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31 May 2020

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  • Do You Want To Be Happy?
    31 May 2020
    Don't let your need to be right, impede your want to be happy. Learn to let some things slide. That is the key to my peace. I find when we resist the urge to be right, we literally override any obstacle to be happy. But many times we get caught up in ego....
  • We All Love To Win, But, Who Loves To Train?
    31 May 2020
    We all love when the action is going well, and we are genuinely doing something productive. When things are not so active and we have to train for the next time we are in the action and get to when the action is going well, What then?
    That is what this article addresses.
    In reality, there are the conditions of up, down and sideways or in-between backward or forward. In short, there are all directions. If we really want to gain something out of reality, we must love the training process as well as the fulfilling end or it means nothing except empty effort like a job we hate, yet make a living at.
    So, think for a moment in an awake way: What do I want to do in life that I love the process and end of?
    Recently, I thought this way about my life and had the chance to think about it all deeply. Especially in this "Corona Virus time of semi-enforced isolation and social distancing", I have had the chance to do some deep work on myself. Also, I do not look on being generally alone at times as a negative thing. This time of "lockdown" has actually been very positive. This time has even enriched and bettered my understanding of myself. When done right, though, is that not what all training and preparation that is proper does though? Is that not a reality for all who love the process as well as the results?
    Personally to the last two questions, I can genuinely say yes. Although most people who make livings at jobs they do not like or even care for except for the paycheck and "getting by" say an unconscious "no" with a depressed and subliminal shrug that does not seem to care about what happens with their goals, realities or genuine desires. Indeed, though, everyone knows the reality of the situation whatever the answer, some admit it deeply, some want to do the "forget it" in a shallow way, but, all have to admit: Without the work, without the things we have to do, we do not get what we want even in a small way. Those who are more conscious want to enjoy the process of the work as well as getting what is wanted, and the fully conscious want it all to be desirable, enjoyable and meaningful to themselves understanding that when reality works, it works at all levels harmoniously in down time, up time, and between times. Consciousness is a choice to take a road in reality mostly, not a given static condition in any way. Indeed, the blessing of consciousness is the choice to take a desirable action instead of taking what is given or doled out "naturally" or "taking what is given without your desire or control."
    After all, in the senses I am mentioning, determining for yourself what you desire and what action to take is the essence of freedom and success, nothing else is better in that sense.

    My name is Joshua Clayton, I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California. I also write under a few pen-names and aliases, but Joshua Clayton is my real name, and I write by that for the most part now. I am a philosophical writer and objective thinker and honest action taker. I also work at a senior center in Gardena, California as my day job, among other things, but primarily I am a writer.



    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/10277230
  • How to Jumpstart Your Personal Growth with High Level Leadership | John Maxwell on Impact Theory
    31 May 2020
  • 13 Personality Traits That Can Keep You From Success Infographic
    30 May 2020

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  • 5 Mindfulness and Meditation Habits to Boost Your Success Mindset
    30 May 2020

    If you’d like to learn how to develop mindfulness and meditation practices so you can improve your success mindset, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.

    Our capacity to succeed at what we do is largely dependent upon our mindset. Whether we are fully aware of it or not, the beliefs and thoughts we hold, shape the actions we take and the results we achieve. Increasing our awareness of our thoughts and shaping them in mindful ways is therefore a key component in adopting a success mindset.

    Mindfulness practice and meditation have long been understood in ancient traditions to be fundamental tools for addressing the way we think and the actions we take. In more recent times, modern day science has backed up much of what these traditions have long known.

    Research has found that mindfulness and meditation can benefit us in numerous ways, such as by increasing our attention, regulating difficult emotions, decreasing stress and anxiety, and improving sleep quality. When it comes to developing a success mindset, mindfulness and meditation practices are highly effective.

    Here are some of the habits you might explore to focus, expand, and make peace with your mind: 1. Mindful breathing to refocus the mind

    The breath is a focal point of many mindfulness and meditation practices – and for good reason. As the breath is always with us, it acts as a reliable anchor for grounding our attention when the mind wanders. Part of what inhibits our ability to succeed is a tendency for the mind to be scattered and unfocused. 

    Through mindful breath awareness, we release the clutter of the mind and come back to a clear slate. Within this clarity, we find a heightened capacity to focus on the task or goal at hand.

    Mindful breathing can be developed as a daily habit by consciously taking two-minute time-outs at scheduled moments in the day – or whenever it becomes difficult to focus. To practice, set a timer for two minutes, close your eyes, and ground your attention in the flow of the breath. If the mind wanders, acknowledge its movement away from the breath and then return your attention to this natural force of life.

    When the timer rings, return your attention to a single task that requires your attention. As you complete the task, be observant of when the mind wanders and feel free to take a few deep, mindful breaths to refocus.

