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  • Writer's pictureMary Streeter

Getting Started with Daily Practices

Here are some ideas on how to get started creating a few simple practices that everyone can find time to do. Keep it simple and just begin adding the meditation below to your day. It will lay the foundation necessary to invite awareness, bring feelings of peace and cultivate happiness and joy.

Gratitude Practice: what are 3 things you are grateful for? Write it down everyday, either first thing in the morning or right before bed. I find that it is a nice way to start my day-gets my thoughts moving intentionally toward positivity.

Act of Kindness: 1 act of kindness each day. It can be as simple as holding a door open, asking someone if they need help or paying it forward at the coffee shop.

Awe: pause and experience a moment of awe at least once a day. It can be a sunrise, the snow falling down, a child laughing, anything that holds beauty for you. Pause, breath and enjoy for at least 10 seconds.

Mindfulness Practice: dedicate a few moments everyday, 3, 5, 10 , 15 minutes...just sit and be still. Follow your breath, quiet your mind. When your mind wanders, come back to your breath-over and over again. There are many guided mindful meditations out there; start with the 3 breathe meditation in this post, it's a great starting point.

Move your body: yoga, walking, dancing, running-whatever it is you enjoy, find some time each day, at least 20 minutes, to get your heart pumping. This will release hormones that invite positive feelings and move stuck energy, along with promote health and wellbeing. Just do it!

"Judgement and curiosity can not be held in the same thought"

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