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If you are an Indian, then you probably need no introduction to our humble and sacred asset: the Tulsi Plant, also called the holy basil.

Tulsi is more than a plant. Its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties make it a one-stop solution for most common ailments like cough, cold, indigestion, headaches, stress, diabetes… you name it. 

Not just that, Tulsi is sacred and oozes positive vibes and gives a healing effect.

It’s humble because it require  no more than optimum sunlight and some water for it to thrive which also makes it the most commonly found plant in Indian homes. 

But even a versatile plant like Tulsi needs some maintenance. 

Weeds, true to their name can crop up around a Tulsi plant too. It’s important to remove unwanted weeds from occupying the Tulsi space in order to enable the Tulsi plant to thrive.

If mind is a garden, then Tulsi represents the positivity of the mind. In order for us to stay positive, it’s important to pull out the weeds that may crop up in our minds- negativity from thoughts, news, people, surroundings to name a few.

Positivity is a state of mind and requires regular maintenance to thrive. Here are a few tips on how to banish all the negative ailments of mind:

1.  When you are feeling low, make a phone call to that one person in your life who brings positivity.

2.  When you wake up in the morning, as you are still lying down, allow:

  a) 3 positive thoughts that would make you look forward to the day 

  b) Recollect and reflect on a poem or quote that inspires you.

3. Start your day with yoga or exercises.With every sweat that oozes out, imagine all the negativity inside the body being dispelled.

4. Read newspaper / watch TV news as a source of information rather than a stimulant for emotions. E.g.: watching the same news again and again in by switching channels is an indication of stimulating emotions.

5. Before you start your day, make a list of 10 critical tasks to achieve in the day for both your personal/professional life. Ensure that you go after and accomplish them by the end of the day.

So when did you last weed out the garden of your mind and make way for positivity to thrive?

May this poem by the great Indian poet Kalidasa inspire you to make your day and become the Tulsi filled with positivity that brightens not only your life but others around you.

Look to this day:

For it is life, the very life of life.

In its brief course

Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.

The bliss of growth,

The glory of action,

The splendor of achievement

Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream

And tomorrow is only a vision;

And today well-lived, makes

Yesterday a dream of happiness

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well therefore to this day;

Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!