Mindfulness Activity

Jun
27

Mindfulness Activity #101

Three Components of Mindfulness Practice Good Morning. Today I’d like to focus on three aspects of mindfulness: intention, attention, and attitude. Please watch this very short video that explains these concepts. What Is Mindfulness? In mindfulness practice, we set an intention with our instructions. You may also reflect on how the present practice links to […]

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Jun
26

Mindfulness Activity #100

Guided Mindfulness for Deep Relaxation Good Morning. The week I chose for us to practice relaxation and self-soothing turned out to be among the most stressful in recent memory for me. What good luck! Whether you are experiencing increased stress in your life or not, relaxation and self-soothing practices are an important part of any […]

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Jun
25

Mindfulness Activity #99

Self-Soothing with Scent Good Morning. I’m not sure about each of you, but aside from mindfulness practices, this week has been anything but relaxing! That’s why this week’s practices are so important. When your life is stressful, busy, or difficult self-care, even if it is just 30 quiet minutes to yourself makes a difference. These […]

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Jun
24

Mindfulness Activity #98

Brief Guided Practice for Relaxation Good morning. This morning I thought I would make a quick teaching point about mindfulness practices. It is easy to make a distinction between guided practices (those in which someone speak to you and guides you with prompts throughout the practice) and those which are silent. While sometimes we might […]

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Jun
23

Mindfulness Activity #97

Take a Mini-Vacation We often equate summer with the seashore. For many of us, the beaches are closed. We have been inside much of the time. We might have Zoom and FaceTime fatigue. In keeping of our relaxation theme, today’s practice is restorative. It provides an escape from whatever is bothering you. For this practice […]

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Jun
22

Mindfulness Activity #96

Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation Good Morning. This week we will be practicing a series of mindfulness exercises designed to provide stress relief and relaxation. These exercises can be used at any time, but if you are able to practice twice daily this week —in the morning and in the evening, that would be ideal. Completing […]

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Jun
21

Mindfulness Activity #95

Relaxation Week-Day 1 Good Morning. Today I wanted to talk about the importance of following instructions in mindfulness practice. I’ve often had the experience of giving an instruction about what to pay attention to in a mindfulness practice and a participant will say something like, “I found it easier to imagine I was at the […]

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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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