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 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.