Project Meditation https://www.project-meditation.org Home of LifeFlow Audio Technology Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:46:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 5 Simple Tips For A More Joyful Life https://www.project-meditation.org/5-simple-tips-for-a-more-joyful-life/ https://www.project-meditation.org/5-simple-tips-for-a-more-joyful-life/#comments Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:48:49 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=8518 We’re kicking off Monday with some simple yet life changing tips…

Iyanla Vanzant shares 5 top tips for a more joyful life. Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best as you'll discover in the short video below...

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We’re kicking off this week with some simple yet life changing tips…

Minister, Teacher and Empowerment specialist Iyanla Vanzant shares 5 top tips for a more joyful life. Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best as you’ll discover in the short video below.

Then decide if you too would agree that Iyanla’s tips are the foundation of a happy, purposeful and joyful life?

Here’s all 5 again! So simple …. yet so powerful!

Daily spiritual practice.

Whatever spirituality means for you… do it.

Whether it’s Meditation, prayer, deep breathing, repeating a mantra, painting, sitting or walking in nature… these are without a doubt restorative and authentic life-enhancing habits.

People have a spiritual practice for many reasons:

  • Finding purpose/direction.
  • Learning how to forgive oneself and others.
  • Finding happiness and inner peace.
  • Overcoming pain and suffering.
  • Learning how to embrace all emotions.
  • Finding connection.
  • Personal growth.
  • Exploration of life’s mysteries.
  • Searching for answers/truth.

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So when it comes to ‘self-care and self-nurturing’.

How much of every 24 hrs do you spend on you?

If something is important to you and you don’t prioritize it, you are doing yourself a massive disservice. Don’t confuse self-care and self-nurturing with being selfish and ignoring the needs of others.

You have to fill your tank, in many different ways, before you can begin to help others. Many people don’t do this, and they end up feeling frustrated and burned out.

Taking 30 minutes a day just for you, will leave you feeling happier and so much more enthusiastic! Not only will this benefit you, it will also benefit those around you.

“Learn radical self-care and self-nurture!” ….. Just Do IT!

Forgive.

Don't forgive because you are weak.‘Forgiveness’ is probably the most important self-loving spiritual practice.

When you forgive, It relieves you of the burden that you have been carrying about a past hurt. It is only ‘You’ that chooses to remain hurt by it, so you actually cause yourself harm over and over again. This is absolutely the opposite of self-care and nurture.

With practice, being more compassionate towards those who hurt you will become second nature to you and you’ll see for yourself what happens when you really let it go.

When you forgive another, this doesn’t necessarily mean you condone what they did, and it doesn’t mean you have to have a relationship with them. Just release the burden.

Perhaps most importantly, forgive yourself for your own past mistakes. When you do this, it is of course going to be far easier to then forgive others. If you have learned from your mistakes, then they have been beneficial in some way.

Be grateful.

Gratitude opens you up to true enjoyment and appreciation of life. Challenge yourself to think about something to be grateful for in every situation, even if you don’t get what you want (what is the blessing in disguise, for not getting what you wanted?).

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Challenge yourself to be grateful for what other people bring to your life, even if you dislike them (everybody is both a student and a teacher).

Challenge yourself to appreciate the little things you can often take for granted. You will find that as you appreciate what you have, you are less anxious about “not having” other things (if nothing else, this is a huge money saver).

Challenge yourself to be grateful for your mistakes and failures, as they are powerful teachers.

Challenge yourself to be grateful for adversity, because adversity is a medium for growth, and it also helps you fully appreciate the easier times.

Have a vision.

Or sense of purpose, where you allow your dreams to come to life. Do you have a grand vision for your life, that delicious dream that makes you feel so good just thinking about it? If you have only snippets of a dream, some “bucket list” items, practice pulling those snippets together into a beautiful tapestry of a dream. This practice gives your life purpose and meaning.

It's easy to forgive when you know what your purpose isEven though these 5 tips seem obvious and simple – and you’ve probably read about them a thousand times – they are the building blocks of a life well-lived.
The trouble is that it’s too easy to let life get in the way of these practices.

It’s too easy to get caught up in cycles of worry and busy-ness and forget that the simplicity of these practices is where your true power, happiness and peace reside.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”.

~ Steve Jobs

It doesn’t take a lot of time or even effort to have a spiritual practice, take care of yourself, forgive, be grateful, and nurture a vision. If you only pick one or two!

