The art of Memorizing and 21 Tips to Boost your Memory Power

Have you ever faced a situation when you wanted to recall something and it evaded you again and again?

Even though you had read it thoroughly but you face issues while recalling it. Memory is a weak niche for some while at the same time a strong reason for others to reach the higher rungs of success.

Human beings are gifted with a quality of remembering things which is called as Memory. The experiences that you have in your life are registered in your brain forever. As you move through Life, your mind is continuously observing the surroundings, clicking mental photographs and capturing the information from all around.

Having a good memory is almost an essential requirement of being successful. Imagine the fate of people who cannot remember simple things. Think about the pitiable condition of Amnesia patients who forget everything on account of an injury; their names, place they live and what they do.

Having a good memory is a quality to remember things perceived by any of the cognitive senses, which could be recalled when required, in a highly specialized and efficient way. To most of us, it seems to be a natural gift received by birth which cannot be improved upon. But quite on the contrary is true. Not only your Memory Power can be improved upon but it can also be made to work in an extremely efficient and specialized way. This is possible by understanding the Psychological Principles behind it and by learning to use the right techniques. It is important to understand the dynamics of this remembering and recalling system and how it works.

Read the following questions and think about them for a while. Try to find the answers from your own experiences.

  • How do you remember things?
  • How is your brain able to recall things in almost an instant?
  • What is the first impression?
  • What is short-term and long-term memory?
  • What are the processes involved in storing and recalling a memory?

Memory is an amazing system which functions in almost a flawless way unless you decide to bang your head on the wall hard enough to lose it! Once you have learnt the nitty-gritties of it you’ll be able to strengthen it much more than you could imagine. This article is intended to provide you with a basic idea of how it works and help your Memory to serve you in a better and efficient way.


Importance of Memory –

Memory is a complex mental Process by which the experiences that one has, are registered safely in the brain only to be recalled later in the times of need or recognized when similar experiences repeat in one’s Life. Without the power of memory, our lives would come to a halt and we would lose our entire knowledge bank. It would be necessary then to start a new life every day or even every hour. There could be no education, learning or growth possible without memory. Without it we would not even be able to recognize ourselves, what to say of family and friends. We would be left at the hands of Fate and our life will become stagnant with no practical progress.


Is it possible to improve one’s memory by right education?

Yes, it is absolutely possible. With right techniques and strong perseverance, memory power can be drastically improved. There have been a lot of experiments in this area to prove this fact. Various Experiments were conducted on dogs, sparrows, fishes, monkeys, and dolphins and even simple worms that crawl which showed positive results. Notable Scientists like Pavlov and Dr. Leland have conducted a lot of research on memory power.


Memory is a Specialized Process

It may come as surprise to you that there is no specific muscle or compartment in your brains, which is dedicated to memory. Actually there is no such thing as memory inside us. People in specific fields develop a natural skill to remember the facts and figures demanded by their profession or field of work. A scientist might find it difficult to remember the stock prices, which comes natural to a trader or broker. A lot of people have researched in this zone that throws more light on the detail workings of the memory. It is a highly specialized and subjective process that works better and aligns itself with the areas of your interest or field of study. So it is imperative for you to choose and define the areas where you need your memory to help you. Some find it easy to remember the name of new people whereas for some, it is almost impossible.


Four Stages–

This is the first step in building a memory. Events and experiences are registered in your brain, the very first time they happen to you. It is important that these first impressions are deep, vivid and elaborate. You have heard – “First impression is the Last impression”. This is true to some extent with the memory process. First impressions of your memory need to be effective for better recalling benefits. If something is learned half-heartedly how can you expect to remember it for a long time? It is necessary for a good memory to allow your mind to have a deep impression of the lessons. Learn slowly and be with the things for a while. This helps to pass the first step.


After the impression is made it becomes a part of your brain. Next step is to allow the information to be soaked in as deeply and completely as possible. Retention means to hold the information and making it a part of your permanent memory. In this part, we repeat and often re-learn. Re-read and learn the information by repeating the learning task. Repetition helps in the deepening the first impression.

Different people exhibit different retention powers owing to the difference in the quality of the first impression and ways of repetition. We all have faced the situation where we meet a person for the second time and unable to recall his name. This is due to a bad retention of memory.

