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Mental Well-Being Session 1 Shakespeare said about the inner mind, “It’s a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” That’s your racket. That’s mental well-being Prep email: Get a paper/pen. Bring a tennis racket/badminton racket.  Moderator: This is an important section—there is no happiness without mental health.  Our objective is…

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Further there are many ‘thinking errors’ defined by cognitive behavioral therapy as defined in the book ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple’. Here is a list: Type Description Example Black and white Seeing things in extreme If I do badly on this exam, I’m an idiot Shoulding Way we want things is way ought to be…

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Session #1: Achieve Daily Flow Understanding how discipline creates good habits that improve well-being Physical well-being fundamentally is about the discipline in developing good life habits.  To achieve daily flow, you need balance and you need the right mindset which can only be formed by you and how you go about the day and your…

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Eight Ways To Meditate Without Just Sitting There There are many ways to get the benefits of meditation through other activities. We’ve all heard the buzz about meditation. Celebrities endorse it, scientific studies proclaim its benefits, and it’s no longer considered a religious activity. But despite being eager to reap the rewards of meditation, some…

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10 different types of meditation and who they might be good for

10 Types of Meditation – And Who They Might Be Good For Meditation practice helps you stay strong in the face of negativity and uncertainty. It keeps you calm, rational and grounded under stressful conditions, and improves quality of life in the good times too. Here are 10 different types of meditation to try out…

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Know Thyself to Know What You Want It’s vital to learn about yourself in a changing world. Knowing thyself allows you to adapt to your strengths. There are many ways to learn about yourself including personality tests, family/friend feedback, journaling/writing, and meditation. Know thyself. This ancient Greek aphorism, originally attributed to Socrates, is said to…

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The Power of Mindfulness and different types of meditation

The Power of Mindfulness and Types of Meditation Learn about the power of mindfulness, and the different types of mediation in order to increase your mental well-being The ability of our minds to do what we want them to do, and not do what we don’t want them to do, is maddeningly elusive. Anyone who…

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What is Conditioning?

What is Conditioning? Learn about conditioning and how it impacts your mental well-being. From the moment we are born, conditioning begins. We constantly have experiences that give rise to thoughts, feelings and emotions. Based on these we form conscious ideas, and subconscious or even unconscious mental patterns, which in turn drive our behavior. At any…

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Don’t Let Politics Derail Your Happiness Politics can be a major external factor in disrupting your happiness. Don’t let it. You’re enjoying some much-needed social interaction after a long quarantine. Everything’s going great until somebody brings up politics—blame or praise of a certain elected official, perhaps, or a brazen view on sensitive issues. Suddenly your…

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Jedi Mind Tricks, tranquil woman doing yoga in the park

Top 10 Jedi Mind Tricks For Mental Well-Being Use Jedi Mind Tricks to eliminate negative thoughts. From positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy, we’ve devised these quick tips for you. Do you ever have a negative thought that you cannot eradicate? Does too much work cause an overhang of stress? Do you get set off…

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Speak with Wisdom and Intent Spiritual writer Donald Rothberg taught me the value of communicating with intent. I recently went to a workshop in Spirit Rock. Communication can affect your well-being, but did anyone ever tell you how to talk? To optimize your UWB (Ultimate Well-Being) using communication, keep this in mind:  Remember Donald’s wisdom…

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Isolation Guide #3 — Mental Mayhem to Mind Control Much of your UWB ultimate well-being can be controlled by your mind. Your mind is either your best friend or your worst enemy. Before you continue, pick which one you want it to be. Assuming you want it to be your friend, it’s time to train…

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If You are So Smart, Why aren’t You Happy? Meet Raj Raghunathan who has studied happiness for two decades at the University of Texas, Austin. See our video chat here. https://youtu.be/pzhAAilHDF0 I was recently in Costa Rica – right when COVID19 hit in Central America – at the University of Peace Centre funded by the…

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Learn the Power of Improvisation I took an Improvisation class at Stanford University to learn how to better communicate with friends, family, and colleagues.  I learned a few things: a framework of communication, how to tell a story, and fully be in the moment Overview: Take a framework of how to discuss things into every…

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Oprah Winfrey Wellness Tour

Oprah Winfrey: Be the Highest and Truest Form of Yourself Learn what Oprah Winfrey says about her formula for wellness Key Take-Aways: Oprah’s wellness formula is mind + body + spirit. Mind = Emotions, learning and work Body = Nutrition and movement Spirit = purpose and relationships Focus on what your perfect vision for your…

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Connecting Authentically with Great Conversations Learn how to connect quickly and have meaningful conversations Do you know how to have engaging conversations that lead to meaningful interactions, even with a stranger?  Hi, I’m Clarence! I’m one of the new contributors to KDAlive. Recently I went to a workshop called the Art of Charm. The AoC is…

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How to Give Feedback Like a Buddha Essential ways to give feedback to a friend, colleague, or family member. The Zen Center in San Francisco offers skills-based classes in communication and personal development. I highly recommend these.  Develop confidence through an understanding of giving and receiving feedback through a Buddhist lens. “Learn to take the…

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Want to Make a Career Change – Use Zen to Help You Follow the plan below to guide you through a career transition. So you need a change, a shift in your career but you don’t know where to start? It’s hard. Stopping what you’ve been doing for years. I went to a class at…

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3-Day Vipassana Retreat in Canada Sometimes, one needs a retreat to reset Most Meaningful Experience: Getting back into the process I just finished a 3-day vipassana retreat at a nursing home turned Vipassana center in Youngstown, Canada. My original vipassana post is here. This place is a very modern facility, unusual for a vipassana center,…

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Top 10 Things I Learned from WimHof Breathe, Cold, and Fasting is the way to reduce stress and stay mindful Know as the “Iceman”, Wim Hof is spreading his methodology of breathing, cold, and focus around the world. Here are 10 things I learned from a weekend retreat. More in depth here. https://kdalive.com/discovering-the-multi-pronged-wellness-approach-of-wim-hof-the-iceman/ 1. Meditation…

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    Bhutan and Gross National Happiness Learn about how the Bhutanese government measures progress through Gross National Happiness (GNH) The real reason I wanted to go to Bhutan was to investigate the “Land of Happiness” after reading about the government policies that try to maximize this for their people. I thought this was intriguing…

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Going forward, I’ll be writing more about Well-Being and the intersection of well-being and travel. At the start of May, I spent a long weekend at Multiversity 1440 the Science of Happiness gathering, which was being held in partnership with 1440 Multiversity at UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. They have a beautiful college campus…

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Top 10 things I learned at Burning Man (with 2 Dope Videos) One piece of advice I got before I left for Burning Man was: “You can get what you want out of it, so decide what you want before you go.” But I didn’t really know what I could get out of it until…

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Top 10 Vipassana Takeaways Sometimes, one needs a retreat to reset Please see the original vipassana here! Vipassana: If You Meet the Buddha, Kill Him How You react to external stimuli is the most important thing in life Bringing yourself back to breathe and in the moment. Anxiety is self-induced, wants to create anxieties. Thinking…

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Japanese Baseball Hats

There seems to be an inextricable meditative link between throwing and thinking. This afternoon, Stephen Lee and I tossed a nerf football outside the Scribd office and I felt a cool breeze over my new haircut along with a new and completely untainted flow of thought. Just 2 hours before, we were in heated strategic…

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