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7 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

7 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

I believe we are in a spiritual revolution, and more people are focusing on natural ways of healing. When watching TV shows, movies, and news channels, you’ll hear more about how natural healing and meditation is good for you. It calms down the mind, can help with movement, and allow you to live a more enjoyable life. For this reason, I decided to write about the power of meditation and why you should incorporate meditating into your life.

1) Reduce Stress

Meditation is a natural way to reduce stress in your life by taking control of your mind and emotions. It forces you to relax to a point where you forget about daily stresses. The other alternative to meditation is to take anti-anxiety medication which can cost money, and you’ll rely on pills every day you are faced with a stressful situation. For this reason, it’s important to learn how to handle stress by meditating so you have a permanent solution which is cheaper and one which you control.

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2) Improve Concentration

When meditating, you are allowing yourself to concentrate on your internal energy. In the beginning, this can be very hard, however, over time you’ll get better at centering your energy while clearing your mind of other distraction. As you automate this process, you’ll notice how you’re able to focus better on daily activities and in general throughout life. Remember, while meditating you are moving clutter from your mind so the next time you face any distraction, you’ll know how to remove distractions blocking you from doing your work.

3) Healthier Lifestyle

When people start to work out daily, it improves all aspects of their life because people generally want to eat well, stop smoking, and drink less. The same can be said about meditation because this can help you feel good and relaxed. When you feel good, you want to do good so will avoid anything which makes you feel otherwise. Meditation helps with relaxation, focus and simply makes you feel good so you no longer want to do anything which harms your body.

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4) Increase Happiness

When I finish meditating, I feel much happier because I don’t have unwanted stress in my life. In fact, Studies have shown that brain signaling increases in the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for positive emotions, while activity decreases on the right side, responsible for negative emotions.

5) Networking

With so many people meditating, you now belong to a community or group which shares the same interests. It’s a great way to meet new people and share new experiences. The popular movement has caused meditation classes to flourish at my gym and local community center where I go daily. I have met different types of people and this has increased my social life since after we go for dinner and socialize on the weekend as a group.

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6) Cardiovascular Health

The connection between stress and heart disease is well-documented. Stress can increase the risk of heart disease which is way avoiding stress is always recommended. I mentioned above how meditating can relief stress which lowers the risk of heart disease, however, the practice of relaxation can also lower blood pressure. According to the U.S. News and World Report, it has been shown that “meditation induces relaxation, which increases the compound nitric oxide that causes blood vessels to open up and subsequently, blood pressure to drop.”

7) Improves Goal Setting

To feel the benefits of meditation, you should do it daily or 4-5 per week. This means you need to get into the routine of taking out time to meditate. Just like getting up to go to work daily requires dedication and good habits so does meditate. As you start to keep a solid schedule to meditate, you’ll notice it improves how you complete other tasks in your life too.

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Final Thoughts

There are several other reasons to meditate so do your own research to learn how it can help benefit your life. However, through my own research, I’ve learned that meditation can increase happiness, lower stress, and help improve your overall lifestyle.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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