“I Wanted to Be in a Field that Could Promote Creativity, Joy, Connection, and Living to One’s Highest Potential.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Steven Hayes. Steven Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. He’s extraordinarily prolific—author of 44 books and nearly 600 scientific articles—and his career has focused on understanding human language and cognition and the alleviation of human suffering. He developed the Relational Frame Theory, an account of human higher cognition, and has guided its extension to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy…

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Sitting with a Choice: Discernment Through Ignatian Examen – Spiritual Article

Here’s a simple spiritual practice you can do when sitting with a choice you need to make. It’s based on the ancient practice of the Ignatian Examen, a prayer where you take a reflective look at where you are most spiritually energized and where you are least energized (and that’s just one way to do it — there are hundreds of variations, but this one is helpful for discernment). Crafting the Question Let’s say you are trying to decide whether…

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Why Some Men Still Don’t Talk About Their Feelings – Self Improvement Article

Talking about your feelings is crucial to your well-being, no matter your gender. It allows you to process your experiences, release stress, and receive support from others when needed. Bottling up your emotions, on the other hand, can lead to a buildup of stress in the mind and body—and substantial consequences for both. Emotional suppression has been linked to cardiovascular health issues, memory loss, lower immunity to illness, and (if all that’s not convincing enough) lower productivity and faster burnout.It’s a…

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Beware of People Who Promise You the World – Self Improvement Article

A friend recently asked me, “What’s a red flag that most people wrongly interpret as a positive thing?” It was a great question and an answer immediately came to mind: those who promise too much. I see people fall for the “over-promising trap” very often. They meet someone who is super nice to them, treats them well, and promises the world to them. Then they inevitably get burned and blind-sided… They think, “I never saw this coming! He was so…

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4 Mindfulness Tips To Reclaim Your Center & Ground Your Being – Meditation Article

“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Do you have days when you feel a little out of control? Maybe even a little crazy? I sure do. Sometimes events spiral out of my control (surprise surprise!), my emotional center veers off balance, and it’s like someone turned the world upside down. I actually think that’s pretty common for a lot of us. Not everyone has the inner tools to…

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The Growing Worry of Workplace StressPick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Workplace Stress is becoming all too commonplace within the Canadian workforce. With 62% of workers reporting that work is their main source of stress, it is time to better manage our levels of stress and mental health concerns. One of the most efficacious methods of combating workplace stress is mindfulness. What is Mindfulness?  Mindfulness is a term that has garnered a lot of attention over the past few years. It has emerged as an effective tool to help combat the…

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How to Develop True Confidence (and Let Go of Approval-Seeking) – Meditation Article

What is true confidence? There are a lot of misconceptions about confidence. People sometimes assume it’s a product of achieving something in particular, having nice things or looking a certain way. Some people try to talk themselves into confidence by thinking positive thoughts. But both of those kinds of confidence are both artificial and shaky. What if your looks change or you don’t achieve a goal? What happens when you compare yourself to someone else who seems better? And as…

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How These 9 Simple Actions Can Help You Feel Happier (& Get More Grit!) – Positivity Article

By Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP When I entered the positive psychology field, one of the embryonic areas was called “positive interventions,” which was the identification of actions that could boost a person’s emotional flourishing. The list of proven interventions that worked for most people was small at that time, but ten years later, dozens of countries have produced thousands of pieces of research on what works to amplify our well-being. Now the popular terminology for this area is “wise interventions,”…

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The Role of Self-Compassion When Struggling With a Mental Health Disorder – Meditation Article

(Last Updated On: July 22, 2019)By now, many people are becoming aware of the increasing importance of dealing with mental health disorders. If you don’t deal with mental health issues, they tend to grow and grow, until they spiral out of control and cause increasingly serious problems in your life.This is well-known. What’s not always well-known is the importance of a proper mindset when dealing with mental health issues – particularly one of self-compassion. What the Buddhists believe is uncannily…

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17 Factors That Make Up a Mood – Positivity Article

