Before reading this essay, take three deep breaths.

Take a moment to set your intention for why you have decided to read this essay. Your intention can be anything that feels relevant and right to you in this current moment. Given that you clicked on this essay however, I’d wager that your intention is probably to learn how to reduce the amount of stress in your life. That’s a perfect intention.

I ask you to start with this, because the act of setting an intention is an integral part of getting the most out of mindfulness and living our best…

If you’re struggling to get into meditation or with keeping thoughts at bay while sitting in meditation, rest assured: you’re not alone. Getting into the practice of meditation can be very frustrating and challenging, not only in the beginning, but at any stage. After all, even renowned Benedictine monk Pema Chödrön admitted in her books and teachings that after 30 years of meditation practice, she still struggled almost daily to let thoughts go and calm her mind.

The good news is that there are specific techniques that you can use that have a high chance of improving your meditation game…

Meditation and yoga are two ancient and powerful techniques that have been helping people for thousands of years to heal, center themselves through challenging life circumstances, and summon more fulfillment and peace into their lives.

So what about mindfulness, then? What does mindfulness have to do with meditation or yoga?

Let’s start by defining mindfulness.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, American professor and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic, calls mindfulness.

“Awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.”

The Oxford dictionary defines mindfulness in the context of mental health as:

“A mental state achieved by concentrating on…

Alan Watts was one of the most entertaining, intelligent, illuminating, and all around fascinating western philosophers of the 20th century, who passed on wisdom as a prolific researcher, writer, teacher, and speaker. Throughout his career, Alan Watts did a tremendous service to the collective spiritual health of humanity as a whole by discovering pearls containing eternal truths found in Eastern philosophy and educating Westerners, who were largely in the dark of such wisdom, about what he learned.

There are, of course, hundreds or thousands of enjoyable quotes that come from the pearls of truth that Alan Watts discovered in his…

Have you found yourself embroiled in thoughts about the past or future, roiling in stress that arises from feeling everything from simple disappointment, to bitter resent, to anxiety, to full rage or depression. If you do, then rest assured: saying yes is almost like confirmed that you have a pulse; being embroiled in thoughts of the past or future happens to all of us. …

At the end of the day, the only thing that we really “know” is based on what we can experience, or more precisely what we can perceive — that is, what we can confirm from the interactions with the world, as told through our own senses. We know that a honeycrisp apple is real because we perceive it by feeling its weight in our hand, seeing its bright red, golden and green hues, and enjoying its juicy and sweet, slightly tart taste. We know that the sun is real because we feel the pleasant heat of its rays on our…

Who are we within? What are the inner workings of our minds?

Was Sigmund Freud and his theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego correct? Was the ancient Hindu Katha Upanishad correct in its analogy of the Charioteer mind as the driving forces of our mental faculties, controlled by the Atman, the Buddhi, the Manas, and the Indriyas?

As mortals, none of us may ever grasp the real truths of the universe, of which we, our minds and bodies, are a part; however, this obstacle has yet to stop humankind’s desire to image, philosophize about, and reach for these eternal…

Ready to gain a secret to reducing your daily stress levels?

This powerful and ancient secret is actually quite simple, just as the best truths usually are.

This secret to reducing daily stress, as the title alludes to, is:

To accept the cyclical nature of life, without creating mental resistance to it.

The cyclical nature of life refers to the eternal dichotomies throughout the universe. It can be expressed in innumerable different spectrums, such as what goes up eventually comes down, what is hot ultimately becomes cold, or what is seen as “good” will ultimately be recognized as “bad.”


Take a moment to relax. Count out five seconds and then take three deep stomach breaths. As you breathe, focus your awareness on how your stomach and rib cage expand as your breath flows in and then out. In and out. In and out. Just for this moment, allow your thoughts to drift towards the edges of your mind, and then let them go. Be here fully for the next ten minutes.

Now that you have created a space of calm and presence, you are ready to tap into the peace, energy, and power that is only available from being…

Ascending professionals in this day and age have a penchant for working hard. We love to urge ourselves, our friends, our peers, and those we lead forward with mantras that revolve around various versions of pushing ourselves, challenging ourselves, stretching ourselves, testing our mettle and seeing just what we are made of. We find the pursuit of goals thrilling, and the competitive spirit within us swells when we see others competing for the same goals or setting and achieving their own audacious goals.

One of the most common phrases that describes our penchant for working hard is the phrase “no…

Gabe Kwakyi

Co-Founder & CEO @ Incipia App Development and Marketing; former Microsoftie/General Assembly instructor.

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