“Talk to yourself at least once in a day, otherwise you may miss meeting an excellent person in this world” – Swami Vivekananda
Artist: Harika Manogna Dandu
Humans are by nature social animals, and we tend to validate ourselves through socializing and conversing with others. But more often than not, we tend to miss out on speaking with the one most important person – ourselves! Although it runs counterintuitive to our social norms, self introspection through talking to oneself will reveal fascinating facets that one might have never seen in his/her entire life. You do not have to take our word for it, but if you could indulge us a bit, try talking to yourself tonight about how your day was. If you repeated this practice for a few days, you will begin to notice that you have a better clarity about yourself, and higher confidence in your abilities. You will observe behavioral changes gradually transforming you into a better person. Because there is no outsider to judge you during your introspection, you would be conversing uninhibited with an unadulterated version of yourself.
Let’s take it one step further. As days go by and you kept improving yourself through self introspection, imagine that the God you ardently pray to or a role model that immensely inspired you visits you one night. He tells you that He was keeping tabs on you and that He was very pleased with how much you have changed for the good. How does that make you feel? Does it give you a sudden rush of happiness, humility, and humbleness? Wouldn’t you want that feeling of bliss to stay with you always?
Think of a situation where you visited a low- to middle-income family and spoke with the parents who barely are able to keep up with their daily expenses. We are talking about a family trading health care expenses and necessary medicines for roof over their head and food to eat. Knowing their financial incapacity, you offered to pay for their child’s education or help with their needs. What follows after your offer would be truly magical. They would see in you a God personified in human form. They will likely have no words to thank your gesture, but more importantly they introduce your inner self to you. That experience instantly validates your humanity and brings out your innate nature of being kind and helpful to someone in need.
Artist: Harika Manogna Dandu
Now compare both the above instances – God (or your inspiration source) appearing in front of you during your self introspection versus that family in need saw God in you. Which of them might be a more exhilarating and blissful experience? We are willing to bet that both are equally an out of the world experience. No sum of dollars or rupees you earned in life will give a greater euphoria than the one you experience when you helped someone in need. For that family in need when you offered to help, you instantly became an embodiment of divinity.
Regardless of who you are and what trade you are in, realization that the divinity is within yourself to help others is an important step in making your life fulfilling and complete. At Manaloni Manishi Foundation, we committed ourselves to awaken this inner divine self and show everyone the opportunities to make a difference and bring peace, prosperity, and happiness to people in need. It is largely why we established this organization.