mindfulness

opening your mind : a workbook for self-discovery – Positivity Article

   Throughout the years of working on Positively Present, I’ve discovered that one of the most essential aspects of living a positive and present life is this: keeping an open mind. This sounds much easier than it is, so I created a digital workbook to explore what I believe are the necessary steps needed to truly view the world from an open-minded perspective. The workbook is thoughtfully divided into four key sections:  Defining Open-Mindedness: the term “open-minded” is much more…

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The Benefits of Thinking About Thinking – Self Improvement Article

Metacognition means “thinking about thinking.” It’s essentially introspection into the nature of one’s mind. A question that has likely been around since the dawn of man’s ability to think, included the oldest philosophers who wondered…”Who am I?” or “What is a mind?” or “What are thoughts?” Today, psychologists are beginning to apply the principles of metacognition to mental health. Metacognitive therapy (MCT) is a newly growing form of therapy that explores how we view our thoughts, and our beliefs about…

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Mindfulness: Developing Spiritual Awareness Through Meditation and Prayer – Spiritual Article

 It’s not always easy to sit down and meditate, but practice makes perfect! If you’ve ever thought you couldn’t do silent or meditative prayer, this video is for you. In it, I go over some simple methods to warm up to silent prayer exercises that build on mindfulness. Mindfulness, explained simply, is about focusing our awareness on the present. Often, it’s confused with an idea that claims that we ought to find peace by completely clearing our minds —…

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Four Practices that Will Help You Recognize Sources of Stress in Your Life – – Meditation Article

We may not notice stress in our lives until its effects become pronounced. These practices will alert you to the danger and its sources. Stress kills us in so many waysWhen you lead a busy life, the combination of tasks at work and around the house, social commitments, and distractions on our devices can increase your exposure to elevated levels of stress. By the time you realize that you’re dealing with chronic stress, you may already need to see a…

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Celebrate National Meditation Month – About Meditation – Meditation Article

May marks the start of National Meditation Month 2018. Every day I hear someone say, “I should meditate.” Usually followed by a but (insert your but here). The buts are basically the same. I should meditate, but: It’s too difficult. I don’t have time. I can’t stop my thoughts. As a mentor and meditation teacher, I listen and usually share insights as to why these particular buts aren’t true. For example: Meditation is easy and effortless. The less you do…

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The Big Difference Between Intuition & Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

So, how do you know when this scenario you can see so well in your mind is intuition vs fear? You know by the state of your mind and body when you receive it. You know by the absence of emotion that comes with it. Accurate intuition will look more like this: You’re in the middle of doing the laundry while thinking about what to make for supper. You get a flash of a person sitting at your desk at work. You…

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Yes, Fulfillment Is a Path but It’s Also the Goal – Meditation Article

Achievement versus fulfillment? The tension between these two is a contemplation my spiritual activist friend Gibrán Rivera has been exploring, and it got my wheels turning: The drive to grow and to achieve needs to be tempered. It is a good thing. But it comes with a trap. It can lead us to postpone fulfillment. It can lead us to believe that we will only be fulfilled when we achieve the goals we are seeking. This is a dangerous mind trick. This resonated with me. In…

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6 Poems About Being Mindful and Cultivating Patience – Spiritual Article

MindfulnessThe bells chime and I close my eyesMy beginner’s-mind is swirling like the twisted roots of an old treeI practice and practiceStill no relief from the constant chatter withinAwareness hits me like a crashing waveI start to trust the processI begin to have patience; I can calm the mindI am open to acceptance Like the warm sun peeking out from behind the cloudsA mindful walk, I stop and feel the gentle breeze as it carries away the guilty thoughts… letting…

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5 Steps To Boost Your Intuitive Power With Tarot, One Card At A Time – Spiritual Article

Everyone is born with intuition. Everyone! But it may have been trained out of you early on. We’re told to think things through and be practical. Very seldom does anyone say, “how do you feel about that?”Using tarot cards is a fun and easy way to get back in touch with this amazing gift! Give it a try! I have several decks, so my first step is to pick one I already have. I do this each morning to get…

