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Friday, 15 July 2016

Jewel in your Crown



You are the sun so hot, I'm your light-rays gleaming down,
You are a queen of my town, I'm the jewel in your crown.

Your gentle word illuminates my soul,
It's you that makes me whole.

There is no place where your love cannot fill,
It's your devotion that makes them still.

I would jump the rivers most wide,
I can walk the scorching desert to have you by my side.

Though at times a thread may break,
A new one forms in its wake.

Whenever we are apart,
I hold you deep inside my heart.

Like silken thread it holds us fast,
Bonds like this are meant to last.

We are walking the shoreline, with our feet getting wet,
the horizon turns pink, as the sun starts to set.

A nice romantic dinner and a bottle of chilled wine,
we are here together in a moment stopped in time.

A special world for you and me,
A special bond one cannot see.

You are an eagle flying high, I'm your feathers light and brown,
You are a queen of my town, I'm the jewel in your crown.





Monday, 4 July 2016

7 Tips to Improve Your Sleep

On a recent flight from Paris to London, I had the good fortune to sit next to a very gracious woman. We bonded, not because we had a great number of things in common but rather because she did not complain or object when I inadvertently fell asleep on her shoulder.

Maybe not drooling on her neck pillow saved me.
When I awoke, we laughed at my narcoleptic tendencies and shared a few tips about how we both manage to sleep on a 500-seat tin can travelling at 900 kilometers per hour.

I have become proficient at falling asleep within minutes of laying down to snooze. And while I may not have an advanced degree or certification in the subject, I have devoted almost a third of my life to the art of sleep, so I consider myself something of an expert.

Each one of us should, in fact, be experts. We all started out as small humans with a propensity to sleep for hours, seemingly at anytime of the day and under any circumstance. The sad truth is that we teach ourselves to sleep poorly though bad habits.

In order to re-master sleeping, first understand that focus should be on the quality rather than the quantity of sleep -- and the key to success is conditioning the body and brain by creating habits and an environment that is conducive to sleep.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Rethink your diet -- at least late in the day.

Many experts believe it is best to cut out the consumption of large meals at least two hours before you hit the sack. For those who are more sensitive to caffeine, it is also a good idea to cut out caffeine several hours before bed.

As for alcohol, some people -- myself included -- find that a glass of wine or beer helps take the edge off, but as always, moderation is important. While too much alcohol may make you sleep longer, it dramatically reduces the quality of the sleep you get.

Lastly, consuming high-sugar and highly processed foods throughout the day can wreak havoc on insulin levels and metabolism, so consider adding high quality foods to your diet that will provide energy during the day and not disrupt your sleep at night.



2. Eliminate or drown out noise.

Unless you are like me -- someone who can (and has) slept through fire alarms and tropical storms -- consider a noise machine for your bedroom, which will aid in blocking unwanted background noises as you sleep. If you happen to use your phone as your alarm or an alarm clock charger, consider any number of the sleep aid apps, many of which have very customization features.



3. Install really dark curtains.

Our bodies are attuned to daylight, so avoid letting it creep into your room and disrupt your slumber. In the rooms you sleep, install dark curtains that allow you to block out unwanted light. And, for the ultimate in blacking out the light, consider a good sleeping mask.



4. Invest in a great mattress.

Consider that human beings spend one-quarter to one-third of their entire life sleeping, so it just makes sense to invest in the one apparatus that will make this time as comfortable as possible. Test mattresses for firmness and size, or consider any one of the new start-ups, such as Casper, that will deliver a new mattress to your home and give you 100 days to test it. While this may be an unconventional business model, you can take advantage of it to find a mattress that fits you best. Most important, do not settle for less because of price. Remember that if treated properly, mattresses can last up to 10 years, so the cost is simply a long-term investment in your happiness.



5. Remove the phone.

Unless you use it as an alarm clock , leave your phone outside the bedroom. Having it on the nightstand next to your bed just gives your brain license to command a quick glance at tomorrow's schedule -- which, as we all know, will devolve into an hour of checking email.
If you must keep your phone in the bedroom, use the "do not disturb" feature, and remember that the blue light emitted from the smart phones can wreak havoc on your ability to fall asleep, so avoid using it immediately before bed.



6. Relax and decompress.

For this reason, give yourself a "mental runway" to sleep. Turn everything off, from your phone to your brain, and allow yourself a few minutes (as many as 30) of complete silence. You can use this time to meditate or to simply talk yourself down with daily affirmations. The key is to clear your mind before you hit the sack. For most entrepreneurs (Zen masters excluded), business is stressful, and the source of many restless nights. 



7. Use your bed to (only) sleep.

To get the best rest while between the sheets, our bodies need to be conditioned to associate sleep with our bed. This is easiest to accomplish by eliminating all other activities in bed aside from sleep, such as watching television or reading books. Of course, there is at least one other activity many of us perform in bed, one that serves as tremendous stress relief, but when not engaged in whoopee, stick to a routine of sleep only.



Have a Happy Sleep :) 









Saturday, 2 July 2016

How to Revolutionize your Life within 6 minutes











No matter where you are in life at this moment, there is at least one thing that you and I have in common: We want to improve our lives and ourselves. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with us, but as human beings we’re born with a desire to continuously grow and improve. I believe it’s within all of us. Yet most people wake up each day and life pretty much stays the same.

Enter the life SAVERS, a sequence that combines the six most effective personal development practices known to man. While someone could invest hours on these practices, it only takes one minute for each -- or six minutes total -- to see extraordinary results.

I have been doing this since last six months and here I am sharing it with you all.

Just imagine if the first six minutes of every morning began like this:


1st Minute: Silence



Instead of hitting the snooze button, and then rushing through your day feeling stressed and overwhelmed, invest your first minute in sitting in purposeful silence.

Maybe you say a prayer of gratitude and appreciate the moment. As you sit in silence, you quiet your mind, relax your body and allow your stress to melt away. You develop a deeper sense of clarity, purpose, and direction.


2nd Minute: Exercise



Stand up and move your body for 60 seconds, long enough to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain. You could easily do a minute of jumping jacks, push-ups, or sit-ups. The point is that you raise your heart rate, generate energy and increase your ability to be alert and focused.


3rd Minute: Affirmations



Pull out and read your page of affirmations—written statements that remind you of your unlimited potential, your most important goals and the actions you must take today to achieve them. Reading over reminders of how capable you really are motivates you. Looking over which actions you must take, re-energizes you to focus on doing what’s necessary today to take your life to the next level.


4th Minute: Reading



Grab the self-help book you’re currently reading and read one page, maybe two. Learn a new idea, something you can incorporate into your day, which will improve your results at work or in your relationships. Discover something new that you can use to think better, feel better and live better.


5th Minute: Scribing



Pull out your journal and take one minute to write down something you’re grateful for, something you’re proud of and the top one to three results that you’re committed to creating that day. In doing so, you create the clarity and motivation that you need to take action.

6th Minute: Visualization



Close your eyes and visualize what it will look like and feel like when you reach your goals. Seeing your ideal vision increases your belief that it’s possible and your desire to make it a reality.


Start from Right Now

How would you feel if that’s how you used the first six minutes of each day? How would the quality of your day and your life improve? We can all agree that investing a minimum of six minutes into becoming the person that we need to be to create the lives we truly want is not only reasonable. It’s an absolute must.