Mindfulness Activity

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 […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
08

Mindfulness Activity #82

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger (Buddha) Good Morning. Today’s mindfulness practice is focused on anger. Many people are feeling a lot of anger these days. Anger is justified. It makes sense. Nevertheless, we might need to address anger in order to keep it from damaging […]

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Jun
07

Mindfulness Activity #81

Community-Engaged Mindfulness Good Morning. I started sending out these mindfulness practices in order to help individuals cope with the stresses associated with the Novel Corona Virus. Many of the people in our practice circle had already been using mindfulness as a way to help them to recover from trauma that contributed to their hospitalization or […]

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Jun
06

Mindfulness Activity #80

Restore and Reset Good Morning. Welcome to your weekend. Weekends are generally a time to restore, reflect, and reset. Resting provides the strength and energy needed to move forward. It has been a tumultuous week. For most people, the week brought many feelings and many thoughts. For today’s practice, we give the brain a rest […]

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Jun
05

Mindfulness Activity #79

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking” Good Morning. Recently, I have been getting advice on how to begin running from my brother, an elite athlete who has finished both Ironman and Ultraman Triathalons. I was telling him that when I try to run, I […]

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Jun
04

Mindfulness Activity #78

Perseverance Good Morning. It is a bedrock principle of Zen that change is not possible without acceptance. One must radically accept that a problem exists and fully accept the magnitude of a problem, its consequences, and our feelings and thoughts about a problem in order to move towards fruitful action. We all have a problem […]

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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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