These are 10 life lessons from the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian text dense with wisdom.

1. Change is the Law of The Universe

“What you have taken, Has been from here
What you gave has been given here

What belongs to you today
belonged to someone yesterday
and will be someone else’s tomorrow

Change is the Law of The Universe”

Nothing is constant. No-thing is permanent. True stillness comes from embracing movement – the ebb and flow of life. The earth is moving through space. Night follows day. Each moment is completely new. To be wise is to accept change. To be enlightened is to love change.

2. Everything Happens for a Reason

“Whatever happened was good
Whatever is happening is good
Whatever will happen will also be good”

This mindset empowers you. This mindset attracts more of the good. What has happened has happened. There is nothing more to be done. The future is a picture, an illusion. It will never come. It is always now. You control the present. Live it to the fullest.

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3. Love the Process Without Depending on the Outcome

“Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.”

Never engage in action for the sake of reward. Do your work with love. Expect nothing. You are rewarded in the present. Do from a place of joy. Create from a place of no-mind. Give from a place of love.

4. Give Without Expecting Something in Return

“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return”

Be pure when giving. Love grows when shared. Give and you shall receive.

5. Let Go of Attachment

“You came here empty handed, and you will leave empty handed.”

Attachment to material things can weigh you down. We do not possess things, yet things can possess us. Sensory pleasures are short-lived. When they disappear they can cause suffering. The wise do not attach their happiness to such pleasures. They go beyond them. Take no possessions. Always travel light.

6. The Soul Is Eternal

“For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.”

Birth and death are of this realm. Birth and death are of the duality. Energy can never be created or destroyed; it transforms from one form to another. Energy is in essence non-dual. Consciousness is not of the human body.

7. We Are All One

“The man who sees me in everything
and everything within me
will not be lost to me, nor
will I ever be lost to him.
He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.
When he sees all being as equal
in suffering or in joy
because they are like himself,
that man has grown perfect in yoga.”

Treat every being the same. Treat others as you want others to treat you. See the inherent goodness in all beings. See through labels and stories. We are all God. We are all One.

8. You Are What You Think You Are

“We behold what we are, and we are what we behold.”

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.”

Mind over matter. Think happy thoughts and you are happier. Know you can, and you can. Look for things to be grateful for. Look for the good. You will find it.

9. Meditate

“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”

Meditation makes you happier. It is a timeless truth.

10. Dream Big

“We’re kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”

See it, feel it, become it. Have no fear when dreaming. Dream as big as you can. Let how you feel be your guide. Move your dream into the present moment to manifest it.

This post was originally published at Global Harmony Crew.

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In this cool infographic there’s a list of nine hobbies that will keep you neurologically stimulated and mentally healthy.

Finding time for yourself can be nearly impossible sometimes.

Balancing your professional, social, and family life probably leave you feeling the need just to collapse from exhaustion at the end of the day.

Trying to find the time to keep your mind sharp amid all the chaos while also trying to maintain your personal sanity is a difficult balance to strike.

This is especially true if your free time comes in small increments throughout the day. It can sometimes feel as though you have to choose between making yourself smarter and making yourself happier.

Lucky for you, research shows that several hobbies have the potential to ‘kill two birds with one stone’.

Take reading for example (the activity you are doing RIGHT NOW). Reading is perhaps the most obvious example of a hobby that can be both relaxing and mentally beneficial.

A study published in the Neurology Journal regarding cognitive aging and cognitive activity concluded:

More frequent cognitive activity across the life span has an association with slower late-life cognitive decline that is independent of common neuropathologic conditions…

So essentially, the more you use your brain, the less you lose it later in life.

Thankfully, hobbies like reading and writing have never been easier to do no matter where you are.

Between e-books, magazine articles, news feeds, and blogs there is never a shortage of content for you to choose.

If you have a few minutes where you are stuck waiting in a line, you can pull out your phone and begin reading while you wait.

Choosing a hobby that expands your intellect while also providing you with a much-needed leisure activity maximizes the limited time you have available.

The folks at Smarter Hobby created the infographic below which is a list of nine hobbies that will help keep you neurologically stimulated and mentally healthy.

