7 Ways to Become More Mindful Without Meditating 

 

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.

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Understanding the Evil Eye “Kako Mati”

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The evil eye is a belief that a particular person may cast a malicious gaze which will cause another person, animal, plant, or other property to become ill, die, suffer grievous harm, or inflict bad luck upon someone toward whom they are either openly or even unknowingly envious towards. The evil eye belief is extremely ancient having been referenced as early as 3000 B.C. with the Sumerians, then on to Babylon, then in 7th Century B.C. Acadian and Assyrian literature, in ancient Greek and Roman writings, and finally in the Hebrew Bible and in more modern Judeo-Christian culture and traditions. The historian and biographer Plutarch, described in his De Iside how the Egyptian goddess of nature Isis killed the son of the Byblos by a mere glance of her eye. The Egyptian Book of the Dead, a manual for ancient priests used around 1000 B.C., has numerous instructions for incantations, charms, and amulets to defend against the evil eye. Continue reading

Being Kind or Right?

Many times humans don’t even realize the dilemma they are sometimes in. In difficult times or in the heat of an argument, or even when trying to help someone else through a difficult time, we face the decision to either show someone that we are right and they were wrong in doing something, or instead we can just be kind to someone and be there for them in the moment.

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How to do Mindfulness Meditation

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

Stop The Stigma

As someone who has worked in the mental health field for many years, I can attest to the fact that mental illness is still very stigmatized even though there has been a lot of progress on this front in recent years. It is still not  understood very well by most people. Heck, even the researchers and clinicians in psychology sometimes don’t have a full grasp of understanding how, what, or where mental illness comes from. One thing we can all agree on is that the stigma of mental illness  is not a good thing, not helping anyone, and should be stopped. To take a lesson from spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer, instead of judging others, try being kind instead. It’s not an easy thing because we all judge people and things every day, and many times we can even be right in our judgments. However, ideally I myself would rather be kind than right. Kindness is always the best step. 

Please watch the link below: https://www.ted.com/talks/ruby_wax_what_s_so_funny_about_mental_illness?language=en