On Mondays throughout the fall, check out Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the Middlesex Mindfulness Monday post: what we are grateful for this week and a Mindfulness exercise for you to try. Studies have shown that when people practice gratitude for even small things in their lives, they are happier. Cultivating gratitude goes hand-in-hand with Mindfulness. That is, to stop and take the time to be grateful for the little things around you – a beautiful day, a delicious cup of coffee, an interesting observation in class, a friendly hello. Each week's mindfulness exercise will be brief and simple. We hope these posts bring you a moment of peace and solace in your day.
Week 4: Mindful Sitting - Sitting comfortable upright in your chair, feel the weight of your feet against the floor. What are the sensations in your feet? Tingling? Nothing? Feel the pressure where your body comes in contact with the chair. Putting your hand on your belly, feel your body breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out.
Week 3: Walking mindfulness - Pay attention to the sensations in each part of your legs and feet while walking, the natural inclination to take each next step, and the sounds of your feet hitting the floor or crunching leaves. Be present.
Week 2: Mindful Breath - Sitting comfortably upright, close your eyes and pay attention to just your breath for 2 minutes. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. Does your mind wander? Where does it go?
Week 1: A Mindful Bite - Pay special attention to one bite at your next meal, savoring the flavor and texture of your food and noticing the sensations of chewing and swallowing.