These last few days at work for me have been crazy busy. You know those days when you actually just feel like you’re spinning because everything is moving at such a fast pace that you find yourself trying to do 239 things at once as well as fit in a daily workout, eat well, feed the dog and be nice to all the people around you. Juggling act much? It got me thinking…sometimes our minds become so full thinking of what happened yesterday, worrying or stressing about what we have to achieve and simply trying to fit everything into our busy lives that we lose THE MOMENT that we are in. That is to say we lose our MINDFULNESS. You know when you hear people say “savor the pleasures in life” or “live in the moment”. Yeah. That’s what I’m talking about. Let’s DO that.
Being mindful is being in a state of active, open attention on the present. It’s a form of meditation. According to the teaching of Buddha, it is of great importance in the path of enlightenment. It is one of the seven factors of enlightenment. Only our breath is with us in this moment – now, stay with me – if that is the case then we have the ability to look at everything neutrally. What I mean is we can accept everything and anything without judgment. Pretty liberating, right? If you can unclutter your mind you ultimately become more productive and open to new things. The practice of mindfulness can also improve your health and your happiness. So, I can hear you saying where do I sign up?
So let’s get started. I would like to point out that this is what works for me. Be flexible and figure out what works for you! After all, that is who this is for…YOU!
Sit quietly, close your eyes and focus on your natural breathing. Sometimes I prefer no noise (or just the ambient sounds around me) and sometimes I like to have calming/energising/nature sounds around me. Go with what works for you. See if you can do this for 1-2 minutes to start with. Give yourself an affirmation or a word or a mantra that is positive and starts with “I…”. One of my all-time favourites is one from none other than Miranda Kerr herself ‘I am a vibrant being of love and light’ Focus entirely on your breathing and the words you have put into focus. If you find your mind drifting off, don’t fight it, just slowly bring your focus back to your breath and relax.
I would love to hear how you get on – can you fill your mind with a little less so that you can become more mindful? Give it a go…I promise, it will change you!