Our passion is the wind that flies us forward to fulfill our dreams; and saying "Yes!" to life is how we open our wings! So let's shift our lives right now. Here are the five steps to awakening passion in your life, getting back your groove, and sparking your mojo!
We've been hearing that the traditional cross-legged meditation posture is too difficult for beginners. This is part one of a special two-part series on how to practice Son meditation while sitting in a chair. Today we'll learn correct meditation posture, a cleansing exercise, and proper breathing technique.
I love taking classes. I love learning. Since graduating college, I've signed up for courses all over LA, from UCLA Extension's writing seminars (they're great!) to improv workshops at The Groundlings (good too!). And I won't even get into all the acting classes I have experienced.
I have a shady past, I do. I have done many things traditional society frowns upon. I have been one of the bad people, the degenerates, the lost souls...
I wonder if world leaders observing this call to greater awareness are also waking up to a new dimension of leadership, for both themselves and those they've been tasked with leading.
Research by Shelley Gable and Jonathan Haidt suggests that we actually have three times more positive experiences than negative. So why are our happiness levels not higher and what can we do about it?
We all know that taking time out during the day to recharge is solid advice. It clears the cobwebs. Meditation goes a step further. For me it is a gift that keeps on giving. I'm learning that our mind doesn't enjoy chaos and noise but takes it for granted.
Let's face it. Some of us just don't DO mornings. Our idea of a good morning is honestly, one where we can sleep in! But reality calls -- and for many working parents, mornings seem absolutely frenetic.
I am not magnificent in these moments; I am the low point in the day. I am the monochromatic cloud cover outside. I am the simple quiet room lit only with the low light of the grey day outside the window. I am the small one, the quiet one, the one with nothing to say and nothing to do.
Mindfulness is a mental state that we can achieve by focusing our awareness on what's occurring in the present. This can be done by learning how to, in a calm and collected way, acknowledge our feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
So the question is: Does technology really help us connect? Is it worth the irresistible urge? In some cases no; in other cases, the research says yes. So what determines whether technology makes our day or gets us down? It depends on your tech-usage style.
So as you move into the holidays, I invite you to stay focused on your ultimate freedom. Notice the effect stress has on your life. Stop when you feel stress taking over and breathe slowly and deeply until you feel free again.
I truly believe mindfulness has the power to transform our lives and our world. And I absolutely believe that questioning is a good thing -- knowledge is power!
Happiness is a habit, not a decision. Just like fitness, you have to work on it. Find a beautiful journal and write what you are grateful for each and every day.
It is easy in life to become sidetracked or distracted by things which aren't important, are out of your control, stress you out or make you unhappy. When this happens, there is the need to pause to refocus your energies and care for your own wellbeing.
As we celebrate Veterans Day, let's support more research and programs like these that help our veterans.