Mindfulness teacher and author Chris Willard offers some out-of-the-box ways to introduce mindfulness to youth.
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I regret the most not spending more time with my children and thinking that killing myself would be a better option for them.
I was depressed. I was afraid I had let them down even before they were two years old.
I regret the girl I left because I thought I was going to go broke and she wouldn’t like me.
I regret thinking I was smart and starting or investing in businesses that I knew nothing about.
What do I do now? Smashing a coconut in the street because someone told me it would create good luck.
Yes. I regret that.
Sometimes I even regret writing or saying things that I didn’t realize would hurt some people close to me. I’m sorry.
But I said it and I believed it and you can’t put toothpaste back into the tube.
No war can be justified, college is a scam, home ownership is vile, voting is useless, jobs suck, my dad had horrific relationships as a kid that I was afraid I was doomed to repeat – are among a few of the issues that resulted in death threats or lost friends and lost family.
A lion doesn’t give it’s prey a chance to explain before it eats the prey.
But show me a regret and I will also show you something to be grateful for.
We only grow by solving difficult gratitude problems. Literally: our brains neurons connect in new ways that save our lives later.
We regret because we didn’t question enough.
If I ask questions I’m always afraid there might be a moment of embarrassment. If I don’t ask questions, I know I will have a lifetime of embarrassment.
But I know it’s never too late. I’ve reinvented my life 17 times. I’m on a new reinvention this year. I’m 47.
The present is unstoppable, devouring the future like the sunrise devours the darkness.
Here’s 20 Ways I personally deal with my regrets. Maybe they will work for you. I don’t know.
Never believe someone who has the answers. I only know what works for me. This.
James Altucher is the author of the bestselling book Choose Yourself, editor at The Altucher Report and host of the popular podcast, The James Altucher Show, which takes you beyond business and entrepreneurship by exploring what it means to be human and achieve well-being in a world that is increasingly complicated. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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Worried about rushing thoughts that always increase your stress and anxiety? A restless mind can increase distress in your life. If you need peace in your life, try to achieve inner calm and peace of mind.
Fortunately, it is possible with the help of small acts. These things are sufficient to change your entire life.
Here Are Some Proven Ways to Find Inner Calm and Mental Peace
Deep breathing is a good exercise to increase your calm and relieve pain. It will stimulate your lymphatic system, increase energy and immunity.
Undoubtedly, deep breathing has countless benefits. With the help of deep breathing, you can distract your mind from exhaling and inhaling.
For deep breathing, take long and deep breaths five times and pay attention to your diaphragm and lungs while doing this. It is an easy and quick way to feel calm and relaxed.
Declutter Your Place
Removing all the clutter in your room can remove clutter from your brain. For this reason, declutter your house as soon as possible.
Use natural and light colors to paint your walls, add texture and get special blackout curtains. The color scheme of your bedroom can change the entire scenario of your room.
Curtains, bed sheets, wall hangings, furniture, and décor will play an important role to change the color scheme of your bedroom. Make sure to choose calming colors and beautiful prints to distract your mind.
Extra concrete is not good around you; therefore, try to spend some time in nature. It will make you feel happy and younger. You will get fresh air to improve your health and promote mental peace.
During holidays, spend some time away from your city and enjoy tranquility and peace.
Every time I’m in nature, especially during one of those warm days where you just want to jump in the nearest stream and do a few laps, it rejuvenates me.
I think back to a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life – no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes) – which nature cannot repair.”
Try to spend some time in nature this week, and I think you’ll feel happier and younger too.
Avoid Consistent Self-blame
Have you ever found yourself wondering why things never seem to go right? Why you always seem to feel on the outside looking in? If so, it’s time to quit blaming yourself, and start getting the help you need.
Consistent self-blame usually stems from an inability to take responsibility for the results in specific situations. While it can be a struggle to find the balance between useful self-evaluation, and downright negative self-talk, it is achievable.
The importance of this lies in how it affects our actions moving forward. If we blame ourselves after each mistake (even if we’ve accounted for our contribution to it), what we tell ourselves can manifest in becoming a tendency to repeat these mistakes again or not try again at all.
If you are blaming yourself for everything, it can impact your self-esteem and mental peace. It does not matter if it is a relationship or an accident, you should not see yourself as an only criminal.
Mentally strong individuals take suitable accountability. They acknowledge they are responsible for their wrong choices, but also acknowledge other factors beyond their control. These factors may be choices of other people, weather, economic state, etc.
Avoid Victim Mentality
Do you think the world around you is preventing you from doing your best? You are wrong in blaming others for all your problems.
Remember, external circumstances can create hurdles, but you can find an alternative to everything. It is important to take responsibility for your life.
It is important to acknowledge your choices, even after facing tragic circumstances. Try to focus on different factors that you can control.
There is no need to waste your time on pity parties. People often waste time trying to impress people around them. Make sure to live comfortably in your own skin. Focus on positive things and live according to your value.