Correcting Our Mistakes

To acknowledge & correct our mistakes is crucial for success. 

We make mistakes more often than we realize. Sometimes we even defend our mistakes despite the realization.

I first came across with the word “Self Realization” from the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda Paramhansa. It is a big word, and is difficult to attain, it means looking at oneself without judging. It requires practice, patience, and meditation.

Humans are the only creation of God capable of Self Realization.

In simple word, we are blind to our mistakes, and Self Realization is the process to shrink our Blind Spot.

I am very privileged that my writings are being proofread by one of my friend Yogi, (A Grammar Nazi), he helps me correct my grammatical mistakes.

With that said, sometimes the mistakes are too obvious to notice but somehow I fail to notice, only to be later corrected by him.

I remember a conversation with him, where I asked, “How could I possibly miss that?”. He said, “Probably because you are the author and expect everything to be correct”.

Me on the other hand.. I am looking for mistakes“, he added.

That is so true, it is also true for every other action we take in the life. We believe that every action of ours is perfect.

We all should have one friend who is bold enough to show us our mistakes, to make us more successful in our endeavors.

I am very grateful to him. Thank you so much, Yogi, for improving my writings.


Faisal

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Will Online Shopping Wipe out Brick & Mortar Industry?

With the advent of online shopping, many of us think that the brick and mortar(B&M) industry would perish eventually.

I am a big advocate of online shopping, it makes things easy on many levels. I have purchased many products online and it feels awesome every time.

But deep inside I feel bad for the B&M industry.

Today I had to purchase Bluetooth earphones, and the obvious steps taken by me were to look at Amazon and Flipkart. I got amazing deals too.

But something was missing. I wanted to have in hand feel of the product. To see the whole range of the products and looking at the pictures and reading the descriptions were not enough for me.

So I visited Nehru Place, New Delhi. Asia’s largest electronic goods market. I enjoyed the hassle and it was really fun to see product-experts explain the pros and cons of various products.

At that moment, I realized that B&M industry would never perish.

We as Human need the personal touch of another human being, we like the fact that someone else does all the research and explains the pros and cons of various products.

Of course, the market share for the B&M would decline in a long run. But the online shops would never be able to wipe out the B&M industry entirely.

Shops which would provide a pleasant shopping experience will have the maximum market share for that region. 

As a customer, we all would eventually have the best experience in these shops because this is the only way to compete with online giants.


Faisal

Shifting The Attention

Our mind is a mysterious device.

A couple of months back I read the book “The Power of Now A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” by Eckhart Tolle. In his book, he mentioned that in any unpleasant situation our mind is capable of shifting the attention to a desirable state of mind.

That’s exactly what happened today.

In my hometown, there is a place called Bada Bazaar. It is the main market of the town. A very crowded place in the evening. I remember going there a few of years back and it used to be very stressful because of obvious reasons.

Earlier visiting that place was only about completing the chores and returning back to home as soon as possible, but this time, I shifted my attention to observing the things around me and the stress went away.

It was really awesome. It is difficult to express in writing because I am out of words.

I believe, it is something which could only be felt.

Shifting the focus is indeed the best way to manipulate the mind for the better outcome and peace of mind.


Faisal

Teaching Meditation To a 9-Year-Old

In the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda Paramhansa, the author mentioned about his ashram in Ranchi and describes, how he used to train the disciples from an early age.

In a particular instance, he mentioned that in his ashram, there was a 9-year-old boy could sit in a lotus posture and meditate for hours.

I was astonished by this, since it is very difficult for me to meditate for more than 20 minutes, and you would understand it too if you have meditated even for 5 minutes.

Meditating for more than an hour is a huge deal.

I am home and I have a cousin, Amaan, who is 9 years old, it was time for me to see if I can teach meditation to a 9-year-old.

I tried to make him understand the concept of meditation by telling him that he has to count his breaths while sitting in lotus posture and keeping the eyes closed. I thought that it would be difficult to make him understand but to my utmost surprise, he took it as a game and was very excited about it.

The attention span of a child is indeed less than 5 second, and it was evident but there were times where he surprised me with his calmness. The game lasted for 15 mins with 3 intervals and for the last 3 minute, he was asleep.

Children take everything as a game, which is a pretty interesting way of looking at life. For them, the fun is too crucial to miss.

We are too busy playing an adult and don’t have fun anymore in our lives .

Indeed, we could learn so much from a child.


Faisal

A Growth Mindset

Listening has become a lost trait in the conversation.

I have been meeting a lot of people in my hometown and everyone is a philosopher.

While there is so little to learn from these conversations, I still try to listen for the most part of it, and while listening I do the next best thing, observing.

Everyone is so confident in their thought process that it is evident to say that, ignorance is a bliss.

The life here is pretty much defined by what they have already seen.

They don’t know what they don’t know, and with the mindset they have, they will never get to know the things which they don’t know.

I know, it’s pretty messed up.

Well, I also don’t know, what I don’t know, but since I am open to new learnings, I have a chance of learning new things, the things that I don’t know.

We should have an open mindset, it’s also called growth mindset. A growth mindset is crucial for success.

Faisal