These 6 EASY Buddhist Practices Will Instantly Change Your Life By Matt Caron

Here are six Buddhist principles that when practiced regularly will change your life!


1) Consume Mindfully

Be thankful for the nourishment good food provides, and be aware of what you put into your body. Think about it before you buy it. Is it really something you need, or just a transient desire? Pay attention to the effects of negative media you consume. Ask yourself: is it helping you to grow or learn, or is it a form of distraction? Does it take away from your mindfulness, and is it even worth it to do so?

These are really important small decisions that impact us more than we realize.


2) Take a Moment

Your words have an impact on your life and others. You should ask yourself if your words foster love or bring harm. This is so important. Let your mind settle before you start work, school, or walking into your home. This will set a different tone that can make all the difference. Listen to the people you encounter. If we talk to others and listen, we create the possibility of mutual sympathy, understanding, and tolerance.


3. Discover Gratitude

One of the most powerful things we can do is practice gratitude. This consistently leads to a direct experience of being connected to your life and being connected to a larger context in which your personal story is unfolding. Some people get confused…they think practicing gratitude is a denial of life’s difficulties. Obviously, we live in trying times, and no doubt you’ve experienced challenges and disappointments. But gratitude frees you from being lost of identified with either negative or positive aspects of life; allowing you to simply meet situations with mindful awareness. Rejoice in the good fortune of others and your own happiness multiplies – it’s the best cure for envy.

4. Help Others

Helping others can make all the difference in your happiness and in others lives. If you notice someone needs help, be quick to jump in. Try to alleviate suffering wherever you see it, and consider others perspectives deeply. It can be hard, but observe your reactions with genuine interest and non-attachment. You will find your compassion and patience will naturally spring up out of nowhere. Your heart will begin to guide your decisions. Even if your circumstance is personally challenging (maybe even insulting), it is not always necessary to understand the origins of an experience or a reaction in order to come to peace with it.

Just take a step back and become more of a witness. You’ll notice your entire thought process will change.


5. Attune to Wisdom

Wisdom is considered to be one of the most important aspects to develop. It’s almost just as important as compassion, actually. Why Because life is a gigantic gray cloud. It’s not black or white. It’s a big mess that involves complicated decision-making, often choosing things that are really the lesser of two evils. Be open to what arises in every moment. The mind can focus in so many directions: past, present, future, abstract notions or analytical problem solving, to name a few. All forms of thought have a useful role. But try to prioritize awareness of the present moment. Once again, if you slow down your mind, wisdom will naturally spring up, just like compassion.


6. Embrace Change

This saying really is true: the one constant in the universe is change. What is real is the existing moment, the present that is a product of the past, or a result of the previous causes and actions. Because of ignorance, an ordinary mind conceives them all to be part of one continuous reality. But in truth, they are not. If you make peace with this simple truth, your life will be much easier.

Celebrating The Divine Feminine By Hope Stavish

Overcoming obstacles and healing wounds for any woman can be difficult. Oftentimes, celebrating our divine femininity can get lost in social stereotypes and double standards of our culture. If strong and assertive, women can get labeled as threatening, broken, or senseless. Accountability as women is one of the most beautiful things that we can celebrate together. Despite the different constructs that we all have to deal with in life, women who take pride in themselves and their true nature have the strength and inner beauty that is undeniable.

We can get conditioned to think negatively about our own body image and self-worth, with all the images of superficial perfection from the media in society. I know I’ve struggled with body image issues and feeling accepted for my true feminine nature. It can seem like at the times I feel most empowered, I also feel the most objectified.

Regardless of such obstacles, I grew from being concerned with what everyone else thinks to embracing what I truly deserve. As women, we must learn to disconnect from any unhealthy forms of conditioning that make us feel small. For instance, one way that helps me understand how to celebrate my own divine feminine nature is learning about different feminine figures of spirituality. When dealing with stereotypes and double standards, being inspired by other strong women helps to grow introspectively.

Below are some divine feminine figures that may inspire you with any obstacles or healing that you may be experiencing.

Akhilanda

A Hindu goddess whose name means “female power” and “never not broken”, she represents transformation and infallible energy of strength. There is very little known about her historically, but in her constant state of change, she stands for liberation through love. She is always in the state of being broken only to remain unbreakable.

