One of the blogs I return to on a regular basis is Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits, which has been dispensing wonderful advice for several years.
All valuable skills take time to develop.
In a recent post, Leo reminds us that being mindful is a practice – that is, it’s like any other skill – it takes time to develop.
Check out a snippet from Leo’s post, and for the full wealth of helpful tips see the link below 🙂
“A Small Regular Practice. Form the simple habit of meditating for just two minutes a day (to start with). After you wake up, simply sit comfortably and try to focus on your breath for two minutes. When (not if) your mind wanders, just notice it and label it “thinking.” And gently return to the breath, without harshness. Set a timer, and when the timer goes off, you’re done! If you feel like expanding it by a minute every week or so, feel free to do so, but you don’t have to expand. The benefit of this regular practice is that you learn skills you can take and practice in other parts of your day.” – Leo Babauta
Thanks to Bored Panda 🙂
“UK-based image library Warren Photographic might specialize in pet photography but what they really stand out for is finding animal brothers from other mothers! Cats and bunnies, guinea pigs and dogs – they all seem related in their adorable image gallery.” – Bored Panda
It’s a bit of wisdom sages and spiritual teachers have handed down for millenia, and it’s as true now as it ever was –
A mind of gratitude is essential to becoming an evolved, thoughtful and spiritually awakened human being.
Sometimes, I struggle with carrying out this timeless advice, but I’m developing the habit of silently expressing thanks for another day and the opportunity to improve.
Here’s a little tip I found helpful – write an affirmation on a slip of paper that you can glance at several times a day to remind yourself to be grateful for being alive.
Try this phrase or make one up yourself –
Thank you for this day and for the opportunity to help others.
What piece of spiritual advice has helped you grow as a person?
Lots of info here on one of the many forms of meditation.
Thanks to Deniz Yalim.
Let me know what you think 🙂
These babies are amazingly beautiful 🙂
Passing along a short video for my fellow animal-lovers.
I spotted this clever little guy over the weekend and thought his (um, her?) antics were too cute not to share.
It’s guaranteed to make you smile.
Note: The video has no sound.
Thanks to ABC News 🙂
Last week I shared a post about how to correctly pronounce unusual foods, and now today’s lesson focuses on places with tricky names.
The Mind Circle has collected 24 hard-to-pronounce cities, countries, and locations from around the world everyone should be able to say correctly.
Some of the places include:
See if you’re saying these names correctly via the link below.
I really needed to hear this advice on the importance of sleep. Thanks to Arianna Huffington for the inspirational video.
In celebration of “International Women’s Day” I wanted to share this amazing video of young women in Barcelona, Spain creating stunning art with their bodies and their environment, and their breathtaking skill.
Believe me, you’ve never seen anything quite like this.
Special kudos go out to the videographer who captured this amazing (and dangerous) performance. Thanks to StreetArtGlobe for sharing the video.