"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
Did you know that practicing mindfulness has been proven to bring many health benefits to the body? Mindfulness means to be conscious of life as it happens. Mindfulness is the way towards consciously feeling whatever we choose to feel. It's Buddhist roots go back more than two thousand years.
Give it a go:
- Be aware of your breath. It allows you to come into the present moment.
- Notice your thoughts and feelings. Try to stop worrying about the future. Next time you catch yourself thinking negatively, notice your thoughts and gently bring yourself back to your body – to your breath. Feel the sunshine on your face.
- Notice your actions. Make daily chores your meditation practice. Instead of following your racing mind, try to focus on the task at hand. Shower. Sip your morning coffee.
- Spend 5 minutes in quiet each day. Concentrate on your breath. Observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them. Let them pass. If your attention gets diverted, return to your breath.
Be kind to yourself while you practice - it is a process. Practice patience with yourself as your mind starts to wander.