5 Ways Nature Can Heal You

Have you ever felt that everything is out of order and you need some time off? Time off from work, studies, family, just some time to be on your own and enjoy. This is the moment when it’s good to spend some time in natural environment and get back to the same rhythm with the vibes of our planet.

I have spent the last two weeks in the village in the middle of nowhere in Ukraine, no toilet or bathroom indoors, simple hut and hammocks, using a sleeping bag to keep myself warm at night. During this time I realised several things:

1. Cold is rejuvenating

I met a lady who does projects to promote winter swimming, and she inspired me to start dipping into the cold waters of the Zbruch river. The secret is – when you are going into the water, you need to slowly exhale. At 8 degrees Celcius outside, I am not sure how cold was the water, but it almost burnt my skin, and made the blood circulate fast trying to warm me up. And there I stand, naked in the cold, feeling more alive than ever before.

2. Yellow is soothing

photo by Andrii Lytvynenko

Ever since I read in Hatha Yoga Pradipika that one should practice yoga inside the house, I have been trying to follow this rule, but when you are out in the fields, and the magical mist is all over the place, it feels like magic to practice yoga outside. Autumn is the most magical season for me, it’s like mother Earth playing around with watercolours and decorating my world, just to prepare for a temporary death. Enjoying autumn and enjoying yellow and red leaves is the responsibility of everyone who loves themselves. Go enjoy some autumn if it’s still around!

3. Fresh air is great for slimming

I did not follow any special diet, in fact I ate all kinds of food that I normally consider not so healthy – noodles, pig fat, fried pancakes, sandwiches. When you breath fresh air all day long, it makes you want to move and it burns your calories even when you lay in a hammock. I started moving more – morning jogging and climbing around in the cave, and I started eating more but, but still losing weight. Nature puts you in a shape automatically.

4. Earth is healing

Being close to the earth makes a human healthier and more grounded. I remember myself in an apartment on the fifth floor, lost about what I should do and sad about the end of summer. When I am disconnected from earth, I start eating a lot of sugar as if trying to fill in the emptiness. When in the countryside, one can simply play with cats all day long, plant strawberries, run by the river, hang in a hammock or walk barefeet – and no matter what you do, it will heal your body and your soul.

5. Nature puts you in touch with yourself

Everything in nature is harmony. When one is surrounded by so much harmony outside, a desire appears to create harmony inside. Mindfulness and awareness is indeed a lot of work, and it is not always easy to be honest with yourself, but creating clarity is one of the most rewarding occupations in life.

What are you waiting for? While the autumn is still gold, make yourself a cup of tea and go out into the forest, sit around, pick mushrooms, meditate, and contemplate. Let us know how it feels.

 

 

How To Improve Life With Dreams and Goals

Dreams and goals are what makes life better. The relationship between dreams and goals have been the concern of many scholars for ages. Still, many people fail to make their dreams come true and stay focused on their goals. In addition, most people are running after money or funds to sustain their dreams and goals.

Why do we need to have dreams and goals? What is the relationship between dreams and goals? Read more to know how to improve your life through a good management of dreams and goals.

 Dreams and Goals: what’s the relationship?

The relationship between dreams and goals governs the achievement of a better life. Our happiness depends on the way we manage our dreams and goals. Considering that each of us is unique in his/her own way, we need to be careful about how we manage our dreams and goals. Dreams are visions, something that the person wants and desires to do. Dreams fuel our everyday life and help us be positive and self-oriented towards the attainment of plausible results. Goals define the success of our life, for they are specific objectives that we intend to reach in a given time or a given period. Besides, goals pave the way to the achievement of our dreams and is a rational way to build ones life according to an ideal. However, dreams are different from goals.

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How can dreams become goals that improve life ?

The status of our mind determines how our dreams become goals that could come true and then improve our life. In fact, human beings are made of body and mind. The mind works in the same way like the software of a computer. Our body is the hardware that could not function without the software. For a dream to become a goal that comes true, we need to have a clear mind. When our mind is clear, we have a better perception of life. We can easily identify our goals according to our dreams. That’s the way we could improve our life. Small goals achieved accordingly depend on the way our mind could work on a single goal in a given time. But how could we then clear the mind, so as to have a good perception of life, which leads to good dreams and goals?

