Mindfulness is Not...

All month, we have learned about what mindfulness is and how to apply it to life. I hope that you have gleaned some moments of mindfulness this month to help begin or continue your journey to a more present life through our community’s stories.

As we approach the end of our journey together (or, I should say, at the beginning,) it is important to note some common misconceptions about mindfulness.

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Mindful Mopping: Transforming Chores into Mindful Moments

By Sarah Horton-Campbell, MDiv, MSW, YT-200

Before I had my daughter, I practiced meditation and yoga almost daily. When I felt anxious, I found 10 minutes to do a guided relaxation meditation from the app on my phone. At the time, I didn’t think it was easy to make the time for separate mindfulness activities, but I could usually find the time….

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Emily Behr
Mindful Mealtimes

How many of you ate your lunch today while scrolling your phone or reading your emails? I am guilty of eating so quickly that I sometimes don’t even taste the food I am shoveling down. With kids, it gets even worse. I find myself standing up, shoving whatever I can into my mouth while doing a million different “important” things around the house. Afterwards, I feel over-full and unsatisfied.

So, how do we reclaim mealtimes?

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Mindful Walking

Have you ever gone somewhere and barely remember how you got there? Maybe you were thinking about work, the kids, or your to-do list for the day. Maybe you were listening to a podcast or chatting on the phone. Sometimes, regardless of our intentions, our bodies are one place and our minds are another.

If we slow down and practice paying attention on purpose, without judgement or labels (aka mindfulness) we have the ability to unlock the beauty of our journey.

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Emily Behr
Mindful Eating

At the end of my MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) training a few years ago, the entire class took an all-day retreat to Camp New Hope. The day was spent reviewing what we learned to take it into our prospective careers (and lives), as well as practicing mindfulness activities and spending a significant amount of time in silence working on paying attention.

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Emily Behr