Mindfulness Activity

Sep
20

Mindfulness Activity #181

Mindfulness with Music Good Morning. Today’s practice is mindfulness to a very relaxing piece of flute music. By now, most of you are becoming familiar with these practices so feel free to do your favorite–breathing in and out with a longer exhale or half smile or stretching or mindful walking. To begin, breathe in once […]

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Sep
19

Mindfulness Activity #180

Loving Kindness for Loss The last half-year has been stunning in terms of the number of losses people have faced individually and we have faced collectively as a country. It seems that every morning there are new shocks and new losses. Mass shootings in our country remain the highest in ANY developed country in the […]

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Sep
18

Mindfulness Activity #179

Mindfulness While Cleaning Good Morning. There is a whole industry designed to organizing, simplifying, and creating a picture perfect life. Marie Kondo says to only keep items that spark joy. My stapler doesn’t do that, but I keep it anyway… So, as with anything, balance is the goal. If we get to [perfectionistic, we are […]

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Sep
18

Mindfulness Activity #178

Gratitude Good Morning. Today’s practice is about gratitude. Research has shown that intentionally practicing gratitude makes us happier. It changes our brain and gets rid of a negative cognitive set…in other words, it frees us from scanning the world for bad things. For today’s practice it does not matter if you think about one thing […]

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Sep
15

Mindfulness Activity #177

Quick Mindfulness for Stress or Fatigue Good Morning. I’m not sure about you, but this morning I’m feeling a little stressed and a little tired from all that I have to do today before I have done it. Whenever you want to avoid the day or have negative thoughts about it before it has begun, […]

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Sep
15

Mindfulness Activity #176

Peace and Calm Good Morning. Today’s practice is often considered a winding down practice. You can do it before sleep. Savasana (pronounced sha-va-sunah), is a yoga practice that ends many yoga classes. Savasana is also called corpse pose. It is a deep relaxing, restorative pose. Most of you will be beginning your day with today’s […]

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Sep
13

Mindfulness Activity #175

Rolling with Change… Good Morning. There is a difference between noticing something and being mindful. Being mindful involves noticing as something happens (not making sense of your experience afterwards) and it involves noticing without judgment. It’s often the noticing without judgment part that is the most challenging. I woke up today and opened the door […]

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Sep
12

Mindfulness Activity #174

Good Vibes… Good Morning. Sitting in loving kindness is a great way to begin your day. Recent research has indicated that Metta, or Loving-Kindness meditations are among the most potent change-making practices. This type of practice has been shown to create immediate changes to mood. Loving kindness increases one’s personal sense of safety, security, and […]

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Sep
09

Mindfulness Activity #172

Cat & Cow Spine Stretch Practice Good morning! Mindfulness seeks to have us pay attention to all of our experience—body and mind. Yoga is a wonderful mindfulness practice because it involves breathing and attending to specific parts of your body. You do not have to be a yoga expert to do this beginners stretch. Chakravakasana, […]

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Sep
08

Mindfulness Activity #171

Being Effective Good Morning. The topic of today’s mindfulness blast is being effective. The word agency refers to the degree to which an individual believes that they have the ability to freely make choices and to engage in actions in their life consistent with their choices. When we have a felt sense that we can […]

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Sep
07

Mindfulness Activity #170

Gratitude for Today Good Morning. Today’s practice is about gratitude. We are most aware of being grateful when someone provides something we are really desperate for. One day, while I was in high school, I got a flat tire. No cell phones back then, so there I was on the side of a rural road. […]

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Sep
06

Mindfulness Activity #169

Imagination through Art Good Morning. I was reading an article written by Norman Fischer, Zen teacher and poet, who wrote, “Zen has probably saved me from myself; poetry has probably saved me from Zen.” Fischer describes our tendency to get “frozen” in all things including mindfulness practice. By this, Fischer means that we get locked […]

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