Ten Keys to Happiness By Deepak Chopra

1. Listen to your body’s wisdom, which expresses itself through signals of comfort and discomfort.When choosing a certain behavior, ask your body, “How do you feel about this?” If your body sends a signal of physical or emotional distress, watch out. If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed.

2. Live in the present, for it is the only moment you have. Keep your attention on what is here and now; look for the fullness in every moment. Accept what comes to you totally and completely so that you can appreciate it, learn from it, and then let it go. The present is as it should be. It reflects infinite laws of Nature that have brought you this exact thought, this exact physical response. This moment is as it is because the universe is as it is. Don’t struggle against the infinite scheme of things; instead, be at one with it.

3. Take time to be silent, to meditate, to quiet the internal dialogue. In moments of silence, realize that you are recontacting your source of pure awareness. Pay attention to your inner life so that you can be guided by intuition rather than externally imposed interpretations of what is or isn’t good for you.

4. Relinquish your need for external approval. You alone are the judge of your worth, and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. There is great freedom in this realization.

5. When you find yourself reacting with anger or opposition to any person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with yourself. Putting up resistance is the response of defenses created by old hurts. When you relinquish this anger, you will be healing yourself and cooperating with the flow of the universe.

6. Know that the world “out there” reflects your reality “in here.” The people you react to moststrongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your inner world. What you most hate is what you most deny in yourself. What you most love is what you most wish for in yourself. Use the mirror of relationships to guide your evolution. The goal is total self-knowledge. When you achieve that,what you most want will automatically be there, and what you most dislike will disappear.

7. Shed the burden of judgment – you will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes right and wrong on situations that just are. Everything can be understood and forgiven, but when you judge, you cut off understanding and shut down the process of learning to love. In judging others, you reflect your lack of self-acceptance. Remember that every person you forgive adds to your self-love.

8. Don’t contaminate your body with toxins, either through food, drink, or toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system. It is the vehicle that will carry you on the journey of your evolution. The health of every cell directly contributes to your state of well being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you.

9. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior. Fear is the product of memory,which dwells in the past. Remembering what hurt us before, we direct our energies toward making certain that an old hurt will not repeat itself. But trying to impose the past on the present will never wipe out the threat of being hurt. That happens only when you find the security of your own being,which is love. Motivated by the truth inside you, you can face any threat because your inner strength is invulnerable to fear.

10. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper intelligence. Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power of the cosmos. Because you are inseparably linked to everything, you cannot afford to foul the planet’s air and water. But at a deeper level, you cannot afford to live with a toxic mind, because every thought makes an impression on the whole field of intelligence. Living in balance and purity is the highest good for you and the Earth.

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Celebrations all around: #DawoodiBohras welcome #Eid behind closed doors.

The Tribune, a reputed media house paid attention to small group of Dawoodi Bohras residing in Lahore and reported an event that was supposed to be held behind closed doors. The Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, having the highest literacy rates around the world and being tech savvy, agreed to meet the reporters about the event.

The news article by Rameez Khan http://tribune.com.pk/story/742285/celebrations-all-around-bohras-welcome-eid-behind-closed-doors/ is a nice piece of reporting other than a few things that need be clarified and thus this write-up which by no means is can be taken as an official statement of the community or its leadership. The article above and this one http://tribune.com.pk/story/742065/lahores-bohra-community-celebrates-eid-behind-closed-doors-today/ has mentioned that the Dawoodi Bohras celebrated the Eid al-Fitr behind closed doors fearing the backlash for following the Lunar calender cannot be considered true. The Dawoodi Bohras are a peace loving Muslim community that adheres to the very fundamental tenets of Islam in every aspect and being loyal to the faith, and nation and its laws as per the teachings of Islam we must respect our surroundings. Due to our respect and concern for the fasting of the Muslim fraternity and their observing of the holy month of Ramadan we had to offer Eid prayers behind closed doors rather than the fear of being held as outcasts. Our faith, according to the teachings of the Holy Quran and preachings of Rasulallah SAW, has always guided us towards religious tolerance and living in peace and harmony with all of human beings, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters around the globe. We pray for the safety and prosperity of the entire Muslim Ummah, our brothers and sisters in Islam.

