10 Dec Mindfulness – no time like the present
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” ― Lao Tzu.
How does looking back at old photos and playing old CD’s make you feel? If it is an uplifting process, great. If it makes you full of regrets, want to be young and agile again, wanting to relive old experiences then is it wise? Being mindful reduces stress, anxiety and depression over time.
“Mindfulness means being focussed and alert. It is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. It is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.” Thich Nhat Hanh
So how do you become present in today’s stressful busy technological world? There are many ways and you have to find what works for you. Practicing Yoga or Tai Chi when you are focussing on specific movements stops the mind wandering, for example. It doesn’t have to be in a class although that is a good way to familiarize yourself with techniques AND to take an hour for yourself.
Connect with your breath, whenever you remember, and observe the bio-feedback: Notice how rapid and shallow your breath is when you’re stressed. By consciously slowing down and deepening each breath you will actually FEEL less stressed.
Getting out of your head and connecting with your senses is another way – see 12 minute meditation https://youtu.be/NPBg-nKBkhQ.
Mindfulness is introduced into coaching sessions using a checking in process where we assess your dominating mood, physical state, mental state of clarity and other points. We also look at your own score on self-acknowledgement – or ‘happy to be me’. With a low score, negative self-talk rears its ugly head and we address that with a ‘completion’ process.
Sometimes, if feeling overwhelmed and flustered, a short 1 or 2 minute breathing meditation brings you to the present moment, enabling you to connect and get the most out of the session.
Future learn has a wonderful free course on mindfulness – it contains information we already know but rarely practice!