Basic Mindful Living Practice
"One in-breath alone is a celebration of life and enough to set you free - from your regrets about the past, your worries about the future, and your projects in the present."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
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The foundation of our mindfulness practice is a moment's pause. Stop what you are doing for a moment and check in- How are you feeling? What's happening in your body? In your mind?
We gently become aware of any areas of tension and soften.
We take 3 mindful breaths, feel our feet on the earth or our body's contact with the chair.
We notice the sounds around us, smile and continue our day with more presence and ease.
It is wonderful how these little moments throughout the day have a cumulative effect in bringing more ease into our daily lives.
Use this 5 minute guided Mindful Moment to learn how to pause throughout your day
Taking time to be still with nothing to do and nowhere to go, we have a chance to really settle. We our mindful breathing as an anchor to ground us in the present moment. Our body has a chance to relax and our mind can begin to calm down. As thoughts enter our minds, we try to observe them without judgement and then let them go and bring our attention back to our breathing. Give yourself time to be with whatever is there; thoughts, emotions or feelings, without being carried away by them. We can feel free to be still and calm despite the storms that might arise within us.
We already spend time each day walking from A to B, we can use this time to find some presence and ease. Taking each step with awareness, we are able to reconnect with our bodies and actually enjoy the simple act of walking. Feeling the contact of our feet on the earth, enables us to arrive in the present moment and be aware of the greatest miracle – that we are alive and walking on this beautiful planet. For many of us who may find it hard to sit still, walking meditation can be a great tool in developing our capacity to be present and aware of our breathing.
Taking time to practice relaxation every day can have profound benefits for both our physical and mental health. By consciously relaxing our body and mind, we can reduce stress levels, improve our sleep, boost our immune system, and increase our overall sense of well-being. So, take a moment each day to breathe deeply, let go of tension, and connect with the present moment. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
Practice a 30m Relaxation here for a more profound rest.
Practicing mindful eating can transform our relationship with food and nourish our body and mind. By taking time to slow down and savor each bite, we can tune into our body's signals of hunger and fullness, reduce overeating, and increase our enjoyment of the eating experience. So, before you dig into your next meal, take a moment to pause, appreciate the colors and smells of your food, and savor each bite mindfully.
This is powerful way to mindfully connect with ourself and cultivate a sense of community. By sharing our experiences, struggles, and triumphs with a supportive group of people, we can feel heard, validated, and understood. This sense of connection can have profound benefits for our mental health, reducing feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Sharing groups can also be a great source of inspiration and motivation, as we learn from others and gain new insights and perspectives. Having the chance to bring our authentic self to the group provides us with an opportunity to feel seen and understood. This powerful practice can help us be more present, compassionate and understanding with others in our life, while protecting us from empathy fatigue.
Kindness & Self-Compassion
With the practice of mindfulness we are learning to turn towards our experience with an attitude of curiosity and care. Many of us struggle with touching kindness for ourselves, yet we may be able to care and give effortlessly to those around us. We can learn to incorporate self-compassion practices into our daily lives which allow us to begin befriending both ourselves, and our experiences.