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The Only Guide You Need for the Best Movies to Watch

The Only Guide You Need for the Best Movies to Watch

Everyone of us has a list of movies that have great impact in life: movies that inspire us when we’re lost in life; movies that cheer us up when we feel hopeless; and movies that bring us laughter when we want a break from the hectic life.

Here’s a list of great movies to watch that’s handpicked by Lifehack’s editors, from original movies to adaptations, from romance to fantasy, comedy and documentary. You will surely find some that fit what you need.

Motivational Movies That Lift You Up

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Life-changing movies like Spirited Away and Life of Pi can perhaps help you discover the deeper meaning of life.

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‘If you want something, go get it.’ This is what we learn from the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. Great movies like this can always teach us valuable life lessons.

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When you’re in your late 20s and early 30s, do you feel like trapping in your job or relationship? Movies like Silver Linings Playbook and About Time are best for your quarter-life motivations.

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Turning 40 doesn’t mean getting old but being a little wiser and a little more mature. With this list, by the time you’re 40 you can say you know a little something about going through different life stages.

5 Feel Good Movies Guaranteed To Lift Your Spirits

Things don’t always happen as you wish and we all know that. But when the moment comes, all you need is the cure to help you cry it out, laugh out loud to start feeling better.

10 Movies You Should Watch To Boost Your Mood And Energy

There are films that make you cry (when you need a good cry), and help you vent your frustrations and enliven you.

Inspirational Movies That Lead You To Success

4 Awe-inspring Movies That Will Inspire the Bill Gates out of You

If you want to be like Bill Gates and create your own success in career, you should not miss these inspiring movies.

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Sometimes a movie could be our motivational bridge to the success we truly desire. After watching these movies, you will come to know what kind of success you’re looking for.

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If you are preparing yourself to become an entrepreneur, you must watch these movies which get you the inspirations you need.

Joyful Movies To Watch With Your Kids And Families

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These movies and fun animations deliver meaningful messages to kids and are really fun to watch.

10 Must Watch Movies To Share With Your Families (Especially During Christmas!)

These heart-warming Christmas movies are the best movie ideas for you to share with your families!

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Romantic Movies To Watch With Your Other Half

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Other than Titanic and Love, Actually, there are still a number of movies that would make you feel loved. What’s better than spending a movie night with your other half?

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Documentaries That Reveal The Unknown Side Of The World

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Documentaries are grounded in true stories and they can inspire in a way fictionalized films can’t. From the power of nature to the hidden truth of a person, all these are intriguing.

50 Best Documentaries Of All Time That Will Change Your Life

Documentaries have the potential to change your life, whether this involves a glimpse at the life of an unhealthy adult or traveling with a flock of animals.

Adapted Movies That Put Real Stories And Fiction On Screen

15 Classic Movies That Are Based On Real Stories

Have you ever wondered how it feels like when your life story is put on screen? Powerful stories like The Pianist are great examples of how talented producers turn real stories into fascinating movies.

20 Amazing Novels You Should Read Before You Watch The Movies Based on Them

Many blockbusters are adapted from great novels. Apart from reading the novels, you shouldn’t miss their adapted movies as they visualize your favorite characters on screen.

EXTRA! Too Good To Miss: Unnoticed Best Movies Of All Time

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This list of amazing movies are concluded by BBC. There’re many amazing films released over the last 17 years. They’re all amazing in their unique way and some of them really stand out from others.

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12 Best Foreign Movies Of All Time That Will Expand Your Worldview

Not all foreign movies are boring or slow-paced, many in fact offer eye-opening insights. To truly enjoy the wide variety of films that’s out there, you can’t miss these impressive foreign films.

40 Best Indie Movies of All Time

There are blockbusters and then there are indie films which work with a limited budget and are produced independently. But these independent movies are often great ones.

10 Iconic Movies from the 90s

Most people don’t understand the nostalgia embedded with the 90s, but it’s easy to explain it once you know the immense amount of lifestyle improvements achieved in just ten years, and how it responds to a different uprising.

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Throughout 2015, there are so many blockbusters that you probably have watched, yet there are always some hidden gems that are yet to be discovered.

