Practicing mindfulness of mind… And beyond

Practicing mindfulness of mind… And beyond

Here you are, meditating, aware of your body as it is in this moment. You are placing your attention on your breath as it moves in and out. Your mind starts generating thoughts because that’s what minds do. Sometimes the thoughts just come and go. It’s as if you are...

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Practicing mindfulness of breath

Practicing mindfulness of breath

There is no better way of bringing yourself to this moment than to focus on your breathing. If you are upset or anxious, you can say to yourself “take a breath.” If you are practicing breath awareness meditation (shamatha or “calm abiding”), your breath become your...

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Practicing Mindfulness of Body

Practicing Mindfulness of Body

My meditation teacher begins meditation by encouraging us to think “mindfulness of body, mindfulness of breath, mindfulness of mind.” Mindfulness can be defined as “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly...

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9 steps toward improving your well-being

9 steps toward improving your well-being

The Better Health Channel, a website funded by the Victorian government in Australia, they describe well-being as “how you feel about yourself and your life. Happily, for those of us who live with significant health challenges, it doesn’t require any particular level...

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what makes for mental well-being?

what makes for mental well-being?

The World Health Organization uses a simple questionnaire to help people assess their own mental well-being: using a scale of “all of the time,” “more than half of the time,” “less than half of the time,” “some of the time,” and “at no time,” participants are asked to...

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feel better with “health snacks”

feel better with “health snacks”

In his book, Feel Better in 5, author Dr. Rangana Chatterjee invites readers to choose a five minute “health snack” from each of three menus: mind, body, and heart. Mind snacks reduce stress and anxiety. Body snacks get your body moving, and heart snacks increase your...

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