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The Untold Truth About Your Validation Beliefs — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Where do our validation beliefs come from? If you’re like most people, you truly believe that your convictions are rational, logical, and impartial based on years of experience and objective analysis of the information you have available. In reality, all of us are subject to a human tendency known as “validation beliefs”.  A validation belief is the propensity to interpret new information as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories. We subconsciously search for evidence in the world that supports…

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Zooming In and Out to See Where You Want to Go in Life – Self Improvement Article

If you want to get a more “complete picture” of where you are in life and where you want to go, it’s important you know how to zoom in and zoom out your perspective. By “zooming in,” I mean narrowing your focus to a small scale. Focusing on what you are thinking or feeling in the present moment is one way of zooming in. For example, what are you thinking and feeling right now? How do you feel about the…

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To Make Yourself Calmer and Happier, Try Grounding Yourself in Your Body. – Personal Development Article

The COVID-19 situation continues, and at last I’m finding it possible to think about other things, which means I’ve been able to return to working on my next book project. It’s a book about…what, exactly? How I want to shake myself awake—through the body, the senses. I want to reach my mind through my senses. Instead of thinking about mindfulness, I’m thinking a lot about bodyfulness. Well, there’s a certain lack of crispness and clarity at the moment, I admit,…

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The Truth Shall Set You Free – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

The truth shall set you free. That’s what they say, but is it true? Some have found that saying to be very true. Though freedom wasn’t exactly what they were going for, it’s what they got – freedom to no longer work for their company. What they learned is, the truth is not always seen as a ray of light showing everyone the way.  It is often unwelcomed, harmful to hidden agendas, and is often resisted and suppressed. Furthermore, truth…

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How 7 Spiritual Leaders Use Their Boards – Personal Development Article

I absolutely love creating vision boards. For me, they don’t always have to be created on a large poster board—I love journals that are essentially pages of your visions organized in a book, or even a digital vision board that you can add to and have at your fingertips. When I visualize something that I believe to be true and within the scope of my reality, I like to create or find a picture of it.So, I like to visually…

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Time for Self-Compassion – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Dr. Nico Rose (MAPP ’14) is a professor for organizational psychology at International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund, Germany. He worked for Bertelsmann, Europe’s largest media corporation from 2010 to 2018, most recently as Vice President Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition. For several years, he published Mappalicious, the German side of positive psychology. His book, Arbeit besser machen, was published in 2019. Nico’s articles can be found here. Some people seem to believe that the world-wide pandemic is a…

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Living In The Grey – About Meditation – Meditation Article

Scrolling through an online feed, I came across this inspirational quote, “Be kind to others, even when others can’t be kind to you.” It was complete with a clean font and a scenic background. On immediate reflection, that’s a nice piece of advice. However, I have more than one client who is working on setting better boundaries because they are too nice to others at the expense of themselves. They care for others in a way that is depleting and…

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Embracing Your Biggest Fears – Positively Positive Positively Positive – Positivity Article

By acknowledging and facing fears, we can reach the other side. By all accounts, Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest people ever to walk the face of the earth. In his 95 years, he rose from small-town law student to President of South Africa, all despite being held as a political prisoner for 27 years. As someone who could have easily lived the rest of his life in fear and bitterness, Mandela took the high road, overcoming and embracing his…

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When You Can’t Go Out, Go Within! – MegSoper – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Meg engaged the audience even before the event, getting to know individuals and hearing their opinions, concerns, and successes, and incorporated that feedback into her presentation. Her delivery was awesome- she had the team in stitches- and I had many people tell me it was the best session of… Read More – Thomson Reuters Pete van Hezewyk,Senior Director Marketing “Meg was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish! Her presentation was hilarious, energetic and crafted just for us…

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Learning Spirituality From Your Own Inner World – Spiritual Article

What is the purpose of spirituality? For some people, it’s finding a sense of purpose. For others, the truth. Some connect with the community surrounding their chosen branch of spirituality. And some seek to connect with spiritual energies as they learn and grow. But what is the nature of these interests, independent of the external ways people pursue them?SEE ALSO: 5 Ways To Reuse Broken CrystalsWhere the external falls shortInternally, we feel compelled to seek certain things. And rest assured…

