Top 5 Herbal Supplements for a Healthy Liver

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Every day, your liver works tirelessly to keep your body healthy and happy. Maintaining a healthy liver is just as important as nurturing your immune system and managing stress. A monolith, the liver is a huge organ making up about 2% of your body weight. Every four minutes your liver processes all of the blood in your body (1). The liver clears the blood of toxins and waste products introduced by diet, medications, environmental pollutions, and stress. The liver functions as a metabolic organ, breaking down amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins for use by other organs (2). The liver…

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Mindfulness VS Meditation: Are They The Same Thing?

As a meditation teacher, many of my students ask me, “Are mindfulness and meditation the same thing?” The difference between mindfulness and meditation can be a little confusing. The reason is that there are actually two different definitions of mindfulness. One is the original Buddhist meaning of the word. “Mindfulness Meditation” is an actual form of Buddhist meditation that is based around the idea of mindfully observing the present moment and labelling what we observe [for more on this, see my guide to Vipassana meditation]. The other definition of mindfulness is more open and versatile. It is the standard dictionary…

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Yoga Poses & Breathing For Panic Attacks

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Let me tell you about when I started using yoga poses and yoga breathing for panic attacks. I used to suffer from panic attacks. I would be going about my day to day life. Everything would be fine. Then out of nowhere a terrible thought would enter my mind. I would think something horrible, usually related to my health. If I felt a bump, it was cancer. If I felt a slight headache, it was a psychological disorder. Everything was awful. But of course, it was only in my mind. It was only because of negative thoughts. Negative thoughts like…

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Disney Zenimation Let’s You Zen Out On Disney+

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22nd May, California—Disney Zenimation has launched on Disney+, letting families “Zen out” to the most relaxing moments in Disney movies. Everyone is feeling the stress at the moment. And that includes kids and their families. Thankfully, we’ve also seen lots of great producers releasing content to help families to unwind amid the current pandemic. We’ve recently seen the BBC’s Your Mindful Garden app helping kids unwind at home, and today we are thrilled to see Disney’s “Zenimation”, a new program on Disney+ that promises to help kids and families to relax [READ: Most Relaxing Meditations] The Disney Zenimation program is…

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What to Expect During Your First Yoga Class
Attending your first yoga class is a truly exciting moment.

What to Expect During Your First Yoga Class

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New to yoga?  Walk into your first class well-prepared by reading this post on what to expect during your first yoga class.  Yoga is a great way to improve both your physical and mental health through strengthening your body and centering your mind. Don’t feel intimidated by fancy terminology, all of the props, and challenging poses.  Yoga can be a good fit for everyone!  And there is generally at least one style of yoga that people enjoy. Whether you’re in the best shape of your life or just beginning on your fitness journey, yoga can work for you. There are…

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How I’m Using Meditation To Become My Ideal Self, Not “Actual Self”

Recently I’ve been using a meditation for my ideal self and to overcome my idea of my “actual self”. As you’ll know if you follow our newsletter, there are many different types of meditation. New types are discovered and created all the time. I wrote just the other day about one of my  new meditations, which is an excellent way to develop insight and achieve inner peace. But I wanted to create a meditation for my ideal self too. What are “ideal self” and “actual self” Your ideal self is essentially a conceptualized idea of who you want to be.…

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BBC Releases Your Mindful Garden & More Content For Stressed Kids
BBC Your Mindful Garden app

BBC Releases Your Mindful Garden & More Content For Stressed Kids

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London, UK—BBC releasing mindfulness content for kids with Your Mindful Garden and more.  On May 7, the BBC released Your Mindful Garden, its first kids meditation app, which was produced after the production company realized the heavy need for mindfulness content both at home and in schools [READ: Mindfulness In Schools] Your Mindful Garden is part of the BBC's Go Explore app, an educational app for kids. Your Mindful Garden is designed for preschoolers and includes all sorts of animated videos, games, and various exercises designed to help kids to relax and to undo the damage caused by stress. Since…

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Why Meditation Apps Don’t Work Like You Think

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Do meditation apps work? It’s a question a lot of our newsletter readers ask me. As a meditation teacher specialising in traditional forms of meditation, I have to say: Meditation apps do not work like you think they do. The supposed purpose of meditation apps is to replace traditional meditation and to make it easier to meditate. The idea is that you are given a vocal guide who leads you through guided meditations by instructing you of what to think about and what to focus on. For instance, you’ll be told to focus on your breath moving through your body,…

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 Actually, THIS Is How Meditation Changes Your Life

Yes, it is possible to use meditation to change your life. If you take a look online, you will find tons of publications and videos on Youtube that promise to change your life with meditation. They promise to make you super-successful. But they don’t work. And the reason they don’t work is that they ignore the fundamental rules of meditation. To change your life with meditation, you have to understand the fundamental aspects of meditation. You have to understand how meditating affects your thoughts, your beliefs, and your feelings; how it changes your basic psyche. Only then can you truly…

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BBC Mindful Mix Gives You Free Nature Sounds, Music To Meditate On

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London, UK—Nature Documentarian David Attenborough and the BBC add Mindful Mix to the Sounds app to help everyone relax in this difficult time. It’s Mental Health Awareness Week [1], and many companies are releasing free content to help people to relax, especially given the anxiety surrounding the current situation. One such company is the BBC, which has teamed up with Sir David Attenborough to create the Mindful Mix, a combination of classical music and nature sounds. If you can’t get away from home at the moment to enjoy a Forest Bathing Meditation, let nature come to you. Research shows that…

