Mindful Reminders

Weekly Mindful Reminder – Think Less, Feel More

If we can spend more time experiencing the present moment, perhaps by simply feeling the breath and our body, we can spend less time engaged in the often rapid unhelpful thought, giving our minds a rest and helping us to feel calm and settled.

This gives us the freedom to get in touch with our intuition or gut feeling about what is right or to be avoided.
We can also find more space in our heads, free from the clutter of unhelpful thought, to make room for functional thinking, learning and problem solving.

In addition to formal practice if possible, see if you can remember to introduce simple regular pauses throughout the day – just sink your awareness into your body at any time, feel the breath, the bodily sensations including movement, hear sounds ….. think less, feel more.

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Weekly Mindful Reminder – Take a breath

When you notice that you are caught in your mind’s traffic – Take a Breath.

Just pause for a moment.
Take your attention into your body and feel the sensations of the body breathing.
Take some deep breathes if this helps, lengthening the out breath and then let the body breath naturally and just …

… BE WITH THE BREATH.

Calming the mind will help you to see the world more calmly.

Warmest wishes,
Roz

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Weekly Mindful Reminder – When is the best time to meditate?

This weeks reminder is written by Emma.

People often ask this question on courses. My answer is always NOW! (ha ha get it?!) So with that in mind, this week’s reminder is about the 3 Step Breathing Space which you may want to do right now. This is an informal practice that can last as long or as short as you’d like and can be done anywhere – you chose 3 seconds, 3 minutes, 10 minutes or longer.

 Step 1 – simply spend a few moments noticing and observing any thoughts – not engaging in them just having a look at how busy your mind is or isn’t in this moment. Also have a check in on how you are feeling emotionally – notice what your own internal weather pattern is like.

Step 2 – Gather your focus onto your breath and spend a few moments simply feeling your body breathe. Notice where you can feel your breath and if it’s long and deep or maybe short and shallow (no need to change it, follow the natural breath).

Step 3 – Widen your attention to your body. Gently scan your focus around your whole body being curious about any physical sensations and noticing any areas that feel relaxed and any areas that feel tense. Notice also the contact your body is making with the chair and the temperature of your body.

With love, Emma x

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Weekly Mindful Reminder – Technology and Social Media

This weeks reminder is written by Emma.

I have been reflecting on the popularity of social media this week. Technology and the access social media gives us is a wonderful thing however I think this is only when we know how to use it rather than letting it control us.

You may have noticed the pull that social media can have over us which sometimes makes it feel like it’s another one of those activities on our “to do” list. This, to me is an example of where technology is controlling us rather than us controlling it. This makes it more of an emotional reaction rather than a logical response when using it.

Mindfulness formal and informal practice can help you gain more control and logical thinking over your use of technology and reduce feeling that unconscious pull towards it.

You might like to read this article with tips on this. Or what I often do when I feel that draw towards checking my phone is to take a few breaths, notice my thoughts and notice any emotions which allows me to logically decide if I want to check at that moment.

With love,

Emma x

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Weekly Mindful Reminder – Riding the waves

British Summer Time has begun and recently I’ve heard people, including myself, starting to talk with excitement about
going on a summer holiday.

I feel very grateful that I can plan a holiday and we love to go to Cornwall and mess around in the waves.

This brought to mind the wonderful mindfulness analogy:

“you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf” by Jon Kabat Zinn

When we practice mindfulness, we can learn to use the breath as a barometer to show us how we are feeling and our breath can also be used to help calm us down.

We can learn to ride the waves of our ever changing emotions with the breath, which helps us to keep perspective and respond calmly, rather than react with perhaps aggression and later regret.

So, next time you’re feeling challenging emotions and life feels like a huge wave is coming, see if you can ride that wave of emotion by simply taking your attention to the body and breath. Wait until the emotion subsides, as it always will and respond to the situation with choice and control.

Warmest wishes,

Roz