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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

16 Simple Concentration Exercises You Should Try

Concentration depends upon the ability to focus. Developing concentration is not an easy task as it depends upon a number of factors including the external environment and your own mindset. Concentration is basically concerned with disciplining your mind to improve focus. However, your mind will tend to resist your efforts as it loves its own freedom. By practicing 10 to 15 minutes of exercises to improve concentration on a daily basis, you will be able to train and discipline your mind, and hence improve your concentration.Before proceeding to do these exercises, there is a need to set the mood for it. First of all, you will have to find a place where you can be alone without any disturbance. You can sit cross legged on the floor or on a chair with your spine erect. Take a few deep breaths and then relax your body to direct your attention to it. To start off, you can practice these exercises for 10 minutes and then lengthen the time to 15 minutes after a few weeks of training.

Exercise: 1

Take a book or a magazine and count the number of words in a single paragraph. Count them again to ensure that you have counted correctly. You can start off with one paragraph and as you get used to it, move on to counting words in two paragraphs. Then move on to counting words on the whole page. Make sure that you perform the counting mentally and only with your eyes without pointing your finger at each word. This is one of the simplest brain exercises to improve concentration.

Exercise: 2

Another exercise to increase concentration is count backwards in your mind from hundred to one. Once you have mastered this, move on to counting backwards from hundred to one but this time skipping three numbers such as 100, 97, 94, 91, 88 etc.

Exercise: 3

Select an inspiring word or just a simple sound and think about it in your mind, repeating it in your mind for 5 minutes. Once your mind has begun to concentrate on it easily, move on to 10 minutes of uninterrupted concentration.

Exercise: 4

Try to suppress your thoughts for at least 5 minutes. This appears pretty tough, but with regular practice, you can do it. Start off with one minute and gradually increase the length of time. Try your best to stay blank for 5 minutes without a single thought in your mind. This will take time, but gradually you will improve and thus your concentration will also excel. Don’t try to push yourself if you find it difficult initially. Just try to give your best. Once you are finished with it, stop and try again the next day. This is one of the most difficult exercise for concentration.

Exercise: 5

Sit straight on a chair with your head up, chin out and shoulders back. Raise your right arm up to the level of your shoulder, pointing to your right. Look around, moving your head only and fix your gaze on your fingers. While doing so, keep your arms perfectly still for one minute. Repeat this exercise with your left arm. Once you are able to keep your arms perfectly steady, increase the length of time to reach up to 5 minutes with each arm. The easiest position is to turn the palm of your hand downwards when it is outstretched. If you are able to keep your eyes fixed on the tips of your fingers, you will be able to tell if your arm is perfectly still.

Exercise: 6

This exercise aims to improve your focus. Hold a fruit such as an apple, banana or an orange in your hand and examine it from all sides, while focusing your attention on it. Do not get carried away by irrelevant thoughts that might arise in your mind or thoughts related to the fruit such as the grocery from where you bought it, its nutritive value etc. You should stay calm and ignore all these thoughts. Focus all your attention on the fruit without thinking of anything else and examine its shape, taste, smell and the sensation you get on touching it.

Exercise: 7

Fill a small glass full of water. Putting your arms directly in front of you, grasp it by your fingers. Now fix your eyes on the glass, focusing all your attention on it. While doing so, try to keep your arm so steady that no movement becomes noticeable. Do this for one minute and then gradually increase it to five.  This exercise should be done with one arm and then with the other.

Exercise: 8

Take a small simple object such as a spoon, fork, cup or a glass. Now concentrate on one of these objects, watching it from all sides without any verbalization, that is, with no words in your mind. Just concentrate on watching the object closely without thinking about it.

Exercise: 9

You can try this exercise once you have gained proficiency in the above exercises. Draw a small geometrical figure of about 3 inches in dimensions, such as a triangle, rectangle or a circle. Paint it with any color and then concentrate on it by looking at just the figure you have drawn and nothing else. Ward off any unrelated thoughts or distractions such that only the figure exists for you and nothing else. Focus your attention only on the figure but do not try to strain your eyes. Once you have mastered this, you can try to visualize the figure with your eyes closed. If you forget the appearance of the figure, open your eyes for a few seconds; watch the figure and then close your eyes to continue with the exercise.

Exercise: 10

Start off by sitting on a comfortable chair and see for how long you can keep still. This might sound easy but it is quite tough to do initially. All you need to do is to center your attention on sitting still. Ensure that you are not making any involuntary muscular movements. With little practice you will be able to sit still without a movement of the muscles for 15 minutes.  You can start off by sitting in a relaxed position for 5 minutes. Once you are able to do it perfectly, gradually increase the time to 10 minutes and then to 15 minutes. Do not strain yourself to keep still. This exercise is great for relaxing you completely.

