What is mindfulness and how can you achieve it?
Mindfulness. It’s a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through.
That might seem trivial, except for the annoying fact that we so often veer from the matter at hand.
Our mind takes flight, we lose touch with our body, and pretty soon we’re engrossed in obsessive thoughts about something that just happened or fretting about the future.
And that makes us anxious.
When we focus on what HASN’T happened yet, we become anxious. When we focus on things that HAVE happened in the past, we become depressed.
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us”
Being MINDFUL means to BE IN THE MOMENT!We have all heard that saying before – to live in the moment.
But the truth is, it is so much more powerful than we realise.
We need to FEEL rather than THINK, does that make sense?
It is ok and normal to have bad days and to not feel great.It’s when we try and NOT feel bad that anxiety kicks in.
JUST LET IT BE. Be ok with not feeling ok. The more we learn to FEEL, the less we THINK about how we feel. It is a catch 22.
The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes.
Some ways to help with a racing mind are the obvious – exercise, good food, fresh air and sunlight and plenty of quality sleep. Some other ways to help that may not be so obvious are –
+ Writing down everyday in a journal what you a grateful for
+ Taking time out, even just for 5 minutes, when you are feeling overwhelmed
+ Deep and slow breathing
+ Meditation (I used to think this was just a load of rubbish, until I tried it and relaised how powerful it was to the soul and mind!)
+ Choosing to not take on board others negativity, know your emotional boundaries! + Using Essential Oils, they REALLY do help!
These together promote focus, clarity and mindfulness.
Some different ways to use these oils are by either –
- Making into a roller blend
- Or by adding a drop to the palm of the hands, run together and inhale deeply
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The Basics of Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness helps us put some space between ourselves and our reactions, breaking down our conditioned responses.
- Set aside some time. You don’t need a meditation cushion or bench, or any sort of special equipment to access your mindfulness skills—but you do need to set aside some time and space.
- Observe the present moment as it is. The aim of mindfulness is not quieting the mind, or attempting to achieve a state of eternal calm. The goal is simple: we’re aiming to pay attention to the present moment.
- Let your judgements roll by. When we notice judgements arise during our practice, we can make a mental note of them, and let them pass.
- Return to observing the present moment as it is. Our minds often get carried away in thought. That’s why mindfulness is the practice of returning, again and again, to the present moment.
- Be kind to your wandering mind. Don’t judge yourself for whatever thoughts crop up, just practice recognising when your mind has wandered off, and gently bring it back.
Invigorating Focus Diffuser Blend
- 2 drops Lime
- 2 drops Frankincense
- 2 drops Peppermint
- 2 drops Orange
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Love Melissa // Health & Wealth