How To Achieve Good Mental Health? Here Are Some Tips

The overall mental health of any individual greatly depends on their psychological and emotional wellbeing. Everybody is well informed about their own physical health but they rarely take care of their mental health as the symptoms are not easy to differentiate.

According to studies 20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental disorders, one in four adults suffers from a mental illness. Not to mention that suicide is the third leading cause in death too. Hence to create a sense of awareness about mental problems and to counter the misconceptions, the month of May has been observed as mental health awareness month since 1949.

Why is mental health so vital?

Mental health plays a vital role in overall wellbeing of a person. Instable mental health adversely affects the person’s decision making ability, ability to grab opportunities and ability to perform responsibilities towards family, friends, workplace and community. Physical health is highly dependent on mental health. A good mental health involves a sense of happiness, confidence, self-esteem and it renders a sense of contentmentThe positive mind-set helps people to form positive relationships to evolve one’s potential and make them ready for challenges.

Categories of mental ailment

Mental problems or mental illness occurs due to the complex interactions or imbalances occurring between body, mind and environment. It affects people from all walks of life. It ranges from small worries to severe long term ailments. The five major categories of mental ailments are as follows.
Anxiety disorders: These are inability to control the normal routine functioning due to the excessive anxiety. It includes phobias, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized anxiety disorder.
Mood disorders: These are caused when people lose quest of living. This involves severe depression, dysthymia and bipolar disorder or manic-depression.  Suicide is the most dreaded complication of mood disorders.
Schizophrenia: It is a life threatening brain ailment which is caused by chemical imbalance in the brain leading to hallucination, delusions, slurred speech and impaired reasoning.
Dementia: It is characterized by memory loss and abrupt physical functioning caused due to drug abuse, alcohol abuse, inhalants, toxin exposure and some medical conditions like HIV, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, head trauma and vascular dementia.
Eating disorders: These are caused due to abnormal eating behavior like extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating. The three major eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (self-starvation), bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder or uncontrolled consumption of food.

Factors which cause mental illness

– Severe acute stress
– Biological factors like genetics and hormones
– Low confidence, low self-esteem and negative thinking
– Social factors like isolation, financial problems, and family problems.

How to achieve good mental health?

Creatingawareness for mental ailmentsis a key step towards achieving a good mental health as it is said, prevention is better than cure.A good mental health is subjected to the person’s ability to take out different activities and vital functions involving ability to express, feel and manage positive and negative thoughts or emotions, ability to learn, ability to socialize and ability to cope with most difficult situations, unwanted changes and uncertainty of the life.
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Follow some simple steps:

– Keep yourself physically and mentally active with the help of exercise, yog-aasana, proper sleep, meditation, reki and vipashyana.

– Eat healthy and nutritious food since some food items such as caffeine, sugar, and alcohol may have long lasting adverse effect on the mind.

– Be socially active. Meet friends and family at regular intervals as it gives a sense of security.

– Take some time off from the work to rejuvenate body and mind.

– Try to develop some hobbies that may boost self-confidence and self-esteem.

– Accept yourself with the flaws as no one is perfect in this world.

– Consume magnesium-rich foods like seeds, nuts (pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seed, almonds and cashews), beans and legumes (black beans, navy beans, soybeans), leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and collard greens) and whole grains to boost the mood.

– Vitamin C may control symptoms of depression. Eat citrus fruits, strawberries, melons, pineapple, berries, bell peppers, tomatoes and leafy vegetables.

