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6 Steps To Turn Your Home Into A Zen Paradise.

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6 Steps To Turn Your Home Into A Zen Paradise.

Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to go and buy a tabletop water fountain or fill your home with beautiful Bonsai plants. I am not even going to ask you to have meditation music playing in the background all day long. I want to share with you 6 practical steps that you can easily put into practice that will have your home feeling peaceful, tranquil and a more stimulating place to enjoy living in.

When some people think of Zen, they associate it with relaxation, calmness and perhaps being more Mindful. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful atmosphere to create and come home to every evening? Imagine how much more relaxed you would be to come home to a Zen paradise like this. Imagine how more productive, stimulated and less stressed you would feel! Now, look around at your home as it is now. When you enter your home are you greeted in semi darkness by shoes, umbrellas and a pile of letters? Or perhaps you come home to a TV that takes over the house both in size and by noise? Would you give the Smithsonian museum a run for its money for the amount of ‘stuff’ that you have stored away in boxes and in drawers? Have you been promising yourself forever that you really must tidy up your home? Maybe now is a great time to consider these six simple steps to turn your home into a Zen paradise.

Entrance into Zen

Most home entrances suffer from either one extreme or another. As you enter, the light either almost blinds you or else you feel like you need a flash lamp to see where you are going. Why not change your entrance lighting to a combination of ambient and overhead. To stimulate all of our senses in a positive way, why not have a comfy rug on the floor as you enter your home. The first sound that you make should not be the click of the TV remote, instead, why not individually greet all of your family members. This wonderful yet simple gesture can cause a positive ripple effect for the rest of the evening.

6 Steps To Turn Your Home Into A Zen Paradise.

Bring Nature Inside

We all know the positive effects that plants can have on our health. Having some beautiful house plants in every room can filter the air, add colour to your home and help to keep you calm. We all know how good it feels when we are outside surrounded by nature. By bringing a few plants into your home you can have this same great feeling in your home every day.

6 Steps To Turn Your Home Into A Zen Paradise.

The Smell Of Zen

To positively stimulate your sense of smell in your home, try using scented candles or some wonderful reed diffusers. Pick scents that you are attracted to. Some great scents are Citrus which can be energizing, Lavender which is a great stress reliever and can promote relaxation and peacefulness, Jasmine can be soothing, Rosemary and Sandalwood can energize you, and Bergamot which is wonderful for helping you to wind down after a hard day. Some fresh flowers will always brighten up any room with their vibrant colour and their beautiful smell. The smells that you choose to fill you home can have the positive effect of filling you full of calm when you need to relax and invigorate you when it is time for you to wake up.

6 Steps To Turn Your Home Into A Zen Paradise.

Keep Light Soft And Natural

In order to create a Zen paradise in your home, replace harsh lighting with more calming and nature-inspired lights. Try to avoid projecting strong direct light from the ceiling. Instead, have a mixture of a floor lamp, natural light, and a lamp set. It is important to fill your home with task lamps like a desk lamp and table lamp. The general rule is to have three sources of light in every room. You should keep in mind that light is a stimulating element, and the brighter it is, the more stimulating it can be. The lower the light, the calmer you will be. When it comes to the bedroom area, some wall-mounted reading lights are extremely practical. If you would like a more romantic and intimate light, you can always try some nice, scented candles. Don’t forget to invest in a wonderful Himalayan lamp, which has so many benefits for both your health and for your mood.

Eliminate Clutter

It is vital that you eliminate clutter in your home in order to achieve your Zen paradise. This is one of the biggest changes that you can make to your home without spending any money. You should start by going through your home and getting rid of all the unused things. We all know that clutter can be super stress inducing, so you should take as much time as you need initially to do a full clean of your home. Set aside five to ten minutes each day to put things away. Keep accessories and ornaments to a minimum or eliminate them altogether, as clutter can inhibit relaxation. Clear your room of as many items as possible and keep only the essentials, feel free to add items that will bring you extra comfort and calm. Learn to keep a clean and tidy home in order to achieve a wonderful Zen ambiance.

Minimize Electronics

We all know that electronic devices are a huge source of distraction. Items such as the TV, the computer and your cell phone can all be distractions and have a negative effect on both you and your Zen paradise. Keep your TV set in a more discrete area and keep the cables tidy and out of sight. It is almost impossible to be in a Zen state of mind if your phone is buzzing with notifications, texts, and e-mails. The same is true when it comes to the distractions from your computer, TV and other electronic devices. It is recommended to keep electronic devices out of your Zen space in order to find more peace and relaxation. Two of the most important things to keep away from your bedroom are your phone and your computer. These devices can keep you from having a great nights sleep. Do yourself a favor and put down your tablet or phone at least 1 hour before you go to bed, it could help you get a more restful night of sleep in your new Zen paradise.

6 Steps To Turn Your Home Into A Zen Paradise.

Why not start today and create a wonderful atmosphere that will offset the stress and hassle of your daily routine. Your home should be a place to relax, chill out and shut out the world. Now that you know the six steps to creating a Zen paradise, you can now go and enjoy incorporating them into your home.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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