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» Monk Mind: How to Increase Your Focus

» Monk Mind: How to Increase Your Focus
Post written by Leo Babauta. I confess to being as prone to the distractions of the Internet as anyone else: I will start reading about something that interests me and disappear down the rabbit hole for hours (even days) at a time. But my ability to focus on a single task has dramatically improved, and that one habit has changed my life. While a few years ago I couldn’t sit down to work on something without quickly switching to email or one of my favorite Internet forums or sites, today I can sit down and write. I can clear away distractions, when I set my mind to it, and do one thing. I know that lots of people have trouble focusing one one task for very long, and so I thought I’d share a few things that have worked for me. Focus Best Practices There is no one way to find focus, but what works for me is to clear everything away and create a little space of tranquil focus. Close the browser and your email program. How to Increase Your Focus Abilities Start small. Related:  MeditationHow To Focus Your Attention

» 9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk Post written by Leo Babauta. Are you simply moving through your day, without fully living? I did this for many years. It was as if life were just passing by, and I was waiting for something to happen. But today isn’t preparation for tomorrow. Fully live today by being mindful. You don’t need to do all of these, but give a few of them a try to see if they make your day better. Mindfulness Rituals Ritual isn’t about doing a routine mindlessly. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. These rituals aren’t the only time you should be mindful, but they’re great reminders.

Understand Your True Purpose breathe. | zen habits » wash your bowl There’s a famous Zen story that goes: A monk told Joshu, “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.” Joshu asked, “Have you eaten your rice porridge? I’m not going to try to explain that story, as I am far from enlightened enough to understand it. Have you eaten your rice porridge? This is something I think of every time I eat, and in fact whenever I’m done doing something. There is something profound and yet minimalist about this advice. I’ve found this to be true. When I take a shower, I hand wash my dirty clothes (if they’re dirty), wring them out, hang them to dry. Remembering to do these things when we’re done with the activity isn’t just about neatness. Wash your bowl, with care and joy.

Focus On Things Within Your Control Life Inspirations 3919 164 160 618 1223 124 1130 443 1204 266 416 688 123 290 171 1012 111 126 1767 1806 134 3125 1424 1998 473 273 2152 538 1736 841 516 451 758 811 5021 2764 2246 3018 2375 » The Simplest Diet for Lean Fitness Post written by Leo Babauta. I’m in the best shape in my life. I’m incredibly happy to say that. For years (as many of you know) I was in terrible health — I was overweight and sedentary and addicted to junk food and a smoker and overworked. Today after more than five years of living healthy I am about 65 pounds lighter. How have I achieved all of this? Today I thought I’d share a bit about how I eat. Overall philosophy My general philosophy of eating: I don’t go for anything extreme. My Diet This month I’ve cut my less healthy choices down to Saturdays — as inspired by Tim Ferriss’s book The 4-Hour Body. The rest of the week I eat my own version of Tim’s Slow Carb Diet — the Leo version. What I eat: Beans – lentils and black beans and kidney beans and pintos and soybeans.Nuts and seeds – raw almonds and walnuts and seeds and olive oil and avocadoes.Veggies – lots of greens like kale and spinach and chard and broccoli. My Meals My typical day usually goes like this: And that’s about it. Notes

FOCUS Acronym Small Footprint, Big Yield: Create an Easy Micro Organic Urban Garden Today! | Urban Gardens | Unlimited Thinking For Limited Spaces April 28, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton There are two things urban gardeners are short on: space and time. The Urban Garden, brainchild of Bill Arquitt, resolves both of these issues, making it efficient and simple to plant a vegetable garden with up to 55 plants in a 3-foot deep by 4-foot wide footprint. The contained six level tiered system is nearly maintenance-free, eliminating heavy weeding, and its northwestern cedar construction renders it naturally bug repellent.

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