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https://www.outsideonline.com/2399826/wellness-industry-lies-what-really-works

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We've Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.
In Silicon Valley, techies are swooning over tarot-card readers. In New York, you can hook up to a "detox" IV at a lounge. In the Midwest, the Neurocore Brain Performance Center markets brain training for everything from ADHD, anxiety, and depression to migraines, stress, autism-spectrum disorder, athletic performance, memory, and cognition.

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Defining "wellness"

It's a lifestyle or state of being that goes beyond merely the absence of disease and into the idea of maximizing human potential. 

Once someone’s basic needs are met (e.g., ...

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How "wellness" is marketed

Wellness is simple: it’s about committing to basic practices as individuals and communities. And unfortunately, these basics tend to get overlooked in favor of easy-to-market nonsense.

Nouris...

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Move Your Body

30 minutes of moderate to intense daily physical activity lowers your risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, mental illness, and many types of cancer.

Any kind of activity that makes your br...

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Nutrition

Ignore diets and supplements and, instead, just aim to cut out junk like processed and fried foods.

Extensive studies have found that 16 of the most popular supplements and 8 of...

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Don’t Hide Your Feelings

Modern-day wellness creates the impression that everyone is happy all the time and that you should be, too. But this is not the reality of being human.

Hiding or repressing sadnes...

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Relationships Matter

The mortality risks associated with loneliness exceeds those associated with obesity and physical inactivity and are comparable to the risks of smoking. 

Digital connections&nb...

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The Passion Mindset

It's the belief that you’ll find an activity or pursuit about which you are immediately passionate from the start. This is quite misleading and even harmful.

Better than this i...

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Deep Work And Happiness

When you are working on something, regardless of what it is, eliminate distractions so you can give it your full attention.

The more present and fully engaged you are with what’s in front ...

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Cultivate Purpose

Though purpose doesn't need to be based on organized religion, cultivating a cohesive sense of direction, core values, and connection with something beyond yourself is important.

For s...

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"Being spiritual" nowadays signals:

"Being spiritual" nowadays signals:
  1. People that believe there is more to the world than meets the eye, more than the mere material. 
  2. People that attend to their inner life (their mental and emotio...

Understanding the world

Spirituality is a framework for understanding the world. It enables people to make sense of that which, for them, science and religion fail to address: religion because it's outdated and out of touch with scientific progress, science because it's incapable to answer some of life's most crucial questions (of purpose, meaning and value).

Outer Space vs. Inner Space

The Dalai Lama once joked: "While the West was busy exploring outer space, the East was busy exploring inner space". 

Regardless of the veracity of this, it does seem that for contemporary western societies, silence and stillness are an exception, not the rule.

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Describing wonder

Wonder is said to be a childish emotion. However, as adults, we experience it when gaping at something unexpectedly spectacular.

Adam Smith, an 18th-century moral philosopher, describes wond...

Bodily symptoms

The bodily symptoms of this strange appearance point to three dimensions:

  • Sensory: The marvelous things take hold of our senses - we stare and widen our eyes.
  • Cognitive: We are perplexed because we don't have a past experience to understand them. It leads to a suspension of breath, similar to when we are startled.
  • Spiritual: We look upwards in veneration, which makes our heart swell.

The scale of wonder

At the mild end of this emotion, we talk about things being marvelous. More intense emotions might be described as astonishing. The extreme of this experiences is met with expressions of awe.

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Relaxation as an alternative

There are plenty of ways to achieve relaxation without sitting cross-legged on the floor. They’re all rooted in a technique called “the distraction method.”

The method consists of d...

Activities to calm your brain

  1. Arts and crafts, including but not limited to coloring, pottery and knitting.
  2. All varieties of yoga.
  3. Go for a walk. Notice how your breath feels. Notice your feet walking.
  4. Singing, humming and whistling.
  5. Free-writing before bed.
  6. Cooking is filled with basic tasks that let you focus on all sorts of sights, smells, tastes and textures.

Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR)

Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR)

In Canada, millennials are ditching orthodox religions and embracing spirituality. There is a distinct movement towards spirituality, and it is led by the young crowd.

SBNRs don’t look ...

Self Spirituality

... has its roots in the 1960s counterculture and the ‘Rights Revolution, and focuses on individual rights, where there is no one size fits all rules.

They feel complete within themselves and have no inclination towards joining any religious institution which has specific rules, as for them it is just another cult full of greed, corruption and fear-mongering.

Religious Authorities

... predictably denounce self-spirituality, and provide their reasons. They say this leads to narcissism, hedonism, or both, but in reality, they are terrified that people are allowed to choose not to follow any religion, and eventually will not participate in hating other religions as a side-effect.

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The Flow State

Flow is characterized by complete concentration in the activity at hand, resulting in a loss in one’s sense of space and time. It’s a state of both high challenge and high skill—a place where we’re...

The Six Parts of A Flow State

  1. Intense concentration on the task at hand.
  2. A merging of action and awareness - “being and doing become one”.
  3. A loss of reflective self-consciousness.
  4. A sense of personal control over the situation.
  5. A distortion of the perception of time.
  6. Autotelic experience: the activity itself is intrinsically rewarding, rather than the expected outcome.

