Project Meditation https://www.project-meditation.org Home of LifeFlow Audio Technology Wed, 19 Sep 2018 22:56:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 We Invite You To Experience This… https://www.project-meditation.org/we-invite-you-to-experience-this/ https://www.project-meditation.org/we-invite-you-to-experience-this/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:58:17 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10768 Did you know that expressing gratitude can be difficult for a number of people? Frequently, gratitude is mixed in with other feelings like jealousy, envy, embarrassment, or insecurity.

Why? Because it can be humbling to acknowledge that we need help from others.

Gratitude and appreciation given to others or received from others can make a day, even change a life.

Expressing gratitude is as important as anything else in your relationships because it builds trust and respect...

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Did you know that expressing gratitude can be difficult for a number of people? Frequently, gratitude is mixed in with other feelings like jealousy, envy, embarrassment, or insecurity.

Why? Because it can be humbling to acknowledge that we need help from others.

Gratitude and appreciation given to others or received from others can make a day, even change a life.

A simple “thank you” will suffice.

Expressing gratitude is as important as anything else in your relationships because it builds trust and respect.

The power of the written word is a great way to express our thanks. It’s one of the most personal ways of expressing gratitude nowadays, especially since few people take the time to write by hand.

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Also a thank-you gift doesn’t need to be expensive. For instance, you might give a coffee lover a gift certificate to their favorite coffee shop, or buy a chocolate lover a gourmet piece of chocolate. It’s a simple gesture that can go a long way.

Gratitude is an important part of all relationships, so today, let go of your fears and simply say “Thanks!” to all those around you!

Melodie Beattie once said…

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

If you do a daily gratitude exercise you will already know how wonderful it can make you feel. Here’s a gratitude video we have made for you…

Thank you for allowing us to share with you this very powerful yet simple exercise.

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When We’re Happy We Feel Good https://www.project-meditation.org/when-were-happy-we-feel-good/ https://www.project-meditation.org/when-were-happy-we-feel-good/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:43:11 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10726 When we are happy we think better, feel better and perform better; we’re even healthier when we're happy.

Research even suggests our organs work better when we're thinking pleasant thoughts.

Taste becomes enhanced, as does our sense of smell. Even hearing and seeing better has been noted.

Feeling happy has an influence on the systems of our body; our stomach, heart and liver function better along with all our other internal organs.

Real happiness comes from within and is not a product of material objects but of thoughts. The ability to...

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When we are happy we think better, feel better and perform better; we’re even healthier when we’re happy.

Research even suggests our organs work better when we’re thinking pleasant thoughts.

Taste becomes enhanced, as does our sense of smell. Even hearing and seeing better has been noted.

Feeling happy has an influence on the systems of our body; our stomach, heart and liver function better along with all our other internal organs.

Real happiness comes from within and is not a product of material objects but of thoughts. The ability to keep focused on the importance of good and productive thoughts whilst keeping our attitude in check during tough times is just one area true happiness develops and actually helps.

We decide to be happy or not to be happy. It’s not something that just happens to us, it’s something we ourselves determine. Other people or events will not bring it and leave it with us but we may notice unexpected happy times in certain situations or with certain people in our lives.

Here are a dozen little ideas that may resonate with you so that you can enjoy, create and share ripples of happiness that lead to who knows where…

"I will be as cheerful as possible today with everyone I meet"

"The best way to cheer your self up is to try to cheer somebody else up" - Mark Twain

"I'm going to be less judgmental of myself and others today"

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"I will smile more today and be grateful for what I have in my life"

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have." - Frederick Keonig

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"I will be conscious and responsible for my own thoughts today."

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Whatever happens today, I will react calmly and confidently."

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau

"I am going to say or do something nice for just one person everyday."

"Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world." - Lawrence G. Lovasik

When we put into practice any of the above, happiness is inevitable… and when we’re happy, we think better, feel better and perform better. The way we feel about ourselves and our daily habits are directly connected. You can’t change one without changing the other.

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Your Pain Body Is Very Seductive https://www.project-meditation.org/your-pain-body-is-very-seductive/ https://www.project-meditation.org/your-pain-body-is-very-seductive/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:08:21 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10684 As you probably know, excess Beta waves are often blamed for causing feelings of stress and all of the related problems that come with stress, and while this is true it’s only half of the picture. Beta waves begin at about 14Hz and go up to 40Hz and are divided into low, mid, and high […]

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As you probably know, excess Beta waves are often blamed for causing feelings of stress and all of the related problems that come with stress, and while this is true it’s only half of the picture.

