Mindfulness Activity

Jul
21

Mindfulness Activity #125

Join My Brief Mindfulness Practice Today Good Morning People! In an effort to have you continue to practice each day, I have decided to try something new this morning. I recorded my practice, just sitting and noticing sights and sounds of nature. This is not exactly professional production, but hopefully it will do the trick […]

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Jul
20

Mindfulness Activity #124

What to Do When Things Fall Apart Good Morning everyone. This morning I woke up to freezer melting and ice cream on the floor due to power failure. Cat has asthma and needs vet…I hear her coughing. Trying to breathe and practice equanimity. Please listen to this talk by Pema Chodron on when things fall […]

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Jul
19

Mindfulness Activity #123

More on Equanimity Good Morning. We have been spending a few days on the concept of equanimity. Equanimity, as we have discussed, is being connected-without being disrupted or derailed by things that happen outside you. It is responding, instead of reacting. It is undoubtedly easier to be unmoved by circumstances around you if you shut […]

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Jul
18

Mindfulness Activity #122

Living Care-Free Good Morning. We have discussed the idea of having an easy manner and letting go of stressors. You may have observed that many of the great mindfulness teachers appear to have a playful sense of humor; they have an easy manner. For today’s practice, please use this guided mindfulness practice by Deepak Chopra […]

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Jul
17

Mindfulness Activity #121

Count Your Blessings Good Morning. Today’s practice is about gratitude. Research has shown that intentionally practicing gratitude makes us happier. It changes our brain and gets rid of a negative cognitive set…in other words, it frees us from scanning the world for bad things. Yesterday, one of my close friends had an eight hour surgery. […]

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Jul
16

Mindfulness Activity #120

On Conflict with Others Mingyur Rinpoche Tibetan Buddhist teacher has said that in order to deal skillfully with difficult people, we must work on our attention. He says that each of us has innate goodness or wisdom, but we often fail to notice it. He likens the experience to wearing a watch but never looking […]

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Jul
15

Mindfulness Activity #119

Tonglen Good Morning. There is much unrest and suffering in the world. Often we see pain, injustice, suffering in others and it is frankly overwhelming. We want to avoid or to protect ourselves from the pain or we think there is nothing we can do for this person or for a huge or devastating problem. […]

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Jul
14

Mindfulness Activity #118

Using Mindfulness to Upregulate or Downregulate Good Morning. One of the main benefits of mindfulness I sell to people is the fact that when you train your mind with practice, you can control your attention and your mood instead of having your day determined by negative thoughts or unpleasant emotions. When you deepen your mindfulness […]

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Jul
13

Mindfulness Activity #117

Mindfulness for Pain Good Morning. Yesterday, I injured my shoulder and it was and still is very uncomfortable. One of the benefits of mindfulness that I haven’t discussed very much in our series is its ability to manage pain. Many years ago, when I was an intern, I completed a rotation in a Pain Management […]

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Jul
12

Mindfulness Post #116

Savasana This week’s mindfulness practices have provided opportunities to push yourself in your practice. In Zen, the concept of balance is very important. Things exist in apparent opposition to one another: warm and cool, light and dark, etc…Hard work for our minds and for our bodies is good for us. It makes us feel alive […]

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Jul
11

Mindfulness Activity #115

Embracing the Difficulties of Mindfulness Practice Good Morning. This past week our mindfulness practices have involved sitting in vulnerability, developing courage, and cultivating an easy manner with ourselves through exposure to uncomfortable feelings. I have stressed the difference between types of mediation practices. I use the word practice to refer to times we engage in […]

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Jul
10

Mindfulness Activity #114

Embracing Your Worst Tasks Good Morning. We have been discussing courage…the courage to face your own feelings, to brave vulnerability, to brave discomfort, to brave being a beginner. One thing that is helpful to remember is that often our fear about what an experience will be like is much worse than the actual experience. Being […]

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