"Go inside and listen to your body because your body will never lie to you. Your mind will play tricks, but the way you feel in your heart and in your guts, is the truth." Don Miguel Ruiz
Living Mindfully means being aware and fully present in our life. Rather than being on 'autopilot' where the body is in one place and mind in another, we are fully and authentically present in the moment, just as it is. What we say and what we do are in alignment with our true nature.
Mindfulness and Meditation practices allow us to:
Foster inner calm and a strong sense of who we are
Maintain our health and well-being at all levels.
Focus and make wise life choices decision
Improve our sleep
Have authentic relationships in our life, especially the relationship with ourself.
Sandcastles If you've ever watched a young child going about everyday life, they are fully present and in the moment. Children are authentic and fully present in the natural ebb and flow of life.
As we grow older it seems this natural flow gets interrupted. Sharon McDowell put this very eloquently when she says we forget "how we were before the world got its hands on us." There are times however when we are reminded of this natural flow, perhaps when taking a walk in the forest or by the sea, when we're engaged in an interesting work project or hobby, playing sport, listening to music, those times when we feel fully engaged and connected to what we are doing.
As we grow older we have to retrain our brain to be more mindful on a daily basis. Instead of living on automatic pilot where the body is in one place (driving the car) and the mind in another (next weeks commitments) Mindfulness can help us relearn to be in the moment attending to the task at hand, body and mind in one place.
The good news is, retraining is possible. It just takes practice, commitment, and a little time to attend to yourself. Then, rather than the tendency to be on automatic pilot or running on a hamster wheel, we know how to self-calm, self-regulate and how express ourselves with ease and authenticity. Some people describe it as 'coming home' Link: Centre for Mindfulness.
The Science. Imagine, with a little daily discipline we can positively change the structure of our brain. Science has shown that after eight weeks of Mindful Meditation, grey matter in areas of the brain associated with stress, fight and flight reduces and in areas of the brain associated with calm, ease, focus, well-being, and decision-making grey matter is increased.
It's pretty amazing that we have it within us to change the structure of our own brain. That with Mindfulness and Meditation we can empower ourselves to better mental and physical health, that we can breathe and live a little more lightly.