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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.

20 Daily Practices that Changed My Life. ~ Camille Willemain

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? 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.

A Quiet Mind: Six Meditative Steps To Freedom

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. 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.

The Health Consequences Of Negative Thinking

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. Cristobal Jodorowsky stars in a documentary called Quantum Men that explores the realms of psychomagic and shamanism.

Those are beautiful example of how negativity alters the physical state but many doctors have researched the topic in other ways. Why Meditation and Yoga Can't Save Introverts. Meditation and yoga are spiritual disciplines.

Why Meditation and Yoga Can't Save Introverts.

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.

8 Quotes to Inspire Your Meditation Practice. ~ Ruth Lera. One of the key aspects of the Buddhist meditation practice is the Sangha, community.

8 Quotes to Inspire Your Meditation Practice. ~ Ruth Lera

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. 5 Reasons Why You Should Take Cold Showers. 12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life) What is Karma?

12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life)

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. 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. 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.

The (Real) Reason We Should All Meditate.

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. Why It’s Important To Understand Your Dark Side.

When you were little, were you afraid of the dark?

Why It’s Important To Understand Your Dark Side

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. 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.