Day: August 26, 2015

6 Encouraging Quotes To Get You Through Tough Times – Thousand Thoughts

A small structure of words can really  free your mind completely! isn’t it amazing!

Words Can Inspire

Feelings can be only felt, they cannot be precisely explained. You can go around it, and try to grasp the feeling to the participant. But how would you explain pain or love if they have never loved nor been hurt?

The next encouraging quotes will sympathize with your precise feeling of “getting through tough times” and will boost up inspiration in you. We are all in this together!

 

1. “There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” – Paulo Coelho

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” – Paulo Coelho

2. “We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” ― C. JoyBell C.

“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”

If you want success, you have to be resilient!

3. “How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.” ― Steve Maraboli

“How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.”

4. “At first, they’ll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they’ll dislike you.” ― Criss Jami

“At first, they’ll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they’ll dislike you.”

5. “You can do something extraordinary, and something that a lot of people can’t do. And if you have the opportunity to work on your gifts, it seems like a crime not to. I mean, it’s just weakness to quit because something becomes too hard…”  ― Morgan Matson

You can do something extraordinary, and something that a lot of people can’t do. And if you have the opportunity to work on your gifts, it seems like a crime not to. I mean, it’s just weakness to quit because something becomes too hard…”

6. “Don’t let the muggles get you down.” ― J.K. Rowling

“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”

 

I would love to hear which quote would fit for your own unique encouragement?

Staring Into Someone’s Eyes For 10 Minutes Leads To Altered State Of Consciousness.

A psychologist in Italy has figured out how to induce a drug-free altered state of consciousness by asking 20 volunteers to sit and stare into each other’s eyes for 10 minutes straight.

Not only did the deceptively simple task bring on strange ‘out of body’ experiences for the volunteers, it also caused them to see hallucinations of monsters, their relatives, and themselves in their partner’s face.

The experiment, run by Giovanni Caputo from the University of Urbino, involved having 20 young adults (15 of which were women) pair off, sit in a dimly lit room 1 meter away from each other, and stare into their partner’s eyes for 10 minutes.

The lighting in the room was bright enough for the volunteers to easily make out the facial features of their partner, but low enough to diminish their overall color perception.

A control group of 20 more volunteers were asked to sit and stare for 10 minutes in another dimly lit room in pairs, but their chairs were facing a blank wall.

The volunteers were told very little about the purpose of the study, only that it had to do with a “meditative experience with eyes open”

Staring into eyes

Once the 10 minutes were up, the volunteers were asked to complete questionnaires related to what they experienced during and after the experiment. One questionnaire focused on any dissociative symptoms that the volunteers might have experienced, and another questioned them on what they perceived in their partner’s face (eye-staring group) or their own face (control group).

Dissociation is a term used in psychology to describe a whole range of psychological experiences that make a person feel detached from their immediate surroundings. Symptoms such as a loss of memory, seeing everything in distorted colors, or feeling like the world isn’t real can be brought on by abuse and trauma; drugs such as ketamine, alcohol, and LSD; and now, apparently, face-staring.

“The participants in the eye-staring group said they’d had a compelling experience unlike anything they’d felt before,” Christian Jarrett writes for the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest.

Reporting in journal Psychiatry Research, Caputo says the eye-staring group out-scored the control group in all the questionnaires, which suggests that something about staring into another human being’s eyes for 10 uninterrupted minutes had a profound effect on their visual perception and mental state.

Jarrett explains:

“On the dissociative states test, they gave the strongest ratings to items related to reduced color intensity, sounds seeming quieter or louder than expected, becoming spaced out, and time seeming to drag on. On the strange-face questionnaire, 90 percent of the eye-staring group agreed that they’d seen some deformed facial traits, 75 percent said they’d seen a monster, 50 percent said they saw aspects of their own face in their partner’s face, and 15 percent said they’d seen a relative’s face.

The results recall what Caputo found back in 2010 when he performed a similar experiment with 50 volunteers staring at themselves in a mirror for 10 minutes. The paper, entitled Strange-Face-in-the-Mirror Illusion, reports that after less than a minute, the volunteers started seeing what Caputo describes as the “strange-face illusion”.

“The participants’ descriptions included huge deformations of their own faces; seeing the faces of alive or deceased parents; archetypal faces such as an old woman, child or the portrait of an ancestor; animal faces such as a cat, pig or lion; and even fantastical and monstrous beings,” Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik write for Scientific American. “All 50 participants reported feelings of ‘otherness’ when confronted with a face that seemed suddenly unfamiliar. Some felt powerful emotions.”

According to Jarrett at the British Psychological Society, while the eye-staring group of this most recent experiment only scored on average 2.45 points higher than the control group in their questionnaires (which used a five-point scale where 0 is “not at all” and 5 would be “extremely”), Caputo says the effects were stronger than those experienced by the 2010 mirror-staring volunteers.

So what’s going on here? Martinez-Conde and Macknik explain that it’s likely to do with something called neural adaptation, which describes how our neurons can slow down or even stop their responses to unchanging stimulation. It happens when you stare at any scene or object for an extended period of time – your perception will start to fade until you blink or the scene changes, or it can be rectified by tiny involuntary eye movements called microsaccades.

