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May 4, 2014

Muscle & Mind 2 – Mindfulness & Awareness of Self

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is yesterday and the other is tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” Dalai Lama

What is your awareness on right now? What is driving your next intention? How fast are you breathing? How much do you hear the word “should” in your thoughts and intentions?

We get tied up through the day – and sometimes night – with thoughts of what we should do, what judgements people will make of us and how we need to do more, be better, go faster, look more fabulous, feel less pain.

The practice of mindfulness is a way to take a little bit of space back in your day and your mind for yourself.  To be calm and confident, and to become more clear about what is really important.

 “Over the past few decades, more and more research has been conducted to investigate the effects of mindfulness practice on our brains, minds, emotions, behaviours, functioning and bodies. It is showing us how mindfulness can effectively help many difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, body image problems, abuse, eating disorders, ADHD, addictions, attention and memory problems, acute and chronic pain, relationships and parenting.”                                                                                           Mindfulness for busy people – turning frantic & frazzled into calm & composed, Dr Michael Sinclair and Josie Seydel

 The authors of the book I’ve quoted above recognise that” busyness and stress are inevitable parts of our life”, and help you to discover:

  • What it actually is that keeps you busy
  • What kind of busy superhero (person) you are

Whatever your stress is, or the pains you feel, there is one great way you can gather more peace and control – anywhere at any time:

“Our breath is a really great way to reconnect to ourselves when everything around us is kicking up a storm.

Try this exercise –

The two-minute-breathing space:

  • Close your eyes or rest your gaze on a still object
  • Drop into noticing your breathing right now
  • You don’t have to change your breathing or alter it in any way; no need to push or pull on your breath
  • Just notice it, as it naturally is, its natural rhythm and sensations
  • See if you can notice the sensation of cool air rise into your nostrils as you breathe in and the warmer sensation of breath leaving your nostrils as you breath out.
  • Pay attention to the rise of your stomach as you breathe in and the fall of our stomach as you breathe out.

There it is – your breath, with its natural rhythm and sensations, in this moment.”

Mindfulness for busy people – turning frantic & frazzled into calm & composed, Dr Michael Sinclair and Josie Seyde

Right now – life is as it is; we are as we are.

If we slow down the track playing over in our head and our breathing, we gain greater awareness of the little things that make up the world around us, and of ourselves, we can accept much more that life has to offer.

Muscle and Mind, Natural health
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