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Learning 676

As humans, we’re born with an innate tendency to focus on the present. Biological needs demand this, from eating to sleeping to going to the bathroom.

But we aren’t usually raised to remain focused on the present. Society tells us to delay gratification, including the fulfillment of biological urges. Schools discipline us to study; even though it’s no fun, we know that studying now will improve our future prospects.

Thus we sacrifice some present-orientation perspective in favor of future-orientation. Let’s look at the different kinds of present-orientation perspectives.

In the present, you might be a hedonist or a fatalist. Hedonists enjoy all things that offer pleasure, and will do anything to avoid pain. Teens are classic hedonists, seeking novelty, excitement and short-term gains. They’re life of the party, to be sure; but teens also have little impulse control.

In contrast, fatalists believe their lives are controlled by forces outside of their influence. They might think, “Why should I worry about the future when it’s already decided for me by God?”

Learning 594

There can be no happiness at the end of your life, if there is a giant gap between the person you meant to be and the person that you currently are. 

To close this gap do small things well each day. Your great days will lead you to your great life. 

The 10 Minutes Mantra 

*Turn your life in just 10 minutes*
My dad once told me : “You can apply the 10 minutes mantra to turn around your life in a tremendous way.”
I didn’t understand at first. “What’s the big deal in 10 minutes?” I asked.
“There’s indeed a big deal about it. 10 minutes, believe me son, can create a marvellous difference in our life,” my dad offered wisely.
“Elaborate please, dad,”
“I’ll tell you. But first, you’ve to get up tomorrow at 6.00 am.” My dad conditioned. I agreed.
Next day, as I woke up at the agreed time, my dad came to my room.
“What’s the time?”
“6.00 am” I replied.
“Okay, so before you can follow the 10 minutes mantra, you have to “follow the art of being aware about the clock,”
I was confused. My dad continued, “Look at the clock. It’s 6.00 am. Now within 10 minutes I ask you to do the following – Arrange your bed and your table; drink two glasses of water, wash your face and brush your teeth. But keep looking at your clock while doing these. That’s it”
“Well…Okay,” I said, thinking what could be the catch my dad wanted me to capture.
I began and started doing all he asked. All the time, I kept glancing at the wall clock. Finally after 10 minutes (or 30 seconds earlier to be exact) I had finished it all.
“Well done, boy. You have turned around your life!” My dad praised, patting on my back.
“What?” I was astonished and puzzled, unable to grasp, and asked earnestly “I didn’t get you, dad.”
 “Think, son, think!” My dad urged, “Recall your earlier days. How did your day started off?”
I racked my brains and pondered over. Usually, I wake up at 6.00 am. Then, I wander off, yawning lazily and even sleep for some more minutes or sit idly on my chair, my thoughts in thousand directions. And, by the time I finish the above activities, it was already past 7.00 am.
“And today, it’s just 6.10 am” my dad said as if he read my mind.
“Yes!” I exclaimed, starting to understand.
“So what made you do it?” my dad asked.
I thought. What made me do it? Because my dad told me to do? No, no. There was more to it. And then it hit me.
*“ The art of being aware about the clock!”* I almost shouted.

“Yes and also ten minutes.” My dad said, smiling at my wonderstruck face.
My dad explained: “By setting your eyes on the clock and thinking about 10 minutes, your mind got *focused* in that span of 10 minutes. It was just like a deadline or a due date. *The10 minutesdeadline kept your mind in the present; in the “NOW ” and prevented you from wandering off.”*
I was impressed. Just a matter of meagre 10 minutes had such a mighty effect! I had completed all those routine activities on time.  Now, I felt I have so much time ahead (as compared to 7.00am, it was just 6.10 am!). With so much time saved, I could work on creative and productive activities, instead of loitering around aimlessly. *Time is indeed, the most precious thing on earth.*
 A question piqued my curiosity, “Dad, why only 10 minutes. Why can’t we divide our activities into 1 hour slots?”
“Good question,” my dad said, “we can. But Shorter the time, *more productive* you will get. Imagine, if I told you to do those routine activities in 1 hour? Your mind will make your actions slower because you’ll think you have enough time to do it. Even if an activity takes 1 hour, you can segment it into 10 minutes slots.”
“Give an example,” I was eager to know more.
“You can, for instance, segment your workout time,” my dad resumed. “10 minutes- warm-up; 10 minutes- stretching and 10 minutes-yoga,”
“Really amazing, dad; this 10 minutes stuff can make your life on a roll! Instead of long bouts of inactivity, once can benefit from the short bursts of creativity!”
“Yes. The 10 minutes stuff is just an idea. You can also make it 15 minutes or 20 minutes but not longer than that.” My dad paused and continued :
“The 10 minutes mantra can be applied in every aspect of life. A student, a professional, a businessman or anyone can apply this simple but successful technique. Take an example of student. The student can allot 10 minutes time for a topic. After that, he/she can take 2 minutes rest and resume for another ten minutes. He or she can also take time off and read a good book for 10 minutes or allot just 10 minutes for walking. All a student has to do is to be aware of the clock.
Elaborating it further, _we humans have a tendency to keep on delaying small things_. We know we have to pay bills on time, and still we delay it beyond the due dates. We are aware that our bike’s tyres need to get pumped, yet we don’t care to stop by the car-shop we pass every day. We promise ourselves to go to a temple on a particular day, yet we never seem to keep our own promise on time. Why? Because our mind wanders off and deems such things as unimportant. If we vow to take just 10 minutes or 20 minutes of our entire 24 hours, we would never procrastinate and our life will be million times better.”
 My dad concluded: “ The 10 minutes, if followed *consistently*, can have a tremendous effect in anyone’s lifestyle. *Procrastination* and *Idleness* will vanish away replaced by *Focus* and *Intensity*. People will tell you they are short of time. No time for the loved ones, no time for pursuing their dreams, no time to eat, no time for their health as if they are the most busiest people on earth! It’s the lamest excuse one can give.
*The 10 minutes mantra can keep us Organized, keep our otherwise disoriented thoughts in check, Balance our life fruitfully and help us to have enough time in our hands. So follow this 10 minutes mantra and see your life turn around at a miraculous pace…..!”*

Skincare – Some tricks, natural therapies and hidden talents

To keep your-self looking youthful, proactive skin care is essential. If you don’t have enough time, just pamper yourself with the basics. It all accompanies with a healthy lifestyle choice.