Do it for you, start today and live well for the rest of your life.Wake Up Wonderful

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Don’t get bitter… get better, by managing anger once and for all. https://www.project-meditation.org/a-simple-technique-on-how-to-manage-anger/ https://www.project-meditation.org/a-simple-technique-on-how-to-manage-anger/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:42:29 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=9993 Have you ever wondered how to manage anger in a more peaceful and productive way? Do you ever feel anger well up inside you so much that you feel your self-control start to crumble? Left unchecked, not knowing how to manage anger can have dire consequences.  “You will not be punished for your anger, you […]

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Have you ever wondered how to manage anger in a more peaceful and productive way?

Do you ever feel anger well up inside you so much that you feel your self-control start to crumble?

Left unchecked, not knowing how to manage anger can have dire consequences.

 “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”  Buddha

A leading cause of anger is a person’s environment. Stress, including financial issues, abuse (whether physical or mental), poor family situations and overwhelming requirements on your time and energy can all contribute to the formation of anger.

If you’re wanting to understand how to manage anger better, it’s so useful to know that genetics and your own body’s ability to deal with certain chemicals and hormones also play a role in how you deal with anger.

If your brain doesn’t react normally to serotonin, you might find it more difficult to manage your emotions.

Know this … you don’t have to ever be stuck in the grip of anger ever again.

You ‘can’ control it, and you ‘can’ live a calmer, happier, and more peaceful life.

This enlightening video by Deepak Chopra is especially helpful when you are pushed to anger by people who don’t understand you, and ridicule you for who you are.

First, Deepak counsels you to recognise that as you change, people around you become uncomfortable.

If you really want them to understand and appreciate you, you cannot lash out in anger whenever they press your buttons.

That won’t work. But you can transform them through your own example.

It’s not enough knowing how to manage anger, you’re going to have to put in some dedicated practice.

And remember …

It’s not about perfection … Practice makes progress!

To start with, why not try this exercise in addition to what Deepak suggests.

Like anything else, the more you practice, the more you will master this self-control technique and you will never again lose your cool and live with the stress and guilt of behaviors and words that you can’t undo.

Firstly, it’s important to recognise that anger does in fact have a few advantages:

It sends a message to others that your beliefs, values or standards are being violated by someone. Anger can also make you feel somewhat in control of a situation (at least you get to vent your emotions, even if you’re powerless to do anything else).

Yes, it can sometimes help you get your way and it’s okay to express anger sometimes (you are after all, human) but when anger becomes your default response to situations, then you’ve got a problem.

Here’s how to manage anger, so you can avoid exploding frequently and over inconsequential things:

Relax ( Cliché we know but oh so imperative ) as much as possible by focusing on your breath.

Ten inhales and exhales as slowly as you wish (with your full attention) will calm you down enough to avoid a fight-or-flight response which can lead to verbal or worse, physical attack on the other person.

If you give in to the fight-or-flight response, your thinking then becomes distorted and/or exaggerated.

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Next, change your interpretation of the situation by looking at whatever provoked your anger from a different perspective.

Here are some questions that will prompt you to re-assess the situation:

Is this situation going to be important in one hour? Tomorrow? Next year? (Is it even worth the effort of blowing up and am I taking it too seriously or exaggerating its importance?)

Am I interpreting someone else’s behavior from a “poor me” victim perspective, when it may actually have nothing to do with me? Basically, am I taking this personally when that isn’t warranted?

Am I able to see the situation from the other person’s point of view?

Is there something I can learn from this situation that will benefit me?

Was I misunderstood? Did the other person not understand what I was trying to communicate? (In which case, my anger is unfair and unjustified).

“In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

What was I expecting from this person, that they failed to deliver? Is my expectation reasonable or am I projecting my own values, standards and beliefs on them?

The above question, “Am I taking this too personally?” is essential to help you release a lot of the anger you have.

Very often, people are so wrapped up in their own thoughts, that they simply don’t consider your feelings… meaning their behavior isn’t even directed at you.

Did you know that meditation empowers your thinking on every level?

Perfect for those wanting to know how to manage anger and act on it.

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With a calm and rational mind, your thoughts will be clear, creative and decisive and your consciousness will be clean and pure as it is raised.

Meditation resets anything and everything that happened before this very moment and is the best way to tap into that infinite reserve of wisdom contained within.

Anger not only clouds the mind, but it can spiral until you find yourself living a bitter, unhappy life.

Don’t do that ! You deserve so much more.

So get focusing on your breath (during meditation and outside of meditation) so that you can quickly learn to calm yourself before anger escalates, create a better-feeling interpretation of the event, and then choose a better response.

Above all else … be patient and first become the change you want to see in others

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Finding Peace Has Never Been So Easy https://www.project-meditation.org/finding-peace-has-never-been-so-easy/ https://www.project-meditation.org/finding-peace-has-never-been-so-easy/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 22:56:15 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10101 On Wednesday you may remember us talking about how to be at peace with yourself. Today as promised we have for you a TRIED and TESTED reminder for finding peace within yourself, that you can call upon anytime, anywhere...

