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5 Ways To Live A Life People Will Remember You By

5 Ways To Live A Life People Will Remember You By

From the moment we realize that we have the power to leave a positive impact on the world, we want to give ourselves every chance to do so. We’re so busy with every day life though that we forget to make our lives rewarding. One day when we’re gone, we hope that people think back to good things we’ve done.

There are five categories of activities we can do that help us aspire to be remembered. They are:

  • Social
  • Personal
  • Physical
  • Spiritual
  • Mental

Let’s go through how each of these five categories can help us live a life that people would want to remember us by with a few examples.

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Social: Touch People’s Lives

The next time you go to a store, have a look at the name tag for the person who’s serving you. That name tag isn’t there just to look pretty. To you, that person might just be there to be a convenience.

However, they have their own hopes and dreams. They might be secretly waiting for someone to reach out to them and see them as more than someone who simply gives change. Say their name and watch the shock come across their face. Maybe they might suddenly smile. It’s amazing how much a simple acknowledgement can make someone come alive.

Personal: Look After Yourself

You are unique. You might not feel that way when people are all around you and you’re made to fit into a certain mold. You might have loved doing something when you were younger, but then let it fall away once you became an adult.

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What if that was meant to be the thing that you were doing all along? What if that’s what gave your life meaning. If there’s one thing I could recommend, that would be to write. Some people blog, someone people write in a diary. Some people write books. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to escape the horrors of WWI. What came out of that? The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.

Physical: Your Body Is Your Ferrari

Our bodies are all that we’ve got. Whatever we’re born with we’ve got to use the best out of our ability. Some people try to blame their race. Maybe they’re not slender enough, tall enough, big enough, heavy enough or something else. Blaming is for people who don’t have any accountability for their success. They’re the types that will be forgotten in history.

The visualization that I use is that all of our bodies are Ferraris. They’re sleek, powerful, fast and sexy. We might not be anywhere near that right now. Our bodies could be caked in fat and have bad skin. We could be shoveling poor quality fuel into our systems and be outputting some nasty fumes too.

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But if we believe that our bodies are already a Ferrari and that we simply have to chisel out the definition and fix the transmission and engine, then we will be on our way from being a mediocre nobody to someone who evolved to keep up with his or her mindset.

Spiritual: Look After Your Being

Who are we really? We have such a sure sense of self but in reality, we’re just a bag of bones encased in muscle, skin and flesh. A self-conscious and -aware brain is running the game, sending signals and hormones coursing through our body to suit its needs.

You might have never thought about it that way, but that’s the reality of who we are – on a corporal level anyway. On a spiritual level, we have a sense of self and feel like the world contains meaning. We all have something that makes our spirit sing. Do that and do it honestly, whole-heartedly and powerfully. Recognition and being remembered will come with that.

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Mental: Your Mind Is Your Control Center

Our minds tell us what to do. If you think about it, they actually called themselves “the brain”, so they know more than we give them credit for. The key is to be aware of this. Some people let emotions get in the way of things and this causes the brain to misfire.

There have been some magnificent insights into different fields due to focused thought. If you have an idea that resonates with people, you can be remembered for a long, long time… as long as the idea stays relevant.

So there you have it, five ways to live a life that people will remember you by. Which way will you choose to make an impact on this world?

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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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