Akhilanda can be what we try to avoid in our own ego’s disillusionment, a symbol of tremendous strength when experiencing heartbreak and obstacles. Because she grows in freedom and love, she can be called upon in times of fear, insecurity, and loss.

Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa’s work focuses on the interior life of femininity as the key to higher ascension. She was born in the 16th century and founded 17 different convents in Spain. Most significantly, she has become a pillar of Christian mysticism. At the age of 44, she began having visions of Jesus. Even though he remained invisible to the eye, she believed he appeared in the physical form.

The visions lasted two years and consequently inspired her work. She emphasizes the soul’s journey through prayer, meditation, and introspection. Her work celebrates authentic love and the importance of the answers we find within.

Sappho

She is a Greek poetess, who’s best known for her lyrical poetry from the Lesbos. Much of her personal history is unknown. Her work focused on sharing her poetry and music specifically with women. She is a symbol of women embracing their own body image and self-worth in harmony with other women.

To this day, her sexuality remains controversial. She stands a legendary figure of women’s sensuality, even though most of her work was destroyed in the 11th century. Sappho used her poetry as a way to teach and celebrate femininity. She encourages us to love everything about ourselves and other women fiercely. Above all, her work inspires women to go beyond objectification and reach for harmony.

In conclusion, I wrote this blog with the intention of exploring the celebration of women in spirituality. I hope you continue to explore the divine feminine in all her aspects of your individuality spirituality.

These 6 EASY Buddhist Practices Will Instantly Change Your Life By Matt Caron

Here are six Buddhist principles that when practiced regularly will change your life!

 

1) Consume Mindfully

Be thankful for the nourishment good food provides, and be aware of what you put into your body. Think about it before you buy it. Is it really something you need, or just a transient desire? Pay attention to the effects of negative media you consume. Ask yourself: is it helping you to grow or learn, or is it a form of distraction? Does it take away from your mindfulness, and is it even worth it to do so?

These are really important small decisions that impact us more than we realize.


2) Take a Moment

Your words have an impact on your life and others. You should ask yourself if your words foster love or bring harm. This is so important. Let your mind settle before you start work, school, or walking into your home. This will set a different tone that can make all the difference. Listen to the people you encounter. If we talk to others and listen, we create the possibility of mutual sympathy, understanding, and tolerance.


3. Discover Gratitude

One of the most powerful things we can do is practice gratitude. This consistently leads to a direct experience of being connected to your life and being connected to a larger context in which your personal story is unfolding. Some people get confused…they think practicing gratitude is a denial of life’s difficulties. Obviously, we live in trying times, and no doubt you’ve experienced challenges and disappointments. But gratitude frees you from being lost of identified with either negative or positive aspects of life; allowing you to simply meet situations with mindful awareness. Rejoice in the good fortune of others and your own happiness multiplies – it’s the best cure for envy.

4. Help Others

Helping others can make all the difference in your happiness and in others lives. If you notice someone needs help, be quick to jump in. Try to alleviate suffering wherever you see it, and consider others perspectives deeply. It can be hard, but observe your reactions with genuine interest and non-attachment. You will find your compassion and patience will naturally spring up out of nowhere. Your heart will begin to guide your decisions. Even if your circumstance is personally challenging (maybe even insulting), it is not always necessary to understand the origins of an experience or a reaction in order to come to peace with it.

Just take a step back and become more of a witness. You’ll notice your entire thought process will change.


5. Attune to Wisdom

Wisdom is considered to be one of the most important aspects to develop. It’s almost just as important as compassion, actually. Why Because life is a gigantic gray cloud. It’s not black or white. It’s a big mess that involves complicated decision-making, often choosing things that are really the lesser of two evils. Be open to what arises in every moment. The mind can focus in so many directions: past, present, future, abstract notions or analytical problem solving, to name a few. All forms of thought have a useful role. But try to prioritize awareness of the present moment. Once again, if you slow down your mind, wisdom will naturally spring up, just like compassion.


6. Embrace Change

This saying really is true: the one constant in the universe is change. What is real is the existing moment, the present that is a product of the past, or a result of the previous causes and actions. Because of ignorance, an ordinary mind conceives them all to be part of one continuous reality. But in truth, they are not. If you make peace with this simple truth, your life will be much easier.

