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Top 10 Christmas Songs Recommended for 2016 Christmas

Top 10 Christmas Songs Recommended for 2016 Christmas

“We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” 

The familiar melody reminds us that Christmas Day is coming on the fourth Sunday this mouth. People are going to make preparation for Christmas meals, Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas gifts, etc. to welcome the coming of the Christmas holiday. Wait a minute, we can’t forget about one of the most important things we get to experience during Christmas: the Christmas songs. There is nothing quite like Christmas songs that make your holiday brighter and merrier.

A good Christmas song can melt the heart of even the steeliest Grinch, from hardened hipster to a grumpy grandpa. So here are top 10 Christmas songs recommended for you that focus on secular Christmas themes, such as winter scenes, family gatherings, and Santa Claus. This list includes almost all genres of music, like pop, rock, R&B, country and children’s Christmas songs. I hope these Christmas songs can brighten your holiday.

1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

This is by far one of my favorite Christmas songs ever! This song is so catchy and gets you in the Christmas spirit from the moment you hear it. It is lively, upbeat and happy, and gets you in a good mood. The song is inevitably racking up more and more cover versions as its popularity continues to mount and it’s achieved classic status. Mariah Carey is a fully-deserved queen of Christmas songs! Every Christmas, when I want to listen to Christmas songs, I will pick this song as my first choice.

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     2. “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande

    The lyrics are an interesting twist on the old Christmas lyrical standard of “I want love for Christmas,” and addresses the question. What happens after the mistletoe has been taken down? Is there any guarantee for non-snowy love? The song’s lyrics tell us a sad love story, but with a bright melody. Santa also has no answer about the question of “if he really cares.” Ariana’s voice makes the Christmas ambience cuter and the epitome of lovely.

      3. “Mary, Did You Know” by Pentatonix

      The hearts of children and parents alike will be stirred by this wistful, insightful, and awe-inspiring narrative of the extraordinary life of Jesus. “Mary, Did You Know?” will give rich enjoyment to your family’s time together, not just during Christmas, but during any day of the year. This incredible and breathtaking song has magic and power and will bring you to tears when you listen it.

        4. “Christmas Canon” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

        The song is the perfect combination between the Christmas theme and Canon just like its name “Christmas Canon” suggests. The beautiful piano and violin melody, along with harmonies of children’s chorales, create such a heart-warming atmosphere in the cold snowy winter night that easily brings you into the happy mood of the Christmas season.

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          5. “Someday at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder & Andra Day

          It was originally released in 1967 and the title track still remains relevant today. Especially during troubled times, the song is an elegant and eloquent hope for a world that is filled with peace, equality, and free from poverty, hatred, and hunger. The song was referring to the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, but the lyrics can easily be applied to the state of the world today.

            6. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Bruce Springsteen

            Even though there are various memorable versions of this Christmas classic, like the versions performed by Crystals and The Jackson 5, our favorite rendition of the 1934 song is still from Bruce and the E Street Band. It just wouldn’t sound like the holidays without Bruce Springsteen and this holiday staple is the oldest Christmas song (1934) on our list of the top 10 Christmas songs. The classic surpassed the test of time and will never be out of style.

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              7. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

              Such a fun and festive song! As one of the classic Christmas songs, the song is joyful and cheerful and it always fills me up with Christmas cheer. If we say that “ Jingle Bell” is the song for children, “Jingle Bell Rock” is definitely the version that’s for adults. When it appeared in the movie Home Alone, it became an instant holiday classic.

                8. “It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé

                Michael Bublé’s voice is as classic as the gramophone and he has actually been one of the few singers that’s made his own standards. The song is absolutely eloquent and simple and his talent doesn’t feel like it is wasted. His voice is one of kind and makes for an enjoyable time when listening to this Christmas song. For people who like to remember the past, the song is deserving of being listened to again and again.

                  9. “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

                  The song lays dormant in Cohen’s vast repertoire for more than a decade. Leonard Cohen has always been ambiguous about what his “Hallelujah” is about, with its sexual scenery and its religious symbolism. “This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled,” Cohen has said. “But there are moments when we can reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by ‘Hallelujah’.”

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                    10. “Little Drummer Boy” by Pentatonix

                    The version of David Bowie and Bing Crosby is well-known by most people, but the cover by Pentatonix is also very beautiful and creative. Their voices touch your soul and make you remember the true meaning of Christmas. This group is amazing. Their harmonies and their ability to blend so well shows a true dedication to their craft. If you love the traditional song, you will love their version even more.

                      If you want to brighten your holiday, don’t hesitate to visit iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, or any other music sites, and download your favorite Christmas songs for better enjoyment. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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                      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

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