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Is Success Based on Failure?

Is Success Based on Failure?

Is it OK to fail? Most people believe that failure is something to be embarrassed about, and even a subject that needs to be avoided, in order to show others only the “good side”. On contrary, my believes are

Attention Deficit Disorder Test

ADHD/Attention Deficit Disorder Test

ADHD/Attention Deficit Disorder Test
🧭 10-15 MINUTES

Do you often find yourself unable to concentrate even when the task at hand is extremely important? Do you find yourself daydreaming at inappropriate moments? Is your work, your home life, your relationship or any other area suffering as a result of these problems?

👉 Take this attention test to find out just how much your lack of attention is impacting the pursuit of your goals.

  • Examine the following questions and respond truthfully.
  • After finishing the test, you will receive a brief personalized interpretation of your score, information on the test topic, and some advice to improve your attention, organize your life, and more.

 

Mindfulness and Gratefulness

Meditation, Mindfulness and Gratefulness

 

When most people think about meditation, they imagine a person sitting in the lotus position trying their best not to scratch those itches. Because once you put yourself in the lotus position and stop moving, everything starts itching.

The bad news is that you WILL start feeling itchy the second you close your eyes. The good news, however, is that once you start doing it right (meditating), your itches go away. Your stressful thoughts go away. Your never-ending problems go away. 

Everything goes away.

Except you. 

You and the universe. 

You become one with the universe. 

You feel connected to everything and you feel compassion for everything.

You still feel good about the good stuff, and bad about the bad stuff. But you stop hating, you stop spiting.

You feel at peace.

You realize how bad it is and feel compassion for those who do wrong.

You feel their pain and you understand them.

You understand they’re wrong, you understand that they don’t understand.

And you realize that you can’t feel anger anymore, you can’t feel bored, you can’t feel pressed or stressed.

And you’re fine with it.

You’re fine.

If doing push-ups is a way of working out your body, meditation is a way of working out your brain.

Many people will feel a sense of entitlement once they start meditating. They will undoubtedly feel better than before, but unfortunately feel better as a person than every other person they know. That’s the path to enlightenment, but don’t worry, it will pass.

Meditation can also be done in groups. The most enlightening type of meditation I’ve tried was active meditation. We would spread out evenly in a large room, close our eyes, and let ourselves be guided by the guru. A tribal music would be beating away in the background, but as the time would pass, the beats would sound stronger and stronger. We would be instructed to forget about our thoughts and concentrate on our body. Later in the exercise we would move, jump and stretch with our eyes closed. That alone would disrupt us from our smartphone-driven lives. Half an hour later we would open our eyes and see everything in a new light. Our phones would now look more like a bunch of props from a movie scene, other people would look more like weird curious creatures in the wild. You would think everything would seem distorted, but the feeling we all got was that of clarity, focus, and presence.

I wish I could be more of a guide to you in your path to enlightenment, but this is not the kind of journey you read in article. The purpose of the article is to make you hungry, curious about your personal path, your personal development, and to make you realize you need a master, to teach you how to be better every day, and one day even outshine him, your master. You can!

 

What’s your personal experience with Mindfulness and Gratefulness?

Share your thoughts in a comment below, or respond in a new post and share the link.

I look forward to read your responses!

 

 

Yoga for Stress Relief

Yoga for Stress Relief

Did you ever consider to use breathing exercises, yoga poses, and meditation to calm your body and mind?

Did you know that an estimated 80 to 90 percent of visits to the doctor are stress-related ?! And that only less than 3% of doctors talk to their patients about how to reduce stress ? Or that Yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices train the body and mind to be able to cope with stress better and improve overall health and well-being ?

In a national survey, over 85% of people who did yoga reported that it helped them relieve stress. Exercise is a very useful way to relieve stress, but yoga is different from spinning class or weight-lifting in that it powerfully combines both physical fitness with an underlying philosophy of self-compassion and awareness. 

One of the main concepts in yoga is being non-judgmental toward both yourself and others, which is a powerful tool for stress relief since much of our stress comes from us being hard on ourselves or frustrated with others.

A fundamental principle of yoga is that your body and mind are one and connected.

Stress in one domain will affect the other and vice versa. Many of us live primarily in either our mind or our body, which creates imbalance and even a lack of awareness. For example, people with very analytical careers may spend a lot of time in their mind, and may not realize how much tension is stored in their body. Or if you’re an athlete, you may be keenly aware of your body, but could benefit from becoming more aware of your mental state. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, yoga you helps balance and tone the connection between your body and mind.

Yoga also trains your counter-stress response system called the parasympathetic nervous system. With regular yoga practice, your chronic daytime stress hormone levels drop and your heart rate variability increases, which is measure of your ability to tolerate stress. This has been shown to improve even after a few sessions of yoga.

How can you integrate yoga into your daily life to get rid of stress?


1. Use your breath.

  • Breath is key to connect with your body and turn down the dial of stress.
  • Start with learning Ujjayi breath (a.k.a. Ocean Breath) and use it in each pose. Take a deep slow breath through your nose and exhale through your nose while constricting the back of your throat in the “ha” shape, but keep your mouth closed. Your breath should be loud enough that someone next to you could hear it and should sound like the waves of the ocean or like Darth Vader from Star Wars.
  • Try a calming breath called Alternate Nostril Breathing.

 

2. Here are yoga poses for stress relief. Use your Ujjayi breath in each pose.

 

  • Tara Brach, a psychologist and meditation teacher, describes this acronym RAIN— a mindfulness tool to help you deal with stress and cope with difficult situations:
  • R – Recognize what is happening
  • A – Allow life to be just as it is
  • I – Investigate inner experience with kindness
  • N – Non-Identification—the realization or awareness that we are not defined or limited by our emotions or stories.5. Aim to be kind to yourself.

 

  • Kindness and positive emotions protect and cushion you from the burdens of stress and have been shown to improve physical health and depression.
  • It’s really easy to learn to be hard on ourselves, so unlearning that self-judgment can be difficult but worthwhile. Being self-compassionate doesn’t come naturally for most people, so it takes concerted practice and intention every day.
  • How can you begin to remember to be kind to yourself on a daily basis? It’s different for everyone. Maybe you can give yourself time to spend time with a close friend, let yourself spend extra time playing music that you usually don’t let yourself enjoy, or perhaps try a loving kindness meditation.

 

By extending kindness and love to ourselves first and foremost, we are able to expand our ability to accept, forgive, and love.

Positive emotion will naturally grow around you and reduce stress both yourself and the people around you.

So even if you’re not doing a pose on your yoga mat, by being kind to yourself regularly every day, you are doing yoga in one of its most powerful forms.