9 Signs Of A Reincarnated Soul By Dr. Carmen Harra

Often we find ourselves willing to give anything for one more meeting with a dear departed one: we long to hug our late parents again or kiss the partner who left our side too soon. Often our wish comes true when the spirit reincarnates into a new body. Energy never dies. It’s transferred back and forth endlessly, taking many shapes and different dwellings. Once energy escapes an expired body, it seeks a new one to inhabit. The soul that adored you can’t wait to come back into your life, many times with a similar purpose. He or she might look different, but the same, unmistakable spirit will radiate forth.

Do you wonder if the soul of your loved one has taken on a new form? Find out through these telltale signs:

1) They Left before Their Time

If your loved one died suddenly or tragically, if they left unfinished business, or if you believe they passed before their proper time, their spirit will reincarnate as soon as possible. They will be reborn into the circle where they felt most loved, but also into situations that allow them to resolve what was left open.

2) Language

My cousin’s grandmother was named Anna. A photo of her stood on a mantle in the living room. When my cousin’s baby girl was starting to say her first words, she pointed to the photo, mumbled the name “Anna,” then pointed to herself. The baby seemed to know who was in that photo without ever having been told.

I’ve heard of many cases in which parents are astonished when their child suddenly says certain words or sings in a foreign language, without any indication of where the child might’ve learned such skills. The reincarnated soul may have the same figures of speech or vocabulary as the person who’s passed on.

3) Mannerisms

An easy way to detect a reincarnated soul is the presence of similar gestures such as body language, laugh, physical expressions, etc. Personality traits may carry also over, like stubbornness, boldness, curiosity, or other distinct qualities of the late person. The new person will appear to behave like the person who’s passed on, even if they’re a different age or gender.

4) Physical Characteristics

It’s given that children will look like their parents and grandparents, but a giveaway of a reincarnated soul is being born with a unique physical feature that only the person who passed on possessed, such as a birthmark or mole.

My good friend Debby was deeply affected when her stepfather died. She remarked that he had a birthmark on his leg. When Debbie had a child years later, her boy was born with a birthmark identical to her stepdad’s! This defied logic, as her stepfather was not biologically related to her or her son. Debbie believed her stepfather’s spirit was making it known that he had chosen to return through the reappearance of this birthmark.

5) Their Eyes

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and for good reason! When someone can’t speak or speaks a different language, we absorb their emotions and understand want to say just by looking into their eyes. If you look at someone and swell up with a familiar feeling, you may be looking into the eyes of a reincarnated soul.

6) Synchronicity of Time

Take note of to divine timing, as it’s never a coincidence. The day, month, and year of every birth are picked carefully and hold tremendous meaning. For example, a baby may be born in your family on the same day of the year that a loved one passed on, signaling that the old soul chose the day of its passing to become new again.

7) Others Sense it Too

A big clue that your loved one has come back is that other people around you also feel the warmth, comfort, and recollection of a soul they’ve known before. They may point out uncanny resemblances to the person who’s passed.

8) Prone to the same Situations

I had a client who was devastated when her mother suddenly passed away in a car accident. “Not to worry,” I told her, “she’ll come back as your daughter.” Several years later, my client was overjoyed when she gave birth to a girl. The child was definitely the new embodiment of her mom’s spirit—she was even involved in a car accident early in her life! The girl survived unharmed, overcoming the karma her soul had carried from its past life.

A reincarnated soul may be born into similar circumstances or have to live through events that are parallel with its previous life. This serves as an opportunity to change the results and to close out old karma.

9) They Finally Fill the Void

You may feel a heavy void since your loved one left. Nothing has been able to fill it, not even the endless love of others. That’s because it can only be replenished by the unique presence of the one who’s gone. Perhaps the greatest indication that you’ve been reunited with your loved one is that the painful gap has finally closed. Instead of lingering emptiness, you feel a profound sense of fulfillment that mends all wounds. This satisfying sentiment means the soul has rejoined your life.

The people who love us don’t want to leave us but when they have to, their spirits make it a point to return. Pay attention to the signs above to recognize and welcome home a reincarnated soul.

