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7 Ways To Train You To Be More Mindful

7 Ways To Train You To Be More Mindful

 “In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility” – Victoria Moran

Mindfulness is all about being consciously aware of what goes on in your life. It seems like we are living in a society that is filled with so many distractions. These distractions take us away from enjoying the simple pleasures in life like walking in a park or watching a sunset. Being mindful can help you appreciate what you have and look forward to your future. There are ways to train you to be more mindful, whether it’s during work, at home with your family or while out on a jog. You can become more mindful starting today. Implement these 7 ways in your life and start appreciating your life!

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Create that which you desire to exist

What in life do you truly want to experience? What is the journey that you want to go on? When it comes to becoming more mindful in life, it all starts with your vision. It’s about creating that which you desire to exist. Living in a society with so many distractions can take us off track with our goals, dreams and ambitions in life. Stay focused on what you want to accomplish, whether you are experiencing sunny days or rainy days. Carry on even during the days when you feel like giving up. Be mindful of these days and continue to create that which you desire to exist.

Live life in alignment with your deepest values and beliefs

What are your deepest values and beliefs in life? What matters to you most? Reflect upon these questions and answer them honestly. Step away from any distractions and be in a quiet place. When you are able to live every single day in alignment with your deepest values and beliefs, you are making the mental decision to being mindful of your life. When you are clear with your values and beliefs and live each day in alignment with these values and beliefs, you are consciously aware of your life. When you are more mindful in life, you are aware of why you do what you do. You understand that the reason why you wake up in the morning and go to work is because you value your family and want to take care of them. You have a purpose for living each day. Find out your values and beliefs and start living through your actions every single day!

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Unplug from the noise of society every once in a while and plug into your mind

Does it seem like you are constantly plugged into the latest trend or what’s going on Facebook? We live in a world filled with noise. Noise is everywhere. Whether it be when you drive down the road and see all the ads, fast food and stores or watching television and flipping through the different channels. We are constantly surrounded by noise. If you want to train yourself to be more mindful, you must unplug from society every once in a while and plug into your mind. What emotions, feelings, thoughts are going on in your mind? Get in touch with these emotions and reflect upon what changes you need to make in your life. When we continue to stay plugged into the noise of society, we can easily lose ourselves. How can you possibly be more mindful when you are experiencing so much noise? It’s near to impossible. Decide today to start unplugging from the noise and start plugging into your mind.

What is the legacy that you want to leave behind?

“The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.” – Tavis Smiley

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Take a few moments and answer this question. What do you want to be remembered by? It’s easy to get stuck in the routine and forget about why you do what you do. When you take the time to think about the end in mind, you are becoming more mindful. We are constantly running around so much that we barely have anytime to think. When we don’t have anytime to think, how can we possibly become more mindful? Focus on the legacy that you want to leave behind. Starting today, live each day in alignment with your legacy.

Through your actions, you will become mindful

It’s all about your actions. We can keep our thoughts, emotions and feelings inside, but in order to become more mindful, you need to express yourself through your actions. You can either become more mindful in a negative way or a positive way. In this article, we are focusing on becoming more mindful in a positive way. Through your actions, you will become more consciously aware of the moment. For example, what do you think about when you are walking at a mall? Is your mind  thinking about what shops you need to go in or what should you cook for dinner tonight? Be in the moment. Think about the way you walk. What is your posture like? When you take the time to think about your posture while you walk, you are becoming more mindful. You can apply this to anything else in your life. Next time you’re at the store, be consciously aware of how you walk. This will help you become more mindful.

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Turn on your antennas to your purpose in life

Why do you wake up every single day? Do you have a reason that inspires you to wake up and start the day off right? Does it seem like you do the same routine 5 days a week? You wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed and the routine starts all over again the next day. I like to call this routine a “draining routine.” Having a “draining routines” does nothing to help you become more mindful. When you are able to be clear with your purpose in life, you can start living each day with mindfulness. You understand that everything you do is all about fulfilling your purpose. First things first, reflect and be clear with your purpose, then keep your antennas up every single day so that you make sure that you are fulfilling your purpose.

Be real with who you are

When it comes to training yourself to be more mindful, you need to be real. It would be a challenge to try to be more mindful when you are living a life that is fake and materialistic. It’s important for you to always remain true to who you are and to be connected with your inner being. When you’re able to always be connected with your inner being, even during the rainiest of days, you will remain true to who you are. This will allow you to become more mindful. It’s easy to start conforming to society, especially when you surround yourself with noise. Always be real with who you are. When you know who you are, you are more likely to be mindful with your life.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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