March 02, 2021
Mindfulness meditation, or living mindfully, is the act of awareness. Living mindfully means that your mind is fully attending to what you are doing, right here, right now. You know exactly what you are doing and why, rather than moving quickly and sometimes obsessively from one activity to the next.
When you practice mindfulness regularly, obsessive thinking reduces until it becomes almost non-existent. This can lead to being able to react to situations in a more controlled, calmer way. Scientific research shows that mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety, helps you sleep better, and provides tools to manage life’s difficulties.
There are a number of ways you can practice mindfulness.
There is the traditional lying or sitting still for twenty minutes, following a meditation teacher’s instructions in a class or online. Or you can do short meditations, from 30 seconds to a minute, throughout your day. Smelling a specific aroma can also help you stay mindful. The aim of mindfulness is to fit in with any lifestyle, not to follow a rigid practice that you resent and eventually give up on.
Mindfulness is available to all of us.
We all have the ability, and with dedicated practice we can access it. There are some simple tools you can use, if a formal meditation practice isn’t for you, that will assist you in living more mindfully.
Part of living mindfully is giving yourself ‘me’ time. I know this sounds cliché, but it’s important to step out of your busy schedule of family, work and social life to give yourself time to be in the present moment. This could involve taking a bath with bath bombs. Something like Love Magnesium or Healing Love Magnesium balls would be perfect for a mindful, deliberate relaxing bath. Throw one in the bath and lie there breathing in the healing aromas. If your mind wonders, that is ok. Take note of what you are thinking, do not judge, and just bring your mind back to the aromas.
There are so many ways you can practice mindfulness or live a more mindful way of life. Using creams or bath bombs is one suggestion, but you can choose something that works just for you. Make it special and worthwhile, so you want to keep practicing. Before long, you will see the benefits.
Thank you Sonia Cuni from Ceres Choice for being our guest blogger!
If you are interested in learning more about mindful living or mindful meditation please visit www.cereschoice.com.au for information, blogs and class details.
November 30, 2020