SELF IMPROVEMENT SECRET
Self discovery is a great achievement which results into stunning performances by the individuals who manage to explore themselves. Once an individual identify various aspects of his being, he does not only try to improve them but also try to maintain a good balance so as to live a happy and successful life.
RAFTAR (Read and Feel Think and Receive) Equanimity elaborates the self improvement secret for a happy, progressive and successful life. Thus the equation of Balance/Equanimity is
The Main Constituents of human beings are
S - Spiritual i.e (spirit)
I - Intellectual (Mind)
E - Emotional ( Heart)
P - Physical (Body)
These four constituents not only grow with time but improve with energy and in order to maintain a successful balance or equanimity human beings need power and skill. Thus these four factors i.e. Skill, Time Energy and Power (STEP) directly influence the four main constituents of human beings
In this article which is a part of Raftar series an endeavor is made to explain in crisp and short way as to how we can create equanimity in our life by pondering upon these four constituents of human beings and relating them with four STEP factors.
It is a known fact that the progress of any aspect is directly related to the time and energy spend upon that aspect. Any one can achieve great power and skills in any field if he spends desired amount of time and energy. Therefore human beings need to gain power and skill in spiritual, Intellectual, emotional and physical aspects of their beings. Any aspect neglected will create an imbalance that will cause failures in other fields.
The importance of having the power and skill can well be estimated from the verse 47, Sura 51 ‘Adh Dahriat’ which says.
“With the power and skill did we construct the firmament for its we who create the vastness of space”
The matters related to spirit, Higher power and soul. The balancing and growth of spiritual aspects are as follows
Spiritual Power: - Human beings can grow this aspect by practicing gratitude and thanks to Almighty Allah for all His provisions and blessings.
Spiritual Skills: - Spiritual well being connectedness and inner satisfaction can only be achieved through regular rituals of faith, prayers and religious practices.
Spiritual Equanimity: - Thus we can achieve spiritual equanimity by combining both the power and skill which is
Spiritual Equanimity = Gratitude + Rituals
An aspect of human mind in which a person uses intelligence (thought and reasons) and critical or analytical reasoning. No one can deny the power of mind and the feats which it can perform. Thus the skill with which a person uses his or her mind determines the course of a successful life or otherwise
Intellectual Power: – This power is achieved through knowledge. Human mind or intelligence works best once it knows the truth and regularly updates itself with requisite knowledge of all the things with which one interacts.
Intellectual Skills:- These skills can only be achieved through continuous and never ending improvement and learning. Mind stops working only once it stops to learn more and new. Japanese have used the word ‘Kazen’ (Continuous improvement) for acquiring this skill.
Intellectual Equanimity : Knowledge + Continuous Learning
These are those aspects which directly relates to ones heart, feeling, moods and emotions. Emotions are a great force multiplier and a great source of energy for all human beings. Their control and use have a pronounced effect on any outcome.
Emotional Power: - The strength of emotional power lies in love. All the great thinkers writers, poets, intellectuals and even the prophets propagate that love is the only strongest force of our existence. Every thing one wants to be, do or have comes from love.
Emotional Skill:- The skill is the learned capacity to carry out predetermined results often with the minimum outlay of time, energy or both. Thus the emotional skills can be achieved through humbleness and showing kindness to all. A humble and kind person is the strongest man who generates the great emotional power of love.
Emotional Equanimity: - Love + Humbleness/Kindness
An aspect which relates to human body or appearance. This is the only visible aspect which can never be neglected and bears a paramount importance for the overall well being or happiness. The physical power and skill distinguish a person from a normal to a hero, champion or an adorable figure.
Physical Power:- This can be achieved through good diet and habits. Any human being can be a strongest or a weakest person on this earth by changing or varying his diets and habits. Thus anyone desiring for a physical power should ponder upon these aspects.
Physical Skill:- These skills can be achieved through proper and regular use of body and its muscles. Repetitive exercises and proper use of body enhances cardio vascular endurance, stamina, strength flexibility, power, speed, coordination, accuracy agility and balance.
Physical Equanimity = Good diet/habits + Regular Exercise
Conclusion: - As equanimity is a state of being calm, composed and stable, especially under stress.
However this equanimity can not be achieved unless a balance in physical, spiritual and emotional aspects is created along with the intellectual/mind Facet of human being. If we ponder upon these four equations and spend time and energy to gain power and skill on these basic constituents of human being then we can be confident to have a Rafter Equanimity.
Spiritual Equanimity (Gratitude + Rituals)
Intellectual Equanimity (Knowledge + Continuous learning)
Emotional Equanimity (Love + Humbleness/Kindness)
Physical Equanimity (Good diet/habits + Regular Exercise)
Written by RAJ