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7 Fun Things To Do When You’re Home Alone

7 Fun Things To Do When You’re Home Alone

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    Finally, the wait is over. Your parents are going out for a day or two, and you are all alone at home. We can understand that many people don’t know what to do when they are home alone.[1] There is nothing to worry about it. We will help you out.

    Spending time with ourselves is one of the best things in the world.[2] With no one around, you can totally be yourself, laugh at yourself, play with yourself and do all those funny things that you might never do when someone is around.

    However, your reading this article makes it pretty sure that you would already have gone through a lot of those things in your mind, but you couldn’t find anything good to do when alone at home. Not all of us know the art of taking the maximum advantage of this time. So, here we will share with you seven fun things that you would love to do when you’re home alone.

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    1. Watch movies.

    Yes, we can understand how difficult it becomes to watch movies when your parents are at home. Not all parents are easy-going. So why not utilize this time by watching all those movies you were dying to watch for such a long time? Moreover, this hardly requires any effort; all you need is a laptop and a good Internet connection. Some of free movie websites are on Crackle, Hulu, Vimeo, Leinster, WolowTube, Movie4K, Streaming-Movies, etc. The other way to have fun is even more simpler: Just switch on the TV and watch your favorite shows or movies.

    2. Enjoy your own concert.

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      Most of us are poor bathroom singers. Alas! No one enjoys our singing. In some cases, the condition is so bad that our family members don’t even allow us to sing even a single song when they are at home. Yes, if you can relate to this, then you’re not alone. But now when you’re alone at home you are free to sing aloud your favorite playlist. Let the hidden talent[3] come out of you. Dance or sing as much as you can. Who knows, maybe these few sessions of singing could give birth to the next Beyonce or Justin Bieber?

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      3. Call, text or video message a friend.

      You were once addicted to your phone, and now your parents have strictly said no to the usage of cell phones. But no need to worry much. Now is the best time when you can talk for long hours to your friends. Make plans for the meeting; discuss the latest talk of the town. The time is even more crucial for the ones in a relationship. When can you get a better opportunity for doing a video chat[4] with your better half?

      4. Play video Games.

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        If you are a gaming freak, to whom nothing seems more adventurous than playing Counter Strike or Overwatch, then this is the time you will surely love. Being home alone is the best time to play video games.[5] No one will be there to scold you for playing games for long hours. You can also download the latest games from the web on your PC, laptop, Mac or smartphone. You could also live your childhood dream of exploring your brother’s favorite collection of video games. Obviously, in his presence, you would never get a chance to do that.

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        5. Get your favorite celebrity look.

        This is indeed the best thing to do when nobody’s at home. These stunning photos of yours will surely rock your image. Getting the celeb look is something we all would like to experience at least once in our lives. Put on some makeup, wear fabulous clothes, accessorize a lot and let your photo shoot reflect the fun you had. Count on us: your friends are surely going to be jealous of your Rihanna or Madonna look.

        6. Homework!

        Many of you might be the ones who love to study. Believe us, the alone time at home is the best time to finish off all the homework or pending assignments. With no one around, you can concentrate better and can even solve those hard and tedious math problems with much more ease. When your parents get back, surprise them with your sincere efforts. That can even get you some gift or tasty candies from them.

        7. Relax!

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          We totally get it. If you are one of those who loves to sleep for hours. You do not care what is going around in the world and can’t even tolerate someone disturbing you while you are sleeping. All you want is a cozy blanket and a soft pillow, and then you are lost in the world of your beautiful dreams.[6]

          Indeed, all of this sounds amusing. So, you now know what to do when your parents are out the next time. (Tho a note of warning: be on the safe side and don’t do anything dangerous.) Do let us know if you have any other fantastic idea. And also, share your amazing ‘home-alone’ experiences with us by commenting in the comments section.

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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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