Mindfulness

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Being presentStop!  Where are you?  Where are your thoughts at this very moment?  Are you trying to quickly read this post so you can check it off your ‘to do’ list and move on to your next task?  Is your mind filled with activities you need to do?  Are you thinking of emails or phone calls waiting for your reply?  People you need to connect with?  Or have these questions reminded you of tasks you need to complete? Are you caught up in the culture of ‘Hurry, I need to finish this task and move to the next!’? Take a moment, pause and take a deep breath.   Yes, take a deep breath now.  Breathe in slowly and deeply.  Exhale slowly and completely.  One more time.  This time as you breathe in, focus on centering your mind, let the chatter in your mind float away.  Be still in the moment.  As you exhale experience the sensations of your body and your surroundings.  One more round; while you slowly breathe in experience your current feelings, sounds, and surroundings.  Be present in the moment, this current moment. Slowly exhale. Being mindful in the moment takes practice, the benefits are substantial. You will feel calmer, centered, and will experience a deeper sense of the moment. Your family, friends, and peers will also appreciate your mindfulness and the benefits it brings to them.  Research shows clearing away distractions and living in the moment can alter the structure and function of the brain. Over the next couple of weeks raise the bar with being fully present during your daily activities.  Take time to check in with yourself, being mindful of moments.  Be truly present while you drive your family members to their activities, listening to and participating in the chatter taking place in the car.  Be mindful during meetings, experience the verbal and non-verbal cues of your peers provide. Truly listen and experience what your peers are saying and doing. Step out of your comfort zone with mindfulness – slowly and deeply breathe in, now slowly and completely breathe out, one more time, deep inhale . . . full exhale.  How do you feel?  Do you feel more relaxed?  Grounded in your thoughts?  At peace with yourself?  You have control of your mindfulness at any given time, where ever you want. The journey to mindfulness is yours! Enjoy your journey! All the best!

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