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9 Simple Ways to Make Your Meditation Practice Fun and Exciting by Kev Wood

By now you know that having a regular meditation practice is good for you. You know how beneficial it can be to your body, mind, and spirit, yet it’s easy to go days, or weeks, or months without meditating.

Often, we associate negative feelings with meditation. It becomes something we “have” to do, instead of something that inspires us and we feel drawn to. Sometimes, meditation can feel a lot like work. Plus, we’re dealing with our minds, which seem to have an infinite supply of excuses to stop us from adding positive habits to our lives.

If you’ve been struggling to meditate, or it feels too much like work. Then, this post is for you.

Below we offer nine different ways you can reinvigorate your meditation practice and make it fun again. After all, the moment something becomes fun a lot of resistance to the activity drops.

1. Go as Small as Possible

If you jumped into meditation with a lot of vigor, then you could be overcommitting yourself. If you expect yourself to meditation 30 minutes or an hour a day, and you’re just beginning, then you’re going to be in for a rough time. You could simply be overwhelmed with the amount of time you’re making yourself spend…with yourself.

One way around this is to simply shorten the time you’re meditation. You can expand with time.

But, start small. Set a timer for five minutes and that’s it.

These small meditations can help to build the meditation muscle. And you might even begin to enjoy these little mental refreshers you give yourself throughout the day.

2. Take a ‘Napitation’

Who doesn’t love a good nap?

Now, napping can be great for our minds and even our overall health. But, you can actually supercharge your naps, by throwing in a little meditation.

By setting aside a little meditation time before your nap, you’ll give yourself some extra motivation. As soon as you’re done meditating, you’ll get to take a nap!

If you’re planning on taking a 20 minute nap, then meditate for five minutes before that. You’ll probably even notice that meditating before you take a nap will lead to your naps being even more recharging than usual.

3. Prioritize Comfort

If you’re uncomfortable when you’re meditating, then it’s going to be difficult to stick with.

Prioritize comfort, especially in the beginning stages. If you can’t sit comfortably, then try sitting on a meditation cushion, or a stack of pillows.

If your body is still incredibly uncomfortable, then try lying down, or standing up.

Choose a position that allows your body to sink into comfort, and you’ll remove some resistance to letting your meditation practice shine.

4. Make It a Treat

Meditation should be a fun practice.

If you dread your meditation practice, or find it incredibly boring, then it’s time to reconfigure your motivation.

Find that one thing that you truly love about meditation. Maybe it’s how you feel the moment you open your eyes after meditating. Maybe it’s after ten minutes into your meditation when you feel yourself truly relax.

Find that one thing that you love about the practice and do your best to bring that intention to light.

Focus on that and you’ll find it’s much easier to get yourself to commit to meditating.

5. Get Help

If you’re finding meditation impossible, then you could seek out help in the form of audios and guided meditations. Both of these can help outsource the difficult parts of meditation and still give you the benefits of practicing.

Find a guided meditation that you truly love doing and you’ll find yourself committing to the practice much more often.

6. Make It Mobile

You can walk and meditate.

If you’ve found it impossible to sit still while you meditate, then maybe walking meditation is more up your alley. A walking mindfulness meditation can be a very effective and enjoyable practice.

To do this practice find a place where you won’t be disturbed and you can focus all of your intention on your walking and breathing. Notice all of the sensations present in your body, and the immediate world that surrounds you.

7. Take 100 Breaths

It can help you meditate if you give your mind something to hook onto.

If you’re not feeling up to meditation, then take 100 conscious breaths.

This can be some sort of challenge for you mind, which can allow you to

READ MORE HERE: https://counterculturist.net/9-simple-ways-to-make-your-meditation-practice-fun-and-exciting/

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Get Started Growing Herbs in Pots Written by Kerry Michaels

Herbs grown in containers sitting on a deck.
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    Benefits of Growing Herbs in Pots

    Herbs grown in three blue pots surrounded by other flowers and pots.
     © Kerry Michaels

    Herb container gardens are popular for many reasons. Even if you have miles of property and gardens galore, it’s so convenient to be able to step out your door and pick a handful of fresh herbs from a beautiful container garden, any time of the day or night. Maintenance is also more convenient with containers, and there are fewer problems with weeds and critters getting into your crop.

    You can grow almost any herb in a container, and most are very easy. However, herbs can have different water requirements, and some are more finicky than others, so be sure to put herbs with similar needs in the same pot.

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    Planning Your Herb Container

    Potted container with three different types of herbs.
     © Kerry Michaels

    You can grow as many types of herbs in one container as you want, as long as you make sure that all the herbs in a single pot share the same sun, water, and soil preferences. For example, rosemary likes it hot and dry, while parsley needs steady moisture. Therefore, they don’t work well together in the same pot.

    Don’t forget that herbs can also serve as decorative elements in any container garden, adding texture and scent when mixed with annuals or perennials. Again, just be sure to pair them with plants that have the same requirements for light and water.

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    Choosing a Container for Your Herbs

    Metal container filled with a variety of herbs.
     © Kerry Michaels

    You can use almost anything for an herb container as long as it provides for good drainage. Most herbs don’t have large root systems, so you can get away with smaller containers. This is especially true of the herbs that don’t mind drying out between waterings. However, the smaller the container, the less soil there is, which means you have a smaller margin of error when it comes to watering.

