RESOURCES FOR PRACTICING MINDFULNESS

 

MEDITATION

Meditation is the practice of centering your thoughts on the present without judgement. Practicing meditation is a great way to learn how to calm your thoughts and deal with the chaos and stress of everyday life.

YOGA

Yoga is not only great exercise, but can also complement mindful endeavors quite nicely. The following resources offer yoga that is great for all fitness levels! Try watching and following along! And don't be afraid to freestyle by doing poses of your own :)

 

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Alo Moves Free Yoga Classes

Alo Moves Yoga is offering free community yoga classes on

youtube. Check out their Restful Sleep Yoga Flow Class to the right or visit this link to see a full list

of their classes. 

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Yoga with Adrien

Adrien's Youtube channel has 6.7M subscribers and offers an extremely wide variety of yoga and

guided meditation videos that are great for all fitness levels and meditation experience.

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Guided Sun Salutation

A sun salutation consists of 12 yoga poses done in quick succession.

The best time to practice sun salutations is at sun rise, but you will still benefit from this yoga practice at any time of day.

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EXERCISE

Exercise helps you build strong muscles and bones, maintain good cardiovascular health and a healthy body weight, and reduces your risk of developing chronic health conditions. However, exercise is also an important component of your mindfulness practice. Exercise promotes relaxation, brain health, memory, improves sleep quality, and promotes overall happiness. Check out the following resources created by Chris Warburton and Alex Commette for at-home exercises.

VIRTUAL TRAVEL

Traveling or going on vacation is a great way to take your mind off daily stress. However, traveling is expensive, time consuming, stressful, and now impracticle and unsafe in many ways. Check out this video created by Caitlin Wild and Aylin Blanco as they show you around their home-away-from home, Switzerland. 

 
 
 
 
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READING LIST

Below is a list of books CSSC volunteers have loved and highly recommend! If you do not typically enjoy reading, try listening to an audio book on Audible. 

 

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The Crawdads Sing

This is a best-selling, nonfictional account of traveling and researching Africa’s Kalahari Desert. The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature—but the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. 

Delia Owens

Normal People

Normal People by Sally Rooney charts the relationship between Marianne and Connell, two friends from Carricklea, Ireland. At the beginning of the novel, the friendship between Marianne and Connell begins to develop when Connell regularly picks up his mother from her job working as a housekeeper for Marianne’s family.

Salley Rooney

The Light We Lost

Jill Santopolo's memoir-style novel The Light We Lost tells the story of Lucy and Gabriel as the fabric of their lives and relationship unravels and brings them back together time and time again. The novel is written in first person through Lucy's perspective.

Jill Santopolo

MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS

Mountains beyond Mountains is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer as told through the author, Tracy Kidder . Kidder shadows Dr. Farmer with his patients, records his stories, and forms a chronology of Dr. Farmer's many achievements. Paul Farmer was born in 1959 and raised in a middle class American household.

Tracey Kidder

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

21 Lessons for the 21st Century is yet another seminal work by Yuval Noah Harari, which deals with the challenges facing us here and now. He tackles different topics from varying perspectives. Even if you do not agree with everything he says, one thing is for sure - he makes you think.

Yuval Noah Harari 

THE HEADSPACE GUIDE TO MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS

As a former Buddhist monk, he has trained extensively in meditation all over the world for more than 15 years and has been acknowledged as one of the UK’s foremost mindfulness experts. It teaches techniques that can be practiced on a crowded subway or even while wolfing a sandwich.

Andy Puddicombe

The Science of Self-Learning

The Science of Self-Learning focuses not only on learning, but what it means to direct your own learning. Learn to deconstruct a topic and then construct your own syllabus and plan. Gathering information, initial research, having a dialogue with new information. It expresses how to unlock these skills, you will unlock your life.

Peter Hollins

Podcasts

Short Wave

If you love creativity and discovery, this podcast series will surely satisfy your intellectual curiosities! If you are curious about the science behind everyday news headlines, this podcast will offer short and easy to understand explanations in a creative and humorous way. Especially during this pandemic, it can be helpful to stay informed!

The Power of a Made-Up Ritual

This episode of the happiness lab is very relevant and helpful during the current pandemic. Through a touching story, Laurie Santos discusses the impact of having made-up rituals, ceremonies, and traditions to help ease up pain, sadness, and grief. Maybe listening to this episode will help you establish your own made-up ritual to help you get through quarantine!

Crime Junkie

While true crime podcasts aren’t for everyone, if you love a good murder mystery, then this podcast series is perfect for you! In this podcast, co-hosts Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat explore various murders, conspiracies, and other creepy phenomena. If you are a crime junkie, this is the perfect way to stay entertained during quarantine!

 
 

Quarantine

 Activities

Blog Posts

In case you missed a post the first time around or saw something you loved and want to read it again, you can check out our quarantine activities blog posts below! Although many things are closed due to the COVID19 pandemic, such as the park pictured on the left, there is still fun to be had.

Go exploring below and get busy creating your next socially distanced, Lysol soaked quarantine adventure!

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