Diets & Detoxes for The Mind

 

istock_000013485370smallYou’ve probably heard of the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, the raw diet, the juice diet, the low carb diet and hundreds of other diets.

Then there’s the juice detox, the cabbage soup detox, the raw detox, the 3 day detox the 15 day detox and hundred of other detoxes.

These days there is a big shift towards dieting and detoxing our bodies, and rightfully so, as they hoard toxins and pollutants which need to be eliminated.

But what about the mind?

Have you noticed that the mind also is a storage house for unwanted material? Do we ever consider doing a detox of the mind and clearing out the clutter and junk?

Think of it like going through your in box and removing all the spam, junk and unwanted emails.

We have between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts a day and 85% of them are recurring thoughts from the day before. We are constantly regurgitating the same thoughts over and over again. A lot of those thoughts are negative , self doubting and limiting thoughts that create tight restrictions around the life we are able to create.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do a daily detox to purify the mind and create some space to allow more creative positive thoughts to come through?

I do a detox of the mind twice a day. Once in the morning for 20 minutes and once in the afternoon for 20 minutes. During this detox I sit comfortably, in a quiet place where I won’t be disturbed, close my eyes, and for 20 minutes I repeat a very subtle primordial sound quietly inside my head.

The repetition of this sound quietens the mind and removes the clutter and chatter that clogs up the mind.

In that stillness of the mind, my consciousness connects with a deeper more profound level of awareness, one would say, the Source of thought… Pure Consciousness.

That subtle connection with that field is like dipping a cloth in some dye,  and the mind returns to the surface levels of active thought etched in the colour of that unlimited creative potential.

After this detox I feel refreshed, my mind is clear and I feel more aware and conscious. Its like I’ve deleted all the unwanted emails in my inbox.

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Do You Need Help Sleeping?

What happens when you lay your head down on your pillow each night? Do you struggle to fall asleep, tossing and turning in your bed and wondering what could be preventing you from sleeping? Perhaps you get up several times each night, feeling wide awake. Or maybe the slightest noise rouses you, to the point where you feel as though you’re not actually getting rest. Don’t you wish you could close your eyes and fall into a blissful sleep quickly all night long, then wake up feeling well-rested and rejuvenated in the morning? If you need help sleeping, you’re not alone.

Insomnia is a big problem in today’s society and it can occur for a short period of time (acute) or in repeated episodes throughout your life (chronic). Surprisingly enough, not being able to get sleep has nothing to do with whether or not you’re tired. In fact, insomnia can occur for no reason at all or it can result from mental and physical health problems such as:

• Stress
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Pain
• Cancer
• Arthritis
• Substance use/abuse
• Heartburn.

Life events can also have a profound impact on your body’s ability to get rest. Significant stressors including job loss, the breakup of a significant relationship, death, or even pressure to perform at college or in a job can cause acute insomnia, which can develop into a more serious, long-term problem if it persists for longer than three weeks. The cycle of insomnia is debilitating, often resulting in extreme fatigue during the day, as well as irritability, frustration, and mental disorganization when sleep does not come. The problem comes full circle when you feel additional stress in knowing that you won’t be able to fully rest.

Your mind can sometimes be the most significant roadblock in the way of your getting sleep. When your mind is stuck in this pattern of worry and anxiety, or over thinking, your body stops producing the hormones you need to rest and focuses instead on promoting hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which serve to keep you awake.

If you want to learn to overcome your brain’s natural response to stress in order to ensure a better night’s rest, you need to learn how to fully quiet your mind. This can be achieved through the practice of Stillness-centered meditation. When you strive for mental Stillness, you learn how to effectively filter out the many defeating or anxiety-inducing thoughts that enter your brain. You’re able to rise above to a level of calm that is blissful, and when you lie your head down on your pillow you’ll fall asleep within minutes.

Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep
Achieving adequate rest can be a difficult. If you need help sleeping the following tips can help you to get to sleep and stay asleep on a nightly basis.

• Keep a regular sleep schedule. Your body will naturally gravitate towards a regular cycle of between 6-9 hours of sleep per night. If you go to bed around the same time each night and set your alarm for the same time each morning you’re more likely to feel tired when it’s time to sleep and awake when it’s time to wake up. I’d recommend Getting to bed by 9.30pm, reading for 30 mins and then lights out by 10pm.

• Get enough exercise. Spending all day on a computer or sitting can leave you feeling restless and prevent you from getting sleep. When your body feels tired, you’re more likely to feel ready to rest – just remember not to exercise before bed.

• Avoid Caffeine. Caffeine doesn’t take away tiredness; it prevents you from sleeping. When you drink coffee or another type of caffeinated beverage, your body cannot shut down – you’re forced to remain awake. This means that you may very well still feel tired, but you’re not sleepy. People who claim that they can’t start their day without one or two cups of coffee are biologically addicted to the effects of caffeine. When they don’t get their fix they experience withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue. Caffeine has also been found to reduce sleep quality, making a person more tired in the long run.

