In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and hired the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better, happier and longer lives. In these Blue Zones they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.
After identifying the world’s Blue Zones, Buettner and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity and happiness. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared specific characteristics. To read more about this fascinating work visit their website.
Meanwhile take this great test to evaluate how happy you truly are with your life, it's a real eye-opener:
"If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place." -Lao Tzu
Read more about Lao Tzu here!
The famed Sufi poet Rumi once declared, “If you only say one prayer in a day, make it "Thank you.”
Practicing gratitude every night before going to bed is one of the most powerful things one can do...just think of 3 things that you are grateful for in your life before you drift off!
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN WORRY YOUR HEALTH AWAY?
Wellbeing is not just about what you eat (allthough it is a very big component!), its also about how you live and manage your emotions and stress levels. Stress accounts for about two-thirds of doctors visits and has been implicated in heart, stomack and mental disorders, along with the more common headaches, backaches and high blood pressure and cholesterol. Stress basically reduces the levels of your natural killer cells that fight off infections and tumours. Stress also produces hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline that are potent inhibitors of our immune system. It is very important to find ways to manage daily pressures and anxieties. I love to practise just 10-15mns of meditation every morning come rain or shine! You can find many short meditations on Itunes or youtube. One of my favourite sites www.doyogawithme.com offers free online meditation and yoga classes. Find the one you love and practise it consistently. Journalling is also a great way of expressing your worries and concerns and bringing them out of the body...it helps you to unclutter your mind and find solutions to any issues you may have.
Finally, practise gratitude everyday when you wake up and before drifting off to sleep. Think of 3 things that you are grateful for in your life. We have a natural impulse before sleeping of thinking of what went wrong in our day and what we didn't accomplish. Gratitude shifts your attention to what is going right in your life instead. Its amazing how this simple act puts things into perspective and melts all the worries away!
OH I nearly forgot to mention the importance of breathing! Remember to practise deep breathing from the stomack (not shallow breathing from your chest) regularly throughout your day. It will relax you tremendously and still your mind!
In some Asian traditions, the following small exercises are believed to create an internally and externally beautiful person...
Once a day, you should:
- Meditate for 5 minutes
- Read at last one chapter in a book
- Do a good deed
- Compliment someone
- Walk for thirty minutes
- Tidy up your home
- Reflect on what you have done
In addition, Once a week you should:
- Go out into nature
- Go to bed early
And finally. once a month you should:
- Donate something
- Attend a cultural event
- Do something special for your children
- Buy a gift for the person you love the most
We want to share a wonderful website with all of you out there! http://www.doyogawithme.com is a great website that offers free meditation and yoga classes online. It's great for all you busy bodies who don't seem to make it down to the gym...we've tried it ourselves and love the classes and flexibility to do it anytime, anywhere. Enjoy!
Thich Nhat Hanh is a phenomenal poet, writer, scholar, peace activist once nominated by Martin Luther king for the Nobel Peace Prize. If you have ever been curious about Bhuddism and would like to find out more about the daily practises that make them so balanced and fulfilled compared to the rest of us, look no further! His books are very powerful and simple to read and outline the Zen teachings that in my opinion everyone should include in their daily lives.
One of my personal favourites is 'Living Buhddha, Living Christ', but all his books are great (you can find them all on Amazon).
On his website, you'll find the 'Stillness Buddy' software that you can download onto your PC. Yes, even Bhuddist Monks have turned to technology! The software can be programmed by you to send messages on your screen as often as you wish throughout the day, reminding you to take 'mindfulness' breaks, moments lasting only a minute or so where you breathe and balance yourself. Those of you sitting behind your computers all day would love this! Click this link to download a free 14-day trial: http://www.plumvillage.org/stillness-buddy.html
About our Teacher Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thầy)
Have you ever heard of Mindful eating? It finds its origins in buddhism and is about experiencing food more intensely...Curious? read this article from the NY times...
Mindful Eating as Way to Fight Bingeing
Mission statements are a great way of clearing your thoughts, finding clear purpose and direction and living a happy and fulfilled life. This site will help you build a mission statement for yourself, your family or your work...
Personal Mission Statement Examples | Mission Statement Builder | FranklinCovey
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