Women Empowerment - Article by Bhanumathi Narasimhan

Posted on: Monday, July 7, 2014


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As a woman on the path to success we expect to feel a sense of achievement when we reach the top of where we want to be. How does success look from up there? Will the world and people around you look more beautiful? Will the journey to the top be pleasant and memorable?

For many women whom I have met their journey to success has certainly not been an easy one. It is not always a journey of mutual support, uplift and friendliness. There are many challenges, not just due to gender bias, but also due to an unhealthy competition and jealousy from other women themselves! This kind of journey can be very stressful and takes its toll on our body and mind.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Founder of the Art of Living) says that one who manages all of the challenges that life presents before them is successful. However, what skills do we need to be able to do this and succeed? Here are six suggestions:
  • Commitment: One failure can often lead to another later success. So, do not be deterred by failures.
  • Time: It is not sufficient to invest money to nurture or develop anything.You have to give your personal time and attention.
  • Setting an example: A successful woman doesn't just show you the way; she walks with you.
  • Team work: Make others feel involved. Inspire participation and contribution.
  • Silence: Nurture quietude and calmness.
  • Reflection: Sit quietly at the end of the day, looking back at all the day's activities, and see where you have made a difference. Reminding ourselves of our success, can inspire us to do more.
A woman has to balance many things on the road to success; her family, relationships, work, interests and more. However, once you realise that you are multi-faceted and multi-dimensional, you can multi-task. This realisation can only comes when you are in a calm and serene state of mind, which is can be achieved through meditation.

The meditative woman is a successful one. Belonging, commitment, feeling connected - all of these qualities are a by-product of meditation. When you meditate, the task that took you four hours to complete earlier can gets done in two Meditation enables you to give yourself prime-time, to relax and realise your potential to do better. Otherwise you limit your capabilities.

Sri Sri often says, "Success means strength, an unshakeable smile that nobody can take away and a courage that does not diminish. It does not mean having a big bank balance. There are some very rich people who do not have strength of character. They don't have a sense of belongingness or love. They are unable to appreciate the subtleness of life."

True success is when it extends to both your material and inner world. Take time to enjoy the little things in your life. Observe the glistening dewdrops in the grass listen to birds chirping in your garden.

When did you last enjoy the craftsmanship or design of your furniture or carpet, the beautiful colours in a painting, make a new salad dressing, and even just experiment with your sandwich? This is the sign of a truely successful woman - living every moment to the fullest.

I have always believed that a woman is the heart of the family - she keeps everyone together. A woman is also the heart of our society – and when you empower women to succeed, you are enabling society to prosper.

Source: Women Empowered

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