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
Looking for bite-sized morsels of wisdom and spiritual inspiration?
The site hackspirit.org offers regular posts on topics ranging from meditation to healthy lifestyle advice, and everything in between.
Below is a nice little collection of mindfulness tips from the Hack Spirit team that I found helpful.
Check out the mindfulness tips and let me know what you think.
“I’m sure you’ve heard before: “Live in the moment and you’ll be happy.” But as true as this statement is, it’s not exactly easy. How are you meant to live in the moment when your mind won’t stop?” – Hack Spirit
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?
We all want to be happy, right?
Check out the video below for easy tips to make each day a positive experience.
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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This quote sums up my attitude lately. You have to open your mind and heart and allow change to happen. Try it and see what happens.
“There is always room for change, but you have to be open to that change.” – Kathryn Budig
Every moment is precious.
The last few weeks I’ve been reading a lot about the power of the mind and the need to control one’s thoughts in order to grow mentally and spiritually.
By “control” I mean resisting the urge to let my mind wander to foolish, time-wasting activities that distract me from true growth (Facebook, anyone?)
So…what to do, what to do?
This week I’m eliminating as many irrelevant, trivial distractions and use that gained time to focus on things that matter.
Leo Babauta at Zen Habits recently offered some thoughts on inspiration and becoming a better person that you might enjoy (link below).
Here’s a sample –
“If you take a positive step, like going for a walk, you feel pretty good about it. That gives you the inspiration to eat a healthy meal. Now you’re cranking out emails and important tasks. You’re motivated to take care of yourself and turn your life around, so you start paying attention to sleep. You start flossing. You try some meditation. You feel great!” – Leo Babauta
We’ve all been there.
While on our path to self-improvement it seems like we’re stuck, or maybe not making a dent in those long-range goals.
Well, that’s when we must remember wellness is a lifelong journey and if it seems like we’re not doing anything substantial – it’s still okay.
Remember, every positive action, thought or intention is important – and it matters.
Here are the small things I’ve done recently that I think matter –
I drink more water throughout the day.
I read spiritual teachings or philosophy of the great masters for a few minutes each day.
I walk every day.
I’ve developed a brief yoga practice that I try to deepen each day.
I meditate at least ten minutes every day.
I don’t envy others (or at least catch my thinking when I do).
I remind myself to breathe consciously.
I bought an adult / mindfulness coloring book and work in it a few minutes each day.
What small, positive things have you done that you’d like to share?
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In need of a bit of inspiration today?
If you’ve ever thought it’s too late to pursue a particular goal or learn a new skill the video below will change your mindset. Thanks to Global Expert Space for the nice reminder.
Let me know if this video resonates with you as it did me.