6 Simple ways to practice Mindfulness

1. Eat your next meal with no distractions. No tv, computer, phone, magazine. Chew each bite  at least 25 times and notice how the flavors and texture change. This is when the digestive process actually begins. It is a step most often skipped and can lead to indigestion.

2. In your next conversation allow gaps of silence without the need to jump in with unecessary words. Usually we are planning what we are going to say while the other person is still talking. Practice active listening with no desire to intercede or interrupt.

3. Go for a walk with no music or phone. Walking meditation has been done for centuries using labyrinths. Feel and hear each step and breath as it becomes a natural rhythm.

4. Dry brush your body before bathing using a soft bristle brush and long upward strokes. It is detoxifying, exfoliating, relaxing  and meditative.

5. Practice making eye contact with everyone you meet. Store clerks, co-workers and friends. Not staring at them (that’s creepy) but looking in someones eyes when you take your change or say “Thank you”

5. Before getting out of bed in the morning set an intention for your day and do some positive visualization.

6. Write down 5 things you are grateful for before going to bed at night. Even if you’ve had a bad day, you will find 5 or more things easily.

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