Spirituality

9 Practical Meditation Tips

My meditative practice is with out the most loving and compassionate thing I have ever done for myself. Through my practice I stopped using dangerous and harmful drugs, I stopped being depressed and not genuine.

The benefits I experience to this day are more than I can list here. Science has caught on the the power of meditation and started to dissect the method to understand it better.


Meditation can be hard to get started. There can be the overwhelming fear of 'am I doing this right?', and 'I'm not strong enough to stop my mind or smart enough to make this work'. With all great tasks, you start with small obstacles, gaining experience and confidence. Below are some ways to beat the usual hang ups people experience while trying to practice.

Set A Minimum For Time Seated

Start low and keep it so for about three months. You can always go over the minimum, but keeping the base level low, we can set goals that we stick to. I would recommend two to three minutes at first. After three to four months, feel free to bump it up as small increment, five to seven minutes.

Count And Connect With Your Breath

I always start my practice by counting my breath. It gets your brain to start focusing and reveals how active your subconscious mind is. You can count your breath however you like, but it is recommended to never go over ten. After you count the breaths you start over. Continuing to count past ten splinters your focus.

Try To Not Get Frustrated

Not really the greatest sounding advice, this is hard to do at first. Meditation and other mindfulness exercises, are part of your spiritual PRACTICE. There is no perfection, only progress. the trends for you mindful and focused you are will flux (sometimes very dramatically) as it progresses. For months you will be calm, content and aware, then one day you can't count to three without thinking of ducks.

Establish A Time And Stick To It

In the morning, at night, right after work, try to find a consistent time that you practice.This pattern helps you not only track your progress more thoroughly, but also a set time helps ensure that you stick to it. If you plan to meditate 'whenever you have time' then you are likely to stop practicing or do it terribly inconsistently.

Don't Worry About 'Clearing Your Mind'

Actively resisting and trying to suppress unwanted formations only make them more powerful. Thoughts are powered in part by attention. The more you try to not think of elephants, the wider the array of elephants you see. Especially when you first start, you seem to find yourself sitting in the middle of a mental or emotional maelstrom.

Smile to the storm, smile to yourself, acknowledge any pains or desires. Smile compassionately and release all formations (I release on my exhales). You may have to do this a couple times per stubborn formations. It won't immediately disappear but immediately you will notice a lifting of 'weight' and an expansion of perspective.

Commit And Simplify

The 'how' of mediation requires experience, knowledge and spiritual discipline. At first try to simplify your goals and just meditate. Don't get caught up trying to keep a textbook styled progress, or spending more times nit picking cushions or whatever. How you still isn't the most important thing about your practice at first. You can sit in a chair, on the floor, cross legged, on your knees or whatever feels right. You aren't a monk (yet).

After a couple of sessions you will start to understand more and find what works for you. If you sit on a chair, keep in mind you are trying to be still, so no rocking chairs. Make sure your soles are connected to the Earth firmly.

Find Or Develop A Community

The Buddhists call a spiritual community a sangha. These are like minded people that are searching for answers the same as you. Together, you all can support, teach, celebrate and strengthen each other. Look around at your local community centers, yoga studios, mindfulness centers and things of that nature. Go forth with an honest, open mind.

Try A Guided Meditation

You can find these at mindfulness centers, local community centers, yoga studios, temples, and schools. If you want to try something in the comfort of your home there are many podcasts and streaming videos that offer a guiding voice to boost your session.

Smile!!

A lot of concentration and discipline goes into meditation. While it is a labor of love, we can scrunch our faces up and silently express negativity without meaning to. Don't be afraid to physically smile! You shouldn't try to smile the entire time as you want your face muscles to be relaxed but smile every often to 'reset' your face. I do this out of practice as well to combat my RBF.



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Twins Born Just Minutes Apart End Up Born in Two Different Years

It's as confusing as it sounds

You probably are confused by the title of this story but we assure you, you read it right. This is the story of how two twins who were born just moments apart ended up in two different years. It happens quite often actually and you'll understand once we reveal how. Ot's just a question of timing, much of which is outside anyone's control.

If you've already figured it out, then you likely have a great perspective. If you're still confused, don't worry, we're about to explain everything. And no, there's no time travel involved.

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Just A Matter Of Minutes

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Perhaps the most interesting factor in life is that all it takes for a drastic life change is just a moment. This can be good or bad. In a moment you can lose everything, say the wrong thing, or trip and fall into a lifetime injury. But at the same time, our whole identity is created in moments, such as the moment of your first kiss, the last time you see someone you loved, or the moment you hold your newborn baby for the first time.

This set of twins was born within just minutes of each other. However despite being twins they were born on different days, different months, and even different years.

Did The Hospital Make A Mistake?

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Now it's easy to wonder: "how could this even happen?" Maybe in the heat of the moment, a staff member accidentally wrote the wrong date on the birth certificate or the system made an error.

But the situation was much simpler. What happened was that parents Fatima Madrigal and Robert Trujillo of Greenfield welcomed a son named Alfredo into the world on New Year’s Eve at 11:45 p.m, their local time. Now that part makes sense. What makes this story interesting is that exactly fifteen minutes later, another baby pushed out and the couple welcomed Alfredo’s twin sister Aylin. This put the time of her birth to be on New Year’s Day, a whole day, month, and year ahead of her brother's. Now he can always claim to be the oldest and no one can argue against it.

The Magic of A Unique Birth

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Thankfully both babies came out healthy, despite the complications that the birth of twins can sometimes face. Aylin was welcomed into the world at 5 lbs., 14 oz., while her big brother, Alfredo weighed 6 lbs., 1 oz. Even their parents were amazed that their children now had different years on their birth certificates. The mother explained: "It's crazy to me that they are twins and have different birthdays."

Although this might not be the first time this happens, twins with different birthdays are rare, and the chance of twins being born in different years is about one in 2 million. These babies defied the odds from the moment they came into the world, now they can take that with them for the rest of their lives.

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Imagine The Birthday Parties

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Dr. Ana Abril Arias, who oversaw the delivery said that it was certainly one of the most memorable deliveries of their career. It's interesting thinking about how the twins will lead their lives after they've made such a remarkable entrance.

Twins often feel like they are in competition with one another, in an attempt to build their own identity and feel unique. Now they can have birthday parties a day apart and really feel like, despite their connection as twins, they're both still unique individuals.

Twins Make For Only 3% Of American Births

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are typically 120,000 twin births every year in the United States. The births make up just over 3 percent of all births, however, which is a considerably small percentage. Their uniqueness allows them to tap into abilities that help them form really strong bonds. They sometimes can even tap into abilities that the average person can't access. For instance, 40% of twins invent their own languages, some even say that they can almost read each other's minds. This could be due to the fact that twins start interacting in the womb at 14 weeks.

However, they also hold their differences. In fact, Identical twins have different fingerprints and twins can even have completely different skin tones.

Stranger Things Can Happen

The year is just beginning and yet newborn babies made headlines within seconds of coming into this world. It puts into perspective how quickly someone's existence can make an impact, and how simple that impact can be. This year, ask yourself how you can make your mark, and watch its ripple effects.

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