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20 Daily Practices that Changed My Life. ~ Camille Willemain. Via Camille Willemainon Feb 6, 2014 I can recall many times I made lists of resolutions in December only to forget them by February: “Stop biting your fingernails.Learn to relax.Find a career that you love” Despite my good intentions, it wasn’t until I made a huge transition—booking a one-way ticket to Costa Rica two Januaries ago—that my life really began to change. But it wasn’t living in the remote jungle that caused me to magically change. Real change happens from the inside out, not the outside in. In fact, what travel has taught me more than anything, is that wherever I go, there I am. So how did I transition from an anxious, workaholic, serial monogamist into a beach-bumming, solo female, world traveler? Practice. Thousands of miles from the people and the patterns of my past, with more free time than I knew what to do with, I began to evaluate my daily habits and decided how I wanted to change them. 1.

What do you want? 2. We are what holds us back from actualizing our dreams. 3. 4. A Quiet Mind: Six Meditative Steps To Freedom. Meditation is simple and transformative, yet it is one of the most misunderstood subjects of our time. Some think it is about controlling the mind or stopping thinking, while others see it as both weird and wacky or boring and meaningless Yet meditation really just means being totally present, totally aware with whatever is happening. It is being with ourselves completely as we are. If the mind is thinking then we are aware of the thinking; if the body is moving then we are aware of the movement. Hence we have sitting meditation, sound meditation, walking meditation, even running meditation. It is not purposefully doing anything other than just being here. And just this is transformative. “Meditation can mean really being focused on something, or it can mean letting go of all focus and simply being still,” says Gangaji in our book, Be The Change, How Meditation Can Transform You and the World.

Six Steps to Freedom 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Sit comfortably with your back straight. Meditation. The Health Consequences Of Negative Thinking. The old philosophy that mind over matter has a few different connotations but in regards to modern life we should start taking it a little more seriously. For a long time this philosophy was a practice of self control over ones pain or the idea that humans were becoming more intelligent and inventive with their abilities to manipulate their surroundings.

Today, that same saying should be looked at as a stress-disease model where negative thoughts and emotions are actually capable of changing one’s physiology for the worse. This concept has been explored from many different paradigms of thought but they all lead to the same result: negative emotions lead to negative physical outcomes. Dr. Masaru Emoto studied water crystals for years. With intentions of just studying the crystal structures that water forms he actually landed on a beautiful piece of evidence of how negativity impacts the structures. Maté also explores a study surrounding telomeres.

Dr. Mind over matter is real. Comments: Why Meditation and Yoga Can't Save Introverts. Meditation and yoga are spiritual disciplines. Beautiful ones at that. But when we introverts are in a state of crisis—I mean the exact moment that we need to call upon elevating power—they may not serve us as efficiently as we might like. Ideally, the concept is that meditation and other spiritual practices will allow us to radiate their centering benefits regardless of the situation that we are in. However, this is not always the case. Particularly for introverts. The way the mind works—and if you’ve ever experienced hypnotherapy, you already know this—is that when we go into a quiet space, a contemplative space, as we do during meditation or yoga, it very often mirrors a state of introversion.

This is not necessarily going to help you in the outside world dealing with the daily stresses that you encounter. The best option that we have to call upon in that flash of an instant when we need it, is grounding. Let’s find your grounding symbol right now. Now watch those words fade away. 8 Quotes to Inspire Your Meditation Practice. ~ Ruth Lera. One of the key aspects of the Buddhist meditation practice is the Sangha, community. Meditation is both a solo practice and communal activity. We may feel alone, our eyes closed looking within. But many have practices before us and many are practicing all around the world in this moment and all moments. But sometimes we are home alone, by ourselves, and it can be hard to remember that other people are struggling with their minds and we wonder why we ever wanted to engage in the practice of meditation in the first place.

That is why teachers and the teaching they are offer are such an important part of our meditation community. Here are eight quotes from great meditation teachers to inspire our practice, helping us to remember community is always there even when we’re physically sitting alone. 1.How to be at peace now? 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Love elephant and want to go steady? Sign up for our (curated) daily and weekly newsletters! Apprentice Editor: Kimby Maxson/Editor: Cat Beekmans. 5 Reasons Why You Should Take Cold Showers. 12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life) What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action.

It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it. This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning. A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he himself has made the conditions ripe for his suffering. To stop being afraid and to start being empowered in the worlds of karma and reincarnation, here is what you need to know about karmic laws. - “As you sow, so shall you reap” . - Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us. - If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, Friendship… Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend. - Life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation. Source: social-consciousness.

The (Real) Reason We Should All Meditate. Via Demetria Jacksonon Nov 11, 2014 Everywhere we look, we’re bombarded by advice from spiritual, self-help and wellness coaches to meditate—trust me, I’m one of them. But, If I asked you what the purpose of meditation is—would you know? What if I told you that the purpose of meditation is not to be more mindful, or to calm down, or to feel more connected or to even hear your intuition? Don’t get me wrong. Being mindful, focusing on the present moment, loving yourself, feeling more connected and guided are all really amazing effects of meditation, and they may be the very reasons why you meditate—but they aren’t the purpose of meditation.

The purpose of meditation is to clear the subconscious. Not quite sure what that means? Sometimes we’ve organized the boxes neatly, clearing a path so that we can walk through and navigate the space with the just an occasional trip. In our subconscious, each box represents something different. So, how do we clear up some space and deal with all these boxes? Why It’s Important To Understand Your Dark Side. When you were little, were you afraid of the dark? Most of us were. And I doubt we ever thought to question this fear. We were almost naturally taught to be afraid of the dark, because the dark is full of unknown things that might hurt us.

But what usually happened when you turned the light on? You learned the unknown things were not so scary. And they were not so unknown. They were just part of the environment. We learned to associate darkness with scary and unknown, and we learned it’s better not to speak with our dark thoughts and emotions. Understanding Darkness This fear of our emotional complexity grew as we grew, and with time became our shadow.

In truth, much effort goes into repressing and hiding it from ourselves and others. For reasons originating in the past, we have decided to negate and hide this dark side without exploring it further. In many ways, hiding our shadow can be considered the highest form of betrayal. To Deepen Our Spirituality, We Must Pass Through the Shadow.