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Lost&Found

So recently my friend lost a laptop in an auto rickshaw and did all possible to make sure it can be traced and returned back; which means contacted police and informed locals.While the search is still on, it rings a bell to me and wish to share what can one do to face such an incident.

I don’t think all of those who find the lost items want to keep it with them. But most of them find it hard to trace it back. Imagine if you found a laptop as you boarded the rickshaw what would you do? You have to go to a meeting and you find it lying in the seat? Will you take efforts to trace it back and how will you trace it back? If the laptop is password protected and you are not that computer geek, you are going to have a hard time figuring out where to begin to trace the owner.

You see, not all might want to hoard it. But on the contrary, may find it difficult to return it to its rightful owner.

I lost a phone. I almost lost my glares and my friend’s wallet. I also returned a card holder with some money back to the owner. So here is my take on what I did and what you can do!

1. You can put an identification mark with contact details on possible items.

Make a custom sized sticker and paste it on back of your laptop, charger, power banks or other similar carried electronic item. This sticker can contain details such as “This item belongs to ”

In 2016, I visited the World Culture festival and for that period, I made such sticker and stuck it all across my electronic accessories. Even my bags. It may look laughable. But I was at peace. I knew I gave my best and if at all i happened to forget due to any reason, at least i am making it easier for people to return it back or least communicate with me.

To give an example, since I made an identification mark for my glares box. I got a call almost minutes later i forgot it a pharmacy store when he noticed i had put a phone number on it. I instantly went and claimed my glares.

2. You could also laminate a custom size card with your contact details and keep it in your handbag’s front and back pocket or wallet or laptop bag.

3. Before you move out local transport. Say you get up from your seat, look back and see if anything dropped by mistake. Say the soap from your shopping bag or your spectacle box or maybe your wallet or phone. Ensure and move out of seat or vehicle.

I also almost lost a wallet. As we moved out the seat, suddenly i realized my friends wallet is still lying in the rickshaw seat. I grabbed it instantly. The rickshaw owner almost panicked thinking I am stealing but I ensured it was ours. So a simple check may help.

4. Also try to keep things in one bag than multiple bags. You can buy one big bag. Back pack would also work in case you are travelling in Mumbai locals, so you can move clutter free. And you can have more attention and you wouldn’t most probably leave out things anywhere.

5. Update your information card. In my case, i had hard time figuring out contact details for the card holder i found. I checked the card for information to contact person and found that the contact number was now obsolete. This made me doubt whether the home address might be accurate. I had to contact the phone operator finally to get the updated number and it took me nearly 3 hours to hand it back to the person.

6. I also lost a phone but I never knew how to reclaim it back. It costed 1800 rupees then but since the cost was not much i found it difficult to do the entire process also because I was not okay going to police station and initiate the enquiry.

Again, imagine you got a mobile phone in a rickshaw. What will you do? For sure, it will ring but will you pick up each call? A call from a known number is much easier to pick up. So if you name your dad as dad, sister as sister, mom as mom or even Boss; it is easier for the person to pick up. So save numbers right. A locked phone is difficult to access and figure out which are your family contacts. In such a case, the only way to know is to attend the calls and hope they are the right contact to communicate to the person.

You could also update the “owner’s info” on your lock screen which can display “in case of emergency contact ”

So to conclude, most people might think that people steal it. But I think that’s not entirely true. There are a majority who are clueless since there is no dedicated set of instructions to return the item to its owner. There seems no dedicated department to report and even if you do it, it will take some time and efforts to track down the owner. So the above is not a guide, this is just a set of things i think will work. Please share how will you make it easier to return a lost item to its owner. What are your tips?

Do you have any experience? What worked and how?

 

How powerful can the mind be?

Most of us encounter so many events during the whole day.
Unconsciously our mind gathers data from around.. what people say,  what you see,  you hear.. There is a constant analysis automatically happening based on the data you perceive from things around you..

Power of the Mind
This wholesome set of data build what you call a judgement inside the mind..
A quick equation is made referring to the sea of information that the mind has stored through present day experiences.
You won’t even realise and you will find yourself at times defending your own subconscious judgements..
It is only when someone point it out that you will realise that it exists.
Does this happen with you too?

While it’s impossible to stop the data gathering and unconscious judgement. We can definitely train our mind to not get indulged in that too often..
Yes, you could gradually train our mind to stop storing things that make no sense.
When and how would that be possible?
That, your mind will learn to drop indulging in things that don’t matter but become a part of our life?

By constantly building our priorities in life.
Remember the phrase – Mind your own business.
Easier said than done. How do we mind our own business? With almost no control over how the mind will think next?
Is it possible to tame the mind? To alter it’s thought process?
Let’s dive in and see..
We all rest but does our mind rest?
We all sleep but unfortunately like Internet browsers we don’t have a manual option to clear the browsing history, to clear the cache .. Like the browser we move through different thoughts and more often store some data from every thought. This data stays and stays. There is no way it is erased. We never do anything for it!
We never clear our minds with these unconscious data collected..

