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A Grocery Shopping Surprise

September '16

Sometimes your local supermarket gives you a surprise. I head for mine at least twice a week; it’s called Dave’s. Fortunately for those of us living in Rhode Island, it features fresh produce, wild salmon, and grass fed beef along with those happy extras like flax crackers (only flax seeds, onions and herbs.) But last Monday, it provided an extra bonus. On my way to the checkout aisle a very peaceful looking woman on the cover of a special edition of Time magazine caught my eye.

I grabbed this publication, entitled, “Mindfulness: The New Science of Health and Happiness,” took it home, and wended my way though its articles. I thought it might be fun to share some of what I learned with you. I particularly enjoyed one essay by Mary Elizabeth Williams on “Why Every Mind Needs Mindfulness.” She starts with her personal definition of mindfulness: “It’s putting down our juggling balls for a little bit. It’s about the beauty of monotasking.” Then she outlines the need this kind of resting space in the current world.

She describes mobile devices almost as stalkers that follow you home after work and never grant you any downtime. Rather than allowing recovery space from the workplace, their messages urge you to continue to work at your go-go-go pace.

As a counter to the overstimulation of modern life, Williams suggests meditation as a route for developing a more mindful approach to daily living. She points to a series of rewards mindfulness can deliver according to a series of research studies. Here is list of these goodies along with some others noted in the magazine.

Mindfulness…

boosts mood,

relieves stress,

leads to more efficient learning,

improves sleep,

clears your mind which leads to deeper thinking and more creativity.

Sound like pretty good results? What about you? Do you already mediate? If so, I’d love to hear about your practice and any app you may use. If not, an easy way to begin is to use the app, Calm. (I have no connection with this company.) It only takes 10 minutes a day and the guided meditation is most pleasant on the ears. If you give it a try, again, I’d love to hear about your experience.

May your autumn days be full of quiet pauses and joy,
Bonnie

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