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Mindful : October 2018
significant period of time on a particular task, whether it’s exercise, meditation, writing, you name it. We know mindfulness meditation is one of the best ways to increase focus and attention. So, in addition to putting your phone down (or, preferably, away, where you can’t hear a vibration or see a notification), engage in simple, playful medita- tions whenever you have a moment. Try this: Sustain attention on a particular part of the body (nostrils, abdomen), and when your attention drifts, gently bring it back again and again. Remember, what you practice and repeat becomes automatic, and so it is with our attention, too. LACK OF SOCIAL SUPPORT Humans are inherently social; even from our begin- nings we came together in clans to gather food and keep safe from potential threats. Strong communi- ties also had a set of values and practices that were implicitly reinforced simply by the nature of being in a community. However, in our modern lives, we live in little boxes, separate from one another, and our neighboring clans are no longer an immediate threat (for most of us at least). On top of that, with a few swipes of the finger we can order g roceries to our door- step without even seeing another human being. As a result, most of us aren’t spending a great deal of time around people who naturally inspire us toward our desired value or action. That doesn’t mean you don’t have good friends, family, or coworkers you care for and respect, but they may not be practicing the change you want to make. This is not to suggest that you should abandon people who aren’t living the way you want to live. Not at all! However, you should realize that your attention is an invaluable resource, and the people you attend to will greatly influence your ability to achieve the changes you want. So consider ways you might spend time with people who do represent the changes that you want. For example, you could try joining a gym or meditation studio, or finding (or start- ing) a writer’s group. Remember, working toward change is an imper- fect process and you’ll fall off the path many times. That’s natural and part of our common humanity. See if you can hold all of this with a learning mindset. When you stray, forgive yourself for the time gone by, investigate with curiosity what brought you off track, and invite yourself to begin again with this new learn- ing. Repeat this process indefinitely. ● OUR NEURAL PATTERNS SUGGEST THAT WE ARE EXCEPTIONALLY SIMILAR TO OUR FRIENDS IN HOW WE PERCEIVE AND RESPOND TO THE WORLD AROUND US. 866.339.4198 Keycode MFA DharmaCraf ts Meditation Cushions Inspirational Jewelry Home Furnishings since 1979 dharmacrafts.com DharmaCrafts since 1979 DharmaCraf ts since 1979 dharmacrafts.com THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES Call for Volume Pricing for Meditation Cushions 866.339 .4198 Keycode MFA 20 mindful October 2018 how to