Mindfulness Activity

Apr
16

Mindfulness Activity #29

Middle Ages Mindfulness We often think of mindfulness meditations as linked with Buddhism, and today, the concept of mindfulness as it is used in psychology, business, and the health sciences draws heavily on Eastern mindfulness traditions. But, in fact, all major religions have had contemplative practices at some point in their history. Julian of Norwich […]

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Apr
15

Mindfulness Activity #28

Good Morning! I have been reflecting on how and why people practice mindfulness. Mindfulness can be thought of as self-care and often we do self-care only when we are calm and relaxed. In other words, when conditions are perfect, then we relax, light a candle, or take a bath. Ironically, those are the times when […]

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Apr
14

Mindfulness Activity #27

Basic Breathing to Begin the Day Breathing can be thought of as the core of any mindfulness practice. Many of you might be thinking you do not have time to practice. You may be thinking that mindfulness will not fix all your problems. In fact, it may not fix anything, but it may help with […]

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Apr
13

Mindfulness Activity #26

Gratitude Mindfulness Practice Today’s practice is about gratitude. Why should we practice gratitude? It turns out that noticing and appreciating things we are grateful for results in more overall happiness in one’s life. In one 10 week study, people were divided into two groups: one made a list of things they were grateful for each […]

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Apr
12

Mindfulness Activity #25

Mindfulness Practice for Joy and Contentment This is Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist Vietnamese monk and teacher who has written many helpful books on mindfulness. Today’s mindfulness is about cultivating joy and contentment in one’s life.   What brings joy? Having connections to people and activities that are important, achieving goals, noticing beauty in the […]

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Apr
11

Mindfulness Activity #24

Today’s mindfulness practice is not only about being connected to the present moment. It is about how we get there and are able to remain connected. Shauna Shapiro, a mindfulness researcher and mindfulness teacher, has emphasized in her definition of mindfulness the concept of “kind attention.” Kind attention is a gentleness with one’s self and […]

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Apr
10

Mindfulness Activity #23

Good Morning! Today’s mindfulness practice can be thought of as the “look before you leap” practice. Being effective means being the person we would like to be and achieving the things you want to achieve through the right means. Sometimes there are things in our way that block us. Sometimes there are people that interfere […]

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Apr
09

Mindfulness Activity #22

Good Morning! Today’s exercise involves the practice of loving kindness. This practice involves repeating phrases designed to generate feelings of care for oneself and others. In Buddhism, loving-kindness can be described as a mental state or an attitude that is achieved and maintained with practice. It is the act of generating unconditionally warm, nonjudgmental feelings […]

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Apr
08

Mindfulness Activity #21

Good Morning… It is a rainy day here where I am writing to you. One of the principles of mindfulness is doing what is effective. Rain is soothing and helps to wash things away. Being effective means not wishing for sun, rather using what is here in the present. So, today I ask you to […]

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Apr
07

Mindfulness Activity #20

Good Morning! There is a strong body of research that indicates the value of being outside in nature. Studies have shown that individuals who spend regular time outside experience benefits such as lower blood pressure and lower stress hormone levels. Using our senses to connect to nature has been demonstrated to reduced nervous system arousal […]

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Apr
06

Mindfulness Activity #19

Good Morning, It is so easy to just “go through the motions” or to begin your day without ever actually waking up and paying attention. We can be foggy, confused, or disconnected. Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote a book about mindfulness called, “Falling Awake.” It is important to notice everything inside and outside us, without pushing it […]

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Apr
05

Mindfulness Activity #18

There are usually rhythms and schedules that structure and mark movement through our days and weeks. For many of us, these routines are disrupted. Today, is a Sunday. It is cloudy where I am, as if it isn’t sure whether it wants be a Spring day or not. For many of us, we are sort […]

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