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Mindful Monday: Smile

This is some great advice for a simple mindfulness tool that anyone can do from the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

There has been a lot of practice and study in the power of smiling as seen in this article “The Power of the Smile in Our Meditation and Lives” by Steven Goodheart.

“Taken in the deep way intended, mindful smiling—and mindful is the key—can be very transformative. Here’s a short teaching by Thây on how he views the smile as integral to practice:

I always say that a smile can be a practice, a kind of yoga practice. Yoga of the mouth: you just smile even if you don’t feel joy and you’ll see after you smile that you’ll feel differently. Sometimes the mind takes the initiative and sometimes you have to allow the body to take the initiative.

Sometimes the spirit leads, and sometimes the body can lead. This is why when you have joy, you naturally smile. But sometimes you can allow the smile to go first. You try to smile and suddenly you feel that you don’t suffer that much any more. So don’t discriminate against the body. The body also can be a leader, not only the spirit.”

Read more at https://mettarefuge.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/the-power-of-the-smile-in-our-meditation-and-live/

Mindful Monday: Mindful Kids

Benefits Of Mindfulness With Children Practiced mindfulness can help your child in the following ways: Mindful children experience less stress, anxiety and sadness Mindful children are better able to cope with change and other stressors. Mindful children have better sleep habits Mindful children feel more connected to the people around them Mindful children are moreContinue Reading

Mindful Monday: Mindful Parenting

“To bring mindful attention and awareness into your interactions with your child really seems to set the stage for you to be a good parent,” says Justin Parent, lead author of the study. There are three key factors to mindful parenting: Noticing your own feelings when you’re in conflict with your child, Learning to pauseContinue Reading

Mindful Monday: Keep It Simple

For those of us who desire to be more mindful, but can’t seem to get into meditation, there is an easier option from Kavetha at Lifehack.org: simply learn how to do your daily routine activities mindfully. “It has to be intentional, meaning you don’t leave it up to chance; you consciously bring your awareness to restContinue Reading

Mindful Monday: Mindful Eating

Here’s a lighthearted and helpful take on mindful eating from mindful.org: 6 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating Informal mindfulness practices for those of us who don’t have five minutes to contemplate a raisin. I can still remember the raisin from that first mindfulness class I took in a family friend’s basement office, almost twenty years ago.Continue Reading

Mindful Monday: A Mindful S.N.A.C.K.

“I love snacks. They’re tasty, nourishing, and they don’t require time and energy that I might not otherwise have. Sometimes, though, I am tempted to reach for food when what I really need is a moment of calm awareness so I can make a thoughtful plan about what to do next. What I need isContinue Reading

Mindful Monday: Gratitude

Much of our time and energy is spent pursuing things we currently don’t have. Gratitude reverses our priorities to help us appreciate the people and things we do. Read more about gratitude exercises and benefits here: How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

Mental Health Update from MN DHS

The U.S. Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act puts comprehensive health care for 1.2 million Minnesotans at risk by cutting federal funds for Medicaid and MinnesotaCare by billions of dollars over the coming years. Who will be affected? Minnesota children, seniors, people with disabilities and those in need of chemical and mental health services. We at the Minnesota Department of HumanContinue Reading

Mindful Monday: Mindful Breathing

Here’s a simple exercise to try today from the Pocket Mindfulness website. Mindful Breathing This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down, and pretty much anywhere at any time. All you have to do is be still and focus on your breath for just one minute. Start by breathing in and out slowly.Continue Reading