    “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

    2. Witnessing and releasing self-limiting beliefs

    Mindfulness practice also helps to increase our awareness of the subconscious thoughts and beliefs we hold. For many of us, some of our most ingrained beliefs are self-limiting ideas rooted in criticism. These thoughts inhibit us from feeling confident and worthy of achieving our dreams, and so by drawing our attention to them from a place of non-attachment, we begin to see through the illusion of them.

    We can practice witnessing and releasing self-limiting beliefs by mindfully reflecting upon questions such as:

    • What is the story I am telling myself about who I am?
    • Is this story representative of the absolute truth?
    • What positive beliefs might I welcome into my mind?

    Witnessing the self-limiting thoughts we hold requires patience and compassion because unravelling them can take time and stir up resistance or difficult emotions. By tending to our inner narratives with care and compassion, we stop fighting them – but we also find space to let them go. 

    As you practice this, remember that it is crucial to approach these self-limiting beliefs from a place of non-attachment. Become an outside observer of them, taking the viewpoint of a loving friend, pet, spiritual teacher, or wise elder. How does this being see you?

    3. Practicing affirmation meditation

    Once we have witnessed the self-limiting beliefs we hold, we can instill positive beliefs in their place to help boost our embodiment of the success mindset. Affirmation meditation is one way of doing this. It invites us to focus our attention on words of positivity that counteract whatever negative thoughts we have habitually held onto. 

    To practice affirmation meditation, take your time to consider what it is your highest self wants you to know or embody. Formulate this wish into a clear, powerful sentence of affirmation and then set a timer for five minutes. Close your eyes and silently repeat the affirmation to yourself until the timer rings.

    Examples of affirmations that can help to cultivate a mindset of success include:

    • I see challenges as opportunities in disguise.
    • I have all that I need to succeed.
    • I am courageous and confident.
    • I am the creator of my reality.
    4. Cultivating a sense of gratitude

    Another way that mindfulness and meditation can help to boost the success mindset is through gratitude practice. When we are appreciative of what we have, we reaffirm a mindset of positivity. This positive outlook on life helps us to believe in our ability to succeed and enables us to see even challenges as opportunity.

    To enhance our future success, we can practice gratitude daily. Whether in a journal or during meditation, gratitude invites us to make note of all that we have to be thankful for. We might consider all the resources we have to succeed – resources both internal and external. Mindful awareness of our blessings invites more of the same to enter our lives.

    “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    5. Body scanning for stress release

    In addition to practices centered around our thoughts and beliefs, mindfulness meditation helps us tap into the physical body in a caring way. When we are stressed, we often hold unconscious tension in the body, such as in tight shoulders, a stiff jaw, or a contracted belly. Through a body scan practice, we become more aware of this tension and can start to gently soften it. As we do this, our stress response lessens and we find an increased capacity to carry on peacefully and courageously in the direction of our dreams.

    To practice, we can take three-minute time-outs throughout our busy days to mindfully tune into the body. By closing our eyes and scanning the body from head to toe, we enhance our awareness of where we hold unnecessary tension. Once we know it is there, it becomes easier to let go of it. In the process, the stress we hold in the mind begins to dissipate, too.

    As we establish new habits of turning mindfully towards both mind and body, we become more aware of all the unconscious barriers we hold against success. Meditation and mindfulness practices empower us to gently and compassionately break through these barriers. And, as we set our sights on success, these practices continue to uplift us and propel us forward in inspired ways.

    How do you practice mindfulness on a daily basis? Share your ideas and stories with us below!
  • What 15 NYC Kids Learned During a Pandemic
    30 May 2020

    Schools in NYC – the epicenter of the pandemic and home to us – will remain closed for the rest of the year. That doesn’t mean we’re not learning. Our public speaking coach asked what this experience taught us. Turns out, a lot. Mostly, we’ve learnedhow to better care for ourselves, each other, and use our voices well.  

    Here are 12 thoughts that come to mind: 

    1. Empathy: We learned that we are all in different places and situations, and it’s important to try and understand someone else’s point of view. As a country, we are fortunate compared to many other countries. But there are situations that some of us face and others don’t. Just because we may not be facing a particular situation, doesn’t make it not matter. Everyone has a voice. Everyone counts. It’s important to think not only about yourself, but respect what others’ need – even if you think it may not be the best for you.

    2. Gratitude: We learned to be grateful for the most important things: family, friends, health, school. We learned that we undervalue and take for granted things until they are taken from us, like going outside.  We learned to value and appreciate each other, because we realize how quickly what we have, know or love can change or go away.  

    3. The Importance of Nature: We learned we need to spend more time outside and in nature.  Now that we can’t go to the park easily, we realize how essential it is to our health and well-being, helping us relax, easing stress, changing our mindset and giving us a different perspective. Many of us used to spend time indoors on purpose on video games, but now we miss being able to go to the park or outside when we want to. On the upside, we hope this may help us develop better habits and spend as much time outside as we can.

