How to Have a Mindful New Year

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Meditation for Real Life

“The New Year is a wonderful time to redouble our commitment to mindfulness. Yet even as we set goals, it’s important to be aware of any self-judging. Are the merciless standards of perfectionism just waiting to clamp down? Or can we combine commitment to practice with kindness toward ourselves?” — Sharon Salzberg, author of “Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation”

Begin the day by taking a few minutes to just breathe, before checking emails, social media and news.

Set aside short periods, between five and 15 minutes each day, where your intention is simply to be more mindful.

Pay attention to the present moment in a gentle, accepting way. It can be while you are walking, sitting or lying down.

Have fun with your mindfulness practice. Pick one quick activity you do each day drinking a cup of tea, washing a few dishes, brushing your teeth.

As you do each activity, pay close attention to the sensations in your body. Instead of simply going through the motions, notice what thoughts and emotions come up. And if your mind wanders, just note that and return to the present moment.

See if you can make the activity a mindfulness exercise for a week. Feel what’s happening in your body and simply enjoy the activity.