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Here is how to get started with mindfulness exercises.

You can download three Mindful School lessons for free.
I’ve also included links to the basics in this post.
The comments section has additional resource links.

I’ve previously blogged several posts about mindfulness and meditation. The best of them are listed at the end of today’s post.

Mindful School: Mindfulness of the Breath
Mindfulness of WalkingAwareness of the breath is one of the foundational exercises for learning mindfulness meditation. It’s a popular starting point because the breath is something you can always access, and the act of breathing also serves to regulate your physiological state. It serves as a valuable anchor for other mindfulness practices.
Listen to “Mindfulness of the Breath”

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Mindful School: Body Scan
Body ScanThe body scan is a simple, structured way of checking in with the different parts of your body. Often, you will find areas where you have been holding stress, which can help to release that stress. The body scan can be very useful as a grounding mechanism when facing strong emotions, or if you’ve having trouble keeping your attention on the breath.
Listen to “Body Scan”

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Mindful School: Mindfulness of Walking
WalkingWalking mindfully cultivates awareness of your body while it is in motion. Mindful walking can help to increase your energy level if you are tired or restless, and it can also add variety if you are doing longer periods of seated practice. It’s also useful because directing attention to walking, and even standing, is something you can do throughout the day.
Listen to “Mindfulness of Walking”

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Download All Three Exercises in a ZIP Folder
You can download these three mindfulness meditation exercises in MP3 format so you can listen to them offline on your computer, laptop, iPod, or other mobile device. Download ZIP File

Mindfulness Schools
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I’m including my source for mindfulness training.

My Practice
I am using Shinzen Young’s teachings. In his practice developing mindfulness, he defines mindfulness as Concentration Power, Sensory Clarity, and Equanimity. The purpose, he defines is, to develop skills as a way to process sensory experiences.

There are many manuals and teachers for mindfulness. I selected Young for several reasons. A few include that he is a teacher through and through; his practices are well defined and described; he is adept at communicating even abstract concepts; and his methods are tried and tested and easily available.

Take just a few more minutes to look more closely at mindfulness. Here is a video that is about the basic assumptions of mindfulness and I’ve included a training manual PDF as well. If you like the video and booklet, you can search Youtube for more from Shinzen Young. He has lots of his work posted on Youtube. His Website is http://www.shinzen.org/.

Five Basic Assumptions in Mindfulness Practice

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Here is a manual on mindfulness from my teacher:

PDF: Five Ways to Know Yourself
An Introduction to Basic Mindfulness
by Shinzen Young

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I am Christian and mindfulness is for me a course of discipline like taking up martial arts and its like artistic instruction as well. It opens me to greater God-willingness and creative abilities.  

Mindfulness is preceded for me by a prayerful desire and then is a part of my prayerful time. Life is, in my opinion, a prayer. Know it or not, we get what we are praying. We are all praying. We do not necessarily just get what we say we want, but we do get what we are. In my experience, mindfulness helps me to better live as a loving prayer.

I hope that my blog is relevant and useful. I do my best to bring to it entertaining and useful information that I think contributes to a great inner peacefulness for myself. I pray that there is a similar benefit for you.

Thanks for visiting. I am lovingly, your blog friend,

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