The Top 8 Things You Can Do for Your Body, Mind and Soul
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Meditation doesn't have to involve sitting cross-legged in total silence (though if you've already made time for that, keep up the good work!). Mindfulness practices can be easily worked into your life with a small shift in perspective. Try this exercise from Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher and the author of A Course in Miracles.
"As you go through the day, anywhere you might be, look at someone's face and silently say to them, 'The love in me salutes the love in you.' I defy you to do this for two minutes each day and not become happier,” Williamson says.
Another simple idea: "Before you go into work, into a meeting, into a party or into any situation at all, consciously blast everyone who is going to be there with love," Williamson suggests. "Just as light casts out darkness, so does love cast out fear. You can't send love to someone and, at the same time, worry about what they will think about you, fear what's going to happen or succumb to controlling, judgmental or manipulative thoughts. The presence of love literally casts out neurotic, fear-based thoughts."
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