Archive for December, 2014

The Power of Kindness

Every day we are presented with opportunities to show random acts of kindness and compassion, however there is always the intention in the back of peoples minds to do such things but unfortunately don’t usually follow through.

As Albert Einstein once said, “A human being experiences themselves, thoughts and feelings as something separate from others a kind of optical illusion of ones consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison to us. Out task is to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion”.

Such emotional skills like caring and empathy are necessary to build and grow a healthy society. Having constant exposure to violence through different mediums like television, video games, movies, media we become numb to the sensitivity and feelings of compassion and empathy through rewiring parts of the brain. This is a critical skill to our emotional wellbeing as it supports ones self awareness and social development.
Caring about others demonstrates compassion in action, something that we all need and can benefit from in many ways. There is now scientific research from Harvard that supports how kindness can strengthen our immune system and boosts our health and wellbeing as well as reduce depression, aggressive behaviour and increases optimism and resilience as well as support healing in general.

As we mourn the tragedies of this week in #MartinPlace Sydney & Pakistan, we are witnessing an out pouring of grief and an abundance of collective kindness and compassion amongst total strangers bringing a comfort to many. A strength, a oneness that is powerful beyond measure and connects within your core.

The gallery of photos shown below from The Australian news website actually demonstrates the ripple effect and power of what one act of kindness of one person and one bouquet of flowers can do.
As you go through the gallery of pictures you see how one lonely bouquet has now multiplied to a giant landscape of thousands of flowers and people connecting as one to deep sadness, loss, love, unity and healing.
This is what an open heart looks and feels like. The true power of Love and Kindness in magnificent action.

Kaylene Wynn

#MartinPlace  #PakistanSchool #PayItForward #sydneyseige #Kindness #Power #Tolerance # compassion #oneness #connection #Love

Pictures courtesy of the The Australian http://www.theaustralian.com.au

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As Sydney awoke to the news that two hostages had died in the city’s siege in the early hours of December 16, the first flowers were left in Martin Place,
at the edge of the railway station entrance, by an unidentified man. Picture: John Grainger

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          Despite not knowing the victims, Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, and barrister mother-of-three Katrina Dawson, 38, well-wisher Erin Costelloe
           left a floral tribute near the scene. Picture: John Grainger

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                            Finance worker Kate Golder, 37, followed, breaking down in tears. Her office is just 100 metres from the Lindt Cafe.
                            “It could have been any of us,” she told reporters. Picture: John Grainger

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              The dramatic stand-off with gunman Man Haron Monis lasted over 16 hours, with much of Sydney’s finance hub Martin Place closed off to the
               public until later that morning. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty

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          More and more Sydneysiders came to leave a tribute, with the message ‘We do not fear and nor do we forget,’ written in chalk on the nearby footpath.

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“It’s the only thing I knew I could do, symbolically, to show that I stand up for peace,” administrative manager Lauren Langley said after laying a bunch of          multicoloured roses. She was working nearby on the day of the siege when police cars by the dozen poured into Martin Place.

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                  Visiting members or the public were joined by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and wife Margie, alongside Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione,
                  NSW Premier Mike Baird, Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore and Governor General Peter Cosgrove. Picture: Joosep Martinson/Getty

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As night fell, the memorial site was lit up with candles left by visitors, as members of the public continued to lay flowers and leave messages of remembrance.

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                   The following day the shrine had grown dramatically, with some of the hostages and their families visiting, including Elly Chen,
                    Harriette Denny and Jarrod Hoffman. Picture: Cole Bennetts/Getty

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             By day three, people were being asked to wait in line for at least 30 minutes to deposit flowers,
          “(The long queue) doesn’t bother me at all; it’s the least I can do,” said visitor Julia Ong, “I wanted to pay tribute.” Picture: Toby Zerna

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                  An ariel view of Martin Place shows just how big the sea of flowers has now become, as people continue to attend in their droves.
                  Picture: Cole Bennetts/Getty

Master Mindfulness #mindfulness #motivation #stress #breathing #bestself #wellbeing

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Master Mindfulness

Mindfulness involves a conscious awareness of current thoughts, feelings and behaviours within a person’s environment. Simply being the observer of self in a non-judging way, while still being able to remain open and inquisitive.
Mindfulness has the ability to stabilise and enhance our emotional and general well-being, which simply means that’s great for our long-term mental health and overall wellness.

In this ever demanding, busy and stressful world mindfulness focuses the attention on a moment of non-doing, this allows us to concentrate and maintain the attention span over extended periods of time.
With a plethora of technological influences and the continuous feed of never ending information challenging our ability to concentrate on single tasks, we find ourselves instead browsing through bits and pieces of tasks rather than using conscious focused thought.

Generally people don’t have a true awareness of their intimate inner self, because our unconscious programming has trained us to focus mainly on the outside world. There are some who feel so disconnected and look for connectedness through self-medicating, sex, drugs and alcohol.
This can be a struggle to work with, for some are so lost within that world it gives them a brief experience of what they think is connection, but its like living in an abyss as they become more alienated and isolated from within and eventually spiraling from the outside world.

Mindfulness reconnects you on many levels and awakens an aliveness that you will never want to let go of.
It brings a realisation of how non functioning you actually were as it re-connects you to an inner peace that elevates you to a new high.
Mindful awareness is simply paying attention to the present moment as we let thoughts come and go freely without any attachment.

Take a moment and get Mindfulness started, within weeks you will feel the transformation and benefits of making Mindfulness a habit.

Here is one of the Mindful techniques that is relatively easy to master.
I call it checking in and going on a MindFull Pause.

The MindFull Pause
· Set aside 15 mins each day – anytime, anywhere
· Find a quiet place
· Put yourself on pause and stop and shift your focus onto your breathing,
· Close your eyes or focus on an object and become aware only of your breathing.
· Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose, bringing awareness into filling your lungs completely, then slowly breathe out through your mouth until you have expelled all breath
· Continue to focus on your breathing, each in breath draws in new life and each out breath a letting go of any tension, stress, worry, anger etc
· Continue and then repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, and repeat.

Mindful Breathing practices actually enhance a more balanced neurological system that makes for a perfect environment for optimal brain function. There is no doubt we can create healthier minds through positive practices of mindfulness.

This is only the start of taking your life back and becoming the best version of you!

Kaylene Wynn
http://www.mindfullthinking.com

Refocus the Selfie

People are remarkably fascinating, each one of us is so uniquely special, but we struggle to identify what that importance actually is.
Interestingly enough we recognise it in others and then try to emulate it rather than embrace our own individual self.
Here is my definition of what a real selfie is, take a snapshot on the inside and instagram what you find. What does your inside picture look like?
Know you are already important! You just need to connect to it!

#MindfullThinkingGroup #selfesteem #mindfullthinking #connection #selfworth

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Rest In Peace Phillip Hughes #RIPPhilHughes

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Although I did not know you I feel like I knew you
You were meant for great things as you now receive your cricket wings
You left the crease 63 not out, but you will live on for centuries without a doubt
And now you join the great man Bradman and become the swinging golden batsman
And hit the final heavenly run and be the infinite number one.

The world feels the loss of your sudden ascendance but we will never forget your physical presence.

Kaylene Wynn

The MindFull Thinking Group