Updated: May 12
The practice of mindfulness can be started with the simple observation of each breath as it flows in and out. I like to focus on the feeling of the breath around the nostrils as it flows in and out....on the in-breath it feels cool, and on the out-breath it feels warm. It sounds very simple, although it's not that easy! After just a few breaths our mind starts to wander and we get lost in plans, lists, judgements, memories, and fantasies.
Our wandering mind is very strong. We can train our minds however, coming back again and again to the breath. Simply beginning again every time our mind wanders off the breath, and noticing that thoughts distract us.
Slowly, our minds start to steady and we begin to experience an inner space of steadiness, calm and peace. We actually become more of an observer of our mind through practicing mindfulness. It's not necessarily that our mind stops thinking or chattering, but we can sit back from it and observe what's happening.
Becoming aware, not just of our thoughts, but of the fact that we are 'thinking' is liberating. It gives us a sense of freedom from our minds and the hold it can sometimes have over us. It sparks curiosity and a longing to understand more about ourselves and at the same time we realise being human, and all the crazy thoughts we think, is not just amazing, but VERY entertaining!
Benefits of mindfulness:
Helps us to regulate & balance our emotions
Boosts working memory
Lowers blood pressure
Increases focus & concentration
Calms the body & mind
Leads to self-acceptance
Soul Art is a powerful combination of art, meditation & mindfulness
If you want to delve deeper into mindfulness, you may like the course below through Sounds True.
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