Lessons People

4 Essences of Human Nature How to Become Greater Version of Yourself

August 21, 2016
4 Essences of Human Nature How to Become Greater Version of Yourself

How to become a better version of yourself?

There are many skills that you can train yourself in order to become a better version of yourself.

In order to maximize your potential you must first understand that as a human being you consist of several “layers”.

This is knowledge that has been passed through generations from the times of Plato, Zoroaster and Buddha.

And scientifically speaking, it makes sense too.

Basically, every human have four basic cores:

  • Physical – this is your body, with which you interact with the world;
  • Mental – this is your mind, which you use to understand your place in the universe;
  • Emotional – this inner core allows you to feel emotions;
  • Spiritual – and finally the core of eternal soul.

These four cores are what make you as whole living and feeling human being.

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Practices

10 Insanely Easy Practices to Increase Your Well Being

August 28, 2016
10 Insanely Easy Practices to Increase Your Well Being

There are many ways to improve your inner well-being. On my journey of life I’ve discovered that your mind and emotions have a direct connection on your physical health.

In this article I compiled a list of top ten things that can indirectly increase you inner and outer well-being.

Check them out:

  • OM mantra chanting. The original mantra for meditation used by Buddhist monks, signifies the cycle of the universe; birth, death and rebirth. Om hummed at a low frequency during meditation is said to give a harmonic oneness with your surroundings and a deeper resonance with the universe, to be at peace with self.
  • This trait signifies intelligence and social assertiveness. Laughter releases endorphins: “the feel good drug”, which also strengthens the immune system. Try laughing at least once a day and the benefits will be more than you ever know!
  • Show Gratitude. Gratitude is being appreciative, thankful and be willing to show kindness. Acting like this every day will help you to become more appreciative of yourself and others. Showing gratitude attracts a positive energy towards you – why not try doing it every day?

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Practices Skills

How to Practice Mindfulness and What Is its Benefits

September 1, 2016
How to Practice Mindfulness and What Is its Benefits

Mindfulness is the act of being aware of your surrounding and thoughts. Practicing the art of being mindful has several benefits. It is a very useful tool to make a wide range of improvements to one’s life and overall wellbeing.

In simple terms mindfulness is the act of being aware of things that one usually isn’t aware of. Everyday routines that are normally done on auto-pilot are now being watched under a conscious view.

Being more self aware carry several benefits, imagine being more aware of your emotions and being able to better grasp and understand the way you’re feeling.

This will lead to increased control of mood swings and overall enjoyment of life. This also relieves emotional stress as you are more comfortable with how you are feeling.

Other benefits include improved sleeping, self-esteem boost and improved concentration. Being mindful makes you a lot more concentrated, because you are practicing to be more aware of everything: your surroundings, other people and yourself.

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Lessons Skills

The Power of Affirmations

November 23, 2016
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Too many people ignore the power that our minds have over our lives. Most people think that it doesn’t matter what we think, as long as our actions are good. And to a degree, that’s true! But the problem is that our thought patterns can make it much harder to accomplish what we want to in life.

For example, if you have a really hard test, telling yourself constantly that you will fail will more than likely cause you to fail the test. Telling yourself that you will pass may not guarantee that you pass, but it will more than likely increase your odds of passing the test!

And that is the power of affirmations. Affirmations are simple statements that allow you to organize your life around certain structures. For example, you might say “I WILL make at least a 95% on my next test.”

Let’s break down that statement. First, you are giving yourself a very specific and measurable goal. Saying “95%” is better than saying “I want a good grade” because “good grades” are not quite as measurable.

Also, you say “I WILL” instead of “I want to.” If you say that you want to do something, you give yourself subconscious room to NOT accomplish your goal. Something you will learn about affirmations is that it is important to phrase it carefully.

Affirmations are a way to basically hypnotize yourself into doing something. Have you ever seen an add so many times, and then you go to the store and see that product and buy it because it’s the one you recognize?

Affirmations work the same way. When you repeat something often enough to yourself, you will start to believe yourself. It works for negative things, like telling yourself that you’ll fail, but it also works for positive affirmations as well!