I’m in the midst of working on a very exciting project (can’t wait to tell you about it soon!), and I’ve been listening to makeup videos while I work. I rarely even wear makeup, but there’s something about these videos that just works so well as background noise! All that makeup talk in the background has had me dying to draw makeup things so I was thrilled when I thought of the mood makeup idea the other day. Once I started thinking…

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6 Steps to Starting Your Meditation Practice — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more…

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Living at the Speed of Life – Meditation Article

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Let’s face it—we live in a world where everything seems to be moving fast. It can all start to pass us by in a bit of a blur. How often do we say or hear, “where did the week go” or “oh my gosh it’s October already. What happened?” Life in the ‘Giant Particle Accelerator’ of Our Culture We feel like this perhaps, not because time is…

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“It Hit Me, Quite Literally, After Endless Months Of Going To Sleep Wired” – Meditation Article

Tara Gardner, a freelance writer and editor covering all things lifestyle for Glam.com, recently wrote about her experience learning and practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique. There are so many meditation practices to choose from these days that it’s helpful to hear stories like Tara’s. She takes us from her first impressions of the TM technique, through her instruction, and positive experience afterwards. Below are excerpts from her insightful article.  “It hit me, quite literally, after endless months of going to…

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Meditations and Advice for New Moms in the Transition to Motherhood – Meditation Article

When I first discovered I was pregnant with my son, I went through the full gamut of emotions—excited, nervous, terrified, anxious, and elated. I prepared his nursery, bought a few onesies, pre-registered at the hospital, took a mildly helpful birth class, and considered myself ready. I had 17 years of meditation practice under my belt going into motherhood. I figured, how different can motherhood be from the other upheavals of everyday life? How hard will it be to meet life…

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How to Do Hard Things & Struggle Well (& Why It’s Worth It!) – Positivity Article

By Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP The Tong Leong School of Martial Arts is the last martial arts academy many would expect to find in the privileged community of Bethesda, Maryland, where most youngsters are accustomed to easy lives of high-quality schools, first-class sports opportunities, and bright futures. Unlike the pervasive “McDojos” that serve up black belts once you’ve paid a certain amount of money or spent a specific number of months at different ranks, at the Tong Leong School you…

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23 Types of Meditation — Find The Best Meditation Techniques For You – Meditation Article

Did you know that there are as many meditation techniques as there are sports? And the only way to find out the best types of meditation for you is to try them. As you may know, meditation has dozens of benefits, and everybody is doing it. You look for information online or on a bookstore, and see that there are a LOT of different styles of meditation. You wonder which way is best for you. This is a very important…

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Living the HSP Life: Tips for Highly Sensitive People – Positivity Article

  Note: A lot of what I learned about Highly Sensitive People (aside from my own personal experience), came from Elaine N. Aron’s book, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. If you want to learn more about the info that’s not personal-experience-based, I highly recommend you check it out or visit her site here!    WHAT IS A HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON (HSP)?  Basically, Highly Sensitive People (HSP) is a term developed in the 1990s…

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Can’t Shake the Feeling You’re Not Enough? Here’s Why – Meditation Article

In today’s world, sadly, I think most of us feel that we are not enough. We believe our worth is conditional so it needs to be constantly earned. When we operate from this paradigm much of our behaviour can become driven by feelings of shame. We get caught in striving to do more, be more, get more and achieve more because secretly we believe we are not measuring up yet. Living like this is tiring, stressful and unfulfilling. I know…

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How to Focus Better: A Guided Meditation – Meditation Article

If you find it challenging to focus this time of year, it’s not your fault. Combine the enticements of summertime fun, the tendency to get overheated and dehydrated, and our natural penchant for doing many things at once, and you have a recipe for concentration deficit. This lack of focus makes us less productive and is also a leading source of anxiety. One primary way to minimize the effects of all our multi-tasking is to set aside some time during…

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Multi-Stage Meditation: A 15-Minute Routine – Self Improvement Article

