This Paryushan, be more forgiving towards yourself first
Sep14

This Paryushan, be more forgiving towards yourself first

Michchami Dukadam This is a very ancient phrase in Prakrit that roughly translates to… May the evil that has been done be fruitless. In essence it means… If I have offended you in any way, knowingly or unknowingly, then I seek your forgiveness. This is how Jains greet each other on the last day of their revered festival of Paryushan, the objective of this tradition being that all previous differences should be left behind on this day and forgiven and forgotten. Paryushan is time of intensive study, reflection and purification – a lovely way to officiate a new beginning. We, at Enrich Salons, with our philoshopy “Love begins with you”, have a suggestion for you this Paryushan. Say Michchami Dukadam to yourself first, before saying it to others. Here’s why we feel it would be a good thing to do.   Forgiving yourself purges your soul of past wrong doings. Purging your soul of past wrong doings makes you a better person. Being a better person puts you in a better position to forgive others of their past wrong doing. If you have not forgiven yourself for things you knowingly or unknowingly did wrong in the past, it means you want to keep punishing yourself with the guilt, the bad memories, the pointless rumination. This means you do not love yourself enough to want to take yourself out of that misery. But once you realise the importance of giving yourself that love and care enough to forgive yourself with your heart for all those things, which also means promise yourself they will not be repeated in the future, you will be able to rise above the pointless thoughts and cleanse your mind of all its impurities. The result? You will be a clean blank slate on which you have already promised not to write the wrong again. And you will then truly be in a position to forgive others because you will know that forgiveness is possible as you have given it to yourself first.   Forgiving yourself helps you move on towards a more positive life. Moving on towards a more positive life makes you a better person. Being a better person puts you in a better position to forgive others and to move on themselves. Moving on in life is an essential component of living itself. Just like time does not stop for anyone or anything, just like day follows night, just like one thing leads to another, so also moving on is something that is bound to happen. And it is a good thing because it is a natural thing. If you oppose that natural motion,...

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Celebrating Section 377 with yourself
Sep12

Celebrating Section 377 with yourself

What’s the big deal about Section 377? The recent ruling on Section 377 has been a very important landmark in many aspects, a very important one being about love. At Enrich Salons, our philosophy being Love Begins With You, we relate to this ruling in a big way. Our take on it being, now we are free to love ourselves first. Let us take the different things the ruling judges believed in and see how that can be translated to you being now freer to love yourself before loving anyone else.   Sexual autonomy is an important pillar and an inseparable facet of individual liberty This statement means one has the right to take his or her own decision regarding who to love, and it is a part and parcel of his or her individual right. This can be between a man and a woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or… between you and yourself. Yes! You have the right to choose to love yourself first. It is your right and duty at the same time!   Having an intimate relationship is a matter of complete personal choice between consenting adults One has the right to choose who to have an intimate relationship with, and it is his or her personal decision, which has to be respected. We ask, what greater intimate relationship can one have, than with oneself? When one delves deep within oneself to find his or her inner being, be it through meditation, contemplation, constructive thought and self-understanding, the result is invariably positive. It makes you find the real you, and teaches you to love yourself for what you are, and to improve upon characteristics in order to become a better person. This unique relationship can happen if both of you, the outer you and the inner you, are both consenting. Which means you have to be open to this self exploration for it to work.   Attitudes have to change to accept the distinct identity of individuals instead of compelling them to be who they are not This is the third opinion. This statement means the mentality of people has to change in order to break the social pressure of fitting into a ‘mould’. A combined acceptance of this will make this change happen, and every individual working towards it is going to make an impact. To start with, that individual should be you, by accepting yourself, and being the unique you.   When the liberty of a person is smothered under some vague stipulation that it is against the order of nature, then the fundamental right of one’s liberty...

