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One Meditation Mistake You Should Never Make - About Meditation

One Meditation Mistake You Should Never Make - About Meditation | Zenatude | Scoop.it
There is one meditation mistake you should never make. If you follow this one simple tip, you will make great strides in your practice.
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10 Wise Lessons: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

10 Wise Lessons: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger | Zenatude | Scoop.it
If we only knew then what we knew now; here are 10 wise lessons that would have been good to know when younger.

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The Simple Trick to Achieving Your Goals

The Simple Trick to Achieving Your Goals | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"If you’re anything like the typical human, then you have dreams and goals in your life. In fact, there are probably many things — large and small — that you would like to accomplish. But there is one common mistake we often make when it comes to setting goals. (I know I’ve committed this error many times myself.)


The problem is this: we set a deadline, but not a schedule.


Instead of giving yourself a deadline to accomplish a particular goal and then feeling like a failure if you don’t achieve it, you should choose a goal that is important to you and then set a schedule to work towards it consistently. That might not sound like a big shift, but it is."

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How Practicing Empathy Makes You A Better Person

How Practicing Empathy Makes You A Better Person | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"While we all seem to mostly focus on education and skills that will aggressively help us get materialistic satisfactions, we’ve started to forget the importance of just being a kind and happy person. 


Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to become happier the more you practice."

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Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement

Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"Openness to experience – the drive for cognitive exploration of inner and outer experience – is the personality trait most consistently associated with creativity.


But there are many different forms of cognitive exploration.


Just to name a few, openness to experience comprises intellectual curiosity, complex problem solving and reasoning, imagination, artistic and aesthetic interests, and emotional and fantasy richness.


Recent research suggests that the various forms of engagement that comprise openness to experience can be broken down into two main aspects:

  •  Intellect: cognitive engagement with abstract and semantic information primarily through reasoning.
  • Openness: cognitive engagement with sensory and perceptual information.


But can we break down openness to experience even further, and are the distinctions useful for our understanding of creative achievement?


I think so."



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David Ednie's curator insight, February 3, 2014 5:22 PM

Openness to experience is a better predictor of creativity than Intellect. I am I surprised? No! Think entrepreneurs - if you equate creativity in business to creativity in the arts. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:03 PM

We are not different people. We are one unifed entity which includes the creative, intellectual, spiritual, physical, and affective. When we look at great thinkers, we often see a holistic, integrated person.

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10 Secret Benefits of Meditation with Others - About Meditation

10 Secret Benefits of Meditation with Others - About Meditation | Zenatude | Scoop.it
The benefits of meditation with other people are numerous--from expanded states of awareness to deeper intimacy and improving your self-confidence.
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David Hain's curator insight, February 2, 2014 4:43 AM

The evidence for this form of healing is growing daily!

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How to Let Your Purpose Find You

How to Let Your Purpose Find You | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"Here’s a question. Why are you (really) here?


Aloha: If there’s a single lament-slash-question I get most often — and most pointedly — lately, it goes something like this: “Listen, Deepak Kafka. I’ve read your stuff about living a meaningful life; I’ve followed your advice; I’ve even spent long evenings at dive bars, just like you recommend.


But what the blazes do I do with mine? I’ve searched high and low, looked far wide, listened long and loud, but I still can’t find anything even vaguely resembling my purpose.”

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Becoming Minimalist

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"The life worth living is one centered on the passions and values we hold most dear. And that is why meditation matters.


Many people go through life with no clear sense of their true values. Instead, their lives are molded by the voices that bombard them each day from the Internet, television, radio, magazines, and celebrities. Their desires are ever-changing and are quickly swept away by the newest fashion, most recent technology, or opportunity for financial gain. Their lives are no longer centered on their personal passions and values.

In contrast, firm conviction leads to an intentional life. It is not tossed about by the culture. It is built on the things you hold truest in your heart. And no new advertising campaign is able to shake it.


Meditation provides the opportunity to find that conviction. It slows our mind, calms our spirit, and centers our soul. It removes our mind from the culture of consumption that surrounds us and centers us on something greater and more fulfilling. It draws us out of the finiteness of the visible and dares to connect our souls with the invisible. It provides opportunity to identify our desires, articulate our values, and align our pursuits accordingly."

