Posts tagged: mindful

In defense of mindfulness

I’m a hopeful millennial. I love a good experiment. When trendy new methodologies pop up, suggesting you can eat, pray, love yourself to a better you or some other catchy phrase, I’m all over them with glass half-full optimism. But I’m also pretty analytical; and so I also tend to lean toward the tried-and-true avenues.

Therefore, I continuously find myself putting more stock into one particular approach: Mindfulness. Though the practice has endured through the ages, it’s only gained mainstream traction within the last 10 years.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is described as a mental state when you’re deeply attuned to the present moment, thus being hyper aware of your emotions, breathing, surroundings, and purpose. In a simpler description, mindfulness tends to involve meditation.

Advocates of the practice say the benefits can include everything from reduced stress to improved diet. Workplaces have encouraged mindfulness courses as a way to
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How to inject more joy into your day

What's your intention today?

Question: What’s your intention for today?

The quick answer might sound something like: Go to work, or keep the kids clean and fed, or just get through it.

Then there’s the answer beneath that answer: Be able to pay my bills. Maintain order in my day. Hold the dread at bay.

All understandable. Necessary, even. But, in addition, what if we intended to do something that touches our soul? To feel purposeful or loved or delighted. Now that’s something to get out of bed for!

For some of us, the day runs mostly on auto-pilot. For others, it can seem rudderless. Or bland. Or contentious. Those joy-filled days— isn’t that what vacation is for?

Sort of. Vacation is important because it helps us step back and experience life differently. But what about the 360 other days of the year? Don’t you want to inject some joy into those too?

Of course you do. So let’s do
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