Viewing Situations Positively

SpiritualityIf you look at the world around you and judge people based on how they respond to different situations, you will realize and know that there are some people who will look at situations from a negative view point very easily. A view point literally means – viewing from a point a particular scene in your life. Obviously the point of view as we say is different for each person i.e. the point from where someone views a particular scene is different for each person. It’s like a painting on a wall. I can see the same painting by standing at different points and I will see the same painting differently. That is what I mean by perception or the angle of viewing or the point of view. Sometimes one painting of life or scene in life will be seen by ten different people from ten different positions of the mind and they will see it differently or in other words they will react differently. And because we look from different viewpoints or have different perceptions, life for some is like a joyride and for some it can be a roller coaster ride i.e. a ride with ups and downs where you are shaken up and down very often or in other words become unstable emotionally.

When looking at situations, choose the most positive mind position to look at them from. That is the secret key to having a mind space which you own, in which the experience of virtues like happiness, contentment and power exist and express themselves freely. How to choose the best mental position to look at a scene of life or in other words how to have the most positive perception for a situation? This depends on your personality, which the good news is, can be changed. Meditation is the most beautiful technique of connecting yourself internally using the power of visualization to the sweet personality of God and absorbing His virtues. This brings the virtues inside your mind space in the form of good quality thoughts and on the basis of that creating positive perceptions or positive view points when looking at situations.

Situations arise in our lives regularly and even suddenly at times. At those times we are not prepared for them and even the best of people who are generally very positive will at times become disturbed when they look at them. There are people who have haPositive attituded heart attacks or have died of shock when someone close to them died or when suddenly their business went down or when they were told about a serious illness which they were suffering from. So, life can be demanding at times because we are not prepared for situations and at the same time we are not mentally strong enough to face them. So this makes it difficult for us to adjust to the sudden changes in our life and also we are generally attached to a perfect life in which no difficult situations exist. There are people who fear situations not so much because of the actual situation itself but more because of the fact that the situation exists in their life. This is called attachment to a particular lifestyle which we are used to, where everything goes smoothly and a little change in that can disturb us mentally.

Bringing spirituality in our lives is an important way of making our lives firstly free for the fear of situations existing and at the same time becoming aware of why situations arise in our lives and accept them easily and lastly what we can do on a physical and non-physical level i.e. at the level of our words and actions which are physical and at the level of our thoughts which are non-physical to reduce situations in our lives.  Also, the power to face situations fearlessly increases inside us when we have the hand of God to hold on to and when we have a very deep relationship with Him based on a spiritual understanding of who He is actually and how we can connect with Him. The connection becomes easy by experiencing ourselves as a soul or a being of spiritual light which is different from the physical costume we wear which we commonly call the human body.

Feelings of helplessness when faced with difficult situations are something that many people in the world experience. It’s as if life comes to a standstill and you don’t know where to look for help and whom to call out to. Is it so difficult to face situations? Doesn’t God know what we are going through and can’t he be made a part of the situation to cross it. Some say God is a spectator to our problems and he is too far away to hear our voice but is it so? God waits for His help to be taken because you are His spiritual child and you have a right to take His help. Also, God is not very happy if we say that He is insensitive to our troubles. Some people even go the extent of sometimes incorrectly saying that all the happiness and the sorrow in our lives is given by God, which is not true. But, at the same time to get us out of the sorrow is something that even God is always eager to do, but we need to take His help by remaining strong and stable in the negative situation. It is said that one step of courage taken by us brings thousand steps of help from God, who is our Father and taking His help is the first thing that should come in our mind when we are in trouble and not the last as sometimes it happens. We get so over-involved in situations and in thinking how to solve it that we forget that there is someone sitting out there who can be called down by the power of thought and ordered to help us as we would do with our physical father, if we needed his help.

Some people assume that God should help on His own, but there are two pre-conditions to receiving His help – one is courage and the other is remembering Him, which is a way of giving Him respect, who is the Highest of Highest. Remember God is the most humble being that exists. But He will help us when we remember Him much more than if we are disconnected from Him. Taking His help makes it easy for you to face the situation at hand and hence view situations positively.


Amla, Gooseberry Wonders

Health Benefits of Amla


Amla or Gooseberry is a vibrant green colour fruit recognized by its succulent, sour and bitter taste. Studies have shown that amla or the Indian gooseberry is packed with nutrients and can actually help you live a longer healthier life.

