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How to Be Mindful When Moving to a New Home

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/well/mind/how-to-be-mindful-when-moving-to-a-new-home.html

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How to Be Mindful When Moving to a New Home
Explore what the new area has to offer, like a tourist on an extended vacation. Use all your senses to take it in.

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Moving To A New Place

Moving To A New Place

Moving is a great way to open up one’s mind and practice focusing one’s attention without the constant thought patterns.

Practising mindfulness frees our mind from thoughts about the old residence and makes our minds less anxious.

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Thinking of A New Beginning

As you unpack your stuff, use this golden chance to keep only the essential stuff and completely declutter your new home. Don’t hold stuff that keeps you tied to the past.

Do not be overwhelmed with the piled up work. Practice deep breathing, reflecting on the present moment and gratitude.

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How To Be Mindful While Running

  1. Once you get moving, find a comfortable pace.
  2. Become aware of the weather, the surroundings, colors, smells and shapes that pass you by as you move.
  3. Be mindful of your intention to run with awareness and count your steps if possible.
  4. If a thought hijacks your mind, return back gently to counting your steps.
  5. Become aware of your recurring thought.
  6. Try to get in a zone where thoughts cease to exist, even the runner is no more and only the running remains.

How To Be Mindful At The Beach

  • Open up all of your senses: hearing, seeing, smelling, taste and touch.
  • Rest on the sand and relax your body of any physical tension.
  • Sit near the water. With your eyes closed, listen to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.
  • Take a walk with your feet in the water. Feel the various textures of the sand as the waves soak into it.
  • Each time you inhale, smell the salty, fragrant air.
  • Take time to contemplate the horizon and take in the vastness of the seascape.

Mindful Wakeup

Mindful Wakeup

First thing in the morning:

  • Close your eyes and connect with the sensations of your seated body.
  • Take three long, deep, nourishing breaths—breathing in through your nose and out ...

Mindful Eating

  • Breathe before eating. 
  • Listen to your body and measure your hunger.
  • Eat according to your hunger. You can more mindfully choose what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. 
  • Practice peaceful eating. It’s not easy to digest or savor your food if you aren’t relaxed.
  • If you don’t love it, don’t eat it. Make a mindful choice about what to eat based on what you really enjoy.

Mindful Pause

  • Trip over what you want to do. If you intend to do some yoga or to meditate, put your yoga mat or your meditation cushion in the middle of your floor.
  • Refresh your triggers regularly - add variety or make them funny so they stick with you longer.
  • Create new patterns. You could try a series of “If this, then that” messages to create easy reminders to shift into slow brain.

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