Affirmations don’t work just by themselves; you have to take action as well. Affirmations allow you to orient your life around different objectives, but you still have to take action!

You can’t sit around and wait. I wanted to learn to ski, so I told myself I would learn. After that, I bought some skis from Winter Badass, and started taking some lessons. I had to take action!

Remember this: affirmation is the tool, not the solution. If nothing is happening and you keep affirming, ask yourself if you are really taking action. Affirmations alone never helped a single person. No one. Affirmations help you focus on something you really want.

If you affirm what you want and become obsessed, you will start to see opportunities everywhere for accomplishing your goal.

If your goal is to learn to ski, you will start to notice places around you offering lessons or the best ski boots 2017; then you can start taking action to accomplish your objectives!

Now, affirm with me: “I WILL start using affirmations to accomplish my goals!”

See? If you take action you’re already halfway there!

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Study Tips & Tricks

5 Simple Tips to Create the Perfect Study Space

October 3, 2016
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Having a study space or corner is not only for students. In fact, everyone, regardless of age, needs to have a space where they can train their mind, where they can study.

Some people think that since they’ve already finished school or are already working, they don’t anymore need to study. But this is completely wrong.

The truth is that life is a never-ending learning process. It’s a journey towards self-development. Every day we encounter new things, lessons and experiences. And all of these are sources of life lessons.

However, these lessons are useless if we don’t process them. This is the reason why everyone needs to have a study space within their home, or even their workplace, where they can assimilate these lessons. This space should be dedicated towards developing oneself.

Below are some tips on how to keep your study space more effective.

  1. Keep your study space organized.

A clutter-free space makes it easier for the brain to assimilate new lessons. Make sure to keep your study room tidy. It doesn’t matter where your study space is located, what’s important is to keep this space organized and clean.

You don’t even need to spend a day to do this. To minimize clutter, you can perhaps place a crate, box or a pallet collar – go check http://kronuscollars.com/ to see what I’m talking about. You can store any item inside these storage options (old books, hobby accessories, crafts, etc.)

  1. Minimize distractions in the study room.

Completely eliminating distractions can be quite impossible, especially in our digital age. The nearest thing you can do is to minimize the use of it during your study session. While studying, make sure to put your digital device and gadgets on silent mode. You need to focus towards your lessons and leave the rest of the world outside.

Another common source of distraction, clutter can adversely affect your study sessions. It would surely help to keep things organized. A simple way to do this is to have pallet collars on standby, especially for storing your bulky items.

  1. Use timer.

Avoid wasting time during study sessions by using a timer. You can schedule short study sessions and break-time in between. Make a schedule but be sure to follow it. Moreover, this would also help avoid spending too much time on study sessions.

  1. Write out your goals and display it.

Setting goals is essential – not just in school but also in life. Your goal gives you direction and motivation. Write out these goals and display them on the wall of your study room. Aside from providing inspiration and encouragement, these wall posters can also be turned into design elements. I’ve seen some very artistic wall arts that display inspiring and motivational quotes. Having defined goals is vital to your success in whatever academic endeavor you’re pursuing.

  1. Add fun and creativity.

Make your session a fun place by adding some creative design elements. Perhaps, you can post motivational posters or colorful pictures or your awards. You might also want to follow a theme for your study space. This would surely help keep the ambiance lighter and more inspiring.

Incorporating these tips to your study room can help make your next study session a lot more productive and efficient.

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Exercising Hiking

5 Exercises To Help You Shape Up For Your Next Trek!

October 2, 2016
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For many people, one of the entries in their bucket list is to climb the peak of a mountain. This is a lofty goal that many would love to achieve in their lifetime.

And surely, there are a lot of things that you can learn about life as you trek towards the peak. The experience that you gain as you climb can have a profound impact in your journey towards self-discovery. Once you are on top, it gives you much pride and a source of inspiration.

But even before you train your eyes towards your lofty goal, you have to go through physical training for the trek. The training is an essential part of the entire experience.

Sure, you can trek any mountain with nothing but a pocket of determination and a song in your mind. But you’re surely in for a shock.

