Mindfulness in Motion

Mindfulness is a very valuable and accessible practice. So much is being written about it today! Don’t drive yourself crazy thinking that you can just sit and be mindful. It’s difficult, and, for most of us, what’s the use? Keep your mindfulness in motion.

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We give 40 activities that combine well with mindfulness practice in our book Caregiver Revolution. These are things as simple as making a bed or doing dishes. While cooking dinner, gently let go of the  flow of thoughts, plans, worries, (your inner chatter), and really focus on the details of the task at hand. Notice as much as you can about what you are doing and do the job well. Why? Simply because it strengthens your attention. This is not new age fluff. The more you work with your attention, the stronger it gets…just like any skill. Attention is the one skill that everyone has but it generally remains undeveloped, and here’s a big key; focused attention REALLY relieves stress and gives you freedom to be in the present moment.

This might not mean anything to you. So much of this is experiential. If you are an artist, artisan, hobbyist or collector, if you work on crafts of any sort, are a seamstress, a singer, a musician, then you know what this is, you’ve had a taste.

I’m not going to expound a lot on theories of mindfulness. An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory. So good luck with your mindfulness in motion practice. Return again and again to the present. This never comes easy but it becomes easier and you will realize the benefits as you go. Take it easy Breezy!

Illustration by the wonderful artist and illustrator Lin Larsen

 

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Just HAD to put this up: The Coffin Club

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Transitioning Caregiving to End of Life Care

Our book, Caregiver Revolution, shows how caring  for the elderly and those at the end of life can be a rich and rewarding experience. The chapters go through the various stages and requirements as your loved one, or, for health care workers, “patient,”gets closer to the end of his or her life. The final months, weeks, days and moments of life can be fulfilling times for both “carer” and “caree,” and that is the point of our book Caregiver Revolution!

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Had a Great Time…

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Had a great day at the JFS Ulster Caregiver conference! For a reminder video AND FOR THE WRITTEN LIST of the world’s easiest morning warmup exercises, see our exercise page above. Thank you!

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Holiday Caregiver Gifts!

I am updating my Caregiver Collections Shop to include LOTS of useful items and gifts for the holidays! All of our whimsical images are by the artist Lin Larsen and a portion of our profits are donated to the Labyrinth Readers Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in California dedicated to compassionate, conscious care for the dying. From our double dutch rainbow cocoa to the full line of careGivers are the best! products I guarantee that you will enjoy our shop!

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Mindful Breathing – Simple Instructions, Powerful Practice

This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down, and pretty much anywhere at any time. All you have to do is be still and focus on your breath for just one minute.

Start by breathing in and out slowly. One cycle should last for approximately 6 seconds. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, letting your breath flow effortlessly in and out of your body.

Let go of your thoughts for a minute. Let go of things you have to do later today or pending projects that need your attention. Simply let yourself be still for one minute.

Purposefully watch your breath, focusing your senses on its pathway as it enters your body and fills you with life, and then watch it work its way up and out of your mouth as its energy dissipates into the world.

After a time, finish the exercise with an affirmation or dedication, as can be found in “Forty Activities to Bring Presence  into your Caregiving” in our book Caregiver Revolution. One simple all purpose dedication is: “I wish this to be used for the benefit of all beings everywhere.”

Thank you K.W for these elegant instructions.

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