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SEE mindfully


SEE Tip: When was the last time that you took a moment to just appreciate where you are, who you are with, or even what you are eating?  We often run through our lives from one moment to the next without taking a second to stop and take it in.  We eat our meals as fuel, stress release, or possibly mindlessly.  Instead, we want to challenge you this week to eat mindfully.  And if you're up for it, to expand your mindfulness to other areas of your life.

Try one of these tips from a recent New York Times article on the subject:

WHEN YOU EAT, JUST EAT. Unplug the electronica. For now, at least, focus on the food.
CONSIDER SILENCE. Avoiding chatter for 30 minutes might be impossible in some families, especially with young children, but specialists suggest that greenhorns start with short periods of quiet.
TRY IT WEEKLY. Sometimes there’s no way to avoid wolfing down onion rings in your cubicle. But if you set aside one sit-down meal a week as an experiment in mindfulness, the insights may influence everything else you do.
PLANT A GARDEN, AND COOK. Anything that reconnects you with the process of creating food will magnify your mindfulness.
CHEW PATIENTLY. It’s not easy, but try to slow down, aiming for 25 to 30 chews for each mouthful.
USE FLOWERS AND CANDLES. Put them on the table before dinner. Rituals that create a serene environment help foster what one advocate calls “that moment of gratitude.”

Want to know more or try it yourself?  
Stop by the SEE for Yourself table today from 11am-1pm in the Gilman Atrium.

HKB Quit Tip: If you or someone you know is struggling with quitting an addiction, like smoking, mindfulness may be the key to help become a successful quitter.  A recent study found that mindfulness training for those wishing to quit smoking were having positive outcomes, and may even prove more beneficial than the current treatment guidelines provided by the American Cancer Society.  

To learn more about what's happening in the smoking cessation world and more, check out Hopkins Kicks Butts!  The first meeting of the Spring semester is this Wednesday, February 27th at 8pm in Levering!

Mellow Out Monday Tip: Feeling stressed out and want to learn a way to better manage your stress?  Try the mindfulness-based stress reduction program (MBSR) which is new this semester for our students!  It is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students in the Whiting School of Engineering and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.  There are 9 weekly sessions which are all FREE.  With the MBSR is instruction in meditation, yoga, and stress-management techniques.  If you're interested  contact sbryan22@jhu.edu for more details.

Want something tonight to help you relax? Stop by the MSE Library on Q-level for a quick and free back rub from Stressbusters!  Take 5 minutes to relax, and just allow yourself to release the stress that you may be holding in.  Stressbusters will be there starting at 8pm-- give yourself the break you need and stop by!