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Meditation is the way to go

When we think about meditation, some of us might still envision people sitting crossed legged and murmuring the word “om” with their eyes close.

Meditation can have a huge impact on your overall health. Sitting in a quiet, dimmed and aromatic room is of course relieving. Taking time for yourself is the best gift you could offer to your precious self. That pause you take during the day to contemplate and meditate can help you to reduce stress, tension, improve immunity, clear your mind and lower blood pressure. Meditation is centuries and centuries old, but it started gaining more popularity around the 21st century for a vast amount of reasons.

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We all know science and spirit are not at all close, but lately medicine has been considering the benefits of meditation on working as a catalyst or even as a substitute to conventional drugs.

“A lot of hospitals have programs now as a complementary treatment for conditions,” says researcher Kimberly Williams, PhD, assistant professor in community medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Studies have found positive results for meditation’s use to support treatment for both physical and psychological ills, she adds.

Meditation is not a simple thing that you can develop overnight; it is a complex technique that requires inner energy and being strongly focused and undistracted. Mastering the art of meditation should be on your to do list.

“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.”
There are different types of meditation. All share certain traits, such as taking a comfortable position, focusing attention and ignoring distractions. Among the various meditation approaches, the practice known as mindfulness meditation, sometimes called mindfulness, has emerged as the method gaining the most notice for helping to improve health.

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2 Secrets to Faster Swimming

You might think that your swimming skills acquire a faster pace through intensive workouts and increasing your general fitness. Well, this is not the only thing to do; swimming is a technical sport that needs more than mere fitness workouts.  Some people are naturally gifted, they know how to find their way around water; by spending little time and practice they quickly improve. Most people are not as gifted, they have to spend more effort. Technique is your main target. First, you need to decrease drag in water. Second, you need to improve propulsion in water.

The importance of swimming with the least amount of drag is often left behind; which is a great way to improve your efficiency in the water. Since water is much denser than air; the drag in water increases according to our swimming speed.

Reducing drag needs skill, which calls for improvement. This is why it should be your main concern. Make sure that you use the proper swim training equipment and swim training aids while swimming.

A good way to decrease drag is to improve your balance, try to stay as straight as possible in water. Be careful of losing balance when you lift your head for a breath. If you lose balance, your legs will drop; so you will have to kick harder and waste a lot of energy.

Once you learned to minimum your drag, it will be time to start improving your propulsion. One more time, this is done through improving your swim stroke style and NOT by building bigger muscles.

One of the best ways to improve your propulsion is to move to each side with every arm stroke. This allows you to use more muscles and enhances their performance. Before you apply propulsive force in the water with your arms, you have to have your forearm and hand aligned.

This is mainly how you can develop a faster swimming technique. All you need is time, practice, some effort and lots of fun.

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Furniture Refurbishing – The Handmade Business Idea

Some people are less inclined to work from 9 to 5, and they are looking for ways to increase their income by taking a second job or starting a business. As we have reached a development in technology that is beyond our understanding, people are looking to turn back to their roots, by choosing more and more hand made items.

bigstock-Business-Growth-And-Success-Ch-1279740For someone who is an artist or close to one, and for those who have some skills in using their hands, a good idea as a business is refurbishing furniture. It’s an easy process but it requires attention to details and patience to take care of a piece of furniture.

It’s a work that not only helps you bring back to life different items, but it also offers you the satisfaction of a work that pleases the eyes and satisfies the customers.

Here is how you can refurbish a chair, and you can easily do at least a few pieces before starting your own business.

The materials

business-strategyFor starting this business, you will need sandpaper, soft cloths, nails or screws, hammer, electrical screwdriver, furniture fabric, foam, wood glue, stain and lacquer or paint in whatever color you want.

All these items are cheap, and some of them you already have in your house, stored somewhere for a later use. The investment for this business is not big, but if you plan to do it on a larger scale, you need to find the furniture for yourself or find the clients who have old furniture that they want refurbished. Also, you need to have a special space where all the work will be performed.

Dismantle Everything

Chair-afterYou have the chair now, and to be able to work on it, you will have to dismantle it. Unscrew the screws or take out the existing nails, depending on what was used. Make sure you don’t hurt yourself in this process. Take down the seat and the backrest, and if there is any pillow involved, take it out carefully. You can tear down the material, but make sure to not tear the seat-cushion, as you will need the measures.


Sand out

This is a messy part, as you need to use the sandpaper to remove all the existing lacquer and stain from the wood. If you have an electrical sander, this is even better, because it will reduce your working time to less than half. However, if there are any details, these will have to be sanded manually. While you are here, make sure that there are no wood chips. Make sure the surface is even. If there are any holes in the wood, fill them with wood putty and let it dry. Once the putty is dried, sand the surface again to make it smooth.

Staining, lacquering and paining

s237632137635600779_p75_i5_w603Once the wood is sanded, clean it with the soft cloth. Make sure it is all even, so you can start the staining process. Use a piece of cloth or a brush, depending on what you have available. Use the stain until you get the desired color. Let the wood dry after each layer of stain. Once you have the color that you want, you can start lacquering it. If you want something colored, use the paint that you have bought. Do the same, and apply each layer of paint carefully. Let it try before you apply a new one.

The Pillows

suit_fr3q_quattro_golden-orangeCut the foam in the desired shape and size, and also cut the material. Make sure that the material is big enough to cover the seat. See how the original cushion was made and work according to the old one. If you don’t know how to sew the cushion, ask someone who has experience with a sewing machine. After it is done, all you’ll have to do is put it in the right place.

Once you have finished with everything, all you’ll have to do is assemble the chair. Now you’ll have a new, nice looking chair refurbished and ready to use.

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