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On Wednesday you may remember us talking about how to be at Peace With Yourself, you can read the blog post by clicking here. Today as promised we have for you a TRIED and TESTED reminder for finding peace within yourself, that you can call upon anytime, anywhere.

It all starts with the deep realization that finding peace is going to become and will always remain one of the highest priorities in your life.

This will be your ultimate strength in everything you do, be and live daily. Those you inspire along the way, whether knowingly or unknowingly will only enhance relationships and experiences around you.

You will want to create a space to sit with your thoughts, on a daily basis. Don’t concern yourself with how long for. This is not important.

This space that you create will be a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed. It will allow you time to sit comfortably and simply observe your thoughts and any inner struggles or turmoil, you’ve been or are still experiencing.

finding peace means finding a quiet space

It’s a place where you can get in touch with your inner thoughts better, without judging them. Be it your car, office, home, a park or a spot in your backyard, any place will do as long as you feel comfortable and secure. If you feel like it, just noting down your thoughts as they come and pass by can be a tremendous weight lifted.

But the number one thing you can do for finding peace that lasts through the days and into weeks, months and years is Meditating.

This does NOT mean booking flights to head off to your nearest Meditation retreat in the mountains. Far from it, you can do it all for as little or as long as you like in that quiet safe space of yours.

Meditation will be your best friend when it comes to having control of your thoughts and emotions. Regular practice will have you choosing to handle difficult situations with ease and calm. An awesome bonus will be that this inevitably decreases obsessive thinking, which most of us suffer from at times. Keeping things in perspective and making accurate judgements will become your new way of dealing with everything.

Don’t forget though… Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Every new day of meditation will build a more and more solid foundation for the next and you’ll see that all your anxieties, tension and other unnecessary emotions make way for positive thoughts. And we all know what thoughts make!

“Change your thoughts and you change your world” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Here is just one fabulous meditation technique, perfect for finding peace anytime, any place.

This can be practiced in silence or if you truly wish to enhance your experience, listen to this at the same time.

Sit comfortably and bring your attention to your breath.
Breathe normally, in through the nose and out through the mouth. This is a great way to connect with what’s going on in your body, because your breath is indicative of your stress level. When you’re stressed, worried, anxious or angry, your breath will be shallow and rapid, and it will be rather noisy. When you’re relaxed, happy, content and peaceful, your breath will be deep and slow, and very quiet.

Just ‘be’ with whatever is going on.
Don’t try to change your breath in order to become more relaxed… it will do that on its own.

Bring your attention to the inhale.
If your thoughts are very loud in your mind, make the inhale a little louder! Notice the pause between inhale and exhale. Then breathe out, allowing your diaphragm to relax and your lungs to empty as much as possible without forcing the air out. Again notice the pause between exhale and inhale. It’s really quite fascinating to pay attention to something you do so unthinkingly most of the day!

Continue breathing like this for as long as you can or as long as you choose to meditate.

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You may feel a couple of things:

  • Your body will start to relax… or not. Some days, this can be a challenging exercise but no matter how agitated you feel, you can benefit from a period of relaxation, even if it takes more than a few minutes for your body to ‘soften’ and start to release any tension it’s holding.
  • Your thoughts will want to intrude (this happens even to the most experienced meditators!). Simply relax and remain consistent regardless!
  • Physical sensations might come and if they do, know that they will leave. Keep breathing.
  • Emotions might and usually will surface and they too will leave. Keep breathing.
  • Thoughts will keep coming. Like the physical sensations and the emotions, they too will leave, making room for some silence (perhaps only for seconds) before new thoughts. Keep breathing.
  • When there’s an interruption, acknowledge it for existing, and deliberately bring your attention back to simply breathing and being quiet but not pushing away anything that arises. Again, some days will be easier than others, and consistent practice helps!

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Being fully present – such as when you’re immersed in a hobby – is another wonderful and effective way.

When you notice that you’re able to shut out the world and be in that joyful, still space within, take note of what you were doing – and do it more often!

The breath exercise is just one way of finding peace within yourself. It will create that attractive and infectious positive ‘vibe’ that not only you will be benefit from. There are many other simple, yet extremely effective meditation techniques to choose from. Pick what’s right for you.

Think “peace outward” instead of “worry inward” and you’ll get it!

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Discover How To Be At Peace With Yourself! https://www.project-meditation.org/discover-how-to-be-at-peace-with-yourself/ https://www.project-meditation.org/discover-how-to-be-at-peace-with-yourself/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:02:06 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10035 When your thoughts are busy and focused on what’s wrong and what’s missing in your life, your life experience is affected and reflects those thoughts. 

