The Happiest Man in the World

if we recall a happy moment for ten to fifteenHere’s a link to a great article about the happiest man in the world and how his brain produces waves never recorded in scientific literature when he meditates on compassion and altruism. Unsurprisingly, he’s a Tibetan monk who’s humility shines through as he reveals that comparison to others is detrimental to happiness.

Click here to read the article.

 

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Thank you!

Art needs an audience and, for any writer, a reader is god. Without them we’d fall by the wayside and crumble. So when 17 come along at the same time, it’s like Christmas in July!

There’s no way of finding out who you are so I decided to write this post to say thanks for placing your trust in my writing. The reason I write is to spread my life-philosophy and it’s encouraging that it’s been accepted by readers.

Out of the 4 books I’m promoting the one that’s gaining popularity is Day of Mindfulness followed by An Inspiring Afternoon, then The Secrets of Eternal Youth. My latest title, 20 Unbelievably Healthy Smoothies has also been doing well.

Thank you for reading my work. #grateful

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What Jainism teaches us

I’m not bound to any religion, but I like reading about them. I came across a religion, perhaps the oldest in the world. It’s called Jainism. The reason why I was drawn to researching about it was because of its foundation teaching of non-violence or Ahimsa, as it’s known in Sanskrit. A concept that was absorbed by Mahatma Gandhi back in the day.

According to scholars, Jainism used to be widespread across Asia, now its slowly fading, mainly because of the dominance of other faiths in the region. But how is religion kept alive? Well, by recruiting agents and forcing people to convert to their religion thereby slowly eliminating the competition, but, as non-violence was the way of the Jains, they never picked up arms in the name of religion and they never forced anyone to follow their path. This explains why there are so few Jains left on the planet, yet the basic values of this faith live on and will continue to as long as our species holds compassion, kindness, altruism and, of course, non-violence in high regard. The moment we lose our basic truths is the moment we lose the right to be called human.

The demise of the Jain community, religious violence (how on earth did violence ever get with religion in the first place?!) and the fact that there are many paths to one goal teaches us that we can believe in whatever we like, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. Being religious is not compulsory. We can do what we wish, as long as it brings light into our lives and the lives of those around us. It’s not a competition. Be humble and kind, but never throw your opinions on others or force them to believe in what you believe.

What kind of world would this be if all the religions taught and lived by this? Well, I reckon the idea of organised religion would disappear. In its place there’d be seven billion beautifully diverse religions, no, not religions, let’s call them ways of life, and each one would be a testament to the potential of the human spirit. No competitions, no forced converting, no marketing, just life and the acceptance of others!

Fill each moment with life

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The majority of us find it difficult to sit in one place for more than a few minutes without our minds wandering. One practical way to nurture the skill of being present is to expose the mind to new tasks every day. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or cost money. You could take a new route to work, cook a new dish, watch a television programme you don’t usually watch or meet up with an old friend. What about simple things like sitting in a different place to eat dinner or changing your sleeping position? The list is endless and it’s a fun exercise to do. By doing this regularly your brain will shift its focus from long-term to short-term memory in order to record the onslaught of daily events. You will effectively move your past experiences to the back of your mind and focus on the present. It will become a natural habit. (Remember: It can take up to 21 days for your mind to adopt a new habit. This is why regular practice is advisable).

The stress of living in the past or worrying about the future can directly affect how you feel about life. If you feel regretful, you can’t connect to life fully and that will make you sluggish. You’ll drag your feet and even procrastinate. Life is all about joy and fresh experiences. If you’re not experiencing life now you’ll lose that buoyant glow of vitality. You may even become weak as a result. So try to experience something new on a daily basis. Fill each moment with life, there’s so much of it!

Find out more about staying young in my eBook, The Secrets of Eternal Youth. Available on Kindle.

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20 Unbelievably Healthy Smoothies

The earth is turning and colder nights are approaching. It’s time to boost the immune system. A great way to do this is to prepare a smoothie. Provided you make it with the correct ingredients, a clean smoothie can help the body fight illness and fill you with energy.

