Get started with Mindfulness
Mindfulness is all around us now! It’s frequently in the news and businesses, GPs, hospitals and schools are implementing it. World-renowned leader, the Dalai Lama, shared his thoughts with music lovers at Glastonbury in the summer of 2015.
Get started with Mindfulness because it’s here to stay!
Why are more and more people being drawn to mindfulness?
If you think of a young puppy, exuberant for life, dashing across the park, he pretty much follows his nose and is all over the place! Without mindfulness, that’s a bit like your own mind.
Each morning you wake up to follow your routines, get distracted, rush around and basically follow your nose! And it’s probably nowhere near as enjoyable as the puppy dog’s experience. Your day consists of responsibilities, perhaps with very little joy or passion.
Sometimes grown-up life gets so serious and you realise that you’ve become a slave to your job. You’re left with little time for the things you love and for relationships with friends, partner, children and family.
Maybe family worries and concerns loom large right now and it feels as though you will never escape the gloom. Get started with mindfulness because it’s a life-skill that can address these aspects of modern life.
Here’s a great little 2 minute video plus a whole range of simple articles to read if you are new to mindfulness practice. Even when you have already become familiar with it, there are always layers to discover. This comes with your own daily practice.
For me, exploring anything new often starts with a book. Never underestimate the power of an inspiring read!
Especially relevant is my mini resources guide to mindfulness which introduces you to some books and short videos from mindfulness experts. These include Jon Kabat-Zinn, Andy Puddicombe and Thich Nhat Hanh.
So if you are ready to make a change for the good – have a browse through the above links. Read what people are saying about mindfulness and its benefits in their lives. Have a go here:
2 Minute Mindful Breathing Meditation
Notice your posture and if you’re sitting, straighten your spine, soften your shoulders and place both feet firmly on the ground.
Check your chin isn’t jutting out and jaw carrying tension.
Settle and get still with eyes closed.
Simply observe the rhythm of your breathing.
As you focus on your breath, allow it’s movement to soothe you, like the ebb and flow of the tide.
Sit for a couple of minutes like this, and notice how you now feel.
You’ll now be feeling calmer because while you are mindfully focusing on your breath, your brain is receiving messages to rest and replenish. It will be reducing your heart-rate and sending feel-good endorphins round your body. So you will feel not only calmer but a little happier!
Now you can continue with your day. And what’s not to like about this?
You can teach yourself mindfulness, you could find a local class or you can sign up for apps. It’s all out there.
Learning in a group can be very supportive and enjoyable too. It really helps you to get the basics right and give yourself the time for mindfulness.
So if you live in East Hampshire, that might be something worth exploring. Otherwise, use the internet as your starting point.
Happy mindfulness! It’s now well and truly here!