It seems that Mindfulness is the answer to just about everything these days.
Well pure and simply….One could say that it is. From personal experience I can say, that with Mindfulness, its not the outer world that we can change, but we do have the potential to change how we are on the inside.
In my yoga classes I focus on mindfulness of every breath, every movement and every thought.
For the mind, just like the body, needs training. Holding these three aspects with gentle awareness, no judgement or criticism opens the way towards self nurturing and returning to balance on all levels. This is the practice, because in real terms that is what you have to do…..Practice.
One of my very early teachers once said to me…”It’s not like taking a pill, you have to work on it, you have to make an effort.”
Finding room for ‘practice’ in your life can seem daunting as the first thing that comes to mind is ‘when am I going to find the time?’
After many years of endeavouring to implement positive changes in my life I can say that transitioning takes willpower and patience. So stay tuned for I have tips for building those qualities too.
Just for now, accept the status of ‘Beginner’, even if you’re not actually a beginner. Allowing yourself to be a beginner is really quite liberating.
I’d like to share three simple steps from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.
- You Stop 2. You Breathe 3. You still your mind
Now remember that you are a ‘Beginner’. For now don’t go beyond Step 1 for a few days.
You STOP. This is where the willpower and patience comes into it. Its our usual habit to want to move to the next thing. But first you need to feel what it is really like to STOP. It doesn’t matter if you only stop for a few seconds at first, you are planting the seed each time you do it (try 3 or 4 times a day) and your awareness/mindfulness around that action deepens.
As you become aware of your physical stillness the most natural thing then arises…
You BREATHE…… Be MINDFUL of taking 3 to 5 natural breaths just as the body demands.
Stay tuned for the next instalment. With love from Joanne …
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……… and remember to RELAX