15 Exercises In Mindful Writing And Yoga For Writers
One of the best mindful writing exercises is to lie down in nature and describe what you see.

15 Exercises In Mindful Writing And Yoga For Writers

There are so many wonderful benefits of mindful writing exercises and yoga for writers.  In my experience, they are absolutely brilliant ways for writers to boost creativity and to increase focus. Plus, they are tons of fun. I am constantly surprised by how closely writing and meditation relate to one another. Meditation makes us better writers. Writing makes us better meditators. And it's not just meditation either. Recently, lots of famous writers have opened up about using yoga for creativity. Somehow, exercises like yoga and meditation make us much better writers. So let me share with you my favorite mindful…

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17 Best Buddhist Quotes That Will Actually Change You

Here are 18 Buddhist quotes that inspire us all to believe in the wisdom of Buddha. Best Buddhist Quotes In The World  1. Buddha's wisdom on living with compassion We Buddhists revere compassion. One of Buddha’s most inspiring life quotes is: "Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike". — Buddha quote. Enlightened people invariably have high levels of compassion. Compassion can change the world. If everyone acted compassionately the world would soon be a peaceful, love-filled place. And compassion can also change your life as an individual. It has been scientifically proven that compassion makes us healthier and happier…

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How To Quiet The Mind With Meditation [TUTORIAL]

Want to know how to quiet the mind? Meditation is the answer. Listen: Have you ever wondered why Buddhist monks are peaceful, and why Buddhists meditate to quieten their mind every single day?   Because when you spend all day rushing around, getting nothing done productively, you start doing too much thinking and you feel rushed and stressed. Do you feel rushed? Do you feel stress? Are you suffering from anxiety? [read: Best Meditations For Anxiety] If you have anxiety, it's time to quiet the mind with meditation (and a few other tips too). Let Me Show You How To Quiet The Mind With…

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5 Powerful Meditations For Anger Management [TUTORIAL]

Stop smashing your head against the table. You can use meditation for anger management so it's easier to chill out.  Good news, huh?   There are many different ways in which practices such as mindfulness can help stop agitation, annoyance, frustration and other emotions [READ: controlling your emotions by meditating].  One of the best things about meditating on these emotions is that is teaches us accept them as a normal way of life. Anger is not unnatural and, kept in check, it is not unhealthy either. It evolved from our need to protect ourselves [1] That said, many people are struggling…

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8 Couples Meditation Exercises You Need To Experience

Meditating as a couple is one of the best ways to strengthen your relationship and to enhance pleasure. Not only can meditation be used to attract love into your life and solve relationship problems, but it can be used to enhance relationships too. There are many meditations couples can use. These couples meditation techniques can: Help you regain sexual confidence Boost intimacy Increase pleasure Strengthen your bond  Make your relationship last longer And even help you to develop a psychic connection with each other. Plus, meditation actually makes people both more attractive and more appreciative of another person's beauty. [Read our article on why meditation makes…

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3 Meditations For Pain Relief To Stop Your Aches

If you suffer from headaches, migraines or other pains, there's good news: you can use meditation for pain relief. In fact, for some types of pain, mindfulness is the best solution. You'll see why when I discuss meditation for headaches and migraines in just a moment. For millenia, the spiritually enlightened have used techniques like mindfulness to relieve pain. And finally in the 21st Century science is catching up. Science now proves that we can indeed use meditation for pain relief and that it truly does work. Here's the deal: Pain is mostly in the mind. The feeling of pain…

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Use These Meditations For Forgiveness To Move On Today

I love using meditation for forgiveness. Techniques like meditation and mindfulness can really help when you need to forgive someone. And you can also use meditation to forgive yourself. It has been proven that forgiveness is a core strength that helps us to maintain happiness and even benefits our health. And of course it can help us to overcome painful memories of the past. It is not always easy to forgive. Meditation techniques can help. In this post I'll share with you the best meditation forgiveness techniques and why it is important to forgive-- both for yourself and for the…

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6 Scientifically Proven Ways Meditation Makes You Smarter

 As a meditation teacher I’m often asked “Does meditation make you smarter?” And the answer is a definitive yes. It's proven that there are many cognitive benefits of meditation. One of the best benefits is that meditation makes you more intelligent. In fact not only does meditation make you smarter, it literally increases the size of your brain by increasing grey matter and increasing the thickness of the brain's cerebral cortex. There are six important ways in which meditation makes you more intelligent. Let’s take a look at each of them. 6 Ways Meditation Makes You Smarter   1 Improves…

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5 Best Meditations To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

The benefits of meditation for high blood pressure have been scientifically proven time and again. Research proves you can use meditation to lower blood pressure naturally. By taking just twenty minutes a day to meditate you will lower blood pressure and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. And the effects are even better when you combine meditative techniques with yoga for heart health.  As a mindfulness instructor lots of people ask me how to use meditation to lower blood pressure naturally. These people all have high blood pressure for different reasons. The most common causes of high blood pressure are:…

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Ultimate Guide To Using Meditation For Creativity