Meditate to have good dreams and goals

In 2015, I was looking for a tool that could help me better my life by controlling the way my mind affects my dreams and goals. I was not really focused on my goals and my dreams seemed always far away from the reality. In 2016, I discovered meditation, and my life has become more positive, because I could now have good dreams and goals. Consequently, my goals become easy to be achieved. Not only does meditation help me improve my perception of life, but it also fosters my dreams and gives me the chance to practice letting go of bad thoughts or events that could ruin my dreams and goals. Meditation is definitively a tool that helps our mind be still, focused and peaceful. By making our mind standstill and focused, we easily attain our goals and by making the mind peaceful, we often have the best dreams of our life.

You may consider joining Peace Revolution to start your own experience with the practice of meditation. You may also want to read more about me and my practice of meditation here.

Peace In Peace Out Europe Tour

Peace In Peace Out Europe Tour is a number of inspiring workshops and lectures in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Latvia. The speaker is Venerable Teaching Monk John Paramai.

Peace In + Peace Out = Sustainable World PeacePeace In + Peace Out = Sustainable World Peace.

Agenda:

BELGIUM

16/10 – Leuven – Sancta Maria High School “The meaning of life” (closed event)

16/10 – Gent – Nest “In pursuit of happiness” https://goo.gl/aYBYX4

17/10 – Leuven – Ricolto “Stress-management” (closed event)

17/10 – Brussels – Diving clubs Le Ceap, Le RWPC, Happy Freediver “Peace Culture”

18/10 – Brussels – Centre for European Policy Studies “Increase Productivity and Focus”

19/10 – Brussels – UNICEF

NETHERLANDS

20/10 – Amsterdam – Jellinek Addiction Care Clinic “Finding peace”

21/10 – Amsterdam – FREE SPOT for event! / to be confirmed (Contact us to host the event)

21/10 – Amsterdam – Studio 191 “Finding Happiness through Inner Peace” https://goo.gl/ank77T

22/10 – Amsterdam – FREE SPOT for event! / to be confirmed (Contact us to host the event)

22/10 – Amsterdam – New Yoga School “City Enlightenment Project: Meditation and discussion”

23/10 – Nijmegen – Beleef Yoga Studio “Self-Development. Dhammakaya meditation technique” https://goo.gl/yZMvzf

23/10 – Nijmegen – Beleef Yoga Studio “Meditation Clinic”

23/10 – Nijmegen – De Kleine Wiel “Creativity and meditation” -https://goo.gl/MJEmCn

24/10 – Nijmegen – Radboud University Student Chapel “Time and Stress-Management” – https://goo.gl/9Y9QFM

24/10 – Nijmegen – De Klinker “Non-violent resistance: case of Buddhists in Thailand”

25/10 – Nijmegen – FREE SPOT for event! / to be confirmed (Contact us to host the event)

GERMANY

26/10 – Kleve – CONFERENCE in Hochschule Rhein-Waal “Inner peace and sustainability”

27/10 to 29/10 – Kleve – RETREAT in Vlierhof https://goo.gl/mpa6NP

30/10 – Cologne – Pauenhof Meditation Centre “Mindfulness Teacher Training”

30/10 – Cologne – Allerwelts House “Benefits of meditation for stress-management”

30/10 – Bonn – Alanus University “Stress-free in university”

31/10 – Iserlohn – Naturheilpraxis Yoga Centre “Loving Kindness”

31/10 – Cologne – University of Cologne “Benefits of meditation”

31/10 – Cologne – University of Cologne “Stress-free in University”

1/11 – Cologne – Sansorio Centre “Resilience and loving kindness”

LATVIA

2/11 – Riga – How to Detox Your Mind? – Digital Freedom Festival

2/11 – 5/11 – Liepupe Manor – meditation retreat “Into the East: meditation holidays near the Baltic Sea”

7/11 – Riga – LU Indijas studiju un kulturas centrs(LU India study and cultural centre) – “Peace Energy”

7/11 – Riga – Laima Chocolate Museum – “daily discipline” and “how to be happy here and now”

8/11 – Riga – Latvian National Library – “The Art of Stillness”

8/11 – Riga – knowledge space “Zikurāts”- “Mindfulness practice”

9/11 – Riga – Latvian National Library – “Work-Life Balance”

9/11- Riga – BITE telecmmunications

10/11 – Riga – University of Latvia/Faculty of Humanitarian Sciences – Theravada Buddhism in Thailand: a story of Monk John Paramai

… Our acts are the consequences of our thoughts. Our thought is powerful. It can be the source of innovation, prosperity, and peace. Yet, equally likely, it can also be the source of human misery, corruption, and tragedy.

