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15 Powerful Zen Sayings and Proverbs to Live By

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While a lot of people consider Buddhism to be a religion, most practitioners will tell you it is more ‘a way of life’. Unlike other religions, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding and insight into daily life.

Central to Zen is the practice of dhyana or meditation and observing the mind without judgment. Meditation usually involves anchoring the mind to a particular object, such as the breath, while mindfulness involves living in and accepting the present moment.

It’s a powerful way to look at life, and one that can fundamentally change your perspective on happiness and suffering.

Here are my favorite Zen sayings and quotes. I hope they trigger your interest and even shift your perspective in some way.

And If you would like to give meditation a try, here are some relaxing meditation audios I’ve recently been using that will help get you started on your meditation journey.

  1. “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan Watts

  2. “The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.” – Eckhart Tolle

  3. “When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it.” – Eckhart Tolle

  4. “If you want to change the world, start with the next person who comes to you in need.” – B. D. Schiers

  5. “Guilt, regret, resentment, sadness & all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past & not enough presence.” – Eckhart Tolleshareasimage (4)

  6. “The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.” – Alan Watts

  7. “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

  8. “Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves” – Nagarjuna

  9. “Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.” – Buddhashareasimage (5)

  10. “Heaven and earth and I are of the same root, The ten-thousand things and I are of one substance.” – Seng-chao

  11. “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  12. “One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.” – Dogen

  13. “The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something.” – Koun Yamada

  14. “To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be awakened by all things.” – Dogen

  15. “Melting our attachment to self is the most powerful medication for bringing mental and emotional imbalances in check.” – Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpocheshareasimage (6)

A Mindfulness Expert Reveals 10 Essential Keys to Mindful Living That Will Make You Much Happier

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Mindful living has a simple goal: Do more things mindfully. There’s nothing more to it.

But, just because something is simple doesn’t mean that it’s easy. It’s anything but that.

People say that even a little bit of mindfulness makes a significant difference in people’s lives. But even that little bit can be difficult to achieve. It takes effort, practice and dedication.

However, research is showing that it’s worth it. People who practice mindfulness meditation tend to be less stressed, more focused and are able to turn off negative thoughts more easily.

So if you would like to inject some mindfulness into your daily life, I recently came across this article from Zen philosopher Matt Valentine on the 10 essential keys to mindful living. I’ve summarized the most important points below, so we can implement them into our daily lives.

1) Make mindful living a priority.

If you’re going to inject mindfulness into your life, then you need to make it a priority. Just like anything, it takes practice and dedication before you start seeing the benefits they talk about in research studies.

We all have responsibilities and day jobs that we need to attend to, but the brilliant thing about mindfulness is that you can practice it while you’re undertaking these tasks. It’s simply consciously focus on what you’re doing in each moment, with a nonjudgmental attitude.

2) Motivate yourself

Motivation is one of the most crucial factors to success. And it all comes down to realizing why you’re doing this in the first place. Why do you practice? Understanding why can help you see why practiisng mindfulness is more beneficial than what you’re currently doing.

According to Valentine:

“Oftentimes, just being really clear about why exactly you practice and how those other things are less beneficial is enough to truly harness motivation towards supporting your mindfulness practice.”

A strategy to become clear about your motivations is to get out a piece of paper and write down why mindfulness is important to you. This will bring clarity to your thinking.

3) Have patience

This is easier said than done, but it’s probably one of the most crucial keys to mindfulness. According to Valentine, “most of us approach our mindfulness practice with the expectation to gain or feel something by some certain amount of time, and when we don’t arrive there in the amount of time we originally expected, we end up.”

Valentine offers some fantastic advice to harness your patience skills:

“We must be patient and allow it to unfold as it will. This can be difficult at first, but ultimately it helps us quite a bit because it begins to train us in the art of letting go and living naturally, allowing things to unfold as they will. And this will be a beneficial skill for the rest of our lives.”

4) Open yourself fully to making friends with yourself.