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Dance Away Stress With Breethe App & Tasha Blank

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NEW YORK, May 19, 2020—Meditation app Breethe has teamed up with international DJ Tasha Blank to release guided dance meditations. Breethe is a truly great meditation app on the market, not quite as big as Calm and Headspace but still gigantic in its own right with more than 2035 reviews averaging 4 stars on the Play Store. The app uses a combination of guided meditations and music to help with the most common problems, like getting to sleep at night and dealing with stress. Breethe app has teamed up with international DJ Tasha Blank, who is the founder of NYC…

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How I Meditate With My Cats Every Day And Why

I absolutely love to meditate with my cats. My three little babies, Willow, Sebastian, and Pumpkin, are such angels. Each one of them is beautiful and has their own unique personality.  Pumpkin is the “lad” of the house and a real boy-cat. Sebastian is the most beautiful cat in the world and looks and acts like a catwalk model (pun intended). And Willow is my baby girl who is so loving you could cuddle her all day long. More than anything, I love sitting silently and meditating with my cats. I’ve always been a cat lover. I think cats are…

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My New Way Of Meditating Has Basically Changed Everything

Recently I’ve been using a new way of meditating and he has made a huge difference in the way I perceive myself and the world around me. I actually don’t have a name for this new meditation techniques. Maybe I’ll call it “Zero Infinity”, you’ll see why in a moment. As you may know, there are lots of different meditation techniques in the world, and those methods have more than 100 benefits. As a meditation teacher, I’ve been using all the tried-and-true meditation techniques for more than 15 years, and naturally over time these have evolved into something new. My…

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Best Yoga & Meditation Music Ever – Chosen By A Meditation Teacher

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In this list of the best meditation music I will be sharing tunes from all over the world, chosen by me, a meditation teacher and musician for more than 30 years (Hi.). We will look at all the best meditation music of different styles, including Zen meditation music, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and more. And we will look at how these sounds helps with sound healing I love anything musical. And I love sharing my passion with other people. But there is one funny thing about meditation music: You cannot listen to these tunes while meditating. It is impossible. You can…

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4 Best Meditation Techniques For Sleep & Insomnia (Scripts)

Let me tell you about how I cured my insomnia by using meditation techniques for sleep. And I'll share the best sleep-meditation scripts with you. For three years at university, I didn't sleep at all. I lay awake at night staring at the ceiling, my eyes red and dry, my mind empty yet somehow full at the same time. Lying there in bed unable to sleep, I started to just focus my mind on my breathing, unaware that this is a type of meditation. This is how I started getting into meditation by using it to get to sleep at…

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How To Meditate Lying Down In Bed
Your body loves lying down. So does you mind. Practice mindfully lying down in bed. It's utterly relaxing.

How To Meditate Lying Down In Bed

In this guide, we will be looking at how to meditate lying down in bed, either before bed or simply any time you want to relax and don’t feel like sitting up. A lot of readers have been asking me: Is it okay to do meditation lying down in bed or do you have to meditate sitting up? And honestly, I personally do meditate lying down because I find it very relaxing and after I have had a hard day it's nice to recline. It makes me more relaxed. However, it is perhaps not ideal.  Obviously, if you are meditating…

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Best Meditations For Motivation To Fire You Up Today

In this guide, I will share the best meditations for motivation, with their scripts, plus some of the best guided meditations for motivation. When you want to know how to get motivated, meditation should be your go-to. Not only does meditation remove many of the barriers between you and positive energy, it also focuses your energy so you can get things done.  It is one of the keys to success in life. Listen: Sometimes we are all lazy. Sometimes we need help overcoming procrastination (READ: How to overcome laziness). But other times you want to kickass. Here's how to do…

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The Science of Deep Breathing – Why It Benefits Us So Much

New research reveals the science of deep breathing and why it benefits us so very much. Meditators are well accustomed to the fact that the way we breathe influences the mind. Proper breathing techniques can relax the mind and offer myriad mental and physical health benefits. But just how does breathing influence your mind? Breathing is the most basic function of the human body. A new-born baby takes its first breath within ten seconds of being born. And we don’t stop breathing until we die. We take more than 23000 breaths per day. And every single one of those breaths…

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Forest Bathing Meditation Script, Benefits & More

I love forest bathing meditation. In Japan it’s called “Shinrin Yoku” [1], which literally translates to “Forest Bathing”. The meditation script, benefits, and tips in this guide will help you to start this rising form of meditation.   Nothing feels better than sitting by a willow tree, closing your eyes, taking some deep breaths, and meditating on nature in the forest. Even if you’ve never tried it, you can easily imagine how relaxing this activity is. It helps you to feel calm, centred, and connected with nature. The tradition on Shinrin-Yoku started in Japan in the 1980s [1], making it…

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Thoughts During Meditation? Handle Them The Enlightened Way
Thinking during meditation is completely normal. You do not need to fight your thoughts.

Thoughts During Meditation? Handle Them The Enlightened Way

Have you ever wondered what to do with thoughts during meditation? You might have noticed that the typical advice to “Let go of your thoughts” when meditating is actually incredibly hard. Everyone says that you should simply let those intrusive thoughts go right by you, not being disturbed by them. But is that even possible? Is it natural to switch off your thoughts when you meditate? The basic concept for dealing with thoughts when you meditate is this: mindfully acknowledge them, do not dwell on them, let them go by and continue focusing on your breath. Right. Easy as that.…

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