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Zen Dynamics: The Obstacle is the Path

Zen Dynamics: The Obstacle is the Path | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it


“Doing new things invariably means obstacles. A new path is, by definition, uncleared. Only with persistence and time can we remove debris and impediments. Only in struggling with impediments that made others quit can we find ourselves on untrodden territory –only by persisting and resisting can we learn what others were too impatient to be taught.” ~ Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Path

Read more at: http://fractalenlightenment.com/34656/life/zen-dynamics-the-obstacle-is-the-path | FractalEnlightenment.com

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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, May 23, 10:30 PM

What we rail most against is the very thing we came here to learn.  That is why the wise one's say, "What you resist, persists." Live and Learn!

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How Fear Melts Away When We Stop Resisting the Present

How Fear Melts Away When We Stop Resisting the Present | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
“Whatever the present moment contains, embrace it as if you had chosen it yourself.” ~Eckhart Tolle

The second hand on the clock ticked to 12 like a base runner returning home. It was 9:00AM on Monday morning.

Anxiety set in as I stared at the stack of papers on my desk. Budgets needed to be balanced, new clients needed to be obtained, and advertising campaigns needed to be launched for high-profile brands.

Everybody needed something. It was my first day as an Advertising Executive and I already knew I was in trouble.

In a few hours I was scheduled to meet with my first client, a Fortune 500 retail brand.
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Scientific Research: The Benefits of Meditation for Beginners

Scientific Research: The Benefits of Meditation for Beginners | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"When you hear the word meditation, what comes to mind? Peace? Clarity? A particular practice or technique? The image of a yogi in lotus pose? Or perhaps you think, “Sounds great, but I really don’t have the time to meditate." Maybe you've heard about the benefits, how meditation reduces stress levels and produces a calmer state of mind. Maybe you've even experienced these benefits yourself. "

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Chakras 101: Location, Qualities, Development & Use

Chakras 101: Location, Qualities, Development & Use | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

If you have been to a yoga class or yoga themed workshop, you may have heard the teacher using the word ‘Chakra’.

Or, perhaps you have seen images of Chakras tattoed on a yogi’s back while checking out your neighbor in side plank during class. Either way, if you are curious about these things we call Chakras, or even if you are familiar and would like to know more, let’s first unveil the basics.

The Chakras are seven main energy points in the body that run vertically from bottom to top along the spine. They are considered ‘wheels’ of energy that regulate the flow of energy within our body.

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Dare To Dream of Falling Short

Dare To Dream of Falling Short | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Ever hear the joke about the guy who dreams of winning the lottery? After years of desperate fantasizing, he cries out for God’s help. Down from heaven comes God’s advice: “Would you buy a ticket already?!”

Clearly, this starry-eyed dreamer is, like so many of us, a believer in old-fashioned positive thinking: Find your dream, wish for it, and success will be yours.
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Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work; Here’s What Does

Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work; Here’s What Does | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
We were told for years, by Oprah and others, that positive thinking was the key to achieving our goals. Now mounting evidence suggests exactly the opposite: that spending a lot of time thinking about your hopes and dreams may make you less likely to put in the work required to actually achieve those dreams. So if positivity is out, what should goal-oriented people replace it with? 
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8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning

8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

'For many of us, mornings begin in a rushed panic. We allow our alarm clocks to buzz at least a dozen times before we decide we have to get out of bed. We then rush around our homes half-awake trying to get ready for our day. In a hurry, we stub our toe on the bedpost, forget to put on deodorant, and don't pack a lunch because we simply do not have time.

It's no wonder that so many folks despise the thought of being awake before 9 am!

So it may not surprise you to know that happy individuals tend to actually enjoy their mornings. They appear to thrive on waking up with the sun and look forward to a new day or possibilities. These happy people have humble morning rituals that increase their own sense of well-being and give their day purpose.

PAT NOVAK's insight:

No...you don't need to spring out of bed singing Good Morning Sunshine! But even trying one if these suggestions will help your day improve.

