Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Stupendous…Outstanding……Celebrations….Well Done MOM!

Hats off to our scientist’s fraternity for making us feel proud to be Indians yet again.
As India created history today, becoming the first country to successfully get a spacecraft into the Martian orbit on its maiden attempt, we were initially dumbfounded and then felt sudden eruption of joy!

Indian Space Research Organization’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft started orbiting the red planet at 7.47am. It was only 12 minutes later because of a time delay in radio signals travelling the 680 million km -- that scientists at ISRO in Bangalore, could erupt in joy as Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood a happy witness.
Later, addressing the scientists at ISRO, our Prime Minister very rightly said there should be manifold times excitement and celebrations than India witnesses after winning a cricket tournament. Several times we just scan through these headlines as routine news-hunting and don’t feel the euphorbia matching our other trigger excitements. Perhaps watching a 500 crore box-office collections movie or world cup keeps us more at edges of our seat. We shouldn’t blame ourselves but strive to change the thought process generating such step mom attitude.

Let us make a nation which experiences the same elation when an International trade pact is signed, when we feel accountable and part of good governance, when scientific victories like “MOM” is successful to match eating our favorite cuisine, watching our favorite show or going round for a long cruise! We can…….We WILL! All of us can hear NEO India beckoning and striding fast in race of No. 1!!!    

Monday, 8 September 2014

Re-Discover the mantra of Happiness....Take a Breather!

The Secret-Mantra of Happiness
Pallavi Prakash

Being happy is the natural state of human mind. Our mind is a powerhouse of positive and repulsive human emotions. It is totally in our hands to generate and spread either positive vibes or negative ones. However this requires loads of self-perseverance and a disciplines life. If we force our mind to be in an unnatural unhappy state it will take a toll on our physical health and mental well-being also. It is pertinent that we learn the secret mantra of eternal happiness.  A Bliss which is not affected by external conditions and is not situational but is permanent. Let us have a look upon easy guidelines to be Always Happy.
Here are four sage and sure ways to avoid needless distress and create happiness and win-win situations in our lives.
Many people act on their emotions instead of acknowledging them and expressing them.
We get angry, we fight or flee, and we repress uncomfortable emotions through denial or stuff them with avoidance. Endless acquisition or restlessly moving from one place to the other..
When we are in pain we might want to party or drink and gamble to forget. Some of us break off contact when we are frustrated or angry, without ever working things out or learning a lesson.
In those instances when we are unable to pause or take a hold of ourselves, we must use our "observing ego" (the part of oneself that observes self and says "in what way am I part of this problem?"), reflect, sort through emotions, communicate frustration, truly listen to each other and go for a win-win approach.
Acting out holds power over us, instead of us holding power over it.
When we are reactive we do not make a choice, the choice is making us. When we are reactive we are a puppet on the strings of our past lacerations. We can't help ourselves. And consequently we are missing out on the opportunity to facilitate real change, away from ego and power struggle, beyond self destruction and towards healing and happiness.
So, start talking about your feeling today!!
When a partner or family member says or does something which makes one upset and we are on verge of over-reacting that means something is triggering from the past.
We must immediately be aware of the intensity and use the sense of intensity as a wake-up call.
Ask yourself the questions: "What is going on with me that I am so upset?" and "What got triggered?" These questions will help us analyze our behaviour ourselves instead of levying blame on others.

We must know that whatever others say or do has nothing to do with us and everything to do with them. Whatever they say or do is a projection of their reality, a projection of what is going on their personal planet.
We should not take things personally.
Detach from the opinions and actions of other person and see him or her for what he or she is or does. The other person is also a human being entrapped in ego and wounding.
When you detach and refuse to take things personally you will unhook yourself from needless distress and make room for calm and happiness to flow in.
It is daunting to witness how much time and energy we spend on making assumptions and how pointless confusion and heartache is created through dwelling and acting on assumptions and unspoken expectations.
Dwelling and acting on assumptions is part of us living in our own little orbit and assuming that all the other orbits around us are identical to ours or are supposed to be identical to ours. Of course they are not.
Two often secret and unconscious assumptions are:
- My partner is going to make up for everything I missed out growing up and
- My partner or family member is able to read my mind and know exactly what I need.
Both assumptions are a sure set up for deep disappointment.
In general making, dwelling and acting on assumptions and its subsequent misunderstanding will inevitably lead to conflict and outright battles.
Become aware of your assumptions and unspoken expectations. Communicate. Always check out your assumptions with others. Be brave, be honest, be clear, ask questions, request explanations and state your expectations, needs and wishes. Get out of your head and off your personal planet, be an investigative journalist and listen to your partner or family member and then listen some more. Use DIALOGUE. Without listening there will be no learning, sharing or satisfaction, just endless repetition. The more we do it, the better we get at it, the more we set ourselves free, more happiness we create!
         Hence, this form of resilience and self-discipline can be a key to lifelong happiness. A happiness; which man is searching since time immemorial. It’s time we found our own “Bundle of Happiness”!!!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Reinventing Ageing- A Prismatic View..

 Reinventing Ageing
Pallavi Prakash

“Health is wealth” is a very relevant phrase in present times. World Health day is celebrated on April 7 each year to mark the anniversary of foundation of the WHO in 1948. The topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and health with the theme "Good health adds life to years”. Very significant topic considering a resent survey which concludes that in the next few years, for the first time, there will be more people in the world aged 60 plus than children aged less than five. The study sure presses the red buzzer and our entire fraternity of “Health-moolahs” are focussing on good health management techniques. The crux is how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities. Ageing impacts all – whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live. Isn’t??

On World Health Day , WHO is calling for urgent action to ensure that, at a time when the world's population is ageing rapidly, people reach old age in the best possible health.

Key risk factors and preventive measures:-

1. Non-communicable diseases - the main health risk for older people

The main health challenges for older people everywhere are non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. People in low- and middle-income countries currently face up to four times the risk of death and disability from non-communicable diseases than people in high-income countries..
 “Yet most of these conditions are largely preventable or inexpensive to treat if kept under regular health checks and diagnosed at initial stage” says Dr. Sinha, a practising physician in Jaipur.

2. Irregular/Erratic lifestyles

The risk of developing all non-communicable diseases can be significantly reduced by adopting healthy behaviors, such as being physically active, eating a healthy diet, avoiding the harmful use of alcohol and tobacco products. The earlier people adopt these behaviours, the better their chance of enjoying a healthy old age.

Healthy lifestyles from the very beginning of life is key to a healthy and active old age and we must all acknowledge we sow what we reap .

3. Treatment shy or inability for treatment

“It is a common belief that treatment is required when all other measures fail. This myth needs to be broken as today preventive medical science had grown by leaps and bounds and we don’t need to age and suffer before we rush to our doctor. Prevention is definitely better than cure.

WHO highlights the need for countries to take steps to prevent non-communicable diseases, and to ensure that systems and services are in place to provide treatment and care when it is required. Many of these services are highly cost-effective. For example, high blood pressure – a key risk factor for both heart disease and stroke – can be effectively treated for just a small amount a year. Today, less than 15% of older people in low- and middle-income countries in need are receiving treatment for high blood pressure.
WHO has outlined four key actions that governments and societies can take now to strengthen healthy and active ageing.
  • Promote good health and healthy behaviors at all ages to prevent or delay the development of chronic diseases.
  • Minimize the consequences of chronic disease through early detection and quality care (primary, long-term and palliative care).
  • Create physical and social environments that foster the health and participation of older people.
  • "Reinvent ageing" - changing social attitudes to build a society in which older people are respected and valued.

4. Suffering due to stereotyped perception

 Stigmatizing attitudes and common stereotypes often prevent older people from participating fully in society. Older people make important contributions as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce and are a significant social and economic resource.
When a 100-year-old man finishes a marathon, as happened last year, we have to rethink conventional definitions of what it means to be ‘old’. Ageing is only a mental state. Even a 60 year old may have a heart of a youth and an youth can worry like a 60 year old. Hence, past stereotypes developed in past centuries no longer hold. There is strong push for breaking stereotypes

It is important to illustrate how global issues such as population ageing impact local communities and, indeed, every citizen. Since ageing concerns all of us, human interest stories and testimonials from real people are likely to strongly appeal to the media and the public. Let us all do to our little bit to spread the enlightenment and secret-mantra of “Healthy Living”. If each and every individual makes a conscious effort the world will definitely be a better place to breathe!!!