6 Benefits of Being an Early Riser

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom” – Aristotle

Let’s be honest. For most of us, it’s not easy to get up early in the morning, especially when it’s still dark. We all love to lie in bed till the sun comes out. But we have often heard successful people remarking, “If you win the morning, you win the day.” People who wake up late in the morning may have experienced laziness throughout the day which makes them feel tired all the time and apparently less productive in their work. Hence, they become unsatisfied with their growth and achievements which later leads to an unhappy and unhealthy life.    

On the other hand, waking up early, various researches conformed that, helps to improve productivity and creativity as well as it helps to enhance energy level and better mood in order to become more organized, so, this is the reason why many famous people swear by it attributing to their success. 

Let’s have a look at few secrets about how waking up early benefits in multiple ways.

1. More time to consume healthier breakfast

People who wake up early at 5 AM tend to have breakfast before stepping out for work, as they get more time to do morning things, while who rise late have to rush out without taking a breakfast and eventually have to grab something unhealthy on the way. Having a healthy breakfast on time is important in order to set up for the day. So, waking up early leads to a healthier eating habit.     

2. Positive attitude

According to research early risers often go to bed early, which means they are more likely to get the 7-9 hours of recommended quality sleep. Getting such quality sleep regularly helps to lead towards a healthier state of body and mind, which in turn has its own benefits. Also, waking up early offers a sense of achievement which fuels positive thoughts. Many spiritual gurus have claimed that early risers are being benefited by the ‘cosmic energy’ of the universe. This is the reason why early risers may be less stressed and have more positivity in their lives.

3. Better brain function

According to the studies, people who wake up early have better brain function, superior critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Such people also tend to have good sense of humor along with a lot of positive energy. This means such people perform better at work and the children in their studies.

4. Exercise

It is better to work out early in the morning. It is considered to be the best time for exercises. Most of us obviously have no time to hit the gym due to the late waking habit or tightly scheduled mornings. But waking up early gives you enough time to exercise in the mornings and follow your fitness routine. There’s nothing like a great workout to boost your day and feel re-energized.

5. Better concentration

Sleeping early and waking up early improves the concentration and memory power too. In addition to being able to focus on goals and task lists without being disturbed by family members or coworkers, starting an early day means that by the time we get to work,  and we’ve had hours to properly adapt according to the day schedule. It will help to be more alert during peak hours as a result.

6. More time to work / advantage of all that extra time

Once you have stated walking up early you will realize that there is plenty of time you have. Have a glass of warm water with lemon and some honey to boost up your metabolism just after you wake up.  Read a book or watch the sunrise or meditate for few minutes. Don’t wake up early, to wander around and not make the most of your time. Find something which gives you pleasure and allow yourself to do it as part of your morning routine.

Getting up early has many benefits for your physical, spiritual and mental health. The hardest part is convincing yourself to do it and to make it a habit. But if you are determined about it, it will get easier and sooner or later you will find that your body starts to get used to it, and you end up waking even before your alarm starts…

Speaking too much

Some people have the habit of pretending to be the masters of everything, as they think they know things better than others and unnecessarily keeps on sharing loads of information. One of my friend is this kind of person who pretends to have vast knowledge about almost anything and never shuts his mouth if started talking. He has the habit of digging down to the roots of every casual discussion and try to explore scholarly conclusions which no one ever truly wanted to listen.

My friends and I, almost every day spend our evening time at a coffee shop intended to get some relief from the work and have some casual discussion. Things goes well until he comes and stretches out certain point and starts elaborating things studiously…for an instance, if we are taking about different types of alcohols and who of us have tried them and about their experiences, immediately he jumps into the conversation and starts omitting which country consumes which kind of alcohol, its whole history, its prices and process of making different liquor, its effects and blah blah blah… in detailed manner. No one pay attention to him as we all known to his habit. Hence, it is wisely said that,

Speaking too much makes you overconfident and others deaf.

