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The 25 Most Appealing Metropolitan Cities For Youth

The 25 Most Appealing Metropolitan Cities For Youth

Life is not meant to be spent at a single place. As George Bernard Shaw put it, “Life is a book and those who don’t travel, read only a page.” Present youths seem to live by this quote.

With advanced means of transport and wide variety of information channels, it’s very easy to know about places and actually go there, of course if you’ve got the resolve and a few dollars.

In the past, people would normally work all their life in their hometowns and move out to see places only when they retired.

But nowadays, the trend of settling in exotic foreign destinations to make living has grown a lot. However, youths don’t want to settle just anywhere. They’re demanding like always in this case as well.

Here below is the list of 25 of the most appealing metropolitan cities for youth. We’re primarily focusing on their appeal as a new place to settle in but they appeal equally as a traveler’s destination.

25. Helsinki

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    The largest city in Finland, Helsinki is the Finnish capital. The environment is very comfortable as the climate is mostly temperate. Employment opportunities are varied.

    Helsinki is guaranteed to be a paradise for youths, especially if they are familiar with European languages.

    It is Finland’s major political, financial, educational and cultural center. There are plenty of sight-seeing opportunities available as well.

    24. Zurich

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      Zurich is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. As such, it might be somewhat frightening to live in this city if you’re of rather limited means.

      However, the aesthetic beauty and excellent atmosphere of this Swiss city make it one of the finest places to live on Earth.

      Frequently ranked atop the list of cities with best quality of life indexes, young peoples will surely have so much to do in this city.

      23. Prague

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        The economic and political center of Central Europe, the Czech capital of Prague is home to ten major museums and numerous theaters, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits.

        Fortunate to survive amidst of the destruction of 20th century Europe, the city is one of the most visited tourist destinations of the world.

        Prague was even ranked 5th by Tripadvisor on its list of best destinations of the world. It’s the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome.

        22. Vancouver

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          Canadian city Vancouver has unfailingly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world over the years of the past decade. And, this should apply to youths as well.

          The city is culturally diverse with a mix of Europeans, Asians and Hispanics alike. Youths longing for cross-cultural experience should have a great time in this city.

          Vancouver, however, is a rather expensive city to live in. So if you’re thinking of moving in, you ought to prepare yourself accordingly.

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          21. Edinburgh

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            This capital city of Scotland is known as the “Athens of the North” and has a high proportion of schools, colleges and universities. So if you are thinking of pursuing higher studies abroad, Edinburgh is surely the place to be.

            The city hosts the biggest international arts festival of the world annually in every August and other such festivals are also held throughout the year.

            The city has rich literary heritage and literary activities go on throughout the year. So youths who aspire to be writers ought to move to this city, which became the first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.

            20. Rome

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              Often referred to as “The Eternal City”, the Italian capital of Rome is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, with abundance of historical and cultural heritages.

              One of the most visited cities of the world, this first of the major centers of Italian Renaissance, is home to historic monuments like Vatican Museums and Colosseum.

              This city will surely appeal to younger generation with longing for the past and art as the city is full of ancient and enigmatic artistic things.

              19. Cape Town

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                Cape Town is the sole African city in our list and one of the most balanced cities of the world. For many youths, it should be the most ideal city.

                Geographical diversity of this city is second to none as one can find several mountain peaks within a few kilometers of equally amazing beaches.

                The population of the city is also diverse and young people who want to live in temperate weather will revel in the composed climate of this city.

                18. Geneva

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                  Geneva is the second Swiss city in our list. This city is often called the “Peace Capital” of the world, because the city has almost remained in peace forever and also houses the leading organizations working for world peace, such as the United Nations and the Red Cross.

                  The city is one of the most expensive cities in the world but it is understandable with high standards of living offered by the city.

                  Youthful minds, who want to work in humanitarian sectors and in leading non-governmental organizations at international level, should have opportunities galore in this city.

                  17. Seattle

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                    Located in the U.S. state of Washington, Seattle is a major harbor city and an entryway for trade with Asia. It’s also known as the “Emerald City”.

                    This city should be an absolute delight for coffee aficionados, as it is home to three of the most famous coffee companies in the world: Starbucks, Tully’s Coffee and Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Company.