In an interview with Huffington Post published on 15/10/2014 90s adored Katie Holmes believes that “using good products really do make a difference” in long term skincare maintenance. She also says that the key to being beautiful starts from within. Women today are really making a difference in the world, but they are juggling a lot. They have to take time to be grateful for the things in their life, to celebrate the people in their life that they really love and drink a lot of water.

The skin type is determined by how much or how little oil your skin produces. How you care for your skin depends on the type of skin you have: oily, combination (normal), dry, sensitive, or sun damaged.

Here are some basic skincare steps:

Step 1: Treat your skin gently

  • Limit bath time – Use warm instead of hot or cold water.
  • Avoid strong soaps or bar soaps – They tend to dry your skin. Choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully – Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against. Use a shaving gel, lotion or cream and use a clean sharp razor.
  • Pat Dry – After washing or bathing, gently pat dry so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin – For day use, consider one which contains SPF and for night it must not.
  • Understand the risks and benefits of tattoos and piercing – including the latest tattoo removing techniques.
  • Consider whether laser hair removal is right for you.

Step 2: Cleansing

  • Use natural or organic cleansers – You can cleanse your skin by milk or yogurt.
  • Wash your face with lukewarm water – It removes all the excess oil clotted on your face from you night moisturizer. Don’t use hot or cold water as both can cause broken capillaries.
  • Don’t cleanse your skin too often – Whenever you apply makeup or sunscreen, make sure you remove by washing your face well at night else it can clog your pores.
  • For dry skin – If you have a dry skin as dry as the Sahara Dessert just , simply apply cold cream and wipe off, even no water is needed. Exfoliate on a weekly basis. If you are washing your face with water use warm water so that your skin looses dirt and clogged pores.
  • Remove your eye makeup with a proper makeup remover. Don’t pull or rub too hard as the area around your eye is very delicate. Olive oil works as a best natural eye makeup remover.

Step 3: Exfoliate

  • Exfoliation is essential – but most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. One of the reason men’s skin looks more youthful than women’s is because men tend to exfoliate daily during shaving. See How to Exfoliate

Some commonly used exfoliations are:

  • A facial Scrub – Buy a good one from the market or try some home-made recipies.
  • A Washcloth – Put a dab of cleanser and a sprinkle of white refined sugar on a damp washcloth and massage skin in a circular motion. After a quick rinse, any sign of dead skin is erased. If you have dry skin, try extra virgin coconut oil.
  • Microdermabrasion – You can buy the kits. See list of the best facial scrubs and microdermabrasion kits.
  • Chemical peels – Its gentle enough to use some of the counter peels that work over the course of a month.

“A recipe for a DIY Pore Stripping Mask which uses only plain gelatin and a little milk. Mix them up, heat it for about 10 seconds in the microwave and apply. Once it has dried you peel it off, and everything comes out of your pores as well. Genius!”
– Christine, 15 Minute Beauty

  • Retinoids – Retinoids also work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells while also generating collagen in the skin. “Collagen is the skin’s structural fiber,” dermatologist Dennis Gross said in O Magazine. “As we get older, it breaks down, creating lines and large pores. Most of the skincare experts consider Retinoids to be a miracle skin saver.

Step 4: Moisturize

  • How much one should moisturize depends on the skin type. If you have a dry skin, you should invest in a basic moisturizer. When your skin is tight, it’s craving out for moisturizer. Over moisturizing will clog pores, so be careful.
  • Natural girls can use extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil.
  • Some beauty experts strongly recommend eye creams as skin near the eye contains no fatty tissues and is very thin and susceptible to wrinkles but others say your daily lotion or cream works well.

Step 5: Protect yourself from the sun

  • “Creams and serums are terrific, but the best way to prevent Crow’s Feet is to wear large, fashionable sunglasses as often as possible! The frames not only look glamorous, but actually block the sun from toasting you delicate under-eye area. Be sure they offer UV protection!”
    – Jennifer, Raging Rouge
  • Applying sunscreen with a SPF of atleast 15 is essential from your early years as the #1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage. Reapply sunscreen if you are outdoors. Pat it and don’t rub. Avoid the sun between 10 Am to 4 AM when it is on its peak.

Step 6: Don’t Smoke

  • Smoking contributes to wrinkles and makes your skin look older. It also damages collagen and elastin – the fibers that strengthen and gives your skin elasticity.

Step 7: Eat a healthy diet

  • Drink lots and lots of water to keep your skin look younger.
  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might keep your skin looking younger.

Step 8: Manage stress

  • Managing stress keeps you in a healthy state of mind and also encourages a healthy skin.
  • To avoid stress set reasonable limits, scale back your To Do List and carve out time to do things you love.

Do you have other some other tips and tricks? Feel free to leave in the comment box below.