How to get in touch with your soul and become a happier person.

We can all agree that life on Earth is becoming more and more stressful as the years go by. In order not to go completely crazy, many people turn to their inner selves, seeking meditation and tranquillity so they could easily survive the hectic lives we lead in this century.

Here is the list of the best ways to get in touch with your inner being, and thus help yourself get rid of the stress the environment imposes on you every day:

Do the things you love and love the things you do

What’s a better way to reconnect with your soul than actually doing things that you love and enjoy? If you’re a bookworm, use your day to go somewhere quiet, take your favorite book with you and indulge in all the adventures with the characters. If, on the other hand, you love drawing, feel free to draw as much as you want. It is very important that we let ourselves do the things we love from time to time and completely forget about our responsibilities. Leave your phone behind, forget the world and make yourself happy.

Connect with nature

You know the cliché sentence ‘’your body’s a temple’’, right? Well, it’s true. And not only that – your soul is a forest that needs constant nurturing. It’s well-known how relaxing and healthy being in nature is, but apart from that, the greenness and fresh air can definitely put your life into perspective and open your mind, especially if you are anxious, nervous or blue. A great exercise that you could do in nature is just observing the beauty, listening to all the sounds, and smelling all the scents. It sharpens your senses, it quiets your mind. And it’s perfect.

Try yoga and meditation

Quite similar to the previous tip, yoga and meditation really help in calming yourself down. Yoga is not only good for de-stressing your body, but also for taking a break from the world around you in a calm and soothing way. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and breathe. If you have scented candles, light them. Isolate yourself from the negative influences and people for at least an hour a day.

Dance

It’s impossible that Despacito didn’t make you dance at least once. You probably have a list of songs in mind that you just can’t be sitting down while listening to. That’s because music has a calming effect on our brain, and dancing to it relaxes your mind. If you are into hip-hop and street style dancing, it could be quite challenging and interesting to learn a few moves. And you should definitely do it; there are many beginner dance classes for adults out there, and who knows, maybe you’re the next Chris Brown!

Inhale love, exhale hate

This quite pacifistic approach to life can also do wonders. Don’t be a Carrie Bradshaw trying to find negativity everywhere (for God’s sake, she was unhappy even on her wedding day!) If you think about our time on Earth and how limited it is, you will see that life is too short for us to have negative feelings towards anything. Try to surround yourself with the people and things you love and leave everything else behind, without words or feelings of hate. Tell someone you love them at least once a day and always be thankful for the things you have.

Write down your thoughts

According to researchers from the University of Rochester, keeping a journal is a great way to keep track of the feelings you have, and a healthy way to dispose of negativity and reduce stress. Putting all your emotions on paper is a good way to get rid of them, and thus go to bed with a clean slate and clear mind. On the other hand, reading old positive motivational quotes can also alleviate your spirit. If you read an entry that was made while you were extremely happy, those feelings might come back even years later.

Yes, your body is a temple and your mind and soul are the forest surrounding that temple. Keep them clean and nurtured, don’t infest them with negativity and you will see how happier a person you will be.

The Human Mind is a wonderful masterpiece that has immense potentials. Most of the potentials, however, remain unused at most people, since it is not us who are in charge of things, our Mind takes control of us. Our Mind is rushing through life with us like a car running without a driver, causing us constant suffering and sorrow. But if we were able to control our Mind, our life would change completely. This mad speeding would change into a beautiful, creative dance, giving us happiness, instead of pain. The question is therefore, how we are able to take control over our Mind?

The Nature of the Mind

In order to control something, we first need to know the thing concerned¸ so we must know our Mind so as to be in charge of it. The most important thing we need to about our Mind is that it is not something that exists separately, individually, like some inanimate object. The Mind is not an object–it is a process. The process of constantly streaming thoughts. This stream of the thoughts is what we perceive as the Mind. When these thoughts disappear, the Mind disappears with them, as the two are only able to exist together. The very basic nature of thoughts is that they are in a constant move, and this motion, almost automatically, creates the Mind.

A characteristic feature of our Mind is that it keeps roaming, wandering; it operates in something like an automatic mode. Thoughts come and go all the time. If we attempt to suppress them, it is only possible with considerable efforts, and even then to a short time only. In most of our waking time, our Mind wanders either in the past or in the future, in our thoughts we deal with our experience of the past, offences we suffered in the past, or with our future plans, goals and fears.

