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Listen: Not just hear

Listen: Not just hear

Yesterday I along with my family, had been to a restaurant, called ‘Mirchi and Mime’ in Mumbai. Just like any other fine-dining restaurant, it had a good ambiance, great food as expected. But what impressed me the most was their unique concept, of having hearing and speech impaired wait staff. We were greeted in sign language accompanied by a beaming smile, which put a smile on all our faces too. The menu had the instructions of how to place order using sign language, making non-verbal communication easier for us and like that, we also became of part of the mime.
Here I am reminded of a language which is beyond words. Listening using ears, is ‘hearing’ but to listen we have to have a heart.
There are so many things that we can listen to! Some of them, I thought are worth sharing:

Listen to the smile:
It makes us happy, feel encouraged and boosts up our self esteem.
Listen to the sadness:
We can be of a great help to somebody if we just listen to their problems. The problems may remain the same, but their weight on the person decreases exponentially. Problem shared is problem half solved and remember, when somebody complains, don’t consider it as a blame. This might speak of the trust that they have on us.
Listen to the happiness:
The happiness will multiply, both ways.
Listen to the tears:
Every tear has a story, and the story always has a message that needs to be heard.
Listen to the helplessness:
We can always answer it with love, respect and attention.

IN CONCLUSION, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LISTEN TO YOUR CONSCIENCE, YOUR HEART AND YOUR SOUL!

HAPPY RIDING ON THE MOOD SWINGS!

ARUNA.

Children living with patience ,acceptance and love find this world a beautiful place to live in.

Children living with patience ,acceptance and love find this world a beautiful place to live in.

Raising my daughters has been quite exhausting yet a satisfying job.When we are involved in our own struggle of life, we often tend to ignore the feelings and emotions of kids,especially when they are very small . A child can show his/her emotions even when he/she is not able to speak.We often confuse their display of emotions with tantrums. Many times in order to seek attention a child behaves weirdly. Shouting,slapping, ignoring or getting irritated is not the answer.

Here is a story which I heard from my bhabhi [sister in law ] Pinky Madaan .

Once a lady went to the mela,an Indian village fair along with her three year old son whose name was Rahul..There were swings,merry-go-rounds,candy shops , toy shops and so on. To the lady’ s surprise, Rahul was not enjoying at all. He insisted on returning home.The lady got annoyed as she had spent her previous month’s savings to buy the tickets. This irritated her ,whose efforts to please  Rahul had failed. She started  yelling and dragging him. The boy resisted as much as he could.The lady got irritated and also angry. She slapped Rahul who started crying but still was reluctant to go ahead.

Another lady was witnessing the drama. She intervened and suggested the mother to be a little patient.She found out that the shoe lace of Rahul’s shoe was untied during their tug of war. She bent down to tie that when, to her surprise saw that Rahul could see only legs of people around.All things of enjoyment were not in his sight.She carried him in her arms and observed that Rahul was enjoying as he could see everything clearly,seeing which, mother also felt happy.

DO NOT IMPOSE YOUR POINT OF VIEW ON YOUR CHILDREN,,BEND A LITTLE AND TRY TO RAISE THEM TO YOUR LEVEL SO THAT LIFE BECOMES BEAUTIFUL FOR BOTH OF YOU.

Children living with patience ,acceptance and love find this world a beautiful place to live in.

 

See you soon with another story to share.

Happy riding on the mood swings,

Recipe of Garlic Sauteed Vegetables

Recipe of Garlic Sauteed Vegetables

This recipe is all time favorite of  my family and friends. The vegetables I used  have

anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties and help  in weight management.

Preparation time-30 Minutes[cutting and chopping].

Cooking time-7/8 Minutes.

 

Serves 2 /3 Persons.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp.Olive
  • 1 tsp .butter[OPTIONAL]
  • 1 onion [chopped]
  • 8/10 cloves of garlic[finely chopped]
  • 3 Types of bell peppers[one each]
  • 250 gm.  Cauliflower
  • 100 gm. beans.
  • 250 gm .broccoli.
  • 8/10 kennels of baby-corn
  • 2 tomatoes
  • other vegetables like  zucchini,carrots etc can also be used.