Meditation is becoming one of those habits that we all know is good for us, but we have trouble actually doing it on a consistent basis. When I first learned about meditation and tried it out, it was about 10 years ago. Since then my practice has been very sporadic. I enjoyed it and could see its benefits afterwards, but I could never transform it into a steady habit. However, meditation is slowly become as essential to my daily routine…

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Paulo Coelho on Learning to Pay Attention to Life — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step.”~ Paulo Coelho Over the course of time, if you look back, you, like the rest of us, have made many mistakes in almost every aspect of your life, but this is not something out of the ordinary. We are only humans and…

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May Meditation Challenge – Meditation Article

April 29, 2019 For a mindful month of May, we’ve decided to host a 3-week meditation challenge where all participants will have free access to our full collection of 100+ Guided Meditations! What’s in it for YOU: Enjoy $50 off a Muse device for joining Build your meditation practice with free access to our 100+ Guided Meditations for 1 month Weekly motivational and educational mindful tips from leading experts For every friend you invite that completes the challenge, you’ll receive…

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The Impact Of Positive Thinking In Life – Spiritual Article

When we think positively, do we not feel calm and happy? And when we think negatively about anything, do we feel the same happiness? It’s because thinking positively releases positive vibes; whereas thinking negatively releases negative vibes. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, a spiritual teacher, has revealed one of the most scientific principles of Nature, “The rule of circumstances is such that one weak circumstance will pull together many other weak circumstances, while one strong circumstance will pull along many other…

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Are You Getting the Optimal ROI on Your Wellness Plan? Checklist For You (Part 2) – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

  Segmenting Health Factors Many wellness programs segment health into only physical health, which defies modern science. The mind-body connection has been proven since 1985. Also, since the turn of the millennium neuroscientists have identified multiple parts of the brain that are activated during a spiritual experience, and since then the relationship between spirituality and our mental, emotional, and physical health has been further explored, tested, and understood. One 2001 study supported that “religious involvement and spirituality are associated with…

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How a Non-Judgemental Mind Connects & Transform Us – Meditation Article

When you first start to meditate, the first thing you discover (if you haven’t already) is the fact that you have a ‘voice’ in your head. Not only do you have a voice in the head, but a voice that never stops. It talks incessantly, from the moment you wake up to the time you go to sleep (and for some of us it won’t even stop then!). This voice, very often, isn’t very helpful. It commentates on our lives…

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True Creativity Lies Beyond the Surface Mind – Self Improvement Article

I have already shared how A New Earth book was written by Eckhart Tolle. The book came into existence effortlessly, because it was already written in the spiritual form. So since Eckhart Tolle dwelt in the now, the book was able to easily come through him. This is the true creativity. The surface mind is not creative. It can only contribute to the chaos and noise of the world with its “creations”. It just forms and reforms that which is; but…

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Hear From Mindful Dads at Muse + Our Favourite Unique Father’s Day Gift Guides – Meditation Article

June 10, 2019 We spoke with a few mindful dads at the Muse HQ about how their connection with mindfulness improves their lives as fathers and here’s what they had to say: Dan is the manager of the Customer Care team at Muse. He is currently a father of one, and expecting his second child shortly! Q: What is your favourite part about being a father? A: My favourite part about being a father is that I can always be…

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The Power of Choice – Melli O’Brien – Meditation Article

We make decisions every day—from seemingly inconsequential choices, to larger ones that can affect the course of our lives. Part of the power of Mindfulness is that it allows us to make wiser choices—the ones that lead towards living a more healthy, meaningful and fulfilling life. There is a famous parable about the power of choice. It goes like this: An old Cherokee Indian chief is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said…

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The Most Powerful Saraswati Mantra To Gain The Power Of Wisdom – Spiritual Article

*editor’s note: some edits were avoided as they might have detracted from the author’s voice and intent.* This all started with going to school where yoga and meditation were as inevitable as the books. In school days, mantras were part and parcel of our life. No, those were not religious acts, but the scientific tools to prepare us for the challenges ahead in life and shape us as into a good learner. During prayer, we used to sing Saraswati Vandana.…

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