Mallika Chopra, author of the book “Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement and More” offers some hints on how to be more relaxed and mindful in the midst of a hectic schedule. Dedicating hours to meditation is not a necessary starting point, but she reminds readers to pay attention to themselves – how they’re feeling, what kinds of thoughts are going through their minds – and then turn themselves towards the small positive things, like listening to a loved one, purposefully enjoying a meal, taking a deep breath or going for a walk.

Key Takeaways:

  • A simple mechanism to ensure that we move from a flight or fight response to a more thought-centered approach is simply to breathe.
  • A useful practice of the art of mindfulness is to be observant regarding our own bodily responses to stimuli.
  • Listening actively, both to our interior dialogues and to what others are saying, is critical and in itself an act of mindfulness.

“Let?s face it: We?re all busy. Family, work, friends and more leave very little time for you.”

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