One Year Of ThinkWellness360

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

ThinkWellness360 is one-year-old today. A milestone, not just the e-magazine’s first anniversary. Yet, the fact remains that there’s a long way for us to go, because your favourite e-magazine is, as yet, relatively new — the new kid on the block. A kid trying to grow up, not quickly, but gradually, one step at a time — a tree of slow growth with deep, firm roots.

It’s certainly been a year of delight, challenges galore, and long work days, at times, but believe me — I’d never ever swap it for anything else.

Please allow me to express my heartfelt thanks to you for being a devoted reader. More so, because you’ve made everything possible for us during Year One, just as much as you sure will make Year Two, and the years to come, as distinctly memorable.

While I’m hugely keyed up about the future of ThinkWellness360. I believe, no less, that the best for us is yet to come. And, it sure will — with your wonderful support.

I raise ThinkWellness360’s holistic — also organic — toast, along with my colleague, Sreekanth Nampally, CEO, ThinkWellness360, and our wonderful authors, from India and abroad, aside from our tech-support staff, well-wishers, friends, and most importantly, you, our readers, for our collective health together — while taking our shared passion for optimal health and wellness to its next level.

Now, onto the regular editorial per se.

The Soul’s Code

You should not — in a few things — outgrow the ‘child’ residing in you when you grow up. Babies, for instance, have an unfettered gift to express emotions. Psychologists say they possess that innate ability to react to actors’ emotions on television. They also seem to instinctively recognise facial expressions and negative emotions. It’s, however, an irony that most of us, thanks to our upbringing, or effects of certain events in life, develop a ‘cultivated’ response to ignoring our emotions. In addition, we also try to evade pain and/or distress of others. Put simply, as grown-ups, we block our feelings — or, thwart our emotional sensitivities and, perhaps, emotional intelligence.

When we rebuff our emotions habitually, we also upset our self-esteem’s applecart. With such emotions, we also misplace our connect with one’s inner self, including the facility to mirror the essence of our soul. It is our pristine soul that makes us human. It is only when we find a deep connect, or empathy, with our soul, do we become humane, compassionate, or empathetic. When we don’t connect, we’d be unable to find our harmony with who we are, or what we are. We’ll, by reflex, remain to exist mechanically through reflex mechanism — not live a pulsating, vibrant life in consonance with our mind, body, and soul.

The soul is not a ‘hooked’ article. It embodies a sublime dimension — of living a full life and accepting ourselves. It articulates our ethics, principles, and the core of our being. When you heed to and respond to the song of your soul, you’ll give a fresh voice to your mind; also inner being. You’ll perceive and associate with it too. What’s more, you will perceptively experience life and analyse your reactions that take place in the profound retreats of your inner being. You’ll glow with accord.

This epitomises your soul’s code.

Life is a progression. It may be observed as either optimistic, or damaging, depending upon how you look at the crux of living — not your mere presence. Most of us desperately try to dodge negative feelings in life. This leads us to disregard evocative teachings that we should learn and comprehend. You’d do well, therefore, to listen to the calm, affable call of your soul, especially in times of trouble — from which no one is exempt.

Most of us dread about troubles — of what we must do to free ourselves from trepidation, pain and grief. The best thing you’d do is to recognise and ‘bond’ with them — the pangs of your soul. This will bring awareness. It will eventually help us to shape solutions to our problems. It will ‘rev-up’ your inner strength — something you can carry forward with a purpose. When you learn to regard the soul with an open mind, you’ll be able to find what has gone wrong. In so doing, you can turn around failures, disappointments, illnesses, and other equally agonising feelings — including despair, apprehension, misery, and anxiety.

Life is tough, stressful, and complex. No one other than highly evolved beings can effectively control their thoughts and feelings. Yet, when you and I learn to ‘tutor’ our minds, howsoever imperfectly, and respond calmly to situations, we will be much better human beings.

This is not ‘self-control’ through rocket science. It’s simple; also profound. It’s meditation. It’s not an appliance that helps you ‘manage’ your life — it’s a sublime tool that ‘initiates’ learned, or acceptable, behaviour. The ability to accept things as they are, and be the change you want to be in the world.

It gives your soul the freedom to express itself like babies — including the power of utilising new-found wisdom, through ThinkWellness360, to dealing with life’s innumerable challenges.

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.

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