Wednesday, March 31, 2010



NARA'S NOTEPAD


VOLUME 6


APRIL 2010


NUMBER 4

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READERS LIKE YOU...


DO MORE WITH LESS...

MEMO FROM NARA...


Sometimes we are pushed back in life for a short or long period of time. It is quite normal, according to me, because life cannot be without stumbling blocks. Generally, we are pushed back by other individuals when we compete with them. On those occasions we feel sad and try to think how to improve our talents to compete again and succeed. We may be pushed back by ill-health events too. Even though we feel we are healthy, at times we fall sick due to minor or major diseases. It is certainly a set-back in life. People may say that it’s due to ill-omens. ‘The time is bad.’ ‘It’s Saturn’s influence.’ etc. All these utterances are just to make us patient and wait for the cure to come. It may come soon in some cases and in others it may take a bit of long time. Therefore, we have to relax and take appropriate steps to come out of calamities such as these. The ‘push back’ may to go for a long time at some instances. In such situations patience is the proper medicine in addition to appropriate treatments. There are many instances we see among our friends and relatives that patience could solve most of the problems. In fact, we see them happy after long periods of suffering. ‘If there is a will, there is a way’ – we all know fully well. Hence I feel life can not be always rosy, at times it will enter dark phases and we have to wait for the light to come. Is it not true that, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

JUST TO LAUGH...

For 25 years Morris, a cutter in an East side garment factory, had never been late for work. One morning, however, instead of checking in at nine, he arrived at ten. His face was crisscrossed with plaster and his right arm was in a sling. When Mr. Bob, his boss, demanded to know why he was late, Morris explained, “I leaned out a window after breakfast and fell three stories.” Mr. Bob shrugged, “That takes an hour?”

The Russian writer, Maxim Gorky, once stayed at an inn in southern Italy. On the second morning there the landlady asked him how he had slept. “Not too good,” said Gorky. “The bugs kept me awake.” “Bugs in my inn!” exclaimed the lady, indignantly, “You won’t find a single bedbug here!”
“I agree” said Gorky. “None of them are single. They’re all married and have large families.”

An old lady who suffered constipation went to see her doctor. The doctor listened patiently to her problem and asked, “Have you done anything about it?” “Oh, yes,” the lady replied, “I sit in the bathroom for a good half hour in the morning and again at night.” The doctor shook his head, “No, I mean do you take anything?” “Of course,” she nodded sagely, “I take a magazine.”

GRATITUDE


We need to develop an attitude of gratitude, an appreciation for the gift of life. One of America's most influential Protestant spokesmen of the nineteenth century, Henry Ward Beecher, said, "If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them; but let me take a magnet and sweep through it and how would it draw to itself the almost invisible particles by the mere power of attraction. The unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessing. Only the iron in God's sand is gold!"
The grateful heart is a magnet that attracts more blessings. How is this possible? Well, the blessings were always there; we just didn't see them. Gratitude clears the haze that obscures the gifts surrounding us. To be enlightened is to live a life of gratitude. Or, as Johannes A. Gaertner wrote, "To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven."
Are you living in a garden of abundance and joy or in a barren wilderness? Whatever your situation, Sarah Ban Breathnach explains why it is as it is: "Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend.. when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present -- love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth."
-Chuck Gallozzi

TO LIFT YOUR MOOD...


If you would be rich, be grateful, for gratitude is riches and ingratitude is poverty. Rather than complain about what you lack, be grateful for what you have. Charles Dickens agrees, for he wrote, "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." To energize your day, start it by counting your blessings. You will find that "Appreciation is yeast, lifting ordinary to extraordinary" (Mary-Ann Petro). And when life gets hectic and you're feeling run down, pause a moment and reflect on your blessings. This practice will lift your mood.

RELAXATION


To relax, you first need to reprogram your mind by practicing mindfulness, which is simply focusing your attention on the present moment. As you learn to calm your mind, your muscles will relax. Allowing your mind to be renewed through meditation will help you to get rid of distortional thinking that causes tension.

