What do you do when your sleep is incomplete? You know that you will not be able to perform well in your studies. There’s no point completing a take-home test in such a state of mind. THIS, is the ideal time to blog about it and eat other people’s heads.
There is already so much information bombardment that is happening in the environment. One blog-post of mine will not do much harm.
If you are pressed for time, don’t ‘Press This’. Just ‘Like’ this and get back to your work.
This blog article is being written under (competitive) exam-related stress. The purpose is to alleviate that stress by passing it onto my keyboard.
Any activity can become stressful when there is too much ‘doing’ involved in it. Preparing for exams is one such activity. Here, we are consciously pushing ourselves to study. We ‘know’ that a lot is at stake. “This exam can save one year of my life” – is what we believe! – a 2-hour exam can ‘save’ 365 X 24 hours of our life! – are we playing lottery with ourselves? But that’s how our belief system works under pressure.
Here is a list of ways that can help us assuage this state of anxiety and stress:
1. Write out a blog which talks about reducing stress. When you write, you will realize that you know it all and that you just have to apply what you write. Writing out the ways of reducing stress will lend better credibility to those beliefs in you. You will start believing them more.
2. Make sure you have several back-up plans. Thus, considerably lessen the things which may be at stake because of the exam.
3. Share your feelings with the ones who love you. I do it with my mum. I tell her everything I am going through. This helps me a lot. Pouring out the mind’s negative thoughts helps me to then nurture positive thoughts.
4. Start controlling your thoughts consciously. Thoughts will run wild when you are anxious. Remember, you are the Master.
5. When you are under stress, you are bound to be negative – you are bound to say ‘no’ more frequently. You are bound to be more anxious. Accept it. Accept yourself as you are and love yourself.
Papa talks to God in our ‘puja room’. I used to find it funny when I was 12. Now I admire him for it. When I am only able to say things to Him in my mind, papa is able to make it more ‘real’.
Papa is too simple unlike an ‘intellectual’ me who has/wants an explanation for everything. He doesn’t know why he talks to God in voice and not just think to Him. I presume he must be really enjoying the monologue. He has been talking to God at least since 10 years now.
What papa talks
Papa talks everyday stuff – tells Him the things that have been happening in his life. The talk happens in Hindi. When I asked papa what he talks, this is what he had to say:
“I start with “tera laakh laakh shukar hai for…
(yes he likes being dramatic).
I ask God for 3 things:
1. May the business go fine.
2. May the home be fine (By home, he means my mom!)
3. May there be good health.”
So genuine – things that he exactly wants.
I so admire this good habit that I can go on appreciating it.
How I think it works
I could not stop myself from thinking more about this good habit when these often-read words came to my mind.
1. Watch your thoughts. They become words.
2. Watch your words. They become actions.
3. Watch your actions. They become habits.
4. Watch your habits. They become character.
5. Watch your character. They become destiny.
TING! It flashed!
Papa is going through process #2 (where words become actions). I am stuck at process #1 (between process #1 and 2 to be precise, where thoughts are on the way to becoming words).
I have had my share of good thoughts too – but seldom vocally expressed them to God – exactly the reason why my ‘well-intended’ thoughts did not become actions.
Is it dramatic?
Mum told papa that the thank you part sounded a bit dramatic.
“God has never told me that it is too dramatic!” was his firm response.
“Oh! It’s a dialogue and not a monologue” – I said to myself.
To channeling their energies into something creative?
To express without the fear of being said ‘no’ or insulted?Do they have someone in their mind as they write each blog of theirs? Does their state of mind with that ‘someone’ in mind affect what they write?
Are people able to express themselves fully and truly in their blogs? Or are they concerned about ‘what would people think?’ Are they able to truly type down whatever is coming to their mind then? – their stream of consciousness?Do they bother about spelling and grammar? Punctuations?
Do they type down all that they feel like and then hesitate to post it? Or even Cut and Paste it in MsWord, and save it?
Does the E-go play a very BIG part in writing and publishing blogs for everyone to read?
Or do they write to reflect on it at a later time & know themselves better?
“You have to repeat and repeat until you go really deep, into the superconsciousness. Prayer in which your very soul is burning in desire for God is the only effectual prayer.”
-Excerpt from HABIT – YOUR MASTER or SLAVE? by Sri Sri Paramhans Yoganand.