SLOW DOWN

THE ART OF MINDFULNESS AND SLOW LIV­ING IN A BUSY WORLD

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With all the crazi­ness go­ing on in the world to­day, it’s easy to get car­ried away with dig­i­tal dis­trac­tions, so­cial me­dia and dash­ing from one thing to an­other in a fast-paced ex­is­tence. So how can we pre­vent the down­ward spi­ral to burnout and stress? One tech­nique is to be mind­ful – to be pre­sent in the mo­ment and free your mind from un­nec­es­sary thoughts and emo­tions.

By def­i­ni­tion, mindfulness is a men­tal state achieved by fo­cus­ing one's aware­ness on the pre­sent mo­ment, while calmly ac­knowl­edg­ing and ac­cept­ing one's feel­ings, thoughts and bod­ily sen­sa­tions. It’s used as a ther­a­peu­tic tech­nique but it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily re­quire a med­i­ta­tion prac­tice. With men­tal health be­com­ing an ever more talked about topic th­ese days,

we reached out to three in­spi­ra­tional women who ad­vo­cate prac­tis­ing mindfulness.

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