1. 6 Techniques To Leading A Truly Fulfilling Life: 1) Understand YOU Determine The Direction YOUR Life Takes (“Events that change our lives may not be by chance, but rather may be called to us by our higher self. We must understand that we can become conditioned by various influences if we allow, life and its great mysteries can be glossed over. Our ego mind can drive us to distraction, into debt and make us oblivious to what is really important in life.”); 2) Avoiding Attachment Leads To Happiness (“The principle reasoning behind many of our current wants is in no way practical, serving only the ego, status and ostentatious nature of the individual. Attachment is the wanting to hold onto and keep a permanent state and not be separated from a thing or person. The general principle behind non-attachment is to cultivate a mind of detachment. Once we do this we can then move towards a mind of oneness which involves compassion, an understanding of impermanence and seeing experiences for what they are.”); 3) Embracing Happiness (“Once we have let go of our attachments we start to realize that happiness is already within us. We can develop this by recognizing and allowing ourselves to be able to tap into this sacred source through meditation, silence and other spiritual practices. By filling our lives with love and practicing; internally cultivating love towards yourself, others and the entire universe we forget self and think of others. Most of our issues, problems and stress come from focusing on ourselves. Our ego and selfish desires will only bring us sorrow, longing and anxiety.”); 4) Cultivating Awareness (“True awareness is being able to observe and understand life as an impartial viewer. For the most part, awareness of our physical world is about being in the moment and experiencing the now. It is not about being on auto pilot and doing things out of habit. Our ego, attachment and constant distractions are remnants of our conditioning and must be observed, understood and overcome if we are to achieve true awareness. If we can let go and drop our ideas of ownership, possession and labelling and see everything as one and everyone as connected and become more aware of our lives.”); 5) Understanding Fear (“Fear is an emotional response to something that may or may not happen at a future point in time. Most fear is false and imagined; it exists only in the mind of the individual. Fear is a psychological construct of the mind presenting itself in many forms, these include, worry, anger, anxiety, stress, phobia, etc. Our minds are racing with thoughts of non-achievement, failure, dependency, resentment, bitterness, fatigue, jealousy, attachment and insecurity. Most of our fears come as a result of learning. We are conditioned to experience certain fear states over the course of our lives. Fear can be released if we realize we are manifesting most of these states ourselves by focusing on past or potential future events that will most probably never happen. Once we realize this there is almost nothing to fear.”); 6) Realize That Everything Changes (“When we understand and accept that nothing is permanent, our wisdom grows. This allows us to let go of everything, enjoy life and be free. […] All will eventually come and go. Deep down we all know this but we struggle with this truth for most of our lives. Some days we are happy and some days we are unhappy. We are in a constant sphere of change. The more we fight this, the more misery it will cause us. By learning to understand that everything changes can we begin to live life uninhibited and avoid getting trapped in a rigid worldview and way of life.”).
2. 5 Spiritual Practices That Will Transform Your Life: 1) Stop, and Take 10 Seconds (“An amazing realization is that no matter how immediate or seemingly important an issue is in your life, you can always take just 10 seconds to not think about it. Sometimes it’s very difficult to stop thinking about a problem in our life for good, but the mind will always be able to understand that not thinking about your problem for just 10 seconds is justifiable. One of the realizations that set in for me when I would attempt to take a ten second break from thinking is that thinking is an addiction. I couldn’t stop doing it, and it felt so good to do. Thought is a drug. We can’t stop indulging in it. Our minds crave it, and we can’t resist the cravings it gets. And the worst part is, we end up emotional victims to whatever thoughts it decides to feed off of. But the amazing thing is, you can enact your will and actually choose to not think. Right now, claim this in your mind: “For the next 10 seconds, I am not going to believe a SINGLE thing my mind says because I am going to choose not to think. Any thought that arises is just a pattern and is not reflective of my will or intentions”. Sure enough, halfway through you will see thoughts arise again. But they aren’t yours. They are patterns. And you know this because you already claimed that any thought that arises is not yours. Try to not think for just ten seconds right now, and pay attention to the involuntary thought patterns that arise.”); 2) Go Into The Now (“What does this tell us about the nature of the voices in our head? That they only have power over our emotions when we give reality to them.”; “Don’t think about feeling it, just feel it. […] Just be present and listen, without adding any additional content to the moment. Do this right now.”); 3) Choose Your Own Mental Activity (“Pay attention to how it feels to choose a thought, and how much different it feels from the rest of the thoughts we think. […] It’s a good habit to get into not only choosing a new thought, but choosing a new story composed of a series of thoughts. […] But you can easily catch your mental programs reacting this way against your will, and use your will to create the alternative thoughts ‘I am learning what to do, and this current phase is only a stepping stone that will lead me to where I want to be in life’. Notice how your body reacts to the introduction of a positive thought. Your body loves it. More serotonin gets released immediately the moment you chose a more positive perspective. You can feel the levels of stress and anxiety decrease right away, and all you did was say some words in your mind which were equally as true and valid as the ones that were causing you suffering. […] The more you can feel great, the more productive you will be, the more clarity you will have to address issues in your life, and the more energy you will have to get you to where you want to go.”); 4) Bring Consciousness To Each Action (“These daydreams are usually filled with unnecessary thoughts that cause us more suffering and misery. We waste a lot of our time daydreaming away our present moment because our mind is so obsessed with getting to the next moment and the next moment, as if ‘the next moment’ ever arrives, and as if the next moment is more important than this one. Try to bring attention to every single action that you normally wouldn’t treat as being important. […] The mind will want to start rambling, but don’t let it overtake you, just for a minute. […] Don’t think about feeling them, just feel them. […] This helps generate present moment awareness and creates a breakage in the compulsive suffering-breeding mental chatter. […] Taking conscious breaths is another great way to do this. It’s always good to take just a few seconds away from autopilot mode, create a breakage in the stream of automatic thoughts, and bring your full attention to an action that is normally just a method from getting from moment A to moment B.”); 5) Become The Witness (“This is the greatest kept secret of all. No matter how busy and cluttered your mind is, and no matter how much pain it is causing you, you can always choose to be the witness of it. Instead of being the character in the unfolding of your life, you have the ability to become the witness of this character. Something that I’ve been asking myself a lot lately whenever I feel something distasteful in my mind or in my energy field is “Can it be seen?”. The answer is always yes. If it can be seen by you, and if you can point to it, then it’s not you. If you can notice it happening within you, then there is an implicit separation between you (the noticer) and the activity which is being noticed. There is the thought or the emotion, and then there is the awareness outside of the thought or the emotion that is able to notice it. […] An amazing realization is that the thinker is not who you are. You are not your mind, and you are not the voices in your head. You are instead the conscious space that thought exists within. Go to the place of that space, and rest there as the background awareness of the activity. […] We are literally possessed by these voices, and they end up driving us into misery and sometimes insanity. […] Just as a room is the space and not the furniture within it, you are the space of consciousness and not the objects within it. Practice watching the contents within your awareness. Decide not to make a fuss about them or give them your attention anymore. Just notice that they are there. […] The key is to actually practice creating shifts in your consciousness away from continuous thought. Take a deep breath. Listen to the voices in your head. You are the witness of them. Look around you. What is happening right now? You are here, right now, and you’re at peace.“).
