Samantha Ibarguen explains how to practice mindfulness to relieve stress.
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I'm Samantha Ibarguen and I'm an energy healer and a wellness consultant in New York City. You can find out more about me and what I do at Integrated Wellness — www.igwell.com. Mindfulness is such a great practice because it brings a sense of the moment. So often, when we have anxiety about something or we're worrying about something, most likely what we're worrying about is not actually happening in the present moment. So, when we practice mindfulness, we're bringing ourselves back to ourselves, we're bringing ourselves back to reality. There are a couple of great physical mindfulness practices that you can do. The first is a walking meditation, where you are focused simply on the active walking. You're focused on the way your muscles feel in your body. You're focused on your balance and you are focusing on every step that you take. Another great physical mindfulness practice is Chi Kung or Tai Chi, where you learn a series of gentle movements that cultivates your life force energy. With Chi Kung and Tai Chi, you are aligning your breath, your mind and your body. So, it's bringing you into the present moment through movement and through breath. A great mental mindfulness practice that you can do is a meditation for mindfulness, where you find yourself comfortably seated on a cushion and you bring your attention to all of your sensations in the body. You sit with that for a little while and then, you bring your awareness to the sounds around you or the lack of sound around you, if it's quiet. Then, you sit with that for a little while. And then, finally, you bring yourself back in and you focus in on your breath. And, finally, a great emotional mindfulness practice is to volunteer. Volunteering makes us feel great because it's out of our own head, and it can so often put our anxiety and our worries into perspective.