5 Ways Meditation Helps the Mind and Body

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

We don’t hear as much about the physical benefits of meditation as we do the spiritual. Fortunately, the scientific community is interested in it and has done a fair amount of research on it.

Scientists don’t see it as something that will enlighten you or fuel a spiritual journey; they see it as a simple effort to calm the mind using certain mental techniques. They’ve found that this helps the mind and body in notable ways.

In this article, we’ll learn about the physical and psychological benefits of meditation. Specifically, we’ll learn how it can help with creativity, dementia and Alzheimer’s, stress, anxiety, and addiction.

We’ll start with something the scientific and spiritual communities agree on: meditation can make you more creative. Continue reading


Writing Awakens the Inner Voice


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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

“You can build great wisdom and genius by spending time each day in grateful communion with your inner voice. What better way of creating a more fulfilling life than by mastering the art of tuning into your most inspired and ingenious self, your inner voice?

“This voice is your guide of all guides to a life of greatness. You cannot attune to this inspiring voice without living a more inspiring life. Genius, creativity, and a silent power emerge from your heart and mind the moment you do.” – Dr. John F. Demartini (source)

I decided to commit to writing because it opens me up to a wellspring of guidance and creativity.

For me, this makes it a powerful form of meditation. It becomes meditation when I open my mind and write from the heart, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it connects me with a higher consciousness. Some call this consciousness God; some call it the higher self; some interpret it as an inner voice.

Reggae legend Bob Marley said in one of his final interviews that everyone has an inner voice ‘talking’ to them and we should listen to it. Writing brings me in sync with this voice, and putting pen to paper gives it free reign to express itself. Continue reading

Creativity Feeds the Soul

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

I think creativity and the transformation of consciousness have more in common than most people think. My fellow creative minds probably know what I mean, and we feel like something’s missing if we aren’t hard at work.

It’s as if creativity feeds the soul. Continue reading

How Will You Contribute?

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

However much I’ve written this before, it bears repeating. Everyone is invited to take part in this revolution, and in my opinion, everyone needs to participate if we want to do anything real with it.

Whether you realize it or not, the world needs you to contribute in the ways that only you can. The world needs your unique brand of light, and now’s a better time than ever to show people what you can do.

You can (and should) be a part of this movement, because you have something significant to give. You have the awesome power of love (provided you can tap into it), and this is something to not only celebrate, but use to help the world evolve. Continue reading

Keep Going!

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

We all have days when we don’t even want to get out of bed, much less contribute to the world. Willingly getting up in the morning is difficult, and our lack of enthusiasm can carry on into the day and make us less productive.

This can deplete our self-esteem and make us feel like we aren’t doing anything significant, which can cause lowness and further lessen our willingness to do anything positive or constructive. As hard as we try to remind ourselves we’re worthy and we’re doing the best we can, we start to feel worthless or like we don’t have anything good to give to the world.

Fatigue and especially depression can make us feel like we can’t take on the day, but they only have power over us when we invite them in. Only if we let them can they make us feel incapable and unworthy, and instead, we can return to the heart, regain our vitality, embrace our limitations (while trying to exceed them) and let the world think what it will. We only need to do our best and have self-confidence regardless of whether or not others approve, and we’ll impress ourselves every day. Continue reading

Empower Yourself by Challenging Yourself

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

“Everything is hard before it’s easy” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I’m thinking about making videos for the next thirty days, because I want to communicate things I think are important in a more direct way. The purpose of the videos will be to inspire and uplift people in a similar way as my writings, and I’ll get as much out of them as anyone else because they’ll challenge me and help me get better.

Making a video can be nerve-wracking, because I haven’t done it very much and I’m forced to deal with the fear and nervousness that come with trying something new. Fear has stopped too many revolutionary minds from achieving great things, and I don’t want to let it stop me from communicating with you all more directly.

Communication is the main aspect of my mission, and there are a lot of things I want to say about life, society and spiritual evolution. Whether I write, speak on video or do anything else, I want to communicate what I feel in my heart. Speaking on video seems like a natural next step for these heart-centered teachings, but I’ll also continue to write because I’ll always have a passion for it. Continue reading

Why Limit Yourself to One Life Purpose?

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

I really appreciated a recent post from Thousand Thoughts that encouraged people to be open to having more than one passion in life.

Not everyone has only one passion, the author tells us, and some people discover other passions later in life.

“While it’s true that there are people on the planet who are born with one passion that lasts an entire lifetime, this doesn’t hold true for everyone. In fact, there are many who start out with one passion, only to discover that they are passionate about something else later on in life.” (1) Continue reading