How To Stay In the Moment

Have you ever felt like your life is spinning too fast or out of control? Do you have difficulties relaxing, because your mind is filled with “what if-” and “if only”-thoughts? Or do you simply have problems being present in the moment with your family and friends?  If so, you could definitely benefit from practising mindfulness.

Put very simply, mindfulness is the art of staying in the moment – the art of accepting what it is.  Mindfulness was originally developed by Jon KabatZinn in order for him to assist and help individuals with a wide range of medical issues. The practise is based on Buddhist philosophy and involves meditation, yoga and stretching techniques as well as some principles of cognitive behavioural therapy.

So what is mindfulness? Well, contrary to popular belief mindfulness is not just about learning how to relax. It is a way of being, about learning to be in the moment – in the Now – with help of observation. By practising mindfulness you become aware of what you are experiencing with acceptance, not trying to change things as they are at any given moment – the way they are right now – for better or for worse. It might sound strange or difficult to practise, and at times it is. I’ve learned from experience that this applies especially for very ambitious individuals whom been thought that you need to do whatever it takes in order to get what you want. The ones who feel the need to have control over their lives and by trying to do so, sadly live their life days, months or even years ahead of the present moment while the years pass.

Mindfulness is not about letting go of your own responsibilities for your own life or to just let things be as they are. It is more about doing your best at every given moment and feel satisfied with and accept that. Mindfulness gives everyone the ability to live life to the full and everyone can have it. The only thing you need to do is to investigate your mind and harmonise your senses.

“Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now, the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows how to dwell in mindfulness night and day,
‘one who knows the better way to live alone.”
Bhaddekaratta Sutta

 

 

How to Keep Your Mind Sharp and Help Your Inspiration & Creativity

There are several factors in life that can make you feel as dull as a brick.

And the sad thing is that by the time you realize it, it’s very hard to returned to that focused state you remember you once had. Repeating curriculum, long periods of inactivity due to illness or other reasons may render a person not entirely able to function the way he or she once did.

Thus the need is born – to keep your mind sharp at all times. This stimulates your creativity and allows you to be inspired more easily.

The Underlying Factors

Ever notice how as soon as you passed elementary school you stopped doing math by hand, and started using the calculator?

Suddenly, you never multiplied anything using your brain anymore, and the next time you actually tried (after several years, no less) you could barely remember how it was done, let alone manage to pull it off quickly.

Same thing happens in many other spheres of life – your brain stops to work at full power once you find quick workarounds.

Doing lots of menial tasks and having a gray and monotonous everyday schedule can contribute to that too. These are things you should avoid at all cost.

Some Useful Tips to Promote a Sharp Mind

Here are a few valuable tips you can use to keep your mind sharp all the time.

  1. Take Care of Your Body

Most of us don’t have the time, resources or good will to be health nuts, however there are some simple things nearly everyone can do to keep their body fit to a certain extent, which will help the mind as well.

Romans used  to say that one should  have a “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, and to keep up to that proverb you can do a few simple things –  dedicate half an hour once or twice weekly for jogging, walk to work if that’s an option, or at least walk a mile every day, in whatever pace you want.

Reduce caffeine intake 4 to 5 hours before bed – this will make your sleep quite a lot healthier and will make you more productive in the morning.

  1. Read, Read, Read

A piece of advice you likely see quite too often.

It’s very likely that you’re already doing it, as you’re reading this article right now. But to keep up the good work, try finding lots of information and sifting through what might be relevant and interesting for you. Don’t be afraid to dig further into complex topics.

The other way is also an option – read less and more general information but for a variety of different topics. Once you explore lots of different things, you’ll be able to cross-reference and abstract them in your head, allowing for better creativity.

  1. Give Your Mind Some Rest from Time to Time

Leading psychologists suggest dedicating ten minutes per day to doing absolutely nothing.

That’s right, basically staring at the ceiling!

One might wonder what the purposes of that would be at first glance, but when you think about it , this is actually the most primitive form of meditation that anyone can do!

By doing this you’ll help prevent your mind from overloading.

  1. Find New Challenges, New Hobbies and New Tasks

An old proverb says that the mind is like the blade – it gets rusty if it’s not used. So to keep your mind from “catching rust” you’ll need to present it with a variety of new difficulties and challenges.

What better way to do that than to learn how to play an instrument for example? Or start a new hobby, like knitting, origami or any sort of applied art.

There are a plethora of tutorials and helpful communities online, and for most hobbies you’ll need to invest only a little money on the basic necessities you’ll need at first.

You can also find a pen pal to help you learn another language.

The opportunities are all around you!

Conclusion

In conclusion, following some kind of loose schedule can help direct your mind to becoming a more productive machine, or rather a furnace for new ideas and creations, making you a person who can derive inspiration from nearly everything around him.