Today we are going to be looking at the best meditations for creativity, the benefits they offer, and how you can use these techniques to boost divergent thinking.  Increased creativity is one of the best cognitive benefits of mindfulness. By meditating in the right ways you can enhance your creative brain and unleash your artistic side.   As well this article, I've also written a helpful guide to musicians, and a tutorial that writers can use. Does Meditation Boost Creativity? If you want to improve your mind, one of the best ways is to train yourself to be more creative. Meditation can…

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When Life Gets Hectic Trust These Meditations To Ground You

We all know how hectic life can get. Without even consciously realizing it, we find that there is so much noise in our lives and that we being pulled this way and that with too much going on. When there are too many people putting demands on you When there's too much going on When you feel like you can't get a moment's peace When you wish everyone would just leave you alone When you with you could just stop for a moment At times like that, it can be hard to hit the Pause button. On top of major…

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The Only Things To Do In My Spare Time That Make Any Sense

Sometimes I try to look for things to do in my spare time.  We all have those spare 10 minutes every now and then. If the average person added up all the times in their life when they’ve had 10 minutes to spare, they’d end up with more than a year. Seriously. You know those times when you're doing nothing, just looking for things to do in your spare time? Well they add up.  Check out these stats about the average time we spend in various idle states. British people spend nearly six months of their life in a queue…

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How To Make Meditation A Habit You Stick To Every Day

A lot of people ask me how to make meditation a habit. And I have a pretty good answer to that question. With my method you'll meditate every day. So first let's discuss the elephant in the room: meditation apps. They are not the answer.  Meditation tracking apps offer only basic tracking. And while apps like Headspace and Calm can help us make meditation a habit, there is a better way. You know how it is. You want to track your meditation time each day of the week so you can begin to get into the habit of meditating and…

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Here’s How Meditation Can Change Your Personality

Fact 1: 95% of people think they need to improve their personality.  Fact 2: Ask anyone else, and most people will say you're fine just as you are.   We all know that being true to ourselves is vital. Still, people want to change. Why? It's not because they are bad people with bad personalities. Scientific research shows that genuinely bad people do not think they need to change themselves. Bad guys actually think they are good guys. Psychologist Albert Banudra argued this way: People who do evil always think they are actually doing good. They have morally justified their evil in their…

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5 Amazing Benefits Of Mindfulness Meditation For Musicians

There are so many great benefits of mindfulness meditation for musicians. And today, there are many famous musicians who meditate. [Here's a beginners guide to mindfulness if you want to try it for yourself right now]. Whether you're a new musician or an experienced pro looking for a new way to play, you can get a lot out of mindfulness and meditation. Musicians who practice mindfulness are more aware, more conscious, more creative, and more entertaining on stage. My experience as a meditation teacher and as a pianist for more than thirty years has taught me that meditation is amazing…

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5 Techniques Of Meditation For Concentration And Focus

Have you ever tried using meditation for concentration and focus? As a meditation teacher I'm constantly surprised by how easy it is to used meditation for focus and concentration. Even if you have the concentration of a Golfish, meditation can help. When you meditate you allow your mind to focus through unwanted noise and to tune-out distractions. You train your mind to focus on one thing at a time. And within just twenty minutes you will have the focus and attention you need to have a successful, productive day. Imagine how beneficial that is. For instance, if you are trying to…

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Here’s Why You’re Crying During Meditation And What It Really Means

A reader wrote in to us today saying, “When I meditate I cry. What’s going on? Why does meditation make me cry?, I thought it was supposed to make me relaxed and happy, but I always start crying. Please explain what's happening to me!”  Many people think it's a problem when they cry while meditating. It really isn't. There are far bigger side effects of meditation. Crying when meditating is actually common. There are many reasons why people cry when they meditate. Sometimes it's just because of dry eyes. Other times it could mean your emotions are out of control.…

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10 Mindfulness Exercises For Children With Huge Benefits!
Mother and daughter practicing yoga on the beach

10 Mindfulness Exercises For Children With Huge Benefits!

In this guide I am going to share with you my favorite mindfulness exercises for children of all ages. There are so many reasons to start teaching kids to meditate. By practicing some mindfulness exercises kids can focus their minds, improve their health, and feel good about themselves. Caring parents know that there are lots of benefits of meditation for kids. And millions of enlightened parents are starting to teach kids to meditate. With this guide, you can get started too. In this guide I'll show you the best types of meditation for kids, and I will share 10 great…

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How To Do Meditation While Running [TUTORIAL]

By the end of this article you are going to be doing meditation while running every single day. Why? Because science just proved that when you run and meditate at the same time, some seriously amazing things happen. We already know from sports psychology that there are amazing benefits of meditation for athletes.  But absolutely everyone can benefits from running and meditating at the same time. Breaking scientific research shows that doing meditation while running could be the number one best thing for your mind and body. I've previously written about how important it is to do movement meditations [read my…

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How To Meditate To Sarva Mangala For Khechara

When we meditate on tantric Goddess Sarva Mangala we receive Khechara and we find deep inner peace. Sarva Mangala (who you can read about on TheMotherDivine) is peaceful, calm and quiet. It is said in the ancient texts that she often visits people when they meditate. Then, she may confer upon the meditator khechara. Sarva Mangala [1] is said to be able to confer upon those that meditate with her the quality of khecara, which is sometimes translated as “floating freely under the vault of the sky.” “Floating freely under the vault of the sky” is a beautiful way of…

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