You probably have heard the term “mindfulness” thrown around quite a lot lately. But it’s not something new – mindfulness actually stems from an ancient Buddhist practice, but did not reach mainstream notoriety in the U.S. until the 1970s when psychologists and psychiatrists began studying its therapeutic applications. Mindfulness is not (necessarily) a religious practice, a fad, or new-age bullshit. The mindfulness movement has been around for some time, but it’s really gained traction in the last decade due to our digital lives. We are living in a state of constant distraction — whether it’s your CNN newsfeed, constant bombardment of emails, or the social pressure to like an acquaintance’s photo when he or she posts on Instagram. Mindfulness practice is about being aware of your current surroundings, feelings, and thoughts as they are at this moment. You’re not thinking about something you said to someone via text last night; you’re not longing for 6 o’clock to come; you’re experiencing the moment you are living in without judgment or criticism. Want to know how is mindfulness defined? Read on. Read more
Do you know how much time you spend at your computer? If you’re anything like me, then you spend about 4 hours per day on average staring at your computer. While it might not sound that high, think about it in terms of your life.: 4 hours is 1/6 of the day — that’s basically saying you spend 1/6 of your life with a computer. That’s a lot of time. This scared me a bit, so I decided to try to optimize that time. By making my interactions with my computer more efficient, saving a few seconds here and there, and extrapolated over long periods, my time savings becomes significant — save hours each week. Here are a few tips you can implement immediately: Read more
If you’re like most people these days, you feel constantly overwhelmed and underproductive. Maybe it’s your job or income, or your relationships, or maybe you don’t know what it is. You know you are capable, but something isn’t working for you. The answer is personal excellence: living your life to the best of your ability.