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Untitled. The following story was written by a user on Reddit. It was written in response to a post titled: “My friend just died. I don’t know what to do.” While the rest of the post has been deleted, and only the title remains, one user’s powerful response is a must-read. This self-titled “old guy” has a few words of wisdom that we can all use. Alright, here goes. I wish I could say you get used to people dying. As for grief, you’ll find it comes in waves.

In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. Somewhere down the line, and it’s different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Take it from an old guy. Please SHARE these touching words with everyone you know. Physicists Examine Consciousness & Conclude The Universe Is ‘Spiritual, Immaterial & Mental’ When we look at the weird and wacky world of quantum physics, it can be hard to make sense of some of the things scientists have bee observing over the years “We choose to examine a phenomenon which is impossible, absolutely impossible, to explain in any classical way, and which has in it the heart of quantum mechanics. In reality, it contains the only mystery.” Richard Feynman, a Nobel laureate of the twentieth century (Radin, Dean. Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences In A Quantum Reality. New York, Paraview Pocket Books, 2006) One thing is for certain, ‘consciousness,’ or, factors association with consciousness (observation, measurement, thinking, intention) have a direct correlation with what we perceive to be our physical material world.

Max Plack, a physicist who originated quantum theory, regarded consciousness as “fundamental,” and matter as “derivative from consciousness.” R.C. ‘Consciousness Creates Reality’ Delayed Choice Experiment Cosmic Scale Explanation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. - Kuntuzangpo prayer. Cultivating a Practice of Mindful Breathing – Three Essential Principles (3 of 3) | Neuroscience and Relationships. Photo: Mindful breathing is a built-in tool that can help us monitor, self-direct and transform our experience of life.

In Part 1 we looked at the benefits of mindful breathing, as a common thread in practices of mindfulness and self-directed healing; and, in Part 2 we explored three ways in which our breath invites us to get involved, as an active partner, in optimally enhancing our life and relationships. In this third of a 3-part series, we delve into three essential principles that best guarantee our success in integrating mindful breathing as a practice that can enrich every area of our life. Three Essential Principles. By definition, principles are basic truths or standards that, when followed, form a foundation for producing optimal results. In mindful practices, principles can also be thought of as consciously set intentions. So, what three principles, set as intentions, form a strong foundation in cultivating a practice of mindful breathing? 1. 2. 1. 2. Mindfulness | After Trauma. It’s a ways to go, but what a destination! December seems like an excellent time to talk about burnout.

No matter what holiday you do or don’t celebrate, December still seems to be the month of more: more spending, more commitments, more stress, more sensory overload. With this much “more,” comes a whole lot of “not enough”: not enough time, not enough energy, not enough money, not enough of me to go around. It’s easy to feel overloaded and like you don’t have enough to give. Brené Brown, PhD teaches that “I am enough” starts with “Enough.” She argues that the more that we arrange our lives around pleasing, performing and perfecting in order to feel good enough, the less adequate that we will feel. The thing is, no matter how hard we work, we will never be perfect. Zentangle: Pattern-Drawing as Meditation. By Maria Popova If greater creativity and more mental balance are among your new year’s resolutions, look no further than Zentangle — a type of meditation achieved through pattern-making, created by artist duo Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts.

Each pattern is built one line at a time, organically combining simple patterns into complex zentangles in unplanned, unexpected ways that grow, change and unfold on the page as you enter an immersive state of flow. Totally Tangled offers a fantastic introduction to the relaxing and beautiful practice through step-by-step instructions and over 100 original tangles. We’re particularly taken with Zentagle because its basic principle — building on simple shapes and combining different patterns into complex creativity — is such a beautiful visual metaphor for our core philosophy of combinatorial creativity.

Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr. WILD – Wake Induced Lucid Dreams. The Wake Induced Lucid Dream is often considered the most powerful lucid dreaming technique! This type of Lucid Dream does exactly what the name suggests, catapulting you directly into the lucid dream state from full consciousness. They enable you to, with enough practice, have conscious dreams whenever you want, and, because there is no lapse in consciousness from waking to dreaming, they produce the most vivid kind of lucid dream!

The WILD method is also believed to generate out of body experiences or astral projection. Having Your First WILD Step 1 – Timing Dreams are generally formed during the REM phase of sleep, which occurs after 45-180 minutes of sleep. Trying to induce a lucid dream using WILD when you’re going to bed won’t work. Step 2 – Relax Lie on your back, get comfortable and close your eyes. Once your body feels relaxed you want to make sure you don’t move it again. Now slowly begin to count and repeat the phrase “I’m dreaming” in your mind. Step 3 – Hypnagogic Imagery. 10 Happiness Hacks: Backed By Science. Huffington Post| I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science.

Here are ten of the best ones I found. 1. Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough You might have seen some talk recently about the scientific 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. You don’t have to be depressed to gain benefit from exercise, though. A study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people who exercised felt better about their bodies, even when they saw no physical changes: Body weight, shape and body image were assessed in 16 males and 18 females before and after both 6 × 40 mins exercise and 6 × 40 mins reading. 2. We know that sleep helps our bodies to recover from the day and repair themselves, and that it helps us focus and be more productive. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 10 Powerful Affirmations That Can Change Your Life. How to Make Mindfulness a Habit With Only a Tiny Commitment.

When you sit back and reminisce about your life, it’s almost a given that the most enjoyable and memorable moments are the ones in which you were completely present. Do you look back with fondness all the times you spent thinking about work while you drove home, or pondered dinner while you wheeled down the frozen aisle? Unfortunately most of life passes that way for most of us. We’re in one place doing one thing, thinking of things we aren’t doing and places we aren’t at. The bottom line of almost all self-help, spiritual, or religious literature is that our ability to be happy is determined by our ability to stay in the present moment. The Buddhists, the Toltecs, the Bible, Eckhart Tolle, Ram Dass, Emerson, Thoreau — anyone at all who is known for having found a path to consistent, recurring joy — cites staying present as the essential teaching.

Only when we’re present do we see beauty, enjoy gratitude, and experience happiness. We all know this already. Baby steps seem to be in order.