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Six Great Reasons Why Meditation is Good For You!

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Why is meditation becoming more and more popular and why is it good for you?

In today’s world, where we constantly find ourselves running from one task to another, dealing with stressful situations and trying to make ends meet, we are more prone to panic attacks, anxiety and everything else that is caused by stress and not knowing how to properly handle it. it is becoming more and more obvious that meditation can help us overcome a lot of problems, especially if practiced on a regular basis. Here are 6 reasons why you should meditate regularly:

1. Meditation increases your ability to focus.

When you first start to practice meditation you will see that it is not always easy to keep focus on what you need to do. You will often catch your mind trying to wonder around other thoughts and you will need to remind yourself to get back into the meditative state. However, in time, you will notice it will get easier to focus on meditation and keep your focus on it. This is because your mind will become trained to reach a state of being without getting distracted. As if you are aiming an arrow to a target. You learn how to be in the present moment and pay attention to the smallest details without losing focus. Soon, this will become a routine for you even when you don’t meditate, you find that your mind is better organized and free from cluttering thoughts.

2. Meditation improves your memory and learning.

Meditation increases the blood flow to the vessels in your brain. The area that is responsible in our brains of memory and concentration is the outer cortex. When you have more blood going into this area, it improves that region, which in turn will give you better concentration for memory and learning. Meditation creates denser gray matter in your brain, which improves its function. In just a few short weeks you can easily notice the change in your memory and learning skills.

3. Meditation increases your creativity.

Most people usually associate a creative brain with stimulation. However, it is quite the opposite. Calmness, relaxation, clarity are what our brain needs to rejuvenate. When you start your day with a short Mindfulness Meditation, and try to be in the present and be aware of the moment you are in, you learn how to untangle all the knots that are keeping you from connecting to the creative side of your brain. Focus teaches you patience and insight. These are important ingredients in the creative process. When this becomes a daily routine you start looking at things from a different perspective, an angle maybe you have never noticed before. Meditation boosts your self confidence and teaches you to be yourself. Which are essential in the creative process.

4. Meditation decreases stress and anxiety.

The main reason why most people are willing to practice meditation in today’s world, is to decrease their stress and anxiety, and to be able to deal with life’s events effectively. And meditation does exactly that, by creating a deep relaxation mood and calmness. It is quite beneficial to overcome anxiety and panic attacks because it teaches you to focus on positive things in a tranquil way and keeps you grounded and in the moment. When you are able to reduce your stress and anxiety, you will find that the problems that once seemed overwhelming and tiring, are now under your control. This can help decreasing depression. Not just because it provides relaxation but it also provides a positive approach to everything around us.

5. Meditation can strengthen your immune system.

One of the things that destroys our immune system is high levels of stress. There are thousands of scientific studies that show us the physical damage caused by stress. Think of the TV commercials for antidepressants and think of how you see a man or a woman in those commercials suffering from headaches, joint pain, and other physical illnesses. It is true that once we can learn to keep stress under control, we can greatly improve our physical health because our immune system would be much stronger due to meditation and its benefits on our minds and our bodies. Think about not having to take medication that will give you more side effects while it is trying to cure something else. Then you need medication for this or that side effect, and then there are the permanent damages caused in our bodies due to the long term use of certain medications. The list goes on and on. Sometimes, the answer is right in front of our eyes, but we don’t know how to see it. What could be better than a natural solution? There is a direct connection between our brain and our immune system. Not just meditation but there are alternative therapies to cure certain illnesses like music therapy or therapy with binaural beats etc. All of these experiments exist because science tells us that our brains control our physical health way more than we are aware of. And meditation is one of these methods and a very effective one at that.

6. Meditation is good for your heart health and it can decrease your high blood pressure.

Going back to stress and anxiety, two major causes of heart attack, you can see by now how meditation can help you in this area. But it is not good only because it lowers the stress and anxiety levels in our bodies but meditation teaches us a breathing technique that helps with the blood flow, respiratory system and it controls the levels of adrenaline that creates stress and anxiety. High levels of adrenaline make our hearts beat faster and it causes our blood pressure to go higher. There are moments in our lives when we naturally do need more adrenaline, for example when we need self defense, but too much of it and high levels of it on a regular basis has bad effects on our bodies. A healthier heart begins with a balanced body. Meditation provides this balance for you. When left untreated, just like heart disease, high blood pressure can be deadly too by causing stroke, kidney failure, heart attack and heart disease. Scientific research also shows that meditation and yoga can reduce hypertension in just a few weeks.

 

 

 

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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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