Beta waves begin at about 14Hz and go up to 40Hz and are divided into low, mid, and high Beta ranges. The low and mid range Beta waves are in fact healthy and natural. It is really only when you get into the high ranges of Beta; about 26Hz and above that you experience an explosion of the stress response. These higher Beta frequencies seem to have a more pronounced effect on two sections of the human brain, the reptilian and the limbic sections.

Now, I’ll try to keep this interesting, however, there’s really only so much that can be done with a discussion of brain structures and their functions so please bear with me…

brain structures

The reptilian portion of the brain is the oldest (earliest developed) and controls, as you might expect, our instinctual senses related to survival. Our “fight or flight” responses are hard wired into the reptilian brain and our feelings of aggression and urges for procreation also find their home in the reptilian brain.

The limbic portion of the brain is often referred to as our “emotional” brain. It is the seat of most of our feelings, particularly one section known as the amygdala. The amazing thing about the amygdala is that when a foetus is in gestation the amygdala grows, is fully developed and becomes completely functional long before birth. What’s been discovered is that it is processing and more importantly storing feelings and emotions we have, even pre-birth feelings and emotions, long before the parts of the brain that cover logical and rational thinking develop. This is the source of many of our emotional problems because we accumulate emotional pains and traumas before we are capable of comprehending them within any kind of rational context.

To make matters worse, the amygdala stores emotional memories in what is known as “a temporal” form, meaning that they’re sort of like an emotional hologram that sits outside of any reference to time. Stored emotions can be called up and will feel just as real 30 years later as they did at the moment they were first experienced.

This becomes especially problematic when emotional memories are triggered and called up into full activity that were stored before the parts of our brains developed that would have allowed them to have been put into some kind of rational context and framework. A classic example is the person who is prone to fits of sudden and (seemingly) inexplicable rage that they cannot control. The rage takes them suddenly, often for little or no apparent reason. Even they don’t understand (or even stop to wonder, usually) where this rage suddenly appeared from.

prone to fits of sudden and inexplicable rage

What is often happening is that these emotions were first experienced very early in life, possibly even during gestation, before birth, and something triggers them to re-emerge later on. Who can even say what the trigger is? But it happens. The rage gets triggered, the reptilian brain may even get involved, interpreting this rage as a response to danger and therefore activating its mechanisms for aggression or flight, etc. We all have these things buried in our brains. Some of us have more than others; some of us feel them much more intensely than others, but we’ve all got them, ticking away like time bombs, waiting for the right trigger event to come along and stir them back to life.

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Eckhart Tolle refers to these buried parts of us as our “pain body”. He uses a very colorful, anthropomorphic way of discussing them, but essentially he is talking about these buried, negative emotions that take on almost a life of their own. They come up, they feed, and what they feed on are those feelings that seem most like their own nature, and when they’re done feeding they settle back down for awhile until its time for another feeding. If they can’t find any emotional nutrition handy that is similar to themselves they often cause us to act out in ways that will provoke these sorts of emotional responses in both ourselves as well as others.

Here’s a link to a 6 minute video where Eckhart Tolle speaks about the “pain body”.

Your Pain Body Is Very Seductive – Eckhart Tolle

Meditation cultivates the inner observer and as you consciously accept and observe the sensations that accompany negative and/or suppressed emotions you will begin to release them. You will experience much relief and peace as you gradually release more and more accumulated negative emotions.

Can you picture yourself feeling peaceful, fresh, full of energy, more positive and calm? What’s more, these benefits won’t just affect you. Everyone around you will begin to notice a more vibrant and happier you.

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Meditation In Schools Might Just Be The Way Forward https://www.project-meditation.org/meditation-in-schools-the-way-forward/ https://www.project-meditation.org/meditation-in-schools-the-way-forward/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:58:15 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10628 The fact that mindfulness and meditation in schools is finally showing popularity is an extremely welcome and positive sign.

Those who make meditation a part of their daily lives know how beneficial it is to physical, emotional, and mental health as well as spiritual connection and grounding...

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The fact that mindfulness and meditation in schools is finally showing popularity is an extremely welcome and positive sign.

Those who make meditation a part of their daily lives know how beneficial it is to physical, emotional, and mental health as well as spiritual connection and grounding.

Let’s spend a moment of reflection on just a few of the proven benefits of meditation, regardless of age:

  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Reduces stress levels (yes, children do feel stressed at times).
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • Improves learning capabilities.
  • Enhances confidence and creativity.