• Reduce Technology. It’s hard to separate us from our phones and computers these days. It’s almost they have become an extra limb. However the use of technology especially prior to sleep time will have a stimulating effect on your nervous system and prevent a good night sleep. Shutting down the phones, computers and turning off the wifi around 9.30pm will improve your sleep.

• Practice Stillness. If you need help sleeping, the most significant thing you can do for yourself is learn how to actively quiet your mind. Stillness Sessions or meditation can enable you to overcome whatever stress you may be experiencing by calming your thoughts. When your mind gravitates away from worry, stress, and anxiety, you can experience the bodily restoration that only sleep can give you.

All these tips are spelt out in my book Faster Deeper Sleep which you can get sent straight to your email by clicking here.

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Build Self-Discipline in 10 Days

 

corporate_meditationWould you like to have the inner strength to rid yourself of bad habits, learn new skills, and develop and grow as a person? Self-discipline can help you make a plan and stick to it. Find out how to easily build self-discipline in 10 days with this simple plan:

Day 1: Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.
If you would like to build self-discipline, the first thing you need to do is identify the areas of your life which are lacking. Do you have a soft spot for greasy foods or a tendency to spend too much time on the couch and not enough outside? You need to recognize the improvements you would like to make before you can use self-discipline to implement a change.

Day 2: Take one step at a time.
Nobody is perfect. There might be more than one change you would like to make in your life. Nonetheless, you should focus your attention on one thing at a time instead of getting overambitious and addressing too many things at once.

Day 3: Get motivated.
Before you can become disciplined, you need to feel motivated to change. Make a list of all the reasons why you would like to make that change in your life. Will you be healthier, happier, or more productive? Will the change benefit anyone aside from you? Your motivation will increase with every reason you come up with.

Day 4: Make a plan.
It’s easy enough to understand that you need to make a change in your life, but how can you actually implement that change? While making a plan to change you should identify all possible areas of weakness – when will you have difficulty sticking to your plan or saying no? Practise dealing with those situations.

Day 5: Change your mind.
Your mind is the biggest obstacle you’ll face while trying to build self-discipline. You have to learn how to overcome how you feel at any given moment, something that can only be accomplished through mental Stillness. By practicing Stillness on a regular basis, you can filter out the negative emotions that cause you to want to give up on your goal.

Day 6: Make it public.
Studies have shown that people who tell others about their plans or goals to change are more likely to go through with them. Not only should your friends and family give you support as you strive for self-improvement, you’ll be more likely to stick to your guns if you know that other people are invested in the outcome.

Day 7: Start small.
As you move forward with implementing your plan to build self-discipline, recognize that making a long-term change doesn’t happen overnight. Going “cold turkey” with whatever change you would like to make is sometimes too extreme, and you’ll find you can’t keep it up for a long period of time.

Day 8: Empower yourself through change.
Every time you make a positive step towards building self-discipline, no matter how small, recognize how empowering it is. It feels good to make good choices for your life, and your family and friends will be proud of you when you do the right thing.

Day 9: Evaluate your progress.
After a little over a week, evaluate how you’re doing. What did you struggle with in the last eight days? What did you do well with? By taking an honest inventory of your progress, you can identify the areas you will need to improve in order to build your self-discipline.

Day 10: Reward yourself.
Remember to reward yourself when you make the right choice. Choose a reward that is in line with your goal to change, i.e. if you’re trying to cut out junk food, reward yourself with a “healthy” junk food substitute that you enjoy, such as flavored rice chips or sorbet instead of ice cream. It’s important that you recognize your own progress and give yourself credit for all that you do.

You can build self-discipline in 10 days! The ten steps above should strengthen your inner resolve, it can also help you develop the mental strength you’ll need to implement change and maintain self-discipline over the long-term. If you would like some assistance with self-discipline then the Empowerment Series is for you! Here you will receive 3 x 1 hour audios on living a life of purpose, manifesting abundance, and finding love. You will also receive a companion book for notes and three ebook versions of the audios. Click here to find out more.  


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How to Build Self Discipline in Five Easy Steps

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Having self-discipline means having the ability to choose what you know is right, regardless of what you may be feeling at any given moment. If you’ve recognized the need for a change in your life – perhaps you would like to quit smoking, or eat healthier, or spend less time checking your email and more with your kids – self-discipline is what you need to implement that change and stick with it. There will be times when you feel the pull to have a cigarette, or break with your diet, or check your inbox one more time instead of playing soccer with your daughter, but you have to train your mind to overcome those urges and say no to whatever bad habit you would like to get rid of.

