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» 9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better

» 9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better
“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk Post written by Leo Babauta. Are you simply moving through your day, without fully living? I did this for many years. It was as if life were just passing by, and I was waiting for something to happen. I always felt like I was preparing for something later. But today isn’t preparation for tomorrow. Fully live today by being mindful. You don’t need to do all of these, but give a few of them a try to see if they make your day better. Mindfulness Rituals Ritual isn’t about doing a routine mindlessly. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. These rituals aren’t the only time you should be mindful, but they’re great reminders.

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How to Build Powerful Mindfulness Exercises Into Your Life We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets. ~Dalai Lama Where have we come from and how did we get to where we are now? » Monk Mind: How to Increase Your Focus Post written by Leo Babauta. I confess to being as prone to the distractions of the Internet as anyone else: I will start reading about something that interests me and disappear down the rabbit hole for hours (even days) at a time. But my ability to focus on a single task has dramatically improved, and that one habit has changed my life. While a few years ago I couldn’t sit down to work on something without quickly switching to email or one of my favorite Internet forums or sites, today I can sit down and write.

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7 Mindfulness Tips For Busy People With Hectic Lives Mindfulness helps us achieve healthier, more comfortable lives by lowering stress. And if you’re a busy person with a hectic life, that’s exactly what you need. A spiritual and cultural practice that comes to us from the Far East, mindfulness helps monks change their body temperatures, withstand hypothermic-level cold, and keep a hopeful outlook no matter what conditions surround them. But you don’t have to convert to another religion or renounce the world and become a priest or nun. Science has isolated some core practices of mindfulness and we now know that your state of mind is everything.

» wash your bowl There’s a famous Zen story that goes: A monk told Joshu, “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.” 18 Human Qualities Most Needed to Advance the Global Awakening By Dylan Charles “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.” – Shakespeare Reality is anything but fixed, it is created again and again, re-defined from moment to moment as a product of the behavior and choices of all sentient beings. » Tired of Being Tired ‘A man grows most tired while standing still.’ ~Chinese proverb Post written by Leo Babauta. It’s tough being tired all day. I’ve had days like this, when I’m struggling through the day and don’t have the energy to tackle anything that matters. Hell, I’ve had years like this.

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Sometimes the "middle way" seems elusive, when in reality it's right there - before our eyes! Reduce, and achieve clarity. Rituals for me are both separate (that is - "sacred") and an essential part OF my life. Both. At the same time. Not one/either or, but both. Peace! by seannab Nov 13

Thanks for sharing your definition of ritual. It clicked with me. Sometimes I do approach my rituals with a "ok, now let's mediate" It's as if my rituals are separate from my life, rather than the doorway to the beginning, middle or end of my day. In the context of your definition I realize now I have taken for granted the power of my rituals. I now feel empowered by this new perspective and again want to thank you for your pearl of wisdom. Cheers! Terry by terry13z Nov 13

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