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Sondi Bruner explores the health benefits of practicing gratitude, and shares ways to incorporate more into your daily actions.
Being grateful is good for your health.
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My Mother always told me I had to learn to be more grateful. Well, she would love this article, because it outlines out gratefulness helps us in so many ways, making us less stressed, a better attitude, and improved relationships. I am grateful for this article!
a digital relaxation experience
Calm.com offers beautiful live digital scenes which you can choose from and a 2 minute guided meditation to set your mind, body and soul at ease. It has a great app for your smart phone to do on the go.
This 2 minute mediation could be a great resource in those moments when we become emotionally highjacked and so full of negative emotion that it feels like we can't even breathe.
There is a great app for smartphones.
May you be at ease and calm. Amy Fuller Phd
It was good.
LOVE this! What a great way to destress and do a little self-care!
Relaxation exercise that is easily accessible.
Photo by Flickr user Robert Benner. Contentment is reaching a place of utter serenity and satisfaction with life. Many believe that the more you acquire, the happier you’ll be. However, you will often find that the more you own, the more discontented and unsettled you feel"
Today I read about a study regarding information processing and memory decrements by age. What I found interesting was that the researchers did a simulation (using big data analytics) which found that aging brains, because they know so many more words and concepts than younger brains, do take longer to find a word than younger brains but not due to aging, due to the time it takes for the brain to sift through all the words it knows to find the right one.
Perhaps, living more simply could slow brain aging using the argument that less is more and small is beautiful.
I have always believed everyone is a leader in their own right and it is a choice to tap into and exercise leadership qualities be it for your family, your neighborhood, civic group, kids sports teams, professional group, personal growth, or unexpectedly helping a friend or stranger in a time of need. No title is necessary to be considered a leader and indeed it is an exciting proposition for one to elicit their leadership qualities to contribute to the greater good, personally or professionally.
Being present and attentive is essential in human relationships and our relationships with the universe.
Through this post, Jennifer Connell highlights a bunch of "mindfulness"'s characteristics and benefits, such as:
Becoming and staying productive isn't about hardtofollow programs or logging your every move in an app. It's about selfcare. Here are daily todos to...
BY C.E. HUGGINS NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – At all ages, wisdom and a sense of gratitude appear to go hand in hand, especially for women, according to a recent study.
Fascinating article relating gratitude to wisdom....
With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body.
You have a full day ahead of you and you'd prefer to stay on good terms with your loved ones by not subjecting them to your foul mood shrapnel. (Thank you very much!) How to turn it around?
LOSTHere is a lovely poem to contemplate and marinate in, especially in times when you feel lost and away from home.“ Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside youAre not lost.
Your brain and heart have the ability to communicate with each other and they always do to a certain extent. This connection can be strengthened and developed
I like theses instructions for increasing the connection between head and heart:
Quick Coherence® Technique:
- See more at: http://www.thehealersjournal.com/2013/06/15/heart-and-brain-connection-intuitive-strengthen/#sthash.LeJfHMz8.dpuf
Human beings are a whole. The heart and the brain work together along with the body to make us who we are.
This is a slideshow that defines the basics of mindfulness with an emphasis on suffering/stress. Easy to follow and great introduction to what mindfulness is.
5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life Huffington Post For many first-time visitors, Hawaii is a place where perfect weather and pristine beaches make for good vacationing and pretty postcards.
Love these 5 words and their meaning...
Practical Tips for Productive Living
The concept of ‘the simple life’ means different things to different people. In my mind, simple living equates to capitalizing on the fundamentals that truly make you happy and purging the needless remainders. It’s the notion of creating tranquility in your life by eliminating various roadblocks of clutter so you can concentrate your time and attention on the people and effects that matter most.
Alas, the actual process of ‘simplifying’ is not easy.
Disclaimer...I have not read all the recommended 30 articles, but it seems to be a great compilation of articles for someone investing in simplicity...
I'm not sure if I mentioned square breathing here or elsewhere, but last night a friend of mine who reads this blog asked about it. I learned square breathing in yoga class, but it is not just for ...