Recalling is the process of bringing a stored memory to the surface of the conscious mind where it can be utilized. Good recalling is the criteria for a good memory. If you cannot recall something, you cannot use it. Recall is possible with right mental associations. Learn to associate the stored information with your existing knowledge base. Relate two facts which are similar to each other. Connect your past and present experiences of similar things. Highly vivid and efficient associations have a possibility of better and faster recall.

Recognition is the power to relate and match things and facts in the life with those in the memory. If you meet a known person and are unable to relate to him you are suffering from a lack of Recognition. Even if we recall something at the right time but cannot recognize it, the memory would be futile. Recognition is the last and most essential step for the memory to work properly.

All these steps are interconnected and allow our memories to function in a harmonious way. Understand and work upon these steps to improve your memory. Learn to register properly. Repeat it. Practice recalling and recognizing it. This is the secret.

Here are some tips to give you boost.

  1. Learn with a Purpose. A Powerful Purpose magnetizes your powers in a single direction and hence results in a better memory.
  2. Learn the power of Mental Association. Associate all new faces, events, things, experiences with the things you already know and can relate to. A person with a strange face is likely to be remembered.
  3. Read and learn with Concentration. The higher it is the better the resulting memory.
  4. Allow the first impressions to go Deeper.
  5. Higher interest levels create deeper impressions and result in long-term memory. Keep yourself enthusiastic while learning new things.
  6. Keep it Short and Summarized. Do not overlearn.
  7. Separate the times of repetitions by taking gaps. Continuous repetition is not going to help.
  8. While learning a new fact – Understand and Master the basic principle first and then add more branches as you go ahead.
  9. Repeat the Next Day. Research shows that a very large chunk of read information is forgotten in the next 24 hours.
  10. Contemplate during breaks.
  11. Start using the information you have learned during conversations. Talk about it.
  12. Learn the whole passage in one go unless it is too long. Research has proved that 240 lines of Poem/Prose can be learned and memorized by human brain without breaking.
  13. Use the power of Mnemonics. Google about them and Create your own.
  14. Practice recalling your information at different times. Offer yourself surprise tests.
  15. Master the art of Good Note-taking.
  16. Forget things that are not needed. Do not unnecessary trouble your brain by remembering every little detail about everything. Learn to categorize and sort important and useful things.
  17. Transform your brain into a well-organized library which could present the right information as soon as it is needed.
  18. Utilize more senses than just eyes and mouth while reading and learning. Learn to say it aloud or even touch it. Use your senses.
  19. Consciously Think about the topic mentally and compare it with other References.
  20. Trust your Memory completely.
  21. Stop using bookmarks while reading. Use your memory instead.

Courtesy: Maansik Dakshata


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Soya Sauce

Dear Seekers!

Welcome to Zen.

Today I bring you a funny Zen story that is not just expected to bring a temporary smile on your face but also to plant a seed of permanent Zen laughter in your Heart.

Truth is not about being serious, it is about being happy, laughing, dancing and yet sincere.

Let’s read the story with a smile on your face-

One day there was an earthquake that shook the entire Zen temple. Parts of it even collapsed. Many of the monks were terrified.

When the earthquake stopped the teacher said, “Now you have had the opportunity to see how a Zen man behaves in a crisis situation. You may have noticed that I did not panic. I was quite aware of what was happening and what to do. I led you all to the kitchen, the strongest part of the temple. It was a good decision, because you see we have all survived without any injuries.

However, despite my self-control and composure, I did feel a little bit tense – which you may have deduced from the fact that I drank a large glass of water, something I never do under ordinary circumstances.”

One of the monks smiled, but didn’t say anything.“What are you laughing at?” asked the teacher.

“That wasn’t water,” the monk replied, “it was a large glass of soya sauce.”

A man of Zen is the one who has awakened to the very essence of life.

It is an awakening that comes from within, when you are not looking, just sitting, silent, relaxed and doing absolutely nothing, inside and the outside.

Zen does not provide any books, methods or literature, rather just puzzles, jokes and stories that are silent indicators towards the experience.

To know the truth is an individual responsibility and it cannot be delegated. Nobody else can know it for you, you have to dedicate all that is ‘yours’ in you, to allow the truth to manifest in your life.

