Try This Thursday – 25 August 2016

Today marks the last Thursday of August which means the end of another month and week. So for #TryThisThursday how about you take some time to clear out your emails or even your regular mail if you’d like.

Doing so will help you clear your mind and refocus your energy for the week and month ahead on what really matters. We’ve also been told that a clear mailbox means a clear mind – and we all want more of that!

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Try This Thursday – 18 August 2016

Have some old magazine lying around and not sure what to do with them? If recycle isn’t possible you can upcycle them! Stack up your magazines and belt them together to make a side table or ottoman – maybe add some flare to your travels with a vintage touch to your luggage? 

There’s a lot of fun crafts you can do this #TryThisThursday and they could be alot of fun to do with the kids as well – lets get messy, creative and most importantly give mother earth a hand.

Happy crafting 🙂

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Try This Thursday – 11 August 2016

Of all the things we can give a try on our weekly #TryThisThursday ,  this is close to home for all of us here at Serenity. This week let us all give thanks to all the blessings in our lives.

Gratitude is an attitude that in our view is one of the most important and life-changing attitudes anyone can have.

“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

– Meister Eckhart

After all, being thankful for all that you have can really help to change your worldview, and make you a happier person. Here are some other reasons:

Thankfulness reminds us what is important

Being thankful improves relationships

Practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25%

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What Mindfulness Really Means?

You mindfully do nothing at all, without external distraction. This moves you away from a state of doing, to a simple state of being. With this, meditation becomes a state of thoughtless awareness.

Thoughtless awareness is to be aware of your thoughts while not attaching any meaning to them. You Let thoughts flow in and out of your mind without getting caught up in your inner monologue.

Thoughts happen. They flit across your mind all the time, regardless of what you are doing. This brings a feeling of deep and lasting peace. It puts some space between the world in your mind and the world outside.
Meditating for as little as a few minutes can breathe life into your day. Practising over time can change the way you view the world. It can make you less reactive, and more compassionate.

Sitting in meditation is simultaneously one of life’s simplest and most complex endeavours. Doing so provides your brain an amazing restorative gift.
There is a physical change in the brain that reflects this. And we will talk about that in detail in our next blogpost.

In a nutshell – The “me” centre of your brain becomes less active. This is the default mode network (DMN) also known as your “monkey mind”. This part of the brain handles mind-wandering, ruminating and self-referential thoughts.

Meditation gives this centre a break.

This frees up energy to boost activity in the “us” centre of your brain. This part of the brain focusses on collaboration. It sees all beings as interconnected. This is how you connect to and as part of society.

Your outlook begins to shift, from “What can the world do for me?” to “What can I do for the world?” An amazing transformation takes place.
Meditation may seem like just sitting there. But anyone who has tried this knows how this can be hard work! By keeping your brain working while physically in a state of rest, you are working out your gray matter.

Why is this important? Because mediation helps you to protect your gray matter. You are taking steps to protect against aging brain diseases – Alzheimer’s and Dementia. While meditation may not cure brain degeneration, any step to help certainly goes a long way.

Sitting in meditation can trigger the release of “feel-good” chemicals serotonin and dopamine. By repeatedly sitting in a state of mindful relaxation, you are “rewiring” your brain. This habit forms new neural pathways towards this relaxed and positive state.

Cultivating a practise over time strengthens these pathways. Keep practising—forming new habits as well as kicking old ones takes time. Trust in your brain’s awesome abilities to do so.

Not sure where to start? We run a number of guided meditation sessions three times a week – drop by and give it a try.

TryThisThursday – 4 August 2016

August is here! Which means summer holidays for the kids, maybe vacation time with the spouse or it could just mean another weekend and another #TryThisThursday. This one is great for groups and a laugh is always better shared – they do say its contagious.

This Thursday say goodbye to what could have been a stressful or long week and welcome the weekend and the new week with a funny movie and some good heartfelt laughter.

We did a quick poll among the team and here’s a list of some of the favourites if you are looking for some oldies – or you can make it a day out and go to the movies we hear Finding Dory isn’t too bad 🙂

  1. Hangover
  2. What Women Want
  3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  4. The Blues Brothers 

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