5 Mindfulness Practices for a Happier Life

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Apart from our diets, the thoughts and emotions we experience each day has a huge impact on our health.  So here at *Kommunitea, we have put together several simple steps that one can begin to implement immediately for a more mindful life


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Mindfulness, put simply, is nothing more than present moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment


The key to mindfulness is in it’s acceptance of what is happening in the immediate now without any judgement.

When we practice mindfulness our awareness tunes into the present moment, rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

The cultivation of mindfulness allows you to be in a state of here and now, and that is where your power lies.

Because it is only in the now that we truly realize our potential to shape our lives.


With Greater awareness, we make better choices, build stronger relationships, and re-focus our attention on what we can affect, and what we can let go of


Cultivate the witness

This is perhaps the most powerful and most transformative aspect of mindfulness. If done correctly it is essentially the only mindfulness technique you will ever need.

Recognizing the habitual thought patterns that keep you from experiencing the present moment is at it’s core, what mindfulness is all about.

Trying to stop thoughts and clearing the mind is futile. Rather the key is to separate yourself from your thoughts, not allowing yourself to be carried off by them.

See them for what they are – clouds passing by in the sky. Learn to observe your thoughts without judging them.

The goal is not to change or manipulate the situation; it is open acceptance for whatever is happening in the immediate now. The feelings of the body, your emotions, your thoughts – learn to observe them as if there were another person observing them from afar.

Mastery of this will leave your life transformed. However, don’t be fooled. It is simple, but far from easy.


An Attitude of Gratitude

It is impossible to be both in a state of gratitude and fear at the same time.

When we are grateful for something we begin to make space for happiness and joy. Those who are happiest in this world are the most grateful for their lot in life.

Cultivate a state of gratitude for absolutely everything going on in your life. Say thank you when you have a warm shower in the morning. Thank you that you didn’t have to go without food today. Thank you for the jerk-off of a boss you have, for you are learning to handle difficult people.

There is always something to be grateful for;  you just need to look.


Gratitude and happiness are qualities that must be cultivated from within. Spend enough time practicing this habit and it will eventually become your default setting


The happiness advantage

If you can’t make yourself happy, try making someone else happy.

If you are to shy or self conscious, start by just wishing the people you interact with throughout the day to be happy.

Choose one person and imagine them to be in a state of bliss. Declare their happiness as the most important thing in the world.

See them realizing all that they have in this world to be happy for.

You won’t believe the impact an exercise like this will have on your own happiness.


Mindful eating

Eating is a sacred act.

For seven consecutive days eat at least one meal per day in complete silence.

Not being distracted by phones, not eating while rushing towards a meeting.

Sit, stop and chew mindfully. Focus on each and every bite.

For most this will be highly uncomfortable. We are so conditioned to consume food as quickly as possible.

But this exercise is crucial to reconnecting with a part of our being we have lost touch with.



Let your breath become your anchor to the present. Whenever difficulties arrive sit with the breath.

Don’t try and deny how you are feeling.

Learn to breathe slowly and deliberately, flooding your body with much needed oxygen.

If you can take a breath, you have something to be grateful for. You are still alive. You can now go and deal with whatever needs to be done.

If the circumstance is out of your control, accept this and move on.

Don’t allow worry and guilt to become a part of you if you can’t take action to change a situation.

Your breath is the key to a more mindful life. Learn to breath properly.


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Daydreaming on the job?

The Surprising Day Jobs That Set Up These 10 Entrepreneurs for Success

The Surprising Day Jobs That Set Up These 10 Entrepreneurs for Success

It’s 4:30 PM on a Wednesday. You’re on the clock until 5, but you’ve finished the all of the sweeping or checked out your last customer or filed the day’s paperwork. It’s prime time for daydreaming: what would it be like to be your own boss? You close your eyes, and you’re running a little beachside tiki bar, or taking that leather-tooling hobby to the next level. It’s a good way to kill 30 minutes.

Ahh, the impossible dream!

But then I started thinking: is it so impossible? Most of the entrepreneurs I know didn’t go to business school, or take over a family company. They had no formal training, or mentor to help them. These small business owners come from diverse backgrounds – retail sales and law school and the TV industry. Unconventional resumes for people who now juggle marketing and customer service and design and shipping, right? Maybe not.

What is the profile of an entrepreneur? What’s the required skill set? A pinch of fearlessness, a lot of drive, the ability to self-start, a knack for business? It’s a mixed bag, partially learned and somewhat innate. And these many-hat-wearing folks, for the most part, gleaned their knowledge through an eclectic history of experiences, and things picked up from past jobs.

Can your day job help you kick start your dream job, too? Consider the following:

  • Does your company have a program to help subsidize the cost of educational workshops, courses, or conferences?
  • Can you identify anyone with mentor-potential within your organization?
  • Is it possible to take a risk-free unpaid leave or negotiate reduced hours while you work on building your business?
  • What other skills can you learn and what resources are available to you?

