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How to Gather Your Mind and Heart and Find Peace

To Be At Peace, Gather Your Heart and Mind

Would you like to be at peace?  Pause then to gather your mind and your heart.

Usually, mind is all over the place:  pondering the past, anticipating the future, or gripped by a crippling emotion born from desire, aversion, or confusion.  The gamut runs from self-recrimination and fear to competitiveness, anger and greed.

Take a moment to pause and gather your scattered mind from everywhere it’s gone – from yesterday, tomorrow, your to-do list, a problematic encounter, worries about work, the French Riviera or whatever pulls on you.  Bring your mind back home into your self.

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Stop Dreading Workouts: Use Mindfulness for More Enjoyment, Effectiveness, and Safety

Mindful Exercise (Woman Jogging)

I’m delighted to share a guest post today from Jacki Hayes.

Walk into any gym and you see a host of folks wearing earbuds and getting sweaty, each person approaching exercise as a time to struggle through and/or to zone out.

Adding a practice of mindfulness to your workouts not only takes the dread out of exercise, but increases your connection to your body and the wisdom it has to offer.

Like many who run, I look forward to a nice jog on a sunny afternoon because it is often the one time I get to switch off my brain and just move. I grab my phone, turn on my tunes, and head for the trail. I pace my steps to the beat of the music and let my mind wander aimlessly for the next half hour or more.

There are days, when this state of mindlessness is just what I need. But that mindlessness also means a disconnection from the motion and movement of my body, her sensations and queues, and quite honestly, the hazards exercise can present.

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The Tiny Guide to Overcoming Everyday Obsessions

Red Rock Canyon Obsessions

I obsess at times.  Do you?

Let’s clarify what obsession means:

An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.  [Google]

I don’t mean obsessive-compulsive disorder.  I just mean those itsy-bitsy, everyday obsessions that take you off-track until you suddenly wake up once again and think, “What?”

Obsession makes me spin my wheels, lose precious time, and stress too much.  One of my important goals for the year is to recognize when I’m in a state of obsession and let go.   I’m intent on releasing these ruling tendencies, bit-by-bit.

Here’s my challenge and my plan.

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How Long Can You Sit Quietly By Yourself?

Quiet Sitting in Flower Garden

“If you’re too busy to sit still for 10 minutes, you need to sit still for an hour.” – Zen proverb

Does the idea of sitting still for an entire hour immediately freak you out?  Hold on then!  We won’t go that fast.

But please stay open and let’s explore the meaning and purpose of this radical idea.

Remember, you don’t have be a meditator to sit quietly.  Anyone can give it a try and directly experience the benefits for themselves, for example:

  • Quiet nourishes your nervous system.
  • Quiet helps you let go of unnecessary activity.
  • Quiet enhances creativity.
  • Quiet turns down the static so you can tap into your intuition and connect with your innermost wisdom.
  • Quiet creates space in which you can tune into your body’s messages, averting future problems.
  • Quiet allows new solutions to arise so you’ll be able to handle situations differently.
  • Quiet promotes spaciousness and humor, so you’ll be less perturbed by all the craziness of modern life.  And people, too.

Maybe an hour of quiet wouldn’t be so terrible after all!

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Mini-Mindfulness Challenge: Mindful Walking

Mind-Mindfulness Challenge

Welcome to Week 4 and the conclusion of the Mini-Mindfulness Challenge.  I’m so glad you’re here!

The Mini-Mindfulness Challenge offers a simple prompt each week to help you remember to be present in the moment and in so doing find better health and more ease.  If you missed Week 1 – 3, here they are:

This week we’ll explore walking mindfully.  I won’t bemoan the dangers of a sedentary life style.  But it’s shocking to consider that a sedentary lifestyle – one with little or no physical activity – can contribute to many preventable causes of death.

Let’s not go there!

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Mini-Mindfulness Challenge: Drink Up!

Mind-Mindfulness Challenge

Welcome to Week 3 of the Mini-Mindfulness Challenge.  I’m so glad you’re here!

The Mini-Mindfulness Challenge offers a simple prompt each week – for 4 weeks – to help you remember to be present in the moment and in so doing find better health and more ease.  If you missed Week 1 or Week 2, here they are:

The mindfulness focus this week is water, a prompt I personally need!

Did you know that up to 75% of North Americans may be chronically dehydrated?  Over time, failure to drink an adequate amount of water can contribute to many health challenges like:

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