10 Ways to Bring Meaning to Your Life

Written by Elisha Goldstein

10 Ways to Bring Meaning to Your Life

My life always appears to be so hectic. It's as if I purposely overload myself with more things than I could possibly ever accomplish. As I'm going to sleep I think about allrepparttar things I need to get done And when I'm awake duringrepparttar 139975 day I think about allrepparttar 139976 things that need to get done. Take a shower, make coffee, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, go to work, etc... It's almost as if atrepparttar 139977 end ofrepparttar 139978 day I can truly ask myself, "where didrepparttar 139979 day go?" Enough of these and I can ask myselfrepparttar 139980 same questions in weeks, months, or even years!

So when I feel like these questions are coming up, I do some brief exercises that help bring me torepparttar 139981 present moment and remind myself that I'm living. For 5 minutes: Whatever you are doing, just do it slightly slower. At work we are all given tasks to do. One time per day, for 5 minutes do that task a little bit slower. Do not dorepparttar 139982 task in slow motion, or take breaks fromrepparttar 139983 task, simply do it a little bit slower. Take 5 minutes at lunch to notice what you're eating. You can actually do this at an meal, or anytime you eat. You are going to notice what your food looks like, how it smells, feels, and tastes. As you pick up your food, noticerepparttar 139984 texture of it, is it bumpy, smooth, wet? Notice what you smell. As you take it in your mouth notice how it feels in your mouth, noticerepparttar 139985 tastes that are coming out of it, how your teeth break it down. As you swallow it, notice it going down your throat. Dorepparttar 139986 same withrepparttar 139987 drink. Take 3 minutes to just sit and notice your breath. Sit in a place of your choice, could be behind your desk, or anywhere. Close your eyes. For 3 minutes simply pay attention to your breath. For these 3 minutes your breath gets your undivided attention. If you notice yourself thinking about something, evenrepparttar 139988 thought "why am I doing this stupid exercise", just notice that your're thinking that and then gently bring your attention back to your breath. Washrepparttar 139989 Dishes. If you're not used to doing dishes, there will be many benefits to this one. As you begin to washrepparttar 139990 dishes, noticerepparttar 139991 texture ofrepparttar 139992 plate andrepparttar 139993 warmth ofrepparttar 139994 water on your hands. Inhale and notice if there is any scent. Listen to hearrepparttar 139995 rush ofrepparttar 139996 water or any other sounds that are happening around you. Not only will you be able to practice being inrepparttar 139997 moment, but many of your family and friends will be thrilled with you.

Achieving an Ambidextrous Mindset

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

History lends us an ideal of ambidexterity: Leonardo da Vinci, Harry Truman and James Garfield were all known to be physically ambidextrous, but to what does that translate? In modern times, ambidexterity isn't a hot topic, but in fact, we are all - to a degree - ambidextrous.

When we multi-task, juggle home and work, hold a phone conference and take notes simultaneously -- we are incorporating an ambidextrous mindset. No, perhaps we don't all use both hands to achieve these tasks, but we are using both brain hemispheres to accomplish our deadlines and goals.

Some of us may have heard that we're 'right-brained' or maybe we lean more towardrepparttar 'left-brain.' Funny as these terms may seem, they are inherently one inrepparttar 139528 same. Though we may possess and exhibit more qualities from one side ofrepparttar 139529 brain opposed torepparttar 139530 other, we are still integrating both hemispheres in daily applications.

Right-brain people are said to think holistically, subjectively and may possess heightened intuition. Left-brain people are more logical, analytical and tend to possess better rational skills. But what really setsrepparttar 139531 two apart? And why is it that some individuals are more adept at some thought patterns than others?

Relevent qualites of 'right-brained' persons may include an expansive imagination, artistic abilities, higher inclination toward risks, and possession of philosophical qualities. Whereas 'left-brained' individuals are more inclined toward safety first, are practical, have a sense of order, and possess good comprehension skills.

Ironically, as children, human beings tend to innately migrate towardrepparttar 139532 right-brain mode. Young kids are highly imaginative, trusting, and create limitless environments withrepparttar 139533 conceptual power of their minds. It is interesting to watch a child at play. In their innocense, and subjective thinking, they illuminaterepparttar 139534 spaces that surround them. There are no emotional battles in childrens' minds. Therefore, we can conclude that right-brained individuals are more accepting toward various cultures, races, creeds, etc., simply because right-brained persons, like children, are geared toward open-mindedness.

A nearly-perfect example of an ambidextrous mindset:

It is throughrepparttar 139535 analytical minds like that of Leonardo da Vinci, (who was ambidextrous) who obviously achieved a harmonious balance of ambidexterity, not only physically, but in mind as well. Leonarda da Vinci is most reknowned for his famous paintings of The Last Supper andrepparttar 139536 Mona Lisa. While his right-brain permitted him to express his exquisite talents inrepparttar 139537 arts, his left-brain mathematically and analytically went to work in his revolutionary concepts and inventions -- likerepparttar 139538 first robot, submarine and evenrepparttar 139539 first mechanical calculator.

But from where did his visionary inspirations derive? Of course,repparttar 139540 right brain. In my opinion, and by scholars throughoutrepparttar 139541 world, da Vinci was by farrepparttar 139542 greatest genius in human history. His incredible integration of right and left brain hemispheres was an intellectual milestone inrepparttar 139543 history of humankind.

While we may not be Leonarda da Vinci, we do possess traits that may help us to achieve our daily routines, and overall lifestyles. The left hemisphere of our brains control our abilities to analyze and sum parts that are necessary for specific projects, while our right hemisphere amplifies our creative side, and keeps open positive expectations.

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