A Quick Mindfulness Practice
Here is how we use the acronym STOP in mindfulness:
- Stop – Slow Down; Pause; Realize you are ruminating, reacting, or simply getting ahead of yourself.
- Take a breath – Find the breath; Be more conscious of what is going on in your nervous system; No judgment necessary.
- Open – Expand; Consider the bigger picture; Be present.
- Proceed – Respond consciously; Act intentionally; It’s OK not to know or do much right now.
Use STOP anytime to keep daily stress from building up, especially with the extra pressure of the holidays.
Natasha Korshak is a long-time teacher and trainer of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and MBSR, and has been working in the field of integrative health and wellness her entire professional career. She is a graduate of the Interfaith Theological Seminary and an ordained Interfaith Minister specializing in contemplative practice, grief processing, and spiritual direction. Her study and training of mind/body/spirit methods is extensive and she has learned from many of the pioneers in their discipline. As the founder and director of the Sol Center she is well regarded for her depth, warmth, authenticity, and the smile in her voice.