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Your Mood - Your “Affect” - Controls How You See the World

“When we are tired, everything seems so very much worse.” - Jane Green, "Falling".


Is Happiness a Skill? Grow It With Self-Forgiveness and Self-Acceptance

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius


3 Mindful Intentions for 2022: Qi Gong, Mindfulness and Zen Breaks

"Remember you can always find peace and joy — just look inside yourself". Zen Michael


Mindfulness for the Holiday Season and New Year

You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind. (Hillay Depiano)


The Best Christmas Present We Can Give Is Our Attention

I wish everyone a happy, calm, and safe Christmas.Remember you can always find peace and joy anywhere — just look inside yourself.


“Flower Meditation” Will Not Work - Meditation Is a Consequence

Mingyur Rinpoche explains in simple ways what is meditation and how you can bring it into our day-to-day lives."Actually, to meditate, you do not have to do anything, like blocking thoughts, create a special state of mind, or be peaceful and calm.There is no …


Meditate in 5, 10 , 30..., You Choose - Just Practice Being in the Now

This is one of my favorite short guided meditation, it takes only 5 minutes what is is perfect because it’s easy to find time for it. In the morning — I feel it works better at that time — or, when that is not possible, sometime during the day (before a meeti…


Mindfulness Fitness - Your Mind Gym Is Open 24/7, Get In

Ben Butrina makes an interesting comparison between exercising in a gym and practicing meditation.The same way we go to the gym to develop some of the body's abilities:EnduranceStrengthFlexibilityWe can also practice meditation to develop similar mindfulness …


Can Meditation Help Us to Solve the Problems of Climate Change?

Two Zen monks from Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village Community explain how they participated and helped negotiators during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, held November 1-12, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.A good example of how these techniques can…


Mindfulness Is a Way of Being

What do you get for helping others? We may not get a lot of money for it, but we can get far more valuable rewards.


To Grow Mindfulness Practice Paying Attention

Shauna Shapiro uses modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can change the way we live and create positive changes in our brains. "Research from Harvard shows the mind wanders on average 47 percent of the time 47 percent that's a…


Mindfulness Recipe: Add 9 Attitudes, a Little Zen, Some Humor and MIX Slowly

Mindfulness is a conscious way of experiencing the world, internal and external, being present to what is happening.Jon Kabat-Zinn explains 9 core attitudes that can help us maintain this observant presence:Beginner’s mindNon-judgingAcceptanceLetting GoTrustP…


Create and Change Your Life - Use the Power of "Small" Choices

This week I bring you only one very special suggestion, one Ted Talk that you probably will never forget.In a very special way, Caroline Myss explains how we shape our life with our small choices, many times without knowing what we are doing.She shows that th…


Your Purpose? "It's not about fitting in. It's about finding your own path"

Listening to someone sharing their life purpose with the impression that they have really found their purpose and are living up to it is very different from just hearing about theory on this important topic.This amazing video from the "Green Renaissance" team…


Let’s Kill Romanticism in 5 minutes. Then, We Can Love!

This video of School of Life shows how Romanticism has been affecting us in many more ways than we realize - and has been a disaster factor for relationships.Maybe we need to question the expectations about love that our culture is promoting to be able to acc…


Change: “After You?” No, “You Go First!” Don’t Resist It

Don't spend time trying to change other people.Change yourself and they will follow you.Changing yourself is also the only change you can really control, as this great video of the School of Life shows.


Why Do We Eat Too Much? | Repeat to Learn | Be Kind to Feel Happier

Frequently, diets don't work because they are related to the main cause of obesity.In many cases, obesity has nothing to do with food, it is a manifestation of our emotional malnutrition. Feeling more connected and understood can be the real diet we need to d…


Inner Child: Start Healing, Guided Meditation and Past Trauma

Nicola Perry explain how to start healing the inner child, a process she broke it down into two main steps:the first step is to accept an honor that you have in your child the second step is beginning to cultivate a "wise inner parent"This video is a short an…


How to BE a Friend: To Yourself, to Others, to Those Who Suffer

It's shocking how easily we can lose sight of all our good points, when troubles strike.Yet, when that happens to a friend, we are THERE to help them.Let's try to be HERE when we also need help?Let's BE kind and sympathetic to ourselves?


How to Use Money to Be Happier | Enter the NOW | Slow Down to Go Faster

Can money buy happiness? Probably not.Can we use money to increase our happiness? Probably we can.A recent study reveals 3 ways we can use the money to increase our wellbeing:Buying experiencesBuying things to othersBuying timeJoshua Becker explains how these…