You can learn how to build self-discipline by following these five simple steps:

1. Take stock for change.
Before you can use self-discipline, you have to want to make a change in your life. Take stock of all the areas of your life and identify which areas could use some improvement. Do you eat healthy and exercise regularly? Do you enjoy healthy relationships with your family members? Do you want to learn something new but haven’t put in the time? When you make an honest evaluation of your life you can see where you stand to grow. You know better than anyone else what is best for you, and this knowledge can help you to identify where you might be going wrong.

2. Bring your awareness to your goal.
When you have your goal in sight, you need to bring your mental awareness to that goal. By cultivating Stillness through meditation, you can address all of the worries and anxieties that might be resting in your mind. You need to actively dismiss those thoughts that are defeating or pessimistic in nature, and Stillness Sessions can help you to do so. When you quiet your mind through Stillness you can easily overcome your basic conditioning. The Stillness Movement is a shift towards mindfulness that will help you to build self-discipline.

3. Plan to Change.
Make a detailed plan with regards to your goal. Remember to include a contingency plan to get back on track in the case of a slip-up or lapse. Try to go over the various situations you’ll encounter while trying to go through with your plan. For instance if you’re trying to reduce the amount of junk food that you consume, you might ask yourself the following questions:
• What is my personal definition of junk food? Which foods do I typically eat that I know are unhealthy?
• How will I control whether or not these items enter my home?
• What will I do when someone offers me one of the junk food items?
• Who will offer me these items (friends, spouse, co-workers, family)? How will I respond to them?
• Who will I tell about my goal to eat healthier (remember the more people you tell, the more likely you’ll be to follow through on account of social pressure)?
• When do I typically feel unable to resist these items (i.e. after lunch, after work, at social events)
• What will I allow myself to eat in exchange?
• Will I give myself a day-off from eating healthy?

4. Implement your plan.
When it is time to put your plan into action, start exercising your self-discipline. Remember that you may slip up from time to time, but one or two instances of failure shouldn’t be reasoning to give up your goal. Think of how great you feel each time you follow through with your goal and try to remember that feeling in times of weakness. Give yourself credit when you deserve it and remain focused on your goal if you lapse in the implementation of your plan.

5. Re-evaluate.
After a few weeks, see how things are going. Through your Stillness practice you can once again bring your awareness to the fears that might be lurking in your mind. Perhaps you slipped up a few times – think about what happened when you gave in and how you can prevent it from happening again. And when you cultivate mental Stillness on a regular basis your self-discipline will increase until you’ll no longer have to ask how to build self-discipline – you’ll feel it.

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Five Quotes to Illustrate Your Purpose in Life

 

What is our purpose in life? Many people will ask themselves this question, but very few will actually realize the answer. When it comes to understanding why we are here, perhaps it’s best to learn from those who have gone before us. The following quotes are tidbits of inspiration to help you on your way to understanding and realizing your own individual purpose in life.

 

DREAMS

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

– James Dean

 

We all have dreams. Whether you aspire to run your own business, become a parent, or fight for human rights, you alone have the power to realize your dreams within your lifetime. If you want your life to feel worthwhile and ultimately purposeful, you need to think about what you want to accomplish and start working for it today, because who knows what tomorrow will bring.

PRODUCTIVITY & SUCCESS

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

– Swami Vivekanada

Living a purposeful life doesn’t necessarily mean being conventional in the traditional sense, but feeling as though you accomplished something you are proud of. If you are passionate about what you do, success will follow naturally.

You may have goals already, but until the time you learn how to become totally focused, you won’t be able to achieve them. You need to learn how to quiet your mind by limiting the number of distracting thoughts that enter your head – something that can be accomplished through mental Stillness. When you clear your mind, you instantaneously understand how to go about doing all the things you want to do, and you’ll feel purposeful in the meantime. Take some time to find out about the Stillness Effect to learn more.

BEAUTY

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind.”

– Ashley Smith

If you’re in tune with beauty, you will lead a beautiful life. We live in a world full to the brim with goodness. When you take the time to find joy in small places, you can come to understand the precious and fragile nature of life, and you can take your purpose from there. Whether or not you believe it, you’ve been blessed with so much. All you have to do is look around you to realize just how much you’ve been given.

LOVE

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

– Albert Einstein

 

If we’re not on this planet to love, then what? Love is powerful beyond belief. Just think of the special feeling you get when a friend makes you laugh, or how profoundly meaningful it is to become a parent and watch your children grow up and carry out their lives. The relationships we have while we’re here are the pinnacle of our purpose.

SUFFERING

“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”

– Alex Tan

It is not our purpose in life to suffer; still, suffering is an inevitable fact of our existence. No one person is spared from pain – not the wealthiest businessman, nor the world’s most famous celebrity. Broken relationships, death, job loss, illnesses both mental and physical, and loneliness are just a few of the afflictions that can befall us as we move through life. Learning how to cope with the difficult things that transpire is our challenge here on Earth.

