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Mindfulness

You hear a lot about mindfulness but that can mean anything really.

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From our Hong Kong Honeymoon in 2007

Yes for some it can include a meditation practice, however mindfulness can come from other places as well. I think of mindfulness as an awareness, and having an awareness of what happens around you, what others feel around and what you project to the world.

I prefer to think of mindfulness as a sort of awareness. It makes understanding the basics a bit easier in my opinion. And the beauty of awareness boils down to the fact that we can have an awareness of so many things. Things happening around the world, injustices to people (and animals) and injustices we see right in our own backyards.

But before you have expanded your awareness to the rest of the world, I ask you to focus the awareness on yourself.

Have a heart

What I actually mean is have a healthy heart. Heart disease is the number one killer in the world, both for men and women. Here  are 3 easy tips you can do to keep the pumper primped:

1. Exercise

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Just 30 – 60 minutes a day of moving can help the tinker tink.

2. Mind/Body Practice

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According to Dr. Dean Ornish, his patients saw a reduction in their risk for cardiovascular events. Part of his treatment includes stress reducing practices. Now he had the sickest of the sickest in his study. All you need is a few minutes a day of quieting the mind. Counting breath and guided meditations are great for beginners.

3. Love Your Fat

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The 1980’s was the beginning of the low-fat craze, it was also the beginning of the obesity epidemic. Coincidence – I think not. Who doesn’t remember Snackwells Low-Fat cookies? Yeah I can eat as many as I want ’cause they’re LOW-FAT! I remember when nuts and seeds were evil, and now they reign supreme. Flaxseed (ground!) and walnuts are great sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.  Stick to the heart healthy fats and dump anything that says hydrogenated on the label – 0 grams Trans Fat means bupkis as the food industry can have .5g of trans fat and still say it “trans fat-free”.

I know it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutia but using the strategies above are a few things you can do to stay in the healthy heart range.