Summer Mindfulness

Suddenly there’s talk of “mindfulness” all around us. This spiritual practice really does help us reduce stress, respond maturely to hard situations (instead of spouting something we’ll regret later!), and find more peace and joy in our lives.

Summer is a great time to try out mindful practices. There’s so much beauty around us in summer’s natural display, that it’s easier to find something special to notice – a bird, a butterfly, a flower, a dog loving the park. The first step is to pay attention – really pay attention – to just one thing for a few minutes. Breathe slowly and think about how greatful you are to be alive in the presence of this beauty.

You don’t have to make a big deal out of this practice or draw attention to yourself in any way. Just slow down a little along the sidewalk and take a break to appreciate what you see. You’ll be glad you did!

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Posted on July 10, 2012, in Emotional, Environmental, Faculty & Staff, Mental Health, Spiritual, Student Health Guru and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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