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How The Mind Falls Silent

In Vedic or Transcendental Meditation, we are not willing to put pressure or effort or strain into our practice, simply because it is not possible to force the mind into silent submission. The mind cannot be silenced by attempting to silence it. Instead, if we bring Bliss to the mind, then the find will fall silent as a product of that interaction. Bliss is experienced in our least excited state.

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Meditation: Knowledge is for Action

In the tradition of Vedic Meditation, meditation is practiced for twenty minutes, twice daily. In doing so, we are locating the deep inner silence we call Being. In the early days of meditation, we must close our eyes in order to have this experience. As we progress with our meditation practice, Being stabilizes in the eyes-open state. It becomes imprinted on our waking state and we are no longer dependent on sitting quietly in meditation in order to experience it. We notice an overall inner calm while engaged in activity, and near unlimited reserves of adaptability which results in a stess-free existence.

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The Necessity of Positivity

We live within society which we continually strive to improve. To that end, we always want to be inspiring and encouraging. One of the many benefits of a vedic meditation practice is to begin to spontaneously exhibit the qualities of being courteous and polite. This is how a stress free physiology performs.

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Ten Ways to Be More Happy

1. Exercise: Human bodies are designed for regular physical activity. The sedentary nature of much of modern life probably plays a significant role in the epidemic incidence of depression today. Many studies show that depressed patients who stick to a regimen of aerobic exercise improve as much as those treated with medication. Exercise also appears to prevent depression and improve mood in healthy people. Many exercise forms — aerobic, yoga, weights, walking and more — have been shown to benefit mood.

Typical therapeutic exercise programs last for eight to 14 weeks. You should have 3 to 4 sessions per week, of at least 20 minutes each. For treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, activities of moderate intensity, like brisk walking, are more successful than very vigorous activity.

Engage in as much integrative exercise as possible — that is, exercise that occurs in the course of doing some productive activity such as gardening, bicycling to work, doing home improvement projects and so on. Many people find it far easier to stick to activities like this than to lifting weights or running on a treadmill.

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Taking Care of YOURSELF: The Importance of Indulging and Happiness

Happiness is a state of well-being, characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy; a state that is influenced by a variety of factors, ranging from a person’s relationships to her personal goal attainments, to the interpretations of her life conditions.
Pleasure, on the other hand, is the state or feeling of being pleased, amused, or gratified from a source of enjoyment or delight: a purely instinctive reaction with a brief life span: 30 seconds to an hour or two. And while happiness can be interpretive and selectively elusive, sources of pleasure are fairly easy to come by. The following is a list of simple ways to put the bliss and indulgence back into your every week, no matter who you are!

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The Happiest Jobs in America

There are many key areas that affect employee happiness: the employee’s relationship with their boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and the amount of control the employee has over the work that they do, and personal satisfaction.

For one thing, employee happiness is not dependent on how much they make, but rather the quality of their relationships and the amount of control they have.

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The Secrets of Blue Zones

The average American lives to be 77.9 years old, but less than 40 percent of Americans reports to very happy or satisfied with their life. What if we could all live an extra 12 years and be 40 percent happier by optimizing our lifestyle and environment?

National Geographic, the National Institutes on Aging and AARP teamed together with Dan Buettner, founder and CEO of an organization called Blue Zones, Inc., and studied parts of the world where people live the longest and led the happiest lives.

A Blue Zone is a region of the world where people commonly live active lives past the age of 100 years. Scientists and demographers have classified five Blue Zones, or longevity hot-spots, by having common healthy traits and life practices that result in higher-than-normal longevity:

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