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How to Be Mindful While Grocery Shopping

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/well/mind/how-to-be-mindful-while-grocery-shopping.html

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How to Be Mindful While Grocery Shopping
Plan your trip in advance. Knowing what you need at the store can help you avoid unwanted distractions.

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Grocery Shopping With Mindfulness

Grocery Shopping With Mindfulness

Shopping for groceries can feel like an unpleasant chore, which it shouldn’t be.

You can use the task as an opportunity to learn about yourself and be open to the experience, by using mindfulness.

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How To Be Mindful While Grocery Shopping

  1. Plan your trip keeping a list with you.
  2. Take deep breaths as you are about to enter the supermarket/store.
  3. As you shop, notice the smells, sounds, colors and shapes, while being aware of your basket and your walk and not letting your mind wander in thoughts.
  4. Select your groceries with care, understanding their ingredients, and see if you are buying animal products that can be avoided.
  5. Pay gratitude to the fact that you have an abundance of food and so many choices.

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Tips to practice Mindfulness

  • Allow your mind to wander and gently return awareness to your breath sensation.
  • Notice any tendency to be hard on yourself. See this kind of judgment and gently return awareness to your breath.
  • Embrace relaxation and being present with awareness.
  • Expect to notice more things, including more painful things.
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  • Be careful not to try too hard. Experience life directly as it unfolds, paying careful and open-hearted attention.
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    Start a meeting with 2 minutes of silence, your attention focussed on your breath. Or take a few mindful breaths before starting your exercise routine.

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    Activities to calm your brain

    1. Arts and crafts, including but not limited to coloring, pottery and knitting.
    2. All varieties of yoga.
    3. Go for a walk. Notice how your breath feels. Notice your feet walking.
    4. Singing, humming and whistling.
    5. Free-writing before bed.
    6. Cooking is filled with basic tasks that let you focus on all sorts of sights, smells, tastes and textures.