Mindfulness Activity

Jun
20

Mindfulness Activity #94

Today’s brief mindfulness involves using strong sensations to connect to present experience. Many people can’t wake up until that first cup of coffee. You have the first sip and feel…alive. The caffeine has not kicked in yet, so what is it? Well, if you have had coffee with caffeine in the past, your body knows […]

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Jun
19

Mindfulness Activity #93

Juneteenth Good Morning. Today is Juneteenth, the day we celebrate the final emancipation of slaves in the United States. On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Gordon Granger announced orders from the federal government officially proclaiming the freedom of all enslaved people in Texas. By the letter of the law, slaves had been free for over […]

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Jun
18

Mindfulness Activity #92

States of Mind Good Morning. Today is cloudy, grey and cool. It is starkly different from yesterday’s bright sunshine and warmth. The difference is striking and offers an opportunity for learning. Zen teaches that all of reality is temporary. It does not mean that nothing lasts, rather that everything evolves and changes moment to moment. […]

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Jun
17

Mindfulness Activity #91

Quick Mindfulness for Stress or Fatigue Good Morning. I’m not sure about you, but this morning I’m feeling a little stressed and a little fatigued at anticipating the day. I’m tired of ELA and Spanish, and as much as I like it, I’m tired of Khan Academy. I’m tired of piles of laundry. I’m tired […]

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Jun
16

Mindfulness Activity #90

Mindfulness with Bells Good Morning. I usually try to practice with eyes open, because life happens with our eyes open. Today though, I thought we could try a mindfulness practice designed to be done with eyes closed. The task for this mindfulness is to listen to a series of bells and to concentrate on following […]

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Jun
15

Mindfulness Activity #89

Quick Mindfulness Good Morning! This morning, I have a meeting to work on a project with colleagues from New Zealand and the U.K. So, we are in three time zones and I drew the early straw. So, I was thinking it was a perfect time to reinforce the idea that you can always find a […]

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Jun
14

Mindfulness Activity #88

On Changing the World Good Morning. I have been thinking about change. Our lives have been different for the last 3 months. We have been frightened and humbled by the power of disease. We have been shocked and appalled by racism and violence. But, disease has been present. Racism and violence have plagued our country […]

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Jun
13

Mindfulness Activity #87

Allowing Natural Change Good Morning. Sometimes when we have a problem or a situation that is either longstanding or complicated, it can feel like no matter how hard you work, it does not change. One principle drawn from Zen is called allowing natural change. It’s related to the concept of acceptance. It involves accepting current […]

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Jun
12

Mindfulness Activity #86

Gratitude for The Weekend Good Morning. It is a beautiful, sunny morning and it’s the weekend! Weekends are markers for us, helping us to chunk time. When my son was small, he had trouble understanding the concept of time and when something was going to happen in the future. He would ask, “ how many […]

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Jun
11

Mindfulness Activity #85

Mindfulness When You Don’t Feel Like It Good Morning. Lots of times I feel like I don’t want to practice mindfulness. There is too much to get done or I don’t feel like it. It is easy to practice when the sun is shining, you don’t feel rushed, and you make time for yourself. It […]

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Jun
10

Mindfulness Activity #84

Mindful Listening                   Good Morning. When we began practicing together, I was writing primarily to help each of us to use mindfulness to cope with drastic changes in our lives caused by COVID-19. Recently, some of our practices have focused on extending your mindfulness practice outwards towards […]

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Jun
09

Mindfulness Activity #83

Increasing your Sense of Agency Good Morning. The topic of today’s mindfulness blast is agency. Agency refers to the degree to which an individual has the ability to freely make choices and to engage in actions in their life consistent with their choices. We often say to children, “was that a good choice or a […]

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