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12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence

12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"Intellect and emotional intelligence are very different things. The former is the cognitive ability to synthesize and analyze data; to problem-solve and make associations based on available information. The latter is a set of innate and learned skills which facilitate relationships and enable a person to negotiate more easily through all areas of life."

 

Intellect can be measured by standardized IQ tests but there is no actual measure of the “EQ,” or Emotional Quotient. Even without a test, it’s obvious when someone has a high IQ and it’s just as obvious when someone has a high EQ. Rather than try to measure it, though, it’s more useful to look at the various elements that go into emotional intelligence.

 

While the IQ remains stable over a person’s lifetime, the EQ can be developed. Acquiring and practicing the following elements will enable you to boost your EQ.

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5 Ways to Start Taking Care of Yourself (Because It’s Hard)

5 Ways to Start Taking Care of Yourself (Because It’s Hard) | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

" I have always been a fan of letting myself fall by the wayside. I have no idea, and I mean literally, not a clue on Earth, how to look after myself. But I am slowly trying to remedy that, because I've finally realized that if I don't start doing better for myself, I will never stop thinking the worst of myself. This is a tricky truth and it's easy to miss."

 

"Sometimes you forget that if you don't look after your body and your needs, you won't be able to help your mind feel nourished, and your soul feel strong. You will begin to think that if you can't even be good enough to yourself and keep flourishing, how can you be good/strong/clever enough for (enter purpose or person here)? Though obviously untrue, I guess logically, it makes sense: the insides can't be great when the outsides aren't. When was the last time a beautifully furnished and decorated house was considered well-kept and upscale, when the outside was crumbling walls and shattered windows?"

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10 Important Life Hacks That Are Increasing People's Brain Power Above Average

10 Important Life Hacks That Are Increasing People's Brain Power Above Average | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Do humans really fail to use their brain’s maximum potential?

 

Movies like Limitless and Lucy try to show how humans don’t use 100% of their brain capacity, and these movies obsess on showing what happens when humans do reach its full potential. They make it seem like we become superhumans if do end up maximizing our brain power. 


There’s no known drug that can turn us into Super Humans, but there are habits that can at least help us achieve more in our daily lives. We may not be able to fly or to last for days without sleeping, but there are some life hacks that can help us remember names or perform at work better. 

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15 Steps to Mindfullness And A Better Work Day

15 Steps to Mindfullness And A Better Work Day | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"Mindfulness and Focus are hot topics right now among the Leadership and Management communities. I get questions now and again from clients and colleagues who recognize the value but don’t know where to begin."

 

I understand. The word “mindfulness” can conjure up all kinds of images, usually involving people in business attire sitting cross-legged on boardroom tables.

 

Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but crossing that chasm from myth to fact can be a bit much to overcome in one giant leap. Luckily, there are some small, deceptively simple steps you can make toward becoming more mindful at work that don’t involve a yoga mat 15 Steps to Mindfullness And A Better Work Day:

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Just 25 Minutes Of Mindfulness Meditation Can Significantly Alleviate Stress

Just 25 Minutes Of Mindfulness Meditation Can Significantly Alleviate Stress | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"American scientists studied the effects of mindfulness meditation on stress levels and came to the conclusion that just three consecutive days of 25-minute meditation can significantly alleviate stress."


The technique of mindfulness meditation has helped many people to improve the overall state of their mind and body. However, until now, most studies have been mainly focused only on the therapeutic effects of the long-term meditation practice.

 
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Nermeen Hassan's curator insight, August 18, 2014 5:40 AM

I found out different places have different kind of stress sources... and have it own magical stress releases as well.... For me, nothing better than sitting in balacony looking over beautiful huge and old greeny trees, with cup of coffee at Dawn time or sunset.... :))))  

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The Perfect Quote to Help Cope with Life’s Fallbacks.

