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Happy New Year to all my dear friends! May all of your wishes come true this year! May this year be filled with Prosperity and Happiness! Love and best wishes :)

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Thanks +Neelam Sharma!

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21 Soothing Practices For Deep Relaxation
#5. Meditation, The Single Most Powerful Relaxation Practice
“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are.” – Ani Pema Chodron

Meditation is a research-proven way to let go of stress and even reduce or alleviate physical symptoms that are a result of stress and tension.

This is related to the deep breathing that we covered before and the simplest meditation is mindfully following the breath.

“You begin by letting thoughts flow and watching them. The very observation slows down the mind till it stops altogether. Once the mind is quiet, keep it quiet. Don’t get bored with peace, be in it, go deeper into it.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj

Sit in silence in your favorite meditation spot and get rid of all distractions.

Then simply sit in silence and become mindful of your breath and your thoughts.

As thoughts come rushing in, do not fight them.

Instead become aware of them and gently release them.

“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”― Jiddu Krishnamurti

The goal is not to eliminate thoughts but to not allow them to linger in your mind. As you categorize thoughts, become aware of them, you are allowing them to be released as they come forth in your consciousness.

This non-clinging or non-attachment to thoughts is a great beginning meditation practice.

“The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

#6. Walking in Nature, A Deeply Relaxing Practice
“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”― Thich Nhat Hanh

Walking in nature has a wonderful and calming effect on the mind and the spirit. You do not have to walk in a forest to access the benefits of the power of nature.

You can:

Do some gardening in your yard.
Tend to some house plants.
Take a stroll in a park with greenery.
Go to a scenic place and take the scenic route to get there.
Take a walking meeting.

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21 Soothing Practices For Deep Relaxation
#1. Deep Breathing, A Simple But Effective Relaxation Technique

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Stepping into Freedom

One of the least used relaxation techniques is deep breathing.

Breathe slow and deep. Instead of shallow chest breaths, switch to slow and deep belly breathing.

Sit still and become comfortable in your meditation spot with the back straight.

Place one hand on your belly and breathe in slow and deep till the hand on the belly rises up.

After you allow the abdomen to fill up, breathe out through the nose or through the mouth. Do what feels natural and comfortable to you.

Another variation is this is to become mindful of your in-breath and out-breath. Once you become better at deep breathing, You can also attach a phrase with the breath that the monk Thich Naht Hahn suggests.

“I would like to offer one short poem you can recite from time to time, while breathing and smiling. Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment. ‘Breathing in, I calm my body.’ This line is like drinking a glass of ice water-you feel the cold, the freshness, permeate your body. When I breathe in and recite this line, I actually feel the breathing calming my body, calming my mind. ‘Breathing out, I smile.’ You know the effect of a smile. A smile can relax hundreds of muscles in your face, and relax your nervous system. A smile makes you master of yourself. That is why the Buddhas and the bodhisattvas are always smiling. When you smile, you realize the wonder of the smile.”― Thich Nhat Hahn, Being Peace

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7 Amazing Insights That Engineers Can Teach us About Creativity

“I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.” ― Elon Musk

The contribution of engineers in our society is vast. From the electronics that we use to the quality of life that we enjoy, nothing remains untouched by the minds of engineers.

But often, we see engineering described as an analytical and logic-based subject.

We do not see it as being creative. The first image that comes to your mind of a creative person may be an artist, a sculptor, or a writer.

But engineers are creative too and they have a lot to teach us about the art of being creative.

What can engineers teach us about being creative in our lives?

“The engineer is a mediator between the philosopher and the working mechanic and, like an interpreter between two foreigners must understand the language of both, hence the absolute necessity of possessing both practical and theoretical knowledge.”― Henry Palmer

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Thanks +Kurt Smith!
It’s really hard sometimes to have a conversation. This list is full of ideas that can help you have a great conversation. My favorites are #2, 4 and 10, as they really help one to have a positive, balanced conversation no matter how awkward or tricky the subject may be. What are your favorites?

#communication #conversation #saturday #kurtstips


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