I’m a new believer in the power of positive thinking.
“When the journey of self-betterment begins, we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves. It is a constant journey where we must be honest and open to change. Often we find improvement advice can be too metaphysical and theoretical. As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve.” – Deniz Yalim
We’re all looking for ways to be truly happy, right?
I enjoyed an article while sipping coffee this morning and I found the advice most helpful.
Of course I had to share the tips with my friends.
Jenn Savedge at Mother Nature Network writes about a simple technique that can enhance your well-being (see link below).
Let me know what you think 🙂
“Google’s former happiness expert Chade-Meng Tan encourages us to notice ‘thin slices of joy’ all day long.” – Jenn Savedge
“Noticing sounds trivial, but it is an important meditative practice in its own right,” Tan writes. “Noticing is the prerequisite of seeing. What we do not notice, we cannot see.” – Chade-Meng Tan
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?
I really like this easy-to-understand description of the yoga styles.
Thanks to Sapna Sondhi Dutt (writing for Daily Cup of Yoga).
“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” ~ Jason Crandell
Do you ever crave solitude?
This new article from Scott Campbell (for Quartz) offers mind-enlarging thoughts on the importance of alone-time.
“Being alone has many benefits. It grants freedom in thought and action. It boosts creativity. It offers a terrain for the imagination to roam. Solitude also enriches our connections with others by providing perspective, which enhances intimacy and fosters empathy.” – Scott Campbell
Passing along some helpful advice I spotted over coffee this morning. See link below 🙂
“Practicing deep diaphragmatic breathing for as little as five minutes a day has been reported to have a substantial affect on the improvement of our over all health.” – Conscious Panda
I recall hearing someone say wisdom begins in appreciating everyday things.
Let’s strive to observe the small (seemingly ordinary) aspects of daily living, to which so many people are oblivious.
Things You Can Observe Today
What are your thoughts?
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Looking for music perfect for when you’re reading, meditating or just relaxing?
The award-winning electronic music writer/performer, Moby, has created a playlist you might like.
Check out the tracks below, courtesy of Spotify.
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Passing along a wonderfully helpful article that explains the nature of breathing awareness, courtesy of Yoga International.
“There are many good methods of concentration bequeathed to us by our predecessors in Zen. The easiest for beginners is counting incoming and outgoing breaths. The value of this particular exercise lies in the fact that all reasoning is excluded and the discriminative mind put at rest. Thus the waves of thought are stilled and a gradual one-pointedness of mind achieved.” – Zen master Yasutani-Roshi (1885-1973)