Everyone makes it out like meditation should be this mind altering life changing experience every single time you do it. If you are a meditating person then your life must be on the up and up because you are just soooo spiritual and like awesome and like just the best like guru monk dude ever!! Obviously there was a bit of sarcasm there, and probably a certain type of sounding voice as you read that last bit, but just because you meditate or have tried it does not mean that you have a firm grasp on it yet or that it doesn’t get you annoyed at times. Ask anyone who has meditated and if you haven’t had that “Wtf why is my brain still running so fast and why am I still thinking. Oh hell now I am thinking about thinking! Damn this meditation! This sucks!”
Breathing is a powerful contributing factor of our physical state. When we are stressed, we often take short shallow breaths where our shoulders rise and fall. Our chest may feel like a weight is bearing down on it making it difficult to breathe. When our body becomes restricted like this our thoughts and actions are affected too. Our concentration and focus become clouded and we are often quick to react, which then later results in regret or recourse. Continue reading
Two prominent English philosophers, Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) and John Locke (1632-1704), made profound contributions to modern political science, philosophy, and psychology. Continue reading
“People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.”
– Eckhart Tolle Continue reading
1.) Exercise without music.
Exercising with headphones is supposed to keep you motivated and positive about your workout correct? While I definitely do not disagree with this, I do think that it takes away from training yourself to be more in the present moment. Nobody disagrees that being mindful and in the present moment helps release stress, reduces anxiety, and also reduces depression, however, many people still struggle to see all the little tiny ways in which we are purposefully not being mindful.
These are some simple ways to deal with anxiety, and they can be usually done or found right inside the comfort of your home. Why not give these a spin before resorting to anything like medication or even giving up? Continue reading
Ever paid attention to how often you use the word “I” throughout your day instead of “you?” Continue reading
Everyone keeps talking about being happy like its so easy right? Especially those people who are happy! They just look so happy and easy going. They talk about being happy like it is such an easy thing, but that’s because they are happy already right! I bet they have some sort of magic or something right?! Its so easy for them! But how do the rest of us who aren’t already so happy get to this point of being happy? Continue reading
1.) Put your damn phone away!
Use this as a tool to be more mindful in your everyday tasks. For example, when you go to the bathroom, don’t take your phone with please! In today’s tech savvy world where everything is mobile and online, many people feel like they have to be connected every second of every day. We always have our phones out checking or doing something and we forget to pay attention to what we are doing in the moment. Continue reading
What do I say… how do I start this… well, life can throw you some curve balls sometimes. It’s an interesting process when you put your whole life into something, and then it’s gone. It can be anything. It can be a career, a relationship, a loved one dies, a hobby, some other life goal, and just about anything that you can put your everything into and focus on for more parts of a day than not. Something that you start to identify with. When someone asks you “Who are you?”, you’ll respond with this thing that you’ve put everything into. Then if you take this thing away from your life, from your everyday process, from basically part of your identity… it’s scary. It’s a major life change whether you know it or not. Continue reading