Mindfulness Tip

How about having a mindful cup of tea or coffee this afternoon? 

Notice the steps you follow to make the drink. Let go of any thoughts whilst drinking it and give your mind a rest by simply noticing the taste, smell, temperature in your mouth and enjoy ☕️

Weekly Mindful Reminder – When is the best time to meditate?

People often ask this question on courses. My answer is always NOW! (ha ha get it?!) So with that in mind, this week’s reminder is about the 3 Step Breathing Space which you may want to do right now. This is an informal practice that can last as long or as short as you’d like and can be done anywhere – you chose 3 seconds, 3 minutes, 10 minutes or longer.

 Step 1 – simply spend a few moments noticing and observing any thoughts – not engaging in them just having a look at how busy your mind is or isn’t in this moment. Also have a check in on how you are feeling emotionally – notice what your own internal weather pattern is like.

Step 2 – Gather your focus onto your breath and spend a few moments simply feeling your body breathe. Notice where you can feel your breath and if it’s long and deep or maybe short and shallow (no need to change it, follow the natural breath).

Step 3 – Widen your attention to your body. Gently scan your focus around your whole body being curious about any physical sensations and noticing any areas that feel relaxed and any areas that feel tense. Notice also the contact your body is making with the chair and the temperature of your body.

With love, Emma x

 

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App update – our new app has had some more updates added and is FREE to download. It features a variety of guided practices, stories, FAQs and resources to support your own practice. Enjoy!

Download for iOS

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You can also find them in the stores by searching: Present Mind Mindfulness

Weekly Mindful Reminder – Quiet the Mind

This weeks mindful reminder is written by Roz x

No matter what we are experiencing in life; whether it be spending time with family and friends or working, as many of you are likely to be doing now, we can often find that our minds are very active and we can feel quite separate from our bodies and from the reality of what’s actually happening.

 We can find ourselves lost in thought and feeling quite tired as the thoughts race through our minds and we attach to them creating tension and agitation for ourselves.

 Spending a few minutes each day practising mindfulness can help to calm the chattering mind, help us to feel calm in our bodies and to gain a better perspective on life. We find that we have more choice throughout our day and we can manage challenges with clarity of thought and a sense of calmness.

 So, perhaps you would like to set an intention to practice each day formally and/or informally in whatever way suits you.

 Remember to use your senses as anchors to bring you into the present moment: taste, smell, touch, hearing, sight and of course see if you can just notice the thoughts, label them and return your attention to the present moment again.

 Warmest wishes,

 Roz

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Emma: Roz and I have created an app and it is FREE to download for a limited time.
It features a variety of guided practices, stories, FAQs and resources to support your own practice. Enjoy!

Download for iOS here

Download for Android here

You can also find them in the stores by searching: Present Mind Mindfulness

New Year Resolution

Last year I made a resolution I have actually kept! This was to continue with my regular mindfulness practice of course. I’ll be setting the same one this year too along with the usual ones of trying to exercise more, eat more healthily etc etc. I have thought that these other resolutions do sort of link to mindfulness anyway (mindful running, mindful eating and generally looking after myself).

I hope if you do choose to set any resolutions yourself that they are also in some way linked to doing things in a mindful way and are about being kind and looking after yourself as well as other people.

Wishing you all a happy, mindful new year.

Emma

Weekly Mindful Reminder – Mindfulness 🌱

I’ve been very busy over the past few weeks (which I’m grateful about with it being early days of my new business!). I have noticed however that this has had an impact on my regular mindfulness practice. What was 30 mins slipped to 20 then some days to 10 or even less on those very busy days.

Now, with a mindful attitude, I have tried not to be judgmental to myself about this and treated myself with kindness. But to add to this I got ill last week – only a cold but it meant I had to take a break from my running (now one of my regular mindful activities). I began to notice the impact this was having on me – not too dramatic but I started to feel a little more “frazzled”, more stressed than usual about workload and generally unable to think as clearly. This made me a little more snappy and reactive than usual too.

All in all I realised what I needed to do – more formal mindfulness practice! So I set the intention a few days ago to do a longer, daily practice and I’m already noticing the benefits. I’m feeling more in control, calm, logical and focused even my cold is improving so I hope to be running again soon (there’s quite a few studies including this http://www.mindful.org/flu/ showing the link between regular meditation and fewer colds)

Reminders like this are useful sometimes as you notice the reason you may have started mindfulness in the first place – to feel happier, calmer, more focussed and more in control. You really see how useful it is do especially at your busiest times.

With love,
Emma