Maria Hunt

Happy memories

Call to mind a time when you felt that all was right with your world.  You can close your eyes and visualize this time or gaze at a reminder to cue the events and circumstances surrounding the event. Some people journal to flesh out the memory while others imagine telling the story to a good friend or eager listener.  Choose the approach that …

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Just One Thing

As psychologist, Rick Hanson, likes to say, “You can use your mind to change your brain to benefit your mind.”  He suggests we practice one small thing a day to transform our brain to enhance our well-BEING. Ideal “small things” are the ones that appear naturally during our day, or are relatively easy to accomplish.  All you need is …

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Mindfulness for the Highly Reactive

I adore paradoxes, experiences that seem contradictory on the surface but provide clarity at a deeper level.  I stop everything when I notice them and search for truths in their tension… which is how I came to discover a pre-K (Yes, pre-kindergarten) approach to mindfulness. In 2007, I participated in a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course …

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Accepting…

Well… And sigh. I think I may finally see (and truly feel) that I cannot fool the laws of physics, myself, or any interaction between body and mind. I mean I know this. It has been my passion and my study. Yet somehow I felt I could skip the “taking care of myself” part and …

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A child’s connection

  My two year old daughter, Stella, just saw something she didn’t like on the Disney Channel and said “It scares my eyes.” I find that so fascinating but it reminds me of the AAA approach to mindfulness.  If we could be as aware as kids.  So simple and pure.  Such a direct connection between the absorption …

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The perfect cup

The intention behind this exercise is the maintenance of full and complete awareness while we drink our favorite cup of coffee, tea, soda, juice, water, etc.  We attend to the beginning, middle and end of the process of drinking a beverage. Allow yourself 3-5 minutes of alone time to fully engage with the process.  Notice …

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3-minute stretch

“Sometimes we need to stop sitting in one place and start to move around… to bring awareness and enjoyment into our bodies.” Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Mindful Movements Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh believes that mindfulness is enhanced by body awareness and that body awareness strengthens mindfulness.  This belief is supported by a growing body …

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Mindful mowing

This practice was written by David Deitch, one of my colleagues at Avila University.  We could  call it “mindful sweeping” or “mindful cooking” or “mindful flossing” because it occurs whenever we build mindfulness into our daily routine.  It is an ideal exercise to conduct when we find ourselves scrambling to get something done. Think of this as an …

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