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Mindful : August 2016
stress us out, which has negative impacts on our minds, bodies, and relation- ships. Ask yourself, “Am I ready to let go of this bur- den?” If so, try breathing in and acknowledging the pain you feel, breathing out and releasing the burden. 8 Overhaul your habits We’ve all got habits we’d like to kick and if we could, we’d feel a lot happier. The key here is to focus on the reward you seek from any given habit. For instance, many of us snack on junk food to soothe stress. In that case, ask yourself: What else can you do in times of stress that is soothing? Getting a hug can feel soothing. So can placing your hand on your heart. Practice under- standing the rewards you seek from your habits, so over time you can develop healthier ones. 9 Nurture positivity Most of us have a hard time receiving compliments and entertaining positive daily lives with meaning amid the drudgery. Every day, ask yourself these three questions: 1 What do I care about beyond myself? 2 What action can I take today that aligns with this? 3 In the long run, how will my actions affect the world? Practice and repeat this over time and watch your sense of purpose grow. 6 Be generous There is no experience more uplifting than giving. Practice being generous: tip the server a bit more than usual, give more to charity this month, or offer more of your time to friends, family, and strangers. 7 Forgive and let go Lily Tomlin once said, “For- giveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.” Letting go is hard. It’s also easy—we let go every single night when we go to bed. When we hold onto our mistakes or the mistakes of others, it only serves to AD The Center for Koru Mindfulness trains and certifies individuals to teach the Koru Mindfulness curriculum, the only evidence- based mindfulness curriculum designed for college-age adults. Apply today! korumindfulness.org upcoming certification trainings A ug 7-11, bA ltimore, m D PearlStone retreat Center AuguS t 26-28, l ouiS ville, KY 28 mindful August 2016 how to live a mindful life