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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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78 Holidays 2018 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Holiday Mindfulness Mindfulness comes from Buddhist meditation and means keeping a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, sensations and environment through a gentle, nurturing lens. Sound complicated? It isn't. Keep reading. Acceptance Practicing mindfulness also means practicing accep- tance, says the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them; in these moments, there is no right or wrong way to feel. During mindfulness, your thoughts should tune in to the present moment rather than turn- ing to past events or imagining the future. It Does A Body Good According to the center, practicing mindfulness can improve sleep and feelings of depression, help you cope with stress, helps the mind focus and increases compassion. It may even help you eat less and improve your immune system. Put it into Practice Here are some ways to practice mindfulness from the Greater Good Science Center. During these exercises, pay attention to your breathing, especially when you're feeling a strong emotion. Also, pay attention to all your senses in the moment. Recognize your thoughts and emotions to not define you. Mindful breathing: Take slow, even breaths in and out. Pay attention to the physical sensations of the breath as it flows in and out. Body scan: Pay attention to each part of your body in turn, from head to toe. Walking meditation: Focus the movement of your feet as you take a path 10 paces long, back and forth. Feel your feet touching and leaving the ground. Loving-kindness meditation: Extend compassion toward people, starting with yourself, then someone close to you, an acquaintance, and so on, until you get to all beings. – © 2018 Green Shoot Media NOV-15-2018-MAG-CL-88-Laura.indd 78 11/7/18 10:40 AM

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