These 8 foods Will Help You Learn How To Become Mindful With Ease!

Wouldn't it be nice to make being mindful as easy as possible. After all, we all know the benefits of becoming mindful, from increased mental clarity to a reduction of phobias and stress. But by changing your diet to include the following foods, your mindfulness practice will be made a lot easier. You will gain clarity and presence sooner rather than later.

Here, we look at the top 8 foods that help you achieve mental clarity, concentration and your general emotional well-being. Adding some of the below to your diet will improve your mindfulness meditation sessions. See what you think;-)

Maca

Can help reduce stress and fatigue, and is also great in helping the blood flow to the brain, by providing amino acids, which also wards of low blood sugar.

Dark Chocolate

Eating a bit of Dark chocolate helps you to focus as it chocolate1contains Magnesium, and also helps release

Serotonin and endorphins, which helps improve your general well-being and mood. While it isn't recommended that you eat huge bars and scoff your face all day long (tempting though it may be…) we do recommend that you have a tiny bit here and there for good measure, as well as improve your focus abilities.

Spirulina

One of the greatest super-foods out there for maintaining your focus, but that is not all! While it contains Protein, Vitamin B12 and has Iron content, it helps make your general mood better as well as aid your digestion system and helping you reduce stress.

Leafy Greens

Foods such as Collards, Swiss Chard, Kale and Romaine all contain Magnesium, B Vitamins, Chlorophyll, Folic acid, Fibre and Iron which helps with keeping your focus, as well as having loads of carotoids and antioxidants.

Their nutrition will help you keep being grounded as well as having a calm sense, instead of feeling on the edge. These types of leafy greens can help you fight stress, headaches and depression.

Fish

Helps improve your mood and concentration, as well as containing Omega 3 fatty acids which helps improve your mental performance, how your behaviour operates and also helps with your memory. The best sources of fish are Mackerel, Sardines, Kipper, Salmon and Trout. If you find that finding or eating fish is a struggle, I recommend that you take Omega 3 supplements.

Almonds

Rich in Magnesium which helps improve focus, reduces stress and also contains a high fibre content as well as the ability to help lower you blood sugar level as well as help make your nervous system operate more healthily.

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Despite their high sugar content, they are packed with some of the best nutrients to keep you being focused, including Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Fibre and Potassium. This combination will help you feel energised throughout the day, while avoiding the, ‘crash' that eating refined sugars can give you.

Blueberries

One of my personal favourites, Blueberries are a, ‘sort' of super-food, as they contain antioxidants that help the blood flow to your brain, boosting your memory and concentration for up to over 4 hours from initial consumption.

Not only that, but the anti-oxidants that they contain, which include Tannins, Anthocyanins, Resverartol and Proanthocyanidins also help fight of Dimensia, Cancer and Heart Disease. And don't forget, I said Resveratrol, which also means that they also help promote telemorase activity, keeping age on your side.

Having the above foods will help you ensure that you can focus more effectively, which will help you with your mindfulness meditation practice. Why not combine the above with a 15 minute special white-noise audio, which will help you become more mindful as well. Simple click here for more information.

 

Depression and 2 unusual ways to reduce it’s effects!

I consider myself to be very highly sensitive…

I've been sensitive growing up through high school and found myself getting hurt emotionally on a fairly regular basis. Then, going through college, It developed into OCD (when you repeat certain behaviours in an attempt to feel safe and secure). Being told I was autistic (although I would later challenge this believing it was ADD and mercury poisoning later on) didn't help matters, especially when one is told that you had a problem that you had to deal with for all of your life, and often told in a very patronising way by people who you trusted the most (yeah, juck out self-healing why don't you…).

Being made to feel ashamed, especially when you are a highly sensitive person, does no help for your self-esteem and self-confidence, and I soon began to loose control of my emotional state to the point that, when I began work in the early 2000's, I got slowly depressed. I suffered from depression for a good 5-7 years.

