So today we are focusing on the outside world again. And it’s all about awareness today. Take some time out to go nature spotting. Which might sound really odd if you’re nowhere near nature, but you can actually find all sorts of wonders of the natural world even in the city.
It could be:
Different trees you hadnt noticed before
The way some flowers can break through concrete
Maybe birds nesting in trees
Foxes scooting through the streets
Honey bee looking for a place to create a hive
The possibilities are endless… just take the time to go look and marvel at nature.
The last task for Mindful March: Go nature spotting today, even in a city there is wildlife.
So our month of Mindfulness is nearly over with just two days to go. Today it’s about noticing the joy in the simple things of life.
That could be:
The smell of fresh coffee
The smile of a loved one
how the sun glints off the windows
how your body feels in a warm bath
jumping in a puddle like a kid
The sharp taste of a freshly cut lemon
It can be absolutely anything you want at all, just be really aware of the joy you feel. The experience and how that feels in your body and relish in it. There are so many beautiful joyous things that we can open our hearts and eyes to given the chance to truly think and see. So try it and see what you could find joy in today.
One of the easiest ways to distract our minds from the noise and clutter around us is to take our minds to our bodies.
By focusing our attention on our bodies we give our reptilian brain something to focus on other than the worry of the day or any issues that may be preoccupying you for even just a moment.
You can do this, either sitting or lying down. Just take 5 minutes away from whatever you are doing and go somewhere quiet.
Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths in and out.
Then work from the top of your head down to the tips of your feet. And slowly work down your body, and notice any tenseness or feelings that come up. As you notice any tenseness or feelings just breathe into them deeply and move onto the next body part.
This is so simple but so effective in helping you connect with yourself. Try it!
Mindful March – Day 24 – Mentally scan your body & notice your feelings
Today the focus is on taking care of ourselves again. We all rush around in our day-to-day lives, chasing to get the kids to school on time, or rushing to get onto public transport or even cutting our lunch hours short to get back to work. It just is the way things are today for so many of us.
Whilst this is going on today, just try to keep some awareness around your body as you go through your day. If you feel any aches or pains or tiredness just take a break. That could be a mental break for instance as well as sitting down to take the weight off temporarily. Remember we are essentially animals and we do need to honor ourselves when we need rest. Although of course, I appreciate this isn’t always easy to do.
But at least if you are conscious of it, when you need to and you can … you should.
Enjoy your little breaks today, you’ve earned them!
We all know that gratitude is something that we should be practicing, but so many of us aren’t entirely sure how to do it, and those of us that do often give up as it becomes a chore or life gets in the way.
So why bother?
There’s actually alot of fascinating research into the science behind gratitude and the massive improvements that it seems to be able to make to literally every area of your life. The website www.happierhuman.com has a host of science facts if you want to get more. Just take a look at this chart below courtesy of Happier Human.
Have you got 5 minutes
One of the things that fascinated me when I read through the findings is that it literally only takes 5 minutes a day to make a difference! That’s crazy, everyone can find 5 minutes. I don’t care how busy you are, how big your family commitments are, every single one of us must be able to find 5 minutes a day.
Now interestingly if you’re one of those people who is scratching their head trying to work out how on earth you’re going to find 5 minutes in between cooking, taking the kids to school, work, throwing down your lunch and blah blah blah… you already have times where you can be grateful.
Simply put, you don’t necessarily have to have a full on gratitude journal that you religiously write in every day. But you could for instance, think about what you’re grateful for when you brush your teeth twice a day, or how about when you’re in the shower and shampooing your hair? Hell even if you decided to think about something you’re grateful for whenever you go to the toilet would work!
Try it you might like it
The idea is that you just give it a go, if the daily journaling for 5 minutes becomes a chore, stop and try something else. Either way, you’re getting into the habit of retraining your brain. Regardless of what life throws at you in the year, this re-wiring will make your life feel so much more special than it currently does.
Learning to love
The main thing to remember is no matter how you go about it, your gratitude practice shouldn’t become a chore. It should ideally become a regular part of your day like brushing your teeth. But of course this, much like yoga is called a practice for a reason. It’s going to take time, regularly showing up before it becomes a part of your life. Just don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon. Simply acknowledge it and get back into some form of practice.
2018 and beyond
I hope this message strikes a chord and you begin to implement some form of gratitude practice into your life, be it, thankfulness when brushing your teeth or a daily photo you love on instagram or even the traditional gratitude journal each day. It truly is a remarkable way to rewire your brain and totally transform your life.
And finally, I would like to say I am grateful for you reading my words. Thank you!