Mindfulness - what does this mean to you?
We hear the phrase over and over in the wellbeing and health arenas. So I understand the meaning is meant to be sincere and helpful, but actually I avoid using this word. Why? Because when we are trying to relax and regain our own balance and homeostasis - we do not want our mind to be full. Infact we want the exact opposite. A full mind, is an overwhelmed mind. And we need to empty the mind and detox that rebellious 'monkey mind' instead of keeping it full and jammed. And possibly fit to burst. In order to keep equilibrium we need to regularly come out of the mind - and into our senses.
So how do we do this? It's very simple. Through connecting back to all of the major senses in our bodies - breath, taste, sight, sound, touch and smell. Fully. Take an experiment with yourslves and lie down in a relaxing room. Use the breathe to physically relax the body, intentfully release tension and then take your time rotating around the body and connecting with each sense fully. Not rushing and really feeling the experience and observing what happens. No judgement but just noting.
Others use meditation, exercise, yoga or journaling, self-care, writing, singing, running, dancing, the arts, gardening and so on to improve their emotional bodies. These are all excellent ways to come out of the mind and into your bodies fully. Let us know whether you have any top tips to share? Please feel free to add your comments here and what mindfulness means to you. After all - we are all in this together.
Peace and lurve,