We live in a wired world. Whether it's answering texts or calls, struggling to meet the demands of others, or at a stage where everything we once knew seems to have changed. Our mind can run like a freight train and if we're not careful , we end up living with a sense of high alert always running in the background and we may feel constantly ‘on.’
Mindfulness offers us a way to step off the hamster wheel, tame our monkey mind and keep ourselves on track. Now referred to as Fitness For The Brain, Mindfulness is scientifically proven to help us:
Be in the moment
Live with balance with ourselves and the world around us
Negotiate our way through daily stress in a more healthy way
Communicate easily and effectively
Balance our emotions
Improve our focus and our relationships
And much more...
Engaging in everyday mindfulness practices means our stress levels decrease and we experience more balance and perspective in our lives!
Here are some simple ideas you can put into practice to start:
First, how you start your day is important.
When you wake take a slow mindful breath
If you have time meditate, if not think of 5 things you are grateful for
When you drink your tea/coffee - savour the flavour
Do one thing at a time
Listen to your inner dialogue, if it's self-kind, great! If not, change the channel
Let your thoughts come and go like a radio in the background.
Don't believe everything you think
Take some YOU time, everyday to do something you love, or nothing at all.
Smell, taste, touch, listen, taste, senses fully alive. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
Instead of watching life pass us by, let's be fully present for it all.
Over time, a sense of ease, calm and inner contentment are present in our lives and in our relationships - especially the relationship with ourselves and we make decisions to keep it that way.