For seasoning:

  • cheese slices[if you are counting on calories omit this]
  • oregano 1/4 tsp.
  • a pinch of black-pepper
  • chilly flakes[optional]

Method:
Chop all vegetables.
Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add finely chopped garlic. Saute for a minute on a low flame. Add onions , baby corns and beans. Saute for 2/3 minutes. Add rest of vegetables like peppers,broccoli and zucchini etc. Again saute for 2 mins only. Do not overcook as the taste is spoiled. Turn off the gas. Put cheese slices, oregano, black pepper and red chilly  flakes. Cover the vessel for one minute.
Serve hot.
It tastes awesome  with garlic bread..  Along with a bowl of clear soup, your dinner is complete.
This recipe will help you not to indulge in   EMOTIONAL EATING!

Happy mindful eating 🙂

Aruna.

EMOTIONAL EATING

Hi Friends,

I used to be overweight and losing weight was one of the big challenges for me. I am going to share some  experiences of my weight loss journey which is still going on with 10 kgs. loss in weight already till date.

To know about the weight loss we must first try to find the reasons for the weight gain. There are many reasons for  obesity like hormonal imbalance, sedentary lifestyle heredity and so on.  Out of many reasons ‘EMOTIONAL EATING’,  I  will be discussing today.

Food is the basic necessity of our life.But many times, knowingly or unknowingly we turn to food  to fill our emotional needs which is known as emotional eating.

Let us answer  a few questions.

  • Do you go to the kitchen to search for something to eat whenever you are feeling bored, angry,tired or stressed out?
  • Do you crave for sugary or sweet things like chocolates etc.
  • Do you lose control over yourself when there is food  which you know should not be eaten ?
  • Do you feel like eating even after having full meal?
  • Do you celebrate your moments of happiness with eating more food?

If the answer is ‘YES’ to above questions, you are indulging in emotional eating which might result in weight gain, along with the feeling of guilt and regret  further putting you in a vicious circle.

To every problem there lies a solution. To know about ‘ How to switch from emotional eating to mindful eating ,stay connected.

Wishing you a MINDFUL EATING,

Aruna.

PARENTING,A Sacred Job Assigned By God

Hi Friends,

Thanks for your response and taking out your time for reading this.

Today i am going to share my feelings and experiences regarding one of the most important ingredients of inter personnel relationships that is love, specially in Child-Parent relationship.

Kids are sources of joy who come into our life to be loved and nurtured so that they blossom into fragrant flowers. Loving children is our natural instinct and all of us claim to do so. Love is not providing food, toys, fancy clothes and electronic gadgets  only. These things have their own importance in today’s materialistic and competitive world. We often feel guilty whenever we are not able to provide these things to our children. Has anyone of us ever thought of filling the emotional void in children and trying to see with their eyes?

Love starved children  often become highly unstable adults who can’t handle the ups and downs of the swing of life.

There is no single method or  formula to explain  it but one of the methods [which I learnt as a kid ,a mother and a teacher] is make your child always feel loved. This can be done by hugging and cuddling [other methods will be discussed in future write ups]. Non sexual physical touch  or love plays a pivotal role in the personality development of a child. Where nothing works, a single touch may be a pat on the back, a hand on the head or an arm around works miraculously. Make your child feel loved by any one of these methods or any other like a soft kiss on the forehead  and putting your arms round him/her and saying’I love you’ and always mean that. A child can always feel your vibes.

CHILDREN SHOULD BE NOURISHED WITH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE, ONLY THEN THEY WILL LOVE US AND OTHERS WHEN THEY GROW UP.

I look forward to your suggestions and feedback, and any and every question is welcomed. 🙂

HAPPY RIDING ON THE MOOD SWINGS

ARUNA.