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3 Ways to Instil Mindfulness and Peace in Your Daily Life

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Sometimes, we might feel like our life is rushing through, overloaded with duties and responsibilities. Life’s hurdles make it appear like it is more of a chore, and ‘living in the moment’ seems like a tough business. Especially in 2020, ever since the undesired Covid-19 virus has turned the world upside down, finding peace, calm, and happiness amongst all the chaos can be tricky.

However, we can learn how to dodge these bullets and shun the constant need to achieve success by following some steps. As the adage goes, “The pursuit of inner peace is more important than the search for happiness or success.” We must give time for ourselves and find the inner calm to move forward.  

In this article, we have mentioned three ways by which you can teach these values. Read on!

1. Meditation

By now, it is safe to assume that meditation has a plethora of health and psychological benefits. Some of these include decrement in anxiety, depressive thoughts, and reduced cortisol levels. If work or your personal life has you stressed out, meditating can go a long way in bringing you peace and calm. 

It’s a method where you can spend a silent period in concentration and smooth out the jumbled thoughts making a mess in your head. One of the best things about meditation is; you can practice it anywhere, whether you are waiting for an appointment at the doctor’s, traveling in a car or bus, or when you are sipping some evening tea on the balcony.

You can perform this technique by spending a short time of ten to fifteen minutes in a simple seated stance, with your eyes closed. Follow that up with some steady inhalation and exhalations before you open your eyes again. If you are new to this whole topic, you can follow a guided meditation video with a calming background soundtrack on YouTube to lull you into a blissful state of mind.

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

2. Gratefulness and Contribution

The concept of being grateful can help anyone achieve satisfaction and a happy state of mind. It allows you to understand and appreciate your blessings instead of distressing over the things you don’t have. It shows how you are luckier than the people who have it worse and eliminates the idea of self-pity, which is indeed destructive to our minds.  

You can practice gratefulness by listing down all the skills, loving people, and material possessions you have. Constantly go through that list to remind yourself about the positivity in your life.

You can also learn gratefulness by contributing to those in need. Take out some time to volunteer in a charity or pay a visit to an orphanage or nursing home. If you love animals, you can stop by an animal shelter or adopt a few abandoned pets!  

Putting your time and energy into helping someone else gives you a sense of positivity, and you can indirectly help yourself. Doing something kind for someone without expecting anything in return is therapeutic in a way. While feeling at peace, you might also find your purpose in life!

3. Activity

Spending some time in leisure and activity with peers and family can also help you become more mindful and cheerful! Whether it is a long walk on the beach in the warm sand and mesmerizing sunset with a close one, a soothing, healthy family dinner, or a bike ride across the scenic part of town, it will give you a break from your usual routine and unclutter your headspace. These might sound a tad bit cliche, but they are effective. You can also indulge in some entertaining activities that involve communicating with other people. You can have a fun dance night, or attend a yoga class with some friends. You have creative liberty!

As long as those activities promote meaningful conversation and allow you to break free, they can drain out your stress and make you feel more optimistic.

“Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.” – Joseph Goldstein

If you find peace in solitude, you can ride to a scenic destination like a lake or hill station (that is not crowded) and bask in beautiful sights of nature as you recollect positive thoughts and memories. According to experts, a good relationship with nature and its beauty has a deep connection with happiness.

Peace is a passive state of mind and not a destination that you have to chase. No matter what situation you are in, you can strategically let go of your stress and anxieties if you put in conscious effort. There are countless ways to achieve this great sense of mindfulness and harmony, and these three ways are a few of them. Practice the steps given in this article consistently, and you will find yourself calmer and collected in a short period!

Charlotte Lin is a content creator at escaperoom.com. She’s a passionate young woman, mother to an amazing nine-year-old, and an avid reader. Over the years, writing has helped her explore and understand the world as well as her own self. She loves to travel, meet new people, and spend quality time with her daughter.

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4 Lies You Keep Telling Yourself When You’re Afraid to Do Something

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When’s the last time you let fear get the better of you? Whether we want to admit it or not, fear keeps us from doing a lot of the things we know we really should do to achieve our goals. Fear is especially detrimental to entrepreneurs (read ‘wantrepreneurs’) that want to launch their first big project. (more…)

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Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Create Your Curiosity

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Curiosity is a great characteristic that people rarely sustain in their lifetimes. Some people struggle to sustain curiosity because of their internal and external challenges. They cannot encourage curiosity to come to the fore as they condition their mindsets with their learning, experience, and environment. However, there are very few individuals who sustain their curiosity levels throughout their lives to excel as extraordinary achievers.  (more…)

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5 Life Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed to Hear

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Life is a battleground, we need to keep fighting until our appointed time on earth comes. So, in this post, you will see the best of the best life tips you have never heard before. These tips are life-changing and can change you immediately. Let’s go!

1. Be independent 

Hundreds of millions of people make this mistake. We depend on people like us. “he will get it done for me, she will get it done for me”. You rely heavily on people and guess what, you are making a big mistake. 