Over 350 million people suffer from depression. So what can be done about it, as depression is not only hurting your body (please watch this video for more info), but also looses your focus so you are unable to be productive at work and at home?

I recently began getting depressed, and then had a very intuitive moment. Below are 2 exercises that I did, that not only help me identify the issue, but also stopped the depression dead in it's tracks. I hope they do the same for you!

These exercises are best done quickly, (I found) as your subconscious likes speed. So please take no more than about a minute doing them.

Exercise 1

Find something in the past or the future imagined scenario that will cause you to become depressed, that is, something that you think will cause you to be depressed seemingly forever or for the moderate term. Something that you think that if you had it, there would be no way you can come to terms with it, and it will haunt you to the end of days. Try to really look at depression, to see it in the eye. Try to imagine holding it…what does it look like? Does it have a smell? What size is it, etc.

When you have done that quick exercise, try the next one.

Exercise 2

Try to become present, that is, nearly mindful. For the purpose of this exercise, you won't be completely present due to the amount of thinking being used, but try to be nearly mindful. Try to get closed to being present as much of possible, whilst still remaining close to some form of logically thinking capability.

Now, look around and in yourself, and try to spot depression in yourself or outside of you. Again, whilst trying to be close to being present, try to spot and look depression in the eye, try to find it, try to really locate the source of the depression, that you think will be with you until the end of days.

What colour is it? What size? What shape? Does it even have a smell?

What you will notice in both cases (providing your condition isn't too chronic) is that, while you may have noticed depressing moments in the first exercise, because you were using your conscious logical left-hemisphered part of your brain, any negative moments you did stumble upon quickly had solutions thrusted upon them, or you moved onto a new image or feeling. Whilst you may have had moments that you felt depression, it was very short term, and not as long-term as you thought it would be.

That is because you had your logical, ‘guard' up. You have a logical conscious for a reason, and one of the main reasons is for calculation and for problem solving. Depression in some cases takes place when this guard is, ‘down'. That is, you are in the subconscious, ‘receiving' state, getting all sorts of negative imagery lobbed into your direction without any obvious protection.

Sounds too deep? Let me give you an example.

I worked in a desk job, answering some emails for customers. The problem was, due to being highly sensitive as I am, when I was consciously at work (i.e. actually typing a response to a query) my ‘guard' would be brought down, allowing my sensitive sub-conscious to pick up energies, which it then converted into images and emotions (depending on what type of person you are, you may hear audio or may have different feelings).

I was in the passive, ‘receiving' state, meaning that, while as was using my conscious to do work, due to not being fully involved with the task at hand, I was getting lots of conversions of energy being translated into imagery being thrown into my conscious mind almost against my will. Or, to put it in simple street language, I would unwittingly fantasise and imagine all sorts of depressing and negative scenarios which would ultimately bring my mood down.

Depression in some cases can take place when the subconscious that picks up other negative sources of energy and converts it, isn't being logically challenged. That is, the imagery (or audio, random bad emotion etc) isn't being processed by the logical, critical left-hemisphere of your brain. Essentially, you have become, ‘ungrounded'.

One of the greatest ways to free yourself from the grip of depression, is to notice the specifics of it and name it out loud; that is, give it the verbal treatment. This allows the two hemispheres to become more balanced, allowing you to become more mindful. Or to put it another way, challenging the depressing imagery allows your critical, ‘guard' to go back up.

Alternately, you can try to do what they describe in NLP as pattern interrupting. Quite simply, think of the depressing moment, and then, quite randomly and spontaneously, look at something behind you on the wall and really take it all in. Could be a photo you have, could be the TV etc… this, again, allows your critical conscious, ‘guard' to go back up, and you will find it slightly more difficult in thinking of the depressed imagery and may even become slightly mindful in the process.