AVOID ALL 6 TYPES OF NARCISSISTS—BUT MENTAL-HEALTH PROS SAY ONE TYPE IS ESPECIALLY DAMAGING KORIN MILLER

The term “narcissist” gets thrown around pretty often and haphazardly to describe actions that reflect someone’s self-interest. But at its core, narcissism goes beyond your friend monopolizing the dinner conversation last weekend to talk about her recent hot fling or awful boss. Rather, it’s a straight-up personality disorder that causes someone to have an inflated sense of self-importance. While narcissists are often charming at first (or second or third) blush, it’s best to avoid dating them or befriending or otherwise inviting them into your life for obvious reasons. But—since the disorder isn’t one-size-fits-all and there are several different types of narcissists, steering clear is often easier said than done.

“Many times, people can’t believe a person is that self-centered and lacking in empathy,” says therapist Lesli Doares, LMFT. “They are given the benefit of the doubt because they can act in ways that seem generous, but it’s only a ploy to keep someone connected to them or to get something specific in return.” It’s easy to latch on to those moments as “proof” that the narcissist actually cared, she explains—but this false earnestness doesn’t last.

Add up all this confusion, and it’s easy to see how simple unknowingly letting a narcissist into your life can be—which is precisely why it’s so important to know about the different types of narcissists, and their defining characteristics.

Learn about the 6 types of narcissists below—and which you should absolutely avoid.

1. The toxic narcissist

There’s a range of toxic narcissism, and none of it is good. A toxic narcissist “continually causes drama in others’ lives at the very least and causes pain and destruction at the very worst,” says clinical psychologist John Mayer, PhD. So, if you happen to have a friend who constantly demands all of your time and attention—and doesn’t respond well when you don’t meet those demands—you may be dealing with a toxic narcissist. Likewise, if someone in your life has caused more extreme issues, like gotten you fired from your job, physically abused you, or led to the end of a relationship, they may be a toxic narcissist as well.

2. The psychopathic narcissist

psychopath is an unstable, aggressive person, and these traits also show up in the psychopathic narcissist. A psychopathic narcissist, which is a type of toxic narcissist, will often be violent and show no remorse for their behavior. “Serial killers largely make up this type of narcissist,” Dr. Mayer says.

3. The closet narcissist

This one can be trickier to spot than other types of narcissists because the person isn’t always obvious about their disorder. “A closet narcissist is one who doesn’t inflict their personality upon others or society but firmly believes in the characteristics of narcissism,” says Dr. Mayer. That can mean a host of things, including feeling entitled, constantly needing other people to admire them, being preoccupied with success, being jealous of other people, and lacking empathy for others.

“They’re a bit more codependent,” says psychotherapist Alisa Ruby Bash, PsyD, LMFT. “They often try to pretend that they’re really selfless, but like to associate themselves with someone that they admire and ride their coattails.”

4. The exhibitionist narcissist

The exhibitionist narcissist is on the opposite end of the narcissism spectrum from the closet narcissist. “This is the narcissist who lets everyone around them know that they are narcissistic,” says Dr. Mayer, adding that this person takes advantage of other people and is often haughty and arrogant. They’re also blatant about their self-centered behavior. “They need to be in the spotlight and get uncomfortable when they’re not,” Dr. Bash says.

5. The bullying narcissist

This person combines two terrible traits: bullying and self-absorption. Bullying narcissists build themselves up by trashing other people, Dr. Mayer says. They’re often fixated on winning and will mock or threaten others to get their way. They ultimately get joy from making other people feel bad, small, or unworthy. This is different from a “regular” bully who tends to put people down for social gain, where a bullying narcissist does it for personal motivation.

6. The seducer narcissist

This is a particularly tricky type of narcissist: The seducer will “make you feel great about yourself just to ‘win’ you over as a sexual or love conquest,” Dr. Mayer says. They will often seem to admire or fawn over you, only to write you off once they no longer have a use for you. Think: Regina George.

Ultimately, it’s not great to have any kind of narcissist in your life if you can help it, Doares says. But since the toxic narcissist is actually dangerous to be around, this is the one to avoid at all costs. “They can become abusive,” Dr. Bash says. “Other kinds of narcissists aren’t going to go out of their way to hurt somebody—they’re just obsessed with themselves. But a toxic narcissist may actually hurt someone.”

Learn The Simple Technique Of Soul Travel By Dr. Paul Haider

There are two different ways that we can have experiences outside of our flesh and blood body. One is to be connected to the body and have our consciousness travel to other realms. The other is to have our soul travel to other realms, while our body is still back at home.