Meditation for Wellness
When we meditate, it is very much possible to allows these thoughts to clear your subconscious mind.
As one progresses in meditation one will realise the power of it.  Meditation empowers the mind to process and keep things that matter. To learn from the good and not hold on bad for long.

One question might arise that what if the event has something really good to offer.. In that case you definitely don’t drown in Good memories either 🙂

As one learns to consciously keep the good, it adapts itself to process & keep things clear.  The right priorities happen. The unconscious indulgence stops gradually.
One then slowly learns to focus on what’s important.  Your ability to give back increases. When the garbage in the mind is removed.. YOU find clarity.. YOU find purpose and you will naturally take responsibility.. Responsibility of your own mind, body, family and society.
Choices happen instantly. You give as Good as you get.

All the issues arise at some stage in the mind and reflect on the body-behaviour aspect and soon tend to define your character for others.
The only way to reflect good is to work on the inside.. The mind! A clear mind soon takes charge of everything. It works to keep you best and does the same for things around!

We all this have one opportunity now..
The Happiness Program..
Offered by the Art of Living which Majorly helps one de-stress our body and Relaxes our mind through the world accepted Sudarshan Kriya.
This remarkable technique will help you embark on your journey to train your mind and body to relax and be better than before!

Worth a try! What say?  🙂

PS : Next Happiness Program at Andheri East is from June 22-27 at the most awesome place with two of the best teachers out there.. One can contact : 9819249805 for more details.

For Happiness programs & other activities in Mumbai  you could visit : http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/mumbai for regular updates.

PPS: Images belong to the respective owners, courtesy : Google

Why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same teeshirt every day?

Interesting thing that i recently came across!!

“Why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same teeshirt every day?”

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Like Steve Jobs’ jeans and black turtleneck, Mark Zuckerberg’s gray teeshirt and black hoodie have become a part of the public image of the man.
But why wear the same clothes every day? Well, thanks to Facebook’s first-ever “town hall” in which Zuckerberg fielded questions from the community, we have an answer straight from the CEO himself:

“I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve the community,” he said.
Zuckerberg went on to explain that even daily choices that seem trivial, like what to wear or what to eat for breakfast, can be exhausting—an idea in psychology known as “decision fatigue.” It’s the same philosophy that underlies Facebook’s and other tech companies’ coddling of their employees with benefits such as free meals and laundry: Without distractions, workers can better focus on work.

PS : Heard Google Does the same : take care of the trivial routine chores part : to engage employees spend more time on work than the routine chores 🙂

“How to Write Effectively” – Startup Guide for anyone wanting to write.

Penning down some of the things that you might consider as your best friend to write a post that communicates and narrates rather than just inform. Consider them as your best friends in crafting an effective post to speak what you feel and experience and know.

Tip to Craft an Effective Post

Tip to Craft an Effective Post

1) Right from the start of the line. use proper punctuation. Make subject clear to the reader.

2) Use words, reading which one can easily understand what you want to say.

3) Use long sentence in the header, in case you cannot convey in a word or two.

4) Don’t separate yourself from the audience, if you are conveying a lesson you have learnt.
Use the words  : ‘Us’, ‘Ours’, ‘We’  than ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘mine’.

5) Remove repetitive lines. This, you will learn to unlearn, when you keep reading. You will soon get to know what words are repetitive.

6) When you are attempting to write a conversation, use punctuation and express the right question. Imagine someone is actually sitting in front of you. How will you talk?
Remember the pause you take, even that pause makes the conversation understandable.

Consider this sample sentence :

1) Are we going to be happy forever after that?
2) Are we going to be happy after that, forever?

See how just a change in position of the last three words and the punctuation, comma makes the difference!
First line is so straightforward.
Make it involving. Like a dialogue. How will you talk in actually, like that!  Then it will engage the audience more in your writing. Just like how the conversations run in the mind, just put them like that, word to word.

Now, have a look at this sentence : “No, then there will be another desire..& it will go on…”

This sentence might puzzle someone : What will go on?

So many times, we are clear in our mind, of what we want to say and take it for granted, that people will understand it.

To avoid any questions, write it giving references, deliberately – with purpose.

So a revised sentence could be : “No, then there will be another desire &  this cycle of wanting something & desiring for more will go on..”

Involve the audience in your writing.

So, How did the question arise in your head? Say that sincere question!
Avoid “I” whenever you can if you are talking about a lesson. Use We, Us, Lets. This creates a feeling of inclusion, that the lesson and the learning is normal and part of all of us.

Another set of sentences :
1) “May i get that something or not. My happiness is not going to change according to my desires.”

