Mindfulness is a word that has been used more and more frequently and I think most people have heard the word, but do not really know what it actually means. Therefore, I want to share my view on mindfulness since we are living in a world which is sometimes "mind-less".
In our daily lives and routines, living in a big city with crowds of people and cars, it is not really how we as humans where designed to live. Nature has always been our home and stillness was a part of our lives for thousands of years. We do not have to fear big animals anymore, so the whole fight-or-flight response is not being triggered in the same way. However, we can see that this stress hormone is triggered within us when we are stressed, even if the situation is not a threat to our life. When we are rushing and stressing through life, without taking the time to be still, we are putting our bodies and minds in a very harmful state that in the long-term can lead to disease and pain in the body.
To be mindful, is to be aware of our own responses, having awareness in everything we do: eat, speak, act. The decisions we make, the intentions we hold, the thoughts we think can either come from a state of stress (fear) or from peace (love). We tend to invest our time in things that we are taught we HAVE to do and we neglect our own bodies, feeding ourselves harmful food and drinks, instead of nourishing the vehicle of our life.
Mindfulness is to let go of the negative self-talk that are going on in our heads and to letting go of shoulds. Instead, we have to understand our own purpose everyday we wake up, pay attention to our thoughts and actions, pay attention to others and to the nature.
There are massive amounts of research that has shown how meditation and mindfulness increases our health, vitality and happiness. Meditation does not have to be practiced just by sitting still and quieting the mind. We need to integrate meditation in everything we do:
- Being mindful and conscious while we are walking or running
- Being mindful and conscious while we are eating
- Being mindful of our conscious sleep (sitting or laying down meditation)
- Being mindful of our subconscious sleep (in the night)
- Being mindful and conscious of our speech and our thoughts
- Being mindful and conscious of our breathing
I will throughout these weeks also give tips of how to practice mindfulness daily and weekly.
Tip of the day
Some of you have probably thought about trying meditation but haven't known how. Don't worry, you don't need to go to an ashram or temple to do this, you can use simple practices at home, or in-between meetings throughout the day.
I strongly recommend the app Headspace and to do the 10-minute modules everyday to start with one routine that is easy, but that will make a huge difference in your mind.
Also, in-between meetings or of you are feeling the stress creep up, either take a walk outside in our beautiful nature here or sit in a quite room where you can do this simple breathing technique:
- Breathe in while counting to 5, hold your breath while counting to 6 and breathe our while counting to 7. This will help your mind and body to relax.
My mission is to create a higher positive vibration in the world, connecting with loving and light beings. Law of Positivism is a way of being and living, in total love and gratitude.
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