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Beatrice Helman

A Brooklyn Girl’s Guide to Sunday: The Importance of Being Mindful

Recently, more and more of my friends keep talking to me about the importance of being mindful. Probably because a lot of them are actually being more mindful (by going to MNDFL Meditation Studio, the new rage in the NYC wellness scene) but also because when life gets busy, it’s essential to slow down.

Practicing mindfulness can be really hard amid the busy schedules of our lives, but what I’ve learned over time is that if it’s good for you, the chances are high that it’s hard. I find that I usually have so much on my mind that the idea of slowing down for a second actually stresses me out more, meaning that I rarely do, even though there’s another voice in my head going “you know it’ll help, you know it’ll help!!”

“It helps to sit still for a few minutes and realize that everything will be fine; and it helps to water plants; it helps to read one chapter of a book– even when carving out time to do so seems impossible.”

But that voice is right. It does help. It helps to sit still for a few minutes and realize that everything will be fine; and it helps to water plants; it helps to read one chapter of a book– even when carving out time to do so seems impossible. I’m a yoga girl, and one of the things that I’ve taken away from yoga is the importance of breathing. It turns out I really like breathing deeply. For something that I do subconsciously every day, it’s remarkably hard to do consciously. But it’s worth it. Whatever your agent for mindfulness might be– doing yoga, reading a book, sleeping an extra hour, etc– wintertime is a great time of year to finally slow down and do it.

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