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6 Creative and Fulfilling Hobbies to Take Up After the Holidays

6 Creative and Fulfilling Hobbies to Take Up After the Holidays

As the year 2016 is comes to an end, it is about that time to start thinking of new year’s resolutions. Of course, there is no need to go to the extreme of saying “new year, brand new me.” Perhaps you just need to try something that would help with self-improvement. Basically, you can take up a new hobby and start to add a new skill to your resume.

Pick something that is fulfilling and that can help you grow in a direction you wish, this way it will be fun learn. Here is a list of hobbies that you can try, or at least use as inspiration to find something you’ll gladly master. All of these hobbies can also help you earn a living, so you do not have to consider them as a waste of time but as a personal investment.

1. DIY

You can become addicted to DIY projects, which basically translate to craftsmanship. You learn how to create furniture out of items you don’t use, or garden decorations, or any sort of accessory. These are really popular and they give you a chance to add a unique touch to your home. Moreover, you can start creating jewelry or ornaments, since these are sold on etsy for good price.

When you are honing your skills and researching, you are improving your coordination, your creativity, and also learning how to fix various things without relying on a handyman. Also, it gives you a good skill set to build a tree house or something else your children will enjoy. So in a way, it is a skill that can also contribute to quality family time.

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Just pick something you find interesting and that you would like to master and start searching for tutorials. It is a good skill to know and a wonderful hobby, so there is no way you can go wrong with this.

2. Photography

    Can you be patient and wait for a perfect moment to capture something majestic? Do you love visiting different places and traveling? Then photography is a hobby you will enjoy. Bear in mind however that the more you commit, the harder it will get. You’ll start to learn photo manipulation, you will start to save money for better equipment, and you most definitely become a perfectionist.

    As a budding photographer, you will also most likely want start mastering Photoshop, then begin searching for cheap travel deals just so you can take new pictures. Plus spending time on Google Earth will definitely become your thing, because good photography is all about location.

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    If you have a serious interest in this hobby, you should go through this guide for beginners, to find the best camera for your purposes. You can go through Photoshop tutorials and see what the procedure for uploading stock photos is, in case you eventually want to make money from your photography.

    3. Making Videos

    You can also make video material and upload it on various networks that support it. Many people have made a fortune from vlogging, making videos and entertaining or educating people. It really looks like a fun and easy way to earn money, but don’t be fooled. Making videos requires a lot of devotion, but it is still really fun hobby. You’ll need to acquire a good camera and a good microphone for starters, and you’ll also need to have an idea about the theme of your channel and the topics you’d like to cover.

    Once you have the idea, you need to write a script for a video, then film it, and then comes video editing. This can also take awhile if you are still new to how the software or video editing tools are used, but mastering the basics should not be too difficult.

    It is definitely a hobby you will grow to like and if you upload quality content frequently, people will notice you. Almost anyone who succeeded claims that it took at least two years for the videos to be noticed and featured, so it is a question of determination.

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    4. Gaming

    In addition to making videos, you can take up gaming as a hobby. Games actually offer quality material for a video topic. New games are constantly coming out, and people who are not certain whether they should buy them want to see a video review, so the two hobbies can go hand-in-hand.

    The gaming community is very wide today, but if you were never intrigued by video games, you probably won’t like this hobby. Alternatively, you can go with board games, which are are also fun as you can play them with your friends, and if you are invested enough, you can even start designing them. It is really a fun hobby and it is great for all ages.

    5. Gardening

      If you have knack for aesthetics and harmony, and if you like plants and decorating, then gardening is definitely a hobby for you. It takes patience, but allows you to practice peace and serenity while you create your own slice of heaven, and is relatively inexpensive as a hobby. You will need seeds and a place to grow plants, so without a backyard it is not really possible. Sure you can collect and cultivate plants indoors, but it kind of defeats the purpose of gardening.

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      If you get good at this, people might call you to redecorate their garden, or you can even increase your home’s property value. However, profit should not be the main motivation here; you should pick up gardening for the sake of creating beautiful gardens and cultivating plants.

      6. Cooking

      Finally, you can always take up cooking as a hobby. You will most likely love it, and what’s more your friends will love you for it, so everybody wins. It gives you a chance to become good at something that is generally needed and there is a lot of room for you to be creative.

      You have seen how a lot of people have become famous simply because they are good at cooking, they even have their own TV shows, and some of them get to act like real prima donnas and yell at their underlings. Not that you should be that way, this only shows how a hobby can grow into a passion and lead you to fame.

      Much like gaming, cooking can be a topic for your video-making hobby. As mentioned, you can be creative so that people will view it just to see something new. Another upside is that you probably have all the necessary equipment, you only need the ingredients and some good recipes.

      To sum up, the year 2017 offers a lot of possibilities for improvement, and you can turn that quest for improvement into a hobby or hobbies. Hopefully this list inspires you or at least pushes you in the right direction. Pick something that you find fun and interesting; the learning experience will be more pleasant and you will therefore advance at a rapid pace.

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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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