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Play encourages abstract thought and improves our ability to imagine. It releases endorphins and helps us envision other perspectives — hello empathy!
Even more powerfully, recent research has shown that play helps build connections of neurons in the pre-frontal cortex — what I call “the boss” because it’s the decision making part of our brains.
So what is gratitude?
Cicero, in Roman culture, named gratitude the “mother” of all human feelings.
In woo-woo talk, it’s that tingly, fuzzy, feel-good sensation inside our minds, and maybe even hearts. It’s validation. It’s instant happiness.
And it is. When we express gratitude, it acts as a catalyst for our brain to release dopamine and serotonin – neurotransmitters responsible for happiness.
It is estimated that over 400 MILLION people meditate around the world. Our supermarket shelves are bursting with magazines, and since 2015 this budding industry has launched more than 2,500 meditation applications and now claims millions of online practitioners. Yet it seems that people are more stressed out than ever before. Why?
“Water makes up a tremendous percentage of our adult bodies — about 60% — or that everyone from doctors to wellness advisors prescribe regular water consumption.
But have you ever considered that how you consume that water might make a difference?
Shockingly, it does. “
What’s your relationship with uncertainty?
For many of us, it can be very unsettling. But learning to deal with uncertainty can unleash tremendous power within us.
Amid the fear, the guilt, the hate, and the uncertainty that has exploded this past week, I decided that a Tonglen meditation, which is a meditation to cultivate compassion, was appropriate.
Morning routines are a part of everyone’s life. Each time we do something, our brains form a neural pathway — a shortcut — affirming our choices. So we need to get them right.
While listening with our ears is what most of us think about when we talk about listening, there is a much more dynamic form of listening that you might consider a function mindfulness.
Hearing is something that we all do automatically, all day long. It’s the functional act of being stimulated by sound. Listening, on the other hand, is directing our full, thoughtful attention to that sound for the purpose of gaining understanding.
Our intake of oxygen has lost is preciousness. And, like any great love affair, your relationship with your breath will take time, effort, and a little flexibility. How many of the 20,000 breaths you took today did you given some lovin’ to?
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