Are you struggling to find your purpose in life? Let us help you find it in the Zen Academy. This is a leadership program that helps you find that powerful leader inside. This is what some members had to say about their time in Zen Academy:

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How To Build an Abundance Mentality

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This beautiful sanskrit phrase means “What we think we become”.

What is Abundance?
Abundance is that feeling you get when you are totally happy. It’s a no-worries, go with the flow, happy-go-lucky state of being. You know you feel abundance when you are actually grateful for your life and everything you have. The remarkable thing is that abundance is a way of living; it’s not reflective of what you have or don’t have. Moreover, it doesn’t mean you won’t face problems. Rather, the abundance mentality is a way of thinking and behaving that makes every obstacle you face more than manageable.

When you develop this attitude, you actually start to create and attract the kind of life you want. It’s based on the universal law of attraction; that is, if you are constantly positive you’ll also attract positive people, events, and actions. The premise is simple but the results are astounding.

The Elusive Abundance Mentality
But let’s be honest, does anyone actually have an abundance mentality? Maybe some grinning Buddhist monks? It’s only reasonable to wonder whether or not it’s actually possible to feel a sense of abundance all the time. After all, we all face problems and life will never be perfect. In fact, sometimes it’s downright disheartening.

The truth is that your mentality plays a huge role in how successful you are at overcoming whatever gets you down. When it comes to addressing your problems, the way you see things really does affect the outcome.If you have an unshakable belief in your ability to overcome, and if you act as though you’ve been blessed with abundance no matter what, you’ll be more likely to attract a solution.

The Stillness Movement
So how can a person develop this beneficial mentality? You have to learn how to change the underlying frequency of your being. Both your level of consciousness and your physiological makeup are involved in this transition – and you’ll go from feeling unlucky to feeling prosperous. It`s a shift that is accomplished through Stillness. In the act of meditation you will change how you feel as you transcend beyond the idea of your problems. In this stillness there is no longer right or wrong, good or bad. In this balanced state your feeling level changes. This in turn changes what you attract. We expand on this in great detail in the Empowerment Series. Here we have three one hour audios on Attracting Abundance, Living A Life Of Purpose and Finding Love. You can find out more about the Empowerment Series by clicking here .

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How To Find Some Silence In Your Day

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When was the last time you had a bit of peace and quiet? Do you crave a little silence and solitude every now and then?

We talk a lot.

We probably don’t even realise how much talking we do. From the time that we wake up with our partner, kids, flatmates then onto workmates in the office, friends at lunch, after work drinks, then home to more family chatting. It’s a lot of talking and noise.

I recently was in Bali speaking at a conference called Awesomeness Fest when I came across a top guy named Rodolfo. We had some great chats and he was telling me about how he only recently returned to speaking after taking a year off in silence. Yes, 12 months in total silence! Amazing isn’t it? He exuded a very calm and serene aura, as you’d expect. He said the silence was very empowering and revitalising, as he had conserved all that energy that is usually spent on talking.

It reminded me of Nyepi, a Balinese day of silence held once a year. On this day all of the Balinese retreat into their houses from 6am till 6am the next day. Even the airport closes for the day, which is remarkable. This day is strictly followed and the only people walking the streets are specific officers who make sure the prohibitions are adhered to.

Embracing some silence in our life is a powerful thing. It gives us time to internalise, to check in with ourselves and ask us some questions. It’s easy to get distracted and continually look externally by engaging with the world around us. But with silence, there is no escape. It’s just you and that big spacious void! You can’t hide there.

How do you think you’d go a year of silence, or even a day of silence?

Here’s the good news. To embrace some silence you don’t need to close that mouth of yours for a whole year or even a whole day. Setting aside a little bit of time each day for silence is a simple and powerful thing to do.  I set aside moments of silence each morning and evening. Just 20 minutes each session.  This time of silence and solitude becomes the foundation for my day. It’s the silence that the noise is built on. Through a very long-term regular daily practice of silence, we are able to experience a duality of silence as well as the noise of your thoughts, words and actions. This duality is called Cosmic Consciousness, whereby the background silence of Being is simultaneously experienced with the foreground noise of thoughts and words.

Cosmic Consciousness is like the surface fluctuations of the ocean blended in with the deep stillness of the ocean being experienced as One. Activity and inactivity together. Impermanent and permanent together. It’s a very liberating state of mind as you are able to rise in the stillness and silence even while you are engaged in the world. Sounds too good to be true I know but it does exist.

If you’d like to find out more about how to embrace gaps of silence in your day then you might like to explore Faster Deeper Bliss. This daily silent meditation is simple and powerful. You’ll receive daily guidance from me PLUS receive 37 support videos, ebooks,  and a yoga video! By the end of this course you will be totally trained in the art of meditation and living a more peaceful happier life. We receive testimonials like this below every day from all over the world.

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