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What makes a movie great? These 30 movies will tell you why some stand the test of time while others slowly (or rather quickly) lose their value.

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Published on November 28, 2018

How to Do Meditation at Home to Calm Your Anxious Mind

How to Do Meditation at Home to Calm Your Anxious Mind

The woman in yoga pants sitting in a lotus position atop a rocky cliff, overlooking a valley draped in fog — this is the glamorized version of meditation you’ll come across as you search. Yet if you’re seeking meditation to calm your mind, a fantastic setting with no distractions is rarely available.

So how to do meditation?

The truth about meditation is it’s an everyday practice for anybody. You could be a mountain climber or you could be an accountant — either way, your home is just as good a place for meditation as any.

Are you seeking to corral your racing thoughts and relieve a sense of unease, awkwardness, or uncertainty? Look to home meditation to cultivate a laid-back, creative, confident, and organized frame of mind. According to extensive scientific research, meditation relieves stress and anxiety, decreases blood pressure, improves sleep, and improves your ability to pay attention. [1]

From start to finish, this article will give you quick, easy steps to follow so that you can meditate at home regularly. You’ll begin by assessing, identifying and altering things that need to change in your home environment. You’ll end by understanding the basics of meditation so that you can let yourself do what you already know how to do deep down in the hidden reality of your mind.

You’re ready to let your mind be, and just be, in your own home — let’s begin.

1. Find the Right Space in Your Home

Where is your right space for meditation at home? Is it in your basement, your bedroom, your living room, or your study?

The right space will be one with the least distractions built in to its purpose. In that case, it may be your bedroom. If you’ve set up your bedroom to be a place for sleep and only sleep, it will lend itself well to meditation.

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The right space will also be a reasonably spacious one. Although comfort is not your goal, you need room to sit. Choose a space that is private, spacious, and quiet. If you don’t have a space in your home like this, create one. Free it from clutter and get it ready for you to meditate there any time.

Ultimately, your right space is one you feel comfortable meditating in, the space you can enter with no other expectations.

2. Improve the Feng Shui in Your Home and Meditation Space

Feng shui means “wind and water.” It’s the ancient Chinese art of placement.[2]

Feng shui improves harmony with nature. Adherents to the principles of feng shui believe all things have energy (chi). The focus of feng shui is to send negative chi (sha) out of the space and attract positive chi (yun).

Here’s the truth about feng shui: it’s not complicated or hard. The following will influence feng shui positively in your home and meditation space:

  • Living things, such as plants
  • Beautiful objects, such as sculptures or even a well-polished piece of driftwood
  • Mirrors in symmetrical placement with the lines in a room
  • Mellifluous sounds, such as trickling water or wind chimes
  • Furniture away from walls
  • A centerpiece, such as a small table with books or an ornate lamp on it
  • Incense or something else that smells good
  • A lack of clutter and an attention to organization that emphasizes the usefulness, purpose, and essential being of each item in your house

Given that feng shui is connected to Taoism and Buddhism, it will complement the meditative atmosphere you want to cultivate in your home.

3. Eliminate Pervasive Distractions That Can Harm Your Wellbeing

In part, meditation is about accepting the existence of distractions. When you meditate, you don’t judge and assign a positive or a negative value to distractions — the ticking of a clock, an itch, the barking of a dog — you let them occur and let them dissipate like waves.

However, in the same way that feng shui removes objects that attract negative chi, there are certain types of distractions that don’t belong in your meditative space. You must remove them.

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In a survey of 1,700 people who visited social media sites at least 30 times per week, 30 percent reported high levels of sleep disturbance and 25 percent presented symptoms of depression. [3]

Those individuals who experience sleep disturbances or mental health issues due to social media are not setting boundaries between themselves and their connected devices.

Part of learning how to meditate at home is learning how and when to set boundaries between yourself and your connected devices and social media accounts. If you need your phone for a timed meditation practice, but you normally receive social media notifications on your phone, set it on Do Not Disturb or Airplane mode during your meditation time.

