What haven’t you taken the time to learn about?

It is a big world out there. A world that keeps on growing each day. With so much knowledge and amazing new discoveries, it is merely impossible that you know absolutely everything. So… what haven’t you taken the time to learn about?

Curiosity is the trait of a genius. Geniuses never stop questioning the world around them, they form questions and then search for answers in their minds. Because of the ceaseless and relentless questioning, their minds are always active. Just like a muscle gets stronger and stronger with exercise, our mind gets wiser and wiser with the continual mental exercise when we feed it with curiosity.

All of us spend around a third of our lives sleeping. And let’s admit it, we all love to sleep! Considering how much time we spend doing it, have we ever wondered where dreams come from?

Many of us love gazing at the night sky. But have we ever questioned the universe? Have we ever wondered, How are stars formed? Do all stars go supernova? What came before the Big Bang? What will happen if two galaxies collide?

Instead of accepting the world as it is, make it a habit to dig in deeper beneath the surface of what is around you by asking these intelligent questions. (Questions like What, why, when, who, where, and how are, quite surely, the best friends of curious people!). And these questions lead us to dive beneath the surface of common acceptance to unravel the details driving the process.

Mark Twain once said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Sounds weird, right?

But what we can actually bring out from this is that beyond the world of thick books and boring lessons, lies a world of wonder and curiosity. We often see learning as something boring. But if we see it as a burden, there’s no way we will want to dig deeper into anything we learn. A curious mind sees learning as fun, and so it will always have a natural inclination to ‘find out more’. So, never label anything as boring. If you are always opening doors to discover and learn more, it’s more than likely to bring excitement into your life.

Be open to challenges. Challenges are what curious people live for. Stretch the boundaries of your mind, and you will be surprised by how interesting this world is. It’s a pity if we don’t take the chances to expand our horizons, there is just so much out there to enrich our lives.

“Never stop learning, Because life never stops teaching.”

You are not only a student at school. You can learn all throughout your life if you start to see it that way. As Albert Einstein said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.” So, don’t learn because you have to, learn because you want to.

That being said, always be curious. Have a burning desire to know more than you do, and try to look for answers (sometimes there is no such thing as a right or wrong answer). Collect as much knowledge as you can, because you will never reach a point in life where there is nothing to learn and no knowledge to gain.

Always Question, Always Wonder

-SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️

The Magic Of Spreading Love

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the downward spiral of negativity life brings us. Sometimes we need to think outside ourselves and take a grasp on the world around us. We often heard, from a very young age to ‘treat others how we wish to be treated’, and yet this golden rule is often forgotten as we grow up as human beings. Every person on this Earth has their own story, and we really never know what chapter of their lives they might be going through. What then becomes of the essence is to love each other, support each other, and spread love wherever we go. In a world where fear and negativity have taken such a consequential role, become someone who spreads light and positivity. This world needs kind people now more than ever, and kindness is not something that is laborious and demands a tremendous amount of hard work. It is simply learning how not to hurt others, judge others, bring others down, even when we may have a natural inclination in doing so. This inner glister only divulges once we raise our consciousness beyond fear, ego, and hatred. We connect with people by giving them some love, we relent the worry and fear from our minds, we spark some hope in the hearts of others, and most importantly- we get a feeling of internal contentment after doing it (Just petting a dog I cross by on the streets makes me so happy!). What’s more, kindness is said to have the domino effect. And what better world would there be than one where everybody learns to love each other?

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu, South African cleric.

This post is published today for #WorldKindnessDay2019 💕 -SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️

Life’s Real Treasures

We seek happiness
In the luxury that we see
When eternal contentment
Is a treasure so free

A venture in the woods
A walk by the beach
Pristine Mother Nature
With so much to teach

We can rush to the finish line
To claim that we’ve won
Or stop to smell the flowers
Before the journey is done

We can chase the big things
While life passes by
Or resurrect our childhood
Enough to lift us up high

We can seek happiness without
And get lost in ‘things’
Or stop for a deep breath
Realising it’s all within

We can bleat at life
And fall deep into its pit
Or watch the sun rise
And be glad that it did

-SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️

Starry Sky

Enamoured I look up

At the starry sky

The twinkling embers

Send back a hi

 

A surreal blanket

Encircling my head

Deep into the galaxy

Don’t know where it led

 

Illuminating the darkness

By shining so bright

Flashing pinpricks

So far from sight

 

Beacons of hope

For all lost souls

Magical, awe inspiring

Can’t ask for more

 

Man fights man

Creates an ego wall

While this majestic sky

Radiates light for all

 

The joy it can bring

The pain it can heal

In the veil of darkness

Only a wonder to feel

 

Scattered moondust

In the tranquil sky

A warm goodnight

They wink to my eye

-Saania

Is IQ more important than EQ?

In a person’s schooling years, a high IQ is certain to make them pass with flying colours. We all hear about Albert Einstein having the greatest IQ, we all hear that intelligence is something that takes us far in terms of educational achievement. While it is a vital skill set of life, there is something else that matters…

Emotional intelligence. This may sound as an oxymoron to some, as we often tend to take emotions and intelligence as two very different things. But really, these two things put together makes something that guarantees overall success in life. It has been defined as “the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions”. This includes the ability to manage emotions, accept flaws, having empathy for others, and having certain social skills.

People having high IQs normally tend to be born that way, naturally having the ability to think quickly, do mental calculations, work with maths, logic, numbers, etc. While emotional intelligence is something we can work to improve on, almost like developing a skill. Although some people are naturally more emotionally intelligent than others, you have the flexibility to gain more EQ over time.

I have already talked about the importance of controlling our emotional triggers in my last post- learning to identify emotional upsurges, and pro-actively dealing with them.

Along with that, it is also very important to understand the feelings of others, which is something we call empathy. While this is much easier said than done, it means trying and looking at things from the other person’s perspective, putting yourself in their shoes and trying to think or feel like them. “Be humble enough to know you’re not better than anyone, and wise enough to know that you’re different from the rest!”

Controlling emotions, understanding them, connecting with others, understanding their emotions, judiciously and empathetically handling relationships are things that need practice. They require a change in attitude and behaviour for long term results.

EQ and IQ are certainly not adversaries of each other. It is very much possible to have high levels of both, and that is what leads us to a more authentic, successful, and happier life.

In our body, our 5 senses are sent up to the brain in the form of electric signals that pass between the peripheral nervous system (nerves and neurones) and the central nervous system (up the spinal cord to the brain). They are first experienced ‘emotionally‘ in the Limbic area before moving to the Frontal Lobe or the rational processing area (responsible for encoding complex logic and rational information). The Limbic and Frontal areas communicate and work in tandem with one another, this is the source of EQ. But the challenge is that the limbic region can easily hi-jack the frontal lobe because it processes the data before it reaches the frontal lobe. This is why it is important to practice emotional intelligence. “Emotional intelligence isn’t about getting rid of emotions. Rather it’s about having control over them and using them to their advantage.”

And me being a person who is particularly devoted to subjects like science and mathematics which require cognitive intelligence, I have started to realise the importance of having an equally well maintained emotional intelligence.

-Saania

Anatomy of Sadness

After my recent post ‘Anatomy of Happiness’, here’s a poem I wrote that describes sadness, because life is a roller coaster…

 

The feeling you get

That you’re all alone,

In a desert of misery

No one to call

Where reducing to tears

Feels like the only way,

Just bearing this feeling

Day by day

You turn to people

But they’re not there,

You try to run

But you don’t know where

No glimpse of a soul

To set you free,

For miles and miles

Only darkness to see

Hours fly by,

It just gets colder

Your continual tears

Long for a shoulder

The spirits of the air

It all feels like lies,

You wish it were a dream

When you opened your eyes….

 

-Saania