The Perfect Quote to Help Cope with Life’s Fallbacks. | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
We are never rejected. There are no mistakes. No could haves. No should haves.

 

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.” ~ Steve Maraboli

This is the quote of the year.

Read it. Read it again.

Let it sink in.

We are never rejected. There are no mistakes. No could haves. No should haves.

Everything that happens comes along because it simply needs to.

Fallbacks are crucial parts of the puzzle.

Not getting what we want can be a huge step towards reaching a bigger dream.

So relax. Release control. Let’s learn from our mistakes and see the bigger picture.

We’re not rejected. We’re redirected. 
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5 Reasons to Stop Pretending You're Not Angry

5 Reasons to Stop Pretending You're Not Angry | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

Anger is rarely an emotion we think to have more of in life. In fact, we are often taught that it should be avoided at all costs because of the collateral damage it can have on our surroundings. And it can be toxic. But avoiding anger altogether can have negative consequences as well. Knowing when to avoid it and when to indulge can be challenging, and since we usually hear the reasons to avoid it, let’s look at 5 reasons to start being angry instead.

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5 Steps To Forgiving Yourself After a Big Mistake

5 Steps To Forgiving Yourself After a Big Mistake | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins

 

So, you screwed up.

Worse than falling and scraping your knee, or cracking your phone screen for the dozenth time.

You messed up BIG time.

You’re tense, upset, you may even want to cry a little.

The thoughts, ‘how could I have been so stupid!’ play on repeat through your head.

 

What do you do now? How will you ever get past this?

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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 15, 10:21 PM

Self-forgiveness can be one of the most challenging things to do but is paramount to true growth and happiness. :)

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When the “Struggle” Becomes Your Identity

When the “Struggle” Becomes Your Identity | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
“It ain’t what they call you. It’s what you answer to.” ~W.C. Fields

For much of my life, I have struggled against the after effects of unresolved childhood trauma.

For years, I didn’t even know how much of an issue it was. I thought it was completely normal to expect the worst or avoid intimacy like the plague.

When I finally dragged myself into a therapist’s office and was diagnosed with “significant, complex trauma,” I initially felt free.

And I admit, it was freeing. I now knew that this “thing” that I had been dealing with my entire life wasn’t just the result of me being “broken” or “born that way,” but it was a significant, understandable, and more importantly treatable response to a less than ideal childhood.
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Why Introverts Need "Creative Space"

Why Introverts Need "Creative Space" | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
It’s happened enough times that I’m inclined to call it a trend: I start dating someone new, things go well, and then we reach a point — understandably, I admit — when this new person wants to spend every last bit of every weekend together.

I reel back. My “problem”, if we want to call it that, is that I tend to want part — and occasionally all — of my weekend as a sort of quiet alone time to decompress and re-energize after the workweek.

I can’t survive without space, and some people just don’t understand that. I argue that needing this kind of space (I call it “creative space”) in your life doesn’t make you a non-social hermit. This space is a crucial component to living life as a creative person.
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Harvard Study Unveils What Meditation Literally Does To The Brain

Harvard Study Unveils What Meditation Literally Does To The Brain | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

Eight weeks to a better brain - Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress.

 

Numerous studies have indicated the many physiological benefits of meditation, and the latest one comes from Harvard University. 


"An eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter."

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Nermeen Hassan's curator insight, April 13, 8:59 AM

If we open ourselves for meditation to happen, we can experience unexpected results, answers to a question, awakening a latent quality, creative idea.... etc.. just  though acceptance and being open to all...

