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5 Things We Throw Away That Would Make Awesome Decorations

5 Things We Throw Away That Would Make Awesome Decorations

We usually throw away what we no longer use, or what we can’t even sell. There is a practical principle you can use to ascertain if you don’t really need something any longer. Every mundane item you haven’t used in over a year that’s just lying around is probably ready to be thrown away. However, this cannot be applied to every possible item you own, and some of them have hidden potentials you weren’t aware of so far.

You can create some of the most beautiful decorations for your home or garden by simply modifying the items you’d originally throw away. Here are five things we normally discard, which have a hidden aesthetic value you can tap into.

1. Old Hubcaps

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    The first thing on this list are hubcaps that you are no longer using. These don’t look good only on your wheels; they can also look great in your garden. With a little paint and plastic strapping, you can successfully transform old hubcaps into big flowers. You can put those in your garden or create a wall garden. You can use cable ties and attach them to the outer edge of your hubcap to act as petals. As far as flower stems are concerned, branches should do it.

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    You can use spray paint to add colors before you assemble the whole thing. To attach the stems to your flowers, you can use plastic strappings and, if you have some big leaves, you can tie them to the branch. Once all of that is done, you get one giant flower. Moreover, instead of a branch, you can use plastic or metal poles for stems and you can use painted cardboard to act as leaves.

    2. Old Tires

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      Since we are on the subject of car parts, here’s another one you can use as a decoration or furniture instead of tossing it aside. Used up tires are no longer reliable, there’s no reason to continue using them and you can’t sell them. What should you do with them?

      Turn them into furniture; that’s what. The most important thing to do here is just to make sure your tires are properly washed. Next, you can use some old pillows or any other sort of substance like rice, to fill the tires and use glue and rope to wrap them up. It can be hard to elaborate without a picture, but you can find all sorts of fancy tire DIY projects online.

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      You can make various other decorations and there are many different projects provided in the previous link. So, have fun making your own furniture.

      3. Wooden Pallet

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        You don’t need a whole new bed; all you need is a new mattress and some wooden pallets. You can also clean them and re-paint them, and then just stack them together one  on top of the other. It will serve as one big wooden pallet bed frame. The next step is quite obvious; just throw a mattress over your wooden pallet stacks and you’re done; it’s as easy as that.

        Of course, you can add various features and use wooden pallets to create all sorts of decorations, but the bed looks really nice and it’s really easy to make.

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        4. Crutches

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          In the event that you had a fractured bone or a sprained ankle and had to use crutches to get around, you are in luck. Sure, now you are all healed up and the crutches only bring up bad memories, but there’s no reason to throw them in the dumpster, since they can be used for all kinds of things. This project is simple but brilliant, and you’ll have a nice small shelf that you can put basically anywhere.

          All you need are three wooden planks that you should saw in order to get three different lengths (each one shorter than the other) and some glue. Turn the crutches upside down and place them together to form a triangle. Put one plank on the bottom, atop the handles for armpits, place the middle plank on middle handles, and glue the smallest plank as close to the top as possible. You can see in the picture above to check how it’s supposed to look.

          5. Wine bottles

          The video here is to show you how to cut bottles properly, and once you know how to do that, a whole world of possibilities will open up. You can use bottles to customize your light bulbs, or to create a glass vase for flowers. You can also cut them and turn them into dishes for serving salads or you can use them as lamps. There are so many different ways to use them, so you can get quite creative with these projects.

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          The best thing about DIY decorations is that they are completely unique. They look great and there is a sense of achievement attached to the projects, because you made all of it yourself. When you get good at this, you can even open up an Etsy account and earn some cash by selling fine craftsmanship. I hope you’ll have fun experimenting and that this article has inspired you to take action, and to avoid throwing away everything you have no immediate use for.

          Featured photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/JacekAbramowicz-1981807/ via pixabay.com

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          Last Updated on August 13, 2020

          12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

          12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

          As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

          1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

          I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

          Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

          Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

          2. What is the purpose of meditation?

          The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

          It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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          Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

          In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

          You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

          This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

          The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

          Less Physical, More Psychological

          Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

          This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

          The First Benefit of Meditation

          The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

          1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
          2. Relaxation of the body

          Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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          Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

          That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

          When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

          When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

          Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

          Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

          This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

          Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

          Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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          This benefit takes you to the second one.

          The Second Benefit of Meditation

          While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

          1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
          2. Observance
          3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
          4. Patience

          Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

          You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

          This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

          1. Energy

          Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

          2. Observance

          The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

          3. Peacefulness

          Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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          4. Patience

          The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

          The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

          Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

          Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

          The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

          • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
          • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
          • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
          • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
          • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
          • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

          These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

          Final Thoughts

          Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

          Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

          Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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          Reference

          [1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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