Do you know about all of the health benefits that come with being mindful?
Mindfulness, by definition, is simply a state of being conscious or aware. More specifically, it is a way of living in the present moment and experiencing it to its full extent. As a result of mindfulness, we find a connection to our bodies, our environment, and our fellow humans.
It’s a busy world. You fold the laundry while keeping one eye on the kids and another on the television. You plan your day while listening to the radio and commuting to work, and then plan your weekend. But in the rush to accomplish necessary tasks, you may find yourself losing your connection with the present moment—missing out on what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Did you notice whether you felt well-rested this morning or that forsythia is in bloom along your route to work?
•When you first wake up in the morning, take five minutes to you to your own quiet space. Breathe, and focus on your breath and your body in an appreciative manner.
•When you eat, take away any distractions such as television, books, games, etc. Focus on the flavor of each bite. Chew 15 times! And notice when you begin to feel full.
•Empathize with the people you interact with on a daily basis. Really listen to what they are saying, and try to experience what they are experiencing.
•Become the silent observer of any emotions you might have. Watch them from a third-person-perspective and don’t allow yourself to become attached to them.
•Spend 5 minutes outside just relaxing and watching your surroundings.
•Listen to your body. Don’t ever push it past its limits, give it rest when it needs it, and nourish it with the food you eat.
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”
― Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
excerpts from healthguide
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