Whatever your preferences are, it is important that you choose an activity that you both enjoy and fits into your hectic life.

An infographic with hobbies that can make you smarter

Well, what hobbies you pick? Let us know in the comments!

Mantras are words or phrases that are chanted out loud or internally as objects of meditation.

Often these mantras are associated with particular Buddhist figures, whose qualities can be cultivated by the repetition of the relevant mantra.

Mantra meditation predates Buddhism, probably by hundreds of years. The origins of mantras go back at least to the Vedic tradition that preceded the Buddha, where mantras were used as incantations to influence, or even to control, the gods.

Learn to meditate in 6 easy steps!

1.Choose your mantra

A word or phrase that the beginner should silently repeat to himself during the meditation. The purpose of the mantra is to give you something to put your attention on other than your thoughts. You can use any phrase that you like. Most of the people like to use words like “Peace” or “Love”.

2. Comfortable place to sit

It’s good to find a quiet and isolated location where you won’t be disturbed. You don’t need to sit cross-legged on the floor unless that is comfortable for you. You can sit on a chair or sofa or on the floor with your back against a wall. You can support yourself with pillows or blankets. The point is to sit as upright as possible while still remaining comfortable. As long as you feel comfortable, this meditation can be practiced anywhere.

3. Gently close your eyes and begin by taking some deep breaths

Try taking a few “cleansing breaths” by inhaling slowly through your nose and then exhaling out your mouth. After a few cleansing breaths, continue to breathe at a normal relaxed pace through your nose with your lips gently closed.

4. Begin repeating your mantra silently to yourself without moving your tongue or lips

The repetition of your mantra is soft, gentle, and relaxed. There is no need to force it. The mantra does not need to correlate with the breath, though some people prefer to do so. For example, if using So Hum as your mantra, you could silently repeat So on your inhalation and Hum on your exhalation. If you choose to correlate your mantra with your breath, do not become overly fixated on this.

5. Do not try and stop your thoughts or empty your mind

As you continue with this process, you will inevitably find that you drift away from the mantra. It is human nature for the mind to wander. Do not try and stop your thoughts or “empty your mind.” Whenever you become aware that your attention has drifted away from your mantra to thoughts or any other distractions, simply return to silently repeating the mantra.

6. Stop repeating the mantra

After 20 to 30 minutes, you can stop repeating your mantra and continue sitting with your eyes closed. Before resuming activity, be sure to spend a few minutes relaxing with your eyes closed. You may use a timer with a very gentle, low-volume sound.

Many people use their cell phones as meditation timers. Be sure to turn the volume down very low as you don’t want to be startled out of your meditation.

If you find that twenty to thirty minutes is too long for you, start with whatever amount of time you can. Even a few minutes of daily meditation is good.

This meditation has more benefits when it’s practiced daily. Ideally, meditation can be done first thing in the morning upon rising and then again at the end of the day, before the dinner.

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Are you looking for a new job and are you stressed? Mindfulness meditation will help you feel better during your job hunting.

Job searching can be a stressful business, especially if right now you are completely out of a job. The more resumes you submit and the more interviews you go to before finding something you like, the more you will consume yourself with uncertainties. Questions like “how do I pay my rent next week” or “will I afford gas to get to work when I finally get a new job” should be asked, but don’t let them overwhelm and stress you out.

Don’t Think You Are Invincible

During their teen years, everyone probably thinks they are invincible. Driving too fast, sleeping too little and irregularly, drinking too much, are done often, with little regard for the body or the mind. This changes once people get to their mid-20’s, early 30’s, and start doing more adult stuff, like working long hours, worrying about family, or staying awake at night because of insecure jobs and the need to look for new ones.

Unfortunately, this whole “adult stuff” business can be just as dangerous as driving too fast. You accumulate stress each time you overwork yourself and each time you worry about someone, failing to let your body recuperate from all that stress by depriving it of sleep. The fact of the matter is, everyone still acts as though they are invincible. But people burn out too.