Biography

Zohaib Akhlaq is the founder of HowEntrepreneur.com where he teach entrepreneurs and startup owners something new daily. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

 

 

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Create Deep Trusting Relationships For Success

girls-839809_1280The concept of reaching out to others for support isn´t about changing who you are. It´s about enlisting the help and advice of others to help you become the best you that you can be.

These are the words of author Keith Ferrazzi, in “Who´s Got Your Back”. Regardless of our professional – or personal – role, we all need feedback and advice from individuals that we trust. As individual beings, we can not possibly know it all, nor do we need to. Getting feedback from someone who is not as close to a situation as we are ourselves, and by that can be objective, is the action of a wise person.

Find out more in the manisfesto “Who´s Got Your Back – Why You Need the Lifeline Relationships That Create Success And Won´t Let You Fail”, published by ChangeThis. Get it here: Lifeline Relationships

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17 Harsh Truths That Make Us Stronger

life lessonsThe better understanding we have of life, the more we live in the truth. Here´s 17 meaningful life lessons to learn:

  1. You can´t change the past.
  2. There´s a lot you don´t know.
  3. You´ll fail sometimes.
  4. There may not be a tomorrow.
  5. There´s a lot you can´t control.
  6. Information is not true knowledge.
  7. You can´t be successful without providing value.
  8. Someone else will always have more than you.
  9. The only person who can make you happy is you.
  10. Magic happens outside your comfort zone.
  11. You won´t always get what you want.
  12. Doing the same thing every day hinders growth.
  13. Life isn´t easy.
  14. Good friends will come and go.
  15. You get what you put in.
  16. There will always be people who don´t like you.
  17. You will never feel 100% ready for something new.

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1-Minute Playbook: How To Manage Your To-Do List

stop-watch-396862_1280The first of the two critical processes in time management, is managing the to-do list. While we would like to focus on the tasks that will lead to our ultimate goals, there are many things that come our way. Managing the to-do list is crucial to our ability to achieve goals in life.

Task management is one of the core processes in time management. This answers the key question, “What is the best use of my time right now?” In order to answer this question, we need to identify the various demands on our time, make a list of tasks, prioritize the tasks, filter the list of tasks, and act on the remaining tasks. The demands on our time stem from the various roles we have in our personal and professional lives. They can also be classified under routine tasks, required tasks, optional tasks, obligatory tasks, desired tasks, and goal-oriented tasks. By thinking of the various roles and goals within each role, we could come up with quite a large list of tasks that need to get done.

After the lists are made, we must prioritize the tasks according to importance and urgency. An easy way is to Place your tasks into four classes: Urgent and Important, Important but Not Urgent, Urgent but Not Important and Neither Important Nor Urgent. Tasks can also be prioritized according to most important, less important, and least important or must do, may do, and would like to do.

After tasks are prioritized, they may be filtered using the Pareto Principle, which states that 20% of the tasks give you 80% of the value. By identifying the value of the tasks over a period of time, we can eliminate the 80% of tasks that only yield 20% value.

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Are you experiencing too much stress in your life?

mindfulnessThere’s help to get! Check out our team’s favorite mindfulness tools. Not only are they great for lowering your levels of stress, you also bring them with you wherever you go.

“Being mindful is a way of life.”

Mindfulness is basically training in being present in the now. Does it sound like something strange? It’s not really. Mindfulness is an eastern way of living that reduces worry and stress. It’s a way to live in harmony with yourself and others. Mindfulness is simply a way to improve your quality of life.

The purpose with mindfulness training is to practice being as aware as possible, moment to moment. Practicing mindfulness improves both mental and physical health. Research has showed that some of its effects are that it: – reduces stress, – makes you less prone to develop acute illnesses and infections; – aids your body’s ability to heal and – brings mental clarity,

Also, with mindfulness training we develop a healthier perspective towards our thoughts and feelings. You could say that we get a “filter” through which we learn to see, feel and choose how to react on our thoughts and feelings, rather than just act instantly. Mindfulness makes you freer to choose the life you want to live.

Our team’s favorite apps

There are many great mindfulness apps on the market. Here are some of our team’s favorite ones:

The Mindfulnessapp 
One of the first mindfulness apps on the market and it’s been downloaded over 900 000 times. Developed by the two Swedes Magnus Fridh and Martin Vikfalk, the Mindfulness app has recently been improved even further.

Headspace
This American app is like ”a gym for your mind”. It offers a free version with 10 mindful days, with different meditations. If you like the app, get a subscription and they’ll give an app for free to a person in need. We love that!

Meditationernas Spotify  
Omvana is one of the world’s most popular meditation apps. It’s like a Spotify for relaxation, stressreduction and meditation. As a member you get to create your own meditation and you’ve got so many choices that you’ll never run out of new options.

Simply Being
Meditations app developed primary for relaxation and stress reduction. Simply Being includes several different meditations with music or nature sounds. The meditations are 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes long respectively so they are perfect to use “on the go”.

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