Be your own Valentine first
Jan31

Be your own Valentine first

Will you be your Valentine? Contrary to popular belief, Valentine’s Day is not just about romance and couples romantically inclined. It is about celebrating love, in the broadest sense of the term, with any one you love. Your mother could be your Valentine. Your sister could be your Valentine. And yes, you yourself could and should be your own Valentine first. Why is that?   Because love begins with you Like everything else in the world, all things have a beginning. The same goes with love. Love begins with one person. You. As an infant you love only yourself. Yes, you need your mother, you need your milk, and you need your sleep. You learn to love them later on, once you have realized what love is about after having loved yourself. There is nothing wrong with loving yourself. In fact there is everything right with it. Because, if you don’t have it within yourself for yourself first, how do you spread what you don’t have?   Because you need to accept yourself before you expect others to If you are not in love with yourself, with who you are, with the values you believe in, it shows. Just like an internal illness shows in an unseemly pimple on your skin. So until and unless you learn to love and accept yourself as you are, others will just see that insecurity within you and be justifiably unsure about you as a person. Whereas if you are totally comfortable with yourself, that too will show. And the people around you will accept you as you are and will love you for it.   Because you need to set your own standards of love before expecting the same from others Love means as many different things as there are people on this planet. Each has his or her own unique interpretation of it as well as his or her unique way of showing it. What you need to come to terms with is what your standards regarding love are. That realization can only come when you have a relationship with the person closest to you. You. Love yourself completely and only then will you realize what loves means to you and what you expect from it. Once that is clear in your own head, loving another or accepting love from another becomes easier with little room for confusion. Leading to longer lasting, or even eternal love.   Because if even you cannot love yourself, how will another love you? You do not love yourself? Delve deep why. What are these flaws in you that even you cannot get yourself to live...

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What are the most common New Year Resolutions?
Dec27

What are the most common New Year Resolutions?

Are we a part of a whole or are we unique individuals? We may have unique personalities, unique life experiences, unique outlooks, unique combinations of every factor that makes each of us who we are just like our fingerprints, yet we find that ultimately we are part of humankind. Our basic instincts and reactions, among other things, are the same. When we are hungry, we all want food. When we fall we all put out our arms to protect ourselves. We all like it when we are appreciated. And so on. Is that why we all make resolutions at some point in our lives? Yes. Making resolutions is as basic to our human nature as our other instincts like eating and sleeping. This stems from the fact   that making resolutions to oneself is as basic as self-preservation. Inherently we know that no matter how many promises we make to others, the ones we will take most seriously are the ones we make to ourselves. This is because the promises we make to ourselves are invariably things which we individually would benefit from. Hence we make resolutions, and New Year is just an occasion that officializes the event. Then why are the most common New Year Resolutions so silly? They are not. Each of them is a small tiny goal we set ourselves in the path of progress. Small goals are easier to attain rather than blanket promises which we know we cannot trust ourselves to keep. Hence the most common New Year Resolutions are often very mundane. But in reality, each of them is very important to an individual to make one’s own life better in many different ways. Here are a few examples of such resolutions that seem not so important. Let us see what benefits each of them have if we manage to achieve them. “This year I resolve to eat healthier” While this New Year Resolution seems just one thing to do, our inner self knows that if maintained, it will lead to bigger and more important life benefits than the obvious. So for example, while the immediate benefit might be a healthier you, there are many ‘side effects’ like less money spent on healthcare which leads to more savings, a freer mind not taken up by health woes to spend on other quality life activities, less days of absenteeism at work which leads to more chances of a bonus or promotion, a healthy complexion which leads to more people noticing you which leads to more opportunities to add friends to your life, and more. So this seemingly innocuous resolution is a simple attainable goal...

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So what’s the big deal with New Year Resolutions?
Dec07

So what’s the big deal with New Year Resolutions?