You can combine mindfulness with specific techniques to further enhance the relaxation response. These techniques include deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. Various forms of massage therapy and other relaxation techniques can be explored, which are like icing on the cake of relaxation.

The good news for stressed out people is that it is possible to move from a state of frustration and anxiety to a relaxed state fairly quickly. Even more importantly, it is possible to live continually in a much more relaxed state.

DOs AND DON'Ts OF SELF-COMPASSION


Do treat yourself and everyone else with respect.
Don’t ridicule yourself or anyone.

Do listen to your heart and choose in your short and long-term best interests.
Don’t ignore inner longings.

Do appreciate your uniqueness and that of others.
Don’t compare people.

Do appreciate deeper commonalities with all people.
Don’t look to exclude yourself or others from essential humanity.

Do listen to others.
Don’t interrupt.

Do reflect.
Don’t react.

Do talk.
Don’t yell, scream, or lecture.

THEY SAID...


It’s better to lose your ego to the one you love than to lose the one you love because of ego. - John Keats.

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion. –
Abraham Lincoln.

Imagination is the beginning of creation. –
George Bernard Shaw

Imagination is everything; it is the preview of life’s forthcoming attraction. –
Albert Einstein

Mastery is not perfection, it is journey, and the true master must be willing to try and fail and try again. –
George Leonard

If your actions inspire others to do more, to learn more, to dream more or to become more, you are a leader – John Quincy Adams

MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION...


Usually, motivation requires a kick in the butt from self or another, in order to reach a stated goal. But how often are these goals actually attained? How effective is motivation along the road to manifestation?

In politics, motivation is enforced by law. If you don't pay your traffic ticket, your driver’s license is suspended. Failure to pay your taxes results in a judgment against you, fines, and even jail. A cursory look at our society shows us that motivation by punishment doesn't really prevent law breaking. And that is because such motivation is fear based, and very low on the emotional scale. The higher, universal law of 'like attracts like' assures us that such "solutions" will just create more problems, which then need more laws, which then result in more problems... we soon reach a point where there are so many laws, and so many new laws passed, that Congress doesn't even have time to read them! (In fact that is what occurs. Congress never reads the laws it passes).

Self-motivation is a little better, because it involves more free choice. If you are tired of being overweight, then more exercise and a better diet is a positive step in the right direction. What usually happens with self-motivation is that we begin with good intentions, and lose interest before very long.

Inspiration is a completely different animal, however. Inspiration is entirely self-generated, and comes from within. It results in a feeling of excitement and well being, and a desire to get into action immediately. When I wrote Dialogues: Conversations with my Higher Self, for example, I'd wake up every morning fired up. I couldn't wait to come home from work and get in front of the keyboard. I'd sit and write well past midnight because I just didn't want to stop! -Kenneth James Michael MacLean

REGULAR EXERCISING...


Regular exercising is exercise that is done in moderate amounts on a regular basis for a prolonged period of time. Even ten minutes a day of exercise has been shown to have beneficial effects on both the body and mind. Longer periods of exercise done regularly and in moderation have been shown to decrease appetite, decrease body fat, build muscle and bone, stimulate the immune system, and improve a person’s mental and emotional well-being. Regular exercise enhances neurotransmitter production, leading to an increase of both serotonin and dopamine (which also relieves symptoms of anxiety and depression). Raising the levels of neurotransmitters to normal levels also helps lower cortisol levels.

THREE THINGS IN LIFE...