Amla is an indispensable part of Ayurvedic and Unani medicines. Amla or Gooseberry has many nutritious benefits and has been found to be the most abundant source of Vitamin. It contains more than 80% of water besides protein, carbohydrates, fibre, minerals and vitamins Minerals and vitamins mainly include calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, Vitamin C and B complex. It also contains gallic acid, which is a potent polyphenol. The fruit of this plant is round shaped with vertical stripes and has a hard seed inside. It is greenish yellow in color and tastes sour. The fruit is fibrous in nature. The fruit is sometimes eaten along with salt.  Amla is rich in natural vitamin C.

Let us have a look at the nutritional and health benefits of Amla.


Amla is a low calorie fruit. It provides only 60 calories for 100 grams of its intake. Amla contains mostly water which constitutes 80% of it. It is a rich source of carbohydrates and dietary fibre. It is one of the major providers of Vitamin-C and contains minerals like calcium, phosphorous and iron. Amla is also a rich source of antioxidants. Its nutritional benefits are :

  1. Rich source of Vitamin C.
    Amla is a source of Vitamin-C. So much so, that one small amla has as much Vitamin C as 2 medium oranges. Vitamin-C in amla makes it beneficial for skin health. It helps in reviving the skin texture and makes it smooth and glamorous. Vitamin-C helps in proper digestion thereby flushes out toxins from the body. This results in reducing skin blemishes and pigmentation and provides a rejuvenating and healthy skin. Acne and pimples can be avoided by its consumption.
  2. It is high in Antioxidants.
    Antioxidants prevent hair from premature aging and graying. Amla oil contains essential fatty acids that help in promoting hair growth. Head massage using amla oil increases blood circulation in the scalp thereby improving hair growth. It even helps in strengthening hair follicles and acts as a conditioner. Dandruff and dry itchy scalp can be avoided by applying it.
  3. It is rich source of fiber. Continue reading

Benefits of Carrots

carrotsCarrot is a root vegetable.It can be in orange, red, white, purple & yellow in color. The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is a taproot, although the greens are sometimes eaten as well.

carrots consists of vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C ,E & K. Apart from vitamins, it also contains potassium, manganese, and phosphorus.Carrots are the main source of:

1. Fiber
A 1-cup serving of chopped carrots contains 3.6 grams of dietary fiber, which is a good start toward getting the 21 to 25 grams women should aim for each day and the 30 to 38 grams men should consume on a daily basis. Fiber can’t be digested, which makes it an effective way to keep your intestines and arteries clear and clean.

2. Vitamin A and Beta-Carotine
Carrots are a top source of vitamin A, and a 1-cup serving of chopped carrots provides 1,069 micrograms of the essential vitamin. Daily vitamin A needs are 700 micrograms for women and 900 micrograms for men.In addition to promoting healthy eyes, vitamin A supports the health of your skin, teeth and bones as well.

3. Vitamin K
One cup of chopped carrots supplies 16.9 micrograms of vitamin K, which is about 20 percent of the 75 to 90 micrograms you need each day. The most crucial role that vitamin K plays is in clotting your blood. Vitamin K supports the health of your bones as well, which can reduce your risk of fractures, breaks and osteoporosis as you age.


Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source not only of beta-carotene, but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients. The areas of antioxidant benefits, cardiovascular benefits, and anti-cancer benefits are the best-researched areas of health research with respect to dietary intake of carrots.

1. Improved Vision
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.

Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against muscular degeneration and senile cataracts. A study found that people who eat the most beta-carotene had 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.

2. Cancer Prevention
Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties.

Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by the carrot that protects its roots from fungal diseases.

3. Anti-Aging
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism.  It help slows down the aging of cells.

4. Healthy Skin
Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

5.  A Powerful Antiseptic
Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.

6.  Prevent Heart Disease
Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.  Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.

The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

7.  Cleanse the Body
Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.

8.  Healthy Teeth and Gums
It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste.  Carrots stimulate gums and  trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria.  The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.

9.  Prevent Stroke:
From all the above benefits it is no surprise that in a Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.

The nutrition in carrots are tightly encased in protein sacs that have to be broken by heat (cooking) or mechanical action (grinding, juicing, proper chewing).

Cooking the carrots in fat or oils, or pureeing or juicing them increases the availability of carotenoids by 600 percent.
Fats help the absorption of carotenoids into the blood by 1000 percent as carotenoids are fat soluble.


Look for fresh green leaves when attached, and a smooth slender root without cracks. Do not choose carrots that have begun to soften and wither.


Remove leaves immediately if attached, because they rob the root of moisture. Keep them away from apples which emit a gas which causes carrots to become bitter. Refrigerate in a plastic bag.