Those who can change their thoughts for the better are the ones moving forward to a better future.The right thoughts arise from clarity of the mind. Clear mind comes in the moments of stillness…

Come and get inspired at these Peace In Peace Out Tour talks. Info and registration via individual Facebook events.

Do come!

Support us by inviting your friends. Donate with remark “PIPO EU Tour” at Anna Ovchinnikova NL30 ABNA 0616 8766 61All received funds will be divided equally to provide for transportation and food costs of the tour.
Host event last-minute requests: +3164 586 6563 or PM Anna van Hulst-Ovchinnikova.

Who are we?

Volunteers at Peace Revolution project

What do we believe in?

We believe in importance and power of peace inside and out. Peace In + Peace Out = Sustainable World Peace.

More information:

Peace In Peace Out Europe Tour Facebook 

Peace Revolution Europe Facebook page

We are looking forward to sharing the peace with you.

All the best,

(in order of cities)

Philou, Tom, Gea, Bruna, Anna, Santosh, Dinah, Raul and Agnija

3 Steps Towards Knowing Oneself For A Successful Life

As human beings, we like to achieve good things for ourselves and for people whom we love. Many people appreciate success through their personal properties: number of cars, luxurious house, clothes, money and even becoming a celebrity. But in the course of a lifetime, we may fail to reach the complete attainment of our projects, dreams and goals simply because we do not know ourselves. The questions here are: how could knowing oneself help to achieve a successful life? Why do we need to know ourselves or how knowing oneself is the best thing to do in our life? Read further to discover three steps towards knowing oneself for greater achievements in your life.

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Understanding strengths and weaknesses

Strength is defined as any cause of modification in the material or in the body, whereas weakness is the lack of strength. When we talk about strength in material and body, we also refer to energy or ability to do certain number of things. So, strength is furthermore the state or quality of being strong; physical or mental power or capacity. I may, therefore, be able to write good articles, have easy contact with people or easily develop new skills. Those are a few examples of a strength. On the other hand, a person’s weakness could be that he/she easily loses his/her temper or is lazy to read. Weakness prevents us from doing something, while strength enables our full potential. However, there is good news about weaknesses. The reality of weaknesses could also be changed. That said, we could change our today’s weakness into tomorrow’s strength. When we recognise and accept our weaknesses as not being a handicap in our life, we can easily turn some weaknesses into strengths. Making the list of weaknesses and strengths helps a lot in the process of knowing oneself. Moreover, the list could reveal some points, which we need to know more about ourselves in order to capitalise on our strengths for developing new personal and professional skills.

Being honest with yourself

Being honest is useful not only in the process of knowing oneself, but also in our everyday life. Because by being honest we say the truth and incorporate the right habits in our personality. When we are honest with ourselves, we easily identify our weaknesses to be improved for better results. Being honest, in addition, shows the way to our true personality. I may then recognise that being a short tempered person is not good for my health. Thus, I need to learn how to manage my anger. I could also acknowledge that my laziness in reading will not help my speaking and writing skills and that I should start reading to learn new things and to develop my linguistic abilities.

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Meditation as a process of knowing yourself

Meditation is a mental exercise with many advantages. Among the benefits of meditation, there is also a chance to knowing yourself better. Meditation helps to become familiar with our true nature through the process of stilling the mind at the centre of the body. When the mind is calm and focused, we acquire better understanding of what we are and how we could improve ourselves. Moreover, meditation develops our skills and makes people become more productive in whatever they do. Hence, we could know ourselves better and be able to take the right decisions or choices for a successful life.

Integrating Mindfulness meditation into daily life

Meditation is good. Actually great!

Here  are 76 scientifically proven benefits that you may not be aware of; not to mention the ones that you feel when you close your eyes right now and suddenly feel blissful and relaxed!

It does not stop at the cushion or yoga mat in the morning or evenings!

Think of meditation and many people think yoga mats and cushions and a lotus position. What picture does meditation evoke when you meet it the first time? Leave your comments below.

Good news is; there’s more to it than simply sitting down and closing the eyes! The satisfaction and presence found within a lotus position can be created anytime and anywhere. As Jon Kabat Zin proposes, wherever you go, there you are! But how can we make it a routine? Routine projects a kind of boredom and since that’s far from our definition of routine, we shall call it a way of life!

