This is perhaps a different post to my norm but it is about something I feel really passionate about so I hope you enjoy.
Being mindful and mindfulness in general seems to be very of the moment but actually practicing it is perhaps a different story. We live a lot of the time on autopilot so much so that sometimes it can get to 9 o’clock, we can be at work or school and have no clue how we got there. Mindfulness is all about taking the time to step back and notice what is going on around and inside of us. It helps me a lot. When my chronic pain increases in intensity, for example during a back spasm, it allows me to get a little space between what is going on in my thoughts, body and all around me, but generally I also believe that it helps me appreciate the beauty of day to day life. Here are my tips to everyday mindfulness…
1. When in the shower, stop for a second, close your eyes and feel the drops of trickle down your body.
2. When you eat your dinner, or perhaps a mouthful of that well deserved chocolate, savour it- think about the taste, texture even temperature.
3. When apply your makeup notice how applying the cool foundation feels with your fingers, the softness of your blusher brush, how the lipstick feels sliding onto your lips etc
4. On your route to work/school look up at the sky, feel the sun- or more likely in good old Blighty, the wind- on your face, take time as it were to smell the roses (metaphorically or in reality if at all possible)
5. At your desk, take three deep breaths, then try and notice five things you can hear, see and touch and five body sensations you are experiencing- I find this one the perfect way to de stress.
6. Take a moment to stretch in a quite space, taking note on how it makes your body feel, where is the tension in your body which you can focus on and breathe into
These aren’t meant to last a long time, 30 seconds can sometimes be all it takes. Of course if you want to spend a bit longer doing it, by all means do so!