The Four Qualities of Love Taught By Buddha

“The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable… Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person. They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

The following is a description of the Buddha’s teachings on the four qualities of love, from the first chapter of Teachings on Love, written by Thich Nhat Hanh…
“Happiness is only possible with true love. True love has the power to heal and transform the situation around us and bring a deep meaning to our lives. There are people who understand the nature of true love and how to generate and nurture it. The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable. Every one of us can benefit from these teachings.
During the lifetime of the Buddha, those of the Brahmanic faith prayed that after death they would go to Heaven to dwell eternally with Brahma, the universal God. One day a Brahman man asked the Buddha, “What can I do to be sure that I will be with Brahma after I die?” and the Buddha replied, “As Brahma is the source of Love, to dwell with him you must practice the Brahmaviharas—love, compassion, joy, and equanimity.”
A vihara is an abode or a dwelling place. Love in Sanskrit is maitri; in Pali it is metta. Compassion is karuna in both languages. Joy is mudita. Equanimity is upeksha in Sanskrit and upekkha in Pali. The Brahmaviharas are the four elements of true love. They are called “immeasurable,” because if you practice them, they will grow in you every day until they embrace the whole world. You will become happier, and everyone around you will become happier, also.
The Buddha respected people’s desire to practice their own faith, so he answered the Brahman’s question in a way that encouraged him to do so. If you enjoy sitting meditation, practice sitting meditation. If you enjoy walking meditation, practice walking meditation. But preserve your Jewish, Christian, or Muslim roots. That is the way to continue the Buddha’s spirit. If you are cut off from your roots, you cannot be happy.
If we learn ways to practice love, compassion, joy, and equanimity, we will know how to heal the illnesses of anger, sorrow, insecurity, sadness, hatred, loneliness, and unhealthy attachments… Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person. They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything.