Information’s and image from : Science Alert

 

7 Painful Truths We Forget Every Day – Thousand Thoughts

Sometimes the truth can hurt, so will these painful truths today.

The main reason we read this is because we need to appreciate things more now than ever. Things are changing every minute, and we might not be able to adapt if we don’t know couple of generally painful truths.

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I remind myself of these every day, and I must confess these are some of my personal motivational factors when I usually don’t have a tiny bit of power to work.

Time is limited

Before you say “I know it” you might take a look over your life again. However old you are, looking back on your life experiences you’ll notice that it has no ‘time’ in the formula. Everything seems like it happened yesterday.

So appreciate every minute you spend. Most cancer survivors and people who were tiny step away from losing their life begin to know how important is to live well and appreciate things we already have around us.

You live the life you create

When you go out and see all the vibrant things, cars, people, animals, birds around you, endorse that they have massive impact over our life. That’s why we are together in one world.

And the paradox is, that neither of those things can affect you, as long as you don’t react upon it.

The point is, that every person creates a world on his own derived by his/hers decisions and actions.

Failure is part of success

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

I’ve learned that it seems like life is playing with us sometimes. It gets you to the ground, with your head, in the mud and tells you:

“This is the bottom, it’s the worst it can happen. This is how people feel sometimes, and even worse than this. You can be here your whole life, complaining how life happens to you, or you can go wash your face, and start taking things in your hands.”

Dare to make mistakes, and fail hundreds of times, until there’s no gap in your actions that will give you another fail on the road.

Busy and productive are two different things

Being busy doesn’t necessarily makes you productive.

Success doesn’t come from busyness. It comes from productivity + best use of time. Sometimes it can be 3-4 hours a day.

Over-busy people are scattered everywhere. They have no aim, nor balance in their life. We should never forget that life is not about work, money and burdening ourselves with baloney things and forget that this is actual life.

Thinking and doing are two separate worlds

They are two different worlds because it’s the disparity between success and failure, and living and dying. They are so close, and yet so far. This may be the number one painful truth we forget.

Imagine how many things would be done if you just started doing things, instead of wondering and thinking. The first thing we should do to keep on the thorny road is action. Without action you will create a state where you’ll be mind-shackled.

Without applying the thoughts in the physical words, we create a state of self-prison. We create a person inside our head that doesn’t allow any thoughts to go through the hands and legs.

If you want to do things, you must apply your thoughts in the physical world. It’s not the stupid people are not full of doubts, as Charles Bukowski says; it is the ones that don’tdo.

Some people should be removed and nothing else

People around us, especially the ones we contact with, play crucial role in how we live our life. They can be the biggest blessing or the biggest mistakes we have. Jim Rohn says that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” It looks pretty true to me.

Toxic environment is invisible cage. Even a whole society and circle of people can be toxic.

If you belong to a toxic environment you will spend your life being unproductive, switching from failure to failure. Then you may think “you’re an introvert.” No, you are person who is in the wrong environment. You are individual who still haven’t found his/hers soul mates.

Forgive before you get an apology

Holding grudges rents a place in your head and keeps you busy with something that shouldn’t last a second in your life.

Life gets much easier when you learn to accept all the apologies you never got. Life is all about experiences, positive or negative. They are all part of the life lessons. When you forgive someone you promise yourself not to hold the irreversible past against your present self.

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New Age Management: Mind over Matter – Thousand Thoughts

Sri Sri

As the saying goes, it is always mind over matter. The quality of one’s life is determined by the state of the mind. If the mind is at ease, one is able to manage all activities whether household, professional or social with ease.

If the mind is disturbed conflict arises even between spouses who have married after years of intense romance and courtship! And if the mind is calm, one can even smile to an enemy.

The mind is the most powerful instrument in the universe. It can transcend space and time and go the farthest reaches of the Universe.

Management begins in the mind. When the mind manages itself better, it can manage anything.

Management is about managing minds, diverse thoughts, tendencies, diverse perception. Both positive and negative thoughts emanate from the very same brain. But when we do not know the mechanics of mind and its influence on life, it becomes hard to manage. Being better aware of our own mind helps us to understand life and its dynamics better. It makes management easy.

Human life is structured just like an atom. At the center of the atom is the nucleus, with the neutrons and protons, and a field of negative charges orbits it. Similarly, we too have virtues at the center of our being. However, if we have not reached the core, we roam the outer orbits.

Spiritual techniques like meditation help one reach there. It gathers the chattering mind into a focused stream of energy. A torch sheds dim light, and does nothing more. If the same light is concentrated to a very high degree, it becomes a laser beam, which can cut the hardest metal. A dissipated and unfocussed mind cannot achieve anything. A focused mind can move the world.

The question is how do we keep the mind focused when it keeps flitting between the past and the future. There is a built-in mechanism to calm the mind in each person, but seldom one is taught how to use it. Attending to it is spirituality. The key to managing the mind is meditation and silent contemplation. If we invest a few minutes in meditation and silence every day, a whole new dimension of life opens up.

 

Author: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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