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One of the most significant experiences in my life…

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This a personal statement that I wrote when I was 22 years old, as part of my application for a Columbia graduate program… It talks about one of the most significant experiences in my life… – Jasmin
I followed Rudy down the muddy desolate path.  The blistering summer heat scorched my skin as perspiration flowed unceasingly down my forehead.  I wiped my brow with apprehension when we finally arrived at his home.  Cautiously, I followed the fourteen-year old boy past the emaciated dog lying motionless in the dirt.  As we neared the door-less entrance, to his home made of cardboard and scrap metal, he began to call for her.  Continue reading “One of the most significant experiences in my life…”

Dear Jasmin… "Help me be present!"

“Dear Jasmin,
I understand the concept of ‘being present’ intellectually, but I have a hard time getting out of my head.  Any suggestions?
‘Still thinking’ ”
Dear “Still thinking”,
Cute name by the way 🙂 Other ways to get out of your head, are to shift your awareness to other parts of yourself, such as your breath or your senses.
Often when we are thinking fast and feeling anxious, our breath is short and shallow in our chests, so consistently checking in with our breath and bringing it down, deep into our belly can help slow down our racing minds. Also, bringing our attention to other senses is a good way to get out of our heads.  Try to notice the wind on your face, or gently rub your finger in circles on the palm of your other hand, maybe look at the people around you and notice something specific about them, or really slowly taste your food, etc.  These things also help slow down and soothe an incessant stream of thoughts. Hope this helps…
If anyone else has suggestions feel free to add them here 🙂

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