    Some herbs thrive in self-watering containers because they like a constant level of moisture. Plants such as chives, parsley, marjoram, and mint would be particularly good candidates for growing in self-watering pots. Other herbs, such as oreganothyme, rosemary, and basil, prefer to dry out between watering so wouldn’t be good candidates for self-watering containers.

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    Planting and Caring for Your Herbs

    Garden pot filled with herbs and flowers.
     © Kerry Michaels

    Help your herbs thrive with the right soil, sun, and feeding. Use high-quality potting soil because most herbs need good drainage. Also, make sure that your container has drainage holes so you don’t drown your herbs.

    Most herbs need full sun for at least six hours a day. That said, containers can really bake on a hot day, so if you live somewhere where temperatures soar, your herb containers may need to be shaded during the hottest part of the day.

    Be careful not to over-fertilize your herbs. Most don’t like it and some herbs will simply die if they are fussed with and overfed. Some herbs such as thyme and oregano thrive on neglect and won’t be as tasty if they are given too much attention, water, or food.

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    Harvesting Your Herbs

    Herb bouquet in a blue vase.
     © Kerry Michaels

    The rule of thumb for harvesting herbs is that the more you pick, the more you’ll get. Also, you want to pinch back most herbs to make them bushier and well-formed. But

    READ MORE HERE: https://www.thespruce.com/growing-herbs-in-pots-getting-started-3876523

Why Go Veg? By Vegetarian Times Editors

Learn the reasons to change over to a vegetarian diet, and start eating less meat today—or none at all!
Why Go Vegetarian

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Why are people drawn to vegetarianism? Some just want to live longer, healthier lives. Others have made the switch to preserve Earth’’s natural resources or from a love of animals and an ethical opposition to eating them.

Thanks to an abundance of scientific research that demonstrates the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, even the federal government recommends that we consume most of our calories from grain products, vegetables and fruits.

And no wonder: An estimated 70 percent of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, are related to diet. A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.

Why go vegetarian? Chew on these reasons:

You’ll ward off disease.

Vegetarian diets are more healthful than the average American diet, particularly in preventing, treating or reversing heart disease and reducing the risk of cancer. A low-fat vegetarian diet is the single most effective way to stop the progression of coronary artery disease or prevent it entirely. Cardiovascular disease kills 1 million Americans annually and is the leading cause of death in the United States.

But the mortality rate for cardiovascular disease is lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians, says Joel Fuhrman, MD, author of Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. A vegetarian diet is inherently healthful because vegetarians consume less animal fat and cholesterol (vegans consume no animal fat or cholesterol) and instead consume more fiber and more antioxidant-rich produce——another great reason to listen to Mom and eat your veggies!

You’ll keep your weight down.

The standard American diet—high in saturated fats and processed foods and low in plant-based foods and complex carbohydrates——is making us fat and killing us slowly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a division of the CDC, the National Center for Health Statistics, 64 percent of adults and 15 percent of children aged 6 to 19 are overweight and are at risk of weight-related ailments including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

A study conducted from 1986 to 1992 by Dean Ornish, MD, president and director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, found that overweight people who followed a low-fat, vegetarian diet lost an average of 24 pounds in the first year and kept off that weight 5 years later. They lost the weight without counting calories or carbs and without measuring portions or feeling hungry.

You’ll live longer.

If you switch from the standard American diet to a vegetarian diet, you can add about 13 healthy years to your life, says Michael F. Roizen, MD, author of The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat. “People who consume saturated, four-legged fat have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system. Meat eaters also experience accelerated cognitive and sexual dysfunction at a younger age.”

Want more proof of longevity?

Residents of Okinawa, Japan, have the longest life expectancy of any Japanese and likely the longest life expectancy of anyone in the world, according to a 30-year study of more than 600 Okinawan centenarians. Their secret: a low-calorie diet of unrefined complex carbohydrates, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, and soy.

You’ll build strong bones.

When there isn’t enough calcium in the bloodstream, our bodies will leach it from existing bone. The metabolic result is that our skeletons will become porous and lose strength over time. Most health care practitioners recommend that we increase our intake of calcium the way nature intended——through foods. Foods also supply other nutrients such as phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin D that are necessary for the body to absorb and use calcium.

People who are mildly lactose-intolerant can often enjoy small amounts of dairy products such as yogurt, cheese and lactose-free milk. But if you avoid dairy altogether, you can still get a healthful dose of calcium from dry beans, tofu, soymilk and dark green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, collards and turnip greens.

You’ll reduce your risk of food-borne illnesses.

The CDC reports that food-borne illnesses of all kinds account for 76 million illnesses a year, resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the United States. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), foods rich in protein such as meat, poultry, fish and seafood are frequently involved in food-borne illness outbreaks.

You’ll ease the symptoms of menopause.

Many foods contain nutrients beneficial to perimenopausal and menopausal women. Certain foods are rich in phytoestrogens, the plant-based chemical compounds that mimic the behavior of estrogen. Since phytoestrogens can increase and decrease estrogen and progesterone levels, maintaining a balance of them in your diet helps ensure a more comfortable passage through menopause. Soy is by far the most abundant natural source of phytoestrogens, but these

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.vegetariantimes.com/health-and-nutrition/why-go-veg-learn-about-becoming-a-vegetarian