Anyone can soul travel and it’s very simple to do. But soul travel takes practice, but with practice comes the ability to experience spiritual places that are important for our overall spiritual growth.

SEE ALSO: 9 Signs Of A Reincarnated Soul

The 10-Step Technique of Soul Travel

  1. When you get ready for bed, close your eyes and bring your attention to your third eye between your eyebrows.
  2. Then chant a personal name of God over and over again; be it Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, or some other name.
  3. Next, fill your heart, body, and mind with feelings of ecstatic love. Love always fills a person with great confidence and allows them to venture into other realms of existence.
  4. Now, bring this love within by remembering a loving comforting memory, perhaps being a child and getting a hug, or maybe it’s your spouse kissing you. Whatever it is, bring it to mind and see that memory with all its detail and feel all the feeling of warmth and love.
  5. Now, close your eyes and look into your third eye. See in your mind’s eye who you adore as a spiritual being – perhaps Jesus, Buddha, or someone else.
  6. In a kind and loving voice say, “I give you permission to take me to a spiritual place that is for my greatest good.”
  7. Then chant the name of that particular spiritual being over and over again.
  8. Now, envision a person you know standing in the room with you, who is there to guide you on your spiritual journey. Trust him or her and he will take you to other realms, realms that are for your greatest good and highest joy.
  9. Don’t worry about getting lost. In soul travel, your soul is always connected to your body at all times. Soul travel is very different from astral travel and out of body experiences.
  10. Whenever you lose focus, you will be brought right back into your body in less than a second.

This technique will take practice. Like all things, practice makes us feel more at ease with any process. So, practice as much as you can.

Enjoy your spiritual travels!

17 Surprising Benefits Of Chanting Om By Matt Caron

Om is considered to be one of the most important sounds in all the universe and has been chanted for thousands of years. It’s believed continuous practice leads to profound enlightenment. But there are more than just a few benefits to this powerful, ancient practice…there are many that affect us and our environment in different ways.

Here’s how.

Om Chanting Benefits

  • Chanting of the Om Mantra purifies the environment around you and creates positive vibrations.
  • Your concentration increases when you chant this universal hymn.
  • Om chanting gives you better immunity and self-healing power.
  • It improves your concentration and helps you focus.
  • The Om chanting produces a vibration and sound which is felt through your vocal cords and sinuses. The vibrations open up the sinuses to clear the airways.
  • It can place you in a meditational state which gives you deep relaxation.
  • The Om not only benefits the person who is chanting it but also to the people around them, wherever its vibrations flow.
  • The Om Mantra has cardiovascular benefits – by relaxing our mind and body, our blood pressure will decrease and our heart will beat with regular rhythm.
  • Om chanting actually improves your voice by giving strength to your vocal cords and the muscles around it. This is very helpful during old age.
  • It is said that rubbing your hands together while om chanting and putting those charged hands on different parts of body heals or activates those body parts.
  • Through chanting and meditation, you can have better control over your emotions, thus allowing you to see situations with a clear and rational mind.
  • Regular chanting of this Mantra will take you on a spiritual journey to greater happiness and positivity, but only if it is done daily for a longer period of time. Mantras are not an overnight fix to your problems – you must have patience and learn the correct techniques.
  • When the OM Mantra is chanted in a group, the effects are amplified and this will produce immense positive vibrations which charge up the entire vicinity.
  • It has been our experience that Om can even help cleanse your skin. The massive levels of internal positive energy and a cleansed aura that come from chanting the Om Mantra regularly will be reflected externally with a sunny glow on your face and body.
  • Your spinal cord is strengthened through the vibrations caused by sound of Aaaa. As this sound is generated from abdomen, it helps to strengthen the supporting muscles of the spinal cord.
  • The sound uuu is created by vocal cords which benefit the thyroid glands and the throat.
  • If you’re looking at the spiritual eye while chanting, your eyesight will start improving.

5 Ways To Find Your Life Purpose By Jennifer Monahan

Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life? What will give me the most joy and fulfillment?

Many of us ask questions similar to these at some point in our life, and coming up with an answer can be challenging. It is easy to get so bogged down with day-to-day living that we lose sight of the bigger purpose of our being. But when you take the time to step back, you can identify your individual gift and then share it with the world.

Here are a number of ways you can begin to identify your life purpose.

