Mindfulness Activity

May
16

Mindfulness Activity #59

Top of Breath While Walking Good Morning. Today’s practice can be done inside or outside, but if the weather is nice where you are, I encourage doing this practice outside. For the last couple of days, we have been doing different variations of following the top of the breath practice. Hopefully, you practiced Head to […]

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May
15

Mindfulness Activity #58

Head to Toe Mindfulness I realize that many of you who are practicing in hospitals or other facilities may not have a way right now to access the links to videos attached to some of these mindfulness messages. The practice from yesterday (following breath like a wave or riding the crest of the breath) can […]

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May
14

Mindfulness Activity #57

Following Breath Like a Wave Good Morning. When I first started mindfulness practice, I had a very hard time with anything quiet, still, or breath related. It seemed the minute I tried to be focused, my mind jumped everywhere. This morning’s practice was the one I found easiest to practice. It is still the breath […]

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May
13

Mindfulness Activity #56

Leaning into Emotions One of the goals of mindfulness is a balanced life. In nature, there are elements in opposition–cold and hot, wet and dry, light and dark. But, human nature is to avoid pain. We often go to great lengths to avoid actually feeling fear, or sadness. Sometimes, we get a glimmer of a […]

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May
12

Mindfulness Activity #55

Half Speed Mindfulness I decided to write a mindfulness practice for people who do not like mindfulness. I started researching just that. I came across an article written by Steven Hayes, the developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, about how to get the benefits of mindfulness if you don’t like these practices. He has very […]

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May
11

Mindfulness Activity #54

Mindfulness to Changing Emotions Good Morning. Have you ever had the thought, “this day is ruined.” Often when we are in the midst of an emotion, we feel like it is a foregone conclusion that we can’t feel any different. If the situation bothering us isn’t changing, then our mood must stay the same. The […]

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May
10

Mindfulness Activity #53

Mindful Cup of Coffee In honor of Mother’s Day, today’s mindfulness is inspired by my mother who taught me that literally anything could be achieved with a good, strong cup of coffee and some quiet time to plan. My mother raised seven children while working as a physician at a time when women were not […]

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May
09

Mindfulness Activity #52

Radical Acceptance Today as I write this sunny day in May, I am wearing down booties and a scarf. It is thirty degrees. Snow is forecast for parts of New York. This is unexpected and unwelcome. On the few days it has been seasonably warm this Spring, I felt a hint of promise. It felt […]

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May
08

Mindfulness Activity #51

Drinking Water Mindfully Good Morning. Today’s practice is ever so simple. We will reflect on and drink water. Did any of you just have a negative reaction to that statement? Simple practices often allow us to see our own resistance or willfulness as if in a mirror. “I don’t like water” or “we can’t do […]

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May
07

Mindfulness Activity #50

Qi-gong I used to work at the Criminal Court Building in lower Manhattan, the one you see on many TV dramas involving criminal court trials. When I exited the building via the back entrance, I would cross a park. At any time in this park one could observe people engaged in the ancient Chinese practice […]

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May
06

Mindfulness Activity #49

Hygge Mindfulness Practice Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest places for people to live. How can this be true when it is dark and cold for much of the time? There is an essential part of the Danish cultural identity referred to as Hygge (pronounced hoo-geh). There really is no American translation for […]

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May
05

Mindfulness Activity #48

Shinrin-Yoko In Japan, a practice called shinrin-yoku or forest bathing is popular. In essence it is immersing yourself in nature. Thousands of studies have shown a host of positive effects associated with being in nature. I have included links for you to read about the positive effects of nature on health, and to read more […]

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