2 )
“Whether i get that something or not, my happiness is not going to change according to my desires.”
Take this firm decision.

Observe both sentences, in the first, the point is made but left with a statement. Second one emphasizes the urgency.

So remember, When you make a strong point, emphasize on it.

Here – “Take this firm decision” is an emphasis. You stress on that line again.

Deliver the impact, don’t wait for the audience to get that experience, give that experience.

( Sentence 1 )

“Now you are Happy”

( Sentence 1 – edited )

“That confidence & faith will bring peace in you and eventually make you happy.”

Be clear in giving the experience.

What makes me happy? What would make me happy? It is that feeling of confidence and faith that will make me happy.

So you see, we have got that learning, we have experienced, but we take it for granted and skip it with habit and thus end up not expressing the sentence completely.

(  Sentence 2 )

“Now you can take tension free steps to get anything in life (as you are already Happy)”

( Sentence 2 – edited )

“You will feel ready to take steps to achieve anything in life.”

Frame it correctly. Sometimes you may write something and then realize, oh! something is missing.

So re-write it again.
The last word should leave the reader complete, with the experience.

The last word should leave the reader, complete with experience.

But How is that going to happen?

1) Write it from the first thought to the last thought.

2) Use proper pause. Use commas and punctuation and write in full words, avoid shortcuts – short words – SMS/chat language.

3) Write more. Read whenever you can. You will see a lot of how to write in flow in write-ups that engage you more in the write-up 🙂

Involve the audience, lead them into a conversation. 🙂

Write first, add punctuations then.

Take a break and read it again. 🙂

Sometimes we write being emotional or in the feeling of Aho Niranajana – When it clicks and so we miss out on writing the tiny details that make it a experience.

So take a break and re-read it after some time and then again overlook the flow, the punctuation and make the necessary edits 🙂

and last of all, don’t worry how the audience will take you – they might or might not appreciate you. Just take the lesson of writing and move on.

Improve on writing. Don’t feel down by critics. 🙂

Even you can be an awesome writer!

At least just this intention and practice is good enough :))

remember :

Thumb rule to write well by Aristotle

Thumb rule to write well by Aristotle

#TrueStory – Power of Knowledge and Sadhana

Power of Knowledge and Sadhana

Power of Knowledge and Sadhana

1. Today my Long Kriya follow up teacher had a story to tell!
2.With moist eyes, she said i could have almost gone in the morning accident but i am here now!
3 When that accident happened the only thing happened -i was not fearful of death!
4.I was not worried what would happen what about xyz. I was ready to face it.
5.& Only knowledge & Sadhana has brought such inmense strength within.
6.For any reason don’t leave this path, be there. You have no idea of its potential! How it will transform you!
7.Such commitment & determination it can instill that you will be amazed & at a loss of words of gratitude!
8.How much you will get & when, is not a question. The question is of being there!! With commitment &  determination!
9. When you need it, you will get it 🙂 The knowledge, the practice will leave you wealthy with a strong mind!
10. You can’t assure that problems won’t come. But you can train your mind to learn to get out of negativity 🙂 a lifelong practice!
11. That fear psychosis & insecurity just dissolves.

 

Image from :  http://hechoseafool.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/fire_power_by_zagorianos.jpg

Why should i Vote? I want to know where to Vote?

Many people might have a question..
Why should i vote?
Here this video answers the following questions..

-> http://youtu.be/wgHN_0gLYWw

Also

See :

The Power of Vote  – > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5uDju43n2E

Know Your Civic Quotient ( English ) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wZpXAJrRhY

Know Your Civic Quotient ( Hindi ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVoAxLeEhcs

Know Your Civic Quotient ( Marathi ) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvn_hjn7Myo

Do you have rights to complain? The Compaint Room   : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A81Ca2jCKoI

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Trivia :
Mumbai is divided into constituencies..
Each constituency is further divided into parts..
Each part comprises of a selection of areas..
Lets take an example…
I stay at Building A, like wise there is building B,C,D,E
Together a selection of buildings like A,B,C,D,E etc are given a unique name : That is in technical term a PART number
several such PARTS are put under a bigger category : Constituency!

There exists a further higher classification : District wise :
A major selection of constituency is put under a certain district!

LETS take a practical example :
Amit Society is in Mulund.. Likewise there Mukti Towers, SnehBandhan and few others in the vicinity.. These are all given a PART number – 122
Like wise there are other PARTS
together all PARTS are placed in a “CONSTITUENCY” or a greater area :
So my society comes under “Mulund Constituency” and its technical number is 155..
My constituency is then listed under Mumbai Subarban

So if i have to search my name i need to look for Constituency 155 , PART number 122 to precisely locate my building name!

