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alwayszen  "Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.” - Bodhidarma


Why Meditating Makes You Feel Better ⠀
"Usually, “do nothing” is poor advice to follow if you want to feel better. Yet a strong body of literature now shows that meditation—the mindful art of doing nothing but sitting still—effectively relieves pain."⠀

Usually, “do nothing” is poor advice to follow if you want to feel better. Yet a strong body of literature now shows that meditation—the mindful art of doing nothing but sitting still—effectively relieves pain.⠀
Now, a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that meditation accomplishes this differently from other pain-relievers, like opiates. “This ancient technique that’s been around for thousands of years is reducing pain through novel mechanisms, ways we’ve never seen before,” says study co-author Fadel Zeidan, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.⠀
In the study, Zeidan and his colleagues took 78 healthy, pain-free people and randomly assigned them to an intervention. One group was trained in mindfulness meditation—a seated practice in which one focuses on the breath and lets thoughts and feelings pass without judgment—for 20 minutes a day over four days. The control group spent the same amount of time listening to a book read aloud.⠀

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How Guided Meditation Works to Improve Your Life ⠀

Meditation is a universal, tremendously helpful tool for those who are seeking relief from mental and emotional struggles, looking for personal progression, or simply those who desire greater happiness. It might sound like a difficult task, but there are practices like guided meditation for anxiety and stress that help people through the process to healing and wellness. Read on to discover how guided meditation can help you on your journey to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual enhancement.⠀
For those worried about being able to meditate on their own, worry no more. It can be hard to keep focused when your mind tends to think about a million things at once, but guided meditation helps participants through spoken words, aiding your focus in every step.⠀

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How to practise mindfulness at work in six easy steps - ⠀

Find a comfortable place to sit, and relax your body. The lotus position is entirely optional. Pay particular attention to dropping your shoulders. You’d be surprised how much you hunch and tense them during the day, particularly if you work at a computer.⠀
Focus on your breathing. When we’re stressed, our breathing can become too rapid or shallow, without us realising it. Concentrate on taking a few deep, slow breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, feeling your belly expand as you breathe in, rather than your chest.⠀
Try to limit noise to minimise any distractions. It’s hard to be mindful when your phone’s buzzing and your email is pinging. Either turn of your notifications or get a pair of noise cancelling headphones.⠀
Listen to the ambient sounds. If you work in an open plan office you can’t lower the volume on your colleagues so try to practice mindfulness on the ambient sounds. Even if you usually find the sounds annoying – people typing, the whirr of your computer fan, the hum of office lights – try listening to the changing tone, pitch and volume of them without attaching any feelings.⠀
Accept interruptions. As you try to quiet your mind, your thoughts, body sensations and memories will naturally interrupt you. Accept that that’s what’s happening and let them go.⠀
Eliminate nagging thoughts. If you find that you can’t shake a particularly nagging thought, write it down so you can come back to it later and then return to your mindfulness.⠀
Practice makes perfect⠀

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A wonderful article on letting go.⠀

The thing about doing work that you love is that it feels so personal. That is perhaps the hardest thing about it. It's heartbreaking when your heart's offering isn't received. ⠀

The Difference Between Giving Up and Letting Go — Kaistara ⠀

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Anger Management: When NOT to Trust Your Thoughts⠀

Some people think they don’t have an anger problem because they don’t use physical abuse against others. However, these people fail to take into account the kind of damage that verbal abuse causes -- and trust me, the wounds are just as deep as any blow to the head that might happen in a physical fight.⠀

Anger is a very normal reaction to a harmful threat that varies in intensity: from mild irritation to hostile rage. The key words here are “harmful threat,” because very often, anger is an automatic response to a more subtle or even unconscious emotion - fear. We often express anger when we are fearful or hurt because we don’t want to feel or reveal these more vulnerable emotions.⠀

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5 Ways To Find Solace and Peace In A Chaotic World ⠀

The modern wold can be hectic and chaotic.⠀

Find out how to deal with the high stress situations that have now become the norm in our everyday lives.⠀

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What is meditation and why is it good for you?⠀

A very loaded question, this. Contrary to popular belief, meditation isn’t something that you do. It’s a state being, a state of mind, or a state of consciousness. Through the practice of meditation we quieten the mind. The aim of meditation is not to suppress any thoughts, but to detach yourself from them, from their meaning, from their consequences. It is a state of being where we let go of our worries, plans and wishes. A space where we just watch our thoughts come and go.⠀
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Meditation isn’t something that you do.⠀
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But as soon as we sit down, the exact moment we sit down, all our demons surface (right??). Completely normal. No reason to run away! It is so easy to go along with our thoughts. Our mind will provide so many distractions, thoughts that are suddenly very important. It’s dangling some desired object in front of us, and we just have to chase it.⠀

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To Make Time, Take Time | No Excuse Health Coaching ⠀

If time were an animal, it would be on the endangered species list.⠀

At least that’s how it seems for many of us: too much to do, too many places to be, too little time to do it all.⠀

stress management, holistic healthOn the job, in school, at home, we are increasingly imprisoned by the perception that time is a scarce and limited resource. We rush from one commitment or activity to another and believe that we haven’t a minute to spare. We yearn for more time, yet we often feel anxious and guilty when idle.⠀

Is this how life is supposed to be?⠀

Absolutely No! Nor does it have to be.⠀

But until we change our relationship to time, our lives will continue to speed away from us—at enormous cost to our health and to direct experience of ourselves and the world around us.⠀