Amazing Benefits of Beetroot


Beets! Beets! . . . whether you love it or not, it actually beats various illnesses so you should eat them. Beets are one of the treasures of the vegetable world. Beets are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, iron, biotin, vitamins A, B6 and C.

Most beetroot is round and red, but yellow, white and stripy versions are available.The beetroot taste is described as sweet, earthy and tender to eat. It is grown in the ground and is related to turnips, swedes and sugar beet.

Various benefits of Beetroot are:

Helps in Reducing Blood Pressure

In a Queen Mary University of London study, healthy participants had to drink a glass of beetroot juice while others had a dummy (placebo) drink. Others took nitrate tablets. Blood pressure was lowered within 24 hours in people who took nitrate tablets and those who drank beetroot juice.Researchers also found that having just about 500 grams of beetroot every day reduces a person’s blood pressure in about six hours. Another important effect of beetroot was that on consumption, the higher the person’s blood pressure the greater the drop.
Treats anemia

It is a common myth that because beetroot is reddish in color, It replaces lost blood and is therefore good to treat anemia. While this may sound a bit outrageous to many, there is a partial truth hidden in the myth. Beetroot contains a lot of iron. Iron helps in the formation of haemagglutinin, which is a part of the blood that helps transport oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body. It is the iron content and not the color that helps treat anemia.

Beats constipation and keeps the stomach healthy

Because of its high soluble fiber content beetroot is a great laxative. It cleanses the colon and clears out the stomach helping in regularizing one’s bowel movements.

Protects against Cancer

Beetroot has amazing antioxidant properties that aids in protection from cancer. The active ingredient which gives beetroot its color, betacynin, has been found to reduce the growth of tumors by 12.5 percent. The study was conducted on patients who have prostate or breast cancer.

Boosts Brain power & treat dementia

Drinking beetroot juice increases blood flow to the brain in older people, which may be able to fight the progression of dementia, a 2010 study suggested. Beetroot contains high concentrations of nitrates, which are converted into nitrites by bacteria in the mouth. Nitrites help open blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen to places lacking in oxygen.


There are some interesting side effects of eating too much beetroot. It can turn urine pink, which can be mistaken for blood in the urine.
Beetroot is just one food which contains oxalates, which prevent calcium from being absorbed by your body allowing it to build up as stones in the kidney.

Raw! – Yes, it can be eaten raw. Slice them and serve with sprinkle of lemon.
Juice! – Its juice helps in :

  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Relieving constipation by improving the digestive health especially fat digestion as well as body’s metabolism
  • Aids blood flow to the brain
  • Boosts immune system
  • Fights inflammation

Pickled! – Pickled beets are just marvelous.
As Dessert – Beets and their smoky, earthy sweetness are the secret ingredient in some fabulous desserts.

Lemon – The Small Wonder

Wonders of lemonLemon has been used from centuries in Indian Kitchen. Many of us know various uses of lemon in our day to day life. Every part (juice, pulp & peel) of this fruit have various benefits.

Location: Lemon is widely grown all over the world. Lemon grows in abundance in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mexico and West Indies.

Colour: Unripe lemons are green in colour. When they are matured, the colour is changed into yellow.

Family: Rutaceae

Scientific Name: Citrus Limonum Risso

Minerals Found: Vitamin C in large quantity but Vitamin A, potassium, niacin and thiamine are present in small amounts.


  • It checks the excessive flow of bile and cleanses the mouth.
  • It helps in digestion and removes constipation.
  • It prevents vomiting, throat trouble, acidity and rheumatism.
  • It destroys intestinal worms.
  • Lemon-juice is a powerful antibacterial. It has been proved by experiments that the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases are destroyed in lemon-juice.
  • Lemon is acidic but it leaves off alkaline residues in the body. This is why it is useful in all symptoms of acidosis and removes acidity.
  • Lemon contains more potassium than apple or grapes, which is beneficial to the heart.
  • It strengthens blood vessels & prevents internal haemorrhage.
  • Lemon-juice is a diuretic. It, therefore, gives relief in kidney and bladder disorders.
  • The vitamin C content of lemon helps considerably in calcium metabolism therefore lemon is also useful in maintaining health of teeth & bone.
  • It is also used for kidney stones, minor fevers and bronchial congestion.
  • Used to soothe poisonous stings and insect bites, eczema, chilblains, sunburn and as a gargle for sore throats.
  • It has antacid, anti scorbutic, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericide, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diuretic, emollient, febrifuge, haemostatic, hepatic, insecticide, laxative, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge properties.


