- Type mindfulness into Google, and there are various images which come up.An image by Henck van Bilsen depicts a human and a dog to illustrate the difference between being mindful and mindful. The thought bubble above the persons head is what most of us probably experience daily. His/her mind is full of thoughts about the past and the future. The dog is taking in the scenery, the trees, sun and sky. He isn’t thinking about his dinner tonight or the toy he chased yesterday the image depicts the dog being aware and present in the moment.
- It’s not uncommon for us to have worrying thoughts about something we said yesterday, about what other people might think of us, or imagine what might happen at work. The list goes on…
- Much of the worry, frustration, and stress we experience in our lives may result from feeling consumed by thoughts.
- Mindfulness encourages us to be in the present moment, be aware of our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, urges without judgement and without trying to change anything to feel better.
- The exercise below is a mindfulness tool you can use. Like anything mindfulness is a practice and as we know new skills take practice. Yes, this can be helpful when you are feeling anxious or stressed however there are benefits to incorporating mindfulness into your day-to-day
- Sit upright on a chair cushion. Close your eyes. Notice where your body touches the chair or cushion. Feel your weight on the chair.
- Focus on your breath going in and out. Notice it wherever you feel it most – your nostrils, chest, or belly.
- Your mind will wander, which is normal. When it does gently, kindly and without judgement redirect your focus back to your breath.
- When you feel ready open your eyes and take a deep breath.
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