Another characteristic of our Mind is that it constantly evaluates things. It means that we do not simply live through our experiences, but we also categorize them as good or bad. We judge everything that happens to us and everybody we meet in our lives. This permanent categorization may easily lead to a distorted perception of the world, as we evaluate our new experiences in these categories. If we find an experience negative, we will tend to keep–and reinforce–that category for similar experiences in the future. Our perception will therefore be selective, and we will only accept the stimuli that reinforces our categorization, and we tend to ignore those that fall outside our usual categories.

The third important characteristic of the Mind is that it permanently produces stories. These stories often have a disastrous end. For instance, I suddenly try to remember whether I locked the door of my home or not. The Mind immediately fabricates a whole story around the idea: I did leave it open, a burglar came, my valuables have been stolen, and the police, instead of chasing the thief, will harass me with their questions. We often experience the ends and emotional consequences of these stories. Another type of stories deals with us, who are we, what are we like, what we should do or should have done. The entirety of these stories comprises our personal histories.

A Foolish Game

Most people tend to identify with their thoughts and personal histories, that is, with their Minds. A lot of us are not satisfied with what we are, and we would like to have a better and more beautiful personal history. That is why we create a mental image of our desired personal development, and the ways of making the work of our Minds more effective.

In order to achieve the mental image we ourselves have created, we embark on a foolish game, as we attempt to bring our Minds under our own control, and be the masters of our own development. Since we do not know the nature of the Mind, this venture is destined to failure right from the beginning.

This game is foolish, since in fact one half of the Mind attempts to bring the other half under control. Our Mind itself deems our own mental image of our personal development good. At the same time, this half of the Mind deems the other half, the one we wish to change, bad. Mental images fight against each other, trying to overcome each other, using the weapons of selective perception and story fabrication. The struggle goes on, with changing luck, all through our lives. Sometimes we believe that we are making some progress, we are improving, and a few weeks, months or years later we drop into the abyss of despair.

A lot of us play this foolish game all through our lives, because we are unable to recognize the simple fact that a Mind is unable to overcome itself. We may, perhaps, with the utmost effort, suppress what we believe is bad in us. That is, however, just a virtual victory, leading us to virtual calm and personal development, because when our power declines, the suppressed forces break out again, destroying all the temporary results that we achieved previously, washing away the results of our personal development.

The Freedom of Tolerance

Now we can see that the way leading to our control over our Minds does not lead through suppressing them. It is not possible to control the Mind in the ordinary sense of the word. Partly because it only exists in its functions and operation, and partly because there is nobody to control it. One half of the Mind, as we have seen, does not control, only suppresses the other half.

In order to be able to control our Minds, we must step outside of them. This statement may sound surprising to a lot of us, since we tend to fully identify with our Minds and their operations. As long as this identification is strong, we shall not be able to step outside the crazy dance of our Minds; we will have to merely suffer its consequences.

Nowadays, however, more and more of us begin to realize and experience that we are more than our Minds, more that our thoughts and emotions, and the personal history these thoughts and emotions build up. Our attention is no longer completely engaged by telling our personal history and identifying with that personal history, and we become more and more sensitive to the deeper dimensions of our life. We also begin to notice the breaks between thoughts, and we begin to turn towards these gates leading beyond the Mind.

In these breaks between thoughts, Mind does not work, it is not there–it simply vanishes. What is left there is the alertly watching Consciousness. If we are able to take roots in that alert Consciousness, we recognize that this watching alertness is tolerant with the Mind and its operations. We shall see that there is nothing wrong with thoughts, nothing wrong with the operations of the Mind. It is not necessary to struggle against the Mind, as it is not an enemy, only an instrument that, without control, tends to function chaotically.

We only have a chance to know the true nature of thoughts and the functions of the Mind if we detach ourselves from them, keep a distance, and do not consider them as enemies. They will reveal their secrets to the alert Consciousness, watching with affection, and we will see the subtle shades of the Mind, the games it plays and the dreams it evokes.

Controlling the Mind

This tolerant, alert, watching attitude to the functions of the Mind will give us the ability of stopping our thinking effortlessly. Once thinking has been suspended, the continuous stream of thoughts stops, the Mind itself disappears and stops working.

Now we shall not seek our own identity in an identification with the Mind, since we have found our real center, our real self, our alertly watching Consciousness. We will be aware that thoughts and the Mind have not really disappeared, they are still there, only in a dormant state. Our attitude to thoughts and the Mind will entirely change at that moment. We think when necessary, and we do not need the Mind, we put it aside. The Mind no longer dominates our life, it is not more than an obedient tool that we use or not use as we please.