But you can change the ‘vibe’ of your inner space so that it becomes a serene, strong and joyful place that can be your inner sanctuary no matter what’s going on outside, whenever and wherever you are.

Here are a few key steps you can take if you're ready to discover once and for all how to be at peace!

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Only when you know how to be at peace with yourself, can you be at peace with the world outside.

“The space within becomes the reality of the building.”

This is what famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said.

When a building is filled with noise, anger, anxiety, hurry, fear, or sadness – you pick up on the emotions within and your behavior is affected. Think about the difference between a courthouse and a cathedral, or a busy shopping mall and a quiet boutique.

It’s not that one is ‘bad’ and the other ‘good’.

The above quote relates wonderfully to the quiet and peaceful space within you.

When your thoughts are busy and focused on what’s wrong and what’s missing in your life, your life experience is affected and reflects those thoughts. But you can change the ‘vibe’ of your inner space so that it becomes a serene, strong and joyful place that can be your inner sanctuary no matter what’s going on outside, whenever and wherever you are.

There are a few key steps you can take if you’re ready to discover once and for all how to be at peace, the first is to realize that everything is out of your control, except your life and the choices you make.

To feel more peaceful with yourself, you need to be more contented in your life. To do that, you must access that quiet space within you.

Anytime you want, you can enter the ‘inner sanctum’ of your own amazing and unique being, that is free from the hustle and bustle and worry of the world. Taking us away from our electronics, other people, cars and other distraction and noise-producing technologies… as well as offering a reprieve from constant negative mind chatter.

Here are just a few reminders on how to be at peace in a noisy world:

If you don’t already…Learn to smile! 

if you want to know how to be at peace, start by smiling more

Peace comes to you so much more easily when you smile. Smiling helps you to feel better and stops negativity from reaching you. Try it for yourself the next time you make a mistake. Instead of going over what went wrong and how you could or should have done things differently, which as you know only leads to beating up on yourself, smile your best smile and laugh it off. You’ll notice that your wonderful smile will allow any resentment and bitterness to melt away.

Get rid of that need to be liked.

You’ve told yourself more than a million times to stop worrying about what others think of you and the need to be liked. If you keep doing this, yes, you might be liked by many, if not most people but I guarantee you will loath yourself. Stop working at being so popular or being liked and instead aim at being yourself. You are enough!

Live in the moment… Cliché? …Yes!…True?… Essential!

When you refuse to let go of the past (and more often than not, this is subconscious) or are anxious about the future, it only keeps you from enjoying the present moment. Life is far less overwhelming and troublesome when you simply focus on ‘right now’. You must find a way to bother less about yesterday and tomorrow. They do not belong in your present moment and you know already that this is all we really have. Becoming just a little more mindful each day will ensure you notice and enjoy each new moment as it comes.

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Do the right thing.

It’s far from easy acting with integrity all of the time. If you find it difficult at times sticking to your values and principles or even find yourself confused with what to do, simply do whatever you feel is right at that very moment. That’s really all you can do and the more you practice doing the right thing, you’ll find it becomes your new way of being on a daily basis.

“It’s never wrong to do the right thing” ~ Mark Twain

Embrace your mistakes.

Own up to your mistakes, but don’t beat yourself so that you feel worse. Validate your efforts and motivate yourself to do better. Notice the times when you make progress and revel in that sense of peace when you do something well. Give yourself permission to be gloriously imperfect and allow yourself to make mistakes. When you do this, you really do begin taking responsibility of your own life.

Forgive yourself and others.

When you forgive yourself, you move away from the past and into the present. This is where you will find your true power. This is how to be at peace with yourself. If you don’t forgive yourself and others, self hatred and inner turmoil will slowly but surely eat away your self-esteem, self-respect and confidence. Forgiveness is all about letting go. It is the ONLY road to healing, growth and possibility.

how to be at peace quoteRight NOW… stop comparing yourself to others.

The tendency to compare yourself with others is of course human and no matter how successful you are, you can never completely overcome the habit of comparison.

You will always find something or someone else to focus on. The most unjust thing is, you tend to compare your worst with the best of others. Comparison doesn’t add any value, meaning or fulfilment to your life. It takes it away.

If you only become mindful of this one reminder, you’ll be well on your way to learning how to find peace within.

Do what you enjoy.

You’ll have heard and read this countless times but this is where it’s all at.

When you do what you enjoy, inner peace arises within yourself as if on autopilot. Explore life to find the things you enjoy or love doing. What’s your purpose? Do you want to discover it? Try things out and see how things are when you actually do them. What is it that makes you jump out of bed in the morning? What makes you smile? Where do feel the most liberated? You and I both know we’re only here once as this unique and amazing being.

