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How To Be Mindful

The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), May 8, 2007

Mindfulness is a healthy state of awareness in which the focus is on the present.  Being in the moment, mentally and physically, is the goal.  This facilitates a sense of appreciation and a state of relaxation.
Yoga and meditation encourage mindfulness.  With yoga, the body is placed in a variety of positions to properly distribute the body’s energy and to achieve overall calm and balance.  Meditation involves a stillness of body and mind and may be accompanied by repetitive words, phrases, or sounds.  Both activities focus on breathing and centeredness, and both have proven health benefits.  Effectiveness is improved through regular practice in combination with other healthy lifestyle choices.
Useful resources:
Eating Mindfully:  How to End Mindless Eating & Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food by Susan Albers, Psy.D. (2003).  Oakland, CA:  New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
Yoga:  A Step-By-Step Guide by Annie Jones (1998).  Boston, MA:  Element Books, Inc.
Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. (2004).  Boulder, CO:  Sounds True, Inc.

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