“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn
I went to a Coaching Workshop at the Weekend on Mindfulness. I heard lots of talk about the subject but wanted to get a clearer understanding of it.
It is a hot topic in the media at the moment but what does it actually mean?
Mindfulness means to be in the moment, not doing or having, just being. It is all about appreciating the present moment and not spending too much time living in the future or the past. It is good to have future goals and dreams but if we spend all our time focusing on these and not in the present then we are missing out on all the wonder and beauty around us.
When was the last time you ate a meal in silence? No TV, no talking, no reading and no looking through the latest Facebook posts?
Being Mindful is fully being present in what you are doing so when you are eating you are focusing on the food, the taste, the smell, the texture and how it feels in your mouth.
When you are out walking are you noticing the wind blowing the branches of the trees, the birds singing and the sheer beauty of your surroundings or are you rushing to get to where you need to be without a thought about what surrounds you? Talking on your phone, checking your emails and posts.
We live in a world that is dominated by technology, people spend more time looking at social media than they do talking to people. I know as I am guilty of this. I can sometimes feel the tightness in my chest if I don’t reply to an email or text message straight away.
If any of this resonates with you then I do urge you to try to live your life in a more Mindful way.
It isn’t something to slip in out of, it’s a way of life.
Try this little exercise and see how you get on: Raisin Exercise:
Love & Light