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Galvanize You Destiny

I am always the creator of my thoughts and actions. Regardless of the experience happening around me, how I respond, how I choose to perceive that experience is always my choice. I create the experience of my reality each and every minute. We create our own reality. What we dwell upon we become. What our mind dwells on intensely and with firm resolve, that is exactly what we become. We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are. We become what we think about all day long. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.

The entire point of our existence on this planet has become merely fulfilling our own personal desires and having all that we could ever want. Change your thoughts and you change your world. We are creating our life with the energy of our own intentions. Much of what happens in our lives is indeed the creation of our own minds. Our unconscious mind largely shapes the experiences of our world. All judgments and perceptions reflect the workings of our mind on two levels: The conscious, of which we are aware, and the unconscious, which is hidden from us. We are not like computers that crunch data in a relatively straightforward manner and calculate results. The real reasons behind our judgments, feelings and behaviors can surprise us. Our brains are in the business of gathering information and steering behavior appropriately. It doesn’t matter whether consciousness is involved in our decision making, and most of the time, it is not. Whether we are talking about dilated eyes, jealously, attraction, the love of foods, consciousness is the smallest player in the operations of the brain. Our brains run mostly on autopilot, and the conscious mind has little access to the giant and mysterious factory that runs below it.

I am exhilarated by the realization that I could change the character of my life by changing my beliefs. I am energized because I realized that there is a science-based path that would take me from being a constant victim of my destiny to the cofounder of my destiny.


Posted May 1, 2017 by dranilj1 in COGNITION

Live In Peace

Ignore Negativity and Live In Peace. We Live in Dual Reality: One, objective reality over which we have put up a second layer of the reality made of fictional entities: Fictional Reality!


Posted May 27, 2016 by dranilj1 in COGNITION

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Ground Yourself

We change for two reasons, either we learn enough that we want to change, or we have been hurt enough that we have to change. Without healthy personal boundaries, we feel exhausted, is unable to focus, and feel consumed by drama around us, in both our personal and professional lives. As a result, we deal with lot of conflict, fail to take care of self, and generally dislike the work we like. When our boundaries are weak, unguarded, or unclear, we let in all sorts of stuff that isn’t actually our stuff, and we give away our own personal energy unconsciously.

Grounding is akin to the way a tree sinks roots to stay secure in a storm. It’s the first step in creating healthy boundaries—nurturing a connection with ourselves, our centers. It keeps us from being blown about in other people’s winds. It gives us a way to focus and still ourselves to connect with our heart and our intuition. That’s what keeps us steady and connected and focused. Take an inventory of your feelings regarding another person. Think about how you feel when you’re around someone who drains you and upsets you. How does this feel in your body? How does it feel in your mind? These feeling that signify of something bigger, something that’s wrong. Bad feelings are like your personal security system warning that your personal energy field has been breached, and you’re letting in stuff that isn’t yours.

Notice the people and places that tend to drain you. Before entering those places or exposing yourself to those people put on a protective energy around you. Think of it as a space that will only allow love and positivity inside it, deflecting anything else. Really see it and really feel the force of it around you. Then recognize what you need to do to maintain that space.

Maintaining healthy boundaries with difficult people can be, well, difficult. That’s because they don’t want you to have boundaries in the first place. It may not be a conscious decision. It’s often the only relationship strategy they know, but regardless of whether it’s intentional, the result is the same–your boundary has been violated.

Realize that your needs are important. When you doubt your own importance, you’re allowing the manipulations of difficult people to gain a foothold. However, when you understand that your time, money, dignity and needs are vital to your well-being, it’s easier to tune out people who want to break your boundaries.

If you doubt your importance, be with people who value you. Your social group is like a mirror, reflecting your value back to you. You can surround yourself with selfish, difficult people who reflect you have little self-worth, which you eventually start to believe. You can surround yourself with caring, loving people and start believing that you’re also worthy of love and care. Build self-worth and pinpoint the obstacles that prevent you from valuing yourself. Be objective. Just being human means you deserve fundamental rights and respect, but if you look a little deeper you might find unique qualities you can appreciate about yourself. Be fair. If you believe all people deserve respect, this includes you. If you allow others to treat you like dirt, and you believe they’re entitled to do so, you’re not being fair.

Be firm and kind. Being firm doesn’t mean being callous, belittling or hurting another person. You can be firm and loving, firm and validating. For instance, you’ve gone on several dates with the same person, but you just don’t click. You let the person know, but they keep persisting and want to continue the relationship. Then you might say: “I really enjoyed our time but I’m not interested in pursuing a relationship. Please don’t contact me. I wish you the best.

Have realistic expectations. If you know the person is difficult for you to have a relationship with and doesn’t respect your boundaries, limit the amount of time or the place of your interaction so you can have healthy boundaries.

