Mindfulness Activity #192

Mindfulness Activity #192

Balance Filter

Good Morning. Each morning, I get an email that digests headlines and content from The New York Times, The Post, and other media outlets all in one source. To give you a picture of today’s news: NYPD arrests High, murders on the rise…, 100+ schools close days after opening, City councilmen expelled for sexual harassment, Rochester mayor and others indicted on felony charges for campaign finance violations, more people in the White House test positive for COVID. Lots and lots of bad news. Then I caught one headline, Baby Boy Panda at the National Zoo…And of course, the Yankees won.

We control what we pay attention to and for how long. You can see that often what makes something news-worthy is the fact that it involves problems or injustice. This is important. But, we need to balance what we pay attention to as well. Negative thoughts lead to negative feelings. SO today’s practice is not to ignore the negative. You need to notice everything, but the task is not to ONLY notice the negative. Look for some good news or some pleasant things to balance out your thinking.

So today, watch the baby Panda story…breathe and remind yourself not to get stuck in negative thoughts. And, if you are so inclined, watch the Yankees win again this eve!

Be well!
Michele

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