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This Is Going To Sound Controversial, But There's No Such Thing As Stress

This Is Going To Sound Controversial, But There's No Such Thing As Stress | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it
Stress doesn't actually exist. Now, I know this may sound a little controversial, but please bear with me. There is no stress ; just thoughts that we perceive as stressful.
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Becoming stressed out is a choice we make between our ears based on faulty perceptions. It's a choice we make when we  are operating in "everyday" consciousness mode and our perceptions are strongly influenced by attachment to beliefs and aversions, mental set (optimistic or pessimistic),how much control we have over situations, and our resilence level. By making the shift into the observer mode and practicing mindfulness we can learn how to choose not to stress out.

 

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Does Mindfulness Stress You Out?

Does Mindfulness Stress You Out? | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it

Sounds like a paradox, right? By all common logic, we shouldn't be stressed out if we're practicing mindfulness or meditation. We hear over and over in the news how those practices are supposed to help us relax. Yet I hear over and over from clients that the whole concept of mindfulness provokes anxiety. It's time to strip down the concept of mindfulness and make it accessible to everyone.

 


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"Yoga, meditation, 'mindfulness' ... Some of the west's biggest companies are embracing eastern spirituality as a path that can lead to bigger profits." That's the subhead of "The Mind Business," an article that appeared last weekend [August] in the Financial Times. Read the full Financial Times article here > http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d9cb7940-ebea-11e1-985a-00144feab49a.html#axzz24mFvMmiE

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Does Meditation Feel Like a Chore? Eight Ways to Make It More Enjoyable | Shake Off the Grind

Does Meditation Feel Like a Chore? Eight Ways to Make It More Enjoyable | Shake Off the Grind | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it

If you’re willing to accept that meditation won’t always be easy and enlightening it allows you to be more compassionate toward your practice and will lessen any resistance that may emerge.

Here are a few suggestions to shake up and refresh your perspective on how to meditate to make it more enjoyable.

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Evidence Supports Health Benefits of 'Mindfulness-Based Practices'

Specific types of "mindfulness practices" including Zen meditation have research-proven benefits for patients with certain physical and mental health problems, according to a report in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice.

The review focused on three techniques:
• Zen meditation, a Buddhist spiritual practice that involves the practice of developing mindfulness by meditation, typically focusing on awareness of breathing patterns.
• Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a secular method of using Buddhist mindfulness, combining meditation with elements of yoga and education about stress and coping strategies.
• Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which combines MBSR with principles of cognitive therapy (for example, recognizing and disengaging from negative thoughts) to prevent relapse of depression.

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6 Tips on Staying Calm | ThirdAge

6 Tips on Staying Calm | ThirdAge | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it

Are there ways to chill out? Although nail biters like me can’t expect to be cured forever, there are proven techniques that can bring temporary calm. 

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About Walking Meditation

About Walking Meditation | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it

Walking meditation is a meditation on the move that heals the mind by bringing inner fulfilment, where every step is a destination; every move is a goal towards happiness Meditation ..." Enjoy every step, feel you have no purpose for walking but it will earn you a sense of inner fulfilment. Never hurry and do not necessarily try to reach a destination. As mentioned, every step is a goal towards self healing.

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Why I Talk to Trees, Play In the Rain and Love My Strangeness | Self Improvement Saga

Why I Talk to Trees, Play In the Rain and Love My Strangeness | Self Improvement Saga | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it

A personal story on consciousness, mindfulness, awakening and creating a happy life through connections to others (human and nature alike) (RT @brite2briter: RT Why I Talk to Trees, Play In the Rain and Love My Strangeness" The value of life applies to everyone and everything. From the poorest human to the tiniest blade of grass; all of which is connected in ways we must awaken to understand. Hence the often repeated, rarely comprehended phrase, “we are all one.”

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12 Ways to Become More Mindful - Inspir3

12 Ways to Become More Mindful - Inspir3 | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it
Improve health and happiness with these 12 ways to become more mindful.

Via Tracy Morrow, Felix Mack
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Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.  I especially like this advice as it leads to flwo experiences:" Immerse yourself in one activity at a time. Slow down and savor everything you do, experience each task fully and completely and keep your eye on even the mundane details. You’ll find so much that you are missing."

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What Exactly Is Meditation? Making it simple

What Exactly Is Meditation? Making it simple | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it

Just remember—the blue sky is always there By Andy Puddicombe... (What Exactly Is Meditation? We're here to show you that mindfulness really can be applied to your everyday life. So without further ado, here one of the first animations that we have created to give you an insight into what meditation is really about...

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Cultivating Self Sustainability

Cultivating Self Sustainability | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it

By Angela Levesque “We cannot hope to create a sustainable culture with any but sustainable souls.”? Sustainability is a word often associated with economics and environmentalism. But the concepts of sustainability should also be applied to our health. Our health and healing largely revolves around our self-care.

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Always Well Within | On True Happiness and Freedom

Always Well Within | On True Happiness and Freedom | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it

Telling others, “I’m so busy” is a “boast disguised as a complaint”, claims author Tim Kreider. Do you really want the busy badge in your collection? Thoughts may arise but they no longer pull you into the past and the future, hope and fear, agitation and worry and the unnecessary dramas we create in life.

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Embracing the power of now | Life is Limitless

"What I’ve learnt over the past 24 hours is how incredibly powerful staying consciously in the present moment can be. For me, it’s about acceptance of what is rather than hoping, wishing or fantasizing about more and it’s acceptance of the present situation rather than predicting, betting on or prophesizing less."

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Mindfulness in Depression Relapse Prevention – autopilot & raisins ...

Mindfulness in Depression Relapse Prevention – autopilot & raisins ... | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it
The first session introduced the concept of Mindfulness, and it's arch-enemy, Auto-pilot. It also ensured I'd never underestimate a raisin again...
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Recognizing and Overcoming the Challenges of Mindfulness Practice

Recognizing and Overcoming the Challenges of Mindfulness Practice | skillful means for conscious living | Scoop.it
Recognizing and Overcoming the Challenges of Mindfulness Practice. Every day, I have been reading a few pages of The Wings of Awakening, Thanissaro Bikkhu's compiling and commentary of the Buddha's most important ...
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