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February 24th - Sean's 5 Mindful Musings

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Here are Sean's 5 mindful musings for the week:

 

enhancing non-judgmental moment-to-moment awareness
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Hi All! 

Here is your weekly dose of "5 Mindful Musings", a brief list of what's helping me live a more mindful life.

What Brings Me Joy
Elmo Learns How To Belly Breathe. I love Elmo, which is why I was so happy that he learned how to use this belly breathing strategy for keeping calm. No one wants to see a stressed out Elmo! 🙂


What I Am Interested In
XPT Performance Breathing Certification. Two of my heroes, professional athletes Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece, created this comprehensive guide to breathwork. They've been utilizing powerful breathing exercises to help them heal, perform and thrive in many areas of their legendary lives. I'm really looking forward to this.

Something Valuable I Learned 
How Trauma Can Affect Your Window of Tolerance
People with trauma are best able to cope with stressors and triggers when they’re operating within their window of tolerance. But a traumatic experience can narrow our clients’ window of tolerance, leading to states of either hyper- or hypo-arousal.

So the NICABM created this infographic as a tool you can share with your clients. It can help you explain what’s going on when they’re feeling dysregulated. Plus, this will help to support the exercises and work you do together as an important part of healing.
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Mindfulness Exercises I Just Shared Freely
- 8 Quotes & Videos To Help You Awaken Joy
(Because we could all use a little more joy.)
 
(The Buddha said this is the most powerful mindfulness practice there is. It's not talked about much, so we thought this may be useful for those of you who feel comfortable with this. Please do not practice if you're prone to depression, suicidal tendencies, or nihilism.) 

A Quote I Am Pondering
"If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. 
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. 
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. 
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else." 
- Chinese Proverb
 

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Wishing you safety, health, happiness and ease, 

 

Sean Fargo
- Founder, Mindfulness Exercises

 

- Former Buddhist Monk of 2 Years
- Instructor for the mindfulness program developed at Google
- Mindfulness Consultant for Ernst & Young, Kaiser Permanente, Elevate, etc.
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