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Mindfulness in the garden

What is mindfulness? How do we practice it? According to Kabet-Zinn the effects of mindfulness are an “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally.” Practicing taking walks through your yard or the park and just noticing what is around you without actively labeling everything. This is an active way of quieting the mind. Another term for it is called just being. From one moment to the next there is nothing but that moment. Practicing mindfulness stops the judgement we consistently bring in our thoughts.

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