LOVE (Maitri/Metta)
The first aspect of true love is maitri (mettain Pali), the intention and capacity to offer joy and happiness. To develop that capacity, we have to practice looking and listening deeply so that we know what to do and what not to do to make others happy. If you offer your beloved something she does not need, that is not maitri. You have to see her real situation or what you offer might bring her unhappiness.
Without understanding, your love is not true love. You must look deeply in order to see and understand the needs, aspirations, and suffering of the one you love. We all need love. Love brings us joy and well-being. It is as natural as the air. We are loved by the air; we need fresh air to be happy and well. We are loved by trees. We need trees to be healthy. In order to be loved, we have to love, which means we have to understand. For our love to continue, we have to take the appropriate action or non-action to protect the air, the trees, and our beloved.
Maitri can be translated as “love” or “loving kindness.” Some Buddhist teachers prefer “loving kindness,” as they find the word “love” too dangerous. But I prefer the word “love.” Words sometimes get sick and we have to heal them. We have been using the word “love” to mean appetite or desire, as in “I love hamburgers.” We have to use language more carefully. “Love” is a beautiful word; we have to restore its meaning. The word “maitri” has roots in the word mitra which means friend. In Buddhism, the primary meaning of love is friendship.
We all have the seeds of love in us. We can develop this wonderful source of energy, nurturing the unconditional love that does not expect anything in return. When we understand someone deeply, even someone who has done us harm, we cannot resist loving him or her. Shakyamuni Buddha declared that the Buddha of the next eon will be named “Maitreya, the Buddha of Love.”
The second aspect of true love is karuna, the intention and capacity to relieve and transform suffering and lighten sorrows. Karuna is usually translated as “compassion,” but that is not exactly correct. “Compassion” is composed of com (“together with”) and passion (“to suffer”). But we do not need to suffer to remove suffering from another person. Doctors, for instance, can relieve their patients’ suffering without experiencing the same disease in themselves. If we suffer too much, we may be crushed and unable to help. Still, until we find a better word, let us use “compassion” to translate karuna.
To develop compassion in ourselves, we need to practice mindful breathing, deep listening, and deep looking. The Lotus Sutra describes Avalokiteshvara as the bodhisattva who practices “looking with the eyes of compassion and listening deeply to the cries of the world.” Compassion contains deep concern. You know the other person is suffering, so you sit close to her. You look and listen deeply to her to be able to touch her pain. You are in deep communication, deep communion with her, and that alone brings some relief.
One compassionate word, action, or thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring him joy. One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation. One action can save a person’s life or help him take advantage of a rare opportunity. One thought can do the same, because thoughts always lead to words and actions. With compassion in our heart, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle.
When I was a novice, I could not understand why, if the world is filled with suffering, the Buddha has such a beautiful smile. Why isn’t he disturbed by all the suffering? Later I discovered that the Buddha has enough understanding, calm, and strength; that is why the suffering does not overwhelm him. He is able to smile to suffering because he knows how to take care of it and to help transform it. We need to be aware of the suffering, but retain our clarity, calmness, and strength so we can help transform the situation. The ocean of tears cannot drown us if karuna is there. That is why the Buddha’s smile is possible.
JOY (Mudita)
The third element of true love is mudita, joy. True love always brings joy to ourselves and to the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love. Commentators explain that happiness relates to both body and mind, whereas joy relates primarily to mind.
This example is often given: Someone traveling in the desert sees a stream of cool water and experiences joy. On drinking the water, he experiences happiness. Ditthadhamma sukhavihari means “dwelling happily in the present moment.” We don’t rush to the future; we know that everything is here in the present moment.
Many small things can bring us tremendous joy, such as the awareness that we have eyes in good condition. We just have to open our eyes and we can see the blue sky, the violet flowers, the children, the trees, and so many other kinds of forms and colors. Dwelling in mindfulness, we can touch these wondrous and refreshing things, and our mind of joy arises naturally. Joy contains happiness and happiness contains joy.
Some commentators have said that mudita means “sympathetic joy” or “altruistic joy,” the happiness we feel when others are happy. But that is too limited. It discriminates between self and others. A deeper definition of mudita is a joy that is filled with peace and contentment. We rejoice when we see others happy, but we rejoice in our own wellbeing as well. How can we feel joy for another person when we do not feel joy for ourselves? Joy is for everyone.
The fourth element of true love is upeksha, which means equanimity, nonattachment, nondiscrimination, even- mindedness, or letting go. Upa means “over,” and iksha means “to look.” You climb the mountain to be able to look over the whole situation, not bound by one side or the other. If your love has attachment, discrimination, prejudice, or clinging in it, it is not true love.
People who do not understand Buddhism sometimes think upeksha means indifference, but true equanimity is neither cold nor indifferent. If you have more than one child, they are all your children. Upeksha does not mean that you don’t love. You love in a way that all your children receive your love, without discrimination.
Upeksha has the mark called samataj├▒ana, “the wisdom of equality,” the ability to see everyone as equal, not discriminating between ourselves and others. In a, conflict, even though we are deeply concerned, we remain impartial, able to love and to understand both sides. We shed all discrimination and prejudice, and remove all boundaries between ourselves and others.
As long as we see ourselves as the one who loves and the other as the one who is loved, as long as we value ourselves more than others or see ourselves as different from others, we do not have true equanimity. We have to put ourselves “into the other person’s skin” and become one with him if we want to understand and truly love him. When that happens, there is no “self’ and no “other.”
Without upeksha, your love may become possessive. A summer breeze can be very refreshing; but if we try to put it in a tin can so we can have it entirely for ourselves, the breeze will die. Our beloved is the same. He is like a cloud, a breeze, a flower. If you imprison him in a tin can, he will die. Yet many people do just that. They rob their loved one of his liberty, until he can no longer be himself. They live to satisfy themselves and use their loved one to help them fulfill that. That is not loving; it is destroying.
You say you love him, but if you do not understand his aspirations, his needs, his difficulties, he is in a prison called love. True love allows you to preserve your freedom and the freedom of your beloved. That is upeksha.
For love to be true love, it must contain compassion, joy, and equanimity. For compassion to be true compassion, it has to have love, joy, and equanimity in it. True joy has to contain love, compassion, and equanimity. And true equanimity has to have love, compassion, and joy in it.
This is the interbeing nature of the Four Immeasurable Minds. When the Buddha told the Brahman man to practice the Four Immeasurable Minds, he was offering all of us a very important teaching. But we must look deeply and practice them for ourselves to bring these four aspects of love into our own lives and into the lives of those we love.”

