Mindfulness Activity

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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May
04

Mindfulness Activity #47

Listen to Your Heart Mindfulness In Chinese symbolism, the heart is considered to be the source of emotions and also the seat of intellect. Recall the concept of wise mind. The way to connect to our own inner wisdom is through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness offers us the ability to notice our feelings without […]

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May
03

Mindfulness Activity #46

Setting Intention Mindfulness Practice Have you ever felt that your day is well underway before you wake up? Sometimes we use rituals like a morning cup of coffee to help us to focus and begin our day. Recently, many of our routines and rituals have be disrupted. It can be difficult to find a foothold. […]

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May
02

Mindfulness Activity #45

Self-Compassion Those of you who know me, know that I am a science-person. I love it when research and facts line up with clinical wisdom and experience. Today, I want to revisit a concept we have explored before…self-compassion. Self-compassion involves responding in the same supportive and understanding way that you would with a good friend […]

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May
01

Mindfulness Activity #44

Spreading Kindness Good Morning! Today, I thought that we might focus on kindness. Kindness mindfulness practices provide us with access to positive feelings. They make us feel happy and secure and help us to remember that even in difficult times all is not lost. Another thing about kindness mindfulness practices is that they often generate […]

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Apr
30

Mindfulness Activity #43

April Rain Mindfulness Good Morning. Today where I am sitting and writing, it is a rainy day in April. I was wishing for a sunny day. How often do you wish that something was different- or that everything was different? Zen teaches us that much of our own angst comes from putting our energy and […]

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Apr
29

Mindfulness Activity #42

Mindfulness for Blame Good Morning! Today’s practice focuses on our tendency to get caught up in blame. It is a natural human tendency to want to find someone to blame when our goals are blocked, when we are misunderstood, or when someone accuses us of something. Right now, there is a lot to be upset […]

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