Saint Kabir has said –

Kabira khadaa bazaar mein, liye lukaathi haath
Jo ghar baare aapna, chale hamaare saath!

It means those who are ready to burn down their houses are invited to the mystical journey of Truth.

Let’s go to the story –

It is the story of a Zen seeker and not a Zen master. The seeker is on the way towards his goal. He is in the monastery leading other seekers and fulfilling his role as a teacher.

He has known a little and feels pride to boast about it.

The earthquake comes and he panics, but the mind rationalizes. An act happens spontaneously and the mind was not present.
Later on, the mind comes and takes credit for the event and builds a story around it.
These stories of the mind, are stories in the air that have no significance. Nothing useful can be done with them. They are mere words with nothing concrete and tangible in them.
Stories cannot hide the Truth. Truth shows itself in one or the other ways. By your words, actions and body-language it would show.

The man of truth speaks for himself. His walk, talk and actions,  all and everything, are aligned to the same principle.

Be aware of your actions.
Realize yourself and realize the purpose of Life!

Piece of Contemplation –

  • Are my thoughts, feelings, words and actions aligned to each other?
  • Do I feel pride in showing my knowledge?
  • What is the purpose of my Life?

Wishing you an enlightened Life!

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Who wants?

Asking ‘Who wants’ is much more important than asking ‘What do I want?’.
We just want to do things. Not knowing why, or who wants them?

We get impulses to want to do things, and in the moment.
When a desire comes, wait for a moment. Go inside and look at yourself.

Make it count. Use every thought and everything that drives you outside.Look within.
Who wants?

Add yourself to the desire.
Give your desires, impulses, cravings, excitements, a touch of awareness.

Tell your mind – Ok. Got it. We’ll have it. We’ll do it. But first let us find out, who wants it?

Who is inside?
Who craves?
Who desires?
Who thinks?
Who am I?

Ask this question, every time you want to take a new step and every time you want to take a step backwards.

Be with yourself.
Happy Being!

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Without Blinking an Eye

Dear Seekers.

Welcome to Zen!
Here’s another story for you.

The story highlights the qualities of Zen.
What happens when Zen flowers?

More after the story –

During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived – everyone except the Zen master. 

Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this master was. When he wasn’t treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed, the general burst into anger.

“You fool,” he shouted as he reached for his sword, “don’t you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!” 

But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved. 

“And do you realize,” the master replied calmly, “that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?”

A man of truth is different. He is beyond the imagination, beyond the dualities, beyond everything and everywhere human mind can go.

He has known the very secret of life. The essence after knowing which, there is no fear, no loss, no suffering and no death.

Let’s go to the story –

The story is about the war times in Japan when every village was getting invaded by the army. In one particular village when everybody fled after they heard about the attack, only one Zen master lay unmoved. He didn’t even budge an inch.

When the General questioned his audacity – he replied “Do you realize that I can be run through without blinking an eye?”

This is beyond the human mind. We know about courage, but that is our definition of it. We also know about forgiveness, but that is our definition too.

Everything we know is limited. Unlimited cannot be known, it can only be lived in this very moment.

What is real courage?
What is real forgiveness?
We don’t know that yet.

We get angry, we feel scared, we shiver and we flee. At the most we fight. We are aware of these responses because they all, belong to the mind. Are we aware of the Zen responses?

Can you even imagine that love can reach such a height that it can forgive anything and everything?
Nothing can be done to change the quality and intensity of such kind of love.

It is possible. This kind of love does not come from the mind. It is not dependent on our imagination, theories and preconceived notions. It flowers from the very source. It is the very quality of the living experience inside us.

Know this love and you shall know god.

At this stage, you are not forgiving. You simply are available and response comes. It comes out of the understanding; The Understanding of Truth.

Your responses are based on your Understanding, if you don’t know who you are and you take yourself to be something that you are not, how can your responses be correct?

Contemplation –
Have I known true love which is unlimited, undoubting and unconditional?
Have I experienced constant formless presence inside me?
Have I known forgiveness?

Have a blessed life!

P.S. I also wanted to know-

How many of you read Zen stories?
How many of you like them?
How many of you want them to continue?
Any other feedback you would like to give?

Request you all to drop a note as you have a moment.

