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P90X meets Meditation!?!?! This New Work Out Program is Great!

So as you all know my site is dedicated to Mind, Body, and Spirit.   I have over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry and over the past couple years I have gotten heavily into meditation.   I came across this program that I think is incredible.

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Magic Hour – Unleash Your Power combines fitness and meditation for what I think is the whole package when it comes to health.  This may not be the right fit for you if you are trying to be a beast like body builder.  If you want a lean ripped physique while giving you time to create clarity, vision, and overall health this program is awesome!.

  • Workout Routines
  • Goal Setting
  • Meditation
  • Visualization
  • Manifestation
  • Nutrition Guide

This affiliate program is what I think you will start to see more and more of as individuals start to realize you need not only exercise your body, but your mind, and spirit as well.

For more info click here –   Magic Hour

How to Meditate for Beginners: 10 key steps

HOW TO MEDITATE FOR BEGINNERS:  10 Key Steps

by: Joshua Zitting

Meditation is an art and while some might think of it as closing your eyes and going into a trance like state this is not always the case.  Meditation is about focus and putting your attention on one area.  There are many health benefits beyond increasing concentration, decreasing anxiety and overall happiness.
A great number of people try meditation but a very small percentage of people actually stick to it. This is very unfortunate and could be due to beginners not having the right mindset going into the practice to actually sustain it.
This article will help with 10 key elements for any beginner to jump over hurdles and help maintain a long term practice:
 
Start with breathing.  Deep long breaths help to slow the heart rate, completely allowing muscles to relax, and will help you focus your mind on the present moment

Set Aside Specific time.  The only way you can make it an regular practice is to set aside time in your schedule to just be.

#Happy-2Have a Purpose.  Meditation is a process.  Learning to focus on a single point or object is tough work,
and you have to create a purpose.

Stretch.  Loosen up all your muscles so you can sit more comfortably.  Stretching out your body will help muscles relax and begin your “inward journey” by giving your body some attention.

Be present to your frustration.   Listen to your “inner voice”. Is it telling you “we don’t need this” or “we have already done this before, why continue”.  When you begin to focus on that voice just bring yourself back to focusing on deep breathing bringing you back to present.

Think about body parts.  When Beginning to learn how to meditate, once you learn how to quiet your mind focus on your feet, and move all the way up your body.  From toes, feet, quads, organs, chest, etc.  This will help increase focus.

Pick a Spot.   Pick a spot where you can be comfortable and use this specific spot as your daily meditation spot.  Make sure this is not where you sleep, work, or exercise.

Put electronics away.  When you meditate make sure you have your phone off or anything that could disturb you.  This is a time for you not distractions.

Visual meditation.  For beginner who have trouble closing eyes to meditate it may be easier to begin by just focusing on the flame of a candle or an object.  This works wonderfully.

Early morning practice and being grateful.  Its said that meditation is best practiced first thing in the morning with your mind less cluttered.  It’s important not to stress over the outcome of the meditation.  Just be grateful, and thank yourself for taking the time just to be present in the moment.

Meditation can be a difficult practice for a beginner but with these tips you will be well on your way.  Start small and work your way up.  Maybe try guided meditation with headphones to start out and work your way to not needing them.

Learn more about happiness and meditation in my booksMEDITATION Click image for more info!     #Happy-2

WHY Meditate?

For many years people have used meditation to help them get rid of stress and thoughts that are emotionally draining.  The goal of meditation is to bring ones self to the present moment with peace and clarity.   There are so many traditions, and techniques, almost to many to name but the core of meditation is all the same: to bring awareness and to help expand consciousness.
Meditation is precious gift, and people turn to meditation for many reasons.  Even doctor’s today sometime recommend meditation to help with stress reduction, lower blood pressure, and help with sleeping.   Others seek out meditation to find relief from anger, pain, or fearful thoughts that bombard the mind daily.  Yet, others just want a greater understand of ones self, improve concentration, and to be more intuitive.
The purpose truly depends on the meditator for their reasons why, but it is true that those who practice meditation regularly have shown to have incredible benefits on a multitude of levels including – mental, spiritual, emotional, and even physical. 
These include:
Better Sleep
Increased Production
Increase in DHEA (anti-aging)
Lower blood pressure levels
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Stress and Less Anxiety

Did you know that researchers have found that Meditating can actually restore the brain?   In as little as 8 weeks!   Massachusetts General Hospital did a study that not only helped people with memory, sense of self, lower stress, but produced actual changes in areas of the brain.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,  please take a moment and like this on facebook and share with friends and family!  This is all part of a movement for a healthier YOU and those around you!



10 Commandments of Success

Start the Day with Discipline Habits


By:  Joshua Zitting

Is your life a total mess,  has zero routine or discipline, full of procrastination and you feel out of control at times?

Where do you start with discipline habits when there’s so much to change?

It’s quite simple, you clean house.

You start with one small step at a time.  When you eat breakfast, wash your plate or bowl.  When you are done with morning tea or coffee, simply wash your cup.  Don’t leave a single item in the sink or on your counter.

Do it right then.

Make this a habit one day at a time and one dish at a time.
Once you complete this a few weeks in a row than start making sure when you get undressed for the day you put you hang your cloths up right away, put them away or in the dirty cloths.  

After this, do some crunches, a few standing squats, maybe some pushups.  Eat a few vegetables instead of that cracker.  

Once you build this discipline habit you can trust yourself to take more and more on at a time.
You can’t eat an entire elephant at once, you must do it one bite at a time.
So for now, start with the dishes, smile, and create your day.  For you have the power to create anything!

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