Mindfulness really is about getting to know your own mind and who you really are. I think nearly all of us can relate to being critical of ourselves.

However, being friends with yourself doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, this process can be quite confronting, according to Valentine:

“By opening yourself to the process, and practice, of making friends with yourself, you’re proclaiming that you’re ready to face every part of yourself, even the deepest and darkest parts. It won’t be easy either way, but by identifying ahead of time that this will be a part of your mindful living practice.”

5) Consume mindfully

Of course, if we’re going to live with peace and happiness, we need begin the process of letting go of attaching ourselves to material objects. Mindful consumption is simply asking yourself, “which are harmful and which are helpful?”

Here is how Valentine describes it:

“It’s important to create an environment that is conducive to not just a more mindful life but greater peace and happiness in general. After all, isn’t that the point? If something in our life doesn’t promote our physical or mental well-being or that of our loved ones, it probably needs to go.”

6) Practice easeful discipline

Discipline is crucial to achieving success, but it’s important you do it in the right way. You’re not a professional athlete that needs to put themselves to their limit. Mindfulness needs to be done in a calm, and joyful way.

Your practice should be typically enjoyable. Sometimes, meditation and mindfulness can be quite difficult. But in general, it should be refreshing.

Valentine says it best:

“Depending on the challenges you bring to your practice, this may be difficult for you. But know that this is more a state of mind to bring to your practice and something to remind yourself of from time to time more than anything else, so it can be developed over time.”

7) Cultivate loving-kindness.

When we get to know our mind and who we truly are, it’s crucial that we also keep an open heart, or else we could become critical of ourselves. Kindness and compassion will transform everything and is a crucial key to a successful meditation practice.

8) Follow the path of least resistance

The basic idea for this is that usually we do things which is easiest to do at any given moment, unless we make an intentional push to act in some other way. Does this mean we push through difficult emotions and habits to practice mindfulness? Not quite. We just make it easier for ourselves. According to Valentine:

“The path of least resistance has different applications whether we’re talking about sitting meditation practice or the overall practice of mindful living, but in all cases the same general idea applies: make it as easy to practice as possible and more difficult to do those other things which distract you from your practice. Or, in other words, encourage an environment conducive to mindfulness and discourage mindless activities.”

Mindful living can be difficult at times, but if you keep motivated, determined and actually have fun with your practice, you’ll be well on your way to living more in the present moment and less in the past or the future.

This article was originally published on the Power of Ideas. 

 

 

 

The Buddhist Response to Negative Emotions: Why Acceptance is the Gateway to Freedom

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“Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” – Arthur Rubinstein

When we feel any sort of emotional pain we tend to try to resist it and put a great deal of energy into denying our negative emotions, trying to be positive at all costs and hoping our suffering would just go away.

Most of the time it doesn’t and really all we are doing is suppressing our pain.

What if there were another way? What if we were to accept all experiences, joyful and painful, in our lives?

Of course, it’s easy to accept positive experiences of joy and happiness and not go out of our way to avoid them.

But what if we were to do the same with negative emotions such as fear, anger, sadness and loneliness?

What if we were to actually turn it all around and think all experiences and emotions are here to teach us? It does not matter if they are uplifting or sad, they are here for our spiritual growth and awakening.

The Power of Acceptance and Moving Forward

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If we accept the shadow and painful part of ourselves, knowing that there is a bigger plan out there, we can then accept we are where we are meant to be in our own life journey. We are no longer regarding ourselves as victims.

We are healing and growing as we navigate our way through our life challenges.

Once we surrender to our emotions, we can really see the depth of our pain. We also know it is also our thinking about the experience that determines how we feel.

Suffering Comes From Our Perception

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Suffering comes from our perception. Trying to turn this into a positive can be just too difficult. It is too painful. However, accepting and surrendering to the pain and in many ways going with the flow rather than fighting against it, is a much more powerful way to be.

It is always good to remember that the full gamut of emotions we experience, be they positive or negative, are not the essence of who we are. It is such a relief to remind ourselves of this, allow the emotion to be there and just make space for it.

