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Meditate the Way You Enter a Hot Bath

By William T Batten Some days, meditating is easy. Other days is seems impossible. If you're starting out, maybe every day feels like one over the other. As you become more familiar with the techniques, there are more of the good days.It helps to know what to do when you're having a bad day, though. Maybe you're new to all of this or perhaps you've got a lot on your mind. Life happens. You don't have to be perfect. And thanks to one awesome technique, you barely even have to be decent.The trick is to meditate the same way you'd enter a hot bath. You know what I mean. You dip your toe in then recoil out immediately. Then you go for it a second time and it doesn't seem as hard. Maybe you make it to your ankle before pulling out.On the third try, you lower yourself in a few times.Then you simply ease into the warm water and let it envelope you.You can meditate this way, too. Just like with the bath, it's a lot slower but its success rate is phenomenal.If …
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Don't Ignore Distractions

By William T Batten One of the big challenges with meditating is learning to handle distractions. It shocks no one to learn that it's a useful life skill, too. Staying focused despite noise, discomfort or even your own thoughts will transform more than your inner life.It's a challenge. No one will pretend that it isn't. Some days your thoughts are calm like a pleasant stream. Other days the world around you is a turbulent mess.Good meditators can enter the right state no matter where they are. Let me tell you from experience that being able to meditate on international flights is amazing.Great meditators can even handle their thoughts being noisy.It's funny - even as I write this, I'm getting distracted. There are noises outside, which are nothing compared to the ideas popping into my mind.That's okay, though, as I'm still writing. And my meditation sessions are similar. In fact, the problem's worse when I'm meditating. When my mind is quiet, that&…

Post-Meditation Gibberish Means It's Working

By William T BattenNow, this is not a universal experience.It's pretty common. It happens to me all the time and I see it in others, too.Some of you will read this and nod your head. For everyone else, keep this in the back of your mind. You might find it useful one day.There's a curious phenomenon with meditation. You might go so far as to call it a side effect. This phenomenon is where, after a really good meditation session, you suddenly become completely inarticulate. You can barely string two words together. I'm not talking about if you try to describe your session, you find your experiences don't translate well to words. No - this is where you can't talk about anything.Something as simple as your dinner plans leaves you grasping for the right vocabulary.Like I say, not everyone will know what I'm talking about. Some lifelong meditators never experience it. This is for the rest of us.The best remedy for this is time. Your words will return to you. Simply …

Applied Neuroscience Secrets of Ancient Mystics

By William T Batten The power of meditation is the power of your mind. It trains useful mental skills that lie at the heart of everything you do.For example, focus. Learn to do that and nothing won't become easier.For example...If you want techniques that improve your memory, the best place to turn to is the latest neuroscience research. The second best place is a book by William Walker Atkinson. Memory: How to Develop, Train and Use It is over a hundred years old. It is remarkably timeless, though. Not everything that he wrote still holds true... but most of it does. A hundred years ago, they knew a lot less about how the brain works. You'd be surprised by how much they knew about using it, though. Atkinson drew on the techniques and traditions of ancient cultures.And many ancient cultures knew a lot about maximising their memory.Before the printing press, books were written by hand. If you owned a library, it meant you were rich. If you were lucky enough to be literate, the…

How Genius Is Like Stupidity

By William T Batten As you learn a skill and develop your abilities, there comes a middle point. From this point, the road before you looks an awful lot like the road behind you. In a way, mastery is a regression back to your baseline...Novices see the world in a simple way. This is because the novice ignores most of the information in front of them. Think of someone learning to drive. Before they sit behind the wheel, they think it'll be easy. They've seen adults do it without any drama.You just turn the steering wheel and go, right?A master at driving also sees it as a simple task. They ignore most of the information, paying attention only to what matters. Then they just turn the wheel and go.In between these two phases - near the middle point - driving is complicated. There is so much information to pay attention to. Lanes, speed, other cars, your destination...They turn the steering wheel while information floods into their mind.Both geniuses and dunces see things as simp…