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Giving what you have

Life isn’t only about getting what you want. It is also about giving what you have.

On the contrary, when you start giving, you start receiving automatically. Universe was already giving. Only you were not receptive.

Even, when you think you give, the case is, most of the times, you’re still holding onto it.

Giving something away means complete surrender. The thing was never yours and never again it’ll be. You have forgotten about it. Never happened.

You can experience the joy of giving only by giving.

Be happy and share
Only that is what he cares
You have been filled with diamonds
Only if you could open your hands

Life’s mystery, for some, it is ancestry
Goes on and on and on
The curtain watches another curtain
Happiness reaches everywhere, that much is certain.

By Mohit Valecha (Writings from the Heart)

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The water tasted different!

‘The water tasted different, didn’t it?’ You wonder.
How many of you’ve experienced this?

It might come as a surprise to some, that some can actually taste ‘Water’.
Is it? They would say with a mouth wide open and 8 teeth visible.

Yes, its true. But to be able to taste water, you should first know something about the taste. You should’ve looked deeply into the world of taste. Everything has a world of its own.

In fact, tasting water is an easy thing at that. Almost everybody reaches there.
More is happening out there. Watch closely.

People walk on fire, dive into the abyss, fly in the air and jump on the moon.
Look around.

What all has been happening?
Some amazing, unbelievable and wonderful things. So many colours, forms, shapes and sizes. Wow, baby, it’s a landslide out there.

Everything is possible. Exploration has just begun. Infinite more is possible and more and more and more..Much goes uncharted, untouched, unexplored.

How much?
How much, we should explore?
How much, can be explored?
How much, more we should look?
Doesn’t matter.

It is not about How much. It is also not about Why or When.

It is actually about What. This is the most important thing.

What is What?
What is not?
What is?
To What?
What lives?
What dies?
What you should be looking at?
That’s what matters.

What is it, that you should be focussing on?
What needs to be explored?
It’s not about where you are or why, it is about what you do.
That’s all matters.

Your attention, your very sight, the act of love in looking, changes things. The world waits for you. Nature rearranges itself every time you change your decision. Each time you desire a new thing, millions of visible and invisible things move, to give space for you.
Everything is available, for everyone. The question is, What do you want?

Focus on the right things and you’ll shape a new future for yourself.
Future is not something which is pre-written, rather, it is getting shaped every moment, as you breathe, look around, take a step or change sides. Everything connects to one thing.
Every action of yours, is drawing a line, out there in the universe.

Be careful for you might leave fingerprints. Learn the Power of Forgiveness to dissolve all the lines.
Aim to draw lines in the air. Forgive the stones.

Go deeper. Dive, Deep within.
Don’t settle for anything, but the best. And the best is, ‘Whatever you decide’.
You are already standing, where you ought to be. Always wanted to be.

Look within and dive deeper
Enough looking here and there.
Come here you messy boy
Everything is happening now-here!

By Mohit Valecha (Writings from the Heart)


The world is not as it appears to be, nor it is otherwise – Buddha

Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.  – The Law of focus, From the book The Source – Power of Happy Thoughts by Sirshree

You should give it a read for sure. Here’s the video.

(By the way, Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan released it in Pune (one of the locations among 121 others where it was released simultaneously on 11-11-11) and it has been done in tens of languages over a millions copies sold worldwide.

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Welcome onboard, Ganpati ji!

The colourful, loud and important September has come when Ganpati ji comes every year.

It is an important time, just like other important times for hindus; when Shiv ji met his other half (Shivratri), or Rama ji killed the ten-headed demon king of lanka, Ravana (Dusshera), or when Krishna ji shattered an earthen butter pot to pieces by just a tiny stone (Dahi-handi) and so on.

You got my point. Yes, I am talking about festivals.

Festivals are time for celebration! They were created specifically for mass celebration!
To spread, happiness, love, colours, and qualities.

What does celebration mean?
It means happiness. It means love. It means sweetness. Merriment.

What was the need?
Those who created festivals, knew long ago that we’d be needing them now. They knew the secret. This hid it somewhere, but somewhere, it can always be found, when needed. When the right times comes!

Those who can unlock the secret would reap the benefits.

What is master key to unlock the secret?
What is the secret hidden behind the master key?