That is when we realize how wonderful an instrument the Mind is, and now we are able to use it for its original purpose. And the purpose of the Mind is to serve as a means of connections, to connect us to the world, to each other. Through the Mind, used with alert Consciousness, creative energies are released to the world, and create a wonderful harmony there.

Original source: The Mind Unleashed

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False beliefs create a mental prison.

Undoubtedly, the beliefs that paralyze us the most, concern our own potential. They can imprison us in a world where we are unable to see our own talents and abilities.

False beliefs about what we can or can’t achieve in our lives deprive us of one of our greatest freedoms: the freedom to access our full potential and act on it.

If you happen to believe in the idea that you won’t succeed in life because you didn’t have the good fortune to get a regular education, then this idea will surely dominate your life, your expectations, your decisions, your goals, and your overall attitude. This belief will act as a program of your mind and will guide all your actions, produce low expectations and underestimate everything you achieve in life.

How can such an idea be transformed into a deeply rooted, limiting belief? How does it begin to take control of our lives?

It all begins when we end up with incorrect conclusions, based on incorrect assumptions we have accepted as being true.

See how it works:

Initial premise: My parents never went to school.

Second premise: My parents didn’t do much in their lives.

Conclusion: Since neither I did go to school, I probably will not do much in my life.

Do you realize the devastating consequences of this generalization? People can create the most destructive vicious cycle imaginable through their own internal dialogue.

If they consider themselves less capable, the world around them perceives them in the same way. When they show this apparent inadequacy, then others behave them accordingly, which only works as a confirmation of what they already know – that they have no hope.

In reality, the fact that your parents didn’t do much may have little or nothing to do with their education. And, even if the lack of success was the result of their limited training, that does not mean that you will also be led to the same result. So, be careful in your internal dialogue.

When Joe Ferrer emigrated to Australia to begin a new life, he felt horrified at the prospect of having to deal with a job other than the one he had been prepared for. Besides, he had spent many years studying the profession he had chosen.

Although there was little demand for this art in the new country, thinking to dare to pursue a new industry was enough to make him feel anxious and afraid of his future. For a long time, this fear prevented him from looking in any other direction at a professional level. Of course, there were other arts he liked to practice, but what would parents or friends think if they learned he had abandoned his career?

His fear became worse because of his belief that moving to a new industry would mean that all these years of study were gone. But, what if he made the wrong choice?

Watch: Overcome Fear

For years, his belief that everyone has to remain in the field they have studied made him paralyze, leaving him incapable of making a decision. Only when he realized the devastating effects of this attitude (which was based on another false assumption) got energized, took action, and moved forward with his life.

In the era of the global market, the reduction of staff and the high mobility of the workforce, this is a choice that more and more people are called upon to face. Many of them, like Joe, are trembling at the idea that they should do something different from what they have been trained for. This fear is particularly risky, as some research shows that workers will face an average of seven career changes in their lives.

Luckily, Joe decided to defeat his fear and be tried out in a completely different field. The result of his decision to act was that he not only felt a special attraction for his new career but also had a great success in a relatively short period of time and now enjoys his professional life more than ever.

Many people are afraid of the new or the unknown. Sometimes this fear of non-familiarity prevents them from finding new delights even in the most basic things. We avoid trying new flavors or exploring different cultures or new hobbies. Making it safe is a way of life that limits growth potential and creates many irrational fears.

“Better to stay in what you know”, “Why do you spoil something good?”, “If it’s not damaged, do not correct it.” All these well-known expressions tend to discourage us from leaving the area where we feel comfort and security.

However, the apparent security of the familiar can prevent us and will prevent us from making important professional changes that we are delaying for a long time, or overcome exploitative relationships from fear of ending in worse conditions.

What is the lesson here?

We need to look at whether the fears, concerns, and uncertainties we feel are the result of the false beliefs we have developed in our lives. You must not accept limitations without wondering whether or not they are true.

Remember that you will always be what you think you are. If you think you can do it, you will probably do it. If you think you will not succeed, you have already lost. The decision is up to you!

This article appeared on antikleidi.com and translated by Visual Meditation.

The origin of the text is based on the book Once Upon a Cow: Eliminating Excuses and Settling for Nothing but Success, Camilo Cruz (Greek Version).

Our thoughts manifest everything we experience.

Every person is what is because of the thoughts that dominate him, in which he allows to occupy his intellect.

