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 – Tofu

This weeks mindful reminder is written by Roz.

Life is full of pleasant, neutral and of course unpleasant experiences. How we experience life really does depend on our attitude and perspective.

Whilst I waited with my husband in the hospital for my test results the other day, I noticed the usual physical sensations of internal shivering and nerves.

I allowed myself to feel these sensations and they softened slightly – a welcome relief as I focussed on physical sensations in the present moment rather than an internal dialogue of woe is me and what if’s…!

I then became aware of others around me, tired and often quite grumpy medical staff.  I felt gratitude towards them for the work that they were doing and felt compassion for their states of mind. Again, attention was in the present moment of observing others and with an open heart I wished them all well, offering compliments when I could.

This meant that again I didn’t engage in any of my own internal dialogue of worry, complaint and irritation.

I then started to have a giggle with my husband as he complained light-heartedly about a spot that he had on his finger – of course this was very amusing.

Yet again, our sense of humour allowed me to feel a sense of calm in a difficult situation – a lovely relief.

And during the moments when we sat quietly, I simply noticed my breath and felt calm and present.

The test results were fine and we both smiled calmly.

THE MIND IS LIKE TOFU.

IT TASTES LIKE WHATEVER YOU MARINATE IT IN…

imageWarmest wishes,

Roz x

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