Festivals are festivity. It’s time to be together. It’s time to forget worries. It’s time to have fun. Eat a lot of sweets. Isn’t it?

Yes, it is. All these actions represent happiness. Festivals were designed by masters. To inculcate the habit of happiness. To break the unconsciousness.

What is the most important thing to do?
Being happy.

Festivals help you to come out of your slumber. All occasions means one thing.

You only need the key. The key to unlock the secret. All festivals hide the secret.
The secret is one.
It is hidden everywhere.

If you uncover, you go beyond the tradition. You’ve now known the purpose behind the purpose. Then and only then, can you call yourself to be really celebrating. Otherwise, you just repeat a process.
Without the key, it is just a ritual.

We often forget the message and remember the story. Story goes farther, message is delicate.
Message is hidden for those who look for it.
It has always been available to the ones who are ready.
Ready to decode.

What is the key?
Deep contemplation.
Deep contemplation about the festival and everything involved with it.
Manan, Maun tak jane ke liye

Let us go through the process once.
Let us understand the way of contemplation, with the help of the festival which starts day after tomorrow.
Let’s learn to celebrate the arrival of Ganapati ji.
Let us start with the form.

Contemplate on Ganapati’s statue.

What is hidden there?
Long trunk, large ears, a mouse, modak, long teeth, pot belly and so on.

  • Trunk indicates depth, fierce focussed contemplation like thrusting a sword deep into the sand. Contemplate so hard that pierces the mind and reaches the source.
  • Large ears means listening. We hardly listen. Listen first, Talk later. Listen more, talk less. By right listening, you can attain the truth.
  • Mouse represents the mind, the mess. Think about the possibility of driving it rather than being driven at it’s whims and desires. There is a possibility that we could drive it. Sit on it and command. Left turn, right turn, change gears, slow down and so on.
  • Long teeth means chewing longer. Adjustable. Improve your health. Eat healthy. Chew more, shovel less.
  • Modak means mod in Sanskrit, which means bliss, happiness and joy. The happiness that is not temporary. This one is without cause, permanent and transforming experience.
  • Pot belly represents Zen laughter, The Lion’s roar and belly laugh. Listen to jokes. Tell jokes. Spread happiness. Laugh from the belly. Get rid of plastic smiles. Live happily.

I leave the rest of the secrets in the statue for you to unveil. Contemplate.

Let’s learn some qualities from Ganapati’s story –

  • Seva – Fought with his own father, the source of everything, bright silence, Shiva, to keep his commitment. To protect his mother. To obey the command of mother, until the very last moment.
  • Commitment – Continuously and unerringly wrote everything that Vyasa dictated, Mahabharata, Vedas and so on.
  • Power – Param Yogi, owns riddhi and siddhi, ashta siddhis, all the powers that humans can imagine, but still, completely egoless. Rides ego, the contrast mind and drives it.
  • Accessible and Available – Only god that can be made with any material whatsoever; clay, plastic, stone, food, flowers and anything you else can imagine. Every action begins with him. The secret lies in the name. Gana + Pati. God of common man, God of masses, God of everybody, always accessible, available.
  • Art – Plays Veena. Music is hidden in the silence. Once you tune yourself with the Divine, the real music starts. Tune yourself.
  • Devotion – Worshiped and circumambulated his parents. Parents are above all. Parents are first teachers. Parents are Primary. Devotion is highest thing to understand.

I leave the rest of points in the story for you. Contemplate.

What else?
Ganesh Purana.
Other stories and myths.

Contemplate on them.

The more you contemplate, the more you increase your capacity to understand. A time comes when the one who contemplates, disappears.
Then only Ganapathi remains!

This is celebration!

Celebration means when the three, merge back into the One. Celebrator, Celebrated and Celebration. Celebration means love, peace and joy together.

This is the true and core happiness. Without this, satisfaction never comes.

Celebrate every festival. Celebrate every occasion and make it instrumental for your happiness and growth. This is the purpose behind the purpose.

What you can do?
Go eco-friendly. Find the true purpose and live upto it. Find the meaning and celebrate. Donate. Help people. Celebrate. Be happy. Turn within. Offer your worries, negativity and problems. Pray for love, peace and joy.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Om Ganapataye Namah!

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