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

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 20, 2020

Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

One 2017 study found that:[1]

“after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

    As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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    Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

    1. Remember Your Why

    It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

    Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

    2. Go to Bed Early

    If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

    This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

    3. Make a Commitment

    I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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    Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

    You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

    4. Find a Friend

    If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

    Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

    Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

    5. Treat Yourself

    We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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    You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

    6. Change your Mindset

    Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

    When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

    7. Plan Your Day

    You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

    Time blocking

      8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

      Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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      For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

      9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

      Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

      10.  Set Multiple Alarms

      Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

      Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

      Final Thoughts

      About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

      Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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      Featured photo credit: Tomasz Woźniak via unsplash.com

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