, My colleagues are so cooperative, my Job is interesting,  My Brother in law is so caring…
Again your focus draws more of the same. A thought has a lot of power!
Which wolf is it that YOU feed?

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