We would absolutely LOVE to hear your perspective on how to be at peace in the comments box below.

Also in our next blog post (Friday February 9th), we’ll share with you our top TRIED and TESTED reminders for finding peace!

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The Shocking Truth About The Law Of Attraction https://www.project-meditation.org/the-truth-about-the-law-of-attraction/ https://www.project-meditation.org/the-truth-about-the-law-of-attraction/#comments Mon, 05 Feb 2018 12:10:50 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=7384 We had something else scheduled to share with you this Monday morning but I had to re-schedule that blog post after seeing this...

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We had something else scheduled to share with you this Monday morning but we had to re-schedule that blog post after seeing this…

There have been many conversations over the years about The Law of Attraction, too many to count, good, bad, indifferent. Many feeling that the LOA is utter BS but to put it simply, Napoleon Hill, American author of one of the best-selling books of all time Think and Grow Rich (1937) and widely considered to be one of the great writers on success said it best “You become what you think about”.

This short and powerful video found on Facebook explains exactly what Napoleon was telling us…

The late Dr Wayne Dyer explained to his audience…

“There are many ways to get the things that we want for ourselves in our lives. But basically, it all begins with HOW WE CHOOSE TO THINK!

As you think, SO SHALL YOU BE, 7 little words that I think are perhaps, the most important things that we can learn and master in our lives.

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This old proverb notion that I become what I think about all day long. And once you know, that what you think about, is what expands… you start getting real careful about what you think about.

You don’t allow your thoughts to be on anything that you don’t want or that you wouldn’t want to have manifest or show up for you in your life!”

We totally agree with Dr Dyer, managing our thoughts is one of the most difficult tasks to master yet it holds with it the greatest gift. Why not take note of these important points found in todays video and start calming your busy monkey mind and taking back control of your thoughts with our free 8 minute deep meditation, grab your copy here.

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We hope YOU have found this short video as powerful as we did! Enjoy your deep meditation and the peace it brings to your life!

Have a great week and Just Decide 😉

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The Amazing Benefits Of An Afternoon Nap https://www.project-meditation.org/benefits-of-an-afternoon-nap/ https://www.project-meditation.org/benefits-of-an-afternoon-nap/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:53:54 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=9996 Do you ever take an afternoon nap?

To many, naps are considered a luxury or a sign of laziness but in truth, too many of us are chronically sleep-deprived and the quickest of naps can do wonders.

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Do you ever take an afternoon nap?

To many, naps are considered a luxury or a sign of laziness but in truth, too many of us are chronically sleep-deprived and the quickest of naps can do wonders.

Greek American author, syndicated columnist and businesswoman Arianna Huffington (co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post) shares with us the reason why her offices have two nap rooms and are actually working on a third.

But how can napping for just 20 minutes really help? Consider the following:

A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that an afternoon nap is associated with a 37 percent reduction in coronary mortality.

While they admit that they don’t know whether the benefit came from the nap itself, the expectation of a nap or a reclined position, they concluded that this decrease in blood pressure may be why lower coronary mortality has been found in those who take an afternoon nap.

Study participants who napped regularly for 10, 20, and 30 minute periods improved their performance on cognitive memory tests and vigilance, conducted in the subsequent two and a half hours.

an afternoon nap a day keeps the doctor awayWhile those who napped for longer than 20 minutes suffered from that deep groggy feeling afterwards, the 10-minute nappers experienced an immediate boost in performance. Not only will napping boost your memory, it’ll also improve your alertness, reports the National Sleep Foundation.

A NASA study on tired astronauts found that an afternoon nap improved performance by 34 percent and alertness 100 percent.

An afternoon nap calms your nerves

At a Berkeley University, study participants were shown faces that expressed anger, fear and happiness at noon, and then again at 6:00 p.m. The subjects were significantly more upset by angry and fearful faces later in the day, unless they’d had an afternoon nap, in which a degree of REM sleep was experienced.

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Willpower is especially low in the afternoon and as Psychology Today reports, when you’re sleep deprived, your brain has an especially hard time ignoring distractions and controlling impulses.

Their advice to combat this is of course an afternoon nap, as this can reverse the usual willpower drain.

It can they state also improve your mood, restore focus and reduce stress.

If you’re one of those who struggle to take an afternoon nap, have no fear, you can still seek the benefits that they offer in the same amount of time.

Simply finding a quiet place to rest or better still meditate, will give you that all important ‘boost’ to see you through the rest of the day in peak condition, just as a power nap would.

You could try some simple breathing exercises, like breathing slowly and counting your breaths or:

Inhale for a count of 3 and exhale to a count of 6, then repeat!

