Sit and Face The Mind. . .

Sit and Face The Mind. . .

Transcendental Meditation gives me an island of calm in the midst of so much turbulence. — Paul McCartney Transcendental Meditation touts its differences from other forms of meditation in three ways: it’s effortless, evidence-based and standardized. Practicing transcendental meditation twice a day for 15 minutes has been touted by followers to calm anxiety, dissolve stress and even lower blood pressure. The idea is that you sit comfortably and quietly, and you gently focus your attention inward until you break through your mind’s many thoughts and achieve a kind of peace that leaves you more at ease with yourself and your surroundings. A healthy mind combined with the challenge of meditation are believed to align the mind, body and spirit for it’s greatest...

Surf The Waves. . .

Surf The Waves. . .

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. — Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness training. What is mindfulness? It’s the practice of consciously observing yourself and your thoughts in relation to every present moment with your surroundings. It’s being aware. It sounds simple, but it’s profoundly effective for many people in reducing stress and fostering more control over the mind monkeys. While mindfulness training may have its origins in Buddhism, mainstream mindfulness has permeated the popular consciousness, in large part thanks to the efforts of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a professor of medicine emeritus. Kabat-Zinn pioneered the movement in 1979 that learning the practice of mindful living could greatly heal our mind/body connection and reduce stress. The...

Monkey Mind. . .

Monkey Mind. . .

Keeping your thoughts together can help you be a more peaceful and content person. When you’re thinking clearly, you’ll act more confidently and decisively. The Buddhist term “Monkey Mind” stems from the observation that left untamed, our minds’ natural state can tend toward being unsettled, restless, indecisive and uncontrollable. However, the Buddhist and many others know that you have the power to tame your monkey mind and keep it in order. Don’t let your thoughts rule you — learn to rule your thoughts. A restless mind has many effects that can include trouble sleeping, poor decision-making, anxiety and even depression when left to run amuck. Learning to foster a calm mind will help you become a better person with more peace and understanding. Do...

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