Mindfulness Activity

Jun
03

Mindfulness Activity #77

You have the right to be seen Good Morning. Today is my third son’s birthday. He is a gift– a kind soul who is very thoughtful about the experiences of others. He has made me think about the fact that how we as a nation treat our people is reflective of how we allow children […]

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Jun
02

Mindfulness Activity #76

Thoughts on Sangha Good Morning. Today I am tired. I slept well, but I’m still tired. Today we will focus on what to do when staying connected is emotionally exhausting. Yesterday, we talked about the importance of staying in the present, even if the present is painful. It is important for us, but even more […]

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Jun
01

Mindfulness Activity #75

Transforming Injustice Through Compassion Good Morning. Today, it is good to notice that the sun is shining. But, the anguish in our country is painfully clear. My thoughts are swirling. So permit me a little more dialogue than usual to try to express my thoughts for today. I’d like to offer my understanding of what […]

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May
31

Mindfulness Activity #74

Mindfulness to Atrocity Sometimes mindfulness involves remaining present to emotions even when they are unpleasant. A great deal of injustice is possible because people turn away from feeling the suffering of others. It can either be too distant for us to connect to, or it can be so overwhelming that those who can, avoid. Today’s […]

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May
30

Mindfulness Activity #73

Mindfulness with Art Continued Good Morning. For the last two days, if you have been following along, we have been practicing mindfulness by observing a piece of art. Today, we will continue this practice, adding in switching from piece to piece. It does not matter if you enjoy weekends in museums looking at art or […]

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May
29

Mindfulness Activity #72

Mindfulness with Modern Art Good Morning. Today we will continue to use art as a focus of mindfulness. The painting you will observe today was painted by Fernand Léger in 1920 (above). Léger was a prolific French artist whose work was strongly influenced by cubism. He showed his work at the Salon d’Automne in Paris. […]

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May
28

Mindfulness Activity #71

Mindfulness with Art Mindfulness can be practiced with any or all of your senses. It seems particularly easy to use our sense of vision to take in the complex details and beautiful sights present in the outdoor world. Today, however, where I am writing to you, it is raining– and the forecast indicates rain all […]

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May
27

Mindfulness Activity #70

Mind Body Connection The word, mind, dates back to the late 12th century. It was defined as “that which feels, wills, and thinks.” So the mind is really a collection of all the human experiences in one. Note that thoughts and feelings and urges or intentions are all part of the mind. Somehow though, for […]

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May
26

Mindfulness Activity #69

Mindfulness for Uncertainty Good Morning. I think that it is fairly universal right now to feel unsure of what’s happening next. For many of us, it is the anticipation of what might be that causes us the most anxiety and upset. Take it from someone who likes planning and control, it is uncomfortable to sit […]

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May
25

Mindfulness Activity #68

Gratitude for Freedom   Good Morning. Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is the day when we celebrate all of the men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Today’s practice will be a gratitude mindfulness practice. Practice: Sit upright, finding a comfortable position. Take […]

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May
24

Mindfulness Activity #67

Gratitude for Others Good Morning. This morning I was reading a piece by a domestic care-giver, a home health aide in New York City caring for an elderly client who requires around the clock care. It is a diary written by “Kieran” the caregiver (not her actual name). It chronicles the long hours spent taking […]

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May
23

Mindfulness Activity #66

Mindfulness for Monotony Is anyone getting tired of practicing mindfulness? Is anyone getting tired of monotony? The things that originally made my “new normal” seem meaningful and creative have now ceased to hold interest. The first two weeks I did not leave my home, I baked brownies. I made French toast, eggs, pancakes—foods that were […]

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