Best of Spiritualboosters 2012

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A special thanks to each of you for making 2012 an incredible year at Spiritualboosters. It’s been an amazing learning experience.I cannot put in words how overwhelmed I am by all the support and encouragement.

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

As it is impossible to avoid “Best of” this time of year, so for my new readers I present the Best of Spiritualboosters 2012:

12 things to start doing in the next twelve months

The Present

12 things to stop doing in the next twelve months

Books that inspired me in 2012

Life is what you make it

10 ways to a happy life

Random acts of kindness

Declutter your life

Simply irresistible you

Rethink…Refuse…Reduce

As the New Year approaches us with hopes anew, here is wishing all of you a wonderful year ahead. Happy 2013!

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5 things to do for a perfect day

My guest post  ‘5 things to do for a perfect day’ was published on 5thingstodotoday.com  yesterday. Thanks to David for giving me a chance to write my views about the things could help us in making our day a perfect one.

  • Laugh – A good time to laugh is anytime you can. Carry laughter with you wherever you go. Look for opportunities in your day to laugh and spread laughter.Read more…

I hope that more people may find a graceful way to make their days perfect without spending money.Let’s make this holiday not about giving each other presents, but enjoying each other’s presence. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

 

Wisdom bytes (Sri Sri on Respect & Ego)

Editor’s Note : True personal enlightenment begins with knowledge. Anybody seeking the universal truth would do well to familiarize themselves with the wisdom by the ancient sages and the great thinkers of today .Wisdom bytes are for you to read, inspire and challenge, shed light, help keep perspective, energize, lead to thinking in a new way and enjoy some immediate gratification. Get inspired…inspire others…

Respect & Ego – H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar

There are two types of respect.

  1. Respect that comes to you because of your position, fame or wealth. This type of respect is impermanent. It can be lost once you lose your wealth or status.
  2. Respect that comes because of your virtues like honesty, kindness, commitment, patience and your smile. This respect, no one can take away.

The less you are attached to your virtues, the more self respect you have. If you get attached to your virtues, you look down upon everybody else, and the virtues start diminishing. Non- attachment to virtues brings the highest self respect.

Often one confuses ego with self esteem. Ego needs the other for comparison; self esteem is just confidence in oneself. For example, a gentleman claims that he is thorough in Mathematics or Geography, this is self esteem. But to say that I know better than you, that is Ego.

Ego simply means lack of respect to the Self.

Ego upsets you very often. Self esteem is immune to getting upset by external factors. In self respect, everything is a game, winning or losing has no meaning, every step is joy, and every move is celebration.

Causes close to my heart

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“What is the use of living, if it not be to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?”— Winston Churchill

Charity blesses both the giver and the receiver. In the words of Noah and The Whale, “If you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own”.

There are numerous organisations working for various causes, from helping to prevent children’s diseases to societies aiding abused animals but it is not possible to support all. One simply cannot give to all.

It’s very important to deciding which charity or cause is close to your heart. Giving to the causes which are important to your values and life makes you feel worthwhile and gives a sense of purpose to your life.Bless yourself and your cause by donating your money or time where your heart tells you.

Here’s a list of the organisations that are close to my heart and are doing an amazing work in making this world a better place to live in:

  • Art of Living: The Art of Living Foundation is a not-for-profit, educational and humanitarian NGO engaged in stress-management and service initiatives all over the world. It has been working in about 152 countries on diverse humanitarian projects like disaster relief, sustainable rural development, women empowerment, prisoner rehabilitation, education for the under-privileged and environmental awareness. I joined Art of Living four years back when I did Part I course and my life has been transformed. I have been associated with Art of Living since then, first as a volunteer and then as a teacher and it has been a wonderful and immensely satisfying experience.Nothing is more fulfilling than being an instrument of change in someone else’s life. One can either be a volunteer with the organisation and work for the betterment of society or can donate for its initiatives through Dhama Sthamba Yojana.
  • 29 Gifts: I came to know about this when I read the book ’29 gifts’ by Cami Walker about a year back. I was touched by her story and immediately signed up for 29 days giving challenge.29 Gifts is a global giving movement with a mission to revive the giving spirit in the world. The idea is to change our lives and change the world by giving one gift a day for 29 days. 29 gifts has made giving and kindness acts a part of my daily routine. Learn how our 29 days giving challenge works and sign up now.
  • Jyoti Sarup Kanya Asra Society: It is a small orphanage for girls set up in village,Kharar. With a mission to help the destitute, and abandoned girls irrespective of their religion, caste or creed, JSKAS is a home to 55 girls.It not only takes care of their basic necessities but also offers them personal care, good living conditions, proper education, and security, which they have been deprived of. My office team goes to the orphanage once a month and we donate in whatever capacity we can.

If you find my post helpful,it would mean so much to me for you to take some time and check out these non-profits. Please donate as a THANK YOU.

Books that inspired me in 2012

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The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~James Bryce

Books are rightly said to be the most accessible and wisest of counsellors and the most patient of teachers. To sit alone in the bed snuggled in a warm quilt with a hot cup of coffee by your side and a book spread out in front of you – it is a pleasure beyond comparison.

Books are an inexpensive form of entertainment and also a powerful source of learning, capable of changing your life. Here I have compiled a list of the books which inspired me in 2012 and have enriched my life beyond words:

  1. 29 Gifts: This autobiographical account by Cami Walker narrates how her life changed by giving away 29 gifts in 29 days. I was so moved by Cami’s story that I immediately signed up for 29 days giving challenge and I have been on a giving journey since then.
  2. Who will cry when you die : The title itself is powerful enough to set you thinking and question about the purpose of your life. Robin Sharma is at his best in this little book filled with potent life lessons and powerful wisdom. As I was reading the book, I was reminded of Rishi Nityapragya ‘s words ,” Consider your life as a project for attaining Nirvana.”
  3. The Present: Since my journey into spirituality with Art of Livng, the most powerful life lesson which transformed my life has been “Live in the present.” So simple, yet so profound. This classic parable by Dr Spencer Johnson follows a young man’s search for an elusive gift that holds the promise of work fulfilment, a quest that is complicated by his fears about the future.
  4. The Leader who had no Title: A must read for all those working in a corporate set-up. The book contains valuable leadership advice from Robin Sharma where he insists that regardless of a person’s standing in an organization and in life, he must live up to his full potential and be the best in the world in whatever he does.
  5. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A different approach to success by Deepak Chopra where he gives seven principles to attain personal and professional goals. I particularly liked the way he beautifully describes the ancient principles of Karma and detachment.
  6. Many Lives, Many Masters: It is a real-life account of Dr. Brian Weiss ‘s life changing discovery of past-life regression during his patient’s therapy. We have a similar process in Art of Living called ‘Eternity Process’ which is a guided meditation that takes you through your previous lives. I have yet to do it but inspired to enrol at the earliest after reading this book.
  7. The Power of Less: Leo Babauta tells us how to simplify our life by identifying the essential and eliminating the clutter. This book has inspired me to start decluttering my life and focussing on the goals that can change my life for the better. A must read if you are interested in simplifying your life.
  8. Eat That Frog: A great book for someone like me who is always procrastinating and doing things at the last minute.  A powerful quick read which will immensely improve the way you manage your time.

What books inspired you this year? Please leave a comment and share your recommendations.