There are a lot of people that have helped others and perhaps time changes for them, they become poor and rely on the people they have helped, guess what comes out at the end of this reliance? Disappointment, promises backed by failures, etc. 

Who are you depending on? Who is that person you can’t do without when getting things in your life done? If there is anyone, you are making a big mistake. And starting today, all you have to do is add a prefix – what if!

What if my friend stops helping me, what if I get disappointed by people I trust with my life, what if they neglect me and turn me down”.

A man or woman that depends on people like him is equal to a feeble pillar holding the four corners of a house. What happens when the feeble pillar falls? The man’s house falls down super-flat. Your trust should only be in Jesus. Man can fail us at any time but God is always faithful till his Kingdom comes. 

2. Love your neighbor as yourself 

The gravity of this word is enough to shatter the whole earth into pieces. 

Only if the whole world just kept this simple commandment Christ Jesus gave then, there will be no murders, poverty, greediness, anger, envy, betrayal, disappointment, etc. 

Why are there such things in the world? Because we hate ourselves. As long as you are fine all is well. You care about yourself only, selfish, you have and yet you cannot give. 

Those are the characteristics of over 90% of the 7.6 billion humans on earth. Why can’t you do to others what you would have them do to you? Why can’t you help that suffering neighbor who needs food? Then, a lot of people will say 

“Go away from here beggar, what did you do with your youth, I can’t give you a dime, beggar”. Why are we so cruel? This is the best tip you must dear to your heart. 

No matter what you have, no matter how little or in whatever way you can help. Help people, show them love, love them as you love yourself. Don’t forget this, today’s beggar, uneducated, debtor, poor person, etc can later become the greatest person in the world tomorrow. 

“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.” — Ashton Kutcher

3. Have a growth mindset

A growth mindset is what makes one successful and go far in life. However, a fixed and stagnated mindset throws one into jeopardy of life.

A lot of people have a fixed mindset, what they believe is what they believe, nothing you say on earth can change their mindset, they are the most educated in the world so they don’t need to learn any further. Did you have a fixed or growth mindset?

A growth mindset leads to success, achievements, happiness, learning more, and becoming better. On the other hand, a fixed mindset leads to complacency, pride, lack of achievement, ignorance, the stagnancy of the mind, etc. 

Let’s see an example of someone with a fixed mindset:

Cait tells Alice: Alice stop being so proud it’s annoying. 

And Alice responds:

“How dare you say I am proud, I am not. I am the most humble woman on earth”. In the example, Alice with a fixed mindset has a fixed mindset. However, what she does not know is that she is in the darkness of her ignorance. She is ignorant of the fact that she is a proud person thus, she can’t see it. 

People with a fixed mindset are ignorant. You must never have a fixed mindset. Always be willing to learn and to grow with humility. Pride can take you nowhere. 

4. Forgive everyone and give as many second chances as you can  

A lot of people have done all they could to be happy and have peace. But, they find out that happiness is not just there and that peace of mind is absent. 

Why is that? It is because you have a lot of grudge against people that have offended you. Yes, we know, it pained you to your heart, and what next? Keep malice? But, do you know what that unforgiveness does to you?

I call it the seed of unforgiveness because it plants a seed in your heart and this seed further grows to become hatred, depression, lack of freedom, zero peace, etc. 

If in only one person’s heart are all these things, then a person like that can never know peace and happiness. For example, if you were to go to a party with your friends and you hear that perhaps the other friend that you keep malice with is coming to the same party. 

Naturally, the only thing you would think of is not going to the party anymore because you want to avoid the person at all costs. And what does that add to you? It doesn’t add instead, it subtracts from your life because you could have gone to the party, had fun, and even have new friends or even new opportunities.

If not for anything will you forgive people, forgive them for the sake of God, for the sake of Christ Jesus. Because if you cannot forget the trespass of people, don’t expect God to forgive you. Forgive everyone, give them as many second chances as possible. 

Mind you, they can still mess up and make terrible mistakes all you have to do is keep forgiving them. This may not be so easy to the flesh. However, it is only The Spirit of God that can make you forgive the trespass of people. Without The Holy Spirit, it is impossible to do so. 

5. Love God

Do you love God? Are you a child of God? Do you believe in Christ Jesus? Even if the rest of the tips on these lists do not resonate with you, I want you to hold this very important to your heart which is to Love God with all your heart, soul, and strength.

And you can do that only by being a child of God. This life is too short. It is like a vapor, it is nothing. Life is more like an empty barrel that makes noise. You will grow old, your strength will leave you and you will die but, what happens after that? Where are you going to spend the rest of your eternity? 

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Explore Stoicism to Lead Your Life With Purpose and Meaning

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With the advent of technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR), there is increased volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity globally. People find it challenging to predict where the technology will take them to the next level. They are excited with the innumerable advantages arising from automation and artificial intelligence but they are equally concerned about the threats arising out of them. Precisely, humans are caught between peace and prosperity. (more…)

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