Change Is The Only Law In Life

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These are the times it is important to remember Buddha’s famous quote. ‘This too shall pass.’

A strategy I follow, which is very effective when I am struggling with a negative emotion, is this. ‘Name it, allow it and unhook from it’. It has got me through lots of difficult times in my life and I then find it easier to accept and move past it.

In fact by embracing and accepting my pain, it then doesn’t seem so painful!

10 Signs You’re Doing Well In Life Even If You Don’t Think So (Infographic)

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There are certain moments in our lives where we feel like everything’s falling apart. Perhaps your relationship ended, or you lost your job, and you simply feel defeated. Winston Churchill once said that: “Failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” The infographic below wants to remind you that even if you’re feeling like a failure, you are definitely not. Chances are, you’re not doing that badly at all.

Here are 10 signs you’re doing well in life even if you don’t think so:

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Be Your Own Life Coach: 10 Essential Steps to Creating a Life You Love

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The one constant in life is change. It is all around us, in our personal and work lives and it is within us. From the time we are born until we die, our life evolves and we grow. Change is necessary and inevitable. However, we need to acknowledge that change is hard at an individual level. We are in fact hard wired to be resistant to change.

Our brain is wired to minimise threat and risks. We take the fight or flight response when we are in danger or feel anxious in any way. There is no doubt the release of cortisol and adrenaline has a significant effect on our bodies and brains.

It is interesting that the part of our brain responsible for thinking clearly and logically can shut down in times of anxiety. Our emotional and memory parts of the brain take over in these times. We have hardwired our past patterns and habits over many years. Indeed, under pressure or in times of stress we have a tendency to revert back to old ways of doing things.

Neuroplasticity: The Revolution in Neuroscience and Psychology

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However, we are able to change through having the right mental framework and mindset.
Current research in neuroscience shows that our brains can change throughout our lives. The recent scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries old notion that the adult human being is fixed and unchanging.

Our brain is able to change its wiring and function, even in old age. Change is possible even if we are resistant to making these changes. We can all remember times when circumstances we had no control over, forced us to make changes. We were stretched and we responded to the challenge. In fact, we found out we were capable of more than we originally believed.

Many of us move forward in our lives without really acknowledging to ourselves that in fact there are many times we made significant and lasting internal changes and therefore grew as an individual. There is no doubt acknowledging this even if it is just to ourselves can be a very powerful strategy to increase our resilience and self-mastery.

Finding our Purpose and Meaning in Life

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One of the most powerful processes we can use utilise as we go through life is to consciously work out our own personal purpose and meaning in life, articulating a personal vision and then setting goals to achieve that vision. Making a commitment to change helps us grow as a person. It is not just about achieving these goals but going through the process enables us to make powerful, internal and lasting changes, rewiring our brains. We learn more about ourselves and have a greater mastery of our emotions.

Through greater self-awareness we build our emotional intelligence and this gives us the potential to lead a more fulfilling and satisfying life. Daniel Goldman, in his famous books on Emotional Intelligence, acknowledges that EQ can be a greater determiner of success in life than IQ.

The Power of Setting Clear Goals

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Articulating our life purpose and having conscious goals to work towards create energy for change and give us momentum. Often our goals can change through our life journey. Whether we achieve those particular goals or not, or whether our goals change, it is important to note “success is a journey, not a destination.” Clarifying our purpose and meaning in life and setting goals to achieve this purpose can be a powerful, life changing and liberating process. We are challenging ourselves to reach our full potential.

However, being able to set effective goals and work towards them is a skill and like all skills, needs to be learnt and needs practice. Life gets in the way and our willpower can ebb and flow. At times it may seem impossible to break a lifetime of habits and patterns of behaviour. Having a defined vision and keeping focused can help us have our own insights about changes we need to make. This will help us rewire our brain and thus embed new connections and neural pathways.

So what can you do to make lasting and inspirational change in your life? What can you do to be your own ‘coach’ in your life journey?

