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5 Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation 

Discover the benefits of this meditation technique and learn how to practice it.  Many of us juggle multiple projects at our jobs, take care of our children or elderly relatives, and try to keep up with all the cooking, cleaning, laundry, bills, appointments, school recitals, and family gatherings. Some even wear that multitasking ability as a productivity badge of honor. Sure, we are probably getting a lot of things done, but our minds wander far and wide as we hop from one task to another, and we feel tired and stressed out.   Most of our mind-wandering involves rumination about things that happened earlier or planning and thinking about what we will do next. These thoughts about the past and the future clutter our minds, distract…

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