{Book Review} Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

This book by Charles Duhigg instantly catches your attention with relevant and interesting stories about real life situations. Each of these stories lends to the point the author is trying to make and heightens the understanding of each productivity tip. He never leaves a story hanging, and gives useful advice throughout each chapter, enhancing it with more stories and results from studies. This book draws upon the knowledge gained from fields such as psychology, neuroscience and even behavioral economics. Throughout each chapter, approaches are discussed that can be easily implemented and improve our lives and lead to success. This book Read More

Meditation Series ~ Part 4

Mantra Meditation

So, I do not often practice this type of meditation, but it is a super useful tool for beginners who struggle to clear their minds. This particular meditation is useful, as a mantra is a great way to center yourself and be more focused. A Mantra is a syllable or a short word without a specific meaning – that’s the important part. Each mantra does have a meaning, but it is more complex and tend to be vaguely general meanings that are different for each user.  A mantra is used repeatedly in order to focus the mind. A mantra is Read More

8 Small Steps YOU can take

8 Small Steps YOU can Take to Make a Difference in Our World

Most of us believe that we don’t have what it takes to make a difference in this world. We think that only people like Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein or other visionaries are capable of making a change. But before these people were revered for their achievements, they were ordinary people too. The truth is, every single person is born into this world and gifted with talents and abilities, allowing them to make a difference in their own unique way. So use what you have, but do it with the intention of ‘doing good’. This is a topic that Read More

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6 Surprising Ways Music Benefits Your Brain

Music has always been a very important part of my life – it truly soothes the soul. Every genre has its own place and time and it has the power to unite people, no matter how different they believe they are. Mental Health In this contemporary technology-powered world that we live in, many people worry about their mental health. Mental health is an important factor in everyone’s life, since it has a direct effect on daily functioning. Music is both entertaining and one of the best remedies for negative mental states such as anxiety or depression. This ensures a healthier Read More

Meditation Series ~ Part 3

Loving Kindness Meditation

This is definitely one of my favorite meditations because it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, while spreading a loving energy to those around you and the world. The Loving Kindness meditation is also known as Metta meditation. Metta means unconditional kindness, friendliness and good will to all. This style of meditation originates from Buddhist teachings, especially Tibetan Buddhism. “Compassion meditation” is a modern scientific field that validates the effectiveness of Metta and other meditation techniques. Love to the Universe The Loving Kindness meditation does not require you to focus exclusively on your breath like many others. Instead Read More

Meditation Series Part 2(2)

Mindfulness Meditation

  The first technique I will be discussing is Mindfulness meditation. This is an important technique and the best place to start when it comes to meditation. Mindfulness helps you to learn a simple but vital aspect of meditation: how to pay attention or be “mindful”. Being mindful does not actually start with meditation, but is something that should be consciously focused on during all activities, such as eating, walking, talking etc. It emphasizes a highly accessible, mindful consideration towards any actions or objects that are within your area of influence. Westernized Style Mindfulness meditation stems from Vipassana (which is Read More

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Meditation Series for Busy Beginners

“We live in a hectic world and deciding to meditate can be a beneficial and life changing choice” Personal Experience I used to suffer from anxiety and overthinking but was determined not to use medication to treat my symptoms. After being told by many people to try yoga and meditation, I finally did and it changed my life! These practices may seem too spiritual for you, but that is exactly what we need. Both yoga and meditation allows you to connect your mind, body and soul through your breath. My overthinking and constant worrying slowly lessened and as this happened, Read More