How do I make mindfulness, meditation my way of life?

Good question! Oftentimes, we may get lost in the big words. Trying to comprehend mindfulness and all that meditation is and isn’t. Two things stand out in meditation, the presence that comes with being in the NOW and the choices that emerge from what is happening NOW! The presence, we can call that awareness! The choices, we can call it intention or what I choose to focus on NOW! Simple, right?

Now, we are asking ourselves, how do I become present to what I choose to focus on NOW?

What we all need to understand is that everything good and bad that we aspire to acquire calls for time, attention and energy! And when I say everything, I mean everything! Unless you have a counter opinion, which I would really love to hear in the comment box below…

You claim not to have time?

Do you get distracted? To your phone, Social Media or a chitchat with a friend? For that, you have time, why? Because you have allowed it to happen. How  can we also allow an intentional distraction to bring attention to the present? Here are simple ways to do it:

  1. Set a reminder on your phone or a mindfulness meditation APP  to secure 3-5 minutes breaks to reconnect to the present.

a) How about every 60 minutes?

b) … or based on your concentration span at work, you can set every 20-30 minutes to remember to come back to the present

Whatever works for you is what you choose. You can pick a time-frame and adjust every week or month as you deem fit. A soft tune reminder will do.

2. Ding Dong! Wow! Time travels so fast! I can’t imagine 1 hour is gone!

You set the reminder and… Phew! Now what?

You have a lot of options to choose from based on what you find most appealing, and interestingly, what you connect with. Here are some of them:

a) Paying attention to my body and breath at this moment.

b) Spend some time observing the content of my thoughts and feelings at that moment (What am I thinking right now, How do I feel at this moment? What am I creating at this moment)?

c) Use a meditation object:

i) A personal mantra such as “clear and bright”, love and light” or any other you choose.

ii) A visual object such as the sun, moon or a flower…

d) Reaffirm my intention or a specific quality I am cultivating using the “I am”. An example could be “I am kind, I am Love” I can smile and relax more, acknowledge in gratitude support systems around me among others.

e) Always finish with a smile of gratitude and get back to what needs to be done, with more presence and intention!

Simple as it may seem, nothing will happen unless you take your trigger seriously! You cannot “snooze” the APP or alarm. If you are lacking motivation, or inspiration, which is very important by the way, why not inspire these qualities during your 5 minutes moment of silence? You can reaffirm your motivation too!

In summary, life is complete in itself. The benefits that one gets with bringing more presence and intention to their life are evident at experiential level. No book, blog or article you read will explain it to you any better than you feel it when you try for yourself! But to try, we got to step out of our comfort zones and dare try it NOW! And in case, you lack an inspiration, that too, can form a part of your moments of mindfulness.

How Finding Inner Peace Changed My Life

Let’s face it! We all have a preoccupied life… Our daily life is all about waking up in the morning, rushing into the kitchen making breakfast for ourselves and our family, running off to work, getting back home exhausted and cranky, falling asleep in front of the TV and then repeating the same cycle (with some ups and downs) all over again, for the rest of our life.

Well, try my version: some time ago I started combining my Master´s studies (which is a crazy amount of homework, essays, lectures and presentations), an internship at the United Nations and working in a hectic job, while I am writing my thesis and translating a book. In the past, I used to come back home, crawl up somewhere in my house and cry over this stressful situation. During this time, I felt miserable and even when I was trying to sleep I wasn’t able to as the nightmares were sneaking in to haunt me.

But on one great day, it all changed.

Being Curious Finally Paid off!

It was a boring afternoon… I went to the kitchen to make tea and started surfing the internet looking for new internship opportunities. When I was surfing the internet I came across a website that was teaching self-development and inner peace lessons for free. I got curious and signed up.

During the first lesson, I had to sit down for 30 minutes and try to think about nothing (It felt impossible as I had so much work to do).  As the lesson went on, I categorised all the duties in my head instead of paying attention. I simply could not concentrate. But after 15 minutes, I was out of duties for the day and my body started feeling relaxed and I couldn’t feel my fingers (to be honest I freaked out, opened my eyes and counted my fingers before going back to meditation again!). After 30 minutes, I felt weirdly calm. It was in the afternoon but it felt as if it was six in the morning and that I was ready to wake up and start my daily routine.

