Are you living your dreams? Most people are not because of fear. Fear – imagined or real – has held more people back than anything else. The first step in living your dream is believing in yourself.
On Monday, Diana Nyad, 64 year old grandmother, swam 110 miles between Cuba and Florida. It took her almost 53 hours to accomplish this amazing dream. Below is a TedTalk that she gave a while back. It is truly inspirational.
Meditation is taking Silicon Valley by storm. Companies such as Google are holding regular meditation classes inside their corporate campus with a waiting list of 400 employees. The co-founders of Twitter and Facebook have introduced meditation sessions and structure the work routine to enhance mindfulness.
Meditation became popular in the Valley during the 1960s with the hippie youth movement. People like Steve Jobs were seeking Enlightenment and spiritual oneness. Nowadays meditation is seen as the latest tool to unlock creativity, increase focus and concentration and to live a more harmonious life. These new students of meditation are not necessarily interested in learning about Buddhism. They are looking for practical tips to improve their work and personal lives. These new devotees to meditation want to boost their brain power and to increase productivity. They want to use meditation to decrease stress and anxiety.
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I recently read an article about a very remarkable man by the name of Albert Lexie. Albert is a shoe shine man in Pittsburgh who has donated more than $200,000 in tips that he’s accumulated in the past 30 years. He’s given all of his tips to the Pittsburgh’s children’s hospital. It really is a remarkable act of generosity that has inspired many people. He began shining shoes at the hospital sometime in the early 1980s and ever since he’s been donating. He charges a modest $5 per shoe shine and his tips range anywhere from $2 to $50.
The average person in his position would have kept those tips to pay off his bills or perhaps spent it on himself. But he decided to do something that is truly heart-warming. When you take the time to give a little, or a lot in Albert’s case, you’ll start feeling good about yourself. Instead of dwelling on your problems and worries, you will be happy and positive. You can get the satisfaction that you’re helping someone in need and you’ll also be able to feel as though you have made a difference in your own life.
Selfless giving has many wonderful effects that can boost your outlook and perception of life. When you start to help out others by selflessly giving you will start to improve your sense of well-being. This is a great feeling that everyone should strive to experience. Another benefit is that your meditation practice will get better. The act of helping others will improve your state of mind. When you are happy and at peace with yourself, it will make meditation easier and more enjoyable.
On top of improving your outlook on life, you’ll also be bettering your spiritual life. When you take time to help out others in any way, shape or form, you’ll start to have a sense of gratitude. You will notice that you are much more clear-headed knowing that you have helped make a positive difference in someone’s life. This is truly one of the best feelings in the world that no amount of money can buy. Give it a try. Find someone in need and offer your help, you will be very happy that you did!
There is a new study published in the April 6 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience that suggests meditation can reduce a person’s sensitivity to pain. What is fascinating about this study is that it claims you don’t have to meditate for years or months to get these benefits.
In the study, researchers mildly burned 15 men and women in a lab on two separate occasions, before and after the volunteers attended four 20-minute meditation training sessions over the course of four days. During the second go-round, when the participants were instructed to meditate, they rated the exact same pain stimulus — a 120-degree heat on their calves — as being 57 percent less unpleasant and 40 percent less intense, on average.
The reduction in pain ratings was substantially greater than those seen in similar studies involving placebo pills, hypnosis, and even morphine and other painkilling drugs.
Meditation has many health benefits including helping a person to heal faster from an injury or disease. I believe that we should seek alternative ways of healing our bodies besides the conventional methods of medication and surgery. As a society, we are too dependent on drugs and doctors to relieve our pain. Your body has a wisdom all of its own if you would only listen to it.
This is an amazing video of a bunch of ordinary people who came together to meditate and chant for peace in the most public way possible. Check out the bewildered expressions from some of the onlookers. Chanting does have a calming effect as you can see in the video. We recommend chanting as another form of meditation.
Last Sunday, a Meditation Flash Mob, converged on the Texas state capital in Austin. The purpose of this gathering was to promote peace and harmony by bonding together for one hour of silent meditation followed by chanting. There were more than 1,000 participants.
By publicly meditating, the group intends to create an environment for people from all walks of life to come together in meditation, expose others to the practice, send positive intentions out to the world, and lead with the example that simple acts can provide a major contribution to the continuing shift in thinking that the world is experiencing.
Florence Tuckman just turned 108. You wouldn’t know it by looking at her. She is healthy, active and has a genuine positive outlook on life. Her family said that her secret for living a long and healthy life is her positive attitude. She said her secret is ‘just happiness.’
“She doesn’t carry any baggage or grudges,” said David Griffith, Tuckman’s son-in-law. “She doesn’t have any bad thoughts about people. She motivates her family and everybody else. She’s such an inspiration to us all.” “She just takes everything as it comes,” said Tuckman’s daughter, Joyce Griffith.
We live in a society where we don’t celebrate or pay much attention to old people. Old people are usually hidden away or locked up in a nursery home. The idea that seniors must spend the rest of their days languishing in a nursery home waiting for the relief of death is false. Florence proves that the biggest factor in determining how long you live is not your genes but how well you live. I am sure Florence does not see herself as being old. She is making the best use of her time on earth and enjoying every minute of it.
The dramatic rescue of the miners have captivated the world. I have been following this story closely. This is the type of news that gives you hope for humanity. The undying spirit of the trapped miners are just inspiring. The rescue operation has been so amazing to watch.
Once in a while you need a good laugh. Most people would rather quit their jobs quietly while others like to go up in flames. I am sure most of you heard by now about the JetBlue flight attendant who yesterday allegedly cursed out an entire aircraft, grabbed a beer and then exited the plane by deploying the emergency slide. Read more here.
Julia Roberts recently announced that she converted to Hinduism. Roberts became a Hindu while filming her new movie Eat, Pray, Love in India. While researching and filming the story Roberts experienced a spiritual awakening and returned home a Hindu. I am curious to know what kind of ‘spiritual awakening’ she had.
Roberts stars in the big screen adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s travel memoir, “Eat Pray Love,” a story about a woman’s travel to India as part of a spiritual pilgrimage to learn about yoga, meditation and life in an ashram.
Roberts has also adopted the Hindu belief in reincarnation, and she hopes her next life will be a “quiet” one. Why wait. She can have peace and quiet in this lifetime if she really wants it.