Meditation has also shown signs of decreasing conflicts among students, improve test scores and overall grades, brings forward new interest and enables them to cope with stress much more easily.

For adolescents, school can be a very stressful experience, with worries about peer pressure, studying, future decisions, and family issues. Meditation in schools or indeed at home provides students with an opportunity to give contemplation to their concerns and clear their mind of any thoughts causing tension. In doing this, they are able to focus more on the tasks at hand and absorb more information.

An elementary school in Baltimore has been practicing meditation and yoga instead of traditional punishments since 2016. Listen to what they’ve observed:

Daily meditation in schools has shown positive results in improving the capabilities of students with ADHD (ADHD is a hyperactivity disorder that can affect a child’s ability to learn effectively) to function in the normal environment. They settle into lessons more easily, interact with peers more calmly, and show more respect for figures of authority. The effects of which spill over into all areas of their lives, resulting in better sleep and concentration levels.

There are many techniques that can be used for meditation in schools:

  • Guided meditation is fantastic to help students prepare for an examination.
  • Imagery and visualizations can also be used as an aid to help educate youngsters about a difficult topic.
  • Mantra meditation has surprisingly been the one to show the most positive affect on students across the board. Although it may sound like something only gurus and hippies would do, it is actually a sound method used to lower brain wave levels and improve learning capabilities. It is simple, and involves the teacher learning to instruct the students through a basic chanting session. Some teachers prefer to play an audio meditation CD, which is easier if they are uncomfortable leading the chant themselves.

Scientists have proven to us that meditation increases the thickness of the brain cortex in areas that deal with sensory processing and attention.

So for any teachers out there… this truly makes it a dream come true for you. Although introducing the idea to the classroom may at first make you feel uncomfortable, a calm and relaxed class means a better day at work for you. Of course it also feels good when your class tops the exam results too ;).

Another reason for teachers to include mindfulness and meditation in schools is to offer the students an invaluable tool for life, not just in school…

The art of being able to achieve deep relaxation and relieve yourself of stress.

For teachers who have never experienced meditation personally, please give it a try!

Once you see first hand how blissful it is to allow your conscious mind to step aside and access the depths of the subconscious, all while your body is totally relaxed, you will feel passionate and driven to teach it to the youngsters in your care.

People who meditate daily have the ability to clear their mind of worry and stressful thoughts. This is an essential skill for healing and rejuvenation on a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level.

By introducing meditation in schools you will be giving students that extra edge for success that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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Would You Like To Reset Your Map Of Reality? https://www.project-meditation.org/would-you-like-to-reset-your-map-of-reality/ https://www.project-meditation.org/would-you-like-to-reset-your-map-of-reality/#respond Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:35:24 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10498 We all unconsciously create our own "Individual map of reality" and set of moral values.

Although certain situations and emotional experiences appear very real to us at the time, they are not in fact reality, only the reality that we perceive ourselves and it to be.

Did you know that the brain operates, by providing an environment, where sequences of activity become recognized as patterns?

If the brain were not a pattern making system, we would be unable to read or write...

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We all unconsciously create our own “Individual map of reality” and set of moral values.

Although certain situations and emotional experiences appear very real to us at the time, they are not in fact reality, only the reality that we perceive ourselves and it to be.

Did you know that the brain operates, by providing an environment, where sequences of activity become recognized as patterns?

If the brain were not a pattern making system, we would be unable to read or write. It would take so much time to work out many of the things we automatically do on a daily basis: e.g. which item of clothing to put on first each morning.

The brain records absolutely everything we ever experience, creating patterns very easily in order to recognize them instantaneously each time.

This is how our belief systems and moral values are created.

As Edward de Bono stated:

Edward De Bono talks belief systems and where moral values originate

“A belief is a perceptual framework which leads us to see the world in a way that reinforces that framework.

The circularity is a very natural function of a self-organizing patterning system, so beliefs are very easy to form.

In a sense “belief” is the truth of a perceptual system.

When you burn your finger at a fire only once in a lifetime, you are operating a belief system. Your fear of fire is not built up by induction based on repeated experience.

Your initial trauma creates a belief that prevents you from ever contradicting that belief, so the circularity is established.”

When we are young we create our map of reality to feel safe. Children from every family have to a degree, a lack of safety.

Imagine a child who is in an unhappy family situation from which he cannot escape. In order to feel safe he may decide “If I hide, I’ll be safe and I won’t get into trouble.” At that point in his life this may well be a helpful map of reality to him. However if he continues to use it when he grows up that same map of reality could be extremely debilitating in his life.