4. Flow into Meditation Through Time

Next, set aside a time for meditation each day. It’s right to be structured and disciplined about your meditation time.

Buddhist monks whose lives revolve around meditation are very structured and organized with their tasks each day. Structure provides the balance your being needs. Once you are meditating, your mind has no need for time. Outside of your given meditation time, you are completing tasks essential to the wellbeing of yourself and your home.

Consider meditating as the sun rises. This is a quiet and contemplative time of the day when it is natural to set your day’s balance through meditation.

5. Recognize the Rightness of Doing Nothing

At home, you’re probably used to always doing something. When you do meditation at home, you are being, which is doing something and nothing simultaneously.

Maryville University points out that successful people unplug by doing nothing. [4] Not only this, but they set the right expectations for the time during which they will do nothing.

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We oftentimes look forward to the future by expecting something to happen and by expecting something of ourselves. To meditate from home, look to that time and that space by expecting nothing. You will not do any chores. You will not catch up on work. You will do nothing but meditate for a certain amount of time each day.

This might sound crazy, but in taking on meditation from home, you’re not expecting yourself to improve and become a better person. As Ram Dass put it, you are expecting yourself to be here now.

6. Choose from the Incredible Variety of Meditative Practices

As I outlined in my post on types of meditation, there are many different and not-so-different types of meditation from which to choose.

Many beginners find it right to choose guided meditation, for which there are apps, videos, and audio tapes available.

If you are not necessarily a beginner but are merely moving your meditative practice into the home, you can facilitate a practice such as Nada Yoga — sound meditation — by placing a fountain in your space or listening to ambient alpha wave music.

If you’re used to meditating outside of your home — perhaps you are drawn to the outdoors because of the sounds of nature — a practice like Nada Yoga can help you transition into your home space.

7. Understand You Can Meditate Any Time at Home

What if I told you to throw out all of the tips that came before this? Sounds crazy but that is how radical mindfulness meditation really is. We don’t think of it as radical because it is now ingrained in our popular discourse.

Mindfulness meditation does start as a sitting meditation practice. It goes like this:

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  1. Sit comfortably and close your eyes.
  2. Focus on breathing. Inhale through your nose slowly and exhale slowly.
  3. As distracting thoughts arise, don’t judge them and don’t hang onto them. Let each thought go as you focus on breathing.
  4. Treat all physical sensations and feelings in the same way you do thoughts: register them, then let them go, returning to breathing.
  5. Extend this practice to everyday activity, remaining “in the moment” of the body’s activity with each new breath.

As you practice mindfulness around your home, note the physical characteristics of the things in themselves. Note physical sensations: sounds, smells, textures, appearances, tastes. Stop now and then and do a body scan from head to toe, noting what each section is doing and how it’s feeling.

Note thoughts that come and the emotions attached to them: let them go. Concentrate on the breath and the physical activities — including the details of the objects with which you’re interacting.

You’ll notice that your home will lend itself to a meditative state when things are in order. This is where true feng shui originates. You will naturally sense how the arrangement of things affects the energy in a room.

Clutter will disappear because mindfulness tells you to dispose of unnecessary things. Plants will bloom. Birds will make their nests in your backyard. Your home will smell pleasing and people will naturally be attracted to it and your presence.

You’ve Reached the Beginning and the End

Once you are able to do mindfulness meditation even as you are attending to the normal and abnormal requirements of your home, the mundane and the unusual, you are at both the beginning and the end.

You are at the beginning because meditation never ends. Continue setting aside time each day to do sitting meditation in the space you’ve set aside. Continue practicing mindfulness as you attend to the energy of your house, your own energy, and the energy of those around you.

You are at the end because you grasped what it means to do meditation at home: it means letting go of cares and concerns and being in your home as you attend to the right tasks. The right tasks are those necessary for being in your home.

As you sit in your home, rise, open the door and you leave, you are calm in your mind because you are home.

Featured photo credit: Simon Rae via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Healthline: 12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation
[2]Marquette University: Feng Shui: The Wind and Water
[3]Rutgers University: Social Media and Well-Being
[4]Maryville University: How Successful People Unplug

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