One day I called him to see if he feels well or not as I heard that he was sick for few days and asked if he wants to consult the doctor. He agreed and I took him to see the hospital. When we were on the way he began what might have happened to him and putting accounts of things he did a week before. He was firm on the conclusion that he had typhoid and talked about how he spend a week without any medical advice on his own. He also gave me some scientific and microscopic details of tablets he has taken and their work on his body and immune system.

Soon we reached at the hospital. Weakness can be seen on his face I rested him on a bench. I thought he would keep quiet here at least for a while but he proved me wrong as soon as some labours brought solar panels which were meant to be installed further. He stood up and began to move his hands for advising them where to put them and suggest them to move some benches as if it belongs to him. After everything was settled he stopped one of the labours and asked about solar system’s company, price, from where he brought these panels and some other important questions, which are of more importance than his sickness.

Bell rang and we went inside, doctor asked him how is he feeling. He took 15 minutes to tell he has fever and weakness since a week. He further explained how his body works, why he took tablets and how it turned out to be good. Doctor soon got irritated but my friend continued to offer his wisdom over systolic and diastolic process of body to a Doctor…can you believe it! Thank god the doctor was a generous man he didn’t show any sign of anger.

It is important for us to know when to speak and when to stay silent, obviously their are no such guidelines because it is a simple thing of common sense. It is important for each of us to understand what people like and what they don’t and to speak only when it is necessary …we should never try to prove our intellectual all the time because it is not that important.

25 unforgettable life-changing quotes from ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’.

Book: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny.

Author: Robin S. Sharma

It is my first read in the realm of personal development. I never read motivational books for me they seem dull and impractical most of the time. You can’t stay positive all the time especially when you are riding a small boat of hope into the striking tides of ocean full of problems. Every inspirational book is stuffed with loads of positive thoughts…… hell! I can’t handle it!!

But this one fortunately turned out to be really good read. Not so compelling in its storytelling but best one at its content. It genuinely offers a whole new perspective towards LIFE, and further it explores the reason and purpose of it.

Following are the most significant rules to lead a better, confident, peaceful, purposeful, happy and balanced life.

1. When an undesirable thought occupies the focal point of your mind, immediately replace it with an uplifting one.

2. Concentrate on being – cheerful and energetic. Feel that you are happy. Perhaps you might even start to smile. Move your body as you do when you are joyful and full of enthusiasm. Sit up straight, breathe deeply and train the power of your mind on positive thoughts.

3. The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.

4. Spend some time every day in the practice of “Creative Envisioning”.

5. Fatigue dominates the lives of those Who are living without direction and dream.

6. Only those who seek shall find.

7. You will never be able to hit a target you can’t see.

8. Concentrate every ounce of your mental energy on self-discovery.

9. Journey of the thousand miles begins with a single step.

10. Never do anything because you have to. The only reason to do something is because you want to and because you know it is the right thing to do.

11. Never regret what has happened in the past.

12. Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Today, and this very moment, is a gift. Stay focused on your purpose. The universe will take care of everything else.

13. The only limits on your life are those that you set yourself.

14. Some books are meant to be tasted, some books are meant to be chewed and, finally, some books are meant to be swallowed whole.

15. Stop making excuses and just do it!

16. The only way to improve tommorow is to know what you did wrong today.

17.   Failure is not having the courage to try. Failure tests us and allows us to grow. Never fear failure. Failure is your friend.

18. ” Stand your ground and follow your dreams. They will lead to your destiny. Follow your destiny, it will lead you into the wonders of the universe. And always follow the wonders of the universe, for they will lead you to a special garden filled with roses”.

19. ” I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me. “

20. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams.

21. Never be a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. You will never be the same.

22. A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses — when you work to improve the lives of others, you indirectly elevate your own life in the process.

23. Life doesn’t always give you what you ask for, but it always gives you what you need.

24. Focus on what is truly important to you.

25. Enjoy the process of achievement.

8 ways you can choose the suitable book for you.

