Monday, 27 April 2015

Go Natural





One of my favourite blogs is Everyday Roots. It offers natural remedies for several common health issues that we face in our everyday lives.

Given below is an extract from the blog. I have listed the blog under 'some blogs I read'.  You can go to it to read up on the remedies.

Why is Natural Better?
In a time when we have so many different types of treatments available, why bother going natural? Why not take the route to wellness that requires less “work?” There’s a bit more to the answer than simply “it’s better for you” (which not many people dispute anyways.) Chemicals ingredients and nasty side effects aside, there are a number of reasons to go natural. Home remedies have helped keep us alive and well for hundreds of years before modern medicine, so they’ve done their part in proving their effectiveness. There are also times where the remedy doesn’t really do a darn thing, but consider the placebo effect. Nothing can beat the mind when it comes to managing the body. Finally, natural remedies are often times quite cost-effective, which is becoming increasingly important as the costs of medical care continues to climb.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Dreamer


Dreamer  -  by Brian Moses



I dreamt I was an ocean
And no one polluted me

I dreamt I was a whale 
And no hunter chased me

I dreamt I was the air
And nothing blackened me

I dreamt I was a stream
And nobody poisoned me

I dreamt I was an elephant
And nobody stole my ivory

I dreamt I was a rainforest
And no one cut down my trees

I dreamt I painted a smile
On the face of the earth
For all to see.


Such a simple poem...such a powerful message. 
Thoughts for each of us to reflect on. 
The issues here may be too big in magnitude
involving powerful vested interests,
 and we may not be able to do anything about them.
But what are we doing in our little ways
to care for the environment around us
and put a smile on the face of the earth?


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Two Frogs -- Fable # 2


Two Frogs - fable #



This is a fable of two frogs, the fat frog and the skinny one. One day while looking for some food, they jumped into a pot of milk. The sides of the pot were very greasy and slippery. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get out. They kept moving around in the pot.

After a while the fat frog said to his skinny friend, "There's no use paddling any longer. We're just going to drown, so we might as well give up." The skinny frog replied, "Hold on, keep paddling. Somebody will get us out." And so they continued paddling for another couple of hours.

Again the fat frog said, "I'm getting very tired. I'm going to stop paddling and drown. There's no one coming to get us out of here." But the skinny frog replied, " Keep paddling, keep trying." And so they continued for yet another couple of hours.

Finally the fat frog said, "I can't go on any longer. Where's the sense in this? What's the use? We're going to drown anyway." So saying, he stopped paddling and gave up. But the skinny frog kept on paddling.

Ten minutes later, the skinny frog felt something solid under his feet. He had churned the milk into butter, hopped onto it and got out of the pot.

One piece of advice that comes to us from almost every successful person is, 'Do Not Quit.' 
It is very easy to lose hope. It is very easy to get frustrated because we do not see any positive results inspite of our efforts. It is very easy to quit because there are too many obstacles in our path.

But remember that often we lose hope and give up just before the breakthrough comes, just before success shows up.
Remember what Harriet Beecher Stowe said, 
"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that it just the place and time that the tide will turn."  

If you enjoyed this fable, check out 'Two Frogs - A Fable'




Monday, 2 March 2015

A Love Story

                                           


Emotions and Feelings, all lived together on a sunny island out in the beautiful ocean. There were times when they disagreed with each other and got into arguments, but for the most part there was peace and quiet on the island.

One day, without any warning, dark clouds gathered above. A powerful gust of wind brought the rain and storm rushing over the little island, threatening to drown it. All the Feelings were scared. 
  
Hope called out to Faith, and the two of them asked Courage to touch each of the Feelings. Love set to work and in no time had a boat ready to carry them all to safety. All the Feelings jumped into the boat but one of them refused to get in. Love got off to check who it was, and found Ego there.

Love tried very hard to convince Ego to get into the boat before it was too late, but Ego refused to move. Everyone urged Love to leave Ego alone. That was not easy. You see Love was created to love, and so stayed back with Ego. All the Feelings escaped to safety. Love died because of Ego.




Friday, 23 January 2015

Power of Prayer.


The Power of Prayer is a topic of considerable debate. There are as many arguments for and against it, as there are believers and non-believers.

The following true story which has been aired and published, provides interesting fodder for thought.

Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity centre in Kolkata, India, was bustling with activities. Her three hundred novices were all busy at work.

The novice who was in charge of the kitchen came out looking perturbed, and informed her that they were running short of flour, and would not be able to make chapatis (flat bread) for three hundred people. 

It was a panic-moment, but not for the saintly nun. Everyone expected her to pick up the phone and call her local benefactors to supply them with food. Instead she did something most people would say was completely crazy. She turned to the worried novice and said, "Sister, go into the chapel and tell Jesus that we have no food. Okay, that's settled, what's next?"

A short while later the doorbell rang. Standing there was a stranger who asked to see Mother Teresa. He informed her that the teachers of the government schools had decided to go on a strike, and classes were dismissed. He had 7000 lunches on his hands, and no idea what to do with them. He wondered if she could help him out!

Faith was demonstrated here beyond doubt. Mother Teresa's remark, "Okay, that's settled..." clearly indicated that she knew for sure that her prayer would be heard and answered. Remember this when you pray. Just know that you will surely get what you are praying for, and you will. Did Jesus not say that when you pray, believe that what you are asking for has been done, and it will be done?