Titbits for the day!

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Peace is the constant search for mankind. Man collectively hasn’t search for anything more than Peace outside and within.

Tips for finding peace within:

– Know your place under the Sun and accept the same.

– Meditate daily or as often as you think is possible. There are a lot of things that we do in daily life that are almost non-essential. Yet we do them, but we don’t spend time to do things that are essential. Meditating, self-analysis (Swa-dhaya) are key practices.

– Keep up your health. Nothing else is as important. Not your hobbies or interests. If something is coming in the way of keeping up good health, you should recognize that. Else seek advice. For all you know, that very thing you love might be coming in your way of good health. It works the same way as surrounding yourself with things and people who motivate you to achieve your goal. But quite the opposite – some things you love might be coming in your way of good health. You can always develop another interest. One good example – loving anything food-related. When you surround yourself with food related articles, news, etc, it takes a lot of sound judgement to not let goals slip-by.

– Anything excess is not good. Moderation is the key. Try to find balance in everything you do i.e., eating, work, sleep and enjoyment. You have to be your own judge to decide what is excess.

Maintaining good weight and good health is a combination of both exercise and food intake. Yes, who doesn’t know that? But, when it comes to controlling your intake, recording what you eat is a great way to control the intake. Believe me, as you write down your food intake and note at the end of the day how much over you went against your target makes a big difference in reinforcing your need to control. If you use a smart phone, it is much easier to track your calories. I started using Noom Coach. This app has the best repository of foods that I have come across. I could find many South Indian dishes such as bisi bele bath, sabudana, etc. This makes it much easier to log your food especially if your food is more ethnic. Keep in mind that no app or tool will measure the calories in food precisely. Even trying to precisely measure the calories is a needless exercise. Rough estimates are good enough. At the end of the day, you will develop a sense of measure that guides you in choosing what you eat when you watch what you eat so closely.

Here is a lovely song from the movie ‘Khabi Alvida Na Kehana’, sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik; Music by Shankar-Eashaan-Loy; Lyrics and translation here.

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