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The Mindfulness Practice of "Stopping & Dropping" - Stress Manual by the mindful coach

The Mindfulness Practice of "Stopping & Dropping" - Stress Manual by the mindful coach | CALM | Scoop.it

The Mindfulness Practice of "STOPPING & DROPPING"   The 3 Goals of Stress Reduction Meditation are to:

  • Release daily stress.
  • Restore the emotions.
  • Reduce future stress.

PRACTICE: We practice the development of intention and attention. The 3 practices are:

  • “Stopping & Dropping” (to release daily stress)
  • “Opening & Smiling” (to restore the emotions)
  • “Inquiring to Understand” (to reduce future stress)

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easy to understand basic practice of mindfulness...

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The Mindful Coach offers tools for mindfulness stress reduction, grounding with stoping and droping. 

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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This is a slideshow that defines the basics of mindfulness with an emphasis on suffering/stress. Easy to follow and great introduction to what mindfulness is. 

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Centering Exercise: Circle Breathing

Centering Exercise: Circle Breathing | CALM | Scoop.it
Whenever you feel stress, remember that you have a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace. Then take 5 or 10 circle breaths.
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5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life - Huffington Post

5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life - Huffington Post | CALM | Scoop.it

5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life Huffington Post For many first-time visitors, Hawaii is a place where perfect weather and pristine beaches make for good vacationing and pretty postcards.


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Love these 5 words and their meaning...

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Arianna: How To De-Stress With The GPS For The Soul App (WATCH)

Arianna: How To De-Stress With The GPS For The Soul App (WATCH) | CALM | Scoop.it
By now you may know that GPS for the Soul is a stress-relieving mobile app, geared toward helping you get back on course when life gets in the way.
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2 minute video to explain how the "GPS for the Soul" app works to gage the built in stress level and helps to "course correct" using gratitude, compassion and breathing. 

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30 Articles that Will Help You Simplify Your Life

30 Articles that Will Help You Simplify Your Life | CALM | Scoop.it
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The concept of ‘the simple life’ means different things to different people.  In my mind, simple living equates to capitalizing on the fundamentals that truly make you happy and purging the needless remainders.  It’s the notion of creating tranquility in your life by eliminating various roadblocks of clutter so you can concentrate your time and attention on the people and effects that matter most.

Alas, the actual process of ‘simplifying’ is not easy. 

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Disclaimer...I have not read all the recommended 30 articles, but it seems to be a great compilation of articles for someone investing in simplicity...

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Compassion can be put into practice ...

Compassion can be put into practice ... | CALM | Scoop.it
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Recognizing our common humanity helps us overcome all barriers and leads to belonging. When we overly identify with sub-groups we create prejudice, racism, and comparisions...which are negatively correlated with our health. 

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Anxiety coping mechanism: square breathing

Anxiety coping mechanism: square breathing | CALM | Scoop.it
I'm not sure if I mentioned square breathing here or elsewhere, but last night a friend of mine who reads this blog asked about it. I learned square breathing in yoga class, but it is not just for ...
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This image describes "Square breathing"

I like the image, but it it leaves out how the belly is involved in the square. The square image can be a movement made with the hands to illustrate. On the first inhale the hands move away from the belly as it expands.  Then the upward motion as the breath is held. The inward motion as the exhale allows the belly to return to resting position. Then down to fill the belly again. The belly doesn't really fill, the lungs do, but deep breathing means the lungs fill and the diagraphm pushes down forcing the belly to expand. 

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Ten Virtues for the Modern Age

Ten Virtues for the Modern Age | CALM | Scoop.it

"Throughout history, societies have been interested in fostering virtues, in training us to be more virtuous, but we're one of the first generations to have zero public interest in this. You're allowed to work on your body (going to the gym has very high status as an activity), but announce that you're going to work on being more virtuous, and people will be guaranteed to look at you as if you're insane.
 

