True life is lived when tiny changes occur – Leo Tolstoy
Mindfulness in Everyday life by Headspace.com:
“What does it mean to be mindful? Essentially, mindfulness means to be present, and in the moment. It is important that we remind ourselves of this simple fact. All too often we can lose the true essence of mindfulness by over-complicating things or putting all our emphasis on the act of meditation alone. Mindfulness is not something we leave at the chair, but something we can carry through our everyday lives. If we can apply mindfulness on the chair, then why not while brushing our teeth, catching up with an old friend, or when we are out walking? All these moments present an opportunity for us to apply mindfulness, and live our lives more fully, in the present moment.
According to research, we spend up to 50 percent of our time caught up in our thoughts, a proven contributing factor to our unhappiness. Instead of drifting through our lives in a daze, consumed by thoughts of what could have been or planning though things which are out of our control in the first place, mindfulness allows us to engage with the here and now and approach our lives with greater clarity and peace of mind.
Headspace say that it is often in the more repetitive, day to day activities we find ourselves switching into auto-pilot. So why not embrace these moments and be more mindful in every day life. Don’t worry about trying to clear the mind of any thoughts or feelings. Instead, try and see yourself taking a back seat, witnessing the thoughts and emotions as they come and go. If your find yourself getting distracted simply bring your attention back to the physical senses and focus your attention back on the activity itself.”
Article written by Headspace.com
I recently completed a mindfulness short course conducted by Avista Training. I would highly recommend that you visit their website www.avistamindfulness.com. The Avista website states that are many scientific studies showing the benefits of mindfulness and meditation inclusive of:
- Reduce anxiety, panic and stress
- Decreasing muscle tension and headaches
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reduced depression relapse
- Enhancing the immune system and reducing sick days
Pop down your phone when you are talking to someone, breathe slowly, enjoy the moment, reflect, feel happy, find a rainbow, enjoy the beauty which surrounds you and click on the above websites for more information and courses on mindfulness if you are interested.
Wishing you mindful joy … Judi Sutton
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