There is no doubt about it, our personal beliefs and moral values have an incredible impact on our lives from very early on. Any and every belief, regardless of how true it is or not, guides our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors on a daily basis.

These beliefs reflect our “map of the world.”

And the kind of map we have influences the paths in life that we choose to take. Whether a well chosen path or not, without one, we would meander through life, feeling unfulfilled and rather lost, with no direction or purpose.

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It helps to know how our belief systems are formed and the simple fact of the matter is, there are many contributing factors.

Role models, such as celebrities ( whose lives are not all they seem ) can have a real influence on the lives of those who might feel somewhat lost and impressionable for example. As can favourite authors, actors and comedians.

Authority figures from an early age i.e. parents, teachers, doctors etc have a huge influence on our belief systems and in turn moral values, as we spend most of our young life being cared for and nurtured by these people.

Music and TV are constantly brainwashing us and although we as adults grow up to realize this, it never entered our thought patterns as we were growing up.

Just one wonderful memory or one traumatic event can be responsible for conditioning us to have certain beliefs that persist for a lifetime.

The key to ensuring you are following a map of reality that serves you well is to simply become more aware of where your beliefs actually came from. Then accept that beliefs should and must be subject to change.

A negative belief for example that we’ve carried through life since childhood with us requires careful reflection.

In order to make adjustments to your map or reality, you’ll need to make adjustments to those old negative beliefs by replacing them with new positive, feel good beliefs. Meditation and a little time invested in how our thoughts become things would be invaluable at this stage.

Unfortunately, our human minds are prone to human error and it’s inevitable that we’ll come across compelling evidence along the way that will challenge our old and current beliefs and maybe even moral values. At this time, it’s critical that we’re honest with ourselves and acknowledge that we may actually be wrong about something.

Only after this moment of open and honest contemplation can we update and correct our map of reality. It isn’t always the easiest path to be this honest with yourself as it will challenge existing beliefs but believe me when I say, it will reward you in immeasurable ways.

Sincere moral values include honesty with oneself

Again mindfulness and meditation are the most natural ways of training our minds to observe how we think about absolutely everything. Both techniques also direct us back to the only place we ought to be… here and now!

As we all have different worlds of reality, our society reflects this in a variety of beliefs.

It’s very important to be aware that your mind prefers truths that serve a function within the context of your life, not another persons.  Meaning, while one belief appears to work successfully with one person, it may not work so well for another.

In a nutshell…

If you only determine your beliefs from outside influences, such as parents, institutions, or role models, then you’ll find it is very likely that your “map of reality” won’t suit your interests, goals and moral values. Those beliefs will really only serve those who found them to be useful initially.

At the end of the day, you owe it to yourself to think for yourself and question past authorities. We go through life believing and doing so many things that seem right to us, but in fact they are not right at all, yet we will stick to our own reality come what may because it’s become ingrained in us over the years.

When we realize how we can change and improve our map of reality through meditation, we can improve the quality of our lives, our experiences, our relationships, our well-being and our success.

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[Question] How Well Do You Adapt To Stressful Situations? https://www.project-meditation.org/how-well-do-you-adapt-to-stressful-situations/ https://www.project-meditation.org/how-well-do-you-adapt-to-stressful-situations/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:52:53 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10233 Physical and emotional resilience is, for the most part, something you're born with. Thankfully however, it's also a trait that can be and is absolutely worth developing if you wish to adapt to life's stressful situations and challenges...

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Physical and emotional resilience is, for the most part, something you’re born with. Thankfully however, it’s also a trait that can be and is absolutely worth developing if you wish to adapt to stressful situations and challenges.

As you and I know, suppressed emotions never go away, they actually grow and build up inside, creating a variety of stress related problems.

The solution… Meditation!

If you make meditation a part of your daily routine, you will raise your emotional resilience so much that it becomes far greater than any demands imposed on you.

“Go within every day and find the inner strength, so that the world will not blow out your candle” ~ Katherine Dunham

Think in terms of a river bursting its banks.

build your emotional resilience so your banks don't keep bursting

Too much rainfall has exceeded the river bed’s maximum capabilities, the water floods the surrounding landscape until finally the rain stops and the water levels can eventually recede and go back to normal.

If the banks are not widened however, then the same situation is likely to occur, time and time again.