What are New Year Resolutions? Most of us are familiar with New Year Resolutions, which we have tried to make and keep more than once. A lot of us do it every year! A New Year Resolution is a promise that you make to the single most important person in your life. Yourself. Other days are marked for promises you make to other human beings, gods, idols, animals, the world and so on. The list is endless and the list is good. But on New Year’s day, the reason is the best. Only if you promise to run the best course for you, will you be in a position to support others. What is the mythology of New Year Resolutions? Janus was a mythological god of Romans way back in 153 BC. He had two faces. One looking forward, and one looking backwards. This symbolised that Janus looked both into the past as well as the future at the same time. The Romans concluded that Janus forgave them for past wrongs, and blessed them for what lay ahead. Hence, on New Year’s Eve, the Romans paid homage to Janus by themselves ceremonially forgiving those who had wronged them the previous year, and making positive promises to themselves for the year that lay ahead. This was the first mythological reference to New Year Resolutions. What is the history of New Year Resolutions? Some 4000 years ago, once a year on a particular day, Babylonians celebrated Akitu, the festival signifying the rebirth of the sun god Marduk. The people of Babylon promised themselves to conduct themselves such that the Gods would be pleased with them. The festival then continued for 12 days. At that time, either a new king was crowned or the people again formally pledged their allegiance to their old king. This was the first historical reference to New Year Resolutions. The Romans continued to celebrate New Year in honour of Janus who to them stood for new beginnings. So what is the relevance of New Year Resolutions today? Like most good things in life, we have a lot to learn from our ancestors. We have been advancing as civilisations by following their values and traditions to mould our development around them. Whether in a light mood at a New Year’s Eve party or in an formal list, we proclaim our resolutions first to ourselves and then to others. Why just the coming year, and not the entire life ahead? This is because we know that we need to set a serious timeline for our goals. Tired of resolving to just do generally better in our lives which we...

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Beauty benefits of activated charcoal
Nov15

Beauty benefits of activated charcoal

Was this Cinderella’s beauty secret? Lying amongst the cinders and working in it all day ended happily when her beauty got the prince’s attention and she was whisked away in the golden carriage into happily ever after land. Now you can leave the toils of the fairy tale behind and go straight for Cinderella’s shine and glamour with activated charcoal you can buy over the counter! Great for your hair, great for your skin, great for your insides, it can only help out the best in you. And the best in you will always be beautiful.   What really is activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is created from natural ingredients like coconut shells, bone char, coal, peat, petroleum coke, olive pits, sawdust, bamboo and more. The resulting charcoal is then heated in a special way so that it becomes pure, non-toxic, and even more porous than normal charcoal is. These pores further increase normal charcoal’s properties of absorption, and help to extract and retain within it toxins and harmful chemicals from your skin, hair and body. So it works not by adding anything to your skin, thereby nulling the possibilities of side effects, but by taking away the bad in a super effective way.   What are its broad benefits? Activated charcoal helps us by absorbing excess oils from your skin by: 1. Keeping the pores of your skin clean 2. Deep cleansing your skin 3. Soothing and healing allergic reactions, insect bites and cuts 4. Removing toxins from your face 5. Removing toxins from your hair 6. Keeping your hair voluminous since it does not leave behind any residues 7. Soothing and healing scalp conditions like dandruff and itchiness. These are all benefits from the external use of activated charcoal. Eating it is good for removing toxins and gases from the body, but this should only be done under strict medical supervision. So here we will only talk about the external ways of using activated charcoal.   Some ways to make the best use of your activated charcoal 1. Use it as a facial cleanser Mix well one tablespoon of activated charcoal powder, one tablespoon of baking soda, a few drops of lavender essential oil with half a cup of coconut oil. If required, use a blender to mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Keep the blend in a dispenser bottle for use as and when. Discard if not used up within six months. To use it, take some in the palms of your hands and use it like an exfoliator on your skin. Rub it in gently with circular upward motions for a couple of minutes. Rinse it off...

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Enrich Salons and Academy signs MoU with ICICI Foundation
Oct23

Enrich Salons and Academy signs MoU with ICICI Foundation

An initiative for a social cause Enrich Salons and Academy recently signed an MoU with IFIG (ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth), to introduce a three-month course named ‘Assistant Beauty Therapist’. This course will teach the students about the various aspects of beauty treatments, and also about preparation and maintenance of equipment and safety practices at the workplace.   Better empowerment for a better society Through this, Enrich and IFIG aim to reach out to the underprivileged women in our society, who can then have a good means of earning a livelihood. Together, both the organizations will provide real time training with both practical and theory sessions. The training will make the trainees experts in this particular field, and help them to become socially and financially independent. The target is to improve their livelihood on both individual and community level & provide maximum possible income out of this occupation. Enrich Salons and Academy hopes that this initiative will provide greater empowerment to the individuals involved in learning from this...

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