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Writers wanted

Are you looking for somewhere to guest write, want to see your name in lights and online, want to promote your website then we have writing opportunities just waiting for you.

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Writers needed

We have positions for writers submitting articles on anything to do with Spiritual well-being, Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness, and Mind Matters.

Come and join a super friendly family team and start writing for us and get your name and website published and credited on our site!

How it works

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a creative flare and are wanting to share their personal voice and talent. We require No previous experience or Qualifications but you must have excellent writing skills, a firm grasp of the English language, you want to express yourself and reach a large world wide audience, but above all else you love to write.

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Creative Columnist

We are looking for:

• Enthusiastic creative individuals

• No experience or qualifications necessary

• Must have excellent writing skills

• Firm grasp of the English language

• Have a voice and want to express yourself to a large world wide audience

• Write about Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga or spiritual well-being.

• Can write about positivity, depression, anger, stress or other Mind Matters Articles

Does this sound like you?

Do you fit the bill? Then simply send us your idea, or a completed article using the contact Form at the bottom of the page.

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There are Just 3 Rules

1 Do not write a full blown sales pitch or a straight forward promotion for your product, website or Facebook page. These will be ignored. A decent story involving your product or website works better, engage your audience with your expertise.

2 Your Article must be written by you and never before been published on another website.

3 It must have a minimum of 1,000 words and be unique and engaging

If you have followed all the above guidelines then simply send us your idea, or completed article using the contact Form at the bottom of the page.

Tips On Writing Guest Posts

Write a guest post that is personal, and fill your words with energy, pizzazz, and spark. Then we’ll be sure to accept submissions for your articles.

When it comes to submitting stories about mindfulness or meditation, write for us an article that is full of positive energy, fun and enjoyable to read. If you have an educational aspect or personal experience, this will also help get submitted.

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We are currently expanding all our page chapters especially yoga, write for us today and your submission is very well likely to be published.

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About 4enlightenment

What is 4enlightenment

4enlightenment.com is a website set up for everyone interested in spiritual awakening, mindfulness, meditation, compassion, loving kindness and the development and understanding of our human consciousness.

We really hope that we inspire and motivate you to contribute with your own personal words of wisdom, maybe lessons learnt, mishaps that may of happened or just a simple hello. Our aim is that each of us may learn together, encouraging us all to succeed on our own personal journeys into spiritual enlightenment, wether that’s inner contentment or simple to feel happier about life.

We aim to create a safe place where we become a family to share our wisdom helping one another along the way. We really want compassionate, caring, like minded people, just like yourself, to join our family.

So come and join a like minded family of friends

Our website:

Motivational and Inspirational Short Stories

Every week we bring to you an inspirational Short story that has motivated or inspired us in some way during our week. Most of our stories are original but some are famous fables or old classics and where the author is known a credit is always given.

We are always searching for more stories and we welcome anything you have written, we will always give credit where credit is due. Please see our writers submissions page.

Meditation

Our Meditation Pages are filled with inspirational advice, tips and tricks and words of wisdom on all matters to do with mindfulness and meditation. If your a complete beginner then everything is covered from correct posture and techniques to more advanced vipassana meditation.

Meditation is very simple to explain but it seems that this simplicity can cause a lot of confusion. Our meditation guides are the 100 percent guaranteed correct way to meditate, each meditation has been passed to me from a linage that spans 2,500 years. I was taught, as a Buddhist monk, for years the correct posture and breathing techniques to succeed and finally after many many years and thousands of hours meditating I finally and deeply understand our human consciousness. Please don’t get me wrong I am not claiming enlightenment or sainthood, far from it, yet from meditation I have gained an incredible lasting peace and tranquility within my own mind, worries now don’t drain my energy anymore, I feel happier and more alive than ever before and I understand our human experience.

All I now want to do is freely pass this knowledge through experience onto others and would be thrilled if you joined me.