I spoke to ten Shopify merchants who started their careers as beekeepers and models and bankers. Their resumes, on the surface, may not seem relevant, but these entrepreneurs draw from their past work experiences every day.

Ten day jobs that have entrepreneur training baked in:

1. Former Career: Zookeeper

Entrepreneur skills acquired: Multitasking, juggling irregular hours, customer service

“I worked a lot with animals but it’s also very important to provide an education and to acknowledge the visitors – I gained a lot of my customer service skills and experience in that profession. I learned how to make customers happy with compromise (“No, you really can’t pet this bird; but I can give you a peacock feather to take home!”). I think having a unique job with weird requirements and hours helped me to prepare for the one-woman show I currently run. At the zoo, I was always on my feet, doing different tasks – no two days were the same. It’s natural for me to juggle multiple activities at once. My current lifestyle is similarly a very active job, not a typical 9-5, which is what I’m familiar and comfortable with. I don’t think I could sit at a desk or computer all day, everyday.”

– Taylor Scarboro, Owner, Sugar & Succulents






2. Former Career: Case Worker, Social Development

Entrepreneur skills acquired: listening, customer service/care, versatility, problem-solving

“My job was to find a solution to people’s problems and at times they were life and death situations. I had to think fast under pressure while providing the best possible customer service. My time with the Ministry was the biggest training ground for me as I never had any formal education in business. Everything I learned, I’m able to apply to my business life: Spend more time listening than talking. In business if you’re not listening to your customer, you’re leaving a lot of business on the table and there is no room for you to grow and improve. Kindness and compassion – you may think this has nothing to do with business but I strongly believe they should be must-haves in all business cultures. At the end of the day without people, business is nothing, we are nothing. You need to be able to understand your customer from their perspective, you don’t need to agree but regardless you need to be kind and show compassion towards them. And, don’t be scared to try new things – in my previous job, things were never black and white, so I was forced to think of different ways to solve problems. In business you will need to get out of your comfort zone and do things you’ve never done before. Yes it can be scary but you will never know otherwise.”

Gustavia Lui, Owner, Staavias

At the end of the day without people, business is nothing, we are nothing.

3. Former Career: Insurance Claims Adjuster

Entrepreneur skills acquired: organization, patience

“Working in insurance adjusting can be stressful in a catastrophe situation. For everyone. Most importantly, the people that’s been affected by a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster. You’re there to take care of them. Patience and organization is absolute key while you help someone get their lives back on track.”

Barcus Patty, Owner, Thrice

4. Former Career: Model

Entrepreneur skills acquired: photography, styling, marketing

“The way people should start businesses is to look at their lives and ask themselves, “What are the tools I’ve been given that no one else has been given, that add up basically to strategy where I win?” I modelled for Ford Models, and because of that, I know how to run a casting. I know how to run a photoshoot. I know what clothes look like on and off a person. And that’s the online marketing version of fashion.”

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, Founder, President and Creative Director, Vaute

The way people should start businesses is to look at their lives and ask themselves, ‘What are the tools I’ve been given that no one else has been given?’

Vaute Couture

5. Former Career: Business Development Manager, Food Industry

Entrepreneur skills acquired: curation, UX, branding

“Working in the food tech sector, my role was to identify key partners who would build and identify a brand then on-board them to our mobile apps, ready to promote to our customers. I realised the importance of curation. The importance to present customers with only the best products in an industry and brands can affect the UX for better or for worse. With my new knowledge of curation and my previous experience of onboarding brands I got to work contacting designers I wanted on our website in December and went from 15 to 50 designers in two months. I would say I am like most early business owners where in essence, you want everything to work right now, but I have learned through working with startups that the best thing to do is start slow, fix operational issues, push it a bit, fix more techy issues then push harder. A key bit of advice I was given when I decided to leave my job was to focus on getting people to love your brand than people to like your brand which is something I stick by and I am always reaching out to strike conversation with our customers. It helps me to really understand who they are but most importantly, they get to understand us, what we do and why we do it and hopefully start loving us!”

Lewis Phillips, Owner, The Pommier

6. Former Careers: Beekeeper / Tech Startups

Entrepreneur skills acquired: patience, perseverance

“I’ve been keeping bees since 2005 as my hobby and antidote to the stress of running several high-tech start up companies. Around 2008 my wife and I started experimenting with making lip balms and hand creams in our kitchen using the honey, beeswax and propolis from our bees. The main lesson I learned from my previous commercial life (and possibly the bees) was one of patience and probably stubbornness. I just knew in my gut that there was a market for our products and great feedback from our customers kept us going even though the business was not yet profitable – I sometimes think it’s a thin line between stubbornness and stupidity, but there will always be times where you will simply want to give up and walk away. Nothing comes easily and if you stick it out long enough,and if the product is “right” you will eventually succeed.”

