Firstly what is mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them”
Definition sourced from: https://www.headspace.com
My personal definition of Mindfulness based on my own personal experience is:
“Living in the present moment, appreciating what is here and now and letting things go”
Although my definition is shorter than the headspace definition what I take from this is letting things go, to move on mindfully you need to have a place to park your anxieties, worries and hang ups. From my own personal experience it really helps me day to day.
How does it work?
You don’t need to be a Yoga fan or mediation guru, you can just be you. It’s a great way to live your life, it can reduce anxiety, stress, body tension and uncomfortable feelings.
- Focus on something in front of you such as a garden bird, or a happy thought such as a past family holiday. There are no rules to being mindful, the choice is yours
Let’s take the bird example…
- Pause and observe the garden bird, take time to listen to its tweets, wing movements, colour of feathers and its general demeanour.
- Keep still and silent take an inhale of breath for 4 seconds and exhale out for 6.
- Enjoy the external senses, the sun, the rain, the breeze, the light, the smell of the grass and nature.
Mindfully waiting in my garden…
In the current situation there are many websites offering online Mindfulness training, we have some great resources at our finger tips but ask yourself do you already practice Mindfulness?
Here are some mini mindful moments
- You are walking to the shops and someone is having a bbq you smell the coals it takes you back to last summer, your senses are heightened you might smile and feel hungry but you feel contented and in the moment.
- Your Grandchildren are playing in the garden, you sit and watch them run around, you listen to their playful responses, there giggles, there movements and changes of direction in the moment you are focused just on them and it gives you a mindful boost
- You walk past a garden in your neighbourhood, there are daffodils of varying colour and height, and you stop and observe and enjoy the sun bouncing of the light and darker yellows and the stems blowing gently in the wind.
This week take some time to think of your own mini mindful moment.