This Is The Best Morning Ritual: 3 Secrets From Research – Barking Up The Wrong Tree

So what does a morning ritual need to contain to put you in the right frame of mind to be productive? And happy? (Yeah, happy is important. This is a “morning ritual”, not a “mourning ritual.”) Just remember PCO:

  • Purpose
  • Control
  • Optimism

Why these three? What do they do? How do you turn these three nouns into a Tyrannosaur of a morning ritual that will make the Earth tremble at your approach?

What does the research say the best morning ritual consists of? Here’s what studies and experts conclude about starting a productive, happy day.

Source: This Is The Best Morning Ritual: 3 Secrets From Research – Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Can Science Explain Who We Are by Deepak Chopra – YouTube

7 Questions To Ask Before Starting A New Life Chapter – The Daily Positive

Can you imagine watching the same movie day after day? That would get boring. Now think about watching yourself as…Continue Reading

Source: 7 Questions To Ask Before Starting A New Life Chapter – The Daily Positive

7 Daily Rituals To Improve Mental Health

Our mental health is an important part of our daily lives, but with our fast-paced, hectic schedules, it can be hard to find the time to take care of ourselves and maintain our mental health. If your life doesn’t lend itself to extended vacations for relaxation or yoga retreats, here are seven daily rituals you can incorporate into even the busiest day to give yourself a break and help improve your mental health:

See more at: http://thedailypositive.com/7-daily-rituals-improve-mental-health/#sthash.nNsf1Ba1.dpuf

 

The Path of Fearlessness

Fears stop us from building healthy and productive habits. Fears cause us to procrastinate, keep us from finding work that is meaningful (or doing that work if we’ve found it). Fears keep us from finding friends or connecting with people on a deeper level. Fears keep us from being happy in each moment.

Underlying all of those fears are a few key fears:

  • Fear of failure or being unprepared
  • Fear of uncertainty
  • Fear of being inadequate or being rejected

What would our lives be like if we didn’t have fear holding us back?

Read more about the Path of Fearlessness here:

Turn Toward the Problem

Let’s take away that power, and shine a little light on the problem. Allow ourselves to feel the pain, to feel the fear and still take action. To begin the healing. To begin to create something new and amazing from the ills that have been hiding in the dark.

Turn toward the problem and you turn it into something beautiful.

– From Zen Habits “Turn Toward the Problem” 

An incredibly inspiring post courtesy of Zen Habits!

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion… or you shall learn nothing.”

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion… or you shall learn nothing.”

-Thomas H. Huxley

As each day passes, we are exposed more and more to new experiences. These experiences happen before our senses, and we in turn look outwards to them from the knowledge and history of experiences which have passed. In essence, we project our previous experiences onto new experiences.

Likewise, when we process these experiences, they often fall into the familiar ways of thinking that we are accustomed to. We take what we have learned, seen, heard, experienced, and use this to understand the world around us. Sometimes when there is something new, we will in the blanks with the old in an effort to make sense.

This is all perfectly natural.

But the quote by Huxley raises a very interesting point that we should consider: how do we process new experiences? Are we ever truly able to observe things from an objective standpoint? Can we ever remove the glasses and eyes that we form our way of looking at the world?

Huxley proposes that in light of new facts, that we should sit down as a child, who has not had many years of experience reinforcing their world view. In short, we should be open to new facts and new experiences in of themselves. There is much that can be gained by simply stopping for a moment, and allowing ourselves to understand HOW we are looking at a new experience through our previous lenses. Understanding can allow us to pause for a moment before we can begin to open our mind to the new-ness of what is before us.

To truly learn, maybe we have to momentarily forget everything that we know so that we don’t inadvertently fill in holes with our own knowledge, and instead let that new learning fill in those holes by themselves…