– Simon Cavill, Founder, Bee Good Skincare


7. Former Careers: Brand Manager, Healthcare / Relationship Manager, Banking

Entrepreneur skills acquired: branding, networking, negotiation, accounting, communication

“It helped to have worked in 2 very different industries (banking and healthcare) and in different roles (finance and marketing). To run a small business, you need to know a little bit about everything. You also need to understand how the different parts of the business work together. I constantly draw on experiences that I had in my prior roles. Even though the industries were totally different from pet products, the fundamentals are similar. Accounting classes and my prior career in banking have been invaluable in teaching me how to forecast, budget, determine pricing, and run scenarios. You have to know what is driving sales, costs, and margins in order to build a business strategy and optimize your business.”

Diane Danforth, Owner, Pawdentify

To run a small business, you need to know a little bit about everything. I constantly draw on experiences that I had in my prior roles.

8. Former Career: Set Decorator, Film Industry

Entrepreneur skills acquired: sourcing, curation, networking

“My job back then was to source very specific things for films. They would say ‘We need a yellow couch’. I would go everywhere to find something that would do. My whole job was to familiarize myself with the city and all the corners, all the places. I began to know what’s in all the stores. I have fairly good visual memory because of that, and it comes in handy now. As I was doing that job, I was building my resources for film but was also finding interesting things that I was using in my own life. I said, ‘I want to get out of film. I want to use the skills I’ve acquired of taking the best options and creating something cohesive and beautiful and useful.’”

– Sophia Pierro, Owner, Present Day Gifts

9. Former Career: Broadcasting

Entrepreneur skills acquired: writing, photography, strategy, goal-setting

“For 10 years, I’ve worked for a major TV broadcaster, as a news and documentary script editor, narrator and occasional news reader. My training in strategic planning helps me envision the big picture, identify goals and the steps needed to get there (and switch gears, as necessary). We actually cut the cord with regular 9-to-5 employment some time ago and have made a decent living as freelancers, so our mindset is pretty entrepreneurial. The TV writing experience has helped me learn how to write concise, compelling stories and pick the right images to illustrate them. That helps when I’m writing blog posts and catalog copy. It’s made me a better visual thinker. And taught me that I always need to view what I’m creating through the eyes of the audience.

Virginia Sorrells, Co-Owner, Ajimi Ichiba

My training in strategic planning helps me envision the big picture, identify goals and the steps needed to get there.

10. Former Career: Real Estate Broker

Entrepreneur skills acquired: negotiation, hustle

“The cutthroat Manhattan real estate business was an amazing course in negotiation, hustle, and remaining focused on the end goal of putting together and making a deal work. These skills have come in very handy with suppliers, vendors and designers, especially in a start up with very little capital. Managing all the different personalities and finessing situations to get the deal done comes into play every single day managing Hamptons Glow.”

– Rachel Thompson, Owner, Hamptons Glow

The cutthroat Manhattan real estate business was an amazing course in negotiation and hustle.

Suddenly, mid-daydream, you snap back into a reality: you don’t have any clue how to run a business, right? But maybe you do. Inadvertently, your career is giving you the skills to forge out on your own.

Don’t quit your day job just yet, though – get paid to learn while you work on your side hustle.

What did you do before you were an entrepreneur? Share your story in the comments below.

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About the Author

Dayna Winter is a Storyteller at Shopify. She follows more dogs than humans on Instagram and isn’t a real redhead.

The Perfect (healing) Gift

Reveal Your Life’s Purpose

Reveal Your Life’s Purpose by Asking These 15 Questions

on 14 January, 2015 at 12:57


By: Stephen Parato, Guest Contributor.



You came here for a reason, didn’t you?

You can feel it in the depths of your being.

Your life is inconceivably meaningful. You arrived on Earth for a purpose. What that purpose is, you have to uncover (and create) yourself. It’s an epic quest from cradle to grave, and that’s what makes life worth living.

There is a deep yearning within everyone for that deep-seated sense of purpose. When people know what it is, they become an unstoppable force. Absolutely nothing can stand between them and the manifestation of their destiny.

How do you reveal your life’s purpose? I can’t tell you exactly how, as it’s incredibly distinct from person-to-person, but I can provide you with the tools for you to guide yourself along your journey. And your purpose isn’t static either. It may very well change and evolve throughout the course of your life. Heraclitus hit the nail on the head when he said “No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

Ask… And you shall receive…


Here are 15 questions to ask yourself, which will set you in the direction of your life’s purpose:

1. What gives me energy?

Activities that align with your purpose will energize you. On the other hand, activities that don’t resonate with your essence will drain you. Be aware and use your energy level as a guide.

2. What excites me?

This is a better question than the lukewarm “What am I passionate about?” Excitement is easily discernible for anyone. And the funny thing is that you find out what you’re passionate about simply by being mindful of what excites you.

“The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?” – Tim Ferriss

3. What kind of ideas come to me in the shower?

The shower is probably the most relaxing part of your day-to-day life. Inspiration strikes when you’re relaxed, as that’s when you’re most receptive. So be aware of what kind of inspiration comes to you while you’re gettin’ so fresh and so clean.

4. What kind of things do people always ask me about?

What kind of advice do others seek from you? This is indicative of the value you can potentially provide to the world at large.

5. What kind of conversations do I have with those closest to me?

What subject matter do you immerse yourself in with loved ones? What information do you share with the people you care about most? What do you talk about when you’re being your true self?

6. What do I do with my free time?

Actions dictate where priorities lie.

7. What topics do I regularly read about?

An obvious way to shine light on your biggest interests.



8. What recurring dreams do I have?

The themes of your dreams will reveal a lot about your subconscious. Search the meaning of dreams to get a better grasp on the esoteric wisdom being conveyed.



9. During which experiences in my life have I felt the most alive?

A different spin on following your excitement.

10. What unique interests, or abilities, did I have as a young child?

If you’re memory is fuzzy, ask your parents for more clarity. This question will reveal a lot about your inherent abilities and your interests prior to societal conditioning.

11. What would I be doing if money were no object?

12. What would I be doing if I absolutely, 100%, did not care about what other people think?

Like the question about money, it’s important to ask yourself what you would be doing if there were no limitations. If you were completely free, what would you do?

13. What is on my bucket list?

What is most important to you? What things, when achieved, will create that deep sense of fulfillment within you? These will most certainly guide you toward your purpose.

14. What topics can I blend together to create my own unique niche?

How can you commix multiple subjects to create your own unique mosaic of life? A great example that James Altucher used was someone who loves both basketball and statistics. If they don’t make it to the NBA (which will be the vast majority of people), they can blend their interests of basketball and statistics to create their own unique amalgamation of mastery.

15. If I were to write a short (1-2 sentence) “About Me”, describing the ideal version of myself, what would it be?

I’ve been asking myself these questions repeatedly for some time now. What have they revealed so far? Well, all signs point to writing and poetry being a major part of my life purpose (for this chapter of my life, at least). Why? Because I’m fascinated by the intricacies of the English language. I also have a sick obsession with super-lyrical hip-hop (like this) and a burning desire to read, like all of the books in the world are about to get the Library of Alexandria treatment. Plus, the act of writing itself excites me. That’s why I’m able to practice every day, sparking new ideas and catalyzing continuous improvement. Combine that with my vast array of additional interests (health, fitness, spirituality, meditation, philosophy, psychology, self-improvement, history, lifehacking, hiking, travel and cooking, to name a few) and I have a staggering stockpile of raw material to distill into digestible poetry and prose. I figured out that everything I enjoy “absorbing” contributes to the skill of writing. So that’s why I do what I do.

Consistently ask yourself these revelatory questions and you will uncover your life purpose, as well as help bring it to fruition.

With more power than your mind conceives
You came here for a reason
You are a healer, believe
Earth is calling for a new season
Instate this miraculous age
Create a spectacular page
In the book of love and life
Lightheartedly rise above the strife
For your essence is essential
Please, step into your true potential

Have fun on your quest called life.

Much love.

Stevie P!


Stephen Parato (aka Stevie P) is your friendly, neighborhood Earth traveler. A holistic health & wellness advisor, Reiki Level 2 practitioner, unorthodox yogi, explorer of consciousness, philosopher, writer, poet and positivity connoisseur. Stevie P’s internet home base is his blog Feelin’ Good, Feelin’ Great.

Website link: http://www.feelingoodfeelingreat.com

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/FeelinGoodFeelinGreat

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/SteviePThatsMe

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3bVN2ixBQfCQx9MGzawnog

Self help from two out of the box scientists (Sheldrake and Lipton)

Self help from two delightful, humorous, out of the box scientists

Dr Rupert Sheldrake and Dr Bruce Lipton


These delightful two ‘out of the box’ scientists deliver an entertaining and humorous, easy to understand explanation of why genes do not dictate our lives (yay! so empowering!), the placebo effect, and much more. I also found absolutely fascinating and harmonic resonance with the fact that it is so easy to programme our babies from pre-birth with the conditioning of fear (e.g. of water even though any baby can swim immediately after birth) and the conditioning of not promoting innate self healing, but rushing off to the doctor to ‘get fixed’ – this often entails a nasty form of programming that when one needs love, even in old age, it is attained by turning on sickness.

Well worth taking some time out with a cuppa and enjoy – just click on this link :



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and if you enjoyed that, a terrific interview with Joe Rogan and Rupert Sheldrake: