#BlackFriday Mindfulness Practice

Today is the beginning of "shopping season" and the "hustle and bustle" of the holidays, so we wanted to share some mindful practices to maintain your calm as move throughout the day.

1. Your breathe is always there for you. Sometimes crowds, parking, waiting in line and traffic can be challenging. Slow, deep and focused breathing calms the brain by bringing the attention to the right hemisphere vs. the left hemisphere. As you breathe notice the sensation of the air as it comes and goes with each breath for as long as you wish. When the mind drifts (left hemisphere activity), bring your attention back to your breath.

2. As you wait in line exercise and grow your patience. Create a space where you can disconnect from your phone and simply notice the sights, sounds and smells around you. Direct your attention to one object and one sense at a time.

4. Intentionally extend kindness to others. Smile, lend a hand, open a door, allow someone to pull out in front of you in traffic, etc. . .

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