It sounds deeply weird, even creepy, to suggest that one might work at being better or nicer. It shouldn't, and that’s what my Manifesto is all about."

 

[click on the title for the full article]




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Mindfulness Stress Reduction And Healing

Google Tech Talks March 8, 2007

Jon Kabat-Zinn (né Kabat) (born June 5, 1944) is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


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excellent video on mindfulness with John Kabat-Zinn

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Gratitude Expressed Is a Win-Win of Feelings and Attitude

Gratitude Expressed Is a Win-Win of Feelings and Attitude | CALM | Scoop.it
Defining gratitude can be like dissecting the rainbow.
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Cookie Monster Teaches Mindfulness | glad.is

Cookie Monster Teaches Mindfulness | glad.is | CALM | Scoop.it
The fun, incredibly smart writers at Sesame Street have done it again with this adorably funny Cookie Monster video about self-regulation -Me Want it (But Me Wait!
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Great way to teach kids about self control!

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The Health Benefits of Gratitude

The Health Benefits of Gratitude | CALM | Scoop.it
Sondi Bruner explores the health benefits of practicing gratitude, and shares ways to incorporate more into your daily actions.

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Being grateful is good for your health. 

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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, August 24, 2013 7:59 PM

My Mother always told me I had to learn to be more grateful. Well, she would love this article, because it outlines out gratefulness helps us in so many ways, making us less stressed, a better attitude, and improved relationships. I am grateful for this article! 

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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal | CALM | Scoop.it
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.

 

Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research. When we witness suffering and distress in others, our natural tendency to empathize can bring us vicarious pain.

 

Is there a better way of approaching distress in other people? A recent study, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, suggests that we can better cope with others’ negative emotions by strengthening our own compassion skills, which the researchers define as “feeling concern for another’s suffering and desiring to enhance that individual’s welfare.”

 

“Empathy is really important for understanding others’ emotions very deeply, but there is a downside of empathy when it comes to the suffering of others,” says Olga Klimecki, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and the lead author of the study. “When we share the suffering of others too much, our negative emotions increase. It carries the danger of an emotional burnout.”


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empathy works best when paired with compassion

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Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:18 PM

Such an important topic and distinction. I've been teaching this to my Reiki students for years and years. I'm glad there's now research being done about it. We can help others without causing harm to ourselves! We can help and still remain functional.

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Self Healing Toolkit by Dr. Lissa Rankin

Self Healing Toolkit by Dr. Lissa Rankin | CALM | Scoop.it

The 10 Secrets To Healing Yourself as the first part of this Whole Health self-healing

kit.

How To Use The Whole Health Self-Healing Kit:

• Read Mind Over Medicine and 10 Secrets To Healing Yourself

• Listen to the mp3 of the Self-Healing Meditation

• Learn to use the Whole Health Cairn as a tool for self-healing

• Diagnose yourself

• Write your own Prescription

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Just downloaded Lissa Rankin’s 10 Secrets to Healing Yourself and loved it. Get yours here: http://lissarankin.com

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Mark General's curator insight, January 11, 2015 10:02 AM

A brilliant booklet about how to our bodies talk with us through good feelings and not so pleasurable feelings... from colds, to heart burn.  What memos is your body sending you that you maybe be missing out on... this great knowledge is closer then your hands and feet. :)

 

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What Do You Need at a Minimum?

What Do You Need at a Minimum? | CALM | Scoop.it

What are your absolute minimum requirements for self-care?

Have you even identified a minimum?

Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?

Author Jennifer Louden wrote a fantastic blog post a while back in which she perfectly illustrated why we need minimum daily requirements for self-care and what happens when we don’t get them.


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excellent article for those serious about self-care.

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, August 21, 2013 11:47 AM

Minimum daily requirements: one of my favorite things I've ever learned and am still learning. Great article!

