Tag Archives: mindfulness

These 7 mantras will help you not take things personally

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Sometimes I allow minor interactions with people to bring me down.

Why?

Because I feel they didn’t treat me the way I should be treated.

But then I remember how other people treat me has absolutely no importance in the long run and I alone control my response.

Check out the post below from hackspirit.com for more inspiration.

Health Tips: eating mindfully

Thanks to Eric at Make It Ultra!

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Founder of: MakeItUltra™ “Mindful eating means simply eating or drinking while being aware of each bite or sip.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh In our fast paced society and ever present need to multi-task, many of us have forgotten the joys of eating. I personally know what it’s like to be so […]

via Simple Steps for Eating Mindfully — MakeItUltra™

Buddhist monk offers five steps to mindfulness

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Sharing a most helpful article from Mindful.org on how to cultivate mindfulness.

Well-known Buddhist teacher and author, Thich Nhat Hanh,  offers a simple, but profound, guide to becoming more mindful. (See link below.)

Let me know what you think 🙂

“Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of your daily life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Five Steps to Mindfulness – Mindful

Mindfulness expert shares his 3-second secret that will fill your life with joy

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We’re all looking for ways to be truly happy, right?

I enjoyed an article while sipping coffee this morning and I found the advice most helpful.

Of course I had to share the tips with my friends.

Jenn Savedge at Mother Nature Network writes about a simple technique that can enhance your well-being (see link below).

Let me know what you think 🙂

“Google’s former happiness expert Chade-Meng Tan encourages us to notice ‘thin slices of joy’ all day long.” – Jenn Savedge

“Noticing sounds trivial, but it is an important meditative practice in its own right,” Tan writes. “Noticing is the prerequisite of seeing. What we do not notice, we cannot see.” – Chade-Meng Tan

Source: This 3-second secret will fill your life with joy | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Wellness Tips: Leo Babauta offers 6 practical ways to practice being present

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One of the blogs I return to on a regular basis is Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits, which has been dispensing wonderful advice for several years.

All valuable skills take time to develop.

In a recent post, Leo reminds us that being mindful is a practice – that is, it’s like any other skill – it takes time to develop.

Check out a snippet from Leo’s post, and for the full wealth of helpful tips see the link below 🙂

“A Small Regular Practice. Form the simple habit of meditating for just two minutes a day (to start with). After you wake up, simply sit comfortably and try to focus on your breath for two minutes. When (not if) your mind wanders, just notice it and label it “thinking.” And gently return to the breath, without harshness. Set a timer, and when the timer goes off, you’re done! If you feel like expanding it by a minute every week or so, feel free to do so, but you don’t have to expand. The benefit of this regular practice is that you learn skills you can take and practice in other parts of your day.” – Leo Babauta

Source: 6 Practical Ways to Practice Being Present : zen habits

Adult Coloring Books For Stress Relief

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I’ve been watching the adult coloring book trend with much interest, but I haven’t given it a try, yet.

It’s easy to understand why people would find them so helpful and fun. Not only is it a simple creative activity, but it can promote mindfulness, as well.

This weekend I’ll pick up a book and see how it feels.

Have you bought an adult coloring book? If so, can you recommend any particular book you enjoyed?

Tech Insider has more via the link below.

“The latest trend has adults around the world picking up crayons and filling in the lines in an effort to zap stress. Eight of the 20 top-selling books on Amazon right now are adult coloring books with names like ‘Stress Relieving Patterns’ and ‘Balance.'” – Madison Malone Kircher

Source: Bestselling adult coloring books gain popularity for stress relief – Tech Insider

Breath Awareness: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Passing along a wonderfully helpful article that explains the nature of breathing awareness, courtesy of Yoga International. 

“There are many good methods of concentration bequeathed to us by our predecessors in Zen. The easiest for beginners is counting incoming and outgoing breaths. The value of this particular exercise lies in the fact that all reasoning is excluded and the discriminative mind put at rest. Thus the waves of thought are stilled and a gradual one-pointedness of mind achieved.” – Zen master Yasutani-Roshi (1885-1973)

Source: Breath Awareness: A Step-by-Step Guide to This Simple Yet Profound Practice | Yoga International

Are You Addicted to Doing?

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Pause, breathe, reset.

“Perhaps you’re familiar with this experience: After a long week of work, the weekend finally arrives. It’s time to wind down, relax, and do nothing. However, before 9 a.m. Saturday morning you’ve organized three social appointments, ordered a new IKEA closet, and set in motion four other plans that will keep you active for the rest of the weekend.” – Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter

Source: Are You Addicted to Doing? – Mindful

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Watching Sunrises and Sunsets Is Healthy

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The simple act of witnessing a sunrise can be an enriching experience for the spirit.

Thanks to Mother Nature Network for the nice article below.

“Making a point to watch sunrise or sunset every day is a wonderful way to improve your mental and physical health. The act of finding a beautiful spot from which to watch the day begin or end, and enjoy the light at it’s most colorful and varying, is the perfect opportunity to slow down, center your mind, and de-stress.” – Jaymi Heimbuch

Source: How watching sunrise or sunset can improve your health | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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