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You Don't Have To Do 'Spiritual Things' To Be Spiritual

I, like many people, thought for a long time that spirituality was practiced by doing "spiritual things." I'd sit at my alter, and use my oracle cards, and attempt to meditate, and try to contact my spirit guides, and do the exercises from A Course in Miracles, and read a zillion books on …

Why I Stopped Waiting: 3 Ways to Be Happy Now

Thinking back to a few years ago, when I believed that my happiness would come on the following terms:<p>When I met the man of my dreams,<br>• When I had more money and the business I always dreamed,<p>I realized I was literally waiting to live. It always felt like I was in a constant state of waiting and that …

How To Travel The World With No Money

Travelling the world with no money sounds like a distant dream, an impossible dream. But it is possible, and you can do it responsibly without breaking bank.<p>It should be said that there are some expenses you shouldn't compromise on. For example, it would be stupid not to buy travel insurance and …

Meditation and Children, Part 4: Seated Meditation and the Monkey Mind

So far, we've reviewed the benefits of meditation for children, including progressive relaxation exercises focusing on the breath. Now, it's time to move on to seated meditation.<p>Older children may be ready to sit down, rather than lie down, while they meditate. Regular practitioners find that …

This beautiful Instagram feed will fill your life with happiness

I recently followed Janelle Silver on Instagram, and my feed has become a much happier place ever since. She’s an artist who makes colorful, …

David Bowie’s Buddhist Master: 'David rang me up and said I have a very big problem'

Among the plethora of tributes from fans and friends that followed the sudden death of David Bowie in January, one – perhaps the most extraordinary – passed almost unnoticed.<p>Posted on YouTube, it showed an elderly Tibetan lama, dressed in a red tunic, seated on a chair covered in richly ornamental …

Undivided Mind

Over the last half-century, Buddhist practices in the West have grown in popularity. Mindfulness has become associated with stress reduction, …

Spirituality

Being Present in Life and Work: You Do Not Need to Scratch Every Itch

You are sitting there and you notice an itch. Reflexively, you reach up and scratch it without giving it any thought. It all happens so quickly that it doesn't really occur to you that you have a choice not to scratch. A coworker, a partner, or a friend says something, and you feel angry, hurt, or …

What a 10-Day Meditation Challenge Taught Me About Myself

Recently I was forced to consider the state of my emotional and mental well-being. It was the second time in a week where I was sitting in my car in a parking lot, unable to work, focus, or even to get out of the vehicle. I was having a mental and emotional breakdown and I wasn't sure what to do. I …

10 Shockingly Simple Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Ever wondered why some people seem to have it all - success, happiness, money, love - and other people seem to lean into the struggle every single day? It's not just luck. They have habits that are different from everyone else, and they put those habits into regular practice.<p>The best part is, these …

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

<b>(KatarinaGondova via iStock)</b><p>Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good one<p>Heather Shumaker<p>March 5, 2016 11:00pm (UTC)<p>“There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.”<p>This statement, by homework research guru Harris …

Teaching

HOUSE TOUR: A Moroccan Riad Brings Two Styles Together In Perfect Harmony

In renovating their riad in Marrakech, two New York designers find that the vagaries of the local building traditions are nothing compared with the challenge of merging their two very distinct visions.<p>When Martin Raffone and William McIntosh, successful interior designers from New York, began the …

Interior Design

Five Reasons Highly Sensitive People Should Start Their Own Business

Do you feel like you reflect on things more than everyone else?<p>Do you find yourself worrying about how other people feel?<p>Do you prefer quieter, less chaotic environments?<p>Do you make it a high priority to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations?<p>Sound familiar?<p>That's probably because you're a …

How to Use Self-Care for a Brighter, Less Stressful Life

<b>“The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.” ~Sydney Harris</b><p>I was working myself into the ground and I knew it. Balancing a full-time job, …

Live Your Best Life With These 11 Techniques That Coaches Use

Life coaches are a lot more powerful than they are often credited for. Life coaches are trained to use and teach techniques that can change the direction of people's lives and keep them in continuous growth, prosperity, and expansion. These coaches hold the keys to ever expanding happiness, and …

If You Want to Be Happy, Be

You're reading If You Want to Be Happy, Be, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please …

3 Shortcuts to Success Every High Achiever Uses (That You Don’t)

Yes, there is a shortcut to success, and it’s not working harder — it’s working smarter.<p>The other day, someone commented on a Facebook post of mine …

Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto

Whenever I set foot inside Kyoto, I find myself abandoning daily rituals and replacing them with traditions that capture the charm of traditional …

7 Incredible Things That Happen Once You Learn To Enjoy Being Alone

We live in a world of constant contact--a place that's losing sight of the importance of being alone. Offices are abandoning cubicles in favor of shared desks and wide-open common spaces, and rather than sitting at their desks working independently, school children are placed in groups. It seems …

Fitch Bay Cabin

Why You Need to Give Yourself Permission to Be Happy

Over the last week, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.<p>I've been actively searching for wisdom and fulfillment, both external and internal, for a few years now. Ever since my self-proclaimed "quarter-life crisis," I've started a journey of consciously trying to live out my truth and empower …

10 Morning Practices to Create a Positive, Purposeful Day

I used to consider myself a night owl. In college, I would schedule midday classes whenever possible so I could stay up late without forfeiting sleep. Later, as a mom with three children under the age of five, the wee hours of the night often brought quiet space to write or work on my coaching …

Wake Up and Enjoy Your Life With Mindfulness

Sometimes I feel like I'm sleepwalking through life. There's this sense of everything being distant, unfocused, numb. I'm working, eating, talking, sleeping, but I'm just going through the motions. Coffee takes me up, carbs take me down, but the whole experience is dull, boring, repetitive, …

Lessons I Learned From 10 Days of Silence and Meditation

<i>Image credit: Pete R., BucketListly.</i><p>The first time I heard about Vipassana meditation was back in 2014 when my friend and business partner Prean decided to take a break in a hectic startup world and realign his values and vision for life. I have never been that much into meditation and taking a …

The 13 Best Oceanfront Hotels in California

West Coast, best coast? Though many travelers head to the Golden State for wine country or national parks, many simply want to spend their vacation relaxing on the beach. With 840 miles of coastline, down from San Diego up to San Francisco and beyond, there's ample beachside cities to suit your …

5 Simple Steps to Start Living an Extraordinary Life Right Now

<i>The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is a little bit of "extra"</i>....Anthony Robbins<p>I remember when someone would mention the words "extraordinary life," the entire thought seemed only for the rich and famous. The idea seemed unreachable and only pertained to the lucky few. My self-talk …

10 Reasons to Visit Northern Morocco

By: <b>College Tourist</b>, Emily Freebery, from Fordham University<p><b>Why you should visit Northern Morocco</b><p>When preparing to leave for my study abroad year in Ireland, I never thought I would have the chance to venture beyond Europe during my travels. However, when my sister--who is teaching English in Spain …

These Zen Buddhist Koans Will Open Your Mind

"Out of nowhere the mind comes forth."<p>A koan is a riddle or puzzle that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves.<p>Zen masters have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Many koans can …

3 Secrets for Increasing Your Happiness

How many moments of your life are happy? If you're like most people your life is a mix of up and downs. Happy moments, interspersed with lots of boring moments, and probably a few periods of absolute misery.<p>It's unrealistic to expect that you can create a life that is 100% happy moments. Chasing a …

7 simple meditation methods to help improve your daily life

It seems that the whole world is now meditating, which is wonderful news, as meditation does so much for us on all levels: body, mind and spirit.<p>On a …