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#Zen: Staying Mindful On Valentine’s Day

There’s been a mixed bag of comments on social media today, so here’s some ideas on how to stay mindful and compassionate on a day that can be both pleasurable and painful for so many.

Firstly, if you are in a relationship it’s important to stay in the moment when you’re with the one you love.  This is your day together, and you don’t want to spend it fantasising or imagining about the future, or reminiscing on the past.  Be in the moment with your loved one, and this special day will last even longer.

Be compassionate to the one you love, but also to others who may not be as lucky as you.  Be humble and not ostentatious.  Be kind and caring — that’s what today is meant to be about.

If you’re a singleton, then do not spend to day wishing for something different, or lamenting past losses.  Today is about giving love.  Show your family and friends your love for them through compassion and kindness.

Show compassion to other single people and couples too: be happy for those individuals who’ve found someone, not spiteful.

It’s well known how altruism is a sure way to happiness.  By showing love and compassion to others, you’ll not only feel good about yourself, but you’ll make the world, as a whole, a better place.

Now we just have to work on doing this the other 364 days of the year!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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