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Are You Using Your Life's Energy To Expand Or Contract?

Are You Using Your Life's Energy To Expand Or Contract? | Mindful | Scoop.it

"This week, I want to examine an apparently-small pebble that is actually the biggest rock you have in your rock pile -- the energy you have with which to live your life."


Many years a go I decided to take Ballroom Dancing lessons, so I booked time with an instructor at a local dance studio.


As the day approached for my first lesson I found myself hugely nervous and even thought about canceling but, I instead decided that I wasn't nervous at all but instead was excited. This seemingly simple change of phrase made a dramatic change in how I perceived the massive amount of adrenaline that was pouring into my body for those days leading up to the first lesson.


When I got to my lesson my heart was racing, my palms where cold, my vision was hazy and my mouth was dry but I had a huge smile on my face and while I was lousy that first lesson I had a great time.


What I had done was relabeled what was going on within my body and mind, I became mindful of how I was reacting to the stimulation and I kept reminding myself that I was excited to take dance lessons. I mindfully switched perception and things changed.

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Tips for Type As who can’t meditate

Tips for Type As who can’t meditate | Mindful | Scoop.it

"It’s no secret what mindfulness meditation can do to fight anxiety, but some folks can’t tame their mind for all the oms in the world – or so they think..."


A mediation practice is a cumulative exercise and you'll find you get better at it the more you do it. You don't need to worry about some esoteric concepts as you ease into your practice, just sit in a comfortable position for fifteen or twenty minutes and breathe.


Tomorrow and next weeks meditative sessions will take care of them selves, you only need to sit and breathe today.

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