 

What ‘Oneness’ is and 3 steps to achieve it

We hear this term splashed everywhere especially in the new age community. It is said that, ‘oneness' helps with the law of attraction, but what exactly is it?

I came across this term years ago. Having been bought up as a Roman Catholic, I viewed God as someone who demanded respect, and to be also slightly feared. I was also apparently to treat this guy like he was my friend. Needless to say, the concept of, ‘oneness' was not only a completely new outlook on life, but was also complete blasphemy. I mean, to think yourself as, ‘one' with the big guy was disillusionment of the highest order!

So I was stunned when I came across my first spiritual book, after having a low point in my life, and realised that God (or whatever name you would like to call it) wasn't what people were saying he was.

All it took was one small meditation session, and I realised that I couldn't go back to my old ways again. ‘Oneness', it seemed, was the ability to feel complete; to feel, ‘whole', to feel unconditional love…that is, to feel love with no strings attached. It was a pretty neat idea, considering that some peoples definitions of love was more of a, ‘give and take' variety.

To feel, ‘oneness' or being, ‘complete', means ultimate to transcend your EGO, that is, the thoughts you are having. It means that you go from a thinking state to a more, ‘being' state; that is, you turn yourself into a Human, ‘Being'. There a 3 steps to achieve this:

1 – To start with, imagine your ego extends to the screen that you are watching. This may sound strange, but try to pretend that the screen in front of you is also, ‘you'. If you need to close your eyes to try to imagine seeing from that view point, go ahead. Try to act like the screen that you are watching is also a part of your personality, or if that is difficult to imagine, try to think that you could, ‘float' there, as it you were in a first person shooter game, and you could float out of your body.

When done correctly, you should feel a chunk of feeling starting to move in your Heart area. Depending on what feeling you have, some people would call this unconditional love, or compassion. It may be very subtle at first, so don't be too put off if you are unable to feel it straight away.

2 – In my opinion, the first step is always the most difficulty, because you are having to extend your mind, which most people cannot do. You'll be glad to know that from now on this will get easer.

So now you have got your perception to the screen in front of you (maybe the corner of the screen, but that's fine), we are going to extend it even further! Try to imagine that, ‘you' are now not only including your screen, but also the wall behind it.

Again, if you want to loosely visualise being able to, ‘see' on a speck of the wall to the left or your right, with your eyes open or closed, that's absolutely fine. And try not to include just the wall in front of you, but also the contents in front of the wall, like the stationary, any papers you have lying around, that cup of coffee, etc. Really try and get into seeing yourself as also part of the wall and the enclosed surrounding area.

You should now feel that lump of energy around your heart area increasing in intensity, and you should also be slightly, ‘present' or mindful (this is a great way to becoming, ‘present'). If you can, try to let the feelings spread across your body, so it not only encompasses your heart, but also you lungs, back, legs and hands. Try to feel your body getting more energised by this feeling.

3 – Not we have expanded our ego to not only include the screen that we are using to read this, as well as the wall behind, we are now going to take the final step, and move our ego or perception beyond into the wild.

Again, like before, slowly move your perception to a nearby tree, or if that is too difficult for you to imagine, act as if that tree is also another arm that you possess, that you can move it with your heart, as if it was your real arm. This may sound really silly, but it is brilliantly effective and can help you really get in tune with your surroundings. Try to act like every object you see can be moved by the power of your heart, as if it is an extension to your heart.

You should now feel that energy in your heart getting stronger and more intense. You could also describe this feeling as very healing and very, ‘complete'…feels good, doesn't it;-)

What you have experienced, is what I believe many people and masters over the millennia have described. You were, at, ‘one' with your multi-verse, and in doing so, have transcended you ego in the process. You didn't, ‘need' anything, as you used the power of only your perception (and maybe a tiny bit of visualization;-).

Try to get into a small habit of doing this every day, even if it is only for about 60 seconds, and you'll find that not only will it become easier for you, you'll start to see life in a different and more accurate way.