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Safeguard: Firewall the mind

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Ravi Valluri says that we need to protect our minds by creating a firewall to ward off antipathetic thoughts, by constructing an effective aura.

Firewall is a wall or an artificial partition designed to inhibit or prevent the spread of fire. In this age of technology, all computing systems are protected by firewalls to prevent the intrusion of virus as the security of the software would get compromised and breached.

Humans need to safeguard and fortify their bodies to ambush any pestilence by getting themselves vaccinated or taking recourse to alternative therapies. However do we protect our minds by creating a firewall to ward off antipathetic thoughts, by constructing an effective aura?


People are more disposed to help us, if we are propitiously inclined. They dislike and avoid anyone spewing negativity. Defeatist thoughts, words and attitudes, generate unhappy feelings, moods and behavioural patterns which drive away any possible assistance.

Humans through practice should make their mind an engine of growth which continues to trigger positive thoughts resulting in the development of a coruscating personality. The mind should dispel the Cassandras of doubts of self-belief, and incubate positive thoughts which become a harbinger of change to soak into the sunshine of jollity.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow,” wrote the inspirational Helen Keller.

Yuvraj Singh after his epochal performance in the World Cup 2011 was discovered to be afflicted with the lethal disease of cancer. It is a stupefying story of physical and mental pluckiness that he did not lower his guard and fought back remarkably to don the cricketing outfit once again and play for the country. Likewise is the intrepid  Major DP Singh’s story who lost his limbs in the Kargil conflict but runs with prosthetic legs and has formed a group of runners aptly called, ‘The Challengers’.

Elbert Hubbard writes, ‘That positive anything is better than negative nothing.’

Many years ago in Japan, bamboo-and-paper lanterns were deployed with candles inside. Once a blind man happened to visit a friend and was offered such a lantern.  Since he was enveloped by only darkness, he refused to take the lantern. However the perspicacious friend insisted that the incapacitated friend carry a lantern on his onward journey. His mind operated from a different space stating that ‘the handicapped friend may not require it given his disability but the lantern would forewarn any stranger who could accidentally run into him.’ The blind man started off with the lantern and before he had walked very far someone ran squarely into him. “Look out where you are going!” he exclaimed to the stranger.

An individual blessed with affirmative thoughts and disposition can attain such a state of awareness unlike a person clouded with a fatalistic approach to life. He builds an impregnable firewall of positive thoughts and disposition to stave off negativity.

The power of positive thinking may appear to be hackneyed something abstract or ambiguous. However it can be concretised as imagery which uplifts the mood, confidence and optimism of an individual. This can be achieved through techniques like meditation and practising Pranayama. Further self-talk or auto-suggestion opens apertures in the minds of humans to focus on the dazzling aspects of life.

Medical studies are unanimous in proclaiming that enthusiastic thoughts help in fighting various stress related ailments such as hypertension, hypotension, depression and other psycho somatic disorders. Therefore it is sagacious to maintain positive thoughts and disposition.

Life is one big journey full of synodic curves and valleys and we are mere travellers. Can we undertake a mental re-engineering to modify our lifestyles and patterns to travel light, than to keep thinking about the future and lose the tranquillity of our minds? Living life to its fullest in the present is the ideal way to luxuriate in life, rather than wallow in regret or anxiety.

We need to begin any given day with positive affirmations whatever be the provocation. Humans need to take a deep look into the mirrors of their minds and encourage the inner self to transmute the existing ossified patterns.

It is always advantageous and profitable to focus on bountifulness rather than on lack. Bounty begets bounty whereas lack only leads us to the precipice of want. The constraints of the past and accompanying baggage should cast away. We need to embrace fresh horizons of hope.

The frenetic pace of our schedules are so alarming that we often get caught in traffic jams. We fret and fume and only add to the congestion in the crevices of the mind. The situation can be circumvented by proper time management. However if we happen to encounter a traffic snarl, instead of caterwauling at the driver it would be a wise decision to hear some soothing music being podcast or undertake a short meditation and practice NadiShodhan Pranayama(alternate nostril breathing) to maintain our quietude.

Humour in our lives can elevate our mood seamlessly and it is worthwhile to watch crazy orabsurd films. Any laugh riot movie even if a slapstick comedy hoists our feelings to another level.

A cow keeps chewing the cud. That is how humans keep ruminating over ne’er-do-well. Percipience warrants that individuals change the traction and trajectory of their lives by revamping failures into successes by learning from history.

Memories of the past are a constant hyphenation which inhibits us from living in the present moment, which is actually inevitable. The rhythmic breathing technique of Sudarshan Kriya brings the human mind to the present moment and this ignites the spirit of positive thoughts by eschewing obstructive feelings.

The universe has provided us with positive and result oriented colleagues, friends and co-workers. It should be our endeavour to befriend them and wingman with them to transmute our thinking patterns.

Humans need to build firewalls of cheery thoughts that will keep them radiant throughout the day and to nourish positive thoughts instead of negative ones. It is wisdom to visualise life from the prism of happiness, seeing it as half-full rather than half-empty.