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How Do You Meditate: An Introduction to Free Awareness - About Meditation

How Do You Meditate: An Introduction to Free Awareness - About Meditation | Zenatude | Scoop.it

How do you meditate? There are countless practices to introduce you to the vast and pristine dimension of self that we can discover through meditation. Free awareness is one of those time-honored practices.

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This Is Your Brain On Money

This Is Your Brain On Money | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"The term "affluenza" -- a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, defined as a "painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste, resulting from the dogged pursuit of more" -- is often dismissed as a silly buzzword created to express our cultural disdain for consumerism. Though often used in jest, the term may have more truth than many of us would like to think."

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We Each Walk Our Own Path

We Each Walk Our Own Path | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"If life is a journey, I believe each of us must honor the sacred integrity of our own path.


But how exactly?


How, for example, do we discern and distinguish our own path from others’? How do we hear our own voice above the noise and courageously honor our own callings in the face of resistance from others?"

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16 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Boost Your Happiness Almost Instantly (INFOGRAPHIC)

16 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Boost Your Happiness Almost Instantly (INFOGRAPHIC) | Zenatude | Scoop.it
Whether you have five minutes to relax or a year to focus on building lasting habits, here are 16 scientifically-backed ways to boost your happiness levels.
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the daily zen: 8 Reasons to Start Meditating

the daily zen: 8 Reasons to Start Meditating | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"Meditation was a secret to much of the Western world for thousands of years.  For a long time, it was something only monks and other devout religious practitioners did.  Today, it's everywhere.  Meditation has many more benefits than I've listed here, but included here are some foundational reasons why it's an important practice and one that can help you everyday. "

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WATCH: Meet The Harvard-Educated Monk Who's Bringing Ancient Wisdom To YouTube

WATCH: Meet The Harvard-Educated Monk Who's Bringing Ancient Wisdom To YouTube | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"Hwansan Sunim is anything but your typical Harvard grad. After college, he earned a post-graduate degree in psychology at NYU, and then rerouted his life to South Korea, where he became a Buddhist monk and spent 25 years in a monastery studying the principles of Seon Buddhism.


A disciple of Korean Seon Master Songdam -- the most respected Buddhist Zen master in Korea -- Sunim has devoted his life to the Seon way. And despite his traditional lifestyle, Sunim -- or Ted Park, as he is known in English -- is anything but out of touch with the modern world: he now shares the teachings of Seon Buddhism with a global audience via his YouTube channel, “Hwansan Sunim: Son Meditation for the Modern World.”

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The 3 Do-What-You-Love Conundrums : zenhabits

"I make a living doing what I love, and I recommend it to my kids.

Doing what you love for a living is fantastic.

However, it comes with three conundrums:

  1. Will earning money for what you love make you stop loving it?
  2. Can everyone do what they love?
  3. What about stuff you don’t love but have to do?

Those are excellent questions, and numerous people have asked me variations on all of them."

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The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” | Mindful

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” | Mindful | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"The past few years have been marked by two major trends in the science of a meaningful life.


One is that researchers continued to add sophistication and depth to our understanding of positive feelings and behaviors. Happiness is good for you, but not all the time; empathy ties us together, and can overwhelm you; humans are born with an innate sense of fairness and morality, that changes in response to context. This has been especially true of the study of mindfulness and attention, which is producing more and more potentially life-changing discoveries.


The other factor involves intellectual diversity. The turn from the study of human dysfunction to human strengths and virtues may have started in psychology, with the positive psychology movement, but that perspective spread to adjacent disciplines like neuroscience and criminology, and from there to fields like sociology, economics, and medicine. Across all these fields, we’re seeing more and more support for the idea that empathy, compassion, and happiness are more than you-have-it-or-not capacities, but skills that can be cultivated by individuals and by groups of people through deliberate decisions.


Here are 10 scientific insights published in peer-reviewed journals from the past year that we anticipate will be cited in scientific studies, help shift public debate, and change individual behavior in the year to come."