Exercise: 11

Move your chair by the table and place your hands upon it, clenching your fists and keeping the back of the hand upon the table such that the thumb is doubled over the fingers. Now look carefully at the fist for a while and then gradually extend your thumb. While doing so, all your attention should be focused on this act as if it is a matter of great importance. After this, extend your first finger followed by your second and so on until you open all of them. Then reverse the process, first closing the last one opened and then the rest to bring your fist in the original position with the thumb closed over the finger. This exercise should be done with one hand and then with the other such that five repetitions are performed with each hand. Once you master it, you can increase it to ten times in a few days.

Exercise: 12

This exercise enables you to concentrate from within. Start off by lying down and thoroughly relaxing your muscles. Now concentrate on your heartbeat without paying attention to anything else. Think about your heart and how it is pumping blood to every part of the body. While doing so, try to visualize the blood leaving your heart and flowing in one stream right down to the toes. Think of another picture with blood flowing down the arms to the tips of the fingers. After doing this exercise, you can actually feel the blood passing through your system.

Exercise: 13

Sit on a chair in an upright position, keeping your back high. Now pressing one finger against your right nostril, take a long deep breath. Draw the breath in gently as you count to ten and expel the breath through the right nostril as you count to ten. Repeat this exercise with the other nostril. This exercise should be repeated at least 20 times at each sitting.

Exercise: 14

Standing in front of the mirror, make two marks on a level with your eyes and imagine them as two human eyes looking into yours. You might blink a little initially, but keep standing erect without moving your head. All your thoughts should be concentrated on keeping your head perfectly still and avoid other thoughts from coming into your mind. Now keeping your head, eyes and body still, think that you look like a reliable person, someone whom anyone would have confidence in. Ensure that there the room in which you are standing is well ventilated. Practice deep breathing in front of the mirror. You will feel that as it permeates every cell; your timidity is replaced by a sense of peace and power, making you more focused. This exercise should be practiced for 3 minutes.

Exercise: 15

This exercise is concerned with focusing on sounds. In our day to day lives we keep hearing several sounds. Try to focus on a specific sound such as a voice. Then deliberately switch over to another sound such as that of a bird. Again switch over to another sound, say the sound of traffic. Continue to switch between sounds after focusing on one sound for one minute. This exercise can also be done visually by focusing on the person or thing that is creating the sound and refocusing on another. Ensure that while focusing on one particular sound, you do not think of or hear anything else.

Exercise: 16

Drawing and coloring are great activities to keep the brain relaxed and to stimulate creativity. It also improves his concentration levels. As it is a task that involves complete focus while going about it, coloring improves an individual’s powers of concentration. It keeps the mind engaged on the single activity at hand. Children and adults benefit a great deal from creative pursuits like sketching, painting and coloring. Improved concentration is one of them. You may use coloring pages to aid you in developing this essential skill of concentration.
So friends, do you plan to try out these exercises for better concentration?

Monday, June 26, 2017

10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Learn

If you want your child to be a stellar student, don't limit learning to the walls of his classroom. Although the skills he's learning there are crucial to his intellectual and social growth, your child needs your help to open up the world of ideas. His renewed joy in discovery will transfer to his schoolwork, so you'll boost his academic achievement too!

  1. Fill your child's world with reading. Take turns reading with your older child, or establish a family reading time when everyone reads her own book. Demonstrate how important reading is to you by filling your home with printed materials: novels, newspapers, even posters and place-mats with words on them.
  2. Encourage him to express his opinion, talk about his feelings, and make choices. He can pick out a side dish to go with dinner and select his own extracurricular activities. Ask for his input on family decisions, and show that you value it.
  3. Show enthusiasm for your child's interests and encourage her to explore subjects that fascinate her. If she's a horse nut, offer her stories about riding or challenge her to find five facts about horses in the encyclopedia.
  4. Provide him with play opportunities that support different kinds of learning styles — from listening and visual learning to sorting and sequencing. Supplies that encourage open-ended play, such as blocks, will develop your child’s creative expression and problem-solving skills as he builds. He'll need lots of unstructured play time to explore them. 
  5. Point out the new things you learn with enthusiasm. Discuss the different ways you find new information, whether you're looking for gardening tips on the Internet or taking a night class in American literature.
  6. Ask about what he's learning in school, not about his grades or test scores. Have him teach you what he learned in school today — putting the lesson into his own words will help him retain what he learned.
  7. Help your child organize her school papers and assignments so she feels in control of her work. If her task seems too daunting, she'll spend more time worrying than learning. Check in with her regularly to make sure she's not feeling overloaded.
  8. Celebrate achievements, no matter how small. Completing a book report calls for a special treat; finishing a book allows your child an hour of video games. You'll offer positive reinforcement that will inspire him to keep learning and challenging himself.
  9. Focus on strengths, encouraging developing talents. Even if she didn't ace her math test, she may have written a good poem in English class. In addition to a workbook for math practice, give her a writing journal.
  10. Turn everyday events into learning opportunities. Encourage him to explore the world around him, asking questions and making connections.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Indian Election to be made Online

In last few months Indian Election and EVMs were talking point of the country. I don’t know if EVM were tampered or not but as Software tester I know for sure that not a single product in world is bug free. That is first point we were taught in testing industry. But right now I don t want to talk about that as this should be the agenda of Election commission to justify.
There was a question in my mind since long that why Indian Election shouldn’t be made online? What are the pros and Cons of shifting election to online?

