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The Benefits of Meditation

(First and foremost, ladies and gentlemen that is a photo of myself pretending to Meditate)

Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine… Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery.

I am always on the go go go or in lazy mode but never once in between. Moments where I am absolutely still whilst awake are extremely rare and even if I am still there is probably a million and one thoughts stuck in traffic in my head on the verge of going road-rage crazy!! The idea of actually taking moments out of my day to stay put and clear my mind seems unimaginable. My zodiac sign sign [cancer] and my blood type personality [O negative] both agree that I am prone to high stress levels, I didn’t have to rely on the horoscope angle because my family history of medical conditions such as high blood pressure and heart decease did all the convincing. I need to get healthier, both physically and mentally. And apparently freezing time for 15-20 minutes will help me do just that. Being the Google Goddess that I am I go to work and it turns out that they are probably a trillion benefits of Meditation starting with probably the most obvious one: Its 100% free!

There were several benefits so I simply picked out the ones I found tres appealing and here we go yet another Upile list!!:

Physiological Benefits

  • It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
  • Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
  • Increases exercise tolerance.
  • Decreases muscle tension
  • Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
  • Enhances the immune system.
  • Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Cures headaches and migraines
  • Greater oderliness of Brain functioning
  • Decreases ageing process

Psychological Benefits

  • Builds self-confidence
  • Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.
  • Helps focus and concentration
  • Increased emotional stability
  • React more quickly and effectively to stressful situations
  • Decrease in potential mental illness
  • Increases will power
  • Less aggressiveness
  • Improved learning ability and memory
  • Helps cure insomnia
  • Greater tolerance
  • Decrease in worry and restless thinking
  • Improves your personal relationships

Spiritual Benefits

  • Helps living in the present moment
  • Helps put things in perspective
  • Provides peace of mind, happiness
  • You grow wiser
  • Creates a widening deepening capacity of love
  • Experience a sense of ‘Oneness’
  • Increased self-actualization

Now is it just me or does all this make you want to find a little corner and block the world out for 20 tops?

Starting tomorrow I am doing right by Buddha and myself and meditating. I  used to pass up the opportunity to make myself healthier before,exercise because I was too lazy ,diets because I wasn’t disciplined enough but I think it is about time I turn the tables around and meditate! Join me.

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The List

I was curious about the list of the most read books of all time so I went on a self-enlightening mission. I managed to,yes, Google it and come up with a list of books I would like to read before I die. Yes that doesn’t seem very 16 year old of me but sometimes I feel I’m an old soul trapped in the body of a goddess, lol. Here is the list, the books I have cancelled out I have read. This list is summarized, it consists of the books I know are in my local library and so as soon as I am done with this list I have several more to complete.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  4. Dune by Frank Herbert
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  7. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger
  9. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  11. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  12. Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
  13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  14. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  15. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  16. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  17. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  18. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  19. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  20. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  21. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy [I’m Reading this!!]
  22. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  23. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
  24. The Children of Men by P.D. James
  25. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  26. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  27. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  28. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  29. Mobby Dick by Herman Melvile
  30. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  31. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  32. Emma by Jane Austen
  33. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  35. Madame Bavary by Gustave Flaubert
  36. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  37. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  38. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  39. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  40. The Three Musketeers by Mikhail Bulgakov
  41. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
  42. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  43. Journey to the End of the Night by Louis Ferdinand Celine
  44. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  45. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  46. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  47. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  48. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  49. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  50. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  51. Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
  52. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  53. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  54. Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
  55. From Here to Eternity by James Joyce
  56. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  57. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  58. The Golden Bowl by Theodore Dreister
  59. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  60. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  61. Brideshead Revisited by Robert Heinlein
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