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A 5 Step Meditation Technique for a Stress Free Life

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Given the demands of today’s society, we often find ourselves stressed in one way or another. Whether it’s an issue in the office or a conflict within our family/friends, these things will slowly drag us down. Before we know it, we begin to carry that draining feeling within us.

As such, one way that these things can affect us negatively is through sleep. By invading the subconscious and unconscious thoughts, our problems can disturb our sleeping pattern. When we continuously think of such negative things in our life, they become part of our unconscious thoughts. In doing so, it damages the psyche which in turn affects the things that we dream of.

To visualize such, we can think of our minds as a water well. Present in classic historical tactics for biological warfare, poisoning the well is one of the ways to defeat the enemy. While that tactic such can be interpreted differently today, the same imagery can be used in understanding the whole concept of dreams.

If our minds are the water wells, our problems constitute the poison that infiltrates it. Drinking from this well will definitely bring diseases, just like a poisoned psyche becomes a catalyst for nightmares. Just like actual diseases, these instances will lead to sleepless nights resulting in fatigue and stress that carries over.

With this, one solution to address this problem is by way of meditation, because you’ll be able to tap the unlimited potential of your brain, allowing you to remove the negative stuff that affects your sleep patterns.

Here is the five-step meditation technique which will help us address these problems:

1. Breathing in-and-out

First off, breathing is an essential part of human life. As we inhale and exhale, oxygen flows while carbon dioxide goes. Nonetheless, it’s an undeniable truth plays an essential role in the way we live.

But more than that, proper breathing is also the first step in doing meditation. When we breathe, we also release and consume energy; a fundamental principle in meditation. Allowing ourselves to inhale and exhale properly means that we become more sensitive to the flow of energy.

2. Try to heighten your senses

Heightening your senses is another crucial step in physically preparing yourself for the whole process of meditation. As you try to concentrate and redirect your focus, try to improve your body’s sensitivity.

To do this, you have to focus on sensations in your body. For instance, you have to get a general feel of your body’s heaviness, or the warmth at your fingertips. You can also pay attention to the background music around you and identify if there are unnecessary noises. In doing so, it will significantly improve your focus to achieve the best meditation mood.

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there.” – Deepak Chopra

3. Review your day and let the thoughts flow

After preparing yourself for the whole activity, this third step is the actual meditation itself. By reviewing the events in your day, you’ll be able to see the bigger picture. With the calm state you’re in, allowing your thoughts to simply flow means that you don’t focus on one positive or negative thought.

Rather, by making it flow, you can get a holistic view of things. Such a bird’s eye view is necessary for removing the negative thoughts because you’re slowly able to identify which parts are causing the problem.

By knowing which parts are affected, you can sift through things and identify aspects of your life that cause these nightmares.

4. Identify a chakra point that addresses your problems

Since you’ve now identified your stressors, the next step to remove these nightmares and sleepless nights is to address the relevant chakra points. While this isn’t the only way to resolve such struggles, chakra meditation is one of the key practices that we can do.

Why so? Given that negative energy plagues our system, one of the best ways to sort it out is to identify which points are blocked. When some chakra points are overactive, we are unable to let positive energy in.

Without positive energy, we can imagine our body filled with carbon dioxide alone. Filled with toxins, we will end up having those sleepless nights as such plagues our whole system.

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

5. Do a charka practice that relieves the affected area

To complete the meditation, the end goal is to ease the area that is blocked or overactive. By performing specific methods together with healing crystals, you’ll be able to address the affected area.

For instance, if you’re having trouble with your relationships, focusing on the heart charka means you can slowly deal with the sleepless nights and the dreams you’re having right now.

Although one session won’t entirely change things overnight, continually doing this strengthens your core charka points which will eventually remove the unnecessary stuff and let the good ones in.

Slowly but surely, doing your meditation together with Chakra cleansing will allow you to deal with your nightmares. By calming yourself through such, you’ll be able to destress and let things flow. This will give you time and space to reflect and rest, leading to a better and renewed you.

Do you meditate? If so, how has it impacted your life? Share your thoughts with us below!

Chris writes for individualogist.com, a website dedicated to helping individuals identify and learn about their personality archetypes. The site also offers a wealth of wisdom about spirituality, self-discovery, and astrology. You can identify your archetype by taking their archetype test here. You can also check them out on there Facebook page.

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These 7 Daily Resolutions Can Change Your Life

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We all strive to be better every day. Most of us want a new day to bring something new, and we plan for it as well. Of course, the execution is debatable as procrastination is real and it becomes an overwhelming feeling at times. Also, not to forget the customary practice of making resolutions on new year’s eve!  All of us are fascinated by the thought of preparing long lists of resolves to mark the beginning of a new year. Not sure how many people are able to translate these resolutions into functional realities. (more…)

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4 Reasons Why Content Is Pivotal For Mental Health Healing

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had. 

There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.

As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.

You never know who is watching (reading)

Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say? 

You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience.  Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.

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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end. 

Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life. 

1. Change Your Self-Concept

Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities. 

2. Sign Up For An Online Course

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need. 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

3. Learn From a Mentor

No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process. 

4. Start A Side Hustle

The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills. 

5. Nourish Your Body

As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.

Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:

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How to Turn Inward and Detox Your Mind

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When we are overwhelmed by confusion, our psyche tries to establish certainty to alleviate our discomfort. This is usually accomplished by mentally imagining and acting out a plot. Unfortunately, much of the time, we mentally visualize pessimistic (or worst-case scenario) scenarios to provide certainty. (more…)

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