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How to Be Mindful When Moving to a New Home

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 When Moving to a New Home

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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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.

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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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.
  • Practice staying present. Stay open to all the possibilities in each situation.
  • Be careful not to try too hard. Experience life directly as it unfolds, paying careful and open-hearted attention.
  • When starting a new activity

    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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    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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