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Signature Daily Mindful Practice

Meditation Element Instructions

This meditation comes from the Mindful Body Signature Daily Mindful Practice. The meditation when combined with yoga and breathing techniques provide a means of connecting breath, movement and consciousness. This connection enables a relaxation of the body and calming of the mind.

 

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Getting Started:

  1. Set an intention for your Daily Mindful Practice Maybe you want to feel more peaceful or find some relief from a difficult time you're going through.  Ask yourself, what do you want to create for the day?
  2. Try to perform your practice at same time each day or evening.  Schedule your practice as you would any other event in your life.
  3. Practice in a cool, quiet location with minimal distractions if possible.  Dim the lights and turn off the cell phone. If possible, use this same location every session.

 

Mindful Meditation (5 minutes)

Mindful meditation helps deepen awareness, its aim is to help you see things as they really are, more clearly. It involves focusing on your mind on the present. To be mindful is to be aware of your thoughts and actions in the present, without judging yourself.

You can expect: to improve your mood, to decrease stress, and to boost immune function.

Level of Effort: Easy

Time Involved: 5 minutes

 

Getting Started:

  1. You may set a timer with a soft ringtone or use a clock.
  2. You may sit or lie on your back.
  3. Gently close your eyes and become aware of your breathing, focus on the sensations of air moving in and out of your body with each breath.
  4. As thoughts arise, watch every thought come and go, whether it is a worry, upset, fear, anxiety or hope. Let them be, don't try to suppress them but simply observe them, remain calm and bring your attention back to your breath.
  5. When you find that you have drifted off into thoughts, just observe where your mind went off to, without judging, and simply return your attention to your breath.
  6. Remember to be gentle with yourself as you find yourself drifting off into thoughts.
  7. When you are ready, gently open your eyes and take your time coming out of meditation.

 

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