Daily Inspiration for the mind
Want to create more joy in your life? It's time to stop looking outside of yourself and get into the time tested practice of meditation.
Many of us seek joy through thrills that create adrenaline whether they are a beautiful sunset shared with a special person, a wave caught just at the right moment, or a celebration of a long-term goal that we reach. However, the adrenaline that these highs and lows provide us are few and far between and can often lead us waiting for joyful moments and chasing joy as if it were something in the future.
Meditation allows us to reshape our perspective of the source of joy to something more constant and easy to attain. In meditation, we become aware of our eternal spirit, beyond the mind. We see that the love we bring to each day, each person, each moment in interaction with ourself or another human or animal has the potential to lift us up just by being kind and loving.
The joy that comes from meditation is that we will be able to hear the inner voice of the soul that can redirect us to the truth that joy can be experienced no matter where we are in our lives, no matter what we have and no matter who we are with, even if it's just ourselves.
Practicing daily gratitude can have a significant impact on your mental health. Rather than complaining, count your blessings. Flip your perspective. Gratitude practice can boost self-confidence, increase happiness, improve your relationships with others, and promote better sleep.
Find 5 things each day that you are grateful for in your life. It can be as simple or as small as that one cloud in the sky. Rid yourself of toxic emotions. Fill your life with positivity and happiness!
Did you know that simply drinking more water can have a positive effect on reducing stress levels? Dehydration can certainly add to our stress, and every organ in our body needs fluids to function properly. Being well hydrated helps to lower the levels of stress hormone cortisol, thus decreasing stress's overall effects on our system. Your heart rate increases when you're really worked up about something as well, so you're more likely to lose fluids in this state.
Topping up your water intake might not solve all of the problems leading to your stressed state, but it can help your body and mind to feel more regulated as you work past them. It can also help reduce headaches caused by stress, further easing your mind from more troubles!
Meditation can improve your health and energy when we ask what our body what it needs. Try this!
Sit in a quiet and comfortable place. Notice what feelins you are aware of in your body. Focus on one place at a time. Ask your body what food would balance this area or which food is imbalancing this area.
Write down what comes to mind. Then ask your body what foods it wants and which foods it doesn't want anymore to cover any other things that are linked to your emotions and overall energy. Food can help us with manifesting energy, spirtitual communication, stability, mental clarity and so much more!
Having a pet can provide helpful and healing health benefits. While it seems like a no-brainer that coming home after a hard day to a loving creature who thinks the sun rises and sets based on your command is incredibly heart warming, there are a surprising amount of studies that show the scientific reason for this. The unconditional love Whiskers and Fido provide us can help those of us with self-esteem issues, and logging tummy-rubs and cuddle time can lower our blood pressure and reduce stress.
When we spend time with our pets, our body releases the calming hormone oxytocin, which can counteract stress hormone cortisol. It's no wonder we feel calmer when we see those furry faces! We knew they were good for our hearts, who knew they were so good for our health?
An interesting new finding tied to anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation is called 'FOMO,' or, the Fear of Missing Out. This type of anxiety is seen in people who feel so uncomfortable without their smartphones and electronic devices, they start to stress out about missing what's going on. While we all like to keep in touch, this is seen more in those who are tied 24/7/365 to their communication devices, desperate to be in the know and included as much as possible.
While keeping that blue light going right before bed can contribute to trouble falling asleep, it has obvious other risks attributed to it. If you identify with this and feel genuinely concerned about your addiction to your devices, have a chat with your doctor. If you've just been a little more obsessed than usual, and are noticing your attachment taking you away from normal activities you enjoy, practice shutting down for a few hours a day, and especially before bed!
You Are Here: MIND
The Holistic Triangle represents the necessity of maintaining the balance of your Mind, Body, and Soul. Being the most structurally sound shape in the Universe, each arm of the triangle is connected to and supports the others. For the triangle to remain equilateral, the Mind, Body, and Soul all need to be in optimal condition. At Daily Life, we understand the intricacies of this fine balance. We work to provide you with tools, strategies, and resources that you can use to maintain your Mind-Body-Soul balance and achieve your ultimate potential and happiness - daily.
What is the Mind?
The mind is the filter through which we as humans perceive life and ascribe meaning to our experiences. Your mind is what allows you learn, form opinions, and make decisions. Like the motherboard of a computer, your mind is the generator of your consciousness, and therefore, your reality.
What is the Difference Between the Mind & the Brain?
Think of the brain as hardware and the mind as software. The brain is the physical vehicle that your mind exists within. When the mind habitually thinks something, the brain develops neural pathways that create certain thought patterns and behavioural cycles. This means your mind can rewire your brain as you become conscious of your instinctual and habitual thoughts and behaviours. Becoming conscious of your thoughts and behaviours is the first step towards a healthier mind, body, and soul.
How to Practice Mindfulness - Daily
Mindfulness is the practice of constantly observing, reflecting on, and directing your thoughts. Being mindful means intentionally overriding your automatic thoughts with thoughts of positivity and love. Mindfulness allows you to take responsibility for your experience of life, to be aware of how you affect others, and to use your time and energy to become the best version of yourself.
Being mindful means slowing down to think before you speak. It means taking a moment to ask yourself why you are feeling something and how you should respond. It allows you to be less reactive, anxious, and defensive so that you can live more compassionately. Because our culture trains us to prioritize thinking and talking quickly and efficiently, most people struggle with mindfulness.
Mindfulness allows you to see how your thoughts become the energy that creates your life. When you become aware of your thoughts and typical thought patterns, only then do you hold power over them. Being mindful allows you to develop self-love and self-respect, to move beyond judgement to compassionate, understanding, and empathy. Mindfulness allows you to see windows where others see walls.
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The Importance of Mental Health In Your Daily Life
In a time when anxiety and depression are becoming widespread worldwide epidemics, we offer alternative, holistic, simple ways to deal with trauma and stress to get you back on the road to emotional healing so you can beat the odds.
As we educate and practice holistic remedies for mental health, we build a foundation of inner strength that allows us to uplift ourselves as well as others. Instead of masking our problems, we encourage you to face your mental health head-on (see what we did there?) so we as a society can work toward erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness.
When you spend time worrying in isolation, your health deteriorates and your energy drains. At Daily Life, we provide you with simple tools to help guide your mind towards a healthy headspace. Your ultimate source of freedom and latent potential for extraordinary living comes from the relationship you cultivate with your mind and soul.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is the practice of focusing, clearing, and quieting your mind and body for a sustained period of time. Meditating can be done in many ways and looks different for everyone - it is a deeply personal practice that takes time to master.
Meditation is the ultimate tool of self-reflection, personal empowerment, and inner transformation. The goal of meditation is the realization that the self is not just what can be perceived with the eyes, but rather a soul that is energetically connected to the entire planet and the Universe as a whole.
How to Practice Meditation in Your Daily Life
Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind in which you work to clear out all thoughts to achieve peace. Meditation helps alleviate stress, trains us to be more mindful, and cultivates the forward momentum we need to live our best lives, daily.
Meditation can be done any place, any time. It is a practice of perceiving differently and of tuning into the soul’s wisdom. Meditation allows you to study your thought patterns and reorganize all of the information in your brain. Over time, your meditation practice will allow you to see the root cause of your feelings so we can find your inner harmony and balance.