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Mindful : December 2015
5 Try Something New Novelty is the spice of life (and a source of healthy neuroplasticity), so be adventurous and reach outside of your comfort zone. Be bold. Push yourself to try something you never thought you’d like—you never know, you just might be pleasantly surprised! 6 Start from Scratch Most of us eat the same foods week to week for convenience and taste. And that’s okay. See if you can approach a familiar food with a sense of curiosity: Imagine it’s the first time you’ve ever eaten this food; what new sensations or flavors do you notice? 7 Eat Local, Be Respectful Fruits and vegetables don’t grow at the grocery store. Get to know where your food comes from by visiting a local farm (or at least a farmers market)—not only will you feel more con- nected to what you eat, but as a rule food tastes better when it’s fresher. For those of us who eat meat, it can be tricky to figure out where the meat came from and how the animal was treated. Whenever pos- sible, buy from companies you know treat animals respectfully. 8 Use Your Nose (and any other senses that apply) Our sense of smell has a lot to do with how food tastes. Before eating, pause for a moment to take in the aroma of the food. What scents can you pick up? Does a memory emerge? Take a second look, what colors do you see? Then take a bite and see how much richer the experience can be. Cognitively-Based Compassion Training WITH GESHE LOBSANG TENZIN NEGI, PhD Rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist lojong or “mind-training” tradition, Cognitively-Based Compassion Training ( ) was developed at Emor y University by Dr. Negi. One of North America’s leading programs in compassion of compassion suitable for those of any—or no—faith tradition. It has been used in diverse settings with students, professionals, and v ulnerable populations, and is supported by a substantial body of research. workers, medical and mental health professionals, and others wishing to build resilienc y, improve relationships, and/or simply foster this universal human value in self information about how to register. Spring 2016 February 20–21 and March 19–20 Atlanta, Georgia tibet.emory.edu firstname.lastname@example.org how to live a mindful life