Currently Indians have Voter Id number and Aadhar number. If there could be a system developed which can use these numbers and create an account for every Indian who can vote.  Every Indian will receive code to login into his/her account by entering his details. Every Voter id is unique so no other guy can copy that for wrong purposes. Plus double security can be done by adding Aadhar number also.
Now-a-days usage and reach of smartphones are increasing day by day. This voting can be done through App also.
  • Just download this App in your smartphone
  • Login with your credentials.
  • Enter the Code received.
  • Click on the Party you want to Vote and
  • Then Submit.
  • Receive SMS to confirm you vote.

I will write about positives only from this system and I invite people to highlight negatives from this, if any.
  1. Voting process can be speed up.  No need to go to voting center and be in queue
  2. Voter verification process would get shortened as this can be done online.
  3. Lots and lots of saving of Government funds.
  4. Better use of Government teachers/staffs that travel long distances to cover election.
  5. False and duplicate voting can be stopped.
  6. Large number of voter turnout as they can cast their vote sitting on the couch in their room.
  7. Last but not the least same day result as counting can be done simultaneously.

Only con that I can think of now is hacking. But unlike EVM and Ballot boxes, these Apps are neither transported anywhere nor stored in any warehouse. With current cyber security hacking can be controlled if implemented properly. If Govt. comes to know that election has been hacked then also re-election can be done within days after analyzing the fault properly. The cost involved in re-election would be very less compared to current system.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mr. Kejriwal at national level

I am huge fan of Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party.

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I am really desperate to see some real change in Delhi and in India also. BJP had cheated everyone that’s clear but do we have other option/Party going to election in 2019.

I want to see Mr. Arvind Kejriwal as a National Leader not just limited to Delhi. It is high time Mr. Kejriwal leave the CM seat of Delhi and move to some bigger platform. It is high time to see the bigger picture and AAP has no better leader than Kejriwal. Please don’t lead to final conclusion right away without reading my complete blog and giving it thought for some time.

In 2014 BJP won because Indians were looking for some change, looking for some leader after 10 years debacle of congress... In 2014 people saw better option in BJP…But what better option do we have in 2019? None…

BJP has failed in every department in last 3 years but he will again win in 2019 because Indians don’t have any better option. Can AAP be that option? Can AAP be hope to the people that Indian politics can be changed? If you don’t want to see Modi fooling again, we Indians need another leader, another party. Can AAP challenge BJP in 2019? Don’t try to get along with Third front or fourth front.  

Who would be the best messenger than Mr. Arvind Kejriwal to spread out that message? Indian politics is witnessing something better through AAP, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia. It is high time to give CM seat to Mr. Sisodia and Mr. Kejriwal took the fight to National level. Dr Kumar Vishwas is good but why only him. He needs support and both of you can do wonder but together.

There are many states from where we can start our campaign, Goa, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan. I personally prefer smaller states to target first rather than UP and Rajasthan. Strategically, we can fight in Bengal where Mamta is weaker and indirectly support her. Who want to lose the position we have created in last Lok Sabha in Punjab?

Instead don’t target states but target no. of seats. Identify some 200 seats approx and make them your home town and focus fully on those seats. Mr. Kejriwal has to personally visit those places and if you really want to win them you have to start right now.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Daily Bazaars in Delhi

Continuing to the Daily Bazaars in Delhi named on the day itself.
Delhi is national capital and an international city and we are planning to make it a smart city. So do we want to see these markets in smart city?
At first, a thought comes in mind that can these markets be removed from streets of Delhi completely seeing their presence in Delhi? But I think this can be done with proper planning and execution.

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When I start writing this article, Sulabh Toilets came to my mind how these guys have spread their business.
Why Delhi government can’t open shops like for e.g., Safal stores in every locality. Think about Amma Canteen.

Government can buy directly from farmers and get transported to each and every store.

When Delhi Government opens such stores, the main opposition will come from these small sellers only. So we need to recruit those guys who are now selling in these markets and whose earning will be impacted by this Govt scheme.
With proper execution these markets can be phased out in next 4-5 years and that would be a great achievement.

We can survey the daily markets in 2-3 localities. We have to cover every bit so that during implementation we don’t miss anything.
Survey can be done covering:
  • ·         Number of sellers
  • ·         Earning per seller per day
  • ·         Number of days they are selling
  • ·         Supply chain

We need to take minimum of 500 sq ft. in every locality and will store vegetables and fruits. For every store we’ll hire 4-5 people for smooth running.
This model can be fully outsourced or run on PPP model, but we need to ensure that we are buying vegetables and fruits preferably from local farmers only. We can give preference to local ones and then to others.

Suggestions and arguments are welcome......