What Flow Is Not

  • It’s not easyFlow is not just a state where we love the work so much it just pours out. Flow is a state where hard work meets joy and meaning. 
  • It’s not for beginners. The act of learning how to do something won’t always allow us to get into the flow. Getting into the zone in a specific discipline is something that needs to be learned and practiced.

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Worry

Worry is the cognitive part of anxiety, with it's repetitive and obsessive thought patterns in our mind. Worry is sometimes essential for us to solve problems or take action, provided we are not st...

Stress

Stress is a biological response(or a reaction) to external changes and forces beyond one's resources. Signs of stress include a rapid heart rate, shallow breath, and an adrenaline rush.


Acute stress or temporary stress is normal and even beneficial. Chronic stress is linked to health concerns like heart disease and a weakened immune system.


Ways to Handle Stress:

  • Exercise daily.
  • Focus your energy on what you can control.
  • Know that your stress response is unique to you.

Anxiety

Anxiety is the culmination of worry and stress. It is a state of body and mind which is stressed and worried for no apparent reason, like a response to a false alarm.

An anxiety disorder is an acute form of anxiety and a serious medical condition.


How to Handle Anxiety:

  • Curb your sugar, alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  • Calm yourself by deep breathing and refocusing on your body parts.
  • Distract yourself by listening to music or a little exercise.
Stress, worry and anxiety can be helped by regular exercise, a nutritious diet and an ample amount of sleep.

    3 kinds of happy lives

    • The pleasant life: you fill your life with as many pleasures as you can. This has hardly any contribution to lasting fulfilment.
    • The life of engagement, where y...

    Habits Of Supremely Happy People

    • They surround themselves with other happy people.
    • They cultivate resilience.
    • They appreciate simple pleasures.
    • They devote some of their time to giving.
    • They get immersed in activities that bring joy.
    • They nix the small talk for deeper conversations. 
    • They make a point to listen. 
    • They look on the bright side.
    • They make exercise a priority.
    • They listen to good music.
    • They spend time in nature.
    • They laugh a lot.

    “Mantras can be helpful for folks with anxiety in two ways: They can focus the mind, and they can provide counter-narratives to anxiety-provoking automatic thoughts.”

    Chantelle Doswell...

    Mantras Against Anxiety

    1. Try starting a phrase with “I am” followed by an adjective and repeat slowly, as a set of three. Ex: “I am at peace”.
    2. Remind yourself that nothing lasts forever by repeating "this too will pass" in rhythm with your breath.
    3. Fit the following affirmation to what you need in the moment: “I am _____, and I deserve every _____ thing.” Ex: “I am beautiful and I deserve every beauty-filled thing.”
    4. “It’s not about you.” is a mantra that helps with concerns about the opinions of others.
    5. “All is well.” If repeated several times reminds you hat things are going to be OK.
    6. Acknowledge the good things in your life during a moment of anxiety by repeating “thank you.” 
    7. Repeating “Calm down” to yourself with deep breathing exercises may be useful.
    8. You are lovable.” Is useful if you are feeling stressed or panicked over a loved one.
    9. “What can I see and experience today that will thrill and amaze me?” will refocus your mind on something positive rather than negative.

    On Anxiety

    Anxiety is a common emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. If left untreated, anxiety can be crippling. It can lead to lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, stomach pains, panic attacks and more.

    Therapy, medication or a combination of the two are vital if anxiety is inhibiting your daily life. And for a quick fix, experts say relaxation techniques like mantras can help.

    Wellness

    Wellness

    Wellness has been popularly understood as an extension of self-help, a category that is all about personal optimization and productivity.

    More recently, wellness has been m...

    Self-care

    Self-care is characterized as a market for purchasable experiences like massages, manicures, and "me time."

    The origins are in secular rituals meant to calm the nervous system. It is focused on doing anything that might make someone feel good.

    Self-help

    Self-help is far removed from self-care. Self-help is about fixing something while self-care thinks you're already great.

    The trendy self-help is linked with business management and entrepreneurialism. Self-help seeks to categorize and instruct.

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    The Universal God

    Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy(1945) is an extraordinary work of synthesis, introducing global (particularly eastern) spirituality into mainstream western culture.

    The Phi...

    Fresh Take On Religion

    • Modern society has been described as the Age of Noise, and an Organized Lovelessness.
    • Advertising is revealed to be an organized effort to extend and intensify craving.
    • People in the modern age worship progress, technology, and their nation-state, all of which can be described as a 'religion'.
    • The dogma of such religions was profoundly criticized in the classic books, while paving the way towards newer ways to find God, like meditation.

    The Author and Philosopher's fresh take on religion, shaping it as an 'empirical spirituality' was a huge influence in the 1960s and which has since then led to more people (now 27% in the US) being 'Spiritual but not Religious'

    Constructing One's Reality

    Aldous Huxley was heavily criticized after his death by newer philosophers who didn't subscribe to the Perennial Philosophy.

    While the author insisted that the ultimate mystical experience is the moment of pure oneness with God where the concepts of 'I', language, image and culture are dissolved, his critics argued that all religions are true and some of them are truer than the others.

    One of the critics states that human beings construct reality using their bodies, rituals, words, actions and cultures.

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