Mindfulness Activity

Apr
27

Mindfulness Activity #40

Kissing the Earth Walking Mindfulness Today, I want to speak to you about the way we begin our day. Often, we begin in negativity before we are even consciously aware. In this way, we invite negative emotions. Perhaps, you had an unpleasant dream, or you were stressed about something the night before. Perhaps you woke […]

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Apr
26

Mindfulness Activity #39

Drinking Tea Mindfulness Today’s practice is inspired by tea. If you have tea, or another hot beverage available to you, you will want to have it near you, ready to prepare. If you do not, you may substitute by watching a clip I have included below depicting a very brief version of the Japanese Tea […]

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Apr
25

Mindfulness Activity #38

Good Morning! One of the ways in which mindfulness helps us in life is that when we are at once noticing our thoughts, emotions, and urges and also have access to the logical parts of our mind, we are able to live our values and make the best decisions possible. We can act to actualize […]

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Apr
24

Mindfulness Activity #37

Breath is Always Available Today, I would like to share with you some information about mindfulness in Thich Nah Hanh’s own words. He describes mindfulness as, “the energy that helps us to recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives.” He goes on, “You don’t have to wait ten years to […]

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Apr
23

Mindfulness Activity #36

Letting Go of Ineffective Patterns As I am writing to you this morning, I hear a solid thud against my house. There is a tree outside my window where a robin sits most of the day every day. However, for at least the last month, every morning and every early afternoon, this robin repeatedly flies […]

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Apr
22

Mindfulness Activity #35

Persistence Mindfulness I think it is safe to say that we are all getting tired of self-isolation and the discipline of keeping our environments and ourselves safe and clean. Today, I thought we would focus our practice on the concept of persistence. I work with an amazing group of professionals and girls at an agency […]

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Apr
21

Mindfulness Activity #34

Today, I thought we would talk about loneliness. Loneliness is in the sadness family. Loneliness is experienced when one is alone and unhappy about it. Being alone can be experienced as solitude (which may be peaceful or pleasant) or it can be experienced as a sense of wanting to be connected to others and related […]

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Apr
20

Mindfulness Activity #33

Mindfulness for Boredom: Beginner’s Mind We have all been quarantining, self-isolating, or sheltering. People have experimented with new ways to stay connected…therapy on telephones, meetings on Zoom, school from home. For those who are living with others, there are cherished times and challenging times. People are picking up old hobbies and finding ways to occupy […]

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Apr
19

Mindfulness Activity #32

Many mindfulness practices involve sitting and focusing on breath. They are valuable practices, because they help us to train our minds to shift towards or away from things as we need in order to be more comfortable, to tolerate things we can’t control, or to be more effective and productive in our lives. There are […]

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Apr
18

Mindfulness Activity #31

As I look out my window this morning and hear the birds, the ground in covering in a light blanket of late season snow. Tomorrow’s forecast predicts a sunny 60 degree day. It’s hard to keep up with changes day to day. Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in a particular way. That particular way […]

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Apr
17

Mindfulness Activity #30

Loving Kindness for Loss It has been over a month since many of us began sheltering in place here in New York City. For those living in hospitals or other facilities, days may seem long with even less freedom than normal. You may notice a favorite staff member absent and have little information about what […]

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Apr
16

Mindfulness Activity #29

Middle Ages Mindfulness We often think of mindfulness meditations as linked with Buddhism, and today, the concept of mindfulness as it is used in psychology, business, and the health sciences draws heavily on Eastern mindfulness traditions. But, in fact, all major religions have had contemplative practices at some point in their history. Julian of Norwich […]

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