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Mindfulness Anytime

Mindfulness is a translation of a word that simply means awareness. It’s a direct, intuitive knowing of what you are doing while you are doing it. It’s knowing what’s going on inside your mind and body, and what’s going on in the outside world as well. There are now thousands of research studies into the uses of mindfulness, and professionals are using mindfulness in Boardrooms, Schools, Prisons, Court rooms and hospitals across the world.  Here are few simple things that you can so anytime anywhere to be more mindful. 

  1. Think Breathing : Breathe in, hold for three counts and exhale. Count seven breaths.
  2. Mindful Drinking : Kick start your body, mix hot water, lemon and cayenne pepper. Taste it.
  3. Do one thing at a time : When eating, just eat, wen checking emails, just check emails.
  4. Notice you senses : What are two things you can taste, touch, smell, hear, right now?
  5. Deep listening : Listen completely and contemplate your response. 
  6. Mindful Eating : Turn of all distractions, explore the textures, flavors and temperature. 
  7. Mindful Walking : Feel your feet connecting with the ground.
  8. Body Scan time : Bring your attention to your body, send the breath to any areas of tension. 

Arent they all simple and doable? Start with one or two exercise everyday and see the change in yourself. Let me know your thoughts. Leave us a comment. 

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    • Focus is the best benefit we achieve from mindfulness. One of our biggest challenges to getting things done is the distraction of the mind, while we try to get one job done, our mind reminds us of ten others that still need doing. We quickly check our email because our mind alerts us to the fact there may be unread emails in our inbox and if the remain unchecked we may be missing the fact that the Earth is shortly to be demolished by an alien construction crew!
      As this thought comes into our head we then remember that our copy of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was lent to a friend so maybe we should shoot over to Amazon and buy a fresh copy. Mindfulness jumps in the way of all these distractions of the mind and says “Hey, come back to the present moment, get what needs to be done, done!”

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    • Thank you. Glad you liked it. The practice of mindfulness teaches us to become aware of our thoughts and the present moment. It is a habit we need to nurture because our natural tendency is to stray from the here and how to tomorrow, next week or next month. When we practice mindfulness we keep calling back our wandering mind to rest on the current moment.

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      • I’m working on this. A coach and friend gave me the practice of trying to focus my mind for 60 seconds, then 2 minutes, and working my way to five minutes. It was a challenge, as my mind is very ADHD even with medication and supplements, but I have been able to do it through meditation. This has helped me to where I can now stay on task when I’m working on something. Like now going through and reading / commenting on the blogs and others blogs.

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    • Thank you. Here another insight for you from Buddhism. One of the main tools the Buddha taught for developing insight is the ability to be fully aware in the moment. Other meditative tools he taught include directing attention, achieving deep concentration states, and cultivating the four divine abidings of lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Isn’t that fascinating?! Hope you like this aspect as well.

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    • Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness has entered the American mainstream in recent years, in part through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and beyond. I am glad you liked this so much :):)

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