                    The economy of the city is sound and as such, youths should have no problem finding employment opportunities suiting their skill-sets. There are plenty of places to visit for sightseers as well with abundance of art galleries, museums, natural parks and community centers.

                    16. Barcelona

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                      Barcelona, a major economic and cultural center in the South West of Europe, is home to Sagrada Familia, which is also the international symbol of the city.

                      There is an abundance of such historical and cultural artifacts in the city. Leading smart city since 2011, youths should have plenty of opportunities in this city if they want to make a name for themselves in technology sector.

                      15. Oslo

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                        Oslo is an essential center for marine knowledge. One ought to find plenty of opportunities in this sector in this Norwegian city, which houses world’s largest shipping companies and brokers.

                        Although it’s a city for young people with the strongest of incomes, there are plenty of employment opportunities that can be found in this city and the city’s environs are also of excellent aesthetics.

                        14. Salvador

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                          The nation’s prominent port and international trading point, Brazilian city of Salvador is the only South American city to make into our list.

                          Noted in Brazil for its exotic cuisine, music and architecture, this city should offer the best form of Brazilian experience to youths from all over the world.

                          Salvador is also home to the third best beach in the world, Porto da Barra, as judged by the Guardian in 2007. There are plenty of other beaches as well in this coastal city.

                          13. Melbourne

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                            Known as “The Garden City” and also referred to as “Cultural Capital of Australia”, Melbourne was recognized as the fourth top university city of the world in 2008. This should be a great city for youths who want to pursue higher education.

                            Melbourne is a major international center for performing arts. Home to Australia’s oldest and most prominent cultural institutions, youths with a love for art will love this city.

                            A city with diverse populace, the city is quite affordable as living and fooding costs are lower comparable to other Australian cities.

                            12. Vienna

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                              Austrian capital of Vienna is also known as “The City of Music” and “The City of Dreams”. This beautiful city is the most livable city in the world.

                              With rich history and culture and excellent economy and environment, the city offers almost everything that a young soul can yearn for.

                              Vienna is a regular destination for international conferences and seminars, and has been ranked as one of the most innovative cities of the world in several lists over the years of the past decade.

                              11. Frankfurt

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                                Frankfurt is the second-largest metropolitan region in Germany and transportation and financial center of the whole European continent.

                                Frankfurt may not appeal youths who want to live a peaceful and serene life, but those who love the hustle and bustle of modern day city life will surely love this city.

                                The city has always exhibited excellent quality of life, having regularly been ranked high on various “Quality of Life” surveys over the years.

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                                10. Seoul

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                                  The South Korean capital of Seoul, with population little over 10 million, has invested considerable time and money into pursuing environmental sustainability.

                                  It is a UNESCO City of Design and in 2010, was even named World Design Capital. Seoul’s Incheon International Airport was rated best international airport for nine years in a row

                                  The per capita income of the city is almost 40,000 dollars and as such, young people with appropriate skills should be able to live a great life in this city.

                                  9. Tokyo

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                                    One of the major economic centers of the world, Japanese capital of Tokyo will provide you with an excellent Asian experience.

                                    The most populous metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo is certainly not the place to spend the years after retirement. In fact, it’s the place to bring the most out of yourself in the most productive years of your youth.

                                    Tokyo is also a great place for travelers, evidenced by the fact that it was ranked first in the “Best Overall Category” for traveler’s experience by Tripadvisor.

                                    8. Los Angeles

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                                      With over 800 startups, Californian city of Los Angeles will surely appeal to entrepreneurial youths and if you want to live your startup dreams and be a successful entrepreneur, it’s the place to be.

                                      Los Angeles is the third largest metropolitan economy of the world and a global city in every sense. Nicknamed the ‘”City of Angels,” the city is home to global powerhouses in business, international trade, technology and education.

                                      Los Angeles is surely the place to be if you want to be the best and make a name for yourself in the field of your interest.

                                      7. London

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                                        London is officially the capital of Great Britain, but it’s the cultural capital of the world. It has always been the world’s center for arts, education, commerce and innovations.

                                        With 43 universities, it’s the city with the largest number of universities in the world.

                                        People from all over the world have gathered at London and the town is culturally very diverse and should be a great place to live for people from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds.

                                        6. Chicago

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                                          The Windy City of Chicago is home to more than five hundred parks and thus, offers plenty of greenery and nature to revel in. It’s also known as “Second City”.

