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5 Reasons Why Misunderstanding Mindfulness & Spirituality Is Robbing People Of Their Happiness.

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5 Reasons Why Misunderstanding Mindfulness & Spirituality Is Robbing People Of Their Happiness.

Life Is More Than Spirituality & Being Mindful. Or do we just not understand these two notions? People are confused, living in a fog, they want answers, they feel like there is more, more to this fast changing and crazy busy life we lead. The world is not getting bigger, it’s getting smaller! We are a touch of a button away to sending messages around the world to multiple people instantly. We’re dealing with a global market where anything is possible. Think about how the world is changing. This could lead us to amazing things.

But for that to happen we must remove the fog. It’s autopilot on steroids, most people wake up and before they have even left their house they’re stressed, on edge and frustrated. They get to work and they’re stressed, on edge and frustrated. They get home and yes they’re stressed, on edge and frustrated. We have all been there, maybe you are there or maybe you know someone who is living this right now? To the everyday person on the street there are two words that are stopping people from being happy: Mindfulness & Spirituality. Read on to find out why.

What if we could change the perception that is around mindfulness and spirituality, so we can begin to really understand what it entails and why we need to embrace it. Let’s explore the reasons and how mindfulness and spirituality is sometimes perceived wrong and is stopping people from being happy, less stressed and better equipped to live life in this busy world and be all they can be.

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1. The perception

If you live life as spiritual person and you practise mindfulness you live life with your head in the clouds, you’re a tree hugging hippie. This is how people perceive a mindful and spiritual person.

The hack: The perception couldn’t be farther away from the truth. Mindful and spiritual people are emotionally resilient, extremely focused and extremely good at what they do. They are real people living in a real world and have real jobs. In fact most leaders live by this, Steve Jobs, Oprah, Richard Branson.

2. The closet meditator

It’s no secret that most people realise the perception people have around mindfulness and spirituality, and therefore are fearful of how people will perceive them, treat them, how they will judge them and how they will treat them differently if they associate with these two things. Or worse they don’t take them seriously within their profession.

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The hack: It’s not sustainable nor will you benefit from hiding your mindfullness and spirituality, because you are giving people just a portion of who you are. The same person you have always been and so much more is who you have to be. There is nothing weird, nothing crazy, and nothing too freaky. Living this way allows you to be in the moment and not get lost in the past, worry or daydream about the future. Instead embody kindness, curiosity and acceptance of yourself and others.

3. Seeing the unseen

When people think spirituality, they think crystal balls, spirits and ghosts or tarot card readings. Seedy psychic readings at a carnival and oh what the mind imagines…

The hack: All spirituality really is connecting the physical body with the emotional body and the spirit body. To feel all sensations in your body, even the bad ones, without getting attached to them or wanting them to go away. To be aware off thoughts without believing they are the only version of the truth. To listen and feel your emotions and embrace whatever you feel at the time, even the unpleasant and the uncomfortable.

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4. Your brain is not your mind

The brain and the mind are commonly viewed as the same, but they are very different. People who are stressed, anxious or ignorant are unable to connect and feel any real emotions, or only the ones that the brain creates. Use your emotional guidance system. Having all emotions is perfectly normal, fear, anger, frustration and even rage. It’s what you do with it, that counts, it’s just your body’s way of saying “You’re not aligned to this thought, this feeling or this action”. No drama. Reach for a better one.

The hack: When you’re more compassionate towards yourself, others and situations, when you do this meticulously, you experience more love, deeper love, laughter and happiness, better health and you improve the impact you contribute to the world. It’s about strengthening and training the mind to be stable so you can think clearly.

5. Stress is inevitable

In this crazy busy life we lead that moves at lightening speed, stress has become a normal part of life that we just have to deal with. Strength is determined by ones ability to see through the tough times and not let things get to them. To fight, hustle, push it aside and soldier on.

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The hack: We have a choice, we can see the good in people and things, or we can see the bad. Seeing the bad simply causes unnecessary stress and unhappiness. Seeing the good in things and people or just simply letting it be allows us to realise that stress isn’t caused by situations, it’s cause by the thoughts we have towards them and how we react to them.

Featured photo credit: Alice Popkorn via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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