Stay Happy With Mindfulness

Stay Happy

We all know the importance of the being at our best. Our family, friends, clients and ourselves are depending on us to perform at the optimum level. Stay happy and you will perform at your very best. Being positive enables us to focus on what’s important. However, adverse circumstances and toxic people can sabotage our happiness.

Mindfulness is the focus on the present moment. Having gratitude for even the smallest things that you have at the present moment can have a profound effect on one’s psyche. Maintenance of this mindset is an ongoing struggle and there are many practices that will help maintain your positive mindset.

One such practice is meditation, yet not many people meditate. There’s a lot of misconception to what meditation is and this is what deters people from meditating. It is simply a way to rest, relax and reflect. Just find a quiet spot to sit, close your eyes, and follow your breath. Let your breath flow naturally and focus on it. Thoughts, images, and mental movies will pop up in your head. Observe them in a non-judgemental way and then gently go back to following of your breath. Do this the first thing in the morning, right before going to bed, and in the quiet times during the day. You will feel much better and happier.

Meditation releases endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and other feel good chemicals to produce a natural high with no withdrawals. It is a great way to stay happy. Here’s a link for guidance in meditation:

Fortify Yourself

Another way to stay happy is to surround yourself with positive and upbeat people who will help lift you up. Good feelings are contagious and you will spread that happiness to others, reinforcing your happiness. On the other side of the coin, negativity is also contagious. That is why it is important to cut out or at least minimize contact with toxic people. Don’t let them bring you down with their complaining, arguing, and insults. Take the high road and you’ll keep your inner shine glowing.

Nutrition plays an important role in maintaining  good feelings. A proper diet with essential vitamins and minerals in the right proportion is key to proper nutrition. Furthermore, it is important to avoid junk food, alcohol, and tobacco. While hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine may give the user a sense of joy, this is false happiness.  Drug abuse will inevitably lead to a severe crash when the drug wears off and the body seeks to maintain equilibrium. Consequently, the person will lose their joy over time.

In addition to nutrition, sleep is another crucial component to overall well-being. Seven to eight hours a night is recommended for adults. While a small percentage of adults can get by with much less, this is the exception and not the rule. Too many people burn the candle at both ends. Sleep deprivation can have a devastating effect on mood.

In conclusion, mindfulness, which is the focus on the moment, is a key component in our arsenal to stay happy and be at our very best.

Written by Tom Howard

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Put The Green Back In Food.

In the last sixty to seventy years, cancer and inflammatory diseases have skyrocketed. Much evidence points to the consumption of animal based foods as the cause of this. However, this was not always the case.

Before cannabis prohibition in the 1930’s, feral hemp once bloomed on the grazing fields of farms. This hemp contained cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid with tremendous health benefits. The animals would eat this hemp thus the meat, eggs, and dairy products they produced would contain cannabidiol. The American diet at that time had large amounts of meat, eggs, milk, butter and cheese; yet cancer and other degenerative diseases occurred much less frequently than today. This all changed when the U.S. government eradicated feral hemp from the land as part of cannabis prohibition.

Today we have many cannabidiol products available. Vape oil, drops and gummies are in health food stores and the internet. By consuming this substance that was common in the human food chain, we can turn back the clock to a much healthier time.

Written by Tom Howard

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Why Spirituality?

Many of us feel trapped. On one side is the organized traditional religion from which we were raised in. Although our faiths have comforted us, the dogma of organized religion has limited our views and stifled our quest for enlightenment. Even as it installed love and gratitude to a creator, it has led to strife between believers of different faiths, rejected scientific knowledge, led to the irresponsible treatment of Mother Earth, and condemned people simply for loving who they love.

Many people have left their respective faiths and adopted scientific materialism. However this belief system has been found to be both inaccurate and harmful. Harmful in that it strips us of togetherness, deprives us of ceremony and celebration, and leaves one feeling without meaning or purpose. Inaccurate in that it fails to accept the new discoveries made everyday that tie science and the spiritual together.

Spirituality fosters love, gratitude, and a belief that all living things in the cosmos are inseparably linked. Instead of contradicting science, spirituality accepts the physical laws of nature while acknowledging the immaterial as an inseparable part of our reality. Spirituality fills the void left in one’s heart by leaving dogma behind, providing a third way that leads away from oppression on one hand and emptiness on the other.

Just as balance is important for the Spirit, it is also important for the entire Mind-Body-Spirit system that makes up all of us. Health, the maintenance of the body, is provided by proper nutrition. While not neglecting one’s health is important, health can also be harmed by the overuse of pharmaceuticals. A balanced third way of natural foods, cannabis medicine, rest and exercise is a better way to maintain one’s body. Spirituality stresses that one’s body is a temple and it is better to maintain it as a temple.

Mindfulness is maintaining balance in one’s mind. It is the taking in of the present moment while freeing one’s mind from the anxiety about tomorrow and the regret about yesterday. Meditation is key to this and is a vital part of spirituality as well.

Spirituality provides people with a better way of life by maintaining balance in the Mind-Body-Spirit system and replaces the obsolete dogma and materialism that plagues our world today.

Written by Tom Howard

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