Those trigger points which threaten and test our emotional resilience levels will continue to do so. Like a vicious circle, this trend will persist as life continues to grow ever more hectic. Our behaviors then become increasingly erratic and we dip in and out of old negative patterns to help us cope with the increase in stress.

Will these constant demands and an inability to cope still be apparent one year from now?

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Fast forward five years and the situation, if left unattended could be worse.

If your emotional resilience has not increased in this time, the pressures of life will sadly have made a negative impact on you both physically and mentally.

Ten or twenty years from now, will things have improved?

Only if we have taken time to change our existing mindset and have learned techniques which will help us to deal with the pressures of life.

Our ability to re-evaluate and to emerge with increased emotional resilience, means that we can avoid this constant barrage of negative stimuli from affecting us in the same way ever again.

By opening our minds and learning a meditation technique that suits us perfectly, we can turn our attention inwards and release our ‘inner observer’. It’s our inner observer who can step between our rising levels of emotions and the actual cause of the problem.

it's time to build your emotional resilience

Once we can step between the two, we can then learn to stop resisting and fighting with ourselves. This actually allows us to simply observe everything as if from a distance and as though it were in slow motion.

When we have learned the technique of observing ourselves, we can avoid the preset behavioral patterns and form new, healthier and far happier ones.

Meditation stops us from worrying about every possible scenario that could possibly be. And with daily practice (if only for 10 minutes a day) we learn to let go of negative and self destructive thoughts.

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” ~ Dan Millman

If we are not careful the negative thoughts we send out, can summon up our worst fears in tangible form.

By letting go of our fears, we also learn that the old adage ‘there is nothing to fear but fear itself’ is so accurate.Free 8 Minute Deep Meditation

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[A Letter From A Friend] I Must Confess… https://www.project-meditation.org/i-must-confess/ https://www.project-meditation.org/i-must-confess/#respond Sat, 09 Jun 2018 07:00:54 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10571 Have you ever felt that sometimes things reach a point where it all just feels a bit too much?

Do you ever feel tired and weary of the challenges in daily life feeling far from having a balanced body and mind?

Do you ever put off dealing with certain responsibilities because you just don't feel you can deal with them right now?

When we feel like this, it can seem like everything is out of balance and it may appear to be impossible to move beyond some situations. Sometimes we can be shocked or hurt by something or someone and it literally staggers us.

A very good friend of mine had been experiencing some of these feelings for quite sometime and he recently told me how a "Native American Medicine Wheel" had been, in his words "A Godsend to him".

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Have you ever felt that sometimes things reach a point where it all just feels a bit too much?

Do you ever feel tired and weary of the challenges in daily life, feeling far from having a balanced body and mind?

Do you ever put off dealing with certain responsibilities because you just don’t feel you can deal with them right now?

When we feel like this, it can seem like everything is out of balance and it may appear to be impossible to move beyond some situations. Sometimes we can be shocked or hurt by something or someone and it literally staggers us.

A very good friend of mine had been experiencing some of these feelings for quite sometime and he recently told me how a “Native American Medicine Wheel” had been, in his words “A Godsend to him“.

He sent me a note with a copy of the scroll attached to the medicine wheel and I would like to share a piece of this with you…

“My friend,

When I read the following I had an instant realization:-

This Native American Medicine Wheel symbolizes the balance and harmony within the circle of life. Within the circle is a cross that creates four equal sections.

using a medicine wheel for a balanced body and mind

The circle represents the wholeness of life and the cross is the crucial balance between the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of self.

The four sections must be equal, active, and in balance for harmony to be attained in life.

In a truly balanced life, we stand at the intersection of the cross, in the center of the circle. Notice that this state of self lies within us, within the circle. So it is within that we must go to achieve the balances that maintain harmony and well being.

Stress as many of us are only too aware is the great destroyer of stability and we are subject to external stress from every aspect of our lives.

Proper nutrition, rest, relaxation, and exercise can help to offset some of the effects but within our minds lie all the negative thoughts and beliefs about ourselves; within our subconscious lies all of our experiences, emotions, and traumas. Every time a situation triggers a negative emotional response or a thought conflicts with our beliefs, it creates stress.

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By externalizing and separating ourselves from the Universal Source, we render ourselves powerless, feeling helpless, without hope, and increasing our stress. Under stress the Medicine Wheel’s four aspects are no longer equal and in balance; the arms of the cross have shrunk, unable to sustain the physical, and illness manifests.

We need to replenish our inner selves to maintain the physical self. Through meditation we can enhance self confidence, energy, decisiveness, and a positive attitude. We can then go further and clear our minds of negative thoughts and emotions of the past, while finding peace within.

