Mindful Moment: The “other” way

March 13, 2017 | Julie Luzarraga

Our brains like efficiency.  Anything that can be categorized or put into routine is preferred.  Think about how you cross your legs, drive to work, and sit in your favorite chair.  It’s probably the exact same thing each time.

While consistency and routine can be comfortable, it is fertile ground for mindlessness.  There is nothing calling us to be aware to the moment.  This week, see if you can go the “other” way.  Take a different route to work; walk a different way to the break room; brush your teeth in a different room.  Try using your non-dominant hand to open doors.  Notice what you do without thinking and do it differently.   It sounds silly, but you do things when you do it the “other” way it invites us to be more aware and mindful to the moment.

Mindful moments are short practices to be used throughout your week to relax, integrate and center yourself.  Inspired by the wisdom traditions and science, mindful moments are meant to be accessible and simple enough for anyone to practice.  Many teachers and leaders in integrative medicine have influenced our approach to mindful moments. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”  Pema Chodron would say it is “practicing in the gaps.”  Look for the weekly mindful moment every Monday.  May it support you in finding your center to live life to the fullest.

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