~From Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh~


It is always great to have a good night sleep that comes with an amazing dream. They claim that it is another dimension which is not controlled by the mind.
But others claim that there is more to it than just being a picture that appears at night. There are some things that appears in your dream that has a connection and hidden messages towards the life that you are living right now.

  1. Boxes – Disappointment, secrecy and mystery
  • If you see a box in your dream then there is a secret that your subconscious is trying to reveal. An empty box means that there are disappointments while a box being opened means that you have a will to open up your secrets to others.
  1. Falling – Worry, loss of control and risk
  •  The feeling of falling in your sleep means that there is a chance that you are losing control and has a fear of failure.
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  1. Cats – Power, Feminity and Spirituality
  • It means strength, the subconscious gives hints that there is a connection in the spirituality.
  1. Teeth – Health, aging and appearance
  •  Getting a tooth out means that you fear getting old and aging. Be sure to live your life to the fullest.
  1. Ants – Irritability, support and hardwork
  •  It symbolizes connection and strong relationship towards the loved ones. There are others who is pressuring you and trying to cuse problems in your daily life.
  1. Hair – Freedom, sexuality and marital status
  • It gives you an idea on how you should express yourself towards your partner.
  1. Water – Uncertainty, ambition and risk
  • It means that you are a risk-taker and that you are willing to get opportunities if there are chances.
  1. Flying – Positivity, courage and freedom
  • It means that you are making a big decision in life and has a optimistic view in life.
  1. Roads – Simplicity, fate and travel
  • This means that you are fond of travelling and that you needed to achieve your long-term goals and desires.
  1. Mud – Unrest, immobility and growth
  • There might be something that is worrying you or the feeling that you are stuck in a situation. It is the time to keep moving. 
  1. Green Color – Passion, love and healing
  •  When a color green appeared in your dreams in just means that you are contented and perfectly happy with your life
  1. In public without clothes on – Acceptance, assessment and vulnerability
  •  It means that you are willing to accept what others tell about you. You are vulnerable.

Are You Worried? Are You Miserable? Here's The Buddhist Way To Cure!

Worries and miseries are twin evils that go hand in hand. They co-exist in this world. If you feel worried, you are miserable! If you are miserable, you are worried. We must face facts. Although we cannot run away from them, we must not let these twin evils of worry and misery overcome us. We must overcome them. We can do so by our own human efforts, correctly directed with determination and patience. With proper understanding and carefully applied intelligence, we should be able to subdue our emotional feelings and do away with worries and miseries.

Egoistic feelings
Our worries are of our own making. We create them in our own minds, through our inability or failure to understand and appreciate fully our egoistic feelings and our inflated and false values. If only we could see things in their proper perspective we would realise that nothing is permanent in this world and that our own egoistic self is a wild imagination running riot in our untrained mind. We have to go a long way to find the remedy to eradicate our worries and miseries. We must cultivate our minds and hearts to forget about self and to be of service to humanity. This is one of the means whereby we can find real peace and happiness.

Mundane world
Worry and fear are quite natural in life. No one is free from these unfortunate states of the mind as long as one’s mind remains in this mundane world. MTF
One who does not like to have worries and fears must try to purify oneself and attain perfection; hence if one was wise enough, one could make up one’s mind and subdue worries and fears by realising the nature of life.
Many people have longings, fears and anxieties which they have not learnt to sublimate and are ashamed to admit them even to themselves. But these unwholesome emotions have some force. No matter how they may try to bottle them up, they seek a release by disrupting the body resulting in chronic illnesses. All these can be repelled by correct methods of meditation or mental culture, because an untrained mind is the main cause of such worries.