Mind Matters

Everyone’s Mind Matters and hear you will find everything to do with all our overwhelming number of emotions such as Anger, Stress, Anxiety, Optimistic vs Pessimistic, positivity and depression. These Personal stories from individuals just like yourselves who have suffered and then overcome emotional turmoil. We also include the fundamental coping mechanisms and proven techniques to help elevate anger, stress anxiety and depressions.

Inspirational quotes

Every week we lovingly create original inspirational picture quotes and include a small biography of the author. Previous weeks have included such wonderful people as Thich Nhat Hanh, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Ajahn Brahm and the Dalai Lama as examples.

Dhamma Tapasa

Dhamma Tapasa is the spiritual name given to the author of 4enlightenment while ordained as a Buddhist monk in North Thailand. This section is a little introduction into my personal journey towards spiritual awakening

Misadventures of a Monk

Dhamma Tapasa hasn’t always been a monk and even still as a monk he finds himself getting into mischief and mishaps. Hear will slowly fill these pages with stories that definitely contain mishaps & mayhem, disaster & triumph from past adventures travelling around the world, as the search for enlightenment continues.

This section also includes regular updates on Dhamma Tapasa’s whereabout and where his latest wanderings have taken him. And of course updates on Marley Moo, Dhamma Tapasa’s faithful rescued stray dog, always by his side.

Free Gift

We would like to offer you a free gift “Meditate With A Monk” there is no strings attached we just require an email address so we can send you a link. We don’t have email responders which means each email we send is a personally written message to you, not a robot.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop is filled with delightfully handcrafted meditation & mindfulness gifts by Monk Dhamma Tapasa. Each gift is uniquely and individually handmade and then showcased in their very own presentation or gift box. Each One-of-a-kind items are made as a limited number, making these quality products truly exclusive Gifts.

Writers Submissions

If you feel you have a inspirational story you would like to share, or your a budding journalist wanting find an avenue for your creativity, or even a website looking for extra visitors, then this section will explain our guidelines for your submissions, all very simple and straight forward and easy to apply. We really want you to join our family and eagerly look forward to discovering what you have on you mind.

Contact Us

If there is anything you feel we need to include, have an idea you want to share, or simply want to say hello then this is the place to come and send us as message. We really do want you to feel part of a family and really look forward to hearing from you. We respond to each email personal, not a robot.

We hope you can join us on social media

We have a YouTube channel where videos are produced of inspirational quotes as well as spirituality, love, compassion and life.

Our Instagram account is filled with inspirational quotes with original photos added. Each photo is a sneak peak into the places sought out for meditation.

We also have a Facebook page that I try to fill with inspirational advice, meditation techniques, words of wisdom from meditation masters and inspirational stories.

I personal hope you can join our small but growing family, all striving for more compassion, mindfulness and loving kindness in our daily lives.

Kind regards

Dhamma Tapasa

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The 21 Proven Ways to Beat Anxiety

Anxiety and it’s Causes

Anxiety can be a crippling disease of mind, it’s a feeling of fear or apprehension of something yet to come and in extreme cases is devastating to your life.

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Calming Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can cause your heart rate to rise, heart palpitations, and chest pain. You may also be at increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

The 5 ways of Categorising Anxiety

According to the National Health Service from the United Kingdom Of Great Britain we generally put the effects of Anxiety into 5 categories, these are

Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Described as an excessive amount of worry, stress or anxiety which may include symptoms such as depression. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association Of America (ADAA) Generalised Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed as extreme worry about a variety of things which leads to continuous anxiety and lasts for a period of 6 months and longer.

Social Anxiety Disorder: This is the paralysing fear of social involvement and situations usually leaving the person suffering feeling alone, isolated and ashamed.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: OCD is an overwhelming sense to perform certain tasks a certain way over and over again. This experience of intrusive nature of thoughts can give rise to chronic stress.

Panic Disorder: Is characterised by unexpected and sometimes repeated episodes of intense fear, physical symptoms include but not limited too, chest pains, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, tightness of chest, dizziness and or abdominal pain.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Stress caused after a dangerous and scary event. Example would be experiencing war, a deadly storm or almost drowning. This is known as Traumatic Stress and can lead to PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder

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How to cope with Anxiety

There are many methods we can use to cope and indeed combat anxiety and it’s associated symptoms, here is a quick list that may help, it is by no means comprehensive and if you feel you know something which may help others please feel free to share. I will credit you and add your pearl of wisdom.