Three things in life that, once gone, never come back:
1.Time, 2.Words, 3.Opportunity
Three things in life that can destroy a person:
1.Anger, 2.Pride, 3.Unforgiveness
Three things in life that you should never lose:
1.Hope, 2.Peace, 3.Honesty
Three things in life that are most valuable:
1.Love, 2.Family, 3.Kindness
All human progress begins with a new decision!
Meet you next month – May 2010
Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP
# 19, Phase 5, Maharani Avenue, Vadavalli,
Coimbatore – 641 041,
Telephone: 0422 – 2423017 Mobile: 98422 42301
E-mail: arumugakannu@gmail.com
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Monday, March 1, 2010


NARA'S NOTEPAD

VOLUME 6

MARCH 2010

NUMBER 3


SUPPORTED BY


READERS


LIKE YOU...



FOCUS ON THE PRESENT

MEMO FROM NARA...


‘Respecting others’ is one of the good characters we find with some people in our society ‘Why should we respect others?’ – is the question asked also by majority of the people in Indian society. Giving respect to others depends on many factors. Elderly people, soft spoken, officers in the service sectors, teachers, ladies and the like are respected, provided they are properly identified. If not, even they do not get the required respect. “A country with more than billion people is going to be a hell in the future” said one of my close friends. True, I imagine. It may happen, but is it not our duty to see that we cultivate certain culture in the minds and behavior of people? Respecting others may not happen that easily because everyone wants the pound of flesh at any cost in the quickest possible time. They do not even respect the law and order for it. They think anything can be achieved with muscle and money! We very often notice jumping a queue in public places. Even in a bank or railway ticket booking counter or paying electricity or telephone bills in post office, people do not follow the simple rules. Everyone wants to be in the front even they join the queue late. Is it a human tendency? Is it an Indian Culture? Is it a prestige? What is it then? Even educated person is not an exception. They do not care for the others who stand in a queue for a long time. Invariably they try to find out the man or woman behind the counter window and try to apply all kinds of techniques to get their work done at a short-cut method. Such activities are not desired in a cultured society. I do not know when we change to change the Image of India?

DO YOU KNOW?







Dubai opened the World’s tallest skyscraper – 818 m (2684 feet) on 4 January 2010.

LINES I LIKED...


· People don’t really die of cancer, but many die of fear.
· Bounce back after a setback.
· The choices you make today will shape your tomorrow.
· Global warming is real and that man is the key cause.
· Grammar comes later, creative expression comes first.
· I’ve always hated working; I’ve decided to apply for a government job.
· A flower blooms in the morning and wilts by evening but as long as it stands, its fragrance makes the world beautiful place.
· Look at a future where no one is a patient.
· Why be pressed for time when you can plan for it in advance.
· In India, truth is often not black or white but myriad of grey.
· Invisible dangers are often more hazardous than the ones you can see.

WAKE UP...


Come alive! Snap the cards of laziness! Break the chains of lethargy! Make up your mind to act now! Do it now! Take some action now – telephone, write a letter, do something! Move! Act! Start! Begin! Get giving! Now! Shake up the negative thoughts out of your mind! Shake them out! Break up the obstacles! Shatter the barriers! You can! Take up the accomplishment! Walk always with honors.

HOW TO SUCCEED?


Thomas Edison went through ten thousand experiments before he figured out how to invent the light bulb. He stayed persistent, tried a different approach and never believed that he know everything. If you want to be wealthy, think of all the things you have tried, and then focus on finding a solution by searching for things you haven’t tried. You may think a certain approach won’t work but if you haven’t tried it – you don’t know. Search for new solutions. Stay persistent and change your approach. To succeed you have to believe that you can achieve your goal, believe that you can find the solution to achieve your goal and believe that you deserve to achieve your goals. Staying persistent and having a belief that you’ve tried everything and can’t succeed is pointless – because your belief system isn’t in line with what you want to achieve. Your subconscious mind picks up on your beliefs and creates your reality based on what you believe. So if you are persistent and believe that you have tried everything and can’t succeed – then your subconscious is not going to direct you to new solutions and will only guide you to situations that will help you fall – after all , that’s what you believe. What can you do? Change your beliefs. If you’re not achieving your goals and you’re persistent – then your beliefs have to change. To do this you first change your thoughts. Tract your current thoughts and change those that don’t work for you. Push your mind to find a way to achieve your goals and in the process you’ll instruct your subconscious mind to help you find the situations, people and events that will allow you to succeed. If you don’t believe there is a way – change that belief and regularly tell yourself that there is a way. Then begin looking for a new way to achieve your goal. Try a different approach. Be persistent – don’t give up!