Below is a summary of 10 essential steps you can follow to create an authentic and meaningful life you love.

10 Essential Steps to Creating a Life You Love

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1.Let’s start the journey.

Articulating your life purpose and how you can lead an authentic life with conscious goals to work towards, creates momentum and energy for change.

2.Where you are right now.

This step requires you to complete a life satisfaction audit. You need to step away from yourself, objectively observe your current reality and clarify your core values, character strengths and intrinsic motivations. In essence, you are defining how you live a life true to yourself.

3.Create a compelling vision for your future.

The aim of this exercise is to clearly define and articulate what your desired life looks like in the future, and what will help you live a passionate and fulfilled life.

4.Write your personal vision statements.

In this step you choose up to 3 areas of your life you want to change to help you achieve your dreams

5.Write your personal action plan.

Your actions need to be clearly defined and achievable but at the same time challenge you to step out of your comfort zone. These actions need lots of perseverance, practice and reinforcement.

6.Take action and monitor your progress.

You need to commit yourself to reviewing your actions and monitoring your progress on a regular basis. Keeping a journal is a great way of doing this and in fact research shows journal writing can be a powerful tool for change and can be cathartic.

7.Make use of a range of valuable tools and techniques.

This includes meditation and mindfulness, prioritizing, practising gratitude, self-compassion, resilience and forgiveness.

8.Celebrate your successes along the way.

It is vital you reward yourself for making progress, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is. We are all good at letting our inner critic take over at times and berate ourselves for failure at not achieving exactly what we wanted.

The ability to rethink the way we explain circumstances in our lives and the way we choose to focus on failure or success can have a major effect on who we are and how we live our lives.

9.Evaluate and take stock.

This is a time of self-reflection on what you have learnt about yourself and how you have expanded your self-awareness and consciousness.

10.Where to from here.

You are the creator of your own life. By going through the steps above you have made deep and lasting changes. This journey can continue with defining new goals to work towards in your quest for a life you love.

It is the consistent reinforcement on positive changes we are making as well as our focus and attention on our future state that will help us embed these new connections in our brain. Articulating and consciously working towards our goals help us go against the path of least resistance we find it easier to go down in our life’s journey.

The One Fundamental Law of Life

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Life is all about change. The success in our life is determined by how we manage change at an individual level knowing through neuroplasticity we are capable of rewiring our brains. We acknowledge there are many circumstances and events in life we have no control over. Ultimately, what we do have choice over is our attitude to the way we live our lives and what our life purpose is.

We Have the Power to Choose

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This famous quote from Victor Frankl says it all. ‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.’

Jeanette Brown is a professional life coach with 20 years experience. Her book, Be Your Own Life Coach: 10 Essential Steps To Create a Life You Love encapsulates her experience and knowledge in helping others take control of their lives.

How To Make Anxiety Work For You And Not Against You

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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in America right now, affecting 40 million adults 18 and older, or 18% of the population.

You don’t have to be diagnosed by a medical professional to have anxiety though. Many people experience stress and anxiety in their daily life, but don’t seek treatment.

It can be highly crippling to have anxiety as it can affect the way you think, eat and even sleep.

The good news is that anxiety disorders are highly treatable, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Today, we’re going to talk about implementing a change in attitude that can help you deal with anxiety and stress. Specifically, we’re going to go over how you can make anxiety work with you and not against you.

A Little Bit of Anxiety Is Actually Good For You

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The first thing that’s important to realize is that anxiety evolved in humans for a reason. It allows us to scan the environment for risks. In a sense, anxiety is simply trying to protect us.

This is how experiencing a little bit of anxiety can actually help you:

  • It can warn you to modulate or cease a behavior that is dangerous and counterproductive.
  • It can activate your attention to focus on a task, thereby heightening cognitive acuity
  • Serve to warn you to re-evaluate whether you should follow one particular path relative to alternative ones.

So therefore, completely eliminating feelings of anxiety is neither possible, nor desirable. The key then is work with your anxiety, rather than to fight it. Problems occur when anxiety becomes paralysing.