Thus restoring a balanced body, mind, emotions and spirit. Only when we do this, can we walk the Earth in beauty and harmony. And that could be the greatest healing of all for ourselves, mankind and planet Earth.

I must confess Michael, the LifeFlow program you gave me so long ago is something I have procrastinated on until I recently read the above scroll. I immediately realized what you gifted me and why. I also imagined you whispering, almost subliminally, “Physician, heal thyself”

After just a few weeks, I am realizing how invaluable just 30 minutes in the morning and/or 30 minutes before dinner is proving to be.

I feel more calm, more alive and more aware than ever before and for this I thank you my friend…”

As Galileo stated…

“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”

Most people have no idea of the natural powers they possess within to live in a balanced body, living a harmonious life. When you experience the love, peace and joy from resting a few minutes a day in the silent stillness deep within, you come to realize that this is the “elusive something” that you have been searching so long for.

Just a few restful minutes a day is all you need to discover that peace and joy within. Don’t ever forget this.

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[3 EASY STEPS] How To Stay Calm Under Pressure https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-stay-calm-under-pressure/ https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-stay-calm-under-pressure/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 14:01:53 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10535 When you wake up to an alarm, rush to meet deadlines at work, juggle family and work and otherwise cope with the busy-ness and overwhelm of modern life, you may be wondering how you can possibly be calm NOW.

I mean right now, no matter what is going on around you.

You really don’t have to go through life worried, frazzled, exhausted or irritable, despite what the realists of the world might tell you.

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One of the best lessons you can learn in life is how to stay calm!

When you wake up to an alarm, rush to meet deadlines at work, juggle family life and otherwise cope with the busyness and overwhelm of modern life, you may be wondering how you can possibly be stay calm under pressure.

You really don’t have to go through life worried, frazzled, exhausted or irritable, despite what the realists of the world might tell you.

“And then one day I decided that hurry and stress were no longer going to be part of my life. Stress is self-created; I decided to stop manufacturing it. We can choose an internal calm and joy even amid the chaos.” – Brendan Burchard

I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful trio of calming practices, that won’t interfere with your lifestyle…

1. Meditate.

I know… I know! We, along with so many others recommend meditation but sooner or later, if you don’t already ‘get it’, you will. And the thing is, you will only get it when the timing is perfect for you.

We just love Hugh Jackmans perspective on meditation:

“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.”

You’ll discover that when we say ‘meditation’, it’s not necessarily sitting with a perfectly straight back, with your hands in any particular pose and surrounded by wonderful scented candles (It can be if this works for you) but it can be as simple as you choose it to be.

Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard University has been studying the incredible effects of the “relaxation response” brought on by meditation.

Meditation as you’ll have heard many times, teaches us to ‘just be’ in the present moment.

When you really think about it, you only get upset when you think about the past (what we can’t undo) and the future (what might go wrong). When the mind is constantly running back and forth between yesterday, today and tomorrow, it leaves you incredibly stressed out.

As your stress levels decrease as a result of meditating, you are less reactive to potential “threats” (emotional threats). In fact, any stressful situation can be “softened” by meditation.

So how to squeeze meditation into your schedule: You could simply try getting up 10-30 minutes earlier each day to meditate. You can meditate right there in bed, or move to the couch if you prefer.

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2. Sleep.

Did you know that modern society is chronically sleep-deprived?

Lack of sleep is much more serious than needing to nap during the day. It’s the leading cause of automobile accidents (100,000 accidents and 1,500 deaths per year in the USA alone). It affects your mood, memory, physical and mental health, love life, appearance, performance and enjoyment of life.

“It’s during deep sleep — what we call slow-wave sleep — that growth hormone is released,”

Says sleep expert Phil Gehrman, PhD.

“It seems to be part of normal tissue repair — patching the wear and tear of the day. Studies show that over time, people who are getting six hours of sleep, instead of seven or eight, begin to feel that they’ve adapted to that sleep deprivation — they’ve gotten used to it,”

Gehrman says.

“But if you look at how they actually do on tests of mental alertness and performance, they continue to go downhill. So there’s a point in sleep deprivation when we lose touch with how impaired we are.”

