Financial loss, divorce, career setback, illness, or death of a loved one - life is full of difficulties. To borrow an apt term from Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, life is a ‘full catastrophe’!
How can we hope to live well amid these challenges of living?
S and I (S here is the husband, not Sundaram-that’s my dad) have had an active lifestyle for many years now. We went to the gym, swam or played a game of badminton to keep ourselves active and fit. But sometime towards November 2014 we started feeling that we wanted to move a notch higher. We weren’t keen on signing up for a marathon like most do, because we wanted to look at fitness more holistically. Around the same time we got to know about Puru the Guru from a friend of ours.
What makes people happy?
Success, money, power and love. What else?
Happiness is now a well-established topic in the scientific and social research community. Some of the research is investigating the ancient traditions of wellbeing.
A lot has been found about happiness. The best news from researchers is that happiness can be ‘cultivated’. Here are some ways to live happier, as suggested by research and traditional wisdom.
Do you give up easily? Do you blame yourself? Do you think things cannot change?
Obstacles are not something we talk about when we discuss achievement. Yet, how you deal with your obstacles is just what determines whether you fail or succeed!
My husband once observed that I ascribe my bad behavior and unpleasant physical changes to the ‘woman’ baggage I carry. There is always something happening in my life - sometimes it is pre-menstrual, other times post menstrual symptoms; pregnancy blues or postpartum depression; fatigue and irritability because children were young, or panic attacks that they are all grown now; full house stress and empty nest pains. He claims I seldom have normal days, and I blame my mood swings, weight loss/gain, changes in skin/hair, even attitude on hormonal issues.
We experience stress everyday – drivers honking on the road, angry outbursts at workplace, and cranky kids at home. Stress has become a part of our normal everyday life.
People do not usually come to coaches asking for fulfillment. Most people seek a coach to achieve something specific such as to find a better job or to improve a relationship or to reduce stress. But all of them are seeking a more fulfilling life.
Unfulfilling life choices sap you of energy and joie de vivre. You feel hopelessly stuck in a very unhappy place. In contrast, when you live a life of fulfillment, you experience being alive and whole.
A fulfilled life
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself Swetha, and how you got interested in childhood obesity?
I am a 10th grader at the Nueva School and live in Saratoga, CA.
In September 2013, I stopped dining out, writing restaurant reviews and eating sumptuously rich food in a bid to invest in my health. My goal was to become stronger and more fit; that involved shedding
some a lot of weight and getting more active. To celebrate my return to food blogging, I’d like to share with you the four most important nutrition and weight loss lessons I’ve learnt over the last 12 months.