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Live in the present moment

Imagine you had a bank account that deposited $86,400 each morning. The account carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every dollar each day!We all have such a bank. Its name is Time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever time you have failed to use wisely. It carries over no balance from day to day. It allows no overdraft so you can’t borrow against yourself or use more time than you have. Each day, the account starts fresh. Each night, it destroys an unused time. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s your loss and you can’t appeal to get it back.There is never any borrowing time. You can’t take a loan out on your time or against someone else’s. The time you have is the time you have and that is that. Time management is yours to decide how you spend the time, just a…

"Fear of Failure" our biggest enemy in disguise

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once or…

How mindfulness can help kids to transit from a vacation to classroom

Have you ever read a book and realised you have no idea what you've just read? This is a classic case of not being in the moment, but it can be overcome with the regular practice of mindfulness. Many families are easing the transition from holidays to school routines by practising mindfulness, the modern meditation technique of quietening the mind and bringing attention to the present. Jon Korbat Zin n says mindfulness is basically awareness and paying attention to being in the moment. Living without awareness is like living with the lights turned off and not being able to see what's ahead of us — what he calls a state of mindlessness as opposed to mindfulness. "You're there in person, but your mind is elsewhere. We trip over ourselves and it's hard to plan and move with purpose," The benefits of mindfulness include improved attention and memory, reduced stress and better health. It can even lower disruptive and bullying behaviour in schools. Helping kids be i…

Why be mindful

In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth.She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river.This seems a safe place.Suddenly labour pains begin.At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above & lightning starts a forest fire.She looks to her left & sees a hunter with his bow extended pointing at her.To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.What can the pregnant deer do?She is in labour!What will happen?Will the deer survive?Will she give birth to a fawn?Will the fawn survive?Or will everything be burnt by the forest fire?Will she perish to the hunters’ arrow?Will she die a horrible death at the hands of the hungry lion approaching her?She is constrained by the fire on the one side & the flowing river on the other & boxed in by her natural predators.What does she do?She focuses on giving birth to a new life.The sequence of events that follows are:- Lightning strikes & blinds the hunter.- He releases the arrow which zips past the d…

4 Monks teaching the secret to success

*The Silent Retreat*Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. They began with enthusiasm and no one said a word the whole day. By nightfall of the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out. The first monk blurted out, "Oh, no! The candle is out." The second monk said, "Hey! We are not supposed to speak!" The third monk said in an irritated voice, "What is this? Why did you two break the silence?" The fourth monk smiled and said, "Wow! I'm the only one who hasn't spoken."~~~Reflections: Each monk broke the silence for a different reason, each of which is a common stumbling block in our inner journey. The first monk got distracted by one aspect of his experience (the candle) and forgot what was more important - *the practice of witnessing without reacting.* The second monk was more worried about others following the rules than in actually practicing himself. The third monk let his anger towards …