I found an old notebook of mine and while going through it quickly, I stopped at something which seemed very important to me. And I thought to write about it. It was about how to choose the right book to read? I remember one of my best-loved teachers, who always inspired me to read more and more as he firmly believed in Jim Rohn’s quote which was his favorite,

 Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.

Jim Rohn

He was the one who sowed the seeds of reading in me and I will always be thankful to him for introducing me to this beautiful and mesmerizing world of books. But as a reader one thing which we all have experienced time to time is that what book should I read next? It’s confusing…there are millions of good books but it is difficult to choose one which is suitable for our purpose and likes. Isn’t it? I often experience the same. In fact when I finish one it takes so much time for me to hand other. Here are few essential tips about choosing a right book which will surely work for any one.

  1. Go through the back cover content: Most important of all. First thing to do when we hold a new book in a bookstore. It’s a quick trick to choose a good book.
  2. Know what do you like to read?
  3. Get some recommendations from your family, teachers and friends.
  4. Browse Goodreads to see what people think about the book you wish to read.
  5. Know your goal; think about your reason and purpose of reading.
  6. Bestsellers. Top books form top authors would be a great choice, most of the time!
  7. Reviews; go through the critical reviews of the book written in scholarly journals and magazines.
  8. Understanding your reading level and ability. It is important to explore your reading habit when it comes to select a right book.

Creeper…

From my Instagram

Just as William Wordsworth defines poetry as a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings, thoughts and emotions recollected in pensive mood. I experienced the same when I saw a climber immediately struck by these lines….

Holding one another

constantly they grow,

We need each other

all they know

I stood stunned

at the beauty of the vine

So many hearts

with one life-line…

5 ways to cultivate a reading habit

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.

Abraham Lincoln

We have infinite books out there defining thousands and millions of various human and other-than–human lives, characters, and natures. Almost all problems we are facing today had already mentioned somewhere years ago and to our surprise many of them have talked about their possible solutions.

Many of us would like to read books. Most of us even try to be a good reader, but establishing consistent reading habit seems little challenging. It is obviously difficult to keep up with any new habit, one can easily lose interest within first few attempts. It all depends upon various things such as if surrounding is full of noises and distractions one can hardly concentrate on reading. Besides, reader’s interest, book he chose for reading, and time available for him also matters distinctively. Looking at the uncountable benefits of reading and the way it impacts our life in numerous ways, it becomes important to get into the habit of reading and for sure keep it constant.

Here are few fundamental principles which I have found much helpful in building and cultivating reading habit. And I believe it can be helpful for anyone who desires to build solid and consistent reading.

1. Set your reading goal

It is better to begin with setting certain goals in order to develop a reading habit. Think about your favorite genres as well as areas which can help to grow your interest in reading along with ideal reasons and purpose linked to your goal. For instance, depending on various factors one can set a goal of reading 12 books in a year on multiple areas such as spiritual, entertainment, motivational and academics etc. Think about your ultimate goal, why you want to read? What you think you are going to achieve if you read?

2. Set your reading schedule

Once you’re done with setting goal for reading it becomes important to set time for reading. For this choose your reading time as per your convenience or it would be better if you make a timetable. It will help you to stick with the schedule and eventually evolve habit. Read every day at least 20-30 min. and never skip.

3. Start with bestsellers

If you are a beginner it is best way to start with popular books because these were already loved by many readers so there is very less chance to disappoint you. You can even read the summery of the book you wish to read so that you will get to know what it is about and decide to proceed or not. Choice of book plays an imperative role in growing reading interest, dull and complicated book may lead to spoil reading concerns.    

4. Pick up small size books

Heavy and bulky books may make you feel uncomfortable and drowsy. Books with loads of characters and stories within stories can confuse a beginner. Hence, on the other hand a simple and straightforward story would become more concentrate and enjoyable read.   

5. Read with a pencil

I found it really working – underlining the keywords, making notes and highlighting liked quotes tend to be more engaging when I read a book. It is not only an enjoyable experience but it will also offer long and better memory of the book which contributes to a more pleasing experience of reading.