1) Figure out what you love doing. Make a list of the things that you do that bring you joy or invigorate you. What activities cause you to lose track of time or forget to eat? What did you love to do when you were a kid?

2) Ask others what they think. Reach out to 5–7 people that know you in different contexts (e.g., friend, family member, co-worker, volunteer, etc.). Ask them to share with you, in writing, what they think your gift and life purpose is. Challenge them to think of specific examples when they saw you living your gift.*

3) Think about what you would want for the world. If you could give one thing (either tangible or intangible) to every person in the world, what would that be? Why is that one thing important to you? How does it help others?

4) Identify your best moments. Looking back over your life, what are the moments where you felt the best or were the proudest? What were you doing? How did it make you feel?

5) Ask for insights from a higher power. Our guides want to help us, but they wait for us to ask. There are a couple of ways that you can get help from your guides:

  • Channel their messages through free-form writing. Sit down with a pen and paper or in front of your computer. Write the question you would like answered, and then pause. Clear your mind, and ask your guides for help answering the question. And then, without thinking, begin writing. Don’t stop to analyze what is being written; instead, let the words flow out and through you. When you are done writing, you can go back and read what was written.
  • Ask for signs. In the morning, ask your guides to show you signs or examples of what your life purpose is. As you go about your day, pay attention to anything that pops out at you — it could be an ad on the side of a bus, or a word that comes up in multiple conversations with co-workers, a specific animal, or a song that you hear — and make a note of it.
  • Let your dreams show you. As you are going to sleep, ask your guides to give you insights about your life purpose through your dreams as you sleep. Keep a pen and paper by the bed, and write down your dreams immediately upon waking up. If you don’t typically remember your dreams, ask your guides to help you remember them!
  • Work with a shaman. Shamans are able to connect to your higher self and guides to get answers about your life purpose.

I’d recommend that you do as many of these activities as possible. Each will give you different perspectives and answers, but as you begin to look at them all, you will begin to notice common themes and deeper insights about yourself. These form the foundation of your life purpose.

How does this look in practice?

Recently, one of my clients wanted to change careers and was struggling to find her life purpose. I asked her to do some of the exercises listed above, and then we talked about the answers. The same words came up over and over: empathy, mentoring and women. As we talked about what these words meant to her and how she lived them today and in the past, her life purpose became clear: to help other women come into their own. As soon as we spoke the words, my client knew in her heart that this was her life purpose. Armed with this self-insight, my client is now exploring how to live this purpose in a way that will be meaningful to her.

“I always want to be where I’m not”!

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This book really emphasizes the issues a person with ADD has, one is with sleep among other things. So many of the behaviors and tendencies I have, are characteristics of having ADD, when all along I thought they were part of my personality, I mean they are part of my personality but because I have ADD.

The burst of energy right before bed time, i.e. 10-11 p.m. then the tendency to avoid going to sleep, even when tired or exhausted, once in bed  the tossing, turning and constant thoughts and mind chatter begin. The difficulty to wake up and get out of bed.

These are more examples of characteristics of having ADD, many I have been complaining to doctors about for years. None of which, diagnosed me with ADD, instead they prescribed anti-depressants, sleeping aids, such as melatonin to Ambien, not once did anyone suggest or hinted that perhaps it was something else, it is easier to label things with conditions they were comfortable with then to look into it deeper.

From what I am gathering by reading multiple books on the subject, is that most doctors, either don’t have much knowledge about ADD/ADHD or don’t believe in it at all. This is part of the problem.

I am here to say “YES” it is real. In fact, just today I lost both a set of keys and a receipt, with no recollection of where I could have possibly left them. This alone is telltale sign of the disorder. The not remembering, the absent mindedness, the aloofness and so many more I finding out. I had no idea.

It feels both good and bad, to realize the so many of the traits I have are part of this issue and not something I can control or change without guidance, medication and knowledge.

Thankful, Grateful & Blessed! 

10 Surprising Ways Acupuncture Can Change Your Life Right Now By Donna Maurer

Closeup of acupuncture along the spine.

A hot cup of chamomile tea. Sleeping in on Sunday morning. A walk on the beach. No matter how hectic and crazy things get, life really can be beautiful if you take the time to enjoy it. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety often take a toll on us, both emotionally and physically. It’s easy to let the days pass by without noticing the little things that make life special.

