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April A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019 : Theme Reveal : The Mouth-Body Connection

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Many bloggers around the world wait to participate in the A to Z Blogging Challenge held in April every year.  For me, this is the third year I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge -  26 posts every day of April, except Sundays.

I first participated in 2014 where I covered an A to Z of Dental Health and Education topics. 
I next participated in the year 2018, where my theme was Wanderlust and I covered an A to Z list of places I’ve visited around the world.


While I’m still working on all my posts, this year my theme will be “The Mouth-Body Connect.” Soon after I joined dental school, I started to see how our mouth can affect our entire body and vice versa. But it was only after working independently that I realized how patients still needed to be educated about this.

 It is commonly known that our mouth is the mirror to our body. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. It is very important to understand the close relationship between oral health and general h…

Does Grief Last Forever?

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“In our hearts, we all know that death is a part of life. In fact, death gives meaning to our existence because it reminds us how precious life is.”
15 years ago on 20th March, I lost my Dad at age 54. Somewhere unconsciously we knew this could happen but we were not prepared. Can you ever be prepared to lose a spouse or parent? My Dad had always suffered from heart ailments like the rest of his family and we were prewarned by his doctors that he needed to take care. My Mom spent her entire married life until my Dad was alive, under the stress of his health and diet. I still remember the day it happened as if it were yesterday and can play the entire day of events scene by scene. While everyone around my mom and me coped with the grief in their own ways that I am unaware of, my mom and I spent many many months depressed and trying to put back the pieces of life together. While we did eventually move on and get back on track, the grief never really left us. 15 years on, it still lingers…

Trust the unfolding of your life

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“Meet this transient world with neither grasping nor fear, trust the unfolding of life, and you will attain true serenity."

Bhagavad Gita

Last year, while in the midst of making some life-altering decisions, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne found me. The timing as always was perfect. While my head was muddled with all that was unfolding around me, I started to read The Secret which had been sitting patiently, untouched in my bookshelf for a decade. What I learned over the course of the next few days was something that I had been dabbling with the last couple of years but had never been able to channel it effortlessly. The Secret gave me the understanding that was needed, at the time I required it the most in my life. 
Even according to metaphysics, everything that we desire is out there in the formless matter. Our financial, physical and relationship needs exist within a higher dimension. To bring them to life mean aligning the frequency of the formless energy. So our thoughts, beliefs …

What Influences Your Life?

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You don't have to be a "person of influence" to be influential.  In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they have taught me ~ Scott Adams
While many people are inspired by the famous and powerful people of our times, for me it's all about the people who come into my life and leave their mark in some way or another. Everyone who we meet and interact with teaches us something. That interaction may be positive or negative, but has a lesson for us to learn. And by teaching us these lessons, the influencers are shaping us into the person we have become or the person we want to be. 
Many influencers have come into my life. They probably don't even know how they helped me or that they have helped me at all. But today I am grateful that our paths crossed. Here they are listed in chronological order.
Parents: My parents were the first influencers I had just like everyone else and they continue to be even today. I lost my da…

Nurture Your Dreams

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Last year a beautiful book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne found me. Though I had bought the book over ten years ago, it lay in my bookshelf waiting for the right moment to come to me. A book about dreaming, nurturing your dreams, manifesting them and making them come true for you. Dreaming is something we do all the time. Stare into the oblivion and fantasize about how our lives could be different, the new things we'd like to experience and the new people we would like to meet. Some of us go a step forward and write about these fantasies or draw and color them. We all have dreams, but it's not always that we talk about them and share them with others. It's only when we feel more secure and confident, do we share these dreams with people close to us. Is it possible for dreams to really come true? I'll say YES! But to a skeptic, its a long shot! These simple steps help to nurture your dreams and make them come true. Think Positive: We are truly capable of creating a life that w…

In Pursuit of Serenity

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God give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed and wisdom to distinguish one from the other.
A while ago, whilst trying to wash off the troubles I routinely face at work, by reading a light humorous novel, I found my mind anxious and restless, unable to switch off. A lingering irritation which I carried home from work refused to let go. As I lay there, staring quite uselessly at the words in from of me, I kept replaying the incident in my mind over and over again. The chirpy squeals of laughter from the kid's room didn't make me smile like it would normally do. Instead, it increased my annoyance. I was close to charging in there to ask them to hush up, when I thankfully stopped and wondered what their mistake was really? 
This made me think - how far do I have to go in the pursuit of serenity? Serenity seems to be the elusive state of calm that belongs solely to the Yogis and the Monks, despe…

Do You Believe In Miracles?

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Miracles are signs of God's particular grace to his people in particular circumstances.
Miracles are things that happen in response to a prayer or desire to connect with God. Their timing or mechanism defies normal scientific reasoning and show us that there is something special out there. 
I have often pondered on the deeper meaning of life, soul, our entire universe and being - time and again. The magnanimity of the entire concept gets overwhelming almost every time I think about it. Off late books like the Gita, The Fakir, The Secret and books in which people share the miracles experienced by them, have been helping answer a lot of my questions. These stories give me goosebumps, but also bring with it a sense of hope, peace and contentment. 
Why does a miracle have to have a scientific reason? Could it not just be your prayer being answered by God? The validity of miracle has been a controversy between faith and science since the beginning of time. As a person with a science ba…

Forgiveness - A Virtue Or A Vice?

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God forgives us.......who am I not to forgive? ~ Alan Paton
How often have you felt anguished by someone? Betrayed to the extent that forgiveness seems impossible?
How often do you feel consumed by thoughts and feelings of anger and resentment? At a loss of your inner peace and calm?
How often do you wish, you could just let go, but the wound runs too deep for healing?
These are challenges faced by every single human being on a daily basis. Humans are complex characters. Sometimes we hurt others and at times we are hurt by others, but both situations cause us to suffer. Forgiving can be challenging, especially when the offending party offers an insincere apology or nothing at all. However, it is the healthiest path forward, allowing us to acknowledge the wound, understand the perspective behind the offending action or words and process our emotions in non-hurtful ways. It is also important to take responsibility for our own mistakes and apologize.
Forgiveness is considered as one of the ca…