Without physical training or at least a good level of fitness, you might find trekking to be quite a challenge. The cost of trekking is paid in sweat. Aching muscles and painful limbs are your symbols of honor. The reward? Some of the world’s stunning, pristine and untouched sceneries.

But you can make the experience a lot easier and more enjoyable if you invest time on pre-trip training. I’m not saying that you need to train like a tri-athlete to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro; you just need to prepare and train for the hike. And to help you shape up for your next trip, we’ve come up with this list of simple exercises.

  1. Walk.

This one is quite obvious – the best way to prepare for your trek is to embark on daily long walks. You can start small and gradually build up to prepare your body for the length of the trek. During the first week, you can do walks every other day, but as the date nears and as you improve, you can do long walks each day. It is recommended that you are able to walk comfortably for at least 6 hours.

  1. Leg workout.

While long walks are still the best exercise, you can also explore other leg-based cardio workout. Sports like football, soccer and swimming are all perfect, but for a faster muscle building, you try cycling. Full body work outs like mixed martial arts are also great for shaping up, but for this exercise, you would need to invest in martial arts gears like those found on this review site. Do various exercises to

  1. Walk right.

It might seem unusual but some people do walk the wrong way. This wouldn’t matter if you’re just walking around your office, but when your trekking 3 miles of hilly terrain, any wrong stride or step can lead to sore calves and feet. Train the right way of walking. Make sure that the heel touches the ground first then roll on your toe which you use to move for your next step. Walking the right way can help prevent painful tendon pulls and shin splints. Your body should also be aligned – head up and not slouching forward.

  1. Train on different terrain.

Remember that you’ll be hiking on a rugged terrain and not on flat, level surface. Go to a nearby hill to try and mimic the terrain of your destination. Read about the terrain of the mountain or hill you plan to trek and attempt to recreate these conditions. This should prepare your feet, knees, calves and ankles for the kind of stress it will sustain on the escapade.

  1. Carry a backpack.

Carry a backpack while training. Keep it stuffed with solid weight to make it more challenging. Do this every day to train your body muscles for the actual trek. This will help make the eventual trek feel like a breeze.

There you have it! Do these five simple exercises daily several weeks before your trek and you’ll surely find the hike just like a walk in the park!

Music Skills Tips & Tricks

10 Success Tips For Musicians That You’ll Only Read Here

October 1, 2016
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Being in the music industry is not easy, whether it is in the mainstream or just the local music scene. The music business is not for the faint of heart, nor for the thin-skinned.

Oftentimes, things are not rosy for artists and musicians. It’s not uncommon to see some artists lose their love for the craft or feel depressed. Many opt to leave music.

But always remember that for many artists, it is destiny that brings you to music. You are here for a purpose. Your music is a gift of the universe to mankind. You have to share it. Perhaps, your music can inspire someone in some distant place.

Maintaining a high spirit, remaining fixed to your goal, and keeping the same enthusiasm are an essential trait if you want to thrive in the music business. Here I have come up with some simple tips that every new artist or musician would surely find helpful in maintaining high spirits while navigating through the challenges of the music business.

  1. Continuously improve your musical gift by learning and discovering new things every day. It should give you a sense of growth and motivation.
  2. Share your knowledge to others by teaching, volunteering, and collaborating with others, especially new artists. This gives you a sense of satisfaction and purpose. For instance if you’re into wind instruments, you can train spend some time with a  local orchestra to teach them or probably write a review site about musical instruments like WindPlays.com.
  3. Stay positive and stay clear from negativity. People who are envious, unhappy, manipulative and arrogant – keep them to a minimum. Their negative thoughts can be infectious.
  4. Stay fit and healthy. Do some physical activities on your off-days. Try any sports, running or biking.
  5. Know how to enjoy. Partying is good but too much is not. Always maintain your restraint.
  6. Keep your bills in check. The music business is often not a stable source of income, especially for new artists and musicians. As much as possible, keep your finances to the minimum and avoid debts.
  7. Keep your living space clean and orderly. After spending long hours in gigs or practice sessions, all you need is a place to rest. Getting enough rest and relaxation is essential for every artist.
  8. Spend quality time with your family and close friends. Expect a lot of challenges as you go through the music industry. Having the full support and the empowering love of your significant others will surely be helpful.
  9. Take time to be in the outdoors. It should help you appreciate the world – and life itself. Go to the beach or a nearby natural reserve.
  10. Set your goals and be pro-active. Do what you can do now and don’t wait for things to come your way.