You might be amazed to find that acupuncture can help you slow down and enjoy those special moments that can truly make a difference in how you look and feel from day to day. Acupuncture can really help in ways that might surprise you. Read on for 10 surprising ways acupuncture can change your life right now, and for years into the future.

1) Acupuncture Can Help You Become More Self Aware.

One of the main principles of acupuncture is treating the underlying imbalances that are affecting your whole body. Your body is an interconnected and complex system, so if there’s one thing out of whack, your entire system can be impacted. Seeing an acupuncturist can increase your awareness of the little things that are influencing your emotional and physical health in a big way.

2) Acupuncture Can Help You Look and Feel Younger.

The human body contains five key organ systems- heart, lungs, liver, spleen, and kidneys. Acupuncture focuses on strengthening these systems. When your body functions better, you will have more energy and feel younger. Not only that, but your body will also be able to fight the signs of aging more effectively, so you’ll look more youthful, too.

3) Acupuncture Can Relieve Your Aches and Pains.

Chronic pain not only affects how you feel physically, but it can also take a severe toll on your emotional health. According to the pain management experts at The Yinova Center, “acupuncture can relieve chronic pain by improving blood flow to the area and stimulating the release of pain-relieving hormones such as endorphins and serotonin.” To treat chronic pain effectively, you must address the root cause by treating the body and mind holistically, which is one of the most significant benefits of acupuncture.

4) Acupuncture Can Help You Get Better Sleep.

Insomnia is a common problem for many people, especially with today’s hectic lifestyle. When you don’t get proper sleep, both the body and mind suffer. The cause of insomnia can be challenging to diagnose, but it’s often related to anxiety and stress. Acupuncture treats each patient as a whole, and it can often provide relief for insomnia even when pharmaceutical treatments don’t work.

Closeup of acupuncture needles against black background.

5) Acupuncture Can Make You More Productive.

Many patients experience improved mental clarity after an acupuncture treatment. They find that they have more confidence when making decisions, and they feel motivated to get things done. It’s like clearing away the mental cobwebs so that you be more productive in your everyday life. Most people even experience a surge of energy after an acupuncture session that can last for several days or longer.

6) Acupuncture Can Make Your Stomach Flatter.

Society teaches us that the only way to get a flat stomach is to spend hours at the gym, but that may not be the case for everyone. If you suffer from digestive problems, constipation, reflux, or bloating, you may never get a flat stomach just by working out. The stomach and spleen are the two main organs responsible for proper digestion, and acupuncture focuses on supporting these two organ systems so that they function correctly, often leading to a flatter stomach and improve overall digestive health.

7) Acupuncture Shortens Recovery Times.

Whether you are a hard-core athlete or just someone who works out regularly to stay in shape, acupuncture can shorten your recovery time. It’s an excellent tool for anyone who wants to help their body heal and bounce back more quickly after intensive exercise.

8) Acupuncture Can Help You Be More Patient.

We live in a fast-paced society where everyone is in a rush. We’ve become dependent on technology for quick fixe, and the “I want it now!” attitude is the pretty much the norm for most people. Going through life with this mentality creates a constant feeling of impatience. Acupuncture can help you combat this feeling because it’s an ongoing process where the benefits become greater and greater over time. You’ll need to invest some time in the treatments if you want to see long-lasting improvements. This will help you develop patience and show you that you don’t have to have instant gratification. Some things are worth waiting for.

9) Acupuncture Helps You Be More Open Minded.

Although many people are beginning to accept acupuncture as a legitimate health care option, it’s still not the norm. Your doctor, friends, and family most likely consider mainstream medicine to be the only valid treatment for most health concerns. Seeing an acupuncture physician will open up your mind to an entirely different way of taking care of your health. It will prove to you that the “popular” way isn’t always the best way.

10) Acupuncture Can Have a Positive Impact on Your Sex Life.

Many systems in the body play a significant role in your sexuality. Sometimes, a seemingly unrelated issue or symptom can have a dramatic impact on your sex life. Because acupuncture treats the patient as a whole, restoring balance to the mind and body could have a positive effect on how you enjoy and experience sex.

If you’ve never had an acupuncture treatment, don’t hesitate to make an appointment right away. You may be surprised at the impact it has on your life and your general wellbeing. Since the treatments are all natural and very affordable, it’s certainly worth giving it a try!