Power of the Spoken Word

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

There is one person who listens to you all the time, whether you are aware of it or not, and that is YOU. The reason why we really need to be careful about our self-talk. Each cell in our body resonates with the positive or negative energy we transmit, and words carry this energy. So if you are longing for love, you will get regular aches. Anger brings about ulcers or bad breath or even black-heads. Colds indicate that you are unable to handle too many things or issues. These are small outbursts. However, even chronic issues like heart disease and cancer could be a result of our thinking.

Our mind tends to remember incidents that were percieved as bad, especially in childhood, as a protection mechanism. It should be our life’s goal to overcome these childhood wounds and not grow them. Cancer is extreme hurt and/or grief related to past experiences. Until we face these issues and learn to accept them, forgive and let go, the same kind of incidents recur over and over again in our lives. This causes stress. And stress, as you know, causes disease. But disease too is a path to personal growth. One way to overcome this is by considering what the gift for you is – ask yourself what the silver lining is? As Louise Hay said, ‘life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you’.


Every experience I have is perfect for my own growth

Rake out five minutes and listen to Louise Hay, who has been a pioneer to bring the word out in the open to millions across the world – Your words and thoughts create your World!

Coconut barfi

Sweeten your taste buds with this delicious coconut barfi, with no ghee, sugar or preservatives. Surprise your loved ones with good health and compassion this festive season.


  • 2 cups desiccated coconut/fresh coconut
  • ½ cup coarsely powdered cashews
  •  ¼ cup dry dates powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup raisins or as required to bind the barfi
  • a pinch of salt.


WMix all the ingredients except the raisins very well. Mash the raisins and knead them in the coconut mixture. Press this mixture in the steel plate and cut into the desired shapes. Garnish with desiccated coconut. Refrigerate the barfi for 6-8 hours before de-plating. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes about 25 squares

Food for the mind


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Our Words & Health – Is there a connection?                                      

Speak happy and positive words and witness how you feel. Utter irritating and angry words and observe how your body reacts. Use sad and demotivating words and examine your mood. Our words are the building blocks of our feelings. As a simple experiment, check your feelings right now. If there is a sense of restlessness within you, it probably has to do with some words that you heard or spoke.

Japanese scientist Dr Masaru Emoto brought forth this idea that our thoughts and intentions impact us. He conducted experiments indicating the effect of both positive words and negative words on water. The results were outstanding. Positive words gave birth to beautiful water crystals, whereas negative words resulted in the opposite effect. Since we are made up of 70% water, what we think affects us. And thoughts are nothing but words.

Similar experiments were done on plants too, with similar results. Even children raised with negative words are proven to have less self-confidence and self-esteem. 

However, the beauty of all this is that we as individuals have the power to alter our thoughts and words at any moment. Read on to figure out how you can take charge of health by merely watching over your thoughts and words…

1. It all starts with awareness

Pause! Listen to hear yourself speak. Did you know that a human being thinks about 50,000 thoughts per day out of which mostly 80% are negative thoughts.

2. Thoughts translate into words

Every word that you utter takes root in a thought. So, watch out for what you say aloud in your conversations with family members, your house help, your friends, your neighbours, and so on. 

3. Stop and transform

Once you start becoming aware of your words, slowly and steadily you can gain control over them. Watch the flow. If it is negative or useless, interrupt the flow. Change it to a positive direction. This will take time but is absolutely worth the effort.

4.  Find your purpose

When you are busy with what you love doing, and do it for a higher cause, you barely have the time to think of anything else. So stay busy in a productive way.

5.  Keep good company

Who and what you expose yourself to has an effect on your thoughts. Seek the company of positive and encouraging people, watch inspiring films, attend spiritual sessions, read motivational books and be a part of groups where you can learn and enhance yourself. 

6. Check what you eat

Food plays a role in your thought process. If you have eaten meat from an animal that was scared and angry at the time of slaughter, its emotions will affect you. Drinking milk from a sad and frustrated cow also has its consequences.

7. Get moving

Exercise shakes you up and sharpens your mental alertness.

8.  Read the book ‘You Can Heal Your Life’

According to its author Louise Hay, your thoughts and words create your world. So if you wish to change your world, change your thoughts and words. Absorb the list of healing words that Hay has curated.

9.  Affirmations

What you seek, you shall get. Offer written instructions to the universe through affirmations for a healthy and vibrant you. It works! Write them every day, stick them around in post-it notes, make them your screen-saver or password!

10.  Use powerful words

Fantastic, amazing, outstanding, great – use words that uplift you and others too. Wear t-shirts with positive messages. Have an inspiring quote as your screen saver.

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Vasanti Sundaram, Bangalore who has also benefitted from the SHARAN programmes, and now spreads awareness of plant based lifestyle through her talks.

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