3 Types of People Who Can't Meditate (and How They Can Learn)

By William T Batten When you spend time on personal development forums, talking with curious people or hanging out with open-minded folk, the topic eventually turns to meditation. And this conversation splits itself into two main camps: those who swear by it; and those who tried it and it didn't work.In these communities, the people who haven't tried it are a minority. That's cool, though I'm not talking about them today. I'm focusing on those who gave it an honest, solid try and walked away frustrated.Now, I need to make clear that what I'm about to say is my opinion. It may well be wrong, though I'm confident in it. I base this off my own experiences with meditation and the psychology of the unconscious mind:My belief is that well over 99% of people can learn to meditate. And most of those who "can't" meditate, even after giving it some time, seem to fall into three categories.The Already-UnconsciousMeditation does many things for your mind…

Align Your Body to Align Your Mind

By William T Batten Meditation involves being still and quiet, both in your body and mind. The problem with a still body and a quiet mind is that it draws your attention to any discomfort. If you plan to meditate for long periods, you need to get your body comfortable.Then again, maybe you don't.Discomfort has its place. It can keep you awake and focused. It can drive out other distractions.But, and I may be going out on a limb here...I assume that if you want more discomfort, that's easy to arrange. If you want to change something, it'll probably be to decrease discomfort.And with that not-so-controversial assumption in our minds, let's talk about posture and meditation.Firstly, it's a myth that you need to sit cross-legged. You can sit however you like. In fact, you don't even have to sit. I usually meditate while sitting in an office chair. I've done it lying down and standing up.A few times, I've meditated while walking around. I find self-hypnosis…

A Movable Feast: Cuban Foods

By Dale Phillip Cuban cuisine is a blend of Spanish, African, and Caribbean (Tainos Indian) cuisines and includes recipes, spices and cooking derived from all three cultures. This results in an interesting blend which tends to be simple, with fresh vegetables, fruits, cassava, beans, barbecued meats and fish. In Cuba, rice and beans are a staple, along with chicken, pork and beef, as in more traditional Spanish and Mexican foods, but combinations and cooking methods vary.Legendary author Ernest Hemingway spent years in Cuba, writing and enjoying the local cuisine, prior to dictator Fidel Castro's overthrow of the country's government in 1959, shutting down one of America's favorite vacation spots. But Cuban cuisine thrives in south Florida, and venturing into a Cuban restaurant looking for fish tacos, chicken enchiladas or shrimp burritos is an exercise in futility. You won't find them, unless it's greatly Americanized. What you will find is authentic Cuban food, …

Treat Your Tastebuds With These Refreshing Kinds of Pickles

By Sanjay Nandy Pickles are the trademark of Indian dishes. No Indian meal is complete without a pinch of tasty, tangy and spicy pickle and with grandmothers preparing it with their own hands, there is more charm and flavor to it. But, long gone are those days when grandmas made mouth-watering pickles and stored them in the big jars for all the members of the house. However, fortunately, the legacy story of pickles did not end there for all of us. Many grocery companies, domestic as well as international are making diverse range of quality pickles that have the similar charm of the grandma's pickles.If you love pickles, then this article is definitely a treat for you. Here's a list of some of the amazing pickles with a unique flavor.#1 Lemon PickleMost common yet the tastiest one, Lemon pickle is the love of every foodie. The extreme sourness of lemons is something you will want to have with Rotis, Pooris or rice. No matter, the type of lemons used, it always gives an immense…

Sustainable Development Strategy

By Kh. Atiar Rahman The developing countries need to play a vital role for the green house gases prevailing in the atmosphere. For this reason, their estimation envisages that the North should arrange required financial aids to the South to acclimatize the changing circumstances of the climate in question. And as such the integrated developing country need to move towards technical hitches for the North. The North is not in a position to accept any remarkable accountability. For negotiating the issue of climate change, an International Negotiating Committee on Climate Change needs to come forward for negotiating the matter as a tentative flow.In the preliminary meeting, the South stipulated new and additional resources for their economic development. The North was very much interested to know about Southern commitments before dealing with the financial issue. No substantive result was therefore achieved. According to Geneva convention, the North and South are in a situation of confro…

