This weeks blog is written by Lisa one of our trainers and I just love how she makes mindfulness part of her everyday life – enjoy how she implements mindfulness into her world!
With technology making us so contactable in every way (mobile phone, email, facebook etc) we are so connected to those far from us, however it can come at a cost. It can make us distant or distracted from those close and most important to us.
The definition of mindfulness in my eyes is being present in the moment, completely focused on what you are doing without distraction or thoughts elsewhere and engaging your senses whilst doing so. Completely experiencing the moment for what it is. Also, being conscious of your thoughts and feelings. What emotion/s are you feeling inside? What can you see? What are you touching and how does it feel? What can you smell or taste?
I try to incorporate mindfulness every day, wherever I can and it is especially important to me that I am present for my family and children. It is important to connect and give them the attention they deserve.
When I go out with a friend for example, I will not answer my phone or text messages unless it is my children’s school calling (in case of emergency!). My friend will have my full attention.
Being a busy working mum means I do have limited time, however I prioritise what “must” be done each day ie get the kids to school, cook dinner, work, after school activities and I realise that amongst all the things that must be done is a tiny bit of “me” time, which is always quiet time, because without it I will become burnt out and exhausted. It is important to prioritise time for rest before your body slows you down with unwanted illnesses.
Yesterday when I woke I was feeling completely drained. I was tired and lacking energy. I had had a busy few days and I was really feeling it. I went to a yoga class (which always completely changes my energy) and as the sun was shining I decided to embrace the moment and take my dog Tai for a walk. I love being connected to nature. Whilst walking I could feel the sun shining on my skin. It felt glorious! Warming my bones as well as my soul. I saw a little lizard who was also basking in the sun dart across a rock and into hiding as I approached. I took in the smell of the freshly cut grass. I listened to the birds chirping in the trees and in the distance, I could also hear the sounds of the cars on the freeway nearby, reminding me that I was so thankful to be having a SLOW morning, because that is exactly what I needed to enable me to handle anything life throws at me this week.
Mindfulness is also being able to accept the moment for whatever it is, without trying to change it or control it. When dealing with a stressful or chaotic situation – STOP!
- TAKE three deep breaths right into the bottom of your belly, then smile;
- OBSERVE (what do you see); and lastly
- PROCEED with loving kindness!!!
Some of the health benefits of mindfulness include:
- Decreased stress levels;
- Getting to know yourself and who you truly are;
- Improved cognitive function and concentration;
- Changes in the brain, helping you to process pain and emotions in a more objective way;
- Increased body awareness, self-awareness, regulation of emotion and regulation of attention; and
- It helps you to be more compassionate.
If you haven’t tried mindfulness before, I urge you to give it a go. Small steps towards incorporating more of it into your everyday life.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” – Dr Wayne W. Dyer.