Focus * slow down * de-stress
Mindfulness is an important daily ritual to develop into a habit.
Habits become day – to -day happenings after a 21 days.
Similar to prayer, but targeting our human frame, and how the body needs to release the tenseness / tightness during times of stress.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation.
It is a form of awareness. Being present in the moment.
Being aware of smells around you, of how each bite of food tastes, or how each flower and tree looks when you are going for a walk.
It can be as simple as sitting on the beach and staring at the motion of each wave as it ebbs and flows and froths, changing the contours of the sand beneath.
Mindfulness is a practice that can be enacted anywhere and at anytime. It does not require special surrounds or environment, music or a silent place.
Stop during the day for a “breather”.
A slow down, de-stress and renewed focus for the rest of the day.
Ever heard of the saying “stop and take 3 deep breathes, and calm down”. This is a good simple basis for a quick mindfulness session, that will sharpen your actions, thoughts, and focus ultimately. In the interim it will allow you to “regroup” your flow of energy. We are often pulled this way, and that, with the opinions of others, it can make us feel scattered, torn or we feel we are disjointed and “losing the plot” (by that I am referring to our real genuine focus)
At work when swirled into a tumultuous amount of activity, and it feels overwhelming –STOP – at your desk, getting a tea, or in the lift, in the bus or train. Stop talking, stop moving, stand or sit still. Lift your spine upright, straighten up (slouching is not uplifting, in fact it makes you feel more tired).
Eyes open, stare at the computer screen or some other object, or close your eyes.
Take 3 deep breathes that fill your lungs right to the base.
Focus full attention on your breathing, and feel the oxygen flowing around to revive your tired self.
Observe each of the thoughts as they arise to your mind, acknowledge the thoughts and then let go of struggling with these thoughts or feelings.
Acknowledge them and acknowledge that you will deal with them later, right now you are totally focused on be-ing calm.
Relax all the muscles of the face, and form a slight relaxed closed mouth smile. Feel the air on your skin, feel as if YOU are the only one there for a couple of minutes. The term “faze out” could be applicable here, as you know there are sounds and there is action around you, however, you are not a part of it for a short time.
If you feel a need to be more remote, picture yourself in a favourite setting such as the beach, hang-gliding, in a rainforest, wherever you feel relaxed and totally at ease
Mindfulness also assists through the Mind-Body relationship people who suffer from anxiety and stress, depression, heart problems, elevated cortisol causing adrenal fatigue
Mindfulness was discussed by doctors at last years AIMA conference (Australasian Integrative Medicine Association) as part of treatment programs for the above conditions
Practicing mindfulness, creates harmony and a peace conducive to clarity of thought.
It helps you focus on being able to be calm at any point during a busy work day. It like a “time out”. Savour the feeling.
Your next reaction to someone, something or an event, may well be refreshingly different. You will feel better, and you may make someone else feel better as well, because you are reacting in a calmer fashion
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou