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Mindfulness Tip

Hi everyone! Just to remind you, each time you do some formal or informal practice this is a lovely way to nourish yourself. I like to do a body scan / body awareness practice at least once a week to check in on my body so I can best look after it.
Remember to congratulate yourself afterwards too for doing an act of self care and nourishment 😊

Weekly Mindful Reminder – Set Yourself Free

This weeks mindful reminder is written by Roz

Hi Everyone,

I was lucky enough to go and see Linkin Park, a pop/rock/rap band the other night.

I’d like to share with you  some of the lyrics from one of their songs, called Heavy.

“….I don’t like my mind right now
stacking up problems that are so unnecessary.
Wish that I could slow things down
I wanna let go but there’s comfort in the panic
and I drive myself crazy thinking everything’s about me.

I’m holding on.
Why is everything so heavy?
I’m holding on
to so much much more than I can carry.

I keep dragging around what’s bringing me down.
If I just let go, I’d be set free…..”

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So, how do we set ourselves free?
Notice the thoughts of the past or the future and let them go by giving yourself permission each day, even if it’s only for a few moments,
to wake up to the present moment of what’s actually happening right now.

Really listen to sounds…
Really taste food…
Drop your awareness into the body and feel the different sensations and the body breathing….
Really feel the body moving as you walk, run or simply open a door….

If we can let go of the thoughts that often drag us down, even if it’s just for a moment – we can in that moment be set free.

Warmest wishes,
Roz

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Mindfulness Tip

Hi everyone, I’d like to invite you all to “find your feet”. Try this as you read this message maybe as it’s a nice, short informal practice.
Simply bring attention to your feet and notice the contact they are making with the floor (helps us feel grounded). Explore any physical sensations in your feet, the temperature of them, the contact they are making with socks or shoes. Take as long or as short as you like just “feeling” into your feet 😊
Every time you feel stressed or anxious you could see this as an opportunity to practice mindfulness. Notice what’s happening in your body – accepting and simply being *curious* about and *interested* in the physical sensations.
Focus on what you can feel and also *notice the thoughts* attached to the emotion. Labelling the thoughts may help you to not get dragged into them (which can often create more physical sensations which create more thoughts!).
Mindfulness really helps us to stop “fuelling the fire” of thoughts – bodily responses – thoughts when we feel stressed or worried.

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Mindfulness Tip

Hi everyone I thought it was time to recap on the 3 Step Breathing Space again. You might like to try and do this at various points throughout the day. It can last as long or short as you’d like. Why not try it now? 😊👇
*Step 1* gently bring your attention to any thoughts you have in that moment. Have a look at your mind and notice if it’s busy or if there are any gaps and spaces in between thoughts. No need to engage the thoughts 💭 just simply observe. Also check how you are feeling emotionally in that moment – notice any feelings that are present.
*Step 2* guide your focus to the fact that your body is breathing and spend a few moments simply feeling and following the in breath and the out breath. No need to change how you are breathing, just follow your natural breath.
*Step 3* expand your awareness to your whole body. Gently scan your attention around your body noticing any physical sensations, relaxed or tense areas. You may choose to soften any tension you find.
Remember to congratulate yourself on doing this nourishing informal meditation after.

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Weekly Mindful Reminder – This too will pass

This weeks mindful reminder is written by Roz

How are you feeling right now? – perhaps excited, calm, agitated, sad, annoyed, frantic, happy….

Mindfulness practice helps us, over time, to experience our ever changing pattern of emotions as physical sensations in the body.

Emotions are not there to be solved in the head, they are there to be experienced.

When we engage in and believe thoughts about the emotion (especially the unpleasant ones) like “I don’t like this”, “they made me cross…”, “I want to feel happy not sad” etc etc, we are simply providing fuel for that emotion to continue and we’re fighting against our reality – this is a fight that we can NEVER win.

We fuel unpleasant emotions by engaging in thoughts about them and resisting the actual experience.

So, can you drop your awareness into the body and just feel the physical sensations of our ever changing emotions.
Come out of the head and into the body with kindness and curiosity.

Be grateful that you can allow yourself to really feel any pleasant emotions passing through the body and when the emotions are unpleasant, we can feel them too because this also allows then to simply pass by.

Warmest wishes,
Roz

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