As you go about your day to day life, how often are you really paying attention to just exactly what is in front of you?
For example, when you’re having a conversation, are you really listening to what the other person is saying?
Or is your mind drifting off, worrying about something totally unrelated? When you’re walking down the street, are you paying attention to the scenery and sounds around you? Or is your mind elsewhere?
And are your eyes glued to your mobile phone? Are you constantly engaging in disturbing thoughts that are unrelated to what’s in front of you?
When you are in the car are youu paying attention to the roads? Or are you angry at the traffic?
Agonising that you’re late?
These constant chattering of worries in our minds makes it hard to concentrate or be fully present in what we’re doing, they also contribute to feelings of stress.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being Here and Now.
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment without judgement.
It is being aware of how we are feeling, what’s happening in our mind, body & around us at any given moment.
Mindfulness is not allowing ourselves to get caught up in our thoughts.
The goal of mindfulness practice is training our attention through regular practice to become more aware of and less reactive and judgemental towards our thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations in day to day life.
Time: 5 minutes
And the best part is, anyone can practice mindfulness anywhere, at any time. And it costs nothing to bring your attention back to the present moment. So why don’t we give it a go?
Because the best way to understand mindfulness is to experience it.
No matter where you are, just start paying attention to your body.
Are you lying down? Or sitting up?
Start to notice how you are breathing. Is it short and shallow, being held in the chest?
Gently adjust your posture either to be lying down on your back or sitting up comfortably in a chair, legs uncrossed with both feet resting on the floor.
Close ur eyes.
Start by bringing awareness to your breathing.
Our breath is a fundamental anchor to the here and now.
Notice the rising of ur abdomen with each breath in &how it falls with each breath out.
Stay connected to ur breath and in doing so, bring ur awareness to the rest of your body.
Feel the points of contact between your body, and a chair, or the floor.
Bring awareness to ur feet.
Then slowly shift your attention up through your body.
The front of your legs, the back of your legs. Your belly, around your back, Your chest and your shoulders, are you holding tension there?
Now, Relax the shoulders down and let it go.
Then finally, move your awareness up to your face, letting go of any unnecessary tension in your jaw and relaxing the muscles around your eyes, and in your forehead.
If you notice your attention wandering or if you become caught up in a stream of thought, that’s okay.
Simply bring your attention back to the next breath and continue.
As you come towards the end of the practice, start to reactivate your body by moving your fingers and toes.
And when you are ready, slowly open your eyes.
How are you feeling now?
How many times did your thoughts travel the universe and back?
Mindfulness is a way of training our attention towards opening ourselves up to whatever life puts in front of us.
It is simple but not easy and takes practice.
So don’t feel bad if u found it difficult the first time.
Keep Practicing…..10 minutes without losing concentration 🤩🤩