So if you are not sleeping, you are not thriving. To get more sleep, try this:

  • Exercise every day, but not within 3 hours of bedtime (your metabolism will be going too fast!).
  • Stretch before you go to bed to help release tension.
  • Stop watching TV at least 1 hour before bedtime (it’s too tempting to stay caught up in a show…).
  • Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before bed to help flush out toxins, and help wind the body down for rest.
  • Listen to the Sleep Easy Solution, read more by clicking here

3. Relaxation.

There’s so much to do and only 24 hours in which to do it. So how can you squeeze relaxation into your day without becoming agitated about “doing nothing”?

Try “chunking” your relaxation.walking and exercise help you to stay calm

  • Take a walk. Whether fast or slow, walk for 10 or 15 minutes, once or twice a day.
  • Listen to your favorite music, whilst giving it your undivided attention. If you play an instrument, you know how relaxing it is. Make the time to play a couple of tunes 🙂
  • At work, get up and get away from your workspace, move your body and stretch a bit. A few minutes will do wonders to restore circulation and clear your mind.
  • Be in nature as often as you can. Find an excuse to get in the garden! If you don’t have one, use the same excuse to go find a local park, woodland, lake you can visit.
  • A couple of times a day, stop what you’re doing and listen. Just listen. Try to identify as many sounds in the environment as you can. Try it for just 2 or 3 minutes. It’s the simple things that are the most powerful daily habits.

So for the next 7 days, discover how to stay calm at will, by trying this and watch your stress levels plummet:

  • Wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual and meditate (If you feel overwhelmed by the various meditation techniques available and what would suit you best, check out this invaluable post);
  • Throughout the day, squeeze in some mini-moments of relaxation.
  • Gift yourself at least 30 minutes of exercise every day preferably before dinner, and then wind down slowly in the evening, shutting down the electronics one by one… ending the day with a few moments of gratitude… and getting to sleep at a reasonable hour.

We look forward to hearing how much calmer you feel!

If you already have your own chosen methods for living a calmer life, do share your thoughts and ideas with us all in the comments below we’d love to hear from you.

“We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.”  – John Glenn

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How To Be Happy https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-be-happy/ https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-be-happy/#comments Wed, 02 May 2018 12:48:55 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10463 Happiness means different things for different people and so regardless of who you are and what you do, wouldn’t you like the recipe for how to be happy today and every day? What is it that makes you feel happy and joyful? A balanced life perhaps? Could it be self care? Whatever it is to you, take some time to read...

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Happiness means different things for different people and so regardless of who you are and what you do, wouldn’t you like the recipe for how to be happy today and every day?

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  ~ John Lennon

What is it that makes you feel happy and joyful? A balanced life perhaps?

if you want to know how to be happy in life, start with balance

When we wonder how to be happy, we can tend to really underestimate how much maintaining balance contributes to living life successfully and productively.

Whenever you overdo things in any aspect of your life, your perspective and balance are diminished.

“Moderation in all things.” ~ Aristotle

Time must be spent getting to know yourself. For example, how much rest, exercise and food do you need to function at your best.

Stay connected with family and friends. Our busy lives can really wear us down at times, but let’s not be too busy to connect with at least one family member or friend each and every day. You’ll both appreciate the sentiment.

Whenever you feel that life is one constant schedule, stop and plan something spontaneous. This may not come easy to you but it really is essential for your physical and mental health.

Could self care be a priority to you?

self care is just one of key to learning how to be happy in life

This could mean meditating, reading, taking a bath in the evening or indeed anytime of the day if you choose, walking out in nature or exercising.

It could also mean taking stock of your recent self-talk. Have you been critical? If so, this has to stop immediately if you really are serious about loving yourself more successfully. Being gentle with yourself and having your own back is your responsibility and should be your highest priority.

How others treat you will be in direct proportion to how you treat yourself and others.

“Don’t just treat others as you would like to be treated; Treat yourself how you would like to  be treated”. ~ Daniel Chidiac

Much has been written about the value of the ‘gratitude journal’, but the simple fact is that cultivating your attitude of gratitude will work in ways you won’t be able to describe.

Writing down or simply reflecting on the things in your life that you are grateful for (an education, your kids, freedom, friends etc.) is one of the most powerful tools in life you have. Not only will it give you an immediate burst of happiness, it will continue to do so the more you take grateful reflective moments. Meditation and mindfulness can really enhance the practice of gratitude.

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Find your joy before it’s too late because this often leads to discovering your purpose! Here’s how to easily get started.

Get living in the most important moment you have right now. Decide in this moment to free yourself from fears of the future and regrets of the past.

Learn to recognize your own negative affirmations.

What are these? 

Put simply… everything that we repeatedly say to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts are affirmations.

They are our conversation with the universe and the door to our subconscious mind.