The Buddha says: “Your sorrow is caused by your own actions, arising from your own ignorance. I will teach you how to remove that sorrow for yourself. But you must work to gain it.” Therefore, your strong will-power plays a great role to overcome your worries. Again, the Buddha says: “From attachment springs grief, from attachment springs fear: for him who is free from attachment, there is no grief much less fear.” Here, too much of attachment to different things in this world is another main reason for worries and fears. Further, the Buddha advises us: “Let us guard the doors of the senses. Let us be restrained in our eating. Let us vow ourselves to earnestness and arm ourselves with an intelligence clean and unclouded and be free from miseries. Here it clearly shows that there is a method
for us to adopt to be free from all these unfortunate worries, miseries and fears.
You may blame others for your worries but others cannot create worries in your mind if you know how to guard your mind.
They may create troubles but you can face them bravely if you are wise enough.

Whenever you have worries in your mind, do not show your sulky face to each and every person you come across.
You can reveal your worries only to those who really could help you. How nice it would be if you could maintain your smiling face in spite of all the difficulties confronting you.
This is not very difficult if only you really try.
Many teenagers worry too much when their friendship with the opposite sex is lost.
They often plan even to commit suicide compelled by the plight of frustration and disappointment. Some find place in lunatic asylums. Many broken hearted youths lead miserable lives. All these unfortunate events take place due to lack of understanding of the real nature of life.
Somehow or other, departure or separation is unavoidable. This may happen at any stage of life. When such things happen, one must try to find the cause of it. However, if the separation is beyond control, one must have the courage to bear it by realising the nature of life. But on the other hand, it is not difficult for anyone to find new friends, to fill the vacuum if one really wants to.
May all have the wisdom to realise the Four Noble Truths, preached by the Fully Awakened One.

Drink Lemon Juice Instead Of Pills If You Have One Of These 8 Problems

Lemon juice is an amazing natural remedy that can prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, indigestion, fever, constipation and improve the quality of your hair, skin and teeth thanks to its flavonoid content. According to the American Urological Association, lemon juice or lemonade form urinary citrates that can prevent the formation of crystals and eliminate kidney stones.
8 problems that lemon juice solves:

Weight loss
Lemon juice can support weight loss according to a recent research. The pectin found in lemons is a fiber that helps you burn fat easier.
Skin problems
Lemons contain antioxidants which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, blemishes and acne scars. They will also detoxify your blood and improve the quality of your skin.

Lemon juice and water is a powerful detoxifier and can be used for various cleanses, detoxes, renewals, etc.
Bowel movements
The pectin content in lemons will stimulate bowel movements and clean your colon. Lemon juice is also a natural anti-bacterial agent.
Imbalanced pH
Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning will reset your pH and make it alkaline, even besides the fact that lemon is an acidic fruit.
Digestive issues
Lemon juice stimulates bile production in that way improving your digestion.
Bacterial overgrowth
Lemons can help you stop bacterial overgrowth in the body.
Inflammation and pain
Lemon juice helps relieve pain and inflammation in the joints and knees. It can dissolve the uric acid in the joints and prevent gout.

6 Steps to Effortless Meditation Success!

Below are 6 of the most common complaints regarding meditation.
I’ve outlined them briefly, as well as effective solutions for each.
Modify these to fit your personal experiences and situations – take what works for you, and leave the rest for another time.

1. I’m Experiencing Restlessness/I Can’t Relax…What Do I Do?
If you work all day in an office or cubicle, your body is naturally going to “unwind and unfold”. As soon as your brain starts sending it signals that it’s time to meditate, things can get wonky!
You’re quite literally “shifting gears”, just like any other piece of machinery. Your biological machinery is not dissimilar!
The key here is to use this to your advantage – especially in Vipassana meditation – by bringing your focus and attention to the very areas which are distracting you.
A large part of Vipassana is the focusing of conscious energy on bodily sensations as they arise, slowly recognizing that they are all occurring in the present moment.
Everything that’s happening right now is trying to show you that everything can only happen right now.
This is one of the higher lessons of Vipassana meditation!
Take note of “how” and “where” it “feels”.
Allow your focus to fill those areas – be it your feet, hands, legs, shoulders – like water filling a glass.
Your consciousness takes the shape of its container…
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2. Why Can’t I Find a Comfortable Sitting Posture?!
There’s no “right way” to sit for meditation. The only “right way” is the way which works for you.
For myself personally, I always use the traditional Zazen style of seated meditation. You’ve seen it millions of times; it’s the stereotypical “sitting monk” posture:

