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Created to help you unlock deeper meaning & stronger connection in daily life through meditation, insight, and action
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How do you talk about money? Do you speak about it openly? What kind of language do you use when you talk about money — is it mostly negative, mostly positive, or balanced? As we grow up, we absorb impressions from everyone around us. And many of us integrate an understanding of money that holds us back in later life. For example, you might subconsciously learn that money is bad, or that it’s greedy to want money, or that people like you don’t earn much money. The way the adults around you talked about money when you were a kid probably still influences how you think about money today. Subtle things like secrecy between parents regarding their spending; justification of purchases; and negative phrases about money all get into our minds and stick with us. You can change the way you feel about money to welcome it into your life more easily. Start with this question: how much do you truly want to earn?
DE-STRESS: How To Let Go

DE-STRESS: How To Let Go

2019-07-1800:01:58

How are you feeling right now? What one word describes your emotions about the day ahead. We hope you’re feeling ready; calm; maybe even excited. But if your feelings are low or you’re anticipating challenges or anxiety today, take a moment right now to let that go. Take a deep breath in and breathe in that feeling. Breathe it deep into your body. And then hold the breath for a few seconds; holding that feeling inside.Then exhale and let that feeling go. Breathe it out. Expel all of the air from your body — and as the air leaves, so does the feeling. You can do today. You’ve got this - and we’re rooting for you.
SLEEP: Common Myth BUSTED!

SLEEP: Common Myth BUSTED!

2019-07-1300:01:47

The largest global sleep study ever undertaken included 10,000 participants aged from 18 to 100. Analyzing data from people of such different ages allowed researchers to bust a common sleep myth: that sleep is less important for your brain function as you get older. Ever heard someone say that they need less sleep than they used to because they’re over 50, or over 60? It’s not true. The study found no difference whatsoever in the effect that sleep disruption, too much sleep, or lack of sleep, had on cognitive performance across ages. Sleeping too little or sleeping too much affects the way your brain works no matter how old you are. A regular sleep routine isn’t only important for teenagers and people in their early 20s. It’s ALWAYS important.
Where are you? Notice.Notice the ground beneath your feet. The walls or the space around you. Allow your eyes to blur a little and become aware of colors and shapes within your field of vision. And then focus your eyes and notice distinct objects; notice details. Become aware of a leaf on the ground or a mark on the wall and concentrate on it for a moment.Become aware of the textures you can feel against your skin. The sounds you can hear close to you, and further away. Notice how the space around you smells — subtle scents or stronger ones. Notice your breath. The gentle movement of your spine with each inhale and exhale. You are here. You are present. Notice.
MIND: Do This Each Day!

MIND: Do This Each Day!

2019-07-1200:02:02

DAILY INSIGHT Earlier this week we talked about using stories, and the power of your imagination, to help you fall asleep happily. You can also use your storytelling skills to improve your state of mind at any other time. We all have stories on repeat; those negative stories that keep us small (like that story about that person who said you weren’t good at coloring in when you were 5, which irrationally reaffirms the limiting belief that you’re bad at art…etc.); and those positive stories that make us feel good. DAILY ACTION Create a new positive story for yourself today. You don’t have to wait for other people to create them for you. Start at the end: how do you want to feel? And work backwards. What would make you feel like that? What has made you feel like that in the past? How did you do that thing? What does the fact that you DID that thing prove about what you’re capable of? Write a story — either based on real life events, or completely within your imagination — that makes you feel the feelings you most want to feel. Be empowered to create those emotions for yourself.
Different intensity of exercise has a different effect on the brain. Extensive research over the course of decades has shown that physical exercise causes functional and structural changes in the human brain — which massively benefit cognitive function and overall wellbeing. But a relatively new discovery by Chang and Etnier illuminates an interesting difference. High intensity exercise increases the speed of information processing — so you can absorb and interpret external input faster, in the short term. And moderate intensity exercise improves the performance of memory and cognitive flexibility; allowing you to store and recall memories more easily.
Neuroscientist and social psychologist Matthew Lieberman writes that close relationships are essential in order for a person to thrive in life. But those close relationships and intimate connections are more and more absent for many of us. 

In the words of Aristotle, “Man is by nature a social animal…anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.”According to Lieberman, the primary purpose of the human brain is social thinking. Animals with complex social lives have the largest brains. Elephants have big brains, and we humans have the largest brain relative to body of any animal. Scientists like Lieberman argue that this is no coincidence; our brains are big because we need to connect deeply with other beings.
In the early stages of a new career, many people get stuck in a cycle of needing to gain experience, but not yet having enough experience to get the jobs or projects that will give them that experience. You can’t get the job because you don’t have the experience. But you can’t gain the experience if you don’t get the job. To counter this, talent expert Jason Shen encourages you to highlight your ability, not your experience. He argues that hiring systems that only value experience miss out on a wealth of fresh, untapped talent. He suggests expanding your search beyond the conventional channels; look for work in unlikely places. Increasingly, young and progressive companies are hiring based on portfolios rather than resumes. Because they know that experience does not always guarantee talent — but passion and solid work samples do.
What winds you up? What thought or what kind of experiences make you feel tense, stressed, frustrated or even angry? Understanding the root of intense emotions is key to managing them skillfully. You don’t have to suppress or hide your emotions. Instead, recognize their roots and allow yourself to be good at dealing with them. So today we give you this mantra: I am becoming highly skilled at managing my emotions. 

You are developing your skill every day so that you can remain steady no matter what is going on around you or within you. This skill will cultivate resilience — because you know you are capable of recovering from anything.
How’s your sleep? The hormone melatonin is naturally produced in the body as a response to darkness, and is crucial for regulating sleep. If you’re exposed to high levels of light for many hours each day — for example, if you work long hours in front of a screen or spend your evenings in a brightly lit environment — then you could become deficient in melatonin. This causes trouble getting to sleep, or disrupted sleep; and sometimes leads to chronic insomnia. The first solution is always in altering elements of your lifestyle. But if you have adjusted your light exposure and put effort into creating a healthy sleep routine but you’re still struggling to sleep, you could try taking a melatonin supplement. The hormone signals to the body that it’s time to prepare for sleep, so boosting your levels of melatonin might help you to fall asleep more easily or to stay asleep for longer.
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