yoga exercise abstract

Ever since exploring concepts of feedback loops and behavior change, I have been in a period of personal experimentation.

Have you ever had that thing on your to-do list that never makes it to the top?

There seem to be lots of excuses that stand in the way, until one day, you just decide to make it happen.

Even though my MD revolution test indicated that I needed to work on improving my cardiovascular health, I decided to try a different approach to health, moving the mindfulness experiment to the top of my to-do list.

For years, I have known that two blocks from my house, a mere ten minute walk away, UCLA Center for Mindful Awareness offered community mindfulness classes.  They even made them free- effectively removing all economic barriers to participation.

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And so, despite the skeptical scientist in me, I showed up at my first session on mindfulness.  I was surprised by the number of people, varying in age and ethnicity, that filled the auditorium.

Smack in the middle of a bare stage sat one person with a microphone.

Honestly, not very Zen at all.  Harsh lights, no music, no smell.  Odd, I thought, how could this work?

For the next twenty minutes, I followed instructions, such as how to focus on breathing while relaxing various body parts.  Before I knew it, the session was over and I was refreshed. Had I fallen asleep I wondered?

Has anyone else fallen asleep during their mindfulness session?


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