Monday, February 02, 2009

The Stress Institute's Mindful Living Network

Yesterday while we watched the Super Bowl, my husband’s friend and I succeeded in keeping him in his seat and watching the game for the most part. My husband tends to have this instinct of taking care of everybody’s needs and making sure everyone enjoys the game that he misses most of it because he is mixing drinks or cooking something in the kitchen. Well, yesterday I think he truly was able to relax and enjoy the game with us. We succeeded in getting my husband to be present in our little football gathering, to be mindful of what is going on right then.

Dr. Kathleen Hall, CEO and founder of the Stress Institute, has made it her life’s work to educate people about Mindful Living. She defines mindful living as awareness, choice and energy. She encourages people to live their life, be present and aware of what upsets you and what keeps you calm and fulfilled. She teaches people to choose those things that enriches and nourishes their lives instead of those that empty them. And once they learn the power of choice, they find renewed energy to live a life free of stress, anxiety and harrassment.

When people are mindful, they are not easily angered, they maintain low blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. It can even slow the aging process and reduce obesity. Wow!

Dr. Kathleen Hall has launched the Mindful Living Network, a website consisting of edutainment media resources to help people live a mindful life. The website has video tips on interesting subjects like getting rid of vacation stress. It has a meditation room, a play room with online games, and even user generated videos. It also has a community with blogs and a message board to find other people trying to learn how to live a mindful life.

I think we need a website like this, especially now when the economy is adding to the pressures of our already hectic lives. We need to live healthy and mindful lives to be able to figure out solutions to the problems facing us every day.

So please check out the Mindful Living Network and find peace in your life. Happy destressing!

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