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With Meditation We Can Remain Steady Through Any Storm – Meditation Article

  When we meditate it is good to remain as still as we possibly can and here’s why. Our physical stillness in meditation is a metaphor for not moving inwardly. In deep meditation we discover an inner stillness that is not an act of being still as much as it is a discovery of an aspect of ourselves that is always already still. In deep meditation, we find a place in ourselves that has never moved, is not moving now,…

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How to Use Mindfulness to Unwind Anxiety (With a Free Meditation) – Meditation Article

We all feel a little anxious at times. It’s a normal reaction to the more stressful events of our lives, such as a job interview, a driving test or say, a global pandemic. You may notice a few physical responses, like the sensation of ‘butterflies in your tummy’ or your heart beating faster than usual. But these feelings and responses tend to pass by in time. However, when your anxious thoughts become excessive—when your problems and worries keep running around…

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5 Ways To Clear Your Karma – Spiritual Article

The modern world keeps going forward, with new technologies and crazy discoveries emerging every day and transforming the way we live. But some things remain the same no matter how many years pass or how many generations change into one another. Karma is one of them.As a concept, it emerged before c. 1500 BCE, and it has managed to preserve its relevance because every life is an endless cycle of actions and their consequences. If a person is surrounded by…

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Bethany Saltman: “I Never Could Have Guessed Just How Right I Was About Happiness When I Was 18.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Bethany Saltman. Bethany Saltman is an author, award-winning editor, and researcher. Her work has appeared in places such as the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Parents, Town & Country, and many others. Bethany also serves as a bestselling book partner and in-demand mindfulness mentor, helping writers and entrepreneurs at all stages of the creative process envision and execute their projects, including book proposals, content development, Big Ideas, messaging, and the like. Her new book is Strange Situation:…

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Praying the Ignatian Examen: Video Guided Prayer Exercise – Spiritual Article

Cultivating a relationship with God can be hard in the midst of our busy lives, and that’s why Ignatius of Loyola came up with the Examen in the 16th Century. His monks tired of all the different prayers they had to do every day, so the brilliant Ignatius came up with one prayer they could practice just three times a day. The Examen is a contemplative prayer with a somewhat scientific approach: it’s a practice repeated at least once daily…

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20 Positive Affirmations For Well-Being – Spiritual Article

Affirmations are a daily practice for me, a positive habit that is so powerful it has changed my life in wonderful ways. As a Reiki Master, I practice affirmations with intention. I speak my wants with conviction and faith that it is so.To affirm anything is to state that it is so, and to maintain this as being true in the face of all evidence to the contrary. It is affirming the presence of that which one desires to be.…

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The Hidden Meaning of All Your Dreams — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

In these turbulent times, many people report having more dreams. If you let them pass by without taking the time to recall and consider them, they remain an untapped resource. Here are some tips from a dream expert on how to engage with your dreams. What’s the first thing superbrain sensation Jim Kwik does every morning? Even before he brushes his teeth? He makes a point of remembering his dreams. His rationale: our brain is working all night. In fact,…

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5 Powerful Ways To Detox Your Mind, Body, And Soul – Spiritual Article

This is s stressful and toxic world we live in. The modern way of life seems to have clouded our senses and veiled our minds and our souls in all of this worry and negativity, leading to a lower quality of life and a sense of deep unease. This is no way to achieve happiness, nor is it a way to ensure lifelong emotional, physical, or spiritual well-being. But this shouldn’t make you feel helpless, or like you don’t have…

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4 Ways To Tap Into Your Creativity During The Coronavirus – Personal Development Article

If you are fortunate enough to work from home, you might feel some boredom creeping up in between spurts of COVID-induced anxiety. While you may have other responsibilities to keep you busy (work meetings, homeschooling kids, and DIY projects, to name a few), you might be feeing a little—shall we say—uninspired by your new normal.That’s why we consulted award-winning spoken word poet IN-Q (aka, Adam Schmalholz) on this episode of the mindbodygreen podcast, as he certainly knows a thing or…

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