5 Ways To Woo Your Summer With Mangoes

By Rinita Sen Summer is here, and it brought along mangoes. Easily the king of fruits, mangoes are a cherished must-have for the season. Be it in raw green or ripe orange form, this fruit has its own unbeatable charm when it comes to both savoury as well as sweet recipes. To beat the heat, here are some traditional, yet simple ways in which you may relish the delicious fruit this summer.1. Raw mango pickleThis is a dish that needs a bit of work, and needs preparations ahead of summer, but once you get it right, it is an absolute gem.Quick Guide: Chop raw (green) mangoes, add your blend of favourite spices, oil, and salt, dry in the sun for several days until the skin is shrivelled. Have with or between meals.2. Raw mango sherbet It is also widely known as "Aam Panna" in Indian languages and is a chemical-free indigenous way of quenching your thirst.Quick Guide: Roast the raw mangoes directly over a flame, peel the burned skin, mash the flesh, dilute with water, add sugar an…

Grand Junction Is Great for More Than Just Elk

By Holly Brice Grand Junction Colorado is known for its fantastic elk hunting and fabulous fishing, but did you know that it is also a great place to visit? This Colorado town has a fraction of the population that Denver has, but it is a place that has something for everyone from the sportsman to the non-sportsmen in your family.If you choose to visit this hot spot during the summer than bring your swimwear and your rafting gear. This quaint town is home to the Colorado River and the Gunnison River. This is perfect for the members of your family who want to fish all day and the ones who want to brave the rapids. There are multiple companies that will take your wild family members on the ride of a live time touring the local river rapids. Not into fishing or braving the rapids no problem! Highline Lake State Park is just around the corner that serves up additional summer recreation for all. They offer family favorites such as; boating, swimming, birding, hiking, camping, fishing, hunt…

Internet Security Threats To Watch For in 2018

By Abdul Ghaffar BantvaConcisely, according to the conspicuous report from The World Economic Forum's 2018 Global Risks Report stated cyber security as the third biggest hazardous condition after the natural catastrophes like drastic weather scenario and calamity disasters. Whereas, the approximate quantity of web attacks during the first quarter of this year would seem to validate the accuracy of this prediction. Furthermore, in accordance with the web experts and their calculations of previous internet threats it is assumed that in the coming years cyber crime might be the most lucrative business than illegal drug sales and consummation. Indeed the most precarious network menace of 2018 includes some of these varieties:Advanced Persistent Threats:As the name indicates that Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) are malignant to network industry for these sorts of strikes not only linger for months but in some extreme cases they tend to adhere to the web programmes for years. They ar…

Healthy Eating - Exercises to Help Establish Your Mindful Eating Technique

By Beverleigh H PiepersMindful eating requires practice just like anything else. If you have never used mindful eating during meal time, now is a great time to start. By teaching yourself how to connect with your emotions you are creating a healthier, more aware eater. Associating with your feelings will make you less likely to eat for the wrong reasons. When we do not put any thought into our food, we often overeat because we are distracted or emotional and need comfort. These situations are just a few examples of how being aware of what you eat can increase your spiritual connection with yourself while decreasing your risk for serious chronic diseases, such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes.To practice your mindful eating technique, try the following exercise...1. Choose a small piece of food, such as almond, a slice of fruit, or a portion of chocolate.2. Examine your food. Notice the color, shape, and texture. Is your food fresh? How does it compare to other foods just like it? Be su…

