Today our mindful suggestions focus on color. These three exercises can be alternated throughout the coming week. Connect The Colors Kermit the frog from Sesame Street sang a great song called Rainbow Connection. I can still see him sitting on a log in a bog or forested area with his frog-sized banjo singing his heart out. Sure, the song is about lovers, dreamers, and frogs, but for today let’s make it about colors. Specifically, the colors around you in this moment. Step 1 – Where ever you are, stop, breath, and focus on this moment. Step 2 – Look around
Wabi-Sabi? What the heck is that?! If you’re not familiar with wabi sabi, it’s a traditional Japanese concept derived from two verbs; wabu and sabu. From a Buddhist perspective, it embodies the impermanence and imperfection of life. The Japanese take it one step further to see the beauty in the imperfection. Think of it as the patina brass or silver gets over time or a garden bench after being out over the seasons. I’ve written about this before as a way to take care of ourselves, especially after a brain injury. But it’s also a great way to be mindful
Surviving a major stroke made me aware of how fragile and precious our lives really are. That experience sure changed the way my eyes see the world and it changed the man looking out through them. I was extremely lucky to survive the experience and I am continually being reminded of that by people in my life and by others who come and go in my life. I’m told by people I talk to and by casual observers that if they hadn’t known I am a stroke survivor they’d have never guessed. I also hear from a lot of people
I’ll bet everyone has heard that playing games is good for your brain. Any game helps, be it board games, card games, video games, or puzzles. And engaging in a variety of games helps different parts of our brain heal after a brain injury and stay healthy and strong. There are so many benefits to playing a game. Games reduce stress and, also, reduces blood pressure through the release of endorphins. Playing a game with a loved one or friends is a great way to stay connected and strengthen relationships. But what about COVID? you ask. You don’t need to
Our mindfulness exercise for today is about gratitude. What are you grateful for in this moment and how does it make you feel? You can do this exercise anywhere. If you’re feeling frustrated it’s a great stress reliever. It might even make you smile. Step 1 – Think about something you are grateful for. Step 2 – Hold the image and think about your emotions. Step 3 – How do you feel?
Last week our #MindfulMonday piece focused on listening. This week we’re sharing exercises to help you listen to yourself. Give them a try and let us know in the comments what worked for you. Listening Exercise #1 Your body will tell you what it needs to be healthy so long as you listen to its messages; heed the signals. For the next few minutes listen to your body and think of three things you can do that would help you stay healthy. Listening Exercise #2 How are you feeling right now? Take a moment to listen to your emotions. What