Yoga started as a ‘weird’ little secret – as I needed time to get comfortable with being in silence – but the way it has taught my mind has in consequence taught my life to become greater by how I look at it and the actions that arise from that decision.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“YOU CANNOT CONTROL WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, BUT YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, AND IN THAT, YOU WILL BE MASTERING CHANGE RATHER THAN ALLOWING IT TO MASTER YOU“.

Calm your mind 🧘 (With images) | Yoga illustration

Brian Tracy

Ultimately, meditation is not a doing or a practice… It is a way of life, a loving, compassionate attitude towards our pain and our heartache.

Meditation means slowing down, consciously responding to the intensity of the present moment rather than reacting to it, feeling and blessing our discomfort rather than running away into stories and blame, lovingly observing our negative thoughts rather than being sucked in by them. Meditation means awakening to the heart-breaking preciousness of every moment, discovering Oneness in the passing scenes of this ordinary life. This is the meditation I live and breathe and teach, and this is the meditation that ultimately saved my life, the meditation that says YES to our gorgeous, broken, fierce and tender human hearts, YES to our imperfections and flaws, YES to us, exactly as we are, in this very moment of our lives…”

– Jeff Foster

The scientific reason why mediation can be so beneficial to someone’s life is the re-structuring it does inside your brain and the way it perceives the outside world. Molecules of the protein drag a ball of endorphins along an active filament into the inner part of the brain’s parietal cortex, which produces feelings of happiness.

I initially discovered Meditation from my travels in China. It started when I ran into a public Yoga class at People’s Square on my way back from work. I remember asking myself how could all these ‘oldies’ master such ‘ridiculous’ poses so gracefully… so I decided to go back to my room and try them. I still don’t feel quite ready, but that’s okay, That was the purpose of meditating for me. Its’ purpose changes depending of the person’s subjective goal.

I can see the difference in the way my mind processes information and in consequence, how it has taught my life to become greater by how I look at it and the actions that arise from that decision.

It is revolutionary, mentally and also physically. I couldn’t recommend it more often. If you decide to try it out, just prepare yourself to pay attention to –every-singledetail you make, how your body moves, how your lungs breathe, time slows down pretty quickly after and that will help you keep focused for longer.

Hong Kong, China

In summary you will find yourself constantly surrounded by tall buildings, narrow streets and hectic crowds – specially in the Kowloon area – But if busy makes you ‘stressy’, you can always take off to Lantau Island where you can find quieter local beaches and less people around.

Hong Kong

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Many expats travel to Macau (澳門) or Hong Kong (香港) as a means to renew their entry-visa to the country, it also tends to be cheaper than going back to Europe to do it. When I started getting closer to running out of days, I took the opportunity to visit Hong Kong and see how much resemblance could this colony have with their UK friends. I loved the fact most people I asked directions responded in English straight away, something I couldn’t find in Shanghai.

You will find yourself constantly surrounded by tall buildings, narrow streets and hectic crowds – specially in the Kowloon area

But if busy makes you ‘stressy’, you can always take off to Lantau Island where you can find quieter local beaches and less people around. In Lantau you can also find the main Big Buddha, which will take your breath away -it shows you the power of silence and respect when visiting such sacred places-.

If you want to see the most iconic views of the city, Victoria Peak is where you want to go. The wait can be long -I queued around 5h. to get into the tram- but views are beautiful and worth every second waiting.

The views in Hong Kong are something hard to get used to. So make sure you check out some rooftop bars like the Wooloomooloo (Wan Chai); with tasty food and great music while watching the city’s sunset.

Hong Kong In Pictures

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