This can help slow down your brain as well as really filling and exercising your lungs.

A very wise man (Tony Schwartz) once said :

“In a world of rising demand, rest should no longer be demonized, but celebrated for its intimate connection to sustainable high performance.”

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The Secret To Building Good Habits https://www.project-meditation.org/the-secret-to-building-good-habits/ https://www.project-meditation.org/the-secret-to-building-good-habits/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:15:35 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=5541 It’s been said that habits drive our results - that what we do most often, shapes our circumstances. Many of us know that we have bad habits such as eating out of boredom or procrastination. These are important because they are not aligned with our highest desires. Equally important are the positive habits that have gotten us our successes...

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It’s been said that habits drive our results – that what we do most often, shapes our circumstances.

Many of us know that we have bad habits such as eating out of boredom or procrastination. These are important because they are not aligned with our highest desires.

Equally important are the positive habits that have gotten us our successes.

As much as we know we have bad habits and understand that we have to adopt better habits if we want our circumstances to change… we cringe at the thought of creating a habit. That takes practice and dedication, and it’s so easy for life to get in the way…

But there is an easy way to create a good habit.

In this video, the late Dr. Wayne Dyer offers a wonderful insight on habits, and reveals how to create positive habits that automatically align your actions with your desires: it’s as easy as coming into the present moment and shifting your intention.

Wayne suggests taking an inventory of your life, and then substituting positive intentions for negative intentions – because all habits result from thoughts, or intentions. And I agree, just as you created a bad habit by desiring a reward, you can create a good habit by desiring a reward that is aligned with your goals. In other words, you can substitute the “buzz” and numbing you get from alcohol with the wonderful fresh, energized feeling of drinking enough water every day.

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How can you reinforce your positive intentions, so that you naturally gravitate toward the behaviors that promote them?

Through meditation. For example, let’s say you want to become a successful business owner. Think about how that will make you feel. Then, in meditation, use that feeling as a powerful point of focus.

Some meditation practices have you focus on a mantra or on your breath, but in this exercise, you are focusing only on the wonderful feelings you get from just thinking about your goal. Keep your attention on the feeling, and allow it to expand inside you.

When you finish your meditation you will feel motivated and enthusiastic about doing what you need to do to achieve your goal. Your actions will be joyful and they will not feel like a chore. And so, through Wayne’s method of shifting your intention, you can easily create life-changing positive habits!

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Discover This Easy Life Saving Habit… https://www.project-meditation.org/discover-this-easy-life-saving-habit/ https://www.project-meditation.org/discover-this-easy-life-saving-habit/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:45:19 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=9977 It might be Friday but we just had to stop what we were doing and share this easy life saving habit with you…

In todays BRAND NEW blog post see what the professionals say about the magic of this simple habit:

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Walking for health is a wonderful start to any new year.

It comes natural, it’s free and it’s one of the easiest ways to get more active, boost energy levels, lose weight and become a healthier you.

A simple 10 minute walk carries with it amazing health benefits especially when enhanced with ‘Walk Tall’ read more about this track here.

Not only is walking for health crucial to you physically, it’s equally important for your mental health.

It promotes your very own ‘happy’ endorphin’s as well as strengthening your heart and burning consumed calories.

Listen here to what the professionals say about the magic of simply ‘walking’:

According to the February 2013 issue of the American Heart Association journal ‘Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology,’ walking (and running) helps reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Walking for health however is more accessible to a larger percentage of the population.

If however you’re not very active but are able to walk, take things a day at a time. Start today and just walk around your home or garden to start you off. Just walk for 10 minutes.

If you’re not active because of a medical condition, seek advice on exercising with a disability.

Did you know?

Daily walking can improve the health of your heart and helps reduce inflammation and stiffness in your joints.

joy comes from walking for health

Done daily, walking can also lower blood pressure naturally and even helps to strengthen your bones.

It is one of the best forms of exercise you can do to help manage type-2 diabetes and can even get your creative juices flowing.

Believe it or not regular daily walking is a form of exercise that can increase the size of your brain.

It technical terms, it increases the ‘hippocampus’, which is the area used for memory.

This means walking can really wake your brain, from its deep slumber, enabling you to recall events more quickly and remember things a lot easier.

Another fabulous thing about walking, is it reduces the levels of cortisol in your body. This is a hormone linked to causing stress, bad moods and premature ageing.

If you like and already profit from meditating, walking is a fabulous time to do it.

You can listen to meditation music while you walk, hence fitting in a walking meditation. By doing this, you can knock two things out at the same time.

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Whether you’re walking for health or not, good posture is essential.

This begins with walking tall and straightening your back, head forward and swinging your arms backwards and forwards.

Heel-to-toe walking is the most efficient way to exercise the 26 bones in your feet, without damaging them. It will keep them functioning more smoothly so you can stay mobile for the rest of your life.

If you want to make walking for health a wonderful new habit, here are a few ways to include it in your daily routine:

If possible:

  • Walk part of your journey to work.
  • Walk to the shops or park your ride further away from the store.
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift.
  • Leave your vehicle behind for any shorter journeys.
  • Walk the kids to school.
  • Walk out regularly with a friend (a walking buddy makes you more accountable).
  • Go for a stroll with family or friends after dinner.

walking for health as a group

Listen to music 
‘Walk Tall’ from Michael’s private collection includes exhilarating workout music with gamma waves so you can “get in the zone” and look forward to exercise like you never have before. Now, you can feel fantastic while you burn fat, increase energy and feel on top of the world!

Don’t forget to add variety to your walks. You don’t have to travel to the countryside to find a rewarding walk. Towns and cities offer interesting walks, including:

  • Parks and commons.
  • Heritage trails.
  • Canal towpaths.
  • Riverside paths.
  • Woodlands, heaths and nature reserves.

If you love the company of others and feel you need that extra little motivation, why not think about joining a walking club. Walking in a group is a great way to start walking for health, meeting new friends and staying motivated.

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How Is It That Meditation Can Add Hours To Your Day? https://www.project-meditation.org/how-meditation-adds-hours-to-your-day/ https://www.project-meditation.org/how-meditation-adds-hours-to-your-day/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:36:34 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=9953 Do you ever wonder how to manage time better?

I mean, how often does an entire day pass you by, leaving more than half your 'to do' list still left to do? 

Even though you may have planned perfectly your schedule for the day, something seems to always get in the way, leaving you feeling unaccomplished and wishing for more hours in the day.

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Do you ever wonder how to manage time better?

I mean, how often does an entire day pass you by, leaving more than half of what’s on your ‘to do’ list still left to do?

Even though you may have planned perfectly your schedule for the day, something seems to always get in the way, leaving you feeling unaccomplished and wishing for more hours in the day.

Would you believe me if I told you how to manage time better, if it included adding one more thing?

Each day could actually become easier, more enjoyable and certainly more accomplished.

How? By incorporating just a few moments of meditation each day.

Don’t believe me?

That’s okay!

I get it!

How on earth can you find and devote time to practice even a few moments of meditation when your day is already jam packed?

do you want to know how to manage time better

If it was that easy to stretch hours of the day, wouldn’t you already be doing this on weekends and when on vacation?

Well how about staying with me for just a few more moments, with that open mind of yours.

Let’s see if we can really help you kick of your new year by adding a few more relaxing hours to your day by simply showing you how to manage time better than you ever have before.

Now, you may or may not know that meditation re-charges your batteries, refreshing you, connecting you to your higher selves and generally helping you cope with your inner world as well as your outer world.

Believe it or not, it makes you more productive and increases your capacity to resist distracting urges of the mind.

Meditating for just 10 minutes a day will even strengthen your willpower, which in turn helps you in the completion of your daily ‘to do’s’ without constant distractions. Oh and contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking really isn’t as productive as we’d like to believe.

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Some simple facts worth being aware of, if you’d seriously like to know how to manage time better than ever before:

  • Meditation helps you become more efficient and laser focused.
    Just a few minutes of meditation each day increases concentration levels, self-discipline, self awareness and persistence.
  • Often, without us even realising, much of our time is lost because our mind is oscillating between the past and planning for the future. Daily meditation however, encourages and brings the mind back to the present moment, which is where we have the power to act now. When your mind is in the present moment, you can accomplish so much more.
  • Meditation affects the anterior cingulate cortex. This is a part of the brain responsible for monitoring your focus and self-control. As meditation increases awareness and skills, this means we make fewer mistakes in whatever we do. This in turn can save us precious time, in what would otherwise have been spent sorting them out.meditating daily helps when you want to know how to manage time productively and peacefully
  • Daily meditation (whether for 10 minutes or 60 minutes) offers quite a few subtle benefits too. One being the evolution of your own intuition. You could say meditation works the intuition muscle day by day and as it becomes stronger, decision-making becomes easier, saving you time in both the workplace and at home.
  • Even after a good night’s sleep of 8 hours, do you ever find yourself still feeling tired and lethargic the next day? Many of us even go through until lunchtime on autopilot. Do you do this? On days like these however, meditation is truly amazing. It can and does raise energy levels and enthusiasm.
  • A mindful state of being is key to self-regulation and decreases the tendency to procrastinate. Studies by the University of Windsor describes meditation as a tool for promoting acceptance and moving past negative self-talk. This in turn reduces frustration, self-sabotage and generally giving up on any tasks at hand. Regular meditators are rewarded by finding themselves much more mindful in any given moment and far less judgemental of themselves and others.

