Mindfulness, awareness, observe, breathe, intentional
Seven ways to change your life: Part Two
Paula Brown | 17 July 2022
Last week's practice, the first of our (Equinox Journey's) seven ways to change your life was Stillness. You’ve had a few days to try it out, don’t stop - now add this to it.
This week’s practice is mindfulness. Yes, the buzzword of the times we are living in. A word or practice that too few of us understand and too many people tell us to "just try it!". Maybe it's time to do just that. Like all these transformative practices, it's available to you whenever you need it - all day and night, and it's free!
Here goes. Super-Seven Practice #2
Smile, breathe and go slowly.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness literally means experiencing the present moment with your heart. It is a moment-to-moment awareness of what is occurring in and around you. Nothing else, just that. The moment.
Practicing mindfulness implies that you are fully focused on just one thing at a time. You give that one thing your full attention, observing objectively the thing, the act or circumstance. Should emotion or reason creep in, applying a sense of curiosity rather than judgment is recommended.
One of the biggest reasons people quit mindfulness (or meditation) is because they judge themselves for how they are practicing. Please don’t turn these practices into a ‘should do’ or ‘must be’ – there is no perfectionism in mindfulness. If this is hard, and you’re distracted, try to notice your breath or sensations in your body.
Directions for practice:
Other forms of mindfulness can be found in moments of bliss - like dancing, swimming lengths, chopping vegetables, or just being with your pet.
By practicing breathing mindfully, we gain a sense of calm and tranquility - the problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away because we are in the 'now'.
The Friends of Mindfulness: nature, meditation, connecting with self, compassion, service,
The Benefits of Mindfulness: Complete presence – not worrying about anything in the future, nor trying to change the past. Accepting the moment as it is, experiencing peace of mind and tranquility. These have even more to offer when practiced regularly; reduced tension and stress, better sleep, a sense of wonder, clarity and so much more.
Caveat: There are no quick fixes in life. (Not sustainable ones anyway). This takes practice, so promise yourself at least 3-months of patience, kindness, persistence, and love. (Mark the date in your calendar)
If you'd like to connect, to ask questions, or dive a little deeper, don't hesitate to reach out to Leigh or I: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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