I got these three mindfulness tips in my inbox last week and decided to share them with you. It’s been said that 99% of the time we are OBJECT referred rather than SELF referred. i
It was Deepak who first shared this insight in one of his lectures I attended. You would think that SELF means selfish and it is not so. We need self care rather than giving away all our power to others to care for us, especially when it come to seeing our doctors. SELF referred means we go inside and gather our inner wisdom to help us make decisions and navigate life.
The Buddha says attachment to people, places and things cause pain and sorrow. So this summer let’s make a decision to practice self care and self referral rather than giving our power away to others who may not have our best interest in mind. Thanks for visiting with us! Trina Becksted Publisher.
- Move mindfully: Whether you’re working out or taking a leisurely walk, practice mindfulness while you move. “I’m lucky enough to live in San Diego, California, where I frequently have a walking meditation on the beach. I love to open all my senses to feel the air on my skin; to hear the birds, the surf, and the people; and to see the colors, shapes, and sights of the scene,” Julie says. “I like to feel my body walking, concentrating on different parts of my feet, legs, and arms, and then switching back to all my senses to take everything into my awareness.”
- Eat and drink mindfully: Mindful eating is another helpful meditation. “I love it when I remember to eat mindfully. The food tastes unbelievable and I find I eat much more slowly,” Julie believes. “When my friend Monica served the most incredible fresh berries, she agreed when I said, ‘It’s like a crazy party in your mouth.’” Drinking your morning coffee or tea can be another great mindfulness activity. If you are feeling the warmth of the mug in your hands, inhaling the aroma, and paying attention to how it tastes when you take your first sip, that is mindfulness in practice. You might want to drink the entire cup like that, savoring each swallow.
- Practice mindful self-compassion: The path to your health goals isn’t a straight line. It has hills and valleys, and there are times when you may feel frustrated about being off track from your own expectations. This is when it’s great to practice mindful self-compassion. Try saying something to yourself along these lines: “Oh, it’s tough to feel this way. I’ve got your back. You are going to be ok.” Or, “I feel you. It’s tough to feel this way, but you are smart and resilient and worthy of … (love, knowing your own worth, etc.).”
About Julie Potiker: Author and mindfulness expert Julie Potiker is an attorney who began her serious study and investigation of mindfulness after graduating from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. She was trained by Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, and UCSD as a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher. She went on to study with Rick Hanson, becoming a graduate of his Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course. Potiker also completed Brené Brown’s Living Brave Semester. Now, she shares these and other mindfulness techniques with the world through her Mindful Methods for Life trainings and her new book: “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos.” She holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University. Visit www.MindfulMethodsForLife.com.