What are the 5 Factors Controlling your Life ? How can you exercise FASTING & SELF-CONTROL ?
What are the 5 factors Controlling your life ?
In simple language , What are the 5 things you can’t live without ?
Someone asked me this question and my reflexive nerves ( which were bychance in a cool mood ) gave a quick answer – Roti , Kapda and Wifi . Hehe ! This is today’s tagline . But then I was asked to give a thoughtful answer that Are there seriously few things I can’t live without ? What are those things ? Do those things complete my living or Have I just given them unnecessary VIP importance in my life?
My mind started pondering over and I analyzed my daily routine from morning till the time I go to bed . What are the things which I find difficult to abstain from . Are these things the controlling factors of my life ? Do I want to reduce their control on my life ? My brain and heart both said YES . But How ? This HOW part is difficult . Before I can actually start to exercise a control over the factors , let me write those firstly . May be writing provides some kind of progress in the direction of abstaining , Self-Control and discipline .
Recently I had read an article on SELF-CONTROL and FASTING . Actually whenever we come across the word FASTING , our mind immediately thinks of abstaining from food . What ? FASTING ?? No No I can’t remain hungry . And what’s the need to remain hungry ? Is it because of some spiritual reason ? But God wouldn’t want his children to suffer from hunger . Well these are the quick responses to FASTING . But FASTING is ultimately about SELF-CONTROL . It’s a way of disciplining your life . It is the removal of one controlling factor of our life for a period of time . It’s a way of removing one negative from your life and adding one positive .
Apart from food and water , here goes my list of the 5 factors controlling my life :–
1. Early morning sleep
O My God , I love my early morning sleep so much that I can’t tell you. I have not been able to ever get up early , although I tried many times . I set many morning alarms in my phone , but the lazy sleepy brain doesn’t feel lazy to quickly mute it and again go back to the dreams . This is continuing from the last many years . You know I often listen to religious talks and shows which highlight the importance of praying in AmritVela, the early morning hours . I do want to practice that but my fatty lazy brain obstructs . Go away you lazy !
2. Tea /Coffee
My mind and body start acting psychologically paralysed if I don’t have tea (milk tea) or coffee twice a day . Is it so necessary ? Does my tummy really have hunger for it or it is just to overcome boredom ? May be both , with the latter factor on the higher side . Should I practice FASTING from caffeinated drinks ?
3. Social Media
Am I addicted to social media ? Are you also ? Aren’t we all ? Even in office hours , getting even 10 minutes free time urges the fingers to quickly scroll through and read few jokes , answer some goodmornings on whatsapp , post a facebook status or boast by sharing a video. Do I really need to update my life daily to the world or peek into the lives of others ? Why ? Can’t I live without social media ? It would be a great SELF -CONTROL if I can practice FASTING from SOCIAL MEDIA . May be I can start with just one day a week .
You know , two months back , when we went to Kerala , my phone also dared to enjoy the cool waves at the beach and ALL GONE ! It came as a jhutka at first but I just didn’t buy a new phone for a whole month . I remained without whatsapp, facebook , etc . The only urge my fingers could have was to play snake game as I had put my Sim in the old Nokia 1100 with no back cover . Few of my friends laughed while assembling it again everytime it fell down . Whatever was the scene , But Believe me my mind was so relaxed and cool in those days . I could focus on some other enriching things like reading or listening music . The Social Media FASTING rejuvenated me . When next will I be able to FAST from SOCIAL MEDIA ?
I don’t watch much of television . No serials in routine . I love watching good movie occasionally . But It’s not that it is able to rest. Whether I sit in front of the box or not but its noise is a controlling factor of our life . Few days back our tatasky account got deactivated and I could notice the boredom and irritation in my daughter’s behaviour . Coming to me again and again , she was pleading to recharge the account . Finally after one whole day , it had to be settled on a barter system when she made ginger tea for me and I recharged the tatasky account . So Isn’t television controlling our life ? Can’t we exercise FASTING from television ?
5. Buying Stuff
The exciting word is Shopping but what is Shopping ? Just buying Stuff which I may not even need . After every few days I am provoked for buying the things , may be by watching an advertisement or seeing my friend wear a designer kurti or I just want to upgrade my appliance . Consumerism is being encouraged and we end up cluttering . Can I practice FASTING from BUYING for few days ?
These are the things which may not be my needs but these are controlling my life directly or indirectly . They are the Wants and I have got too much accustomed to having them in my routine life . I want to slowly start to practice FASTING from these , not permanently but may be for a period of time . So that these 5 factors don’t get the authority to overpower my life .
Let me exercise SELF -CONTROL by FASTING . Every small step will count .
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