Mindfulness and Poetry: Delicious Word Awareness

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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You can easily and enjoyably boost your word awareness by 1) selecting a particular cue word as a trigger for mindfulness, or 2) focusing on phrases used in specific settings. Better yet, try both!

By using a particular word as a mindfulness trigger, you can watch how others create poetic representations ofrepparttar same element.

Ready for your secret food awareness word? Here it is: morsel.

Listening for a specific word will develop your ability to make distinctions inrepparttar 142067 way it is used and allow you to watch for subtle variations. Does "morsel" refer to something creamy or chewy? Is it savory or sweet?

To play with poetry and mindfulness atrepparttar 142068 same time, notice phrases used to describe food. Listen to them with an ear for rhythm, and picture them as lines of a poem.

Read menu descriptions, food articles or cookbooks and be aware ofrepparttar 142069 adjectives most likely to get your mouth watering. Sensual words like "succulent" and "luscious" elicit physiological responses. Pay attention to those, and listen forrepparttar 142070 phrases you hear that create especially vivid sense experiences.

Linking word pictures with taste helps us anchor our linguistic intelligence with our bodily intelligence, and this makes our mouths very happy indeed!

Delectable words, Delicious poetry. Mmmm-- True taste sensation.

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse in Portland, Oregon. Through her company, Real-World Mindfulness Training, she teaches fun and effective eyes-wide-open alternatives to meditation. To subscribe to her free weekly ezine, the Friday Mind Massage, please visit http://www.MassageYourMind.com

I Can Do That!

Written by Joi Sigers

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We spentrepparttar month at weekend practices and kitchen table readings. I was even more amazed than usual with this little girl! She not only was nailing her lines at practice, she was feeding lines to older kids AND adults. Whenrepparttar 142017 performance rolled around Em was, OF COURSE, magnificent. She didn't blow one line, and in fact covered like a seasoned pro for an adult who had forgotten his line. I've never seen such utter relief on one man's face!

With a very sharp mind (she gets that from her dad), hard-headed determination (also from him) boldness (ditto) and a flair forrepparttar 142018 dramatic (what I brought torepparttar 142019 gene party),repparttar 142020 child was, and is, loaded with assetts.

But what left an impression on me was her can-do attitude. Not once did she complain or give voice to any doubts. She knew she had a lot of work in front of her and knew it wouldn't be easy. But she knew something more important. She knew she could do it.

And she did.

When I'm confronted with difficult situations and am tempted to throw inrepparttar 142021 proverbial hat, I think back torepparttar 142022 look on her face andrepparttar 142023 determination in her voice. I remember a very thick script covered in yellow highlighter, marking countless lines. I remember a tiny girl turning off cartoons and lying onrepparttar 142024 floor with a huge pile of work. I remember looking closely into her big blue eyes and not seeing a trace of doubt or nervousness.

Then again, why would she worry? As she said, "Oh, I can do that."

This article can be found at The Mental Fitness Center, along with other motivational articles and information on self improvement, stress, shyness, relaxation, depression, and more.

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