  • Take time out

  • Slowly count to 10

  • Try a little basic yoga

  • Eat a well balanced diet

  • Talk to someone

  • Keep a journal

  • Feel the fear and do it anyway

  • Accept you can not control everything

  • Self Awareness

  • Make sure you get enough sleep

  • Maintain a positive attitude

  • Try to get outside in fresh air and the sunlight

  • Limit your intake of caffeine and Alcohol

  • De-clutter

  • Try the gift of giving

  • Accept you are feeling anxious

If you feel there is something left off this list, maybe you have an idea that may help others, then please feel free to add a comment below, I will credit you and add your pearl of wisdom to the list.

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Dhamma Tapasa

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30 Ways To De-Stress

30 Ways To De-Stress and Unwind.

It seems that today more than ever, we have become an overworked underpaid stressed out human race. It is NOW vital we learn some of the basic fundamental ways to de-stress and unwind.

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What actually is Stress

Stress is a build up of an overwhelmed mental process. The triggers of stress can be either positive, such as a new born baby or promotion at work, or negative such as car breakdown or loss of money . In almost all instances it is usually the result of unexpected or sudden changes in ones life, but is not limited too. Stress can also be a slow gradual process or can be experienced as an instantaneous reaction.

We usually divide stress into three categories, these are Acute stress, Chronic stress and Traumatic stress.

Acute Stress: Stress that causes an immediate noticeable change in ones mental state, such as avoiding a car crash, or sudden confrontation

Chronic Stress: Stress that causes continuous harm, anxiety or frustration, such as prolonged pressures of work or school.

Traumatic Stress: Stress caused after a dangerous and scary event. Example would be experiencing war, a deadly storm or almost drowning. Traumatic Stress can lead to PTSD post traumatic stress disorder

How do we experience Stress

We first experience stress wether acute or chronic as mental phenomenon, this can then be experienced either two ways, physically or emotionally.

Our physical response can be felt throughout our entire body, with each organism and muscle feeling tense and taught, usually however we experience stress in isolated locations such as sweaty palms, a raised heart beat or stiffness in the neck and shoulders as examples.

Our emotional response to stress causes changes to happen in our consciousness and our thoughts, we feel worried, we may have difficulties in focusing on tasks, can make us cry or outbursts of anger, and we can become consumed by just one thought going around and around.

The 30 basic fundamental ways to De-Stress and unwind

If you are experiencing stress either emotionally or physically then use these 30 beautiful techniques to slow down and unwind from a stressful day.

  1. Go for a walk

  1. Stretch and Revitalise

  1. Read a good Book

  1. Meditate for 5 minutes

  1. Go for a bike ride

  1. Listen to your favourite music

  1. Count to ten

  1. Use the free 7 Wonders course

  1. Disconnect from technology

  1. Just be outside in fresh air

  1. Punch a pillow

  1. Soak up some sunshine

  1. Take a 10 Minute shower

  1. Read some motivational quotes

  1. Keep a Journal

  1. Try Walking Meditation

  1. Kick a ball about

  1. Smile because it’s what makes life so beautiful

  1. Read an inspirational Moral Story

  1. Give yourself a head and neck massage

  1. Try some basic yoga

  1. Do some star jumps

  1. Write 10 things you love about yourself

  1. Squeeze a squash ball

  1. Take some long deep breaths

  1. Make or buy yourself a Jar Of loving Kindness

  1. Do some Gardening

  1. Try Loving Kindness Meditation

  1. De-clutter your space

If you would like to add to this list or think maybe something should be left out then please help others by leaving a comment below.

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Developing Optimism

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Developing Optimism

Having an optimistic outlook on life is not just scientifically proven but it is also highly beneficial to our minds and bodies. Being optimistic is seeing things in a less stressful manner, seeing the lighter side of life, enjoying the adventure rather than worrying what’s to come. Having optimism makes us feel happier and more content with life no matter who or where you are. Wouldn’t you rather be optimistic

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Optimism is a thought pattern that can be taught and learnt successfully, it may be true that they’re are some people born with a more optimistic outlook on life, these guys just have a head start.