Finding Nemo

The main point of meditation method was learning how to “be at the center of yourself”. The whole concept was vague to me for a while. The teacher would count down steps to calm the body down and then ask us to find the center in our body. Yet every time I was thinking:  where is the center?!

One night it happened. I was dealing with some problems regarding my studies and was in a desperate need of some minutes away from reality. When I got home, I changed out of my uniform, lit some candles, closed my eyes and sat down in the lotus position ready to start meditating. After a few minutes, it happened just like that. I was there – in the center, looking at my meditation object (the moon). It gave me a feeling as if I was finally in my own home. I could not hear anything, I could not feel anything, I was not even thinking as I was experiencing a genuine silence from the bottom of my center and was listening to the delightful sound of “nothing”.

Turning point

This practice that I started out of curiosity suddenly became a daily habit. It was the only “me time” during the day. I could not wait to finish my work and studies, get back home and start my inner journey. After practicing the inner-peace lessons for 42 days, I started to experience unique visions. I was visualizing myself in my most favorite place on earth, sitting by the Yara River looking at the magical sunset. One day, my visions took me to a mountain, where I was looking at the clouds passing by, caressing my face. The next day I felt the center of my body, reaching neutrality and felt deeply relaxed. The feelings were so deep that I was afraid to tell someone in case they would spoil it! Little by little, it changed my behaviour. I was able to make better decisions, think more clearly and be more focused on my work and studies. How incidental it was that a small moment of curiosity could change my whole life!

Want to be a Peace builder? Start with yourself!

We all want to change the world. I used to be obsessed about United Nations, following their pages thinking, “Wow, these guys are changing the world! It’s amazing; I want to do that too”. However, if you had asked me back then, how I was going to pursue this ambition, I literally had no idea. I would simply be waiting for someone to tell me what to do instead of taking initiative myself.

I believe it is great to have ambitions about changing the world, but now that I have more experience, I know that you can only achieve your goals if you start from within yourself. It is impossible to be a famous worldwide peace builder in one night. The most important thing is that you start somewhere, whatever method works for you. For me the inner peace lessons were very helpful. It does not have to take much of your time – 10 minutes a day is a good start and then before you know it, you are ready to change the world.

How to begin your inner-peace journey?

Here are a few suggestions if you are interested in experiencing the same journey to find your inner self like me:

  • Take your meditation posture on the floor,  chair,  or a sofa;
  • Relax your body and then your mind;
  • Concentrate and be aware of your surroundings. Find a central place within yourself and imagine it is a mental object, such as the moon;
  • Reach complete silence and equanimity in your mind. From this moment onwards, neutral observation and detachment to whatever may arise or occur is important. If thoughts arise, one can combine the mental object with a phrase (i.e. “Clear and Bright”)
  • Before getting up: spread the LOVE to all beings.

See you at the center!

How Can Inner Power Lead To A Successful Life?

Most of the people in the world are in a quest for a happy life, freedom and security. The search of happiness and successful life is therefore one of the common goals to everyone. How to acquire this happiness and how to enjoy life in freedom and security? Read further to find out one of the best ways to achieve beautiful things in your life and become an active agent of positive changes through strengthening your inner power.

Life is made of challenges. This is the reason why many people find it difficult. In fact, challenges are not made to handicap the attainment of our goals. Instead, they are the source of knowledge and experience. When we have a lot of experience in life, we become wise, and this wisdom helps us in many ways. Through challenges we learn new things, because life is a kind of school, where we never finish learning. In order to be patient and cope with everyday challenges, there is a very important key that is universal and could allow people to open the doors of happiness, prosperity and good life.

 Relationship between inner power and inner peace

Inner power is what we need to be confident and positive in everyday situations. Inner power is also referred to as inner peace. With inner power we find life easy and joyful because it helps to have the right perception of things in the world. Our perception becomes more clear, and we easily understand why and how certain number of situations need to happen in our life. Most of the time, things happen for good reasons. However, we fail to understand that just because we are in lack of inner power. When life presents a certain challenge, we often perceive it in a bad way with bad ideas leading to bad feelings and bad actions. Sometimes, it is after many years that we can understand the reason why we had to undergo the given challenge.

