There has recently been a noticeable increase in terms of research and general interest on matters regarding the interrelationship between mental health and spiritual or religious beliefs. 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.
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
Mindfulness meditation is moment to moment awareness. It is being fully awake. It involves being here for the moments of our lives, without striving or judging. Mindfulness involves a formal practice and an informal practice. In formal practice we take time for sitting meditation or mindful movement practices like walking meditation or yoga or chi gong. Informal practice is a way of life in which we meditate as we do what we do. It involves being present in the moments of our lives. Mindfulness meditation is a formal practice of mindfulness or of being mindful. It helps teach us to live in the present moment. Continue reading
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!”
The more we teach ourselves to be thankful for the things that we already have in our lives, we are able to find a stronger sense of inner peace and calm. Focus on what you already have and be thankful for it, instead of always focusing on what’s missing in your Continue reading
Everything is temporary. Thoughts, emotions, people, scenery. Do not become attached. Just flow with it.
This quote just says it best.
“You need to look rationally at the anxiety response and concede that you’re not improving it by feeling anxious. Continue reading
Many spiritual leaders of today profess how important and beneficial mindfulness meditation can be for anyone going through a difficult time in their lives. Continue reading