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Cultivating the Habit of Stillness

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You have probably been around people who always seem to be in a rush. In fact, you may have been one of them at some point. But being busy all the time eventually takes its toll on you. You may increasingly feel frazzled, swamped, and likely stressed out. Knowing when to pause and soothe yourself can help you get through busy days without stressing yourself out. You can cultivate the Zen habit of stillness to regain your balance and equanimity amidst the busyness of life.

Two Ways of Cultivating Stillness

Stillness and the art of doing nothing are often perceived negatively. They are often associated with idleness or laziness. But nothing can be farther from the truth. Learning how to be still in a fast-pace environment is a form of self-care. It helps in maintaining your inner calm and balance so you can anything that life throws at you more effectively. You attain stillness by quieting your mind and body.

Meditation – Meditation is a cornerstone of many Zen habits. It is a powerful way of silencing the “monkey mind” as how Zen practitioners call the seemingly endless mental chatter. It is difficult to relax or fall asleep when your mind is busy thinking of so many things. Practicing how to still your mind allows you to get rid of unhelpful thoughts and enables you to achieve clarity in making decisions.

Keeping still – Your energy is not a limitless resource. You have to use it wisely and replenish it as quickly as you can. Being caught in the loop of busyness can be exhausting. Taking a pause from whatever it is that you are busy with is one way of stilling your body. Use the brief time not just to quiet yourself physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

Developing the Stillness Habit

Cultivating the stillness habit is not easy. You have to consistently practice it and make it part of your daily routines. The following are some strategies to help you develop the Zen habit of stillness and use it even while in the midst of stressful situations:

Begin the day by being still – Devote a few minutes to stillness before you officially start your day. Meditate, do breathing exercises, or simply be mindful while doing your normal activities.

Take a break – Pause or stop. Literally and figuratively. Schedule regular breaks for you to practice the stillness habit. It does not matter if you are neck-deep with responsibilities. Just stop, breathe, and be still. It is a great way to recharge instead of getting another strong dose of caffeine.

Be in the moment – Another great Zen life stress management technique is to be completely present in the moment. When you are in the now, you tend to focus on what is happening instead of the past or future. It helps in quieting down your “mind monkey”.

Mastering the Art of Silence

Many are uncomfortable with silence so much so that they fill the gaps with needless, empty chatter. But silence is a wonderful commodity, especially once you learn how to optimize it. It may seem difficult to find silence in the middle of chaos. But you do not have to add more noise to an already chaotic environment. Speak sparingly or if you only have something useful and meaningful to say. Otherwise, it is best to listen or step back to attain stillness.…

Taking a Minimalist Approach to Green Living

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Minimalism may be synonymous with simplicity. But becoming a minimalist may be far from simple, at least in the beginning. Depending on your lifestyle, making a switch to living with less may seem like a daunting project — one that many tried but failed to sustain over time.

But if you are thinking about making less of an impact on the environment as you used to, taking a minimalist approach may just be the way to go. Following the principles behind minimalism in art and design, minimalists opt for a pared-down lifestyle where one of the goals is not to accumulate but to keep as few possessions as possible. And in many ways, the habits that let minimalists enjoy a simple life are the same ones that help become better citizens of the planet. So if you are thinking of embracing a green lifestyle, doing some of the things minimalists do may just be a good way to start.

Buy less to reduce by building habits of recycling, reusing, or repairing the things you already own. Or you can consider borrowing what you can from family, friends, neighbors, and people in your community, if possible. Swapping items with others is also a great way to have something “new” without accumulating more.

Choose reusable over single-use items like non disposable plastic plates or glasses. Invest on a good quality to-go ware that you can use when ordering take-out food from fast-food chains and restaurants.

Focus on the essentials – not on what you think you need. You might be surprised by how short the list can be.…

How to Be A Simple Yet Successful Person

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Every people are unique in their own ways. Being simple is being unique. Well, simplicity is beauty, right?  Being a simple person can make you stand out.

Success is not always based on the money that you make, there’s something deeper than that.

Do you think you can live like a simple person? If not, that’s not a problem. Here’s how you can be a simple person!

Dress Simple

You don’t wanna brag you $1,000 Valentino Suits to the people, right?

Wear a simple dress. A comfortable shirt and jeans will do the work. But it depends on your style. Just wear the appropriate dress for appropriate occasions.

Solve Things the Easy Way

Can’t Solve It? Buy A New One! It’s Just That Simple. 😀

Don’t push yourself to something you will find difficult. If you can find an easier solution, do it. Don’t stress yourself and avoid overthinking. Find simple ways to make it easier for you to overcome obstacles in life.

Have a Positive Attitude

Communicating will be much easier if you have a good and positive attitude. A good attitude will help you get more connections. You’ll have a happier and simpler life when you have a good attitude.

Value Life

Don’t drink, smoke, or be a bad influence.

You’ll find life more enjoyable once you see its true value. Value comes from appreciation. Appreciating everything will cause you to live your life to the fullest. Appreciate even the small things and you’ll see how this can help you the best you can be.

Enjoy The Simple Things

It’s not about how expensive a thing is, it’s about the happiness it brings to you.

Don’t even bother eating Kobe Beef when you have a kerry cattle meat right in front of you. Something like that. Learn to appreciate the small things, you’ll never know when it will disappear.

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