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Start Your Day In The Mindfulness Zone

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Start Your Day In The Mindfulness Zone
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." -- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations From the second we open our eyes in the morning, we have an opportunity to set the tone of our entire day mindfully, but most of us wake up and get out of bed in a hurry to do something or get somewhere.

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The mindfulness zone

The mindfulness zone

How you wake up and get your morning started will direct the rest of your day.

If we can take just a few minutes to connect to a "mindfulness zone," we will be more aware of the moment and live a more meaningful life.

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Tips to start your day in the "M" zone

  • When you open your eyes acknowledge you're alive.
  • Follow your breath in and out for a few seconds.
  • Think of something you are grateful or thankful for.
  • Get out of bed and start your ritual of getting ready for the day.
  • Be present with everything you do from making your coffee to brushing your teeth.
  • Connect with your loved ones before you walk out the door.
  • Try and stay in the mindfulness zone for the rest of the day, and if you find yourself slipping away, focus on your breath for a few seconds.

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What mindfulness is

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