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The new black was green, now the health gods have upped the ante and it’s about Mindfulness.
Mindfulness, simply stated, is the practice of being aware moment to moment. That is of your world, yourself and of others. It turns out that it’s actually a glorious process reconnecting and just simply being in the moment! It’s not just about meditation, mindfulness has taken on many forms for the modern day person. Here are some of my favourites, including a great exercise you can try
Adult Colouring In
My favourite adult colouring in books are from Emma Farrarons, whose book – The Mindfulness Colouring Book, has been a best seller in Australia. It’s surprisingly relaxing and very calming! I’m a coloured pencil kinda gal but whatever colouring tool floats your boat will do the trick. If I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious at all, I like to find a calm spot in the house and just focus on the task of filling in the white spaces of the page.
I asked Dr Joann Lukins, director of Peak Performance Psychology about the growing trend. “Colouring books can be really beneficial. Colouring in allows you to just focus on the one activity. It’s quiet, meditative in it’s nature and good for keeping you in the moment. Now at the risk of contradicting myself, I also personally find colouring in books useful if I’m trying to think through a problem or be creative on another task. The act of colouring in requires very little cognitive activity (for me, I keep within the lines and that’s about it!), so it can be a way to remove other distractions and just think about the other task at hand.”
Mala beads are ancient spiritual talismans infused with mystical energy.
Mala beads can be used as a meditation tool to help focus the mind or as a daily reminder to live authentically and follow your dreams.
Start by programming your mala with an intention or mantra. This is usually something you would like to manifest in your life. Simply hold your mala and concentrate on your mantra or intention and you will intuitively feel when it is ready.
With roots in Buddhism, Hinduism and yoga mala beads were originally used for Japa meditation where a mantra is repeated 108 times at the touch of each bead. By focusing on the mantra the mind becomes free of fleeting thoughts and is able to more easily come into stillness.
If you choose a mala to wear as a talisman rather than use it as a meditation tool, simply wearing it will allow you to absorb the healing energies of the crystals and help bring happiness and peace. It will act as a daily reminder to live authentically and always follow your dreams.
Archer Mala Beads are made with 108 healing crystal and sacred sandalwood beads plus one guru bead as is custom. The 109th bead represents connection to the divine and is used as a way to say thank you to spiritual teachers
“Anyone can journal, however there is an activation that takes place when you do it differently… with a purpose. Journaling is not always about reflection and taking notes about the events of the day. If you want to live wholeheartedly, be present and mindful in