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Whole Life Unschooling: It’s For More Than Just Kids | The Organic Sister

Whole Life Unschooling: It’s For More Than Just Kids | The Organic Sister | CALM | Scoop.it
Zeb: always running ahead for what he loves. Justin: We watched him watch this giraffe for a full 20 minutes. Me: They waited for me while I read every
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How to unlearn what we mis-learn

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A Therapist's Tote of Techniques: Deep Breathing!

A Therapist's Tote of Techniques: Deep Breathing! | CALM | Scoop.it
When I mentioned I was going to be sharing my "best therapeutic techniques," I imagine some of you were surprised when I said deep breathing would be first on my list to share. This should tell you...
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Spirituality is Good for Your Health, Research Shows - Elevated Existence

Spirituality is Good for Your Health, Research Shows - Elevated Existence | CALM | Scoop.it
Elevated Existence Magazine (blog) Spirituality is Good for Your Health, Research Shows Elevated Existence Magazine (blog) Spiritual interventions such as religious-based counseling, meditation and forgiveness protocols may enhance spiritually...

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Compassion: Our First Instinct

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Compassion: Our First Instinct

Science shows that we are actually wired for compassion, not self-interest.

Our acts of compassion uplift others and make them happy. We may not know it, but by uplifting others we are also helping ourselves; research by Fowler and Christakis has shown that happiness spreads and that if the people around us are happy, we, in turn become happier.


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Extensive exploration of compassion from how we cultivate it to how it benefits our bodies, minds and mood. Practicing compassion wards off stress, depression, illness and increases happiness, longevity, and desired behavior. Compassion changes the world. 

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:35 PM

According to the article, “Compassion is defined as the emotional response when perceiving suffering and involves an authentic desire to help.  It is not surprising that compassion is a natural tendency since it is essential for human survival.” While perhaps it is a natural tendency, it is not an overly common occurrence in today’s dog-eat-dog world.  However, if people were truly committed to extending compassion on a more regular basis, we would all be in a better place.  How about starting a trend today?!

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8 Things You Forgot to Be Grateful For

8 Things You Forgot to Be Grateful For | CALM | Scoop.it

 

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
―Epicurus

 

Practical Tips for Productive Living


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Great list for gratitude practicioners. 

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John Michel's curator insight, August 16, 2013 2:52 AM

YOU are one of a kind.  You are lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everyone else.  Embrace your individuality.  Self-worth comes from one thing: thinking that you are worthy.  So appreciate what it feels like underneath your own skin.  You are amazing just the way you are.

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Ritual: Experience the Fullness of Life

Ritual: Experience the Fullness of Life | CALM | Scoop.it

Experience the Fullness of Life

Full, you will find, may denote abundance, completion, perfection, saturation, satisfaction, and more. And so this week, you might pause and explore some of the many ways in which your life is full. - See more at: http://spiritualityhealth.com/blog/celebrant-institute/ritual-experience-fullness-life#sthash.GJU0zIFf.dpuf

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Taking a moment each day to express gratitude for something that our life is "full of" is a wonderful way to practice gratitude, defeat our culture of scarcity and enhance our joyfulness. 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 8, 2013 12:14 PM

What does abundance mean in a digitally connected and disconnected world?

Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:00 PM

Words are powerful and so, if we start talking about a life full of abundance, we will definetly create it!

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The Practice of Stillness

The Practice of Stillness | CALM | Scoop.it
Being still is tremendously difficult in our media-rich, always-on world. Noise crowds into every empty space. Here’s how to reclaim some interior margin.
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What Inspires Me: Use Your Brain, Then Shut it Down

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What Inspires Me: Use Your Brain, Then Shut it Down

My brain doesn’t turn off by itself. I’ve had to teach it to.


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This author shares how she has taught her brain to experience what she calls a breakthrough and stillness. Nice. 

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Dr. Amy Fuller, Marriage & Family Therapist passionate about healing & empowering a fuller life through Relational, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual Health/Growth. www.AmyFullerPhd.com