I recently led a workshop for staff who work at a Domestic Violence prevention shelter focusing on mindfulness. Taking time and space for our Selves to practice minfulness can be a useful tool in times of peace or conflict. Some strategies we worked with included noticing, breathing, and sharing:
Noticing: Take one to five minutes to look or move around the space you are in and be aware of what you observe and feel.
Breathing: Close your eyes (if you are comfortable with that) and take ten breaths. Relax your shoulders and your jaw. Feel the earth breathing through you, let her support you.
Sharing: share your experience with a trusted friend: what did you feel? any mind's-eye images, questions that came up, etc.
That is some mindfulness practice in a nutshell; I hope you try it and would love to hear what you have to share.
Peace and love ladies!
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