Optimism can be taught and learnt successfully, just like any other thought pattern, repetition, patience and kindness to yourself go a long way. The good news is that optimism can be implemented into your life almost instantly.

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When I was a Buddhist monk in rural Thailand we sometimes used to ride into town in the back of an Land Rover with those bars holding up a canvas roof. Every big bump in the road, and one of the monks would bang his head on one of those metal bars, not once did I hear a scream of pain or abusive language, every time it happened the monk would burst out laughing.

Of course I thought it was strange, until I started to change my mindset and slowly I also found I too could laugh at adversity, it even feels good

How To Change Your Mindset

Meditation has a direct impact within our brains resulting in increased activity within the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex and the Hippocampus region which is directly responsible for the grey matter produced in our brains. The possibilities this may have within the scientific fields of Alzheimer’s and memory retention, are only just being realised

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The Benefits of Meditation have been well documented in the last ten years and with MRI scanners now showing us the actual visible results that meditation brings.

The reduction in Stress, Anxiety and Depression are reported in 95 percent of all participants from as little as two weeks of mindfulness meditation training. The increase in Optimism, Happiness and Contentment are equally as impressive with over 90 percent of participants reporting a dramatic change.

Imagine the benefits of keeping this wonderful and simple exercise up everyday

How To Start Meditating

Sitting in a comfortable position, either cross legged on a meditation mat, using a meditation stool or a solid chair, keep a straight spine, not over pulling it one way or the other, gently relax your shoulders and bring your chest forward to allow your lungs to be fully open.

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Softly close your eyes and take a few long deep breaths, start to feel your muscles relax and your worries drift away, when your ready bring your attention to your breath.

Breathing in be aware you’re breathing in, 

breathing out, be aware you are breathing out. 

Count one.

Repeat this for five or ten counts then start again. This is the basics of Breathing or Samadhi Meditation

For more on Meditation and Mindfulness training techniques, from the different positions and correct posture to use, too Basic and more advanced meditations to try. Visit our Meditation Page

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Living with Depression

Written by Guest Author:- Matthew Rigby

Mind Matters, and Depression

Depression; the world’s most inclusive disease. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, we are all vulnerable. We’ve all felt it, but society only seems to be starting to understand.

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Sometimes depression produces such an intense experience that it manifests in physical pain, depression can be as debilitating as paralysis, sometimes it even feels like getting shot, but arguably depression’s biggest weapon is it’s ability to cut you off from everything.

Depression by it’s very nature is competitive. We all want to believe that we suffer the most – and so we do because only you can experience your struggle and it’s all encompassing nature. Suicide remains the highest killer of men aged 20-49 but that doesn’t have to be the end to the story.

We’ve all had those days where you can’t get out of bed in the morning, it feels like you’re bound and tied, the thought of leaving makes you want to bawl your eyes out. There are simple things you can do to help you break the cycle.

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Breaking the cycle

There are endless Benefits of Meditation when struggling with mental health and it can often provide relief in moments of desperation. There are many ways to find relief from the mental turmoil you may find yourself in; while some are considered cliches, I’ve always found exercise to help with my depression – I’m a pudgy 27 year old so not too much! Cycling along the coast gave me great relief on days of despair and cold water swimming might just be my cure for a crippled mind.

Depression makes you lonely; you can’t have friends because you fear they won’t understand and you don’t want to see the friends you do have, resulting in a constant cycle of loneliness. Finding some hobbies is an essential tool to combating this. I always found playing music to provide an outlet that others couldn’t. Find something you’re passionate about and channel the feeling into it – some of the greatest art comes from pain and this inturn can provide your self-esteem a much needed boost.

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The most important piece of advice for a person suffering from depression is to remember you’re not the only one; depression is isolating but with the help of others you can win.