Many times, it is important to confront difficult people and put them in their place, but sometimes walking away is a better approach. It is like a tornado coming your way; rather than face it, the best response is to retreat. Some people are simply too toxic to confront.

How you approach your boundaries is up to you. Difficult people want you to believe that you’re over-reacting. Again, this is our decision – not the difficult person’s who’s trying to cross your boundary. Assess the situation and figure out how you’d like to enforce your limits. When difficult people violate your boundaries, use it as an opportunity to better understand who you are and what’s important to you, and to develop the voice to claim your territory and declare your value.

Posted June 10, 2014 by dranilj1 in COGNITION

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Does Time Management Exist!

Time Management

It is tough to manage my time when time doesn’t exist. Time is a measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists. Management is to exercise executive, administrative, and supervisory direction of something. Can you really manage time? Can you really oversee it and direct it? Can you stretch it or condense it? Can you change time in any way? What people mean when they say time management is better termed action management. We can manage a portfolio and grow it, manage our personal finances and alter them, hopefully for the better, or manage a sports team to win a championship, but no matter how hard we try, we cannot manage time and alter it or change it in any way. Each person only has 24 hours a day to get things done. Time available to us is fixed, how we use it makes the difference. I suppose someone influential coined the term “time management” and it has stuck. The point is still how we use the time available. Those who seem to get more things done simply better manage their own actions.

Good action is working on one thing at a time, bringing it to completion because completed projects rarely come back to haunt you. It feels great to complete a task and it motivates you to complete the next. It can have a snowball effect when you are lining up tasks and completing them. Also, lining up tasks by planning ahead is what separates a good manager from a great manager. Poor managers think they can multi-task, missing the opportunity to focus on anything. The concentration becomes diffused and ineffective. You can only have one top priority at a time. Good effective corrective and preventive action management is an integral part of life and is critical to any continual improvement plan. You should capture, track, and maintain accurate, auditable non-conformance records. You should provide an end-to-end solution that help capture and profile findings from anywhere in your operations, conduct investigations to determine the root cause of the issue, track the entire action management process, implement required changes, and ensure that the issue is resolved quickly and effectively. Good action managers have the self discipline to slow down when things seem to get crazy because rushing around usually results in poor performance. Poor managers actually speed up and they get less properly completed.

Have a passion for building relationships with teams by how you prioritize your activities and don’t let frivolous interruptions invade the processes. Poor managers cannot build great teams because they are constantly allowing interruptions to dictate their daily actions. You should set priorities that help achieve beneficial goals. Poor action is allowing whatever is happening at the moment to become top priority. Almost anything can grab your attention. Become an action manager rather than just a time manager. Work on one thing at a time, slow things down, build solid and trusting relationships, and set strong priorities. Know how you will behave in varying situations and what motivates you to act, identify the talent in you, and learn how to better communicate and make life much more enjoyable. Your life must focus on the maximization of objectivity. Wide diversification is only required when you do not understand what you are doing. It’s often said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Sir John Templeton’s famous take on this was “‘This time it’s different’ are the four most expensive words in the investing language”. We work really hard never to get confused with what we know from what we think or hope or wish.

It is a mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. Invest in yourself. Your career is the engine of your wealth. Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. When an investor focuses on short-term investments, he or she is observing the variability of the portfolio, not the returns – in short, being fooled by randomness.

Investment should start with a view of skepticism. You should become intellectual investor rather than emotional investor. You should be careful, and you should be skeptical. It’s one of the most important things at the end of the day, being able to say no to an investment. Value investing is risk aversion. You must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. All intelligent investing is value investing — acquiring more that you are paying for. It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.

Buddha Nature

If you talk much, it will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others. Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are offered.

Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through. Your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.

None can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed. But if you toil without rest, fatigue and weariness will overtake you, and you will be denied the joy that comes from labor’s end.

Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice. If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.

Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered. Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten. Instead, nurture love within you and strive to be a friend to all. Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.

Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside, to be alone with yourself. Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.

Despite all appearances, no one is really evil. They are led astray by ignorance. If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light, rather then blame and condemnation.

You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. Your essential Mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.

Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light.

Posted October 24, 2013 by dranilj1 in COGNITION

People Literally Can Feel Pain of Others

Experience of ‘auras’ around people may be result of a neuropsychological condition called synesthesia. Synesthesia is a fascinating condition which causes a cross-wiring of the senses. People with it find they can taste numbers or associate particular colors with certain people. It is a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color. A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain. It is the description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another.

Rather than being weird, spooky or mystical, it is now a recognized neuropsychological phenomenon which is thought to affect about 4% of the population. Synesthesia may help to explain the claim that people have auras; a subtle field of energy around them, which can be read. It may be that seeing this ‘energy field’ is a type of synesthesia.

One example of this cross-over between New Age beliefs and recognized neuropsychological phenomena is the case of Esteban, a faith healer from southern Spain. Researchers from the University of Granada have examined him and found that he has mirror-touch synesthesia. Mirror-touch synesthesia is a phenomenon in which the mere observation of another person being touched causes the observers to experience a touch on their own body. The condition is quite rare, with an estimated prevalence of 1.6% in the general population.

Two main features set this condition apart from other synesthesia. First, the primary unique feature of mirror-touch synesthesia is that the relationship between the inducer (the sight of the touch), and the concurrent sensation (the synesthetic, felt touch) involves a similar sensory experience between the person who is touched and the observer. Yet, this shared representation for the viewed and felt touch is not unique to synesthesia. Even in non-synesthetic individuals, witnessing someone else undergoing a given tactile sensation activates brain areas normally involved when one experiences the same sensation, the so-called ‘tactile mirror system.’ This mapping, in turn, enables an automatic and unconscious simulation of others’ somatic states, supporting our ability to understand others’ sensations.

The second fascinating aspect of mirror-touch synesthesia is its association with empathy. Mirror-touch synesthetes, both developmental and acquired following sensory loss, show higher levels of affective empathy than non-synesthetes. This relationship further links synesthesia with general mechanisms of sensory simulation, rather than with processes unique to synesthesia.

For these features, mirror-touch synesthesia may be considered as an extreme version of a normal process involving the simulation of others’ corporeal sensation. These sensations are classified as synesthesia when conscious experiences occur, namely, when the sight of a touch elicits conscious tactile experiences on the observer’ own body. But what causes synesthetic sensations to emerge? Evidence from neuroimaging experiments suggests that the experience of mirror-touch synesthesia may be related to heightened excitability within the tactile mirror system. In a recently published paper in Current Biology, an attempt is made at verifying whether an increased excitability of the somatosensory cortex could actually cause the emergence of mirror-touch synesthesia even in non-synesthetes.

To this aim, transcranial direct current stimulation is used; which is a non-invasive technique of brain stimulation that can increase cortical excitability, in combination with a task developed for the study of mirror-touch synesthesia. It is found that, by allowing the somatosensory cortex to reach a certain activation threshold non-synesthetic individuals became slower at localizing a site touched on their hand, for example, a felt touch on the left hand, when they simultaneously viewed a touch to the opposite hand, for example, a viewed touch on the right hand. This is a behavioral pattern typical of mirror-touch synesthesia. This interference effect implies that during somatosensory cortical stimulation non-synesthetes are confused by the viewed touch, which becomes difficult to be distinguished from the real touch. This phenomenal experience occurs only when viewing a touch to a human body part, being absent if objects are touched, as also shown in synesthetes. Noteworthy, individual emphatic abilities predict the emergence of mirror-touch responses during the stimulation of the somatosensory cortex: when you look at a person who is being touched, your ability to “put yourself in his/her shoes” is associated with synesthesia-like responses induced by somatosensory cortical stimulation.

These synesthetic phenomena, along with high levels of empathy, and a slightly delusional personality, mean one has special emotional and pain reading skills. In Estaban’s case, there is some relationship between his synesthesia and his perceived special abilities. To further examine the claim, researchers looked specifically at four synesthetes who don’t claim any special ‘New Age’ abilities. They then compared this with known faith healers and aura readers who do claim special abilities. A large enough overlap between the two might suggest a causal role for synesthesia.

The researchers, though, found too many differences between the experience of synesthetes and those claiming to read auras. This does not mean that the aura readers are really seeing auras, just that their ‘powers’ can be explained by alternative means. Seeing auras may instead be a result of the normal functioning of the visual system: The complementary color effect, which results from a temporary ‘‘exhaustion’’ of the color-sensitive cells in the retina, could account for the presence of auric colors seen by a sensitive viewer when staring at a person. Staring at a darker object against a bright background may induce the perception of a bright ‘‘halo’’ around the object,” or it could be that ‘aura readers’ simply see what they want or expect to see, and perhaps invoking synesthesia is too complex an explanation for a much simpler cause.

In summary, mirror-touch synesthesia reflects general vision-touch matching mechanisms, which may underpin our ability to simulate others’ sensations. Importantly, it is also based on an increased activity of cortical areas concerned with bodily sensations. Under normal conditions, the somatosensory system is physiologically active below the threshold of perceptual awareness when we observe other’s tactile experiences. This may be due to inhibitory processes, which prevent one from experiencing the observed sensation. The absence, or reduction, of this physiological inhibitory control in the somatosensory system may, consequently, lead to the experience of mirror-sensory synesthesia. Moreover, differences in empathy reveal themselves in the extent to which individuals respond, physiologically, to seeing others being touched.

Posted October 23, 2013 by dranilj1 in COGNITION

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The Golden Rule

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