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How to Be Mindful at the Holiday Table

“Holidays often come wrapped in memories and expectations. Mindfulness offers the gift of being present in the moment. Just show up and be interested. At holidays, this means simply being present in the moment with compassion for yourself, and others.” — Nina Smiley, director of mindfulness programming at Mohonk Mountain House.

As you sit down at the holiday table, focus on breathing slowly and deeply.

Take in the sights, without judgment.

Be aware of the tapestry of sound around you.

Smell the aromas wafting through the air.

Watch the mind. If it begins telling stories based on memories and expectations, let them go.

Return to the senses again and again, replacing stories with simply being present.

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