On January 25th, 2012 I tweeted that if humans came with an instruction manual it would be The Four Agreements. The Four Agreements is a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz based on Toltec wisdom.
This book is best read when your mind is fertile and open to receiving, to ensure the seed that is about to be planted will grow into actionable knowledge and positive experiences.
Sleep is absolutely essential to both the body and mind as impaired sleep, altered sleep patterns, and sleep deprivation can severely disrupt mental and physical function. It’s often debated, but exactly how much sleep an individual needs does vary from person to person. Sleep needs tend to decrease with age, for example, a one year old requires about 14 hours a day, a five year old about 12 and adults, about 7 to 8. In addition, women actually tend to need more sleep than men.
By Alexandra Valle
More and More these days people feel stressed and feel that they don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done. Stress and fatigue reinforce feelings of unhappiness, impatience, and frustration. Stress also affect our health.
People are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate, but meditation can actually give you more time by calming your mind and giving you more focus. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you overcome stress and find some inner peace and balance. Meditation can also help to understand our own mind.
We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.
The purpose of meditation is to make our minds calm and peaceful. When our mind is peaceful, we can become free from worries and mental discomfort, experiencing true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, it can be very difficult to find stable happiness, even if we are living in the very best conditions.
If we train in meditation, our mind can gradually become more and more peaceful, and we can experience more stable forms of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to be happy whenever we want, even in the most difficult circumstances. By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.
Benefits of Meditation:
When we meditate, gradually our distracting thoughts subside and we can experience a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Our mind can start to feel fresh and spacious. This feeling of contentment and well-being can help us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life. When we practice breathing meditations for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we reduce our stress. We experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of our usual problems change in appearance from significant, to superficial and easy to release.
Alexandra Valle: meditator, animal lover, healthy food, exercise, love nature, walk on the beach, friends and family and I am studying at high school, I live in Spain.
Meditation is a practice you may hear about more often these days. As well as having numerous physical health benefits,meditation is a great way to give yourself a window of time during the day to nurture and re-energise your spirit. As a health psychologist, I encourage a holistic approach to health. This means taking care of your physical, mental and spiritual health, in whatever form that may mean for you. I do my best to meditate every day. When I make this effort to nourish myself, I notice a difference in the balance of my mind, mood and energy. Here are five great reasons to start, or continue, with a meditation practice.
The power of slow is an idea that, to get what you want or to succeed at something, you must think and act long term. Great things happen over long periods of time.
Unfortunately, we have become accustomed to getting what we want, when we want it. We are seeking instant gratification and the world we live in tells us we are entitled to it and we should get
If the universe is listening and responding to our negativity, then it is only natural that negativity will be attracted into our lives!
Our internal dialogue is the foundation of our relationships and forms the basis of how we live our lives. If this is a basis of negativity, disrespect, disapproval or desire for the life of another, how can we possibly find our truth and be at peace with ourselves, let alone the world around us?
As a busy lady living life in the Big Apple, I’ve recently had to learn the hard way that the
mantra, “work comes before play,” has many different meanings and definitions.
So many, in fact, that it’s been hard to keep track of when I’m actually working and when I’m actually playing.