Zazen isn’t the only posture, however! There are countless other variations and positions:
Once you’ve identified a comfortable enough position to begin with – you can always fine-tune it to your own preferences.
I tend to favor positions where I don’t feel like I’m spending the majority of my energy trying to get comfortable; that’s the entire point of finding a good posture.
You essentially want a position that allows you to feel as weightless as possible.
Because of this, I typically start off my clients and students in the Zazen position, and then ask them how they think it could be improved.

3. I’m Having Issues Steadying My Thoughts/Stopping Runaway Thinking/I Can’t Stop Thinking!
The secret here is two-fold:
  1. Stop resisting your thoughts! Let them pass by the screen of your consciousness with zero judgement
  2. Continue observing your thoughts as they “cross your mind” – just like sheep jumping over a fence.
Your thoughts are just as much a part of meditation as anything else!
Part of meditation is learning how to relate to our thinking in new and exciting ways.
This is how self-transformation occurs!
A large misconception regarding meditation practices is that they involve silence and stillness exclusively.
A large portion of becoming aware to the subtleties of our thinking, is learning to work with the natural calmness and serenity your still mind exhibits.
At first, your mind won’t like “the lack of noise” – and this is all part of it!
This is how you begin gaining access to your conscious core – the True You.
Meditation teaches you to stop resisting what’s already happening – a prerequisite for understanding the true nature of reality, your place in it, and how much power you truly have to influence your external world – via balancing and mastering your inner.
This is the goal and wisdom of Vipassana meditation – my primary style of teaching and methodology.

4. I Keep Spacing Out! Now What?!
This is a sign that your focus is slipping, and it’s time to switch it up a bit.
There’s a reason you’re slipping; but what is it?
It could be your posture, the temperature in the room, your clothing, etc.
I always suggest posture adjustment first and foremost, as many of us don’t realize how awkwardly we’re truly sitting!
The main thing to direct your focus to whenever you “get lost” in meditation is your breathing.
Establishing a steady rhythm acts as a self-directing metronome; YOU are that metronome!
ALWAYS return to your breathing whenever your mind and focus begin to wander; this is the first true test of your mastery of self-remembrance!

5. I’m Noticing Some Emotional Vulnerability Surfacing…Now What?
NOW we’re getting to the good stuff!
Emotional turbulence during meditation can be due to a variety of things.
Most often, it’s your conscious mind and filters relaxing enough, so that portions of your subconscious mind begin permeating through.
This is ultimately what you want.
I know it sounds scary and counterintuitive, but those subconscious layers are where all of your behavior and belief blocks are hiding!
When we bring them to the surface – no matter how temporarily uncomfortable – we’re reclaiming our personal power.
Those uneasy emotions are stepping stones to higher states of fulfillment, in disguise as temporary discomfort.
Solution? The sooner you move through these, the less severe they will become.
Like ripping off a bandaid, this can be both uncomfortable, and induce a state of over-thinking – the exact opposite of what meditation teaches!
This is also the step where people of all skill sets, backgrounds, and life experience have the most trouble.

6. I Don’t Have The Time to Meditate! Where Do I Start?!
Another common complaint. With our busy lives and schedules, how are we supposed to find time to meditate during the day?
The solution? You don’t. You don’t “find” time to meditate during the day.
You must CREATE time and space for yourself.
The simplest and most effective way to do this is to begin meditating 15 minutes upon waking, and 15 minutes before bed.
From there, you’ll gradually develop a better sense of how to work it in with your current routine.
You’ll also have a very good idea of which areas meditation improves for you, in regards to the way you’re currently living your days.