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Tom Wojick's curator insight, February 7, 2014 11:01 AM

Happiness is fleeting. Just ask any stock broker after they get their bonus. A few weeks done the road the glow is gone and now its about how can I get an even bigger bonus. Meaning and resiliency are interwoven and have permanence.

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Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise - About Meditation

Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise - About Meditation | Zenatude | Scoop.it

 "I have two anchors for my soul and sanity each day, and they are meditation and exercise.


Every morning before I go to work I turn down the noise in my head on the meditation cushion and tune up my body at the gym. Until recently, I never thought much about the relationship between these two practices, but now that’s changing.


As mindfulness enters the mainstream, there are new approaches to meditation coming into view. One popular method is called moving meditation or mindful exercise. That is, the notion that you can bring meditative awareness to your active life—mindfully walking, running, and even hitting the treadmill."

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How to Build a Happier Brain

How to Build a Happier Brain | Zenatude | Scoop.it
A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias
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Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy | Talk Video | TED

Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy | Talk Video | TED | Zenatude | Scoop.it
Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.
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7 Signs You’re Hanging With the Wrong Crowd

7 Signs You’re Hanging With the Wrong Crowd | Zenatude | Scoop.it

You will only ever be as great as the people you surround yourself with; so be brave enough to let go of those who keep bringing you down.


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David Hain's curator insight, January 23, 2014 11:49 PM

When you leave the wrong people behind, the right things start happening!

John Michel's curator insight, January 24, 2014 1:19 AM

When you leave the wrong people behind, the right things start happening.  What would happen if you surrounded yourself with people who made you better?  What would happen if you started spending time with the RIGHT crowd?

donhornsby's curator insight, January 24, 2014 9:19 AM

From the article: It’s not always where you are in life, but who you have by your side that matters.  Some people drain you and others provide soul food.  Don’t jeopardize your dignity and self-respect by trying to make someone accept, love and appreciate you when they have proven that they are incapable of doing so.

 

When you leave the wrong people behind, the right things start happening.  What would happen if you surrounded yourself with people who made you better?  What would happen if you started spending time with the RIGHT crowd?

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What is Mindfulness, Really? - About Meditation

What is Mindfulness, Really? - About Meditation | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"What is mindfulness? It’s often described as being “in the moment.” Yet it’s much more than that.


Hear Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as he explains mindfulness as: “the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment – and non-judge-mentally.”


Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? But this short video could make you aware of how UNaware you may be!"

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David Hain's curator insight, January 20, 2014 7:00 AM

Brilliantly authoritative - Meditation 101.

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Tools for Mindful Living – BioSync Research Institute

Tools for Mindful Living – BioSync Research Institute | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"The focus of my life in recent months has been living mindfully, and while I don’t always remember to do that, I have learned a few things worth sharing.


The first is a mindful life is worth the effort. It’s a life where we awaken from the dream state we’re most often submerged in — the state of having your mind anywhere but the present moment, locked in thoughts about what you’re going to do later, about something someone else said, about something you’re stressing about or angry about. The state of mind where we’re lost in our smartphones and social media."

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Who Am I? « Unfettered Mind

Who Am I? « Unfettered Mind | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"A simple question, you say. Well, how do you answer it? With your name? With your family pedigree? With your job? At some point, you see that nothing you say really answers the question and you stop — at the edge of a vast open space. “This can’t be who I am?”, you say, and turn away."

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Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling

Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling | Zenatude | Scoop.it
A Stanford research project explored the key differences between lives of happiness and meaningfulness. While the two are similar, dramatic differences exist – and one should not underestimate the power of meaningfulness.
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Mindfulness: a beginner's guide

Mindfulness: a beginner's guide | Zenatude | Scoop.it

"A report published this week analysing data from 47 clinical trials involving 3,000 participants suggests that mindfulness, a meditationtechnique aimed at focusing the mind on the present moment, produces measurable improvements of up to 20% in symptoms of anxiety anddepression compared to people who practise another activity, and can also help alleviate feelings of stress and enhance quality of life.


So what is mindfulness, and how does it work?"

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