** MEDITATION **
Over the years I have always been a come and go kind of meditator. But recently I have committed to doing this practice each and every day. For me I find it easiest to meditate once I get into bed before going off to sleep at night. The mornings with getting everyone sorted for the day just don’t seem to work for us at the moment.
So when I do meditate I use this fantastic FREE app called Insight Timer. It is available for both Android and IOS. There are literally thousands and thousands of different mind exercises to choose from, all FREE!
Quick facts about meditation:
? Meditation is the deliberate focusing of attention to bring about feelings of calm and heightened energy and awareness.
? Regular meditation offers many health benefits, such as reduced stress and anxiety.
? There are many different ways to meditate, such as using a mantra, looking at an object, or focusing on the breath. It can be done sitting still or moving around while maintaining self-awareness.
Everyone is so varied and your reasons for meditating vary too, so each person will be drawn to something different.
? What are YOUR favourite meditation tracks? ?
Link to the app here: https://insighttimer.com/
We are starting off our blog with a piece on Gratitude, we hope you enjoy.
Last night my husband and I went to a Parenting Insights event for Telethon here in Perth.
One of the many points raised was the impact that gratitude can have on a person. So today I have done a little more looking into this and thought I would share what I’ve found.
?? What is Gratitude? ??
Everyone has times when they feel aware of being thankful for a person or a situation. These moments give us a good feeling that we call ‘gratitude’.
?? Benefits of Gratitude ??
Research has shown that people with high levels of gratitude experience a whole bunch of benefits, so it’s a great idea to increase your own.
? Well Being – Expressing your thanks can really improve your overall sense of well-being: studies show that grateful people are more agreeable, more open, and less neurotic (McCullough et al., 2002; McCullough, Tsang, & Emmons, 2004; Wood, Maltby, Gillett, Linley, & Joseph, 2008; Wood, Maltby, Stewart, Linley et al., 2008)
? Relationships – Gratitude is also a powerful tool for strengthening interpersonal relationships. People who express their gratitude tend to be more willing to forgive others and less narcissistic (DeShea, 2003; Farwell & Wohlwend-Lloyd, 1998).
? Optimism – Dr. Emmons and Dr. McCullough have done extensive research into the effects of gratitude practices. In one study in 2003 they found that after 10 weeks, the people who had focused on gratitude in their lives, showed significantly more optimism in many areas of their lives, including health and exercise.
? Stronger Self Control – Self Control helps us to be disciplined and focused and to persist with what is subjectively the most important for our long term well being
? Better Health – The feeling of appreciation when we are grateful, helps us to have healthier minds and with that healthier bodies.
I hope this has been of interest for you to read through and I think it’s a change all of us can work on. Gratitude challenge accepted