DrPortiaFaceShotGood, Happy Monday!!

Hopefully, everyone had a great weekend!  Summer is my favorite season of the year, so I am thoroughly enjoying all the fun outdoors activity. We have been focusing on mindfulness the last couple of weeks; with the exception of commenting on current events. Today, let’s talk about adequate rest and sleep. Yes, rest and sleep are different. How many times have you woke up tired; after sleeping for enough hours?  It is not enough just to sleep for a certain number of hours. The quality of your sleep is just as important. This is what we refer to when we say “I feel rested.”  Recent research has shown that mindfulness improves your sleep quality.  There were 3 mindfulness exercises that were used in the study. I will share each of these over the next few days. So here goes.

Exercise #1 – Lovingkindness Meditation

This exercise involves experiencing feelings of love and compassion to yourself, and others.  This exercise draws on a guided meditation created by researcher Helen Weng and her colleagues at the Center for Healthy Minds (CHM) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Weng called this meditation a “compassion meditation,” though a similar kind of meditation is also referred to as a “loving-kindness meditation.”  Do this exercise 30 minutes a day for two weeks.

I have included the link below:

http://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/compassion_meditation#data-tab-how

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”
Alan Cohen

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