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Learn To Finally -- FINALLY -- Relax

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It seems like relaxing is something everyone should be able to do, but those of us who are constantly stressed, are workaholics, or have certain health issues don't have an easy "off" switch. Relaxation is something we actually have to learn and practice, much like happiness. And, like happiness, learning to relax is extremely important for your health and well-being. Let's take a look at the ways we can beat chronic tension and finally slow down.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, March 21, 9:13 AM

In our fast-paced, super-charged world, most of us find it increasingly difficult to hit the "OFF switch".  So it makes sense that, much like happiness, "relaxation is something we actually have to learn and practice".


But how?


  1. Determine if your lifestyle interferes with your ability to relax.
  2. Learn how to take proper breaks by becoming comfortable with doing "nothing".
  3. Make relaxation a habit.
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The Morality of Meditation

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Meditation is fast becoming a fashionable tool for improving your mind. With mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores on standardized intelligence tests, interest in its practical benefits is growing.

 

This is all well and good, but if you stop to think about it, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the (perfectly commendable) pursuit of these benefits and the purpose for which meditation was originally intended. But does meditation work as promised? Is its originally intended effect — the reduction of suffering — empirically demonstrable?


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7 Myths Of Meditation, BUSTED

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Despite the growing popularity of meditation, prevailing misconceptions about the practice are a barrier that prevents many people from trying meditation and receiving its profound benefits for the body, mind, and spirit.

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Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind

Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It's the quiet mind that produces the best insights.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:11 AM

Build "purposeful" breaks into your day with these 3 quick and easy ways...

Read More:   http://lifehacker.kinja.com/5971173/three-quick-and-easy-ways-to-quiet-your-mind

Christina DePugh's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:02 AM

3 quick and easy ways to create purposeful breaks during day

 

simondcollins's curator insight, January 23, 6:46 AM

Try to build a time that is just for you into your day.

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What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't

What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Six research-based strategies to help you overcome barriers to success

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ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:21 PM

Melanie's article is a good reminder of things that many of us forget or neglect

ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:28 PM

Mens sana in corpore sano.  You don't have a vision, the vision has you.  Be accountable. People choose problems they can't solve rather than choices or decisions they do not want to make. Reading the work of Lee Thayer brings much of this into focus especially his first book: Leadership: Thinking Being Doing.  How I think influences who I am, who I am influences what I do. What I do create my habits. And in the end, as in the beginning, my habits create me.  Get right the thinking and the practice of life-long learning and being more competent each day and I may have a chance to "Take a message to Garcia."

John Michel's curator insight, December 2, 2013 7:48 PM

Six tips to work smarter, not harder.

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How Positive Emotions Lead to Better Health

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New research suggests that meditation or any other mood-enhancing activity can serve as a nutrient for the human body.

 

“Positive emotion, positive social connections, and physical health influence one another in a self-sustaining, upward-spiral dynamic,” concludes a research team led by psychologist Bethany Kok of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. It found upbeat emotions inspired by a meditative practice led to greater feelings of connectedness with others, which positively impacted “a biological resource that has been linked to numerous health benefits.”

 

 


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Jared Broker's curator insight, June 19, 2013 5:50 PM

I think as we learn to become quiet and relaxed within, the stress chemicals go away.  Maybe this is us going back to our natural state.

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Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose

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Misconceptions surround the practice of mindfulness, which is part meditation and part a greater awareness of the things around you.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 23, 2013 2:29 PM

Besides a formal meditation practice the greater idea here is to “take yourself out of autopilot” and really absorb "purposeful pauses" − meaning feel that breeze, taste the nuances of your tea/coffee/wine, smell the freshly mowed grass, etc....


Read More:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/your-money/mindfulness-requires-practice-and-purpose.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


Ann Oliveri's curator insight, March 24, 2013 3:21 PM

Purposeful pauses are the secret sauce of effecitve leaders. This article simplifies your way into mindfulness.

Christina DePugh's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:47 AM

becoming more aware of your surroundings makes you appreciate and love this life, and want to take care of earth so much more (at least it has for me)

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Mindfulness: an antidote for workplace ADD

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Some consultants tell me that the number one problem in the workplace today is attention. People are distracted. They're in a state of what's called "continuous partial attention" where

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Anne Egros's curator insight, February 7, 2013 1:01 PM

It takes more and more energy to focus due to the increase in speed and amount of information we receive everyday. Unlesss you live in a cave or an island without connnection, distraction is unavoidable. 

 

Even if we are very good at practicing mindfullness meditation, it is like a red light. it works to stop you in the moment...until the ligh turns green again.

 

I am always annoyed when people use the term "ADD" to describe a lack of concentration. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a medical disorder describe in the DSM IV book. It is described as a neurological condition or a kind of immaturity of the brain, that can be corrected with medication mostly stimulants. Medication is only working when you take it. When you stop you still have ADD and its symptoms come back right away. That is the only common thing between meditation and medication !

 

 

Carla Chapman's curator insight, October 1, 4:47 PM

Are you ever in a state of continuous partial attention?  Read here to have a deeper understanding of how to combat this.