The authorities in Lahore have always been very kind and helpful to provide security measures throughout the year in a very similar way that they would do for any other citizen of the country and we are thankful to them for doing their best without even us requesting it.

The spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community, the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq His Holiness Syedna AaliQadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS visited Pakistan during the Holy month of Ramadan. He showered blessings and benedictions during his stay in Karachi over the entire Dawoodi Bohra community in Pakistan and prayed for the prosperity of the nation, its leaders and citizens.

Eid ul-Fitr Message from Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Saheb TUS, head of the Dawoodi Bohra community

The cost of trust….. cheaper than one might think

About a month back on my trip to Delhi I had this experience that makes me think over and over again. Trust…. how can it be so cheap while still being reliable. I had to visit a government office where they would not allow any gadgets to be carried by visitors, nor any bags. The security was tight and there was no place where I could keep my bag which had a tablet and off course my cell phone too. Going back to the hotel and returning would cost me a day in Delhi. A vegetable vendor selling some loose carrots, mangoes and cucumber, a girl about the age of 20 or so sitting on the pavement with her stock offered to keep my bag while I was in the office.

Naturally, I was reluctant to the offer and would never agree. The girl tried to convince me that she had kept costly cell phones and stuff for visitors on a daily basis and assured me that she would stay there even till 5 pm in the evening and wait for me to return and be there at the same spot the very next day.

Her clothes were shabby and she would not even make half of what I had in my bag in an entire month. As time went on and I kept thinking for a way out I saw a few people handing their luggage to her before proceeding to the office and on asking her what her charge would be she smiled and replied it would be a mere 20 rupees, she said. Further, she explained that I would loose more than a few hundreds if I handed my bag to someone else and they simply went off without waiting for me to return. The sales pitch was quite good and I fell for it but before that the young lady told me that I know you do not trust me but I will take double if you find your stuff intact with me. I had no choice and time was running. I left the bag trusting the lord to keep it safe.

A few hours later when I was back I found the girl welcoming me with the same enthusiastic smile on her face as if she was enjoying a good joke to find a person astonished by her sincerity. I had a plate of veggies from her and handed her a 100 rupee note. She charged me for the veggie plate and asked if she was eligible for the double. I was so happy that I wished she would have kept the hundred and accepted instantly, she took only 35 and with an air of dignity she exclaimed we charge only for what we work for. I was just happy she took whatever she wanted and had her royal sense unhurt as well.

It is the trust that keeps the world moving and and not the price or the money behind it. Trust does not come with a price tag it is inbuilt and comes with a sense of dignity and self esteem. A lesson learned that day never to be forgotten.

Pulled towards the past

We humans have the tendency to go back into time and again with our eyes set back to the future. We always try to find out what went wrong instead of what happened right as we leap forward into a time that has probably always been still as we move. The ticking of the clock is never a a movement of time rather than the moving hands on the dial. The past that we try to leave behind pulls us towards it to rectify the mistakes we did but the best part of all would be to understand not the mistakes but the positive moves that we took regardless of the mistakes leading us to a better today and perhaps building a better foundation for the today of the future. Staying still doing nothing cannot stop us from moving into time but the choices that we make can better our pace and even change our course to a brighter destination.

That does not mean that the stage we are at in this very moment of time is not better. No matter what the circumstances and the situation the station at which each of us stands in this very moment of time is the best of its kind if we dare to understand. So do many trainers coach their trainees to live in the very moment of time but then at some extent or the other fall behind in showing that time.

Therefore it is basically each individuals task as to how he or she perceive the “moment” as and lives it to the fullest. I keep my thoughts and thinking open….

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