HEALTH CARE IS A BIRTHRIGHT


1. Recognizing that health care challenges are enormous.
2. Accepting that there exists an ever increasing gap between the haves and have-nots with respect to reach of required health care resources.
3. Appreciating the initiatives like National Rural Health Mission of the Government of India.
4. Access to quality health care services is recognized as a fundamental right.
5. The focus of health care should shift from disease to health. Therefore, health preventive and health-promotive measures should be strengthened and public health should receive top priority in health care planning.
6. There should be a paradigmatic shift in national policy from technology-focused to human-centric in providing health care.
7. Changing lifestyles are greatly contributing to the disease burdens. Therefore, behavioral science oriented interventions are of utmost relevance and urgently needed in the planning than ever before calling for augmentation of national health care program.
8. All this demands inclusion of medical anthropological research inputs without which the health care program will continue to function in a vacuum. Therefore, medical anthropological researches should be initiated and supported at the national level.

THEY SAID


Each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end. – Albert Schweitzer

Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. –
George Bernard Shaw

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. - Proverb

BIOSORPTION


Development of the biotechnology of metals offers new possibilities in the utilization of microorganism for recovering metals from solutions and treating industrial waste waters. Owning to their ability to accumulate metals from dilute solutions, microorganisms can be used in those cases when conventional technologies fail to secure the desired purification of waste waters. The ability of microorganisms to bind metals from aqueous solution in some cases selectively is known as biosorption and microorganisms responsible for this process are called biosorbents. Various kinds of bacteria, fungi, and algae have accordingly been identified.

CREDIBILITY


One of the important qualities you need to succeed in your professional life is creditability. You are judged on the basis of your outward display of actions. There are certain ways to behave which can boost your credibility.
· Be careful not to over omit yourself. Promise to do only what you can and make the correct choices.
· Clarify your motives behind an action or decision, choose to tell others, choose to tell others only what you want them to know.
· Admit your mistakes promptly.
· Take people into confidence before divulging any information and so not disclose any information from others which they want to be a secret.
· Treat everyone fairly and be consistent in your behavior.
· Make efforts to listen to others.

Your values and actions together determine your reputation, which consequently affects your credibility. Reputation is part of you but it depends a lot on the opinion of others about you. If for example you are not prompt in answering mails, when the other party expects you to, you can develop a reputation of not being responsive. Small matters like these and also bigger issues can determine your reputation. Developing a good reputation depends on understanding what others expect from you and behaving in the appropriate way. So make efforts to enhance your reputation, by choosing the right behaviors that can have a positive impact on it. Also observe the behavior and actions of those who enjoy a good reputation and learn something from them. In a competitive professional world, it is important to take the right steps to maintain your credibility.

VIEWPOINT


Naxalism if not put down ruthlessly will spread like parthenium plants. When external threat is looming large, Maoists are creating internal turmoil. The poor and downtrodden, with their hungry stomachs, give into the attempts by naxals to make them join and sympathize with their forums. To wean people away from this misguided group, welfare schemes for their uplift should be implemented immediately. Non-implementation of welfare schemes for the poor and their utter neglect are favorable for naxalites to grow. (Terrorism)

Passion is incomplete without action!
Meet you next month –April 2010
Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP
# 19, Phase 5, Maharani Avenue, Vadavalli, Coimbatore – 641 041, Telephone: 0422 – 2423017 Mobile: 98422 42301
E-mail: arumugakannu@gmail.com

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http://www.nara1.vox.com/ (NARA’S POSTCARD),


http://www.nsdigest.blogspot.com/ (NARA’S SCIENCE DIGEST)