Meditation will help

The Benefits of Meditation have been well documented in the last ten years and with MRI scanners now showing us the actual visible results meditation brings it’s all time we started this wonderful new science.

Meditation has a direct impact within our brains resulting in increased activity within the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex and the Hippocampus region which is directly responsible for the grey matter produced in our brains. The possibilities this may have within the scientific fields of Alzheimer’s and memory retention are only just being realised

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The reduction in Stress, Anxiety and Depression are reported in 95 percent of all participants from as little as two weeks of mindfulness meditation training. Imagine the benefits of keeping this wonderful and simple exercise up everyday.

Breathing meditation or Samadhi Meditation is by far the easiest of mindfulness training to grasp, however the untrained mind will find it a lot harder than it sounds. The good news is, just like going to the gym regularly you start to build those muscles up, and so too with meditation you powers of concentration become greater and meditation becomes easier.

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Anxiety and Modern Man

Written by Guest Author:- Matthew Rigby

Mind Matters, Anxiety

Anxiety is a simple emotion we all experience. To some, it is best described as a feeling of worry, yet to others it is fear. An anxiety disorder is a crippling disability that doesn’t discriminate and while you aren’t always left with physical scars, the mental ones can be clear for all to see.

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Male suicide is the largest killer of men aged 20-49 in the UK and anxiety is often cited as a cause. Whilst being both a mental health sufferer and within that age bracket, I think it’s important to acknowledge and empathize with others in the same position. Mental health now comes with serious discussion and more household names are coming forward to talk through their own troubles, further shining a light on the plight of the common man.

Rapper Professor Green has spoken openly about his troubles with mental health in the past years, even penning a regular column on battles he’s faced with his own head. Meanwhile, Celtic footballer Leigh Griffiths took time away from the game to focus on getting himself well.

For the first time in some years, young male mental health sufferers are being represented and men now have the opportunity to come forward and discuss their issues.

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Breaking the cycle

Everyone’s anxiety is different; it’s simple – different lives, different worries. Regardless of your experience there are techniques everyone can employ to help break the cycle. The Benefits of Meditation can be endless for mental health sufferers and answer some questions in your own psyche.

Whilst some sufferers may be hesitant to try meditation, anxious of silencing their inner monologue, positive reinforcement is the key to breaking free from endless fear. The power of positive thought may sound like a book you’d scoff at someone reading on the train, however your self worth in many ways determines your anxieties and it ultimately comes from a feeling of inadequacy. This isn’t something we should be ashamed to say – just because you think you’re rubbish doesn’t mean you are!

I often think of myself in a circle when having an anxious episode – a panic attack or general shutdown. I work out a way to break the circle of negative thoughts – a common Cognitive Behavioural Therapy technique. You can even draw it on a piece of paper.

Draw a line and write your action, this physical action will provide a mental reaction, one that hopefully eases your stress. Following this with a period of meditation to soothe your active mind, will help you come to a solution for your worries I promise.

The most important thing for an anxious person to remember is to be yourself. Remember that version of you that you like and be it; we may never be anxiety free but it sure does seem to disappear when you’re having fun.

Meditation can help

The Benefits of Meditation have been well documented in the last ten years and with MRI scanners now showing us the actual visible results meditation brings it’s all time we started this wonderful new science.

Meditation has a direct impact within our brains resulting in increased activity within the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex and the Hippocampus region which is directly responsible for the grey matter produced in our brains. The possibilities this may have within the scientific fields of Alzheimer’s and memory retention are only just being realised

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The reduction in Stress, Anxiety and Depression are reported in 95 percent of all participants from as little as two weeks of mindfulness meditation training. Imagine the benefits of keeping this wonderful and simple exercise up everyday.

Breathing or Samadhi Meditation is by far the easiest of mindfulness training to grasp, or perhaps Metta Bhavana Meditation, also known as Loving Kindness Meditation will work wonders, however the untrained mind will find it a lot harder than it sounds. The good news is, just like going to the gym regularly you start to build those muscles up, and so too with meditation you powers of concentration become greater and meditation becomes easier.

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