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Shabad to Cure Insomnia

This shabad will cure insomnia. Many who deal with serious insomnia issues find that following proper sleep hygiene, or doing simran or listening to kirtan does not help them fall asleep at night. Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep at night for many nights in a row. It is a chronic condition and does not just refer to difficulty falling asleep one night, as some seem to think.

Recite the following shabad 15 times before bed. Once you have it memorised, continue reciting it until you fall asleep. After several days, or sooner, your sleep problems will have disappeared. After trying numerous other methods and consulting with sleep experts, this method is the only thing that cured my insomnia. My own sleeping problems had lasted for several years and had severely affected my life.

ਬਿਲਾਵਲੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥ ਰੋਗੁ ਗਇਆ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਆਪਿ ਗਵਾਇਆ ॥

The disease is gone; God Himself took it away.

ਨੀਦ ਪਈ ਸੁਖ ਸਹਜ ਘਰੁ ਆਇਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

I sleep in peace; peaceful poise has come to my home. ||1||Pause||

ਰਜਿ ਰਜਿ ਭੋਜਨੁ ਖਾਵਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਭਾਈ ॥

Eat to your fill, O my Siblings of Destiny.

ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਰਿਦ ਮਾਹਿ ਧਿਆਈ ॥੧॥

Meditate on the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord, within your heart. ||1||

ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰ ਪੂਰੇ ਸਰਨਾਈ ॥

Nanak has entered the Sanctuary of the Perfect Guru,

ਜਿਨਿ ਅਪਨੇ ਨਾਮ ਕੀ ਪੈਜ ਰਖਾਈ ॥੨॥੮॥੨੬॥

Who has preserved the honor of His Name. ||2||8||26||

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How to choose a good career

There are a few things necessary for a proper career:

  1. Honesty – there should be nothing in this career that goes against Gurmat. Nothing that causes pain to your conscience.
  2. It pays the bills – no worries about money.
  3. Satisfying-  it doesn’t need to be perfect, but you should feel at least somewhat satisfied with it. You shouldn’t dread the thought of having to go to work.
  4. Lifestyle – how much free time do you want to focus on simran and seva? Are you okay with a job that would place great stress upon you and require a lot of extra work in your free time? When people have enough money to not worry about payments, any additional money doesn’t make them any happier. So at this point I would focus on the desired lifestyle more than money. And by lifestyle, I don’t mean the acquiring of things with hefty price tags just because other people have them.

A lot of people aim for careers that they know will be unsatisfying just because they seem safer or more secure. I would avoid that, just go for what you want, because the years of work required will pass by anyways. And make sure that the career is one that you want for yourself, don’t spend the rest of your life trying to appease your parent’s aspirations for you if it’s making you miserable.

I recommend you read this great post and also read my post on study skills.

Study Skills

Back to school time is here again.

Although I try to keep this blog focused on dharm, the reality of our lives is that we live in the real world, we have to go to school, study, get jobs, and serve through our financial and kirt seva. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time researching study skills, thus far I haven’t found any strategies that feel like they are a good fit for me. Most of them seem too artificial or inefficient. In the hopes of helping out the dharmically minded youth, I present to you the best study skills blog, with the best study skills methodology that I’ve found. Please spread this everywhere, on all the forums, so that our youth can get a leg up.

Additionally, maintaining jat-sat is a huge help. To waste this energy weakens our concentration.

Focus on the mool mantr helps immensely in building up our concentration. Or any other Bani. A focused mind is far more capable of understanding and remembering complex information in less time than an unfocused mind. The extra time savings can be put into more abhyaas or into further study.

And to deal with the stress – remember that the results are not in our hands, they are God’s. Instead of wasting time and mental energy by worrying  (which by the way, weakens our concentration), keep your mind focused on study and abhyaas. Listen to the gareebi nimrata nitnem that you can download from http://www.gursevak.com on your ipod 24/7. Even if you can’t focus on it all the time, it will still reduce stress just by being on in the background.

Regular exercise cannot be overemphasized. A healthy diet, a B-100 vitamin  to help with alertness, and regular pranayam yoga will also help with alertness. Basically, if you don’t know what the ingredient in some food product is, or you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably something really unhealthy for you. Massage some oil (such as almond oil, coconut oil) on your scalp  for lubrication. Top of head, top-back part of head, and the temples are the main locations for this. You can even squirt mustard oil up your nostrils at night to reduce kushkee (dryness) of the brain, scalp, and eyes. It helps in reducing nasal congestion if you have that problem.

Here’s an excerpt from the study skills blog that I want you guys to spread around:

I’m in the middle of a challenge that might scare most students in my position: I’m writing a doctoral dissertation and a book simultaneously. (Literally: my thesis and manuscript are due within a week of each other.)

This requires, on average, 4 – 6 hours of hard focus (split about evenly between the two projects) per day, five days per week.

I could not have pulled this off five years ago. But in the intervening half decade, I’ve been pushing hard to expand my hard focus capacity. As my graduate student experience progressed, I systematically increased the amount of time I would force myself to work continuously without a break to seek unrelated stimulation. This culminated in my current schedule in which I write for 2 – 3 hours, take a break for lunch, e-mail, and exercise, and then work on my thesis for 2 – 3 hours, before finishing for the day.

Study Hacks

This blog is a great resource to make your own studying more effective.