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Mindful : June 2016
7 Tune your heart An essential component of well-being is nurturing a loving heart, and we can use the body to do this. Take one or two hands and place them on your heart, think of someone who makes you smile, and in your mind wish them well. 8 Feel your center The abdomen is often called “the core” of the body and we can use it for strength and grounding. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, take one or two hands and place them on your belly. Then take a few slow deep breaths, noticing how they ground you. 9 Move your body Most us spend too much of the day sitting, so naturally our bodies get stiff. This encourages tension, stress, and stuckness. By moving 5 Be like Superman! Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research shows us that certain poses can actu- ally increase confidence and reduce stress. Try standing like Superman, with your back straight, chest upright, heart open, and hands at your waist— then hold for two minutes. 6 Revel in daily tasks Our brains are wired to make daily tasks into routine actions so we can focus on novel activities. But when we bring curi- osity and awareness to simple tasks, like washing dishes or taking a shower, the mundane comes alive again. Next time you shower, for example, notice how the water feels on your skin, the sweet smell of the shampoo, the sound of droplets falling. It might just be the best shower you’ve ever taken! AD 28 mindful June 2016 how to live a mindful life