  #Make it pleasurable:  

Make your reading time your favorite time of day. Find a peaceful place, get into a comfortable chair and grab some good tea or coffee or even snack while you read. Read during sunrise or sunset. Read what you like, don’t force yourself to read a lousy book, if it happens for the several days feel free to keep it aside. Always motivate yourself to read, look forward to try different genres of books once you get into the habit of reading.

Vagrants in the Valley: In Search of Self.

AHEAD OF THEM LAY FOREST AND SILENCE-AND WHAT WAS LEFT OF TIME…

Story along with its decent mood ‘The Room on the Roof’ continues in the second novel ‘Vagrants in the Valley’. Though the story is simple and straightforward in its presentation, it flows like a river pleasing and comforting the reader. No doubt Mr. Bond’s sequel is as imposing as the previous one or in fact even more enhanced!

It’s a single day read short, sweet and appealing. ‘Vagrants in the Valley’ first published in 1987 long after the publication of its prequel which was written in 1956. Author affirms that he wrote this novel totally in different circumstances, he wrote this story when he was out of India and was written out of an innate craving for his own country that he had left behind. This book is all about the journey of the protagonist Rusty and his friend Kishen as they venture into the unknown; both of them have grown up and appear more mature in terms of their choices and ambitions. Still being an adolescent, just like others, Rusty seems to have worried about certainties of his own future and identity, despite of that he is determined about his writing career and longing to seek his identity. He never wanted to turn out to be an ‘unwilling slave to reality’.

Story immediately picks up where it was ended in ‘Room on the Roof’, Rusty and Kishen return to Dehra from Hardwar. We catch up our favorite Rusty rejoicing after the union of his beloved friend Kishen. Soon they reach to Dehra and discover that Rusty’s room is no longer his, it has been sold by Kishen’s father to a Munshi. But he forges new homes and new friendships as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery. He finds an abandoned church outside of the village for their stay. Rusty and Kishen develop mutual understanding and friendship with their new friends – Gunga and Devinder. They plunge not just into the cold pools of Dehra but into an exciting new life. Mean while Rusty tries to get a job as English teacher in school but never finds any.

One day Kishen is taken away by one of his relative Mrs. Bhusan and her daughter Aruna, who saw him wandering in to the Bazaar. They feed him well and force him to stay with them, as Mrs. Bhusan thinks that it’s her responsibility. This all happens without the knowledge of Rusty. But when Rusty learns about his friend’s disappearance he becomes happy for Kishen because he gets someone to take care of him and Rusty thinks that Kishen would be happy there.

Rusty is now seventeen-year-old entering into his adulthood, so he ought to think about settling into a career. He always wanted to be a writer; but being an orphan so he has to work hard to earn his living. One day he happens to meet Mr. Pettigrew–an old man in his seventies and an old friend of his father. Mr. Pettigrew is worried about Rusty’s future and tells him about his aunt who had looked after Rusty when he was a kid, but now she lives somewhere in the hills of Lansdowne. Rusty has to find her for she might hold a fortune or any will saved by his father for Rusty. Sudheer, the Lafunga, Rusty’s new friend gets involve with Rusty in this journey to find his aunt in the hills of Lansdowne. His aunt seems a nice lady she wanted Rusty to stay with her and look after her farm.  

YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO LOOK AFTER ME…LET US BE BURDENS ON EACH OTHER. I AM LONELY, SOMETIMES. I KNOW YOU HAVE FRIENDS, BUT THEY CANNOT CARE FOR YOU IF YOU ARE SICK OR IN TROUBLE. YOU HAVE NO PARENTS. I HAVE NO CHILDREN. IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

Rusty rejects her offer, since he wanted to live on his own without being burden on someone. He returns empty handed from his aunt except for a few books and finds nothing to his name.

In the last part, Mr. Pettigrew recommends Rusty to leave for England for a better off writing career. He arranges Rusty’s tickets for everything. Devinder and Kishen bid an emotional farewell to Rusty.

