Mindfulness Activity

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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Sep
05

Mindfulness Activity #168

Do One Thing Today I am feeling excited by the prospect of a long weekend and my head is spinning with all the things I want to get done. I want to spend some quality virtual time with a friend. I want to get laundry done. I have writing to do and cleaning to do. […]

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Sep
04

Mindfulness Activity #167

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. The concept of breathing and connecting mind and body in the present moment through breathing is central to mindfulness practice The more you practice this […]

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Sep
02

Mindfulness Activity #166

Good Morning. Apologies for my lack of mindfulness yesterday. I got caught up in activities. As routines change with the end of summer, it can be difficult to maintain the practice of regular mindfulness. If you do not have time to practice, take two deep breaths in and out as you delete an email. Or, […]

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Aug
31

Mindfulness Activity #165

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Good Morning People!  Have you ever woken up, thought of what you have ahead of you for the day and felt agitated before your day has even started? We carry stress in our bodies. I can feel mine in my neck and in my jaws. Take a minute this morning to check in […]

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Aug
30

Mindfulness Activity #164

Mindfulness for Fatigue Good Morning. This morning, I was reading a dharma talk (a talk or teaching by a Buddhist teacher). The topic of the talk was on fatigue. Crises cause us to experience strong emotions. Fear or anxiety then create stress hormones that give us energy to meet the crisis. Over time, however, that […]

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Aug
29

Mindfulness Activity #163

Radical Acceptance Good Morning! Yesterday, two giant trees fell on my house. When something bad happens, gratitude can be helpful. Fortunately, the trees didn’t hurt anyone or come inside the house. I am grateful for that, but I’m not totally there with acceptance. The trees damaged some parts of the roof, the chimney, knocked out […]

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Aug
28

Mindfulness Activity #162

Inner Critic Mindfulness Good Morning. Today’s Mindfulness practice focuses on the inner critic. I have been watching a lot of youth tennis these days and I have observed kids literally screaming out loud to themselves, “Are you stupid?” “You suck.” Obviously it does not help their concentration or their game. We may not all be […]

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