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In a world full of early morning commutes, packed supermarkets and looming deadlines, it can be hard to find a moment of peace. Mindfulness can improve this, read more here: ⠀
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"In a world full of early morning commutes, packed supermarkets and looming deadlines, it can be hard to find a moment of peace. Add on the fact that a lot of us are constantly plugged into social media or news outlets and it becomes pretty much impossible for our brains to stop going at 100mph. If you’ve ever wanted to ram someone with a trolley or have spent a restless night worrying about to-do lists, then you know what we’re talking about. Luckily there are things that we can do to make everything that little bit more calm.⠀

At peace Over the past few years there’s been a rise in popularity of ‘mindfulness’. Stick with us here, because this isn’t the mental equivalent of a fad diet. With time this can become some serious brain food. To put it simply, mindfulness is the practice of training your mind to be rid of negative or distracting thoughts in order to remain in the present. Meditation is the most common way this is achieved and enthusiasts claim that it can help symptoms of anxiety and depression. With 1 in 4 people in the UK suffering from such mental health issues, never has there been a more perfect time to jump head first into the world of mindfulness. ⠀

We know that it can be pretty daunting at first, so here are four tips to help get you on your way."

Why Living in The Present is the Optimal Way - ⠀

Any memory you’ve held on to, ⠀
of the high moment in your life, ⠀
is keeping you from this moment. ⠀
If not here, then nowhere. ⠀
This isn’t preparation for later. ⠀
You’re not collecting this for somewhere else. ⠀
This is what it’s about: ⠀
right this second. ⠀
Everything you’ve learned in life, ⠀
what you ate for breakfast, all of it... ⠀
is preparation in this moment here, right now. ⠀
This is it.⠀
This is it.⠀
If you’re in the present moment, ⠀
that’s the best preparation you can do for⠀
being in the future.⠀
For whatever the future will hold, ⠀
if you’re living right here consciously, ⠀
that’s the optimum⠀
strategy for preparing for the future.⠀
Because if I say to you “the world is going to end,”⠀
I just have information.⠀
What are you going to do? ⠀
Go to the toilet? ⠀
Call home?⠀
You’re gonna pray?⠀
Because everything you have been up to this moment, ⠀
something about Gandhi and the railway station...⠀
“My life is my message.”⠀
That was his message: ⠀
“My life is my message.” ⠀
Whatever you are this moment has to be ready to die and ready to live. ⠀
And if you’re not, you get on with it, ⠀
because that’s the only thing you can do⠀
for however the world comes out.⠀
— Ram Dass⠀

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A Natural Solution to Modern-Day Stress-Related Problems -⠀

For thousands of years, religious leaders, priests, and monks have used meditation as they search for salvation, revelation, and enlightenment. Now women who want to attain inner peace can utilize the same principles and through meditation be better equipped to deal with the everyday stresses they face. ⠀

Today, meditation is a scientifically proven method of inducing mind and body relaxation, benefiting people of all ages and cultural background.There are many benefits of meditation and it includes the removal of stress from the body. This is the reason why a lot of women are considering this practice.⠀

meditation, holistic healthMeditation is a means of attaining calm and tranquility. There are so many meditation techniques available to women who want to de-stress and relax. Anyone who knows what to do to meditate can perform meditation anytime and anywhere.⠀

These days, you can meditate while participating in a meeting, going out for a walk, waiting in line or riding the subway. There are also classes specifically for the purpose of teaching people how to mediate. It involves breathing exercises and certain postures.⠀

One of the ways that meditation benefits women who practice, is the way that it produces a deep state of relaxation, which enables you to focus and attend to one thought or object.⠀

The mind is often crowded by nagging worries and negative emotions, which affect a person’s judgment. With the different techniques of meditative practice available to everyone, it is now possible to eliminate chaotic thoughts and the usual mind clutter that leads to frustration and confusion.⠀

Meditation succeeds where other approaches do not seem to help. Since it has been introduced to the West, meditative practices have benefited millions of people who lead happier lives because they are better equipped to deal with any challenge they encounter.⠀

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Learning to be more in control of your mind can lead to huge life benefits | ⠀

Mind Over Matter⠀

Most of us have heard stories involving mind over matter principles. People walking over hot coals is the first one that pops into my mind. Such a feat is rather extreme and far removed from our daily lives, but learning to harness the power of the mind is a sure way to improve your life! Biofeedback, hypnosis, and the Relaxation Response are three effective approaches (among many) to use to utilize our minds more efficiently. Before discussing the approaches just mentioned, I’d like to look at a few examples of mind over matter in action, so to speak, to give more credence to the practice.⠀

The first example comes from Michael Talbot’s The Holographic Universe. In the book he relates the story of Jack Schwarz, a Dutch-born author and lecturer who was able to willfully control his body’s internal biological processes (p. 102). In the 1970’s Mr. Schwarz submitted to examination by doctors at the Menninger Foundation, among others. In these studies, large, six-inch sailmaker’s needles were stuck completely through Schwarz’s arms without bleeding, without flinching on the part of Schwarz, and without his producing any beta brain waves as would be expected from a person in pain! He did not bleed when the needles were removed, and the puncture holes closed up tightly. Additionally, Mr. Schwarz altered his brain wave rhythms at will, held burning cigarettes against his flesh without injury, and carried live coals in his hands. He stated that he had learned to control pain while held in a Nazi concentration camp, and that it was his belief that anyone can learn voluntary control of their body (p. 103).⠀

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