    4. Importance of Connection: Friends, family and teachers are so important to us. While staring at screens for long periods of time isn’t a great idea, we’ve also found fun, friendship and new ways to connect with one another and be together through shared technology. We appreciate that. If this had happened 20 years ago, that wouldn’t be the case.

    “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” 

    -John Dewey

    5. Health:  We learned the singular most important thing is the physical and mental health of ourselves and our families. As kids, you might think we don’t always get that. But it took only one virus to bring billions of people together, cause incredible despair and put the world on hold. One virus. 

    6. Being Present:  We learned we can’t necessarily count on “normal,” and what we think should be or when we’ll go back to “normal.”  Maybe this is normal now. We have to live in the present moment and what is right now.  The pandemic has shown us how fragile life can be and why it’s important to embrace the present.  

    7. What Sacrifice Means: We know many people make sacrifices for us. But it’s incredible to see the health care workers, first responders, essential workers, literally put their lives on the line for us – all of us.  Not once, but every day, hours, weeks, months on end. Particularly in New York City – healthcare workers have left their own families to show up again and again for the greater good and families everywhere. The sacrifices these men and women have made are beyond compare and deserving of our total respect.  

    8. “Truth” is Different from Facts: We know telling the truth matters.  But we’ve also seen two people in the exact same room have a different version of their own truth. In debate, we learn that truth can be subjective. Facts matter.  And the only way to engage in a constructive debate is to know the facts. There is a big difference between facts, “truths” and opinion. 

    9. The Importance of Education: We learned how grateful we are for school and education. We miss our friends. We miss our teachers. We miss being together, laughing, learning, helping and challenging one another to grow, academically and as young adults.  Even though we’re still learning and growing in some new, cool ways now – we miss learning the way we used to.  We realize how fortunate we are to go to school at all.  

    10. A Positive, Team Mindset Matters:  While many of us participate in sports and clubs, we learned by watching others during this time what it really means to be a great team. It’s amazing to see the way people have come together in a crisis. In NYC, people clap every night.  At 7pm, the now mostly empty streets erupt with cheers for the healthcare and essential workers. It’s amazing to see people support one another, support small business, deliver necessary medical supplies, food to workers, the elderly and those in need, educators do whatever it takes, celebrities raise money, musicians play concerts, and parents try to do whatever they can – to make this situation work, and protect us.  While everyone is facing this tough situation to a different degree, it’s amazing to see people use their strengths to support one another in whatever way they can, despite their own challenges.  We should use this as a model and remember we’re one team.

    11. Life Can Be Hard, But It’s Still Good: We learned the world is not perfect and neither are any of us.  Maybe that’s a good thing for us to learn while we’re young. This is a confusing and sad time, so it’s OK to feel sad and confused. We’ve seen this situation cause stress to the adults around us. We know it’s challenging. We all have fewer places to go, but more to do, like chores.  That’s OK. We probably needed to learn how to do our own laundry anyway. On the flipside, the pause has also helped heal the world. We now have a cleaner environment, animals roaming about.  We are spending more quality time with our family – because everyone isn’t rushing off to the next thing. Perhaps we’ll develop better habits moving forward?  We know adults worry about us kids – especially with remote learning, so let us just say this: We will be OK.  We want you to be OK too. Because we love you and know that together is the way through.

    12. Have Faith in Something Greater than Ourselves: When we first decided to try and give our TEDx talks, many wondered if we’d actually be able to do it – or do it well.  But we had faith in ourselves, one another, believed in something greater than ourselves, and a community who pulled out all the stops to help us do something that had never been done before.  Faith plus community and action works. But you have to believe in something greater than yourself. 

    In the short time we’ve been on this planet, the COVID 19 crisis is the most challenging experience we’ve known.  We may need to reflect on what we’ve learned and the changes we need to make. But we are all capable of rising to that challenge. And if we believe in ourselves, support one another, have faith in something greater than ourselves, anything is possible. 

    And that we know, for sure. 

    Ck. out our SpeakWell highlights video for more of what we learned!

    https://vimeo.com/424206384

    Writers and Contributors – Fifth and Seventh-grade students at St. Joseph’s School – Yorkville: Nicolas Basso, Samantha Choi, Raymond Cremin, Zena Gardner, Tristam Hines, Eamonn Kennedy, Charlie Mango, Declan Miller, Desmond Miller, Declan Mulcahy, Finnbarr Mulcahy, Jackson Rooney, Ethan Russell, Pablo Sandoval Tapuerca, Riccardo Serafini 

    Coordinator & Editor: Patty McDonough Kennedy is the students’ public speaking coach, communication consultant, TEDx speaker, and founder of The SpeakWell Project – a program that teaches tweens & teens find their voice, use it well, and provides opportunities to share it.

