Today I learned about more research findings (they are abundant these days!) on the benefits of mindfulness meditation, such as lower depression, anxiety, and stress, enhanced control over chronic pain, and greater emotional stability.
Today I meditated for 20 minutes. I did a body-scan mindfulness meditation, in which one fully and sequentially brings attention to all the parts of one’s body, observing the sensations, and breathing into each area. This practice trains one’s concentration and is extremely relaxing.
Today I acted kindly by reaching out to and expressing concern for a formerly close (emotionally; far away geographically) friend who has slipped off the radar for the past year …and, as vowed yesterday, by consciously making effort to be mindful of the people around me, of their faces, of their states.