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Mind Exercises

Oct 13, 2018

Do you often feel that you are drained emotionally and mentally? Are you unable to focus on your tasks? Do you often forget about where you left things? Perhaps a few mind exercises can help sort you out! Try testing your recall memory by making a list of things to do, or a grocery list – and memorize it. After an hour or more, try to recall the items. This is a great way to stimulate your mental energy. If you love music, learn to play an instrument. It is a known fact that learning something new or complex for a span of time can help the aging mind. Not into instruments? How about cooking, or learning a new language! It’s possible! You can also try counting in your head rather than on your fingers!

When children are young, they play many games to improve their mental abilities through mind exercises – word games, memory games, strategy games. It is important to practice these things even as we grow. It is now an accepted fact that even video games improve our mental reflexes. So take so time out to game once in a while! Or if you want something a little more quiet, why not try painting, yoga, gold, or knitting. Your mind is a powerful tool when it is trained in the right way. Pick out your favorite mind exercises and try to keep your mind just as active as your body!

The power of expectations and positive thinking

Oct 13, 2018

For centuries, humans have believed in the power of the mind over body. Our families and friends always tell us to ‘be positive’ and there is a reason behind it. Staying positive and having happy thoughts not only keeps you refreshed and inspired through your days and nights. It also enable others around you to absorb your positive energy. So where do expectations come into play? When you are always expecting the worst to happen, you are edgy, you are stressed and you drown in worry constantly.

You are always defensive because you think you need to prepare for the worst. While focusing on the negative, you allow the true beauty of life to pass you by.

Moments that could have made you happy are completely overlooked because you are only staring at the single problem in front of you. When you have positive expectations, you take things lightly and you learn to improvise when things get rough. When you expect the best to happen, you bring out the best in yourself and allow time for being in the ‘here’ and ‘now’, rather than fluttering away to a stressful moment that doesn’t actually exist.

If you expect to not get a job when you step in for an interview, you will most likely not get that job. If you expect that you can do your best in order to get the job, you will most probably get your dream job, provided you have the talent and experience to back you up. Expectations shouldn’t be too far fetched. You can’t wake up today expecting to buy a plane in the evening. But you can expect to visit a friend or two, complete a goal you’ve been working on for days, or perhaps win a competition that means a lot to you!

While you set expectations, make sure they are realistic and more importantly, make sure that they are positive. People always tell you to expect the unexpected. Let the unexpected be something that makes you happy in life. Believe in yourself, and watch the world change around you.

The Buddhist Philosophy of calmness

Calmness is a state of mind that is devoid of agitation, excitement or disturbance. The Buddhist philosophy advocated ‘mindful’ living for attaining wellness and calmness. Here are a few things that can help us practise calmness in the mad rush of this world:

Letting Go: Buddhism asserts that the primary source of all suffering is attachment to negative emotions like fear, anger and hate. Having a non-judgemental outlook towards life and people helps greatly in this regard. Just let the negative feelings go and restores our ability to see clearly.

Living in the moment: Nothing can be done about the past and the future is not known. Now – the present moment- is all that we have and we should be immersing our mind only in this moment. Whatever little things you are doing, be completely and mindfully present in that moment.

Take it slow: Do not surrender to the mad rush of the world. Take you own sweet time to do little things like drinking coffee or cooking. Forget multi-tasking and concentrate on just one task at a time and put your whole mind to it. This deliberate choice of slowing down will enhance your appreciation of life and bring calmness to you.

Cultivating understanding and compassion: Buddhism teaches us to have a good understanding of our own selves and the world around us. Harbouring feeling of compassion towards others and submerging feelings of hatred or anger is sure to calm your mind.

What causes lack of motivation?

You bulging belly makes you cringe but you cannot find the motivation to hit the gym. You know you do better by starting your own business rather than being in service, but you do not know how that will happen. Motivation is a thing that we constantly seek to achieve greater things in life and become our better selves. But what causes lack of it? Here are a few answers:

Fear of failure: Perhaps the biggest hindrance in being motivated is the fear of failure. Most of us are taught from childhood to be perfectionists. Failures and mistakes make us feel flawed. In order to achieve great things, readiness to take on failures is crucial.

Low self esteem: People with low self esteem think that they do not deserve success. They make half-hearted attempts at everything and procrastination is their habit. They cannot find motivation in anything and in fact try to run away from it.

Habit of procrastination: This habit of procrastinating things and activities for future is another cause of lack of motivation. Procrastination may be because of depression, low self esteem or fear of failure.

Depression: Depression is the new age disease that is cause of several underlying problems. Lack of interest in activities is a common cause of depression and people with depression do not want to do absolutely anything. Treatment of depression is possible and it brings about sea changes in productivity and motivation.

Chronic people pleasing: If you are busy pleasing people all the time, you will have no time for yourself, your thoughts or your dreams. Motivation will vanish from your plan of things. One must be vary of individual needs and try to balance their needs with that of other people.

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