The truly powerful thing about recognizing our negative affirmations and replacing them with positive ones is they can be said anytime: when you’re feeling “less than”, when you’re scared, when you’ve got some down time, when you’re commuting, when you’re exercising, and even when you’re meditating (as a mantra).

Here’s the thing: every complaint is an affirmation – it just happens to be an affirmation of something you don’t want.

The more attention and emotion you give to what you don’t want, the more it will become part of your reality. How? Well, every thought generates an emotion; together, that creates expectations.

Your choices and behaviors then align with your expectations. If you’ve ever gone into a social situation expecting it to be awkward and uncomfortable, your behaviors would be vastly different than if you expected it to be fun and pleasant.

We usually know exactly how to be happy in life. We’re just not doing enough of the right things.

“Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

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When Was The Last Time You Wanted To Ask A Favor? https://www.project-meditation.org/when-was-the-last-time-you-wanted-to-ask-a-favor/ https://www.project-meditation.org/when-was-the-last-time-you-wanted-to-ask-a-favor/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:32:01 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10412 Mr. Jones wanted to build his son a swing set and needed help but didn't want to ask a favor or bother anyone.

Then he realized something that left him speechless...

Mr. Jones slaved away each and every evening after work and grew tired and irritable causing concern for his wife.

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Mr. Jones wanted to build his son a swing set and needed help but didn’t want to ask a favor or bother anyone.

Then he realized something that left him speechless…

Mr. Jones slaved away each and every evening after work and grew tired and irritable causing concern for his wife.

“You’re working so hard,”

she said.

“Wasn’t our neighbor, Mr.Williams, a carpenter when he was young? Couldn’t you ask him for help?”

Mr. Jones replied…

“But Mr. Williams has done enough work in his life. I wouldn’t want to bother him.”

So Mr. Jones kept working, until finally the swing set was finished, and he set it up in the backyard.

A few days later, Mr. Jones went outside and found Mr. Williams gazing at the swing set.

“Hi, Mr. Williams. How do you like the new swing set?”

Mr. Williams replied.

“Oh, it’s absolutely wonderful Mr. Jones. I built something like that for my son many years ago.”

His eyes looked sad, and Mr. Jones remembered that Mr. Williams’ son had moved far away for a new job in the city.

 

its ok to ask a favor

“I wish you had told me you were building it,”

Mr. Williams said.

“Your son is a good boy. I would have loved to help you do something nice for him.”

They chatted for another minute, and Mr. Jones went inside, realizing for the first time that Mr. Williams was lonely.

MORAL of the story:

Don’t be afraid to ask a favor to the people around you – an act of kindness is a joy to both the giver and the receiver.

Doesn’t it just make you stop, think and realize the importance of relationships and working together?

In times of need, we often feel we must go it alone but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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For one reason or another, many of us dislike asking for help, even when we are in desperate need of it. Perhaps we don’t want to be a burden or we have a hard time leaving ourselves vulnerable and open to rejection. But more often than not, when we ask for help, we can actually give others a sense of worth and value.

In the case of Mr. Williams, being asked to participate would have been a truly fulfilling experience for him.

Are there people in your life that would love to lend a helping hand?

There are plenty of people who are willing to help you in whatever way they can – your partner, brother, sister, parent, friend, colleague, or even a personal coach. Everyone can offer something of value, whether it is an expertise, experience, or an all important ‘ear’.

In fact, if only you choose to allow others into your life, there may be a loved one who joyfully carries your burden with you, lightening your load, and offering you comfort.

dont be afraid to ever ask a favor

Good ol’ Mr. Williams was ready and willing to offer his expertise as a carpenter, but Mr. Jones didn’t ask. He was afraid to!

Mr.Jones didn’t want to ask a favor and bother him, but hadn’t realised that Mr. Williams would have been more than happy to help. In fact, it meant more to Mr. Williams than Mr. Jones could have ever imagined.

We will all, at some point, need help. Knowing when to ask a favor and understanding why you need help is ultimately the most important thing.

Whether it’s as small as asking someone else in the home to empty the dishwasher or as big as asking for a lift somewhere, it all begins with accepting that you truly are worthy of receiving help from others.

Today… Stop thinking you have to do everything yourself.

You don’t and you shouldn’t have to.

When you accept help, it’s safe to say that the job gets done quicker, leaving you with more time to get back to doing whatever really inspires you.

By involving others, you just may be giving them a deeper meaning and self-worth and the joy you bring to others will be returned to you!

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