So here are 5 common problems of people with anxiety and strategies to rebalance your thinking so you can experience the benefits of anxiety without the costs.

Excessive Hesitation

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Everyone puts off doing stuff they don’t want to do. But anxious people won’t do something unless they are 100% certain of the outcome.

The problem is that nearly every single situation doesn’t have a certain come.

Here’s some questions you can ask yourself to get your balance in perspective:

  1. What’s the best possible outcome? What’s the worst possible outcome? What’s the most realistic outcome?
  1. If the worst event did happen, how would you cope?

Answering these questions honestly will help you not underestimate your ability and not overestimate the negative outcome.

Rumination

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Rumination is brooding too much on an event in the past. This can often be self-criticism and can become a habit, however this habit can be broken. Try these 2 strategies:

  1. Realize that nobody is perfect and that we all make mistakes. Be kind to yourself.
  1. Try to develop a non-stick mind. To do this, start practising mindfulness. All this evolves is redirecting your attention to the present moment, such as the leaves on the tree or the sensation of your breathe.

Perfectionism

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We all want to get better, but the need to be flawless can be paralyzing. No matter what achievement, some people will never be satisfied, and can spend way too much time sweating the small stuff.

To overcome this, these strategies can help:

  1. Set limits on persistent behaviour, like checking a document every 30 minutes. Have self-control.
  1. Do things that aren’t results orientated, like volunteering or spending time with someone simply to enjoy spending time with someone.

Fear of Criticism

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Many people often say “don’t care what other people think of you.” However, this can be misguided as being an accepted member of a tribe is important. To overcome your fear of criticism, this can help:

  1. Find one person you with feel comfortable with and get constructive feedback.

2. Don’t interpret an ambiguous response as a negative: For example, don’t assume that just because someone can’t organize to meet you that they don’t like being with you.

Avoidance /procrastination

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We all put things off we don’t want to do. But sometimes this can seriously affect our ability to move on with things, causing even more stress. Here are some strategies to do the things you’ve been avoiding.

  1. Make a list of things you’ve been avoiding and set yourself a 30-day proejct – where you take a small step towards at least one of them every day.
  1. If you have a large task to be completed, the reason you’re probably avoiding it is because it’s such a big task. So break it up into small pieces. For example, if you were looking to write a 10,000 word article, break it off into chunks of writing 500 words.

7 Bad Speaking Habits You Should Kick Immediately

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Words are powerful. In fact, research has shown that the words you use shape the way you think. If you use positive words, then overtime that will shape your thinking to be more positive.

So it’s important to be aware of the kind of words you use. But it’s also not just the exact words you say, but how you use them as well.

For our own wellbeing (and others), we need to make a habit of spreading good information, rather than gossiping and negative talk.

Check out this helpful infographic from Business Insider which breaks down the speaking habits that we all need to avoid for a better life:

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6 Foods That Can Prevent Stress and Anxiety

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Are you struggling with anxiety?

You’re not alone. In fact, close to 30% of the US population will experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

But you don’t have to be diagnosed with by a doctor to experience anxiety. In all likelihood, we’ve probably all experienced unsettling anxiety at some point in our lives.

According to Big Think, humans are wired for anxiety. Thanks to evolution, it helped us respond appropriately to threats.

But too much anxiety can be quite debilitating, as many of us know.

So what are some strategies we can use to lower our anxiety so that we can experience some calm?

There are several techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation and even massages.

But today, we’re going to talk about your diet. Specifically foods that research has shown can reduce your anxiety and stress. Check them out below:

Fatty Fish

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Yes, fish is healthy for many reasons. But did you know that studies have shown that omegas can lower anxiety and anger levels? Yep, this study found that it can decrease anxiety by 20%.

However, according to the experts,  it’s better to get omegas from omega-rich foods rather than supplements.

Probiotics

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Probiotics can be excellent for your gut health and that’s great news considering that anxiety tends to live there! This study found that altering gut bacteria in mice also changed their moods.

