The Buddha said:
” The secret of health for both body and mind is not to mourn the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly”
Although the concept of mindfulness is steeped in Buddhist traditions wise people all around the world are awakening to the simplicity of staying ‘in the present moment’!
Mindfulness puts us back in control of our lives, it helps us live with purpose, improve our skills to focus and concentrate and minimises stress levels. Releasing and letting go of stress and avoiding holding stress has many health benefits.
This month (May) there are a number of promotions to bring awareness to the concept of being Mindful. Playing on words is one thing, but taking up the practice on a daily basis and including into daily life is another!
It is not difficult! We just need to break the habit of worrying, over thinking, over planning and structuring parts of our lives that are best kept in ‘free form fluidity’.
There are a number of things that you might want to consider as part of becoming more mindful on a regular basis.
- Try living in the moment… Now! Look at the flower, smell it, touch it!
- Be ready to change plans: Be flexible with your ideas, thoughts. Take on a beginners mind!
- Be curious and avoid Judgments as this shuts us down and creates negativity
- Trust yourself to know that what you are doing is right for you at this time.
- Choose how you react to all that life throws you. Choose your responses.
- Connect with your body, all the time.
- Learn to accept, as some things you cannot change.
- Be grateful, even for the very small things in life.
Additionally there are so many techniques and a variety of specific mindfulness practices that we use as part of the Yoga Practice.
I will share some of these next post.
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