Unmetered Servers to Take Care of Your Data Needs

By Shalini Madhav If we look back for something like 15-20 years, we would find that usage of the internet was limited to sharing data which was mostly textual. If we compare the speed at which these operations were done with the Internet speed with which we work nowadays, we will surely find it funny. Well! This was just to give you some feel of the magnitude of the technological advancement we have gone through. With time our data requirements expanded. Advancements were made to allow sharing of Pictures and videos through the network. Obviously they operate on a wider frequency range or you can say they require larger bandwidth. The interconnected network has now become extremely powerful and the most basic utility for almost our every job. We need fast and efficient ways to meet our data needs now. Unmetered servers are a great invention in this field.NECESSITY FOR UNMETERED SERVERSOur data requirements have expanded beyond measure and we wish to work on ever-increasing bandwidth…

Avoiding a Sore Penis From a Male Chastity Cage

By John DuganIn general, most men like to avoid anything which can produce a sore penis. One of the reasons a guy pays attention to good penis care is so his penis will not be sore when given the opportunity to go into action. But some men do enjoy certain sexual roles which, while they provide them with pleasure, might also result in a sore penis. One such situation can occur when a man enjoys wearing a male chastity cage (or similarly male chastity device) around his penis.This presents a bit of a catch-22 situation. Many times a man who enjoys having his penis bound up in a male chastity cage is also a man who prefers to engage in submissive play as well,which again can often lead to the penis and/or balls being manhandled or otherwise inflicted with varying degrees of pain. And indeed, one of the purposes of a chastity cage is to provide pain when the penis becomes erect. So does a man with a chastity cage actually want to avoid a sore penis?The answer variesThere's no hard a…

Foot Fetish? Beware of Jock Itch

By John DuganLots of men are sole men - dudes with a particular "thing" for feet. As a matter of fact, some experts believe that a foot fetish is the most common fetish, especially among men. But does a foot fetish come with any potential penis health concerns? Actually, depending upon how the foot fetish is played out in practice, there could be an increased risk of jock itch among men with this proclivity.The foot fetishA 2006 research study found that fetishes that involve body parts (or objects associated with body parts, such as shoes) are the most common, and that feet and/or toes are the most popular body parts for sexual fetishizing.When most people think of a foot fetish, they tend to picture a man who worships the foot. He may touch, stroke, sniff, or kiss a foot which he finds attractive. As he does this, he becomes more and more aroused. Often he masturbates his penis while touching or kissing the foot in question, achieving a more intense orgasm as a result of …

The 'Snow' Excuse

By Uduakobong UdohTrish and Lindy were friends and roommates, going to the same college. The classes for that day were so hectic and intense that they just couldn't wait to get home and hit the bed.
Trish got home first before Lindy did and fell asleep instantly. Lindy joined the sleep mode an hour later.Morning arrived with rain accompanying it. Lindy got up, and began preparing to leave for classes and also to meet up the 30% test for the day.Lindy woke Trish up to get dressed but she said she can't go for classes because of the rain and moreover the professor won't show for the test because it's raining.Lindy, tried to make her get dressed but it just didn't work. She had to leave with the Umbrella.On reaching school, the Professor was already in class ready to give the test. And many students missed it because of "its raining excuse". Including Trish.What's your excuse?Let's look at 2 SAMUEL 23:This chapter of the Bible talks about the 37 mig…

What's Your Glory?

By Anubhuti HarshIdentifying important aspects that are the key to happiness and wellbeing of your life could be a life changing experience. Have you ever inquired yourself, who you are, what are your traits, what do you like, what you don't and why? This is a journey that everyone should embark on to find the true direction of their life; story of this journey would be as unique as you are. Journey to find 'myself' in this infinite world is sometimes boring, sometimes it is vague, pointless, and at times it is painful too. Especially, re-experiencing moments you want to erase from your life.We have filled our days with chores, distractions, and thoughts that might be keeping us busy yet unproductive at work and personal life. Negative and wandering thoughts tend to kill creativity and eventually we forget how impressive we are, impressive in our own way. In order to be high performing, it is imperative to chalk out clear defined goals, wherein these goals are working tog…