What’s a clean smoothie? In recent times, obesity has been in the news. We aren’t eating the right foods. Processed ingredients, packed with preservatives, are making us fat. Clean foods include fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, milk, fish and eggs. They come from the field, sea, tree, ground to your kitchen with little tampering. They don’t contain sugar-enriched preservatives or chemical compounds that play havoc on our digestive systems. Therefore, a clean smoothie is one that is completely sugar-free and made from a combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and milk. I wouldn’t recommend fish or eggs for a smoothie!

Should a smoothie be juiced or blended? Well, anything that is juiced is a juice, it’s not a smoothie. It’s important to give your digestive system something to crunch, to keep it worked out. A juice will make the digestive process lazy. Also, a juicer works by removing the roughage thereby eliminating a lot of the nutrients. However, a smoothie does the trick because a blender retains the entire fruit or vegetable making a slightly thick-textured drink, ideal for the digestive system to break down and digest. So, invest in a blender, not a juicer.

Smoothies coverI’ve recently published an eBook on Amazon titled, 20 Unbelievably Healthy Smoothies. In this book I’ve selected 20 unique recipes made using only clean ingredients without compromising on taste. Here’s a recipe from the book called Morning Kick-start. As the name suggests, it’s ideal for breakfast:

Blend together 50g of raw oats, 1 fresh banana, a handful of spinach, 1/2 cucumber (with the skin), 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger and a little iced water for hydration.

The oats and banana provide essential fibre and energy. Spinach and cucumber are packed with vitamins and minerals. Ginger aids the body in removing disease thus improving immunity. You get all these benefits in 370 calories.

Other recipes in the book aid in weight-loss, increase energy-levels, promote quality sleep, provide the nutrients required before and after a gym workout, help in skin and body detox among other things.

I do hope you’ll check out my latest eBook and try the recipes for yourself.

20 Unbelievably Healthy Smoothies – Available from the Kindle Store on Amazon

Note: The links connect to Amazon US. To find the book in any other country, please search for the book title in the Kindle Store of your native Amazon site.

Give Yourself A Minute

GYAMWho doesn’t like a freebie? I’m giving away one of my eBooks titled, Give Yourself A Minute. It’s a simple, practical guide that helps to centre you in the present moment with a set of tasks that correct some of the bad habits that have crept into us over the centuries like bad breathing and stressful eating. If you love trying new things and want more from life, you’re going to love this short but valuable read.

To get hold of a copy, all you have to do is join my mailing list at www.milanbakrania.com. (Once you’ve navigated to my site, the pop-up prompting for your email address will appear in a few seconds). Don’t worry, I won’t be bombarding you with newsletters and emails. I’ll only send out a message when I’ve published a new book.

Once you’ve entered your email address, you’ll receive your free eBook in your inbox within minutes in PDF format (mobi format available on request).

MARCH 2018 – UPDATE: This eBook is now part of Day of Mindfulness which is FREE to download from the following e-stores: iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Playster, Scribd.

 

The truth as only Grandma can tell it!

image“A new road has no assurances. As a species, we like to be assured that everything’s going to be all right. That’s why it’s difficult for us to forge a new path. We’re affected by what other people think. That’s why it’s easier to mimic those around us, especially those who we perceive as wealthy. We want to be like them, and will spend an entire lifetime trying to be like them. We’re driven by wealth, by competition, to look better than others. We crave the love of the world because we haven’t discovered the love we hold inside.

It’s also true that the majority of us what a peaceful, stress-free life, and we want to pursue our dreams and follow our interests, but for some reason, we’re not living that way. Instead, we’re hoarding resources and plundering, therefore creating competition and status, somehow under the impression that this will bring us happiness.

relic facesOur fascination with power is an ancient trait as is our approach to wealth. It’s something that has been passed down to us, and, as is tradition, we pass it down to our children.

We walk the same path of destruction like the great civilisations before us.

But many of us don’t even realise there is a problem unless it’s pointed out. Well, I’ve told you what the problem is, now it’s in your hands. Are you willing to think of the planet as a whole or focus on your selfish desires?

Currently, we live for ourselves then our children. It’s the way we’ve been led all these years. But are we brave enough to take a new route? The time is now.”

Grandma’s got plenty more to say. Get the book here http://amzn.com/B012XTHTMC