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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9 Proven Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

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It’s the 11th hour and you’re scrambling to finalize your gifts and preparations for the holidays. Ah the holidays – a time of family, food, gifts, parties and fun. And if you’re a human being, all of those things probably also have some pretty stressful aspects to them too. These can come in obvious forms as well as very subtle forms. Holiday gatherings and parties can be occasions where people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together or really understand eachother get together and spend hours and hours on end together. Then there’s the shopping and the crowds, the cold weather, the party-planning and the list-making, and a lack of time to get it all done to the level of perfection we desire, all while messing with our normal daily routine. Sound familiar?

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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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Can Exercise Make You Kinder?

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When I first started working out in my teens, I had a theory that working out may make you a better person. After all, I just felt nicer and more open after a good workout. Any frustration, stress, or anger I was experiencing usually was dissipated after I had a good sweat. Understandably, the few people I told about this theory questioned my sanity. How could something as mundane and superficial as exercising make you a better person?

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A Personal Journey: Autoimmune Disease, Yoga and Self-Care

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I first met Renee at a meditation retreat in Los Angeles. After discovering that we both had multiple dietary restrictions AND happened to go to the same college, we became fast friends. Over the past few years, both of us have been on our own journeys to find what foods and lifestyle choices affect how we feel, and we’ve been a natural support system for eachother. Even after Renee was formally diagnosed with thyroid disease a  few months ago, she continued her journey of self-discovery and self-care rather than just relying on the diagnosis and medication. I asked Renee to share her experience and some of the challenges and remedies that she has discovered for herself, in particular her yoga practice and how that has affected other parts of her life. Below is her guest post. –Jennifer
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Welcome to our new site!

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Welcome to our new site! Lea and I are so excited to share with you our resources for delicious, healthy, mindful, ‘free-from’ living! We’ll be share tips on how to eat for your ‘free-from’ diet, how to eat the most nutritious food, how to take care of your body and mind, product reviews, and more. If you’d like to ask Lea your personal (anonymous) nutrition question, you can email her at lea@tastefulpantry.com and she’ll answer it in her “Dear Lea” column.  You can also sign up here to be emailed our latest posts once a week.

Have an idea or topics you’re dying to learn more about? Leave us a comment below and as we build out the site and grow we’ll keep your suggestions in mind! We can’t wait to hear what you want to see more (or less) of!

Thanks for your awesomeness and we look forward to hearing from you!

Jennifer & Lea

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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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