Just a Moment

flameCan you take just a moment …?
Well, maybe more than just one.
Can you let yourself go and share in my daydream?
The letting go part will allow us to consider all of the possibilities
In life … in your life … in the lives of others,
It only takes a moment to turn darkness into light.

Imagine, if you will …
Imagine that if it were possible
To gather all of the weapons throughout the world
And trade them for life’s fortunes.

Not for riches but for reason;
Not for power but for empathy;
Not for revenge but for justice;
Not for oppression but for peaceably co-existing.

Imagine the words of those names that are famous
Like Christ, Ghandi, King, Kennedy, Lincoln, Confucius, Einstein
Being emphasized more for the actions they purport to take
Instead of the oft-quoted words of

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The Best Way to Cherish and Celebrate Your Blessings

flameby Rohi Shetty

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

~Zig Ziglar

Diwali, the festival of lights, the most important festival of Hindus will be celebrated in the last week of October this year. Hindus believe that Diwali is the most auspicious day to worship Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

However, if you are a writer or an artist, this ancient Indian tale may inspire you to celebrate your creativity this Diwali.

In ancient times, Kalidasa was the royal bard and dramatist in the court of King Ananda. One day, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, appeared before him at dawn, and said,

“Kalidasa, I will be leaving your house on Diwali night. After I leave, you will lose all your wealth. Even worse, you may never write another

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Memo to my Hindu Friends

flameJesus Christ says in the Bible…‘I am the Light of this world, whosoever that follows me shall not walk in darkness’… ‘Let your Light shine before all men’…  ‘You don’t Light a lamp and put it under’ …

The message of Deepavali is all about Light…Tell It…Show It…Live It…Light the World with its message…

Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. Each day of Diwali has its own tale, legend, and myth to tell.

Enjoy the festival of lights. Deepavali means “a row of lights”. It falls on the last two days of the dark half of the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November).

Everyone forgets and forgives wrongs in an air of freedom, festivity and friendliness. Diwali festival brings about unity and charity and dazzles all with joy. Marked by 4 days of celebration.

Plus each day of

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How to Tame the Monkey in Your Mind

by Rohi Shetty

What I like to do best is to meditate.

How do I do it, you ask?

I sit in a comfortable upright posture, close my eyes and focus all my attention on my breath coming in and going out.

I do this for a few minutes and sometimes for longer periods.

This sounds easy to do but it’s not. It’s simple but not easy.

Because when I meditate, I come face to face with the monkey in my mind.

And the monkey in my mind likes to chatter. A lot. All the time.

Before I know it, I am caught in its chatter.

Sometimes it’s about the things I did or didn’t do or the things I should do or should not do.

Sometimes it’s about things I said or saw or thought or heard or ate or should have.

After a while, I realize this and turn my attention back to the breath. This is the

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The Harder I Try …

I think it’s a German saying that goes something like “the harder you try, the behinder you get.” What a saying! I’d like to examine what might lie behind its meaning. Most of us have been taught to “try hard” in order to achieve and get ahead in this world. In and of itself, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that philosophy and, in most cases, it pays dividends. However, have you ever had the feeling that you may be trying too hard? Others may say something to you like “just relax and let it happen. You’re trying too hard.” You mean what that old saying brings is not as true as it was meant to be?

Well, no, there’s really nothing wrong with the saying. The problem lies with our not realizing that there comes a point when our “trying hard” doesn’t need to continue. We have reached a point where

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As Nigeria recovers from Ebola Virus Disease scare

The Ebola virus disease hit West African countries Aug/Sept 2014 ravaging the health infrastructure of many nations in this sub-region, causing scare, death, pain, and anguish for citizens. The early symptoms are: fever, muscle pains, and cramps. The secondary are; vomiting, frequent stooling, and diarrhoea, bleeding from multiple parts of the body. It is highly contagious and kills within three weeks of infection. There is no known cure. Victims are quickly quarantined to check the spread.

The fever has come and probably gone in Nigeria, but the fear of the virus it still visible among 170 million citizens of the largest African economy. It has sharply increased the awareness of diseases among the people, personal hygiene, changed the way the people live and work, and kept everyone on alert for infectious diseases. It even forced government to extend the re-opening of schools for the 2014/2015 academic session.

Ebola was imported into Nigeria

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How to Find Time to Write—Six Steps to Success

by Rohi Shetty

“Change is inevitable; progress is not.
Pain is inevitable; suffering is not.”
~The Buddha

The main reason why you don’t write regularly is because you don’t have enough time, right? Right! Work, family, social obligations, TV, random web surfing…

(uh-huh, maybe best not to mention TV and random web surfing).

You do have enough time to write. Time is NOT the problem.

Try this powerful six-step writing productivity system:

1. Track how you spend your time for a week

Download the Weekly Tracking Chart:

Weekly Tracking Chart (printable PDF format)

Weekly Tracking Chart (editable doc format)

Weekly Tracking Chart (editable RTF format)

Track what you are doing every 30 minutes for the next seven days.

(30 minutes is just right—60 minutes is too long and 15 minutes may be too anal.

Though if you want to track yourself every 15 minutes, go for it.)

You can choose to print out the Weekly Tracking Chart and do

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How to Get Rid of Procrastination Permanently

By Rohi Shetty

“Perfectionism and Procrastination lead to Paralysis!” ~Roy Sorrels

The three top obstacles that are responsible for writer’s block are:

Perfectionism Fear of failure Procrastination

Perfectionism leads to fear of failure and that in turn leads to procrastination.

The good news is that Peter Shallard, aka the shrink for entrepreneurs has devised a system called the Five Pillars of Productivity to destroy procrastination once and for all.

The Five Pillars of Productivity are (drum roll, please):

Specificity Measurement Accountability Deadlines Play

1. Specificity

The most effective way to set daily writing goals is to ask yourself a single question:

“What can I do today, entirely on my own, in this day and this day alone?”

This question helps you to set goals that are neither too fuzzy nor too detailed.

Ask yourself this one question every day. Then take action on your answer.

For example, you can set yourself the goal to write 500 words daily.

2. Measurement:

Measurement and recording of simple daily

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