Why Core Supporters Keep Following: 5 Possibilities

By Richard Brody Why does it, often, seem, there is so little ability or effort, made, by certain core supporters of some political leader, to listen, and, even, consider, anything which may be, in opposition to, their personal political agenda, and/ or view? How can we ever, get, beyond, oppositional, partisan politics, until/ unless, there is some additional effort made, towards a meeting, of the minds, for the common good? Have you ever wondered why, some core supporters, continue to support a particular politician, and office - holder, even when that individual's actions, are contrary to his rhetoric and empty promises? With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly identify, consider, and discuss, 5 possibilities.1. They believe in him: Merely because, one wants to believe in someone's rhetoric and promises, why do so many continue, to believe, and trust the individual, even when he has taken actions, contrary to, his rhetoric, etc? In today's highly - charg…

Construction Site Accident Prevention Basics

By Lydia Quinn Accidents at construction sites can be a real hazard not just for workers, but for people and cars passing by the site. However, there are some essential tips to know for workers and passersby to keep safe while work is going on.If you are driving, a good way to avoid issues with construction sites, including the annoying slowdowns or long stops, is to avoid those areas in the first place. Before heading out for work, turn on your local TV news or check their mobile app for a traffic report. Most traffic reports include any news of construction related closures, detours or slowdowns. When in your car, check the local news radio station for their alerts as well. When passing near a construction zone, be sure to pay attention for any barricades, warning lights or flaggers ahead and adjust your speed accordingly. Also stay aware of any merging lanes, many times a lane will be closed for road repair or construction.Barricades and scaffolding are two things to be aware of a…

MU Origin: New and Improved

By Shalini Madhav Today, everyone owns a mobile phone. These intelligent devices help us in many ways, for work or for leisure. Everyone who owns a mobile phone has at least one video game which they play during their free time. Especially, men and boys love playing video games. Playing games on desktops or laptops may not be an option for those who are busy with life. Hence, video games on phones are extremely handy.Recently, there has been a revival of many late-2000s online games. One such game is the MU Origin. It is highly influenced by the classic game Korean MMORPG. The basic idea of this game is that the person playing the game has to choose an archetype first. There are three archetypes namely, Dark Knight, Elf, Dark Wizard and a new character SUMMONER. After doing so, the player gets introduced to a bigger world of fantasy where he/she has to fight monsters and finish quests and the cycle continues.Key Features:

The features of the MU Origin give a PC-like experience to the …

Smart Ways to Market Startup Business Online and Offline

By Al Masud HiraOnlineEvery day, millions of people surf the web in their free time. Majority spend their time on social media networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, while others just browse online for products or ideas and information. With a number like this, there is a huge market stretching across the globe which if you can successfully tap into, could mean infinite possibilities for your business.WebsiteThere are a lot of free hosting sites around where you can put up your company website. But for a more professional feel, purchase your own domain and choose a catchy name that is easy to remember. People, in general, have short attention spans when it comes to reading things online so if you have a long complicated domain name, there is a tendency they might forget it. Punchy names, on the other hand, will stick in their minds even if they only have seen it or heard it once. Make sure your website name ties up with your company name if you don't use the same for both. I…

6 Things IMers Need to Know About Marketing Campaigns

By Sammi C Table of ContentsBest Ways To Start Online Marketing With Little Money6 Things IMers Need to Know About Your Marketing Campaign

Marketing Campaigns Don't Come Free... or do they?Free Marketing Tools... Yes!Don't Underestimate Social MediaTell Your Story - It MattersHow to Start Online Marketing with Zero ExperienceDon't Just Walk AwayBest Ways To Start Online Marketing With Little MoneyAnyone who has ever started a marketing campaign can tell you that marketing is a very tricky business. However, the days when marketing was simply about throwing up a few fliers and sending out some snail mail are long gone. Today, most marketing campaigns are done on the Internet, and that is a whole other ballgame. With that being said, read on below for a few of the top things you need to know about your marketing campaign.If you want to make sure that you are giving your IM business the best chance at success, then you are going to have to invest some time and a little bit of…

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