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Zen Stories | Treat Emotions Like Fish | Posture | Beginners Mind

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Zen Stories | Treat Emotions Like Fish | Posture | Beginners Mind
By Zen Breaks • Issue #5 • View online
Hi, it’s Tuesday again, let’s take a Break together?

15. "Sounds of Silence"
ZEN STORIES
ZEN STORIES
“Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.
The first monk said, "Oh, no! The candle is out.”
The second monk said, “Aren’t we not suppose to talk?”
The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?”
The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak.”
Source: John Suler’s Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors
Each of us likes to find and defend unique justifications for his opinions and actions.
However, if we look closely at our attitudes and those of others, we will often end up finding similar reasons, actions and results.
We are more alike than we realize…
16. Treat Your Emotions Like... Fish
 Course Introduction/30 Depression and Anxiety Skills Course
Course Introduction/30 Depression and Anxiety Skills Course
Treating our emotions as if they were fish might seem like a strange idea. However, when you hear Emma McAdam’s explanation, the analogy will make sense. 
This video is also a good introduction to the topic of managing emotions, a process that is difficult for most of us.
Learning to process our emotions is a decisive factor in improving our mental and physical health.
17. Notice Your Posture
Notice how you're sitting
Notice how you're sitting
Take a moment to check how you are sitting in the chair.
Feel the parts of your body that are in contact with the chair.
Notice your feet, how they keep you in contact with the floor. Feel your toes, wiggle them a little.
Adjust your spine to a position that is comfortable but upright, a position of dignity.
Pay attention to your body, treat it with respect and affection. He is always looking out for your well-being.
You can do this little exercise several times throughout the day. It’s a good way to take a break and to take better care of your body.
18. Mindfulness Attitudes: Beginners Mind
Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness 9 attitudes
Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness 9 attitudes
Mindfulness is not something abstract that forces us to sit in awkward positions for hours or to travel to distant monasteries.
Meditation is one way to cultivate mindfulness but, in our daily lives, the possibilities for practicing mindfulness are endless.
“ in the mind of the expert they say there are very few possibilities but in the beginner’s mind there are infinite possibilities” - Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Reminder: a few Breaks everyday keeps the stress away - practice it.
Reminder: a few Breaks everyday keeps the stress away - practice it.
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