Yes, even on weekends.
Now, WHY the hell would I do this to myself?!
Conclusion: Meditation is The Gateway Back to Your True Self
The answer: because early morning meditation out on my deck (with the rising sun) affords me more fulfillment and genuine happiness and contentment than 90% of the “goals and tasks” I work on afterward.
Meditation is my career.
Unveiling more of my True Self  is my only “job”.
Everything else flows and arises as a natural consequence of this. This article is one of those consequences.
It’s a secret, and now you know it. Without meditation and tapping into the higher portions of myself, none of my content would even exist.
It’s about connecting to the True You, and learning to live with the consequences of that.
Meditation teaches acceptance, letting go, and discernment – all of which ironically yield massive rewards just by their virtue of being a constant in your life experience.
When you stop worrying about the details of things, you will start seeing things in a brand new way. Entering a state of allowance will transform your life both on the inner and outer planes.
Meditation is the gateway back to your True Self; it all begins and ends with you.
The question is – which “You” are you tapping into next?


10 Ways To Transform From A Negative To A Positive Thinker

Negative thoughts can become a vice on our lives and affect the way in which we experience life’s events. Learning how to think positively instead of negatively can be hard, especially if one has never been taught to do so. However, becoming someone who sees the best in everything can lead to new experiences and a healthier existence.

Be Grateful

Learning to be grateful for all you have in life is fundamental to becoming a positive thinker. If you are reading this you most likely have access to a computer, Internet, A LIFE! Be grateful for others who are there for you and for all the things that you are appreciative of in life. Everything you have is a privilege in life; treat it that way.

Eliminate Drama

Starting drama is a nasty characteristic to carry. Eliminating drama from your life starts from ditching the people who start drama about everything and everyone under the sun. Even if they are not starting drama about you they are increasing the risk of turning you into a drama starter as well. Eliminate these people and influences from your life because you should be rejoicing in happiness and gratitude, not silly drama.

Surround Yourself With Supportive People

Ditching drama filled people from your life goes along with surrounding yourself with supportive people. You know who is a bad influence on your life and who is not. Your friends are either there for you or not. Choose the people you let into your life wisely.
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Take Responsibility

Transitioning to thinking more positively than before starts with taking the initiative to do so. You have to want to be happier. You also have to take responsibility for the things that sometimes go wrong in your life and make the decision that YOU can change it for the better.

Be Kind

Be nice to others. It’s that simple. Being kind to others will generate positive feelings for you and the person you are being kind to. Everybody is a winner in this situation. Being kind is to be a good person and there is no better way to think and live positively.

Set Aside “You” Time

Sometimes we need time to just slow down and become absorbed within our own thoughts. Whether this is through meditation, yoga, music, going for a walk, fishing, etc… we can all benefit from sometime to escape reality and become lost within our own train of thoughts.

Have Fun

An obvious way to eliminate negative thinking is to have fun. Having fun leads to laughter, excitement, and enjoyment. As long as no one is getting harmed in the process live it up and have fun, it is why we are all here in the first place.

Learn To Forgive

It takes a strong person to give forgiveness for something. It also isn’t worth your time to dwell on what is already done. What’s done is done and in the past and that’s where it deserves to remain. Giving forgiveness can be hard to conquer but if done so it will allow you to move on from your mistakes as well as others. Happiness and positive thinking cannot be achieved or improved if we are holding on to what was done in the past.

Thinking The Glass Is Half Full (Not Half Empty)

Whatever happens in life (within reason) treat it as being for the better and not for the worse. If you are having a bad day, flip your thought process to what has happened that day that was good. This technique is simply learning how to become optimistic. Thinking optimistically is thinking positively. Not every situation in life allows for us to think optimistically. Life comes with hardship from time to time. However, the majority of day-to-day events can be treated with this type of thinking.

Stop Over thinking

Getting over-absorbed within our fast paced lives can sometimes lead us to over think our current state instead of seeing the grand scheme of things. If you go through a funk in life and it seems like you can’t fight your way out, keep fighting. Hard work and determination will prevail in the end. As long as you are doing something to improve yourself for the better don’t spend energy worrying about what is to come. Think positively, live in the moment, but try not to over think too much.

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