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 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)
Here’s a fun and helpful post I spotted this morning and wanted to pass along.
Stacy Tornio, at Mother Nature Network, has collected a bunch of ways to add a dash of happiness to your life.
The list includes a few suggestions that might seem a tad silly, such as “eating a whole candy bar” or “buying a new pair of shoes”. However the list offers several great reminders about happiness-inducing activities, like meditating and volunteering.
Overall, the message of the post is that small things can make a big difference in our happiness.
Check out Stacy’s suggestions via the link below.
“We searched high and low, looking at both scientific research and advice from the general public, about what makes someone happy. Here are 50 things you can do to add a little cheer into your life.” – Stacy Tornio
Way back in 2001 I began a meditation practice, and it was one of the healthiest things I’d ever done. Unfortunately, a few years ago I allowed myself to get out of the habit and I’m just now resuming daily meditation.
I truly believe if you’re striving to live a wellness lifestyle, this practice (which costs nothing and requires no special equipment) is essential.
There’s a lot of misconceptions out there about what meditation is, so I was happy to spot this video from Greatist. Dan Harris of ABC News offers a 90 second intro to meditation, including tips on how to get started.
Do you think you’re way too fidgety to ever try meditation?