Written by Emily Holden, LPC-Intern
In an alternate universe, where everyone went around doing what other people wanted and only giving to others, who would be left to ask for a favor? Who would be left to receive the gifts of others? Of course that is not the world we live in, but hopefully that far-fetched scenario encourages a momentary paradigm shift, inviting readers to suspend their prior judgments and long-held assumptions while reading this post.
The act of giving actually goes two ways. In one direction a person exerts energy to please someone else. While on the other hand, the person being helped must show up with a willingness to receive the service or gift. Without the giver, the receiver does not reap happiness, and without the receiver, the giver has no one to reflect appreciation for his acts, while he/she also loses out on the inherent joy that humans, as social animals, get from helping others.
In his book Dancing With Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships, John Amodeo suggests that “we may then bask together in a non- dual moment in which there is no distinction between the giver and the receiver. Both people are giving and receiving in their own unique ways. This shared experience can be profoundly sacred and intimate.”
In this video I just wanted to unveil my newest gadget with you all. Introcuding Muse: the brain sensing headband! As you can see, it's quite the fashion statement. It's a clinical grade EEG device that you wear like a headband to get live neural feedback on the state of your brain while you meditate. This feedback gives you significantly more opportunities to bring your focus back to the present moment, which is the activity that builds attentional capacity and the ability to remain calm and focused. So you get a supercharged brain workout each time you meditate with Muse.
You have the option to meditate to the sound of the ocean or a rain forest and you can customize the length of time for each session. As your mind moves into more active states you will hear increased wind and rain to let you know to reel it in. It's really cool to view your stats and track your progress over time. If you're really calm for an extended amount of time, you'll hear birds and the number of birds are tallied up for you at the end of your session. So now I'm going into it with the goal of racking up more birds than the last time.
You might be wondering, how much is this thing? And where can I get one? The device retails for $299. You can purchase it in a number of different places, but why not get it right here! By clicking on the banner ad below you will be directed to their website and any sales are tracked and we get a little piece of that action. I am hoping that we can earn enough to purchase a few more for the center as loaners to our clients who are learning to meditate or wanting to improve their meditation skils. Click the ad below to learn more!
Perfectionism is something so many of us struggle with.
We constantly berate ourselves for not doing better, for not being better, and often we are focused solely on our improvement.
The thing about perfection that makes it dangerous is that it is unattainable. You can always do better, be better. You can have a better house, better car, better job, better body...
So why did Voltaire say perfect is the enemy of good. Because in the search for perfection we can forget to live our lives. We can forget to be present, be who we want to be in our relationships, and care for ourselves.
So how do you combat these habits of perfectionism? What is the opposite of perfectionism?
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