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NARA'S NOTEPAD
 
VOLUME 10
 
SEPTEMBER 2014
 
NUMBER 9
 
 
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*Dr A. Appa Rao passed away on 30 April 2014.

MAMO FROM NARA...


 
‘Stop thinking too much. It’s alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.’ It is a quotation I came across while browsing the net. Indeed, it a very good quotes to tell us the reality of thinking. Thinking is good for all; everyone has the capacity to think. Some think deeply and others think shallowly.

Think about what? Think about anything. Think about one self, others, friends, close relatives, everyday accidents, travel etc. In fact, we think every moment! Experts say thinking happens in the brain. I think about good food, my health and my wife and children. How much I can think about them? And how long I think about them? There is a limit for thinking. Limitless thinking leads to worry and no peace of mind. Therefore it is said, ‘stop thinking too much.’ I do agree.

The recent MH17 flight from Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was shot down at an altitude of 30,000 feet, killing 298 passengers including the crew members. Unimaginable! But it happened. Everyone in the world knows about it. Who has not thought about this unfortunate incident? Most of us thought about the fate of those innocent men, women and children at the time of the incident. We felt sad. It created some sort of worry in the minds of even the normal human beings. If we stop thinking too much about the incident, we do not worry much and also the fear of traveling by air.

Also we pose many questions related to the uncivilized shooting. Who did this atrocious activity? How they did it? How it happened at an altitude of 30,000 feet? Was it a mistake? Likewise many questions come in everyone’s mind. Most of these questions are unanswerable at once. They all create anger and fear in everybody’s mind. So, instead of answering these questions, it is better to keep silent waiting for the answers which will come after sometime.

Often, we forget the name of a place we visited in the past, or some name of our classmate. We try to remember at once. But we are unable to do.  If we leave it at that stage, the names come to our mind at another time when we are not thinking of it. So thinking too much at a time is in fact waste of time. Everything happened in our life is stored in our brain, the operating system of our body. Retrieval is always possible, but sometimes it takes time especially for aged people!

To find answer for every question by too much thinking is not necessary it appears. The answers will come to us when we least expect them. So let us think lightly on anything and stop thinking too much. It is the cause for many worries and mental upsets. So stop thinking too much!

FOCUS YOUR PASSIONS...




If you ‘re interested in something, you’re much more likely to seek out additional material on it, study it, concentrate on it, and generally just learn a whole lot more about it. Even if a topic isn’t a favourite, find a way to relate it to something you do love to get more out of learning it.

POWER UP YOUR BRAIN...


1. Learn a Language. Learn a new language has been shown to halt the age-related decline in brain function. It also introduces your mind to new concepts and new ways of looking at things. It is one of the best brain exercises.

2. Mindfulness exercises. Concentration and clear thinking are more or less automatic once you remove distractions. Learn to stop and watch your busy mind. As you notice things that are subtly bothering you, deal with them. This might mean making a phone call you need to make, or putting things on a list so you can forget them for now. With practice, this becomes easier, and your thinking becomes more powerful.

3. Write. Writing is good for your mind in a number of ways. It is a way to tell your memory. It is a way to clarify your thinking. It is a way to exercise your creativity and analytical ability. Diaries, idea journals, poetry, note-taking and story-writing are all ways to use writing to boost your brain power.

4. Develop your intuition. Intuition can be an important part of brain power.

5. Sleep better. As long as you get a certain amount of sleep – probably a minimum of five hours – the quality seems to be more important than the quantity. Also short naps in the afternoon seem to work well to recharge the brain for some people.

JUST TO LAUGH...



Position of husband is like a split AC. No matter how loud he is outside but inside the house, he is designed to remain silent, cool and controlled by remote.

 

Q: If a cowboy rides into town on Friday and three days later, he leaves on Friday, how does he do it?

A: The horse’s name is Friday!

LESSONS FROM EINSTEIN...


1. Follow your curiosity.

2. Perseverance is priceless.

3. Focus on the present.

4. The imagination is powerful.

5. Make mistakes.

6. Live in the moment.

7. Create value.

8. Don’t expect different results unless you do things differently.

9. Knowledge comes from experience.

10. Learn the rules then play better.

TO QUOTE...


 
 
There are so many joys, but I have only known the ones that come like a miracle, touching everything with light. – Anais Nin

Each day, do something to make you feel happy, until this becomes a habit. – Ramez Sasson

A healthy lifestyle is like a tripod stand. The three legs being: adequate sleep, apt exercise routine and good food. Without any one leg you’ll fall – John Abraham

TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE...


PRACTICE

Consider the knowledge you already have — the things you really know you can do. They are the things you have done over and over; practiced them so often that they became second nature. Every normal person knows how to walk and talk. But he could never have acquired this knowledge without practice. For the young child can’t do the things that are easy to older people without first doing them over and over and over. Most of us quit on the first or second attempt. But the man who is really going to be educated, who intends to know, is going to stay with it until it is done. Practice!

ASK

Any normal child, at about the age of three or four, reaches the asking period, the time when that quickly developing brain is most eager for knowledge. “When?” “Where?” “How?” “What?” and “Why?” begs the child — but all too often the reply is “Keep still!” “Leave me alone!” “Don’t be a pest!” Those first bitter refusals to our honest questions of childhood all too often squelch our “Asking faculty.”

 We grow up to be men and women, still eager for knowledge, but afraid and ashamed to ask in order to get it. Every person possessing knowledge is more than willing to communicate what he knows to any serious, sincere person who asks.
 
Ask! When you ask, you have to be humble. You have to admit you don’t know! But what’s so terrible about that? Everybody knows that no man knows everything, and to ask is merely to let the other know that you are honest about things pertaining to knowledge.

LINES I LIKED...


 
v  Believe in yourself and your abilities.

v  Don’t waste time trying to solve unimportant problems

v  Plan for the future and let go of the past.

v  Self-doubts are always self-created

v  Happiness will never come to those who don’t appreciate what they already have.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR HAPPINESS?


1. Experiment to find out what makes you happy. The answer will be different for different people.

2. Develop a network of supportive friends who love you as you are who will be there when you need them.

3. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and don’t forget to notice when little things go well.

4. Be the type of person who is focussed on solutions and isn’t always bogged by problems, or complaints.

5. Accept that nothing’s perfect – and problems will occur. It doesn’t mean it’s hopeless things will never change.

6. Treat yourself, and others, with kindness and respect. Remember we’re all struggling to find our way in life.

 


 

Personal experience is far more powerful, it is more meaningful!


Meet you next month – October, 2014


 


Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP



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