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10 Top Tips for Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice

It sounds so obvious, I know. In fact, you'd think it would go without saying. But training the mind, meditating, being mindful, or whatever else we choose to call it only works if we actively engage with it. More than that, it only works if we practice it regularly, preferably on a daily basis …

Metta meditation: really beautiful animated video and directions for practice

Today I’m sharing a lovely little video a friend shared with me showing a simple metta (lovingkindness) meditation and then directions for the same …

How to Learn to Meditate: 5 Dos and Don’ts for Beginners

Something happened to me in March. I decided it was finally time to stop thinking about meditating andactually do it. Every single day.<p>Regular …

Top 20 Mindful Life Quotes.

<i>The order of appearance does not reflect quality, but a progression…</i><p>“A great deal of the chaos in the world occurs because people don’t appreciate …

The Nia Technique to a Quiet Mind

With the upcoming deadline, and the mountain of work still left to do, you have no idea how you will get it all done on time. You are literally down …

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Lian Quin Zhen, Watercolor Artist

Back To Nature with Hiroki Takeda

View Gallery<p>Continuing in the the artistic tradition of classical Japanese interpretations of the natural world, illustrator Hiroki Takeda creates …

Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park | Colossal

<p>These architectural watercolor studies by Sunga Park seem to drip and fade out of focus like a memory or a dream. The graphic designer and …

How to paint with watercolors: Simple Painting: Beginner

Simple Watercolor Painting of a Seascape for beginner watercolor artists<p>This is a simple painting I usually have my watercolor students do in their …

How to Paint Clouds in Watercolor

The cloud in “Elbow Beach” (watercolor, 10×14) by James Toogood shows the watercolor technique of lifting watercolor.<p>The watercolor terms <i>ease of lift</i> …

How-to: Use Apple Mail rules to automatically filter out unwanted messages

Preventing unwanted messages from showing up in your inbox can be integral to enjoying email. In this article we will walk you through the process of creating mail rules that will direct messages to other folders or the trash based on conditions you specify. We will also discuss how to update rules …

30-Second Tech Trick: How to Extend Your iPhone Battery

Whether you know it or not, you have a bunch up apps pulling down new content all day long. That creates a strain on your battery. Here’s how to fix …

Managing Our Emotional Monsters: Why Control Doesn’t Work | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

If you’re an average human being, you may be doing something that is actually based on a <b>huge myth</b>.<p>You may be trying to control your feelings.<p>Not the …

How To Always Be Yourself | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”<br>― Oscar Wilde<p>The real you is the person you are when nobody is watching. But when other people enter …

Why Knowing Yourself Is Everything and How To Do It | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

If your understanding of yourself is not strong, you are doomed to interact far less effectively with family, friends and colleagues.<p>And yet, to see …

5 Essential Questions to Lead You to Your Calling

I was talking to a son of a friend of mine who is 16 years old and rather evolved for his age, and I asked him, “Michael, why do you think we are …

Transcending the Negative

The world has gone insane, clearly. People simply react to whatever is put before them. But this is only apparent if you’re watching. The degree of …

Top 10 Spiritual Truths We Weren’t Taught in School

Michelle Walling, <i>In5D Guest</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>What would our world be like today of these top 10 spiritual truths were taught in our schools, in the …

Tuesday Meditation Tip - Warmup before Meditating

<b>Tuesday Meditation Tip - Warmup before Meditating</b><br>While doing a meditation for anxiety or stress relief, it can be challenging to maintain a relaxing posture when your joints, muscles and body are stiff. When you are uncomfortable, your mind tends to focus on being uncomfortable or you wind up shortening your meditation practice. As a result, whether you are doing a sitting meditation or a moving meditation, warming up your body, joints and muscles is a great way to relax beforehand. It allows …

Let's Be Mindful About Mindfulness

When I saw the recent <i>Time</i> magazine cover story, "The Mindful Revolution," it was déjà vu all over again. For one thing, <i>Time</i> alone has done at least two previous cover stories about the value of mental practices derived from Eastern spiritual disciplines.<p>In 1975, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi adorned the …

Top 5 Spiritual Happiness Essentials

A spiritual life need not require mantras at dawn and daily yoga on the beach. When I started out on a spiritual path, I found that I had to slot my …

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10 Things Grateful People Do Differently

More gratitude = Better life.<p>Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that in order to achieve contentment, one should “cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.”<p>Turns out Emerson ― who explored the meaning of a good life in much of his work …

An Antidote for Mindlessness

In the mid-nineteen-seventies, the cognitive psychologist Ellen Langer noticed that elderly people who envisioned themselves as younger versions of themselves often began to feel, and even think, like they had actually become younger. Men with trouble walking quickly were playing touch football. …