Relaxation is a Necessity

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Raise your hand
if you take time every day
to practice mindful relaxation.
How many of you are raising your hands?
It doesn’t take very long–
just five minutes of mindfulness practice
every day
can have far reaching positive effects
for you and for those around you.
Relaxation is not a luxury–
it is a necessity.
Try this:
Roll up a towel
and place it under your neck.
Roll up a blanket
and place it under your knees.
Put an eye pillow over your eyes
if you have one.
If not,
a hand towel, a soft t-shirt,
a clean sock–
pretty much anything will do.
Lie down supported in this way
for just five minutes.
Practice deep breathing.
If you notice that you are thinking,
say “Thinking,” silently to yourself,
then turn back to your breathing.
Use a timer to keep track of time,
and for five minutes,
breathe and relax.
Try it.
Notice how you feel afterwards.
Acknowledge yourself
for contributing to the atmosphere of peace
in this world.
Relaxation isn’t a luxury–
it is a necessity.

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