                                          Chicago is a major international hub for commerce, finance, industry, telecommunications and technology. As such, youths should have no problem finding job opportunities.

                                          The city is also culturally rich. The city’s culture tends to put art on high regards and over the years, the city has produced some of the biggest names in music, movies and theatres.

                                          5. Paris

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                                            The French capital of Paris is the dream destination for most of the fantasizing youths of the world. Almost every youth keeps this wonderful city in their wish list of cities to visit.

                                            The city holds special appeal for writers, painters, fashion designers and architects, partly for the tales of how the city lodged so many brilliant minds around the turn of the 20th century.

                                            Paris also houses Quai Branly Museum that displays art collections from all the distant corners of the world. Designed by Jean Nouvel, it is one of the most extravagant museum architectures of the world.

                                            4. Dallas

                                              With a rather small population of only around 1.2 million, the Texan city of Dallas is often seen as the city of cowboys and rodeos. But it offers much more than that.

                                              A dream destination for the youths with love for westerns, the city is home to third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in U.S. and you should have plenty of entrepreneurial motivation living in the city.

                                              Although traditionally Dallas relied on farming as its primary source of income, the city has continuously grown in industrial and engineering sectors as well in modern times.

                                              3. New York

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                                                New York City has plenty of opportunities for youths to be employed. Besides, with excellent education facilities, the city can enlighten and empower the youths in a fantastic way.

                                                One of three commanding centers of the world economy, this city is famous as “The City that Never Sleeps.” With this, you have an idea what the city is like. There are a wide range of possibilities in all sorts of sectors as this city never stops working and creating.

                                                The populace of the city speak more than 800 languages and the population is also culturally diverse. So you should not have to live with any alien feeling at all.

                                                2. Berlin

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                                                  Berlin is the capital of Germany, which has always had a great importance in the history of the world. The city has always proved to be a great inspiration for young minds, justified by the long list of composers, scientists, inventors and philosophers it has produced.

                                                  The city can offer high standard of living for youths as opportunities can be found in wide range of sectors, encompassing music, film, advertising, engineering, business and others.

                                                  1. Toronto

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                                                    Lying on the shores of Lake Ontario, Canadian city of Toronto was deemed to be the most youthful city of the world in the inaugural YouthfulCities index of 2014.

                                                    The city is culturally diverse, financially strong and youth employment opportunities are aplenty. Toronto is also a great place for startups, evidenced by the fact that there are over 600 startups in the city, among which some have even made it to the global level.

                                                    There are all sorts of opportunities for youths to develop themselves and hone their skills. The city is quite affordable, as there are several programs targeted to make it easy for youths to live.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Paris via Huffington Post via i.huffpost.com

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                                                    How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                                    How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                                    Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                                    Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                                                    I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                                    You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                    Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                                    When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                    I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                    Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                    Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                    Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                                    1. The Inner Critic

                                                    This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                                                    • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                                    • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                                    • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                                    • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                    He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                                    Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                    2. The Worrier

                                                    This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                    He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                                                    Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                                    3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                                    He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                                    He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                    He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                                    4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                    This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                    His motivation can be:

                                                    • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                    • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                    • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                                    • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                    How can you control these squatters?

                                                    How to Master Your Mind

                                                    You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                    Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                    There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                    • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                    • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                    This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                                    The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                                    Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                    For the Inner Critic

                                                    When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                    You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                    For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                                    You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                                                    “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                    If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                    • He riles up the Worrier.
                                                    • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                    • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                    • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                    • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                                                    Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                    Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                    For the Worrier

                                                    Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                    Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                                    You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                    • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                    • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                    • Muscles tense

                                                    Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                    If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                    Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                    “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                    Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                    If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                                    Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                                                    Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                                    For example:

                                                    If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                    “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                    Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                    “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                    Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                    For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                    Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                    The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                                    • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                                    • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                    • Muscles tension

                                                    I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                    Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                    Breathe in through your nose:

                                                    • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                    • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                    • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                    Breathe out through your nose:

                                                    • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                    • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                    • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                    Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                                    Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                                                    One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                                    Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                    For the Sleep Depriver

                                                    (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                    I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                    Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                    1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                    2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                    When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                                    From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                    For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                    If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                    You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                    • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                                    • Shut down your thinking.
                                                    • Calm your feelings.
                                                    • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                                    Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                                                    Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                                    You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                    Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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