So the next time you’re wondering how to manage time better and you’re feeling like you need to cram it all in, stay up late again to get it finished, or just push through tired or not, do yourself a favour.

Remind yourself how even a few minutes of simple meditation can be more productive to your day and your sanity.

It sounds insane but making space for a few minutes of no stimulation is often how to manage time and get so much more done.

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Writing Goals Down Versus Just Thinking About Them https://www.project-meditation.org/writing-goals/ https://www.project-meditation.org/writing-goals/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:18:19 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=9938 In our New Years day blog post, we wanted to remind you of the power of writing goals down.

We couldn't think of a better way to inspire and support your new years resolution 2018!

The very beginning of writing goals down is the hardest part and that's only because it requires your undivided attention.

Focusing on and defining our goals is something that most of us procrastinate on, believing we'll get back to it when we have a little more time on our hands. Like that ever happens!

Did you know ... that by actually writing goals and dreams down on a regular basis, you are 42% more likely to achieve them?

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In our New Years day blog post, we wanted to remind you of the power of writing goals down.

We couldn’t think of a better way to inspire and support your new years resolution 2018!

Did you manage to find those all important moments to yourself?

If so, did you get anywhere close to writing down 25 goals. It’s actually not the easiest exercise is it?

If like some, you didn’t get a chance, you can always go back when you’re feeling a bit more prepared for delving into your own creative resources. You might even choose do a few and leave the page of your journal open in a place you walk past regularly.

The very beginning of writing goals down is the hardest part and that’s only because it requires your undivided attention.

Focusing on and defining our goals is something that most of us procrastinate on, believing we’ll get back to it when we have a little more time on our hands. Like that ever happens!

Journal for writing goals down

Did you know … that by actually writing goals and dreams down on a regular basis, you are 42% more likely to achieve them?

Psychology professor, Dr. Gail Matthews recently gathered two hundred and sixty-seven men and women from all walks of life, from all over the world to study the art and science of goal setting.

In addition, the likelihood of your desires transforming into real life events is even higher for those who not only focused on writing goals down but who also shared them friends.

Why then, is writing goals down on paper so profound?

Put simply … it has everything to do with the way our brain works.

We don’t need to get technical but we all know that our brain has a left and a right hemisphere.

It is the corpus callosum ( bundle of neural fibers ) that connects both sides ( the literal left side and the imaginative right side ), via electrical signals.

These electrical signals move into the fluid that surrounds the brain, travelling up and down the spinal column.

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Not only do these electrical signals go on to communicate with every other fiber and cell in our body, they also communicate with the consciousness that operates within us, transforming our thoughts into reality.

Here is the difference between writing goals down and just thinking about them.

When you think about a goal or a dream, you use only the right ( imaginative ) hemisphere of your brain.

Whereas when you think about a goal or a dream and actually go one step further by writing it down, you’ve then connected to the left ( literal and logic based ) side too.

The simple act of writing goals down ignites your subconscious mind in mysterious and exciting ways.

It literally opens your subconscious to “seeing” opportunities that you would have otherwise missed when only thinking about your goals.

So if you didn’t get that chance to begin writing your goals down on New Years Day.

Write down what you would truly love (no matter how big), NOT what you think you can have.

don't put off writing goals down

Here area a few ideas to help get you started:

  • What things/hobbies have you enjoyed in the past?
  • Where would you love to travel?
  • What new things do you want to try?
  • How would you like to improve your health, whether mental or physical?
  • What about a romantic partner – what are you looking for?

Next, write today’s date next to each one, and a target date when you would like to achieve each goal.

Then, write down the two reasons you know you CAN achieve this goal.

What wonderful qualities of yours can apply here?

Don’t forget the all important final task of reading your journal ALOUD to yourself once a day for at least one month, immediately before meditating ( an excellent vehicle in connecting both hemispheres of your brain ).

Then, during meditation, kick back and let your amazing mind pull YOUR inner resources together – your talents, knowledge, experience, ideas, friends, etc. – to make it all happen for you.

What to expect:

While it might be difficult to really believe or even visualise how this plain and simple experiment offers such profound results, here are two facts to consider:

  1. You WILL reach a new, higher level of clarity around your goals and dreams, which can only be a good thing, considering the more specific your goal, the more specific the result. The act of writing goals down does require a certain level of clarity that just thinking about them doesn’t.
  2. This exercise shifts you closer towards what you tend to focus on throughout your day. Your awareness of new opportunities (often right under your nose) becomes heightened as opposed to over looked when goals are only thought about.

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