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7 Ways Zen Buddhism Can Change Your Life

7 Ways Zen Buddhism Can Change Your Life | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Zen Buddhism caused me to have a mental breakdown of sorts. I understand how that sounds, but let me explain. It wasn’t quite the crazy eyed, hair pulling, stress-induced brain collapse you might envision when hearing the phrase “mental breakdown”, but it was a mental breakdown in the sense that I felt like my entire mind was broken down. Zen led me to question so much of what I believed at the time:

I tried to find every way possible to save time, speed up and become more productive. Zen suggested I slow down.
I (thought I) wanted to be successful, powerful and make a lot of money. Zen told me I just wanted those things in order to be happy and at peace and that I’d never discover true peace and happiness from attaining those things.
I judged others and didn’t easily forgive. Zen said I should practice compassion and understanding. It suggested I forgive everyone because we’re all intrinsically connected. What I do to others I do to myself.
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If You Drink Coffee Then Exercise, This Is What Happens

If You Drink Coffee Then Exercise, This Is What Happens | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
You know that girl, the one with a Starbucks cup stashed in the cup holder of the elliptical during her a.m. sweat sesh? Admit it: you’ve judged her. But, turns out, she might be on to something. Drinking a couple cups of coffee before a workout could actually make it feel more enjoyable, according to new research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. 

The study basically simulated your average morning: a mug of coffee to wake up, a little gym time, another cup with breakfast, followed by lunch. Fourteen participants completed two moderate workouts on a stationary bike: one where they took caffeine (equal to two 8-ounce cups of coffee or 4 cups of black tea) 90 minutes before the workout, and one where they took a placebo. When caffeinated, the participants reported the ride as way easier than it was without the stimulant.
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The Zen of Friends: 5 Tips for When You Feel Let Down

The Zen of Friends: 5 Tips for When You Feel Let Down | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
the situation but thought about it.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Has this ever happened to you?

Something happens, some kerfuffle or other, like sickness, loss, or unexpected change. And just when you need it most, a friend—whom you considered true and dear—doesn’t stand by you.

You feel betrayed.

Painful, isn’t it?

Painful like the stabbing of 1,000 knives that each bears 100 tiny knives. (So, 100,000 knives in total)

This happened to me a few years ago. I’d just graduated from college when I became unwell with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

One of the benefits of CFS is that you have plenty of time to work through things. I was angry with many friends, and disappointed. But gradually, I came to see that they weren’t the problem—I was.
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4 Ways You're Making Yourself Invisible To Others

4 Ways You're Making Yourself Invisible To Others | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

Do you sometimes — or often — feel like you're invisible to others? I felt this way for many years, wondering why others didn't seem to see me or hear me. Then I discovered I was invisible to myself, and that others were treating me the way I was treating myself.

 

If you are doing any or all of the following, you're making yourself invisible to others.

 

1. Ignoring yourself. Do you often ignore your feelings? That's not a good idea, because our feelings are a source of inner guidance, letting us know whether we are taking loving care of ourselves or abandoning ourselves...

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5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts

5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Racing thoughts can be overwhelming, confusing and distressing. Various strategies, thankfully, can help to calm and quiet racing thoughts.

 

Racing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in bipolar disorder, ADHD and other medical conditions, according to Marla Deibler, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders.

For instance, anxious thoughts may be a string of worries. Deibler shared this example:


“I don’t have a date for the party tomorrow. I can’t go by myself. What will everyone think? What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I have a date? That’s it. I’m not going. But everyone will wonder where I am. I should go. Oh, I don’t know what to do.”

- See more at: http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/5-practices-calming-racing-thoughts#sthash.ZSAgsaWD.dpuf

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Nermeen Hassan's curator insight, August 7, 2014 8:40 AM

Stay Calm... Have a nice weekend

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This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"When we don't have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think."


In a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 1 in 3 people making less than $20,000 a year said they'd experienced "a great deal of stress" in the previous month. And of those very stressed-out people, 70 percent said that money problems were to blame.

For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family
Scientists have long recognized that poverty can aggravate health problems. Now they're also beginning to understand that the stress of too little income actually changes the way people think.

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How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"No matter what your age or your life path … it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.

 

“Art is not a thing — it is a way,” Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question ofwhat that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the stages of creativity, its essential conditions, and the best technique for producing ideas.

 
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