Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment, such as how the air smells and feels as you walk your dog, or how a bite of bread tastes with dinner. The ultimate goal is to help shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life.
Scientific examination of mindfulness shows that it can improve both physical and psychological symptoms and create positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors.
Here are two mindfulness exercises you can try on your own:
1. Basic mindfulness meditation
2. Mindfulness in everyday moments
A less formal approach to mindfulness can also help you to stay in the present and fully participate in your life. You can choose any task or moment to practice informal mindfulness, whether you are eating, showering, walking, or playing with a child. With practice, this sense of awareness will become more natural.
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Join Us at the Greenburgh Library for Introduction to Meditation
August 20 and August 27, 10:30 am to Noon
Introduction to Meditation is a series of free classes the library has been offering this summer. Classes will be held on Monday, August 20 and Monday, August 27 from 10:30 - noon in the library's Multipurpose Room. Kristen Lu, Certified Meditation Instructor leads the classes which include a 30 minute guided meditation. Registration is not required. For more information about the program go to the Events Calendar
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