Meditate with Everyday Movement
Dear Mindful Readers,
You don’t always have to be perched on a cushion or chair to be mindful. Adding mindfulness to any physical activity you already do is a simple way to weave a bit of extra practice into your day.
Here are three ways to get up and move with mindfulness:
1) First, walk the (mindful) walk.
Our time spent walking is often used to think about where we’re going, and what we’ll do once we get there. Instead of mental time travelling, use your walk as an opportunity to practice present moment awareness.
This guided meditation grounds you in the present, whether you’re on your way to work, taking a stroll around the block, or even just walking down a hallway.
2) Then, be active at your desk.
Hit that mid-afternoon slump? Before you reach for another coffee, reach for the floor — and then the ceiling — with mindful stretching.
Taking a short movement break has the potential to snap you out of a sluggish mood, while supplying you with energy to power through the rest of the day.
Follow this mindful movement practice to build some caffeine-free stimulation.
3) Finally, boost your brain—and brawn.
Mindful exercise makes you more aware of how your body feels, so you can reap the full benefits of working out without pushing yourself too hard—or slacking off. Not really a gym rat?
Good news: research suggests that those who pay greater attention to their workout actually enjoy it more.
Next time you go to lace up your running shoes or unroll your yoga mat, try these eight ways to add mindfulness to your exercise routine.
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