Tryptophan

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Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan. According to Life Extension, “the amino acid tryptophan is needed to produce serotonin in the body.” Serotonin is responsible for your ‘feel good’ emotions.

Chamomile and Green Tea

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Green tea can bring balance to your mental state. The polyphenols and amino acids naturally found in green tea can increase production of stress and anxiety reducing hormones – leading to a happier, healthier state of mind!

Turmeric

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Turmeric is a spice that comes from a beautiful tropical plant native to India. Many people have raved on about this reducing anxiety and appears science is now backing them up. Turmeric prevents fear being stored in the brain, scientists claim.

Dark Chocolate

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I bet you’re happy to see this one on the list! Dark chocolate has been shown to boost the production of “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins.

 

3 Breathing Exercises That Can Relieve Stress in 10 Minutes or Less

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Feeling a little stressed?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to a recent study, more ¾ Americans say they’ve felt stressed in the past month, and ¼ say they’ve been extremely stressed.

So how can we experience some calm?

Generally the most effective and simple approach is with breathing exercises. Why?

Because when the body is stressed it moves into fight or flight mode. While this helps us deal with situations that require quick action, it causes problems when the response is constantly provoked by day-to-day events, such as money issues or relationship woes.

By using breathing techniques, it tricks the body into relaxing.  According to Live Strong, this is because breathing slowly “activates the hypothalamus”, which is connected to the pituitary gland in the brain that then sends out neurohormones that inhibit stress-producing hormones and trigger a relaxation response in the body.

So without further ado, here are 4 breathing exercises that have been proven to help people calm down:

1. Equal Breathing

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How it’s done: To do this breathing technique, firstly inhale through the nose to a count of 4, then exhale from the nose for a count of 4. If you’re the type who likes to constantly improve at something, then overtime you can increase the number seconds you inhale and exhale for. Just make sure it’s equal. Yogis generally do 6-8 counts per breath. This will help to calm the nervous system and reduce stress.

When should you use it? This is a brilliant technique because you can pretty much do it anywhere and anytime that you feel stressed. It’s also an excellent technique to do before you sleep.

2. Progressive Relaxation

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How it’s done: This is a two-step process. First, you take a big deep breathe in and tense a particular part of your body, such as your hand. After holding that tension for 5 seconds,  release the tension and exhale your breath. As you’re do the 2nd step, you should feel the muscles become loose and limp as the tension flows out. According to the experts, it’s best to breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth.

When should you use it? You can use this anywhere, however it requires slightly more concentration than Equal Breathing, so definitely don’t do this while you’re driving! Also, if you find you’re hurting your muscles while tensing, then tone it down a bit. Hurting your muscles is not the goal.

3. Alternate Nostril Breathing

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How it’s done:  I’m sure you can guess what this technique involves involves from the title. To practice, hold the left thumb over the left nostril and inhale deeply through the right nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off the right nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the left nostril.

When you should you use it? According to Yogis, this technique makes you feel more centred and tends to wake up you up. So this is a great one to use before an important meeting, or to get your day off to a great start.

9 Quotes From Osho That Will Make You Rethink Life, Love and Happiness

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Osho was famous philosopher from India who spoke about love, creativity and the importance of understanding who you are.

These quotes won’t give you all the answers to your problems in life, but they will offer you a different way of looking at things that counters what we are taught in the west.

Osho believed that every every human being is capable of enlightenment and unconditional love. By reading these quotes, hopefully you’ll begin to understand that for yourself. Enjoy!

Osho love quote

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.”  – Osho

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” – Osho

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho

Osho life quote

“Experience life in all possible ways —
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don’t be afraid of experience, because
the more experience you have, the more
mature you become.”  – Osho

“Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.” – Osho

“Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.”  – Osho

Osho be you quote

“Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.” – Osho

“Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny–he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally–you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.” – Osho

“Intelligence is dangerous. Intelligence means you will start thinking on your own; you will start looking around on your own. You will not believe in the scriptures; you will believe only in your own experience.”  – Osho