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Brahma Kumaris Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Dino’s article on the Brahma Kumaris Platinum Jubilee celebration is featured as the cover story in the December 2012 issue of the Bharat Ratna International (BR) magazine.

In October of this year, Dino had the unique opportunity to attend the Platinum Jubilee Celebration at the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. Along with 20 other international Rajyogis, he boarded a bus for a four-hour ride from Ahmedabad airport to Mt. Abu where the global headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris is located. This is known as Madhuban, the forest of honey. Thousands of BK students from over 100 countries travel to Madhuban each year to gain spiritual knowledge and deepen their meditation practice. (Read more)

  • Click here to read the full article, as well as two additional empowering articles published in the December 2012 issue. 

Dino’s Articles in the BR Magazine

Dino is pleased to announce that his articles on personal development, leadership, spirituality, health, empowerment, alternative medicine, etc. are being published in the Bharat Ratna International (BR) magazine.

A socio-cultural magazine, BR International (formerly known as Bharat Ratna) provides varied editorial content suitable for the entire family with articles of interest to young and old.

  • Click here to read the two articles published in the October 2012 issue. 

Keeping Your Organs Healthy

For those of us who are disciplined and determined to live a healthy lifestyle, in addition to avoiding these 7 foods, eating more fruits, meditating, and exercising; we may follow the tips below to keep our organs running in optimum condition. This schedule may be difficult to follow, but at least being aware of it may motivate us to act differently during the specified hours.
This is the schedule during which our organs are most active and require special attention.

Early Morning (3.00 AM to 5.00 AM) – Lungs
It is good to wakeup during this time, as the ozone content in the atmosphere is greater. Because of this, it is recommended to practice yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises during this time period. Asthmatic patients often cannot sleep during this time and suffer from breathlessness.

Morning (5.00 AM to 7.00 AM) – Large Intestine
Constipation can be avoided by waking up during this time. If the bowel movement and a cold shower is completed during this time, a person will not suffer from any nervous problems.

Morning (7.00 AM to 9.00 AM) – Stomach
Breakfast should be completed during this time for effective functioning of the stomach.

Morning (9.00 AM to 11.00 AM) – Spleen
A person should not eat or drink during this hour (not even a glass of water), as this will increase the body’s temperature, tiredness, and reduce the digestion power. Diabetic patients often suffer from palpitation and tiredness during this time.

Noon (11.00 AM to 1.00 PM) – Heart
It is recommended to drink only water during this time. A person should avoid heavy work or sleep during these hours, as this causes a greater mix of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body, which may lead to heart attacks, paralysis, or body pain. Generally, during these hours, doctors are on high alert due to the frequency of diabetic hart attacks.

Mid-day (1.00 PM to 3.00 PM) – Small Intestines
Lunch should be completed during this time, and sleep should be avoided.

Afternoon (3.00 PM to 5.00 PM) – Urinary Bladder
This is the appropriate time for tea, coffee, juice etc.

Evening (5.00 PM to 7.00 PM) – Kidney
This is the appropriate time to relax; if not, the stress may lead to kidney trouble or urinary infections.

Night (7.00 PM to 9.00 PM) – Heart Wall
Supper should be completed during this time; otherwise palpitation or chest pain may arise.

Late Night (9.00 PM to 11.00 PM) – All Organs
This is the time to recharge the organs that worked since morning, so it’s better to sleep and avoid reading books, watching TV or performing office work.

Mid-night (11.00 PM to 1.00 AM) – Gall Bladder
It’s best to be asleep during this time; otherwise a person will not have energy to work the next day.

Early Morning (1.00 AM to 3.00 AM) – Liver
This is the time for deep sleep; otherwise it may affect eyesight and cause body irritation.

Nourish Your Soul

Have you ever had the feeling that in spite of everything being close to perfect in your life, you still feel a sense of emptiness? Even though we have received a good education, enjoying optimal health, have an interesting friends circle, are financially secure, deeply loved by our friends and family, pursuing a successful career, have the latest gadgets, and the freedom to make our own decisions, yet something seems to be missing.

We are unable to figure out what is causing this emptiness, so we start looking at what is lacking in our lives and seeking that out. We may go out shopping for more clothes, shoes, gadgets, etc. or get into a relationship with someone to fulfill the empty feeling, but we soon notice that our action has only brought temporary satisfaction or was a mistake altogether. And, once again we seek to fill that emptiness by making another purchase, and the loop continues.

By nature, to be satisfied we must have certain needs met in our lives., Our first concern is our physiological needs such as food, water, sleep, and shelter. Then we move on to security, which is certainty of our health, finances, and employment. Once we feel secure, we are able to strive to achieve our goals, and then seek a sense of achievement that may include a career or relationship. For many of us, this is the last stage that we strive for because at this point we are too busy dealing with the tasks at the office or managing life at home. Life becomes mundane and the only motivation for us to wake up in the morning is the responsibility of having to dress the kids for school, cook for the family, complete household chores, and get to work. By the end of the day we feel drained by all the tasks that we have performed for others, but nothing for ourselves. This is the reason for our feeling of emptiness, and is often fulfilled by a temporary sense of satisfaction through retail therapy or indulging in unhealthy cravings. 

Once our basic personality needs are satisfied, it’s time to fulfill the needs of the soul, which will ultimately remove the feeling of emptiness. The first desire of the soul is to grow and evolve. We can achieve this by participating in activities that will challenge us and expand our minds, for example, this may include participating in a healthy discussion on philosophy, joining a meditation or yoga class, going fishing, skydiving, learning a new language, or even going back to school. When we come across senior citizens who have decided to enroll in classes again or involve in a new activity that doesn’t fit their nature, we are often surprised. They do this simply because their soul is seeking to grow. As soon as we move out of our comfort zone, we begin to challenge ourselves and expand our minds. We start feeling more fulfilled and confident because we are growing. It is difficult to find time for personal development these days, but once we start and experience the joy it brings, we will make it a habit to schedule time everyday only for ourselves.

As we grow, we will automatically sense the second desire of the soul, which is the need to contribute. Very often if you ask people what has made them truly happy, the response would be that they have made a difference in someone else’s life. The soul has a desire to offer its abilities to a cause larger than itself. We can easily find a cause that inspires us, and devote our time, knowledge, skills, and talents for at least an hour every week. This act of contribution brings a sense of meaning and significance to our lives, and removes the feeling of emptiness.

There has never been a better time in history when we have had so much easy and affordable access to knowledge, classes, or events. All we have to do is decide what we want to learn, and dedicate a few hours each week to that activity. This is also the greatest time to offer our support and skills to a cause, as life is becoming more challenging for everyone, and those who are currently contributing need our support.

If we are feeling the sense of emptiness, let us seek to fill it with something of value that will not just satisfy our personality needs, but make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. Let us consciously expand our knowledge, awareness, and talents by moving out of our comfort zone by devoting time to our personal development, as well as contributing to making a difference in the lives of others. As we nourish and serve the purpose of the soul, our dormant talents, creativity, and sense of awe will come alive, which will ultimately lead to a more fulfilled and joyous life.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Tagore

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