Stress is responsible for 75 to 90 percent of all doctor’s office visits. Long-term, it contributes to heart diseases, diabetes, weight imbalances and autoimmune diseases. But you will feel the effect much sooner, or are already feeling them. Those mild migraines throughout the day and the fact that you feel queasy when trying to eat something could just as well be caused by stress.

Mindfully Relieve Stress

Mindfulness is the latest eastern practice to be widely adopted across the western cultures. Classes are being offered all over the place, promising mental wellbeing, and pupils are being thought to use this technique to better focus on their studies. It should also help with calming your mind during a new job hunting.

It became popular when University of Massachusetts professor Jon Kabat-Zinn adapted eastern meditation methods into a stress reduction program for the chronically ill. He claims this technique doesn’t only help people manage stress, it transforms the way stress is dealt with. Gelong Thubten, a Tibetan Buddhist, who teaches monthly classes at Google’s headquarters, says the technique works differently than most: “You’re going for a deeper approach,” he says, “because you look at how to get the mind to let go of stressful thinking.”

In a 2011 study,  done by the University of Washington on HR staff, it was found that people who had done an 8-week mindfulness meditation course were less likely to switch between tasks and showed an improved memory. Thubten says this technique brings “a greater sense of focus, non-distraction and concentration,”  which is most useful when you need to be at your best for an interview.

Mindfulness meditation is not complicated at all. All you need is a quiet spot (at first) and a word. This word will be your mantra, and can be anything from an “mmm” sound to something of significance to you. Then breathe regularly and repeat this word, letting your thoughts come and go as they please. Don’t focus on any of them. Your focus is your mantra.

Don’t ignore your thoughts completely, though. Notice their flow and how one thought gets you to the next, but don’t start daydreaming and remain anchored in the present. Notice other physical reactions as well, and become more acquainted with your body. Do this while sitting, not lied back, with your open palms resting on your thighs, facing upwards.

The Foundation of Meditation

This technique is based on two important human traits, compassion and empathy, and focuses on developing a more positive attitude towards others. “If you can engage in meditation practice and learn how to develop a more positive attitude towards others, it has amazing benefits,” explains Thubten.

You may think being compassionate and empathic can be counterproductive when you search for a new job, as you need your competitive edge to stay ahead of other candidates. But this technique has the end goal of improving your understanding of others, which will give you the edge you need and show the interviewer you are a positive person, focused on building and growing, not consuming and taking advantage.

The key point here and the person you should focus your compassion and try to understand better is yourself. “In the western world people are so self-judgmental, so hard on themselves and meditation is an amazing tool for developing self-acceptance, a sense of peace within,” says Thubten. Being at peace with yourself will show during an interview, by making you seem more confident.

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How Long Should You Meditate

Don’t imagine you will lose hours each day standing still on a mat in the lotus position. Sure, there are meditation techniques that can require long periods of time to get working, but not this one. 15 to 20 minutes each day will be enough for you to feel the benefits. Done immediately after you wake up, this technique will get you ready for the day ahead. Before going to sleep, it will help with clearing your mind and allowing you to have a good night’s sleep.

Mindfulness meditation will show it’s true potential when you become able to enter the calming state it brings anywhere and at any time. You can use it when at work, during a break, or in public transports, on your way there. You will see its benefits in your new job application effort when you manage to enter a meditative state just before an interview and you enter the meeting room calm and ready for anything that gets thrown at you.

This meditation technique has become extremely popular in the last few years and you will be able to find a lot of other articles explaining it in detail, so be sure to check them out. Classes should be available mostly anywhere, though be careful to find an experienced, reputed instructor. If you feel you need more help, you should even be able to find some mobile apps to help you out.

Mindfulness meditation has been proven to help with concentration and memory and has the ability to ease anxiety. The most important aspect, according to Gelong Thubten, is the fact that you become a nicer person. “If you are kinder to people, you get along with them better,”  he says. “And you do well in the world when you get along with people. They reward you and your career will go well.” Makes sense.

What do you think about doing meditation to release your new job-hunting stress? Let us know in the comments below!

About the author

Amanda Wilks is a Boston University graduate and a Contributing Editor at Job Application Center. She has a great interest in everything related to job-seeking, career-building, and entrepreneurship and loves helping people reach their true potential.