Last, and perhaps the most important tip, is to always be yourself! Don’t let the music business change who you are. Remember that your music is a reflection of your person – and that’s what makes it unique!

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Music Practices

5 Signs That Tell You: Stop Practicing Now!

September 30, 2016

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. This post goes out to all musicians, wannabe-musicians, and to practically anyone who’s dying into practice routines.

Despite how much you enjoy sunbathing, eating burger, or even physical training, doing too much of any of these activities can be bad for your health.

The same is true with practice. While some subscribe to the saying: “Practice makes perfect”, overworking yourself in practice sessions is never healthy and can even lead to burnout.

I’ve been in the same shoe. For quite some time, I was addicted with playing drums. I started out reading about how to choose the right drum at Barking Drum, watched tutorial videos at YouTube, and soon found myself addicted to the beat of the drum. I trained for hours, beating my drum day in and day out.

For several weeks I enjoyed drums but in just a snap, I found the same experience un-motivating, irritating, and tiring. It was too late for me to realize that I have been a victim of burnout syndrome.

While it’s true that practice does help, too much of it can wear you out physically and mentally sooner rather than later. Spending hours doing repeated, high-intensity practice is formula for burnout syndrome. You might just notice your overall performance declining after some time.

Avoid falling into burnout. Spot these 5 classic signs that say you’re practicing too hard.

  1. Feelings of being down.

You might be training so hard when begin to lose that same level of satisfaction and joy in music. When music begins to turn into melancholy instead of enjoyment, don’t wait for it to further weaken your spirit and love for music.

  1. An urge to train harder.

When you begin to feel the need to over-practice to perform better, you better give yourself a break or you are doom for burnout. It is normal to try new, more difficult tasks but pushing yourself too hard could be more harmful than beneficial.

  1. Difficulty recovering

You’ve probably played bad on your last gig, recital or performance. That’s perfectly fine. But if you begin to dwell heavily on that negative emotion, then something is wrong. Take a look at your training schedule and ask yourself: are you practicing more than necessary?

  1. Declining quality of music

This one often goes unnoticed, and most of the time, it would push you to practice even harder. Practice might seem to be the most logical solution, but it’s quite the contrary. Usually, an obvious poor music quality is a sign that you have reached the tipping point and that your performance may be on a decline. If you are faced in such a dilemma, you might benefit from having a creative hiatus.

  1. Developing faulty coping mechanisms

When I was still obsessively playing the drums, I didn’t notice that I have been frequently drum review sites, reading magazine and at times compulsively buying drum accessories that I really didn’t need. I hardly realized that I was already developing some faulty coping mechanisms. Often than not, the tendency to practice harder is just a coping mechanism. If not carefully managed, it can take you to a spiral down and make things difficult.

For musicians, practice should be directed towards improving your craft. But if practice sessions make you hate the same craft that you love, then it becomes counter-productive, self-destructive.

If you starting to experience any sign of burnout, go yell at yourself: Stop! Do some things that you might find satisfaction and enjoyment. Leave your craft for now and get back when you’ve got your creative and musical zest back!

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Experience Motivation

Go Experience the World! Confront Your Fears!

September 29, 2016
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Most people are afraid to try new things. I couldn’t blame them.

The fear of the unknown is an instinct inherent to human nature. It’s part of self-preservation that is deeply embedded on any living creature.

We get into patterns, routines and grooves that are less threatening and more comfortable. That’s fine. After all, creating a comfort zone reduces stress and keeps us sane. But this instinctual nature can also hold you back.

At times, fear of trying new experiences can take toll on your development. Confronting the fear of the unknown and stepping out of your comfort zones can give you valuable life lessons.

Here are some reasons why you should step out and explore!

