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Practicing Mindfulness

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What is it?

A state of present and personal awareness which encompasses cognitive, emotional, and sensory functions to empower an individual to respond productively to the demands of daily life.

It is not a religion, a silver bullet or a short-term solution.

Why?

Mindfulness has shown to:

  • Improve life satisfaction
  • Decrease emotional exhaustion
  • Cope with situations and changes
  • And combat stress

How?

Exercise 1: Breath control

  • Inhale slowly while counting mentally 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Hold your breath and mentally count 4 seconds
  • Exhale slowly while counting mentally 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • And finally rest mentally for 4 seconds before re-starting the inhalation cycle.

Exercise 2: Meditation

  • Create a regular time and space that is free of external distractions
  • Start with 5 minute and gradually increase up to 30 minutes
  • Choose a comfortable sitting position with the feet touching the ground/grass
  • Sit up straight, shoulder square, tongue resting on the roof of the palate, eyes closed
  • Start with deep breathing till you achieve a comfortable rhythm
  • Focus on one part of body where the breath feels prominent: (like nostril, diaphragm, throat)
  • Maintain attention to the breath
  • If mind wanders, accept it and keep returning your attention to our breathing
  • When timer rings, give thanks to the universe, rub palms vigorously and gently apply the warmth to your eyes and face and gently open your eyes

Resource:

Wandering mind not a happy mind – Harvard Gazette

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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