Mindfulness is an approach which helps improve how we manage our thoughts, feelings and responses by using an integrative Body and Mind approach. It helps us manage them effectively instead of becoming overwhelmed by them.
Being mindful is living in the moment by:
- Being aware of and noticing our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and sense perceptions as we’re having them in the present moment.
- Quite simply it is paying attention to our ordinary experiences and acknowledging the good and not so good.
Mindfulness Meditation Breathing Exercise
This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down, and pretty much anywhere at any time. Either way, all you must do is be still and focus on your breath for just one minute.
- Start by breathing in and out slowly. One breath cycle should last for approximately 6 seconds.
- Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, letting your breath flow effortlessly in and out of your body.
- Let go of your thoughts. Let go of things you must do later today or pending projects that need your attention. Simply let thoughts rise and fall of their own accord and be at one with your breath.
- Purposefully watch your breath, focusing your sense of awareness on its pathway as it enters your body and fills you with life.
- Then watch with your awareness as it works work its way up and out of your mouth and its energy dissipates into the world.
Mindfulness takes practice, but there are lots of great articles and videos online that can help you develop mindfulness skills. Check out The Mindful Movement on You tube where you can find lots of information and videos about mindfulness.