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Teach yourself to love yourself first this Teachers’ Day
Sep04

Teach yourself to love yourself first this Teachers’ Day

Who is a teacher? A teacher is any being who passes on good knowledge, positive realisation or any other virtue to another, along with giving him or her the ways of using it to one’s good in his or her life. Be it your dog who taught you to be patient and to find joy in small things, your child who taught you the values of responsibility, or your school teacher who taught you your alphabet, any one can, and should be a teacher. So can you, by sharing whatever good you have within yourself with others who can benefit by it. So Teachers’ Day, in its essence, is really Everyone’s Day. Or should be.   But this Teachers’ Day you have a special someone to teach. You. While we get busy teaching others what we think is right, we tend to neglect ourselves in the process. Teaching yourself new things is a huge part of finding yourself as a person. There are many things you can teach yourself, but this Teachers’ Day, we at Enrich Salons, whose philosophy is “Love begins with you”, have a special task for you. Which is, teach yourself to love yourself first.   Why is loving oneself first so important for a teacher?   If you do not love yourself, you will not have confidence in yourself. If you do not have confidence in yourself, no one will believe that what you teach them is right. Say for example you have great philosophies to share. Practical philosophies one can use in his or her life to take him or her through the rough patches they will invariable face. If you do not love yourself enough to practice them yourself in your own life to make it better first, people will react with doubt when you share your views with them. After all, practice what you preach makes sense. Give yourself love, take your own life to a better place with your ideals, and people will come to you.   If you do not love yourself, you will not be a good human being. If you are not a good human being, no one in their right minds will want to learn anything from you. Say for example you have great knowledge of the physics of the Universe. But say, for argument’s sake, you are not a good person at heart. Intelligent people will want no part of what you have to teach. You might argue what scientific knowledge has to do with your moral character? A lot, really. If you do not understand the basics of how being a good human being works,...

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Enrich Salon now in Surat.
Aug21

Enrich Salon now in Surat.

Surat recently became the sixth city in the country and the third in Gujarat (after Ahmedabad and Vadodara) to have an Enrich Salon. And in a couple of weeks, it will have a second salon as well!   For a city, known for its diamond polishing, embroidery weaving, textile manufacturing and its most industrious people it will now have one of the country’s best salon chains too taking care of the grooming of the residents.   Discerning customers of Surat will now have the whole range of hair, skin and body services from the chain that’s been awarded the Best Salon Chain Award in the West, for years in a row!   The first salon is located at Parle Point & the second one at Pal, Savani Road. In addition, Enrich will also be offering its home salon services in these catchments through Belita  Salon Address – Shop no L-5/6, Anjan Shalaka Apartments, Opp Jain Mandir, La Bungalow,...

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Tie a Rakhi around your own wrist first this year
Aug21

Tie a Rakhi around your own wrist first this year

“Please wear your own oxygen mask before assisting others” Perhaps this instruction we hear every time we fly best sums up the message that Enrich Salons wants to send across this Raksha Bandhan. Our philosophy which we have total faith in, is Love begins with you. If you do not love yourself first, then how will you have any love to share with others? And what you love, you protect. If you believe there is something in our philosophy, tie the protective string of the Rakhi around your own wrist before tying it on others. If you cannot breathe properly because you ignored your own oxygen mask, you will not have the basic physical strength to help others wear theirs. It really is as simple as that.   But hey, wasn’t Raksha Bandhan a brother sister thing? You will be surprised to know that this thousands-of-years long tradition of tying a Rakhi was associated with the relationship between a brother and a sister somewhat recently. There are innumerable examples in history, mythology and legend where the Rakhi symbolised protection promised or wished upon by one individual to another. Be who they were. Here are just a few of those examples.   Lord Indra, Sachi, and the Rakhi Before Lord Indra ventured out to battle the asuras, his wife Sachi tied around his wrist a Rakhi which had been blessed by Lord Vishnu. While tying this around her husband’s wrist, she prayed for his protection and well being. The Gods were victorious. Thereafter the Rakhi became a symbol of protection tied around the wrist of any God or man going to war.   Lord Krishna, Draupadi and the Rakhi During the great war in Mahabharata, Draupadi tied a cloth torn from her outfit around Krishna’s bleeding wrist in order to stop the bleeding. This act of protection made Krishna immediately declare Draupadi his sister and promised to protect her in return from then on.   Kunti, Abhimanyu, and the Rakhi Just before the final and great war in Mahabharata commenced, Kunti tied a Rakhi around the wrist of her grandson Abhimanyu in order to protect him from all negative forces.   The Sikhs and Rakhi In the 18th century Sikh Khalsa armies looked upon Raksha Bandhan as a very important occasion which stood for a promise of protection afforded to farmers from Afghan invaders.   Rabindranath Tagore and the Rakhi At the time of the Bengal Partition, Rabindranath Tagore called upon Raksha Bandhan as an occasion to invoke respect, love and mutual protection between Hindus and Muslims.   So why not You, You, and the Rakhi? Since Raksha Bandhan has...

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