This image describes "Square breathing"
I like the image, but it it leaves out how the belly is involved in the square. The square image can be a movement made with the hands to illustrate. On the first inhale the hands move away from the belly as it expands. Then the upward motion as the breath is held. The inward motion as the exhale allows the belly to return to resting position. Then down to fill the belly again. The belly doesn't really fill, the lungs do, but deep breathing means the lungs fill and the diagraphm pushes down forcing the belly to expand.
We hear it all the time: Meditation can improve our creative thinking, our energy, stress levels and even our success. Prominent artists, businessmen and politicians cop to the practice.
I get my best ideas after meditation, so much so that I have pen and paper nearby.
When you think of your typical workday, what springs to mind first? Do you picture an overflowing inbox, multitasking and rushing to meet your deadlines, reaching for coffee in between to combat the stress and fatigue?
The challenge, which starts on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 and runs through Friday, Jan. 31, will offer daily tips and expert guidance on creating a mindfulness practice and bringing greater awareness and presence into your work life. Marturano will provide meditations, exercises and insights from Finding The Space To Lead -- which will be delivered to your email inbox each morning.
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Sometimes we're moving so fast we miss out on what's here that can calm us down and open us up to a more resilient life. Here's a short practice to help
It does not take anything complicated and, in fact, a person wants something they can remember. I use a lovingkindness meditation: may I be filled with loving kindness; may I be well; may I be at peace and at ease; may I be happy.
Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But “positive thinking” is also a soft and fluffy term that's easy to dismiss.
This is a great article on the power of positive and negative thinking.
A positive mindset is essential to creativity and happiness.
Optimum health, which flourishes by nurturing every aspect of self, yields benefits not only for the individual, but also for society, as well as for the environment. It’s time we start establishing goals for achieving this kind of health, just as we create goals for developing and maintaining our personal wealth. Rather than focusing on money and property, we could work to possess mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being.
It may sound overwhelming, but optimum health is an attainable goal, if you take small steps. We asked friends of Houston Family Magazine and experts in their respective fields to suggest things our readers could do in 2014 to change, improve or enhance their minds, bodies and souls. Pick and choose one or more idea from each category, put them on the calendar, and see them through. You’ll be well on your way to optimum health in the New Year!
Houston experts give tips for Achieving optimum health in 2014 including yours truly!
The film About Time uses time travel to take us on an emotional journey and pose an important question: How do you make the most of life?
The film "About Time" is, surprisingly, a film with a lesson in mindfulness and what it means to live in the present. Although this was not the best flim I've ever seen, I found the last 10 minutes of this movie very moving...
In the end, the main character learns the secret to happiness....
All of the meditations on this page are taken from our book ‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’. The book contains the complete 8 week mindfulness course developed at Oxford University.
Free meditations to listen to from Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World.
Great self-care practices! Practical ways to destress and slow down a little bit as the year speeds up.
Meditation and mindfulness aren't just buzz words. A growing body of scientific research shows that the simple act of sitting still in thought confers long-term health benefits -- and even changes in brain function.
Meditation can change your brain and your life!
Meditation training may improve the ability to focus in a high-stress environment, according to recent research from the University of Washington.
The Mindfulness Practice of "STOPPING & DROPPING" The 3 Goals of Stress Reduction Meditation are to:
PRACTICE: We practice the development of intention and attention. The 3 practices are:
easy to understand basic practice of mindfulness...
The Mindful Coach offers tools for mindfulness stress reduction, grounding with stoping and droping.
Whenever you feel stress, remember that you have a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace. Then take 5 or 10 circle breaths.
Instructions for circle breathing...
By now you may know that GPS for the Soul is a stress-relieving mobile app, geared toward helping you get back on course when life gets in the way.
2 minute video to explain how the "GPS for the Soul" app works to gage the built in stress level and helps to "course correct" using gratitude, compassion and breathing.
Recognizing our common humanity helps us overcome all barriers and leads to belonging. When we overly identify with sub-groups we create prejudice, racism, and comparisions...which are negatively correlated with our health.
Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed.Deep down there is no difference.~ The Dalai Lama