Uses of Lemon in Household acts

Get rid of unwanted visitors

Little critters enter home from edges. To avoid them to enter, spray the area with a good dose of lemon juice. Sprinkle lemon peel for added protection around doorways. Insects hate the acidic smell and will stay away.

Mop your floor with a mixture of lemon juice and water to ward off roaches and fleas, too.

Keep neighborhood cats at bay

If you’ve got a problem with stray cats stinking up your garden, try grinding up some lemon peels and tossing them on the ground. They hate citrus scents. This trick also works in the home to keep cats off counter-tops and furniture.

Make your whites shine

Soak the material in a tub of lemon juice and baking soda (a 50/50 ratio works best).Let it marinate for about half an hour before throwing it into the wash. For bad stains, give them one-on-one attention by scrubbing them with a lemon wedge before washing.

Clean your grater

Slice a lemon in half and use the fleshy side to and give a good scrub to grater and than wash after 10-15 minutes.

Avoid Rice from Sticking

Just add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the pot while the water’s boiling. Then separate it with a fork when rice get ready.

Clean Greasy Utensils

Sprinkle some salt (for abrasion) on a juiced lemon half and rub on the greasy areas, wipe up with a towel. (Be careful using lemon on marble counter tops, or any other surface which may be sensitive to acid).

Clean Tea Kettle

Fill the kettle with water, add a handful of thin slices of lemon peel and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour, drain, and rinse well.

Clean Microwave

Add lemon rinds to a microwave-safe bowl filled halfway with water. Cook on high for 5 minutes, allowing the water to boil and the steam to condense on the walls and tops of the oven. Carefully remove the hot bowl and wipe away the mess with a towel.

Clean Stainless Steel Sink

Rub with a squeezed lemon half, rinse, and lightly buff with a soft cloth.

Brighten Copper Cookware

A halved lemon dipped in salt or baking powder can also be used to brighten copper cookware, as well as brass, chrome, or stainless steel.

Bacteria/virus free environment

Dry lemon slices for a day and then burn them in a vessel. This smoke will remove all bacteria, virus from home.


Use of Lemon to maintain Beauty

Lighten Age Spots

Apply a small piece of lemon peel to the affected area and leave on for an hour.

Use on your Skin

Lemon peels can be very lightly rubbed on your face for a nice skin tonic, then rinse. (And be careful around your eyes.)

Be Soft

Mix lemon juice, rose water & glycerine in equal quantity. After bath apply with this mixture all over your skin and remain soft even in winters.

Remove Blackheads

Lemon juice can also be used in getting rid of blackheads. You can use lemon by massaging it on top of the blackheads prior to sleeping at night then wash it off with cold water as soon as you wake up. You can do the treatment every night until blackheads fade away.

Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells

Lemon juice is also used to exfoliate dead skin cells. You can do this by means of cutting it into half then plunge into ½ teaspoon sugar and apply over your face for several minutes before rinsing. You can do it each night to assist in eliminating dead skin cells as well as invigorate your skin.


Use of Lemon to Remain Healthy


Mix 1 spoon lime juice and a pinch of salt in lukewarm water and drink.


Mix lime juice with 2 spoons of honey in lukewarm water and have daily in early morning on empty stomach.

Ear Pain

Dilute 1 piece of rock salt in spoon of lime juice. Put 2 drops of this solution in the paining ear for immediate relief.


Grind lime leaves with salt and haldi(turmeric powder). Apply the paste non the body and bath after an hour.

Knee pain

2 spoon lime juice, 1 spoon garlic juice and mix well and have it twice a day.

Get Relaxed

Take Lemon Slices (skin), salt and boil them in water.
Now use that hot water for bathing and it will remove all body pains, laziness, lethargy and fatigue.


  • Citrus fruits have been linked with migraine and some people are allergic to them. It is implicated as triggering factor in few asthmatics.
  • As lemons are highly acidic it can destroy tooth enamel.


  • Always consume the fruits of lemon fresh. Cut it just before you are going to use.
  • Avoid those that do not have a firm and shiny appearance.
  • In winter it is recommended to reduce consumption a little lemon juice daily since low temperatures can delay the natural elimination through sweat. And in summer you can drink daily.
  • One should not take concentrated lemon-juice. It should be diluted with water before taking it. Pure lemon ­juice contains acid which is injurious to the enamel of teeth.

A very good way to remain happy forever.

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