Ability to manage the thoughts

Inner power is therefore needed in order to be more positive and to learn to rely on our life. Inner power enables us to sharpen our views, to see life as it comes and practice letting go of bad experiences. Besides with inner power, we always know what is good or bad for us and can easily choose the best way to take. People who connect with their inner power are the most productive men and women in the world. Even when they are facing troubles, they always find a way out to keep on moving towards the achievement of their goals. The stability of our life also depends on how we manage our thoughts. Since everything starts with an idea, there is the need to control our thoughts or at least to have a full management of our emotions and feelings since our thinking process affects our life.

Meditation to build strong inner power

Moreover, good mental status impacts positively our life. It is the reason why we have to train our mentality through constant meditation. Mediation is the practice that helps us still the mind and paves the way to a strong inner power. When the mind is still, focused and peaceful, we find the inner power that we need in order to have a happy personal and professional life. You may consider joining Peace Revolution to know how to build your inner power through a practice of mindfulness and meditation.

 

De-Stress And Self-Express Through Colouring Books

In the past few years, colouring books have become a popular trend, and many people are surely buying them and sharing them as gifts. In this article, we will explore how colouring can be beneficial to your mind and what makes it so popular.

Like meditation

When we do anything with our hands, the attention moves from thoughts to actions, and we concentrate on what we do, letting go of toxic thoughts. This is why handicrafts, knitting, painting and other related activities are so stress relieving. It can also be related to sports, when the whole body is engaged and the attention is moved from the thinking mind to the actions of the body in the present moment.

Reducing anxiety

Anxiety can be caused by many reasons, and one of them is negative thoughts. The good news is that we can only think one thought at a time, and when we switch from negative thoughts to the thoughts of “which colour do I choose? Where do I colour now?” we tend to cool down and relax, and disconnect from our worries.

Pleasurable activity

Since the outcome of colouring is easily predictable and it is difficult to mess up while colouring, it becomes an easy and pleasurable activity, and relaxes the brain. We do not need to worry, we just need to be fully present and flow.

Reconnecting with your inner child

When we think of childhood, we often have good memories of safe and secure environment. The truth is, in childhood we received most of the conditioning  that our mind lives off right now, and no matter useful or not, one can work on his/her conditioning. Going back to your inner child, nurturing your inner child and allowing yourself to play is a healthy practice that will also take good care of the adult in you.

Martina from Slovakia has one of such colouring books and this is what she says about them: “Anytime I come back home, it is there, so I can colour something and it is connected to my comfort zone and precious self space. Once we had a colouring session together with my friends, it actually took the whole weekend and it was pretty relaxing. Did you know that there is even colouring app for your phone? It helps with concentration.”

“I don’t consider the colouring books as art therapy; I consider the colouring books therapeutic, which is not the same thing.” says Drena Fagen, an art therapist.

Photo credits: Google Pictures

There have been studies that show that it is more beneficial for people to create their own artwork rather than colour inside the designs that someone else has created. It indeed sounds more reasonable to unfold your own creativity and allow yourself to be a creative being. When you are too afraid to make the first step, I believe colouring a postcard or colouring a book can be useful too.

Have you ever engaged in this activity? Do you have colouring books at home? We are happy if you share with us in comments.

10 Uncomfortable Things You Should Do to Feel Your Inner Strength

How do you find inner strength? Do you just sit down when you’re stressed, close your eyes and find it? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work quite that easily.

Meditation is a long journey. It’s not all that comfortable as it seemed before we tried it. At first, you’ll be dealing with the monkey mind. It won’t like being still. Your body will be giving you troubles, too. As you start getting more comfortable in the position, you’ll encounter another challenge: the things you’ve hidden deep inside. They will start coming out on surface. We know we need to do this. In order to grow, we need to deal with all things we refused dealing with. Meditation makes us stronger, but it requires strength, too.

Without strength, you lack self-confidence. You don’t believe things are getting any better. You don’t believe you’re strong enough to make a change.

We’ll reach that peaceful place, eventually. If we keep putting in the effort, the results will come. The journey to that place, however, is long and bumpy. You won’t be comfortable on that road. Inner peace doesn’t come for granted. You know what? That’s the beauty of it.

When you’re ready to work for it, you should start building up on your inner strength. We’ll list 10 uncomfortable things you should do to get there.

1. Clarify the Worst-Case Scenario

You don’t like your job, but you can’t find the strength to quit? What’s the worst thing that could happen? That’s an uncomfortable vision to have, is it? Have you heard of the term affective forecasting? It’s about predicting how you’ll feel in the future. Your present feelings prevent you from imagining how bad something will feel when things go wrong.

Okay, so imagine that worst scenario that would occur if you made a step forward. Chances are, the step will still move you forward, and that’s always a better position than staying in place.

2. Accept a Challenge

The comfort zone feels oh-so-good, but it’s not a good place to stay in. Why? Because it prevents us from growing. Without growth, life doesn’t really make sense.

Do something you’re not used to. Try new tastes. Meet new people. Travel to a random place you know nothing about… You’ll become stronger just by stepping out of that comfort zone. You’ll prove to yourself that you were meant for big things.

3. Try Harder

You’re trying to accomplish something and things are not going as well as expected? In such situations, most of us are usually looking for an easy way out. What does a student do when they can’t complete a research paper? Outsourcing is a good thing when it helps you get better results, but you still have to do your part of the effort.

When you feel like you’ve tried and you’re still not strong enough, then try harder.

4. Do a Headstand

The journey to a headstand is not pleasant. You’ll have to beat the fear, which we naturally feel when someone tell us to get upside down. When you get into this position, however, you’ll realize you can do things you never thought you were capable of doing. You’re stronger than you thought.

5. Meditate Every Day

Meditate. For at least half an hour, every day. You can do it. You have time. Who doesn’t have 30 minutes for themselves? If you really don’t have that time, then it means you need meditation more than anyone. Make the time!

The seated position will be uncomfortable at first. Your mind will wander around. You won’t be able to control it. If this is your first time trying to meditate, you might start thinking: “This is not for me.” It is. Meditation is for everyone. You just need to be persistent, so you’ll allow the practice to make you stronger.

6. Remember the Times When You Were Strong

Life is an amplitude. We rise and fall, but we rise again. When we’re at the bottom, thinking of the moments when we were going strong is like a torture. It reminds us of the failure. Don’t have that attitude towards your own success. It should remind you that you’re strong. You’re still that person. You can find your strength again.

7. Just Do It

Are you overthinking things? That’s a mistake, which gets you settled in the comfort zone of doing nothing. Prove your self-confidence to yourself by taking action. Do not procrastinate. Do not overthink. Just do something to get out of the momentary situation that doesn’t make you happy.

8. Don’t Fall into Distractions

Let’s have some time off social media, shall we? Unless you absolutely need them for your work, start spending less time on these platforms. Try spending an entire week without them. You’ll realize you have time for exercise, meditation, and making plans. When you’re not distracted, you find time for things that make you stronger.

9. Stay Optimistic

This must be the hardest thing ever. The essence of being confident is believing that everything will be fine. It’s easier said than done. However, the more you keep trying, optimism becomes a habit. When you believe you deserve good things, the inner strength will come.

10. Live According to Your Values

That’s what really matters. When you’re making decisions, ask yourself: do you believe in what you’re doing? If it’s the right thing, nothing should stop you from doing it. Define your values and they will give you strength.

It’s important for all of us to keep working on our self-confidence and inner strength. It’s a never ending process, but you’ll see progress all the time. Just stay committed to your journey.

 

 

How Changing Meditation Place Can Affect Your Experience?

Every day I wake up in the morning, I realise how blessed I am to be alive and healthy. After I have sent my prayer, the second thing that I look forward to is meditation. It highly helps me get through the day without over-reacting to any situation that can tamper me in any way.

I normally practice meditation twice a day for 1 hour: 30 mins in the morning and 30 mins in the evening before I sleep.

I have always been practising meditation in my room, and it is a place where I feel more relaxed and comfortable, but I soon realised that sometimes I get distractions during meditation as I’ve always been doing it at the same place.

After I attended Peace Revolution Amandla Eastern & Southern Africa Fellowship in Nairobi this early August,  I experienced something quite new which was to meditate in different places. Especially when we meditated outside the room, we got close to the nature itself.

When meditating in the nature, I felt from my experience that it was very easy to connect to the centre and channel my thoughts to focus on meditation. When my mind started to wander, I immediately returned it to the centre.

It was an amazing feeling meditating close to the nature with fresh air and sunlight touching my skin. I realised that changing meditation place can also help improve meditation experience, and hence one can easily connect to the centre and avoid distractions if any arise.

Why don’t you try out the new experience today? Try meditation in a new place once in a while to enjoy that good, pleasant feeling.