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3
May

Live Mindfully

Mindfulness has become a buzz word in recent times, yet I have found that not many people know what it is or how to incorporate mindfulness into their ‘busy’ lives. In the Dictionary mindfulness is described as… a technique in which one focuses one’s full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them:
The practice of mindfulness can reduce stress and physical pain.

For me, I explain mindfulness to my clients as – focusing on the present moment without judgement or anxiety about what is or what should be or what needs to be. It is simply focusing on the now within your body and experiencing peace and ease within that moment.

‘When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love’ – Thich Nhat Hanh

Here 12 simple ways that you can bring mindfulness into your everyday life…

1. Take a walk.
Spend some time standing still and concentrating on your breathe. Walk at a relaxed, fairly slow pace. Focus on the body movements you are making with each leg, each arm and body. Inhale as you lift your foot, exhale as you place it down. Repeat.
2. Eat something.
Rather than shovelling in your food, take time to taste it, smell it, enjoy it, feel the temperature of your food and feel the texture. This is a much healthier option to eating.
3. Drink something hot.
Close your eyes and feel the warm liquid in your mouth and subsequently as it travels down your throat into your stomach.
4. Listen to music.
Listen to all the different sounds and instruments in the music. If there are lyrics separate the lyrics from the melody. Tap to the music. Hum or sing along. Where in your body you can feel the sound?
5. Do Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong or other similar moving meditation exercise.
A combination of stretching, breathing and movement.
6. Driving.
Turn off the radio, tone down your anxiety about getting somewhere on time and enjoy the quiet time to yourself.
7. Make art.
Painting, drawing, sewing, crafts, or anything creative is incredibly meditative. Put on some quiet music as well, light a candle and enjoy creating.
8. Journal.
Each day write in your gratitude journal. Notice the pressure of the pen on the paper. The sound of the tip scraping along the page. The way the ink bleeds. How the pen feels in your hand. Now, take a deep breath, and allow mindfulness to flow, going deeper. You will then start to write with complete presence, using your intuition and inner wisdom.
9. Wash your hands.
Feel the water flow over your hands, feel the temperature. Smell the soap. Dry your hands on a towel and feel the towel against your skin.
10. Give a massage.
Touch is a powerful thing. Give yourself or give someone else a massage. Receive a massage. Feel the pressure, oil and warmth of your skin and the other person’s skin.
11. Breathe.
The easiest of all! Yet something we often forget about. How you breathe can determine how anxious or relaxed you are feeling. Slow down your breathe and breath into your belly. Watching your belly rise and fall with each breathe.
12. Gazing.
Staring at a candle flame or something similar, allowing yourself to become immersed in the object as you quieten the mind.

It really is this simple to become more mindful in your life, to allow that peace, acceptance, joy and love in.

Give one of them a go right now! And commit to doing one (or more) each and everyday.

I run regular weekly meditation sessions, to help you to become more mindful. Please email me on [email protected] to claim your free trial meditation session.

To your happiness always,
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