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Being Present is Not Always Easy

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If you have ever heard of 'mindfulness', 'being present', or 'staying in the moment', you probably realise it is not just something for highly spiritual people. It is a way of being, a sense of pea...
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Be mindful.  Stay in the moment.  Live in the here and now. Simple to say, but being present is not always easy.  This blogger shares 5 tips:

 

  1. Upon waking in the morning, take 3 mindful breaths.
  2. Get a mediation app AND MEDITATE!
  3. Be grateful for what you have.
  4. Notice your breath.  Just notice it...
  5. Dance!
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No Technique Can Lead to Meditation

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Meditation is a state of being, arrived at through understanding. It needs intelligence, it does not need techniques. It is a question of understanding the subtle workings of the mind.
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Meditation is a state of being arrived at through understanding.  It requires intelligence, not techniques.

 

When you meditate, you create brain waves.  "These waves can be created from the outside by technical means. But those waves will not create meditation – this is the misunderstanding." 

 

While these brain waves are indicators that can be studied, there is "no shortcut to meditation, and no mechanical device can be of any help,"  according to the author of this blog.

 

Meditation needs no technique.  "It is not a question of sitting silently; it is not a question of chanting a mantra."  It is simply an understanding -- an awareness of the subtle workings of the mind. 

 

In knowing this, meditation can transform.  It can take you to to higher levels of consciousness and positively impact your lifestyle.  It can help you to respond to situations with compassion instead of reacting to them with anger.  It requires intelligence; not mechanical devices.

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Self-Realization: When "Who Am I?" Is Who I Am

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Found yourself yet? Were you sitting at the corner of Main and Church? Or in a ditch? Mountaintop? Self-realization and "knowing yourself" can pose some comical challenges.


Daniel Goldsmith conveys the quandary of identity and self-realization. Of considerable note in this brilliant post are issues of...


1. nationality

2. enlightenment

3. identity


and how they all intersect in the great "I am" of being human. Or, more accurately, how they can get in the way of self-realization and a more meditative awareness of who you are.

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Busy-ness is Laziness

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Tune in this Thursday at 10 am MST/12 pm EST for a conversation with +Waylon Lewis about integrating mindfulness and meditation into our daily lives and how these tools can improve our business and personal relationships and success.
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If you want to improve your business, personal relationships and all around success, you need to do what many consider to be the "soft" stuff -- meditation and mindfulness.  But "soft" is the new "hard".  Living a life of busy-ness is nothing more than procrastination.  In fact, it's downright lazy.

 

Waylon Lewis calls himself a "Dharma Brat" and shares with us his views about integrating mindfulness and meditation into our hectic daily lives and the benefits we can gain from doing so.

 

So if you're "running around, clicking lots of buttons online", hit the pause button and watch this 8-mintue video where Lewis leads a practical (and fun) meditation which will help you to limit distractions and come back to the present moment.

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Love & Awareness As the Heart of Mindfulness

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I recently attended Omega NYC’s “The Neuroscience of Well-Being, Mindfulness & Love” workshop at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
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J Ruth Kelly's comment, November 27, 2013 2:55 PM
thanks for the shares...
Carla Chapman's curator insight, October 1, 2014 10:56 AM

Is this about science, spirituality or both?  Gain some insight on mindfulness and breath from a neuroscience perspective and see how you can apply it to attention.

Luz Ballesteros-Andrade's curator insight, March 21, 2015 10:13 PM

Love is the most important element to be successful.

 

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Secret Agents Used To Have Gadgets To Save The World... Now We All Have Gadgets

Secret Agents Used To Have Gadgets To Save The World... Now We All Have Gadgets | Unplug | Scoop.it
This simple tactic can help uncover deeper emotional issues that may be holding you back.
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Gadgets ringing, buzzing and vibrating in our pockets and all around us have become normal. Not long ago only secert agents had gadgets and then only for saving the world.


Have you and your gadgets saved the world lately? Do most of us as polls suggest check our gadgets for email and messages 110 times a day? Really?


Unplugging has become an important part of living a balanced life, but how exactly do we unplug?


Kat Ascharya has penned a rather long yet engaging article about how monks view gadgets and their use. Oh and the article has a whole lot more insight into our lives as well, check it out.

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