3. What Can Make You Happier, Increase Your Attention Span and Even Make You More Courageous?: “Meditation.” (“Take just five minutes each day to watch your breath go in and out. While you do so, try to remain patient. If you find your mind drifting, just slowly bring it back to focus. Meditation takes practice, but it’s one of the most powerful happiness interventions. Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress, even improve immune function. […] Results showed that this meditation practice produced increases over time in daily experiences of positive emotions, which, in turn, produced increases in a wide range of personal resources (e.g., increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, decreased illness symptoms). In turn, these increments in personal resources predicted increased life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms. […] a group randomly assigned to 5 days of meditation practice with the integrative body–mind training method shows significantly better attention and control of stress than a similarly chosen control group given relaxation training. […] given 5 days of 20-min integrative training showed greater improvement in conflict scores on the Attention Network Test, lower anxiety, depression, anger, and fatigue, and higher vigor on the Profile of Mood States scale, a significant decrease in stress-related cortisol, and an increase in immunoreactivity. […] Rather than trying to talk yourself out of fear, you can confront it head on by getting control of your heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. Members of the Courage 50 frequently pointed to mental practices related to self-soothing. Some exercised or practiced yoga on a regular basis. Others meditated or prayed when they found themselves in fearful situations. Many of them had developed personal breathing rituals through which they could slow their heart rate and relax. […] A recent study at Massachusetts General Hospital showed that practicing meditation for twenty-seven minutes a day created lasting brain changes in… eight weeks. […] Focus all attention on your breathing. Concentrate on feeling and listening as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. Breathe deeply and slowly. When your attention wanders, gently return your focus to your breathing.“)
4. 7 Meditation & Mindfulness Practices for a Busy Life: 1) In the Shower; 2) Tea & Drinks; 3) Eating with Awareness; 4) Waiting in Line; 5) While Walking; 6) Stretching or Exercising; 7) Before Sleeping & Help Sleeping.
5. Improve Your Life: What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life? 1) Get out in nature; 2) Exercise; 3) Spend time with friends and family; 4) Express gratitude; 5) Meditate; 6) Get enough sleep; 7) Challenge yourself; 8) Laugh; 9) Touch someone; 10) Be optimistic.
6. Here’s the Magic Number That Leads to Happiness: A ratio of 3 to 1. (“we need to have three positive emotions for every negative one in order to thrive. […] if we really want to prosper, we shouldn’t try to eliminate negative emotions, rather, we should work on keeping the ratio at three positive for every one negative. Most of us, she has found, have two positive experiences for every negative. This gets us by, but it is effectively languishing. […] While 3 to 1 keeps you happy, 5 to 1 keeps relationships smooth. […] five-to-one ratio also appears to be essential when you get home and try to muster the energy for a successful marriage. John Gottmann at the University of Washington has found that couples with a ratio of fewer than five positive interactions for every negative one are destined for divorce. […] The specific ratio for different relationships varies, with the overall pattern indicating the more distant the relationship, the more good you need for every bad. […] Just as well we’ve also seen in the past that it usually benefits us more to focus on increasing the good vs trying to eliminate the bad. […] The best way to maximize happiness when having meals with friends is for one person to take a turn each time paying for everyone’s dinner. It’s a big hit but it results in many more “free” meals for everyone, boosting happiness. […] Divorce may have less to do with an increase in conflict and more to do with a decrease in positive feelings. It’s a better strategy for couples to increase fun moments together rather than trying to eliminate the bad times. […] As Pete Drucker said: ‘In identifying opportunities for improvement, don’t waste time cultivating skill areas where you have little competence. Instead, concentrate on – and build on – your strengths.’ […] When it comes to happiness, frequency beats intensity.“)
7. 8 Secrets for Beating a Bad Mood: 1) Move; 2) Eat healthy foods throughout the day; 3) Get enough sleep; 4) Spend time with friends, or people who make you laugh; 5) Put on music that you love; 6) Sit up straight; 7) Avoid alcohol; 8) Get in the sun.