Author hereby underlines that a person cannot spend his life alone, one needs someone for company and haggling.

YOU MUST HAVE SOME COMPANION, SOMEONE TO TALK TO AND QUARREL WITH, IF YOU ARE NOT TO BE LONELY…

This book is so intensive that makes you want to just run away and join the ethereal Rusty on his walks around the villages, hills and valleys. I found this book to be truly amusing and Peaceful!!

The Room on the Roof: Flashback to Childhood.

“I don’t want to rot like mangoes at the end of the season, or burnout like the sun at the end of the day. I cannot live like the gardener, the cook and water-carrier, doing the same task every day of my life… I want to be either somebody or nobody. I don’t want to be anybody.”

Reading Rusking Bond is like re-living our own adolescence; simpler days when joy was profound and in the simplest of things found around. I love Mr Bond for this reason; he offers us this uncommon opportunity to re-experience childhood adventures. After reading his ‘The Blue Umbrella’, I became fan of his writing style which made me buy more collections of short stories by him.  

Recently, I’ve finished reading his, ‘The Room on the Roof’, his first ever novel written when he was only seventeen! I still wonder that how could someone write a novel so smoothly and flawlessly just at the age of 17! This book has everything in it; death, sadness, loneliness, anger, hope, love, friendship, innocence and adventure, so much for this small book isn’t it? Beauty lies in its simplicity.  I have to appreciate the way he wrote it. It is simple in its presentation yet powerful in its impact on reader.  The lines and words are so beautifully placed that one could actually sense the environment. Descriptions of nature-scenes are just amazing that it takes you through bazaar and hills, and let you smell flowers, and allow you to feel the bliss of rain.

“Rusty wanted to experience to the full the novelty of that first shower. He threw off his clothes, and ran naked on to the roof, and the wind sprang up and whipped the water across his body so that he writhed in ecstasy. The rain was more intoxicating than the alcohol…The force and the freshness of the rain brought tremendous relief, washed away the stagnation that had been settling on him, poisoning mind and body.”

Story of the novel revolves around beautiful village-Dehra, its hills, bazaars, street vendors, lakes and pools, valleys and all the simple charms of a small town.  Here we meet a sixteen year old Anglo-Indian protagonist Rusty, who is Unhappy with the strict ways of his English guardian therefore, escapes from his guardian’s house to live with his Indian friends- Somi, Ranbir and Kishen. His guardian hates Indians, considers them to be inferior and wanted to grow Rusty as an English man, but Rusty finds true love and friendship with his friends, who help him to get a job and house.

Existence of few good friends leads to an easy and interesting life. Rusty realizes it when he meets Somi, Ranbir and Kishen but soon all of them leave him one by one. Since they have to look after their families, they leave in search of jobs in other villages. The scene when Kishen finally leaves Rusty is so moving; they were like brothers to each other. Kishen’s mother dies in an accident and now he has to stay with his aunt unwillingly. Though being sad for his detachment from Kishen and knew that they might not be able to see each other again, Rusty let him leave because he knew that it is better for Kishen to be with his aunt, instead of being with Rusty and live like a vagrant. He says,

“There will be no Kishen, for our lives have drifted apart…it might be sad…Kishen has gone, and part of my life has gone with him, and inside of me, I am all lonely.”   

Soon after some days of pure loneness Rusty realizes that he can’t live without Kishen and wants to see Kishen if he is happy with his relatives or not. He leaves Dehra to see his dear friend Kishen. He goes to the house of Kishen’s father and his new wife. There he finds out that Kishen has already fled from home and living his life on his own. At the end Rusty tormented by the thoughts of Kishen walks down towards the temple where he is supposed to find Kishen. Finally they see each other and decide to return to Dehra and do something for life.

The story of the novel revolves around the adolescence and friendship, it is simple yet compelling. Every things Rusty and his friends do together such as playing Holi, visiting chaatshop, roving in bazaar, bathing at common water tank and having some picnic time comes to life. This book is definitely good read, alive and amazing…