    Special thanks to Laura Leedy for her editing and our parents and teachers who inspire all of us every day. We love you.

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  • What Are The Benefits Of Mindful Coloring?
    30 May 2020
    What is mindful coloring?

    Mindful coloring starts to be known among informal mindfulness training. It brings our awareness into the present moment by consciously focusing on coloring. You are aware of the pencil in your hand, the shade of each color, and your paper. These small effortless and enjoyable actions help you maintain your focus for a longer time. But how does it work, and what are exactly the benefits of mindful coloring to your mental health? Find out.

    Is coloring is forgotten by grown-ups?

    Probably yes, like many beautiful things we did when we were kids. Coloring is a favorite moment of children. Why? Because children are highly intuitive and spiritual beings. I would not be surprised hearing people say that, would you? Indeed, they know what is best! Let’s look into all the beautiful things they choose to do. Drawing, coloring, playing with sand… Which child does not have this in his childhood memories? A calm evening round a table drawing. You see magic colors realizing themselves on a piece of paper…

    Grown-up, we do much less interesting things! But one day you’ll learn to be mindful. You will perhaps want to return to your“beginner’s mind” (Buddhist Zen – “Shoshin”). To become a child again. But how? Easy, do mindful coloring!

    Does it really work?

    But does mindful coloring really works?

    Studies show that for kids, mindful coloring can improve motor skills. It stimulates creativity. Children also have more focus, and self-confidence (Colorpsychology.org). “By taking the time to carefully move from one pattern to the next, children can avoid getting lost in negative thoughts” (Happiful).

    How about adults? Well, this is the first fact. ‘Mindful coloring books for adults have held a steady place in the book charts. And it’s internationally since taking off in 2014’, stated Happiful. And you doubt, there are reasons for it! Mindful coloring is proved to be positive for your mental health, reduce anxiety, and stress.

    What’s more? Check out the 3 interesting science-proved facts you may not know about mindful coloring.

    3 science-proved facts about benefits of mindful coloring Image by Juraj Varga from Pixabay1. Compared to reading, colouring scores higher for mindfulness!

    Look into this recent study conducted by the University of the West of England. The volunteers were asked to either spend 20 minutes reading, or 20 minutes colouring. And guess what? Compared to reading, colouring reduced higher levels of anxiety. It also has greater improved mindfulness!

    2. Five minutes of colouring equals an hour of meditation, expert says

    This is what was announced by AbcNews Australia. Speaking at the World Science Festival in Brisbane, Dr. Stanley Rodski talked about a kind of “coloration” that helped decongest the brain. Coloring, to him, “provided a modern form of meditation”.

    The significant benefits of coloring are now being realized for all age groups as it takes its place alongside yoga and meditation as an enjoyable way of improving mental and physical well-being.

    RippleKindness.org

    Why is this so? Because mindful coloring offers a kind of coloring with repeating patterns. And our brain likes it for relaxation. Indeed, this coloring method does not focus on the process. It rather does on creating the pattern using the colors. “Our brain likes to be in this relaxing mode of repeating shapes and staying inside the lines”. Dr. Stanley Rodski, a neuroscientist, maintained this, at the World Science Festival.

    3. Mindful coloring overrides stressful images

    Another brain scientist, Dr. Joel Pearson, brought an interesting angle. In an article by Nine.come.au., he said: “[With mindful coloring], you have to look at the shape and size. You have to look at the edges. And you have to pick a color. It should occupy the same parts of the brain that stops any anxiety-related mental imagery”.

    Indeed, mindful coloring has the same effect as meditating. It allows us to stay in the current moment. This could potentially alter the brain’s structure.

    When the brain is focused on a simple activity that takes us outside of ourselves and with a predictable outcome, it’s able to relax.

    RippleKindness.org
    Effortless mindfulness, start today

    Mindful coloring is intuitive and effortless mindfulness. There is no set schedule for your formal mindfulness training. Forget your mindful working sheets or complicated mindfulness training tools. With this informal mindfulness activity, you just enjoy it. That’s the magic moment of mindful coloring. No wandering thoughts, no effort, no program. What’s more, it’s fun, cheap, and accessible anytime!

    And science also proved it. Firstly, mindful coloring reduces anxiety and stress. Secondly, it improves our cognitive skills. But also, we have better focus and self-confidence. What’s more, it scores better than reading in mindfulness training. We can say that it has the same effect as meditation. And finally, it can retrain our brain related to stressful images.

    With all these benefits, why do we wait any longer? I love doing this with my daughter when evening falls, listening to relaxing music. And our mindful day accomplishes. Will you try it too?

    Read more:

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