Getting Started With Meditation for Beginners

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peace of mindMeditation is one of the fastest growing practices for developing a calm, centered state of mind. Though the practice has been around for thousands of years and is a major cornerstone of many Eastern philosophies, the Western world has only recently gotten up to speed.

Over the last few decades, there’s been an increasing amount of scientific research into the practices of meditation and mindfulness, and it is now clearly established that these practices have a number of excellent health benefits. In this post we’ll go through a few of them, as well as how to get started meditating.

How To Start Meditating

If you’re interested in getting started with meditation, the best advice we can offer is simply to get started! There are a number of free online meditation courses you can take advantage of, and there’s no end to the guided meditations and ample meditation music available for free on platforms like youtube. See for more information.

There’s no right or wrong way to get started, the trick is simply to try a few different approaches and see which ones you prefer. That’s probably the best advice I could give any new student: try a number of different styles. Many people try to meditate once or twice, feel like it “doesn’t work” and then get discouraged. By taking a more gentle approach, you can start to meditate without having any specific expectations about what should or should not happen.

Using free guided meditations will greatly help you with that. Here are some guided meditations from UCLA.

Health Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness

meditation thich nhat hanhThere is now a ton of scientific data on the benefits of meditation, so there’s no excuse for why you shouldn’t be taking advantage of this practice.

First and foremost, meditation has the ability to significantly reduce the amount of stress. It decreases your attachment to common triggers in your external environment, allowing you to step back and take a higher perspective. As you train your mind to remain calm, you then experience a chemical benefit in the brain.

This benefit passes through to many other areas of your health, and can drastically reduce the chances of developing chronic diseases, ranging from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Another important benefit of meditation is that it helps to increase your ability to focus. As you train yourself to quiet your mind, you develop more conscious control over your thinking process. This makes you less prone to distractions and you can learn to direct this newfound focus to be more productive at any task you choose, whether that means accomplishing more at work or home.

Finally, meditation has been shown to increase your overall sense of peace, happiness, and well-being. Individuals who develop a consistent practice of meditation are consistently less likely to develop depression, and will recover from negative events more easily than those who don’t.

No matter how you look at it, this is now an essential practice that everyone should incorporate into their daily routines!

American Sniper: The True Story of an American Hero

chris kyleAmerican Sniper is the true story of one of the greatest American heroes of the 21st century, and perhaps the best, most lethal sniper in all of US military history.

The story tells how Chris Kyle volunteers for the Navy Seals and is trained as a sniper, due to his excellence at shooting that he developed as a child growing up on a ranch with his father.

Kyle goes on 4 tours in Iraq and boasts over 120 kills. The exact number of kills is unconfirmed, but many estimate it to be between 140 and 150, making him the most effective and most lethal sniper in history.

Though he survives his 4 tours to Iraq, Kyle struggles to keep his family together, and is tragically killed while volunteering to help other veterans readjust to society.

The novel was subsequently adapted into a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper. You can watch the trailer below for more information and to get a glimpse of the film.

This is truly one of the most powerful and heroic stories of modern history, and the American Sniper books does an excellent job of narrating the events of this man’s life and military career. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in military history or the events of the Iraq War.

Listen to the mp3 of Chris Kyle’s book from Free Audiobook Guide, or click here to get the movie from iTunes.

The Best Jazz Album for the Holidays

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to take a minute to share one of my all time favorite jazz holiday albums, An Oscar Peterson Christmas.

This album is pure genius by the legendary and virtuosic pianist Oscar Peterson, as he takes you through an incredible tour of some of the classic Christmas and holday tunes.

Take a listen with this great compilation video I pulled from youtube. Hope you enjoy, and wishing you a Happy Holidays!

Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Picketty

Have an interest in economics? If so, then Capital in the 21st Century is probably a good book for you to check out.

This epic, modern study of economics, written by French economist Thomas Picketty, is one of the best layman’s books on economics to come out in the last several decades.

Picketty takes a holistic approach to the study of economics, and chides American academics for attempting to isolate the field to focus only on obscure mathematical formulas, without including references to other contemporaneous events, like socio-political conditions that can give rise to the economic trends of one’s age.

Taking this approach, Picketty is able to come up with a unique and quite interesting perspective on why our economy functions the way it does, and what that means for the future.

Don’t let the description of the book as a “layman’s work” imply it is toned down, however. He deals with a number of very complex topics, but explains them in a clear and concise manner.

Watch the video below for a glimpse into Picketty’s philosophies with this TED Talk.

All The Light We Cannot See Book Review

Have you read All The Light We Cannot See yet?

In this review, we take a deep dive into one of the most popular books of 2015. Learn why this novel has taken the world by storm, and get the basics on what happens (don’t worry, there’s no spoiler alert needed!) so that you can figure out if this is a good choice for you to read!

Watch the video below for the more detailed review!

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