He encourages these thoughts with sympathy and mixes them with one or more of his senses. These thoughts are the driving force that directs and controls each move, action, and physical results

The thoughts he makes, reinforced by the emotions that dominate from the moment they are born, create a “magnetic” force that causes and attracts other similar thoughts.

These thoughts are installed in the mind, through repetition, and in turn, they guide the mind from the subconscious into action, for their manifestation.

Everyone can “cheat” their subconscious by giving it instructions with their dominant thoughts (positive ones for those who want success, of course), so it will execute their commands, leading them to the achievement of the goal they have set.

The subconscious finds unexpected ways to overcome obstacles that appear along the way, with an inspiration and power that the unsuspecting person never imagined of having.

And yet it was there, latent, waiting for activation with the power of autosuggestion and the initial impulse and expectation to transform it into passion, fiery desire and finally, action, to achieve its equivalent material, its goal.

The natural law of autosuggestion, through which any person can reach high achievements that surpass any imagination, is described in a few words with the following poem:

“If you think they beat you, they have already beat you.
If you think you do not dare, you will never dare.
If you want to win but you think you cannot, you will certainly not win.
If you think you will lose, you are already a loser, because nature teaches us that:
Success is rooting with Will.
The secret lies in everyone’s mental state.
If you think they surpassed you, you are surpassed.
You have to think high if you want to fly.
You have to be sure of yourself if you want your effort to be rewarded.
The battles of life, are not always wined by the strongest, or the fastest.
The one who sooner or later wins is the MAN WHO THINKS THAT HE CAN.”

Your thoughts manifest everything in your life. Both successes and failures are the products of your dominant thinking.

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The next time you go out for running, remember that you are not only helping your brain but also improving your emotional health.

Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance – you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet. – Doris Brown

Are you familiar with this feeling? Do you gain insight into your emotional and physical self while you run? Do you enjoy the feeling of the wind against your face and the freedom of being outdoors alone with your thoughts? You may feel that after a good run your mind is clear and ready to absorb information.

You can also find that your outlook is more positive after a run and that things that were troubling you no longer feel so bad. Well, your feelings have a scientific basis. Research conducted in the field of neuroscience shows the effects aerobic exercise have on cognitive clarity and emotional well-being.

New Neurons Would Be Created

It used to be accepted that we were born with a certain amount of neurons and that by the time we became an adult no new neurons would be created. This however, has been proven to be incorrect. Through research on animals it has been discovered that new neurons are continually produced in the brain throughout our entire life.

Karen Postal, president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology says that the only activity that is shown to trigger the birth of these new neurons is vigorous aerobic exercise. “If you are exercising so that you sweat – about 30 to 40 minutes – new brain cells are being born” says Postal. So sweating it out on the treadmill or out in the open is doing your brain a lot of good and helping it stay mentally healthy for years to come.

People Who Run Can Recover From Negative Emotions More Quickly

In a study by Emily Bernstein and Richard McNally it was found that aerobic exercise may help reduce negative emotions. Bernstein is a runner and she said “I notice in myself that I just feel better when I’m active.” She wanted to find out why this was the case and to know exactly the effect that exercise has on us.

The study set out to look at the way exercise changes the way people react to their emotions. Participants were told to stretch or jog for 30 minutes and were then were shown a sad movie; the final scene of the 1979 film The Champ. The participants then reported their emotional responses. It was found that those who had run for 30 minutes recovered more quickly from their sad emotional experience than those who had just stretched.

Working Memory Would Be Enhanced

A recent study by Lin Li et al titled: “Acute Aerobic Exercise Increases Cortical Activity during Working Memory: A Functional MRI Study in Female College Students”  looks at the effect of acute aerobic exercise on cognitive function.

Their study looked at the effect of a session of acute aerobic exercise on working memory. Fifteen young females participated in the study. There were scanned, after an acute exercise session, using a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) while they performed a working memory task. It was found that the cortex and the left frontal hemisphere showed signs of improvement of control processes. From these findings the researchers noted that this indicates: “acute exercise could benefit working memory at a macro-neural level.” Thus, the study shows a connection between aerobic exercise and improvement in memory.

Summation

Next time you are out for a run know that you are doing yourself a world of good. Not only are you aiding your brain on a neurological level you are also working to improve your emotional health. Your cognitive abilities such as memory will be improved and your outlook on life will probably be more positive. If you don’t already run, then you may want to take out those old running shoes and give them a try.

This article was originally posted on Life Hack.