  1. New experiences help you grow as a person.

You learn new lessons when you try new experiences. Many people hesitate to try new things because they are afraid to commit mistakes. But what if you succeed?

Whether you fail or succeed, what is important is that you learn new life lessons and you broaden your perspective. And these lessons are what would make you grow as a person.

Try a life changing experience that you’ve never tried before. Go on a hunting trip to the Sahara desert, but for that you might need to take a look at the latest air rifle models at http://riflejudge.com/; go skydiving in some remote Southeast Asian country; immerse into a local tribe. Be bold! Conquer the world!

  1. New challenges increase your creativity.

When confronted with new challenges, your brain is forced to work differently to solve your problems. These are opportunities to enhance your creativity. Again, don’t be afraid to fail. On the contrary, mistakes can even push you harder towards your goal. Remember that no great mind ever invented the best inventions without failing.

Studies have shown that stepping outside of your comfort zone pushes you to work harder towards reaching your peak performance. Having a little anxiety and stress is actually a good thing as it pumps up your adrenaline.

  1. New experiences improve your self-esteem.

Talk to someone who has just completed his/her ever first bungee jump or sky dive or surf stand, he or she certainly feels the king of the world. Conquering new challenges and experiences puts a feather in your cap. The experience can make you feel a little taller and more self-assured. I’m not telling you to go and try extreme adventures, but taking risks and conquering them can make you feel better. Every risk-taking decision is always a life-changing experience.

  1. New things keep you young.

We have the tendency to always play things safe and stay within our comfort zone. As a result, we become stuck. Constantly following the same routine over and over again can make you feel older. It can make your mental capability decline over time.

Participating in new experiences and learning new things can help keep your brain younger and your body more physically fit. Don’t be afraid to take risk and step outside your comfort zone! Keep your heart healthy and your brain younger!

Memory

Memory: Is It Really What We Think It Is?

September 21, 2016
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We’ve all had the experience of remembering a certain embarrassment or failure that we feel so strongly about that we give a little shiver of disgust just thinking about it.

Our memories about our past have a very strong hold on us, and sometime have the potential to hold us back from doing really great things in life.

Today I want to unpack some common myths about our memories, and some tips that can help you think about memory in a new way. The biggest sign of strength in a person is the ability to get away from their past and move towards the future.

Our Memories Play Tricks Sometimes

Think about that one memory that makes you shiver in disgust every time it crosses your mind. Doesn’t it make that situation feel awful?

What if I told you your memories about that event are flawed or false? There is research that suggests that our memories change what actually happened into a different version in our heads.

Your memory likely did not happen in the same way that you imagine it. Studies have shown that the longer ago the event happened, the less likely you are to remember it correctly. Your memories change with time… So relax! That time that you spilled lemonade all over the clothes of the girl that you really liked in 3rd grade likely was not quite as bad as your memory suggests!

Our Memories and Emotions Are Connected

Our memories and our emotions are closely tied together; often, just thinking about one bad memory will trigger a rush of similar memories. This flood just keeps on coming until we are thoroughly bummed out about our day, our life, our romantic chances, and anything that we have our ego tied up in.

Why does this happen? Well, our minds tend to lump everything similar together into the same package. Triggering one memory means that we often “dislodge” several similar memories.

For example if you are on the web buying an amazing piano, you might start thinking about what music you have been listening to, your favorite artists, what concerts you like… And then get back on track later on. Your mind just wanders wherever it wants to.

Your negative memories work like this too; the moment you start thinking negatively you tend to run into a bunch more negative memories of the same kind. The best course of action, just like learning a new instrument or researching the best piano options, like on a page like this one, is to practice. Every time a negative emotion crosses your mind, know that if you don’t do something it will get out of control quickly.

Immediately engage your mind in something else. Do something active, start a new train of thought; anything to make sure that your mind does not go crazy. It is difficult at first, but worth it to learn how to control your emotions.

Start by writing down things you are grateful for; it sounds trite but it really does change your brain chemistry because you are learning to look for solutions, not problems. This way of thinking has the potential to change your LIFE, but you have to apply it!

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