10 Everyday Mindfulness Practices

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Mindfulness and meditation go together like muscles and strength-training. Mindfulness is an attribute we exercise during meditation, and meditation is a practice (I believe the best practice) to cultivate mindfulness. However the rubber really meets the road when we can bring that mindfulness off the meditation cushion and into our everyday lives. Mindfulness doesn’t have to be limited just to the times we can set aside to meditate at home or at the local meditation center. We can start to blur the boundary between our practice and our lives, living more and more in the present moment and appreciating the richness in the world around us.

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How Meditation Could Change Your Relationships

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In recent years, science has been proving what meditators have known for thousands of years – that meditation offers a host of benefits, from improving your health to increasing your productivity. Personally, I feel like I’m a totally different person from who I was before I started meditating, and sometimes I even feel like a different person before and after I do my daily meditation session.

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Email as a Meditation Practice

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We all do it, sometimes before we’ve even realized what we’re doing. Responding on autopilot, without thinking or feeling. In today’s world of instantaneous communication, responding to an email or text  within 5 minutes of receiving it isn’t uncommon and is often expected. And social media is almost like a training ground for this type of quick, pithy communication – with just a click you can send a message of approval in  a thumbs up, or sum up your deep thoughts for the day in 140 characters or less.

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Mindful Movement: Synchronizing Mind and Body

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Mindfulness is one of those words that seems to be everywhere these days, but how many people really know what it means? Many people associate mindfulness and meditation with sitting quietly for hours trying desperately to shut out the world and turn off thoughts and sensations. But that’s not necessarily what it’s all about, and on top of that, takes a whole lot of effort and struggle to accomplish something that seems counterintuitive to what it means to be a human being. What if we could use mindfulness to explore what it really means to be human, to be who we are in this very moment and not who we think we should be? What if, instead of trying desperately to shut out our sensations and experience, we could gently and lovingly pay attention to them and allow mindfulness to bring us down from our heads and into our whole being?

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Oprah Interviews Pema Chodron

Earlier this month, Oprah hosted Tibetan Buddhist nun and one of my favorite speakers/teachers Pema Chodron on her Super Soul Sunday show. On the show they talked about embracing difficult feelings like anxiety, stress, anger, and sorrow, and using them as opportunities to open up rather than what most people do, which is repress them or run away from them. They also talked about welcoming fear as a route to fearlessness. Although these ideas may seem totally counterintuitive and frankly, a bit nutty, to many people, I know from personal experience that they have helped me to be more open and flowing in a world that is constantly changing and not always going the way I want it to (does it ever? :)).

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