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HERE is a post which can HELP people to know if their name exists or not in the present electoral list and also a simple guide of which forms to fill and where to fill it up.

https://swapnilbawane.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/a-beginners-guide-vote-mumbai-vote/

 

20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today: New research shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success! ~ Emma Seppala

THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE IS  posted here : http://www.emmaseppala.com/20-scientific-reasons-to-start-meditating-today/#sthash.wqqJ2O0B.jilnuoJe.dpbs

I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more successful. Having witnessed the benefits, I devoted my PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation. I saw people from diverse backgrounds from college students to combat veterans benefit. In the last 10 years, hundreds of studies have been released. Here are 20 scientifically-validated reasons you might want to get on the bandwagon today:

It Boosts Your HEALTH

1 – Increases immune function (See here and here)

2 – Decreases Pain (see here)

3 – Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level (See here and here and here)

It Boosts Your HAPPINESS

4 – Increases Positive Emotion (here and here)

5 – Decreases Depression (see here)

6 – Decreases Anxiety (see here and here and here)

7 – Decreases Stress (see here and here)

It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE

Think meditation is a solitary activity? It may be (unless you meditate in a group which many do!) but it actually increases your sense of connection to others:

8 – Increases social connection & emotional intelligence (see here and – by yours truly – here)

9 – Makes you more compassionate (see here and here and here)

10 – Makes you feel less lonely (see here)

It Boosts Your Self-Control

11 – Improves your ability to regulate your emotions (see here) (Ever flown off the handle or not been able to quiet your mind? Here’s the key)

12 – Improves your ability to introspect (see here & for why this is crucial see this post)

It Changes Your BRAIN (for the better)

13 – Increases grey matter (see here)

14 – Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control (see here and here)

15 – Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention (see here)

It Improves Your Productivity (yup, by doing nothing)

16 – Increases your focus & attention (see here and here and here and here)

17 – Improves your ability to multitask (see here and here)

18 – Improves your memory (see here)

19 – Improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box (see research by J. Schooler)

20. It Makes You WISE(R)

It gives you perspective: By observing your mind, you realize you don’t have to be slave to it. You realize it throws tantrums, gets grumpy, jealous, happy and sad but that it doesn’t have to run you. Meditation is quite simply mental hygiene: clear out the junk, tune your talents, and get in touch with yourself. Think about it, you shower every day and clean your body, but have you ever showered your mind? As a consequence, you’ll feel more clear and see thing with greater perspective. “The quality of our life depends on the quality of our mind,” writes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. We can’t control what happens on the outside but we do have a say over the quality of our mind. No matter what’s going on, if your mind is ok, everything is ok. Right now.

It Keeps You Real

Once you get to know your mind, you start to own your stuff and become more authentic, maybe even humble. You realize the stories and soap operas your mind puts you through and you gain some perspective on them. You realize most of us are caught up in a mind-drama and become more compassionate towards others.

Myths about Meditation

Having an empty mind—nope, in fact, when you start meditating, you’ll find its quite the opposite

Sitting in lotus position—nope, you can sit on the couch (just don’t lie down, you’ll fall asleep)

Sitting for an hour a day—nope, small doses work just fine, (see here and – by yours truly – here)

Chanting in a language I don’t understand—nope, not unless that floats your boat

Buddhist, Hindu or religious—nope, not unless you make it so

Weird—what’s so weird about sitting and breathing? Besides, US congressmen, NFL football leagues and the US Marine Corps are doing it, how weird can it be?

Wearing robes—what?

“I can’t meditate” because

I can’t clear my mind—no worries, while you’re sitting there you’ll experience the noisy chaos of a wound up mind that’s unwinding: tons of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Don’t worry about how you feel during, notice how you feel after and throughout the rest of the day

I can’t sit still—that’s ok, just sit comfortably, fidget if you need to

I get anxious—that’s also normal, all the junk’s coming up, learn some breathing practices to calm yourself down, exercise or do yoga before meditating

I hate sitting still—that’s fine, then go for a walk without your earphones, phone etc; or start with yoga; or do breathing exercises…give yourself time to just “be” without constantly “doing” something

I tried and I hated it—there’s not just one kind of meditation, there’s a whole menu out there, look for the shoe that fits: mindfulness, Transcendental, compassion, mantra, Vipassana, Art of Living breathing practices, yoga nidra, yoga, insight, loving-kindness, tai chi etc…

I don’t have time – if you have time to read an article about meditation all the way through, you have time to meditate. Think of all those minutes you waste every day on the internet or otherwise, you can definitely fit in 20 minutes here or there to give your life a boost! Gandhi is quoted as saying “I’m so busy today, that… I’m going to meditate 2 hours instead of 1.”

– See more at: http://www.emmaseppala.com/20-scientific-reasons-to-start-meditating-today/#sthash.wqqJ2O0B.jilnuoJe.dpuf

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