Zen Morning: Finding Peace in The Early Hours of The Day 500

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For most people early mornings are the worst time of the day – they start with waking up in an awful mood, being in a hurry as there’s not enough time to get ready, craving coffee, not eating, leaving the house in a rush and often forgetting something.

Basically, the very first thought of their day is negative. And that defines the rest of it.

But for me, the early morning is a sacred time. It’s full of magic, inspiration and peace.

And here’s how you can have that approach too:

Creating a Zen Morning Routine for a Lovely Start of The Day

1. Wake up earlier.

Whatever the time you need to leave is, wake up at least 2 hours earlier. Or more.

This will give you just enough time to do the things you choose to do slowly, not to be stressed and overwhelmed.

2. Greet the day.

When you open your eyes, smile. It’s a new day and it’s given to you. You can do whatever you want with it.

3. Appreciate the opportunity.

Thank for everything you have right now.

You don’t need to say or write down anything, but it’s more than enough to feel it.

Simply look around and realize the abundance you live in.

Ignore everything you want or think you need to have, stop thinking about what’s missing in your life.
Instead, see what is already there. It’s your reality. It’s your present.

4. Make a routine combining some pleasant activities.

First keep in mind this: You don’t have to do anything, it’s because you want to, because you deserve this peaceful time for yourself, because you want to find inspiration and joy before the day has even started.

And don’t try to fit all the healthy habits you’ve ever heard of in one hour. Don’t put any effort. Just let it be a natural process.

It’s better not to call it a morning routine at all.

It’s just another label that carries expectations, comparison and judging (you’ve read about morning rituals and know how others are doing it), past failures (failed attempts to become a morning person and do all this).

So let go of that.

And if you want to define what you’re doing, say it this way: I’m getting up early to welcome the day, I then spend the first hour doing pleasant activities I find inspirational.

If you try to add a workout, a healthy breakfast, mediation, planning your day, shower, checking email, reading, writing, and other things, you’ll end up being overwhelmed.

And the point of a zen morning is just the opposite – to do what feels right, to act slowly and find peace.

So instead of trying to be successful by implementing such a routine with many elements, choose just 2 or 3 of these actions, but do them with focus, experience them fully.

They should be the ones that you feel like doing, know would make you feel good for the rest of the day, will let you relax while getting things done or learning at the same time.

5. Don’t try too hard. Go with the flow.

Some people try too hard, and end up having another hectic morning – just a bunch of activities they think they should do, but which feel like an obligation.

No. It must be something you’ll look forward to from the night before.

So even reading the paper with a cup of coffee will be a much better choice than an intense workout, if it brings you peace and you find joy in it.

Also, don’t put too much effort into trying to do meaningful stuff.
Instead, choose one little action and make it mean a lot by letting it inspire you for the whole day.

What Makes The Zen Morning Peaceful

The things that actually bring peace are:

quietness – the nature too wakes up, but people are still sleeping. So now is the time to feel relaxed; and not alone, but in peace;

solitude – there’s no one to disturb you, no distractions in the form of notifications or noises, even no unnecessary thoughts in your head as you got up earlier and don’t have to do anything else right now;

it’s your sacred time – you earned it. No one else will know what your zen morning is all about. It’s time only for yourself, and you can do whatever you feel like;

creativity – it’s also the perfect moment to do some creative work. Some reading or writing is a great choice to get inspired;

no rush – a great advantage of this lovely morning ritual is that you’ll be doing things slowly. Nothing will make you hurry up as it’s only you and the morning.

Sounds beautiful, right?

I’m sure many who haven’t tried it, don’t really believe such peace exists. Especially not in the same place they rush out the door for work every day.

But it does.

And it’s simple and easy. Try it for yourself.

In the long term, such a lovely zen morning can change you as a person, and make your life more pleasant, peaceful and full of gratitude.

What about your morning? Is it anything like this?
Are you willing to try these methods of finding peace in the early hours of the day?

See also:

Creating a lovely morning
The zen of a morning person: How to love 6 am
A simplified morning routine
12 practices to feel more peaceful and present each morning

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Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women’s Health 12

Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women's Health

If you’re confused about what food are good for you today, but bad for you tomorrow, you’re not alone.

Take fat, for example. One day, all fats are bad. Then we’re told we need healthy fats. Another day, the perception of what’s considered ‘healthy’ fat is under scrutiny. Here’s the skinny on saturated fat.

The Truth About Saturated Fat

Just a few decades ago, fat was the enemy, especially saturated fat as found in butter and other animal-based food products. They’re the kind of fats that solidify at room temperature, which is due to their atomic makeup; the carbon cells are completely covered, or saturated, by the hydrogen cells.

Foods that contain saturated fats include:

– Red meat
– Eggs
– Cheese and other dairy products
– Poultry
– Pork
– Palm and coconut oil

Saturated fat was thought to cause high cholesterol and ailments like heart disease. However, new research has shown that a diet that includes saturated fat and reduces carbohydrates actually has the opposite effect, especially in women over the age of 50. This has led to the rise of low carb and paleo diets.

The benefits of saturated fat has been studied by researchers, dietitians and journalists like Nina Teicholz, whose book, The Big Fat Surprise, summarizes nine years of research on the subject of saturated fat and women’s health.

The conclusions reached by many who’ve viewed the data are that there is no conclusive evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease or obesity when eaten as part of a balanced diet. In fact, over the period between the first recommendations by the American Heart Association demonizing fat in 1961 and now, heart disease, obesity and related conditions have increased.

How Did Saturated Fat Become the Enemy?

The big turning point came after the release of the so-called “Seven Countries” study conducted by Ancel Keys. This research – and false conclusions – looked at diets around the world. Keys determined that the seven countries with the highest rate of heart disease also consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat.

What the study overlooked, and what turned out to be the real cause of adverse health effects, was that people in these countries also ate the highest amounts of processed carbohydrates and sugar. The problem was that Keys went in with a hypothesis about the correlation between fat consumption and heart disease, and rejected any findings that didn’t support his theories.

What’s it All Mean?

We’re not suggesting that fat doesn’t raise cholesterol, which is a contributing factor in heart disease. However, certain kinds of cholesterol are beneficial, even necessary, to good health.

Adding modest amounts of saturated fat and reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption increases the HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol. The trick is to choose the right kinds of saturated fats, not deprivation.

Food With Beneficial Saturated Fat

The right levels of saturated fat in your diet allows you to enjoy eating again. Food tastes better and is more filling, which means less temptation to binge and less over-eating. Choose saturated fat from healthier foods like coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and grass-fed beef over grain-fed.

If you’ve been depriving yourself and avoiding ‘real’ foods like red meat, cheese and butter, this is good news. The best diet for anyone is one that uses moderation without necessarily excluding entire food groups.