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A Path to Better Health and Happiness
by Cheryl Reynolds
Our minds are fickle. We chase our thoughts into the future or dive into the regrets and memories of the past. Neither past nor present will bring the fulfillment we desire, thus the vicious cycle continues.
Happiness starts in the now, this present moment in time. We can do this by being mindful. Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the moment on purpose with a heightened sense of awareness without judgment.
Mindfulness can bring simple joy and peace while helping to cultivate acceptance of the up-and- down moments of life. Many try mindfulness but give up before really getting started, because the busy brain gets in the way as it wanders around thinking. Thinking is what the brain does, and it does it well.
According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California, we have around 70,000 thoughts a day. About 90 percent of our thoughts are repeats from yesterday, and most are negative. Given that we think about the same things over and over again, it is amazing that, from day to day, anything actually gets done.
The best way to start mindfulness is to start slow. One easy technique is called One Minute of Mindfulness, where an individual stays completely present to one’s surroundings for a solid minute, continually bringing the focus back to the present moment, coaxing the brain to think in the background only. Over time, the brain naturally becomes less busy-minded and more content.
Being mindful can decrease stress, worry and anxiety. It can also help increase focus, improve decision making, and help with ailments such as pain, bowel troubles and headaches. Mindfulness cultivates overall health and happiness, while bringing spaciousness to our relationships as we become more open, patient and appreciative.
Here are 10 easy tips to help use the One Minute of Mindfulness effortlessly.
As these techniques are used, we can learn to easily become mindful more regularly, one minute at a time.
Cheryl Reynolds is owner of Mindful Living Hypnosis, located at 4372 Post Rd., East Greenwich. She is a registered nurse, spiritual facilitator trained in hypnosis by world renowned hypnosis instructor Tom Nicoli. She is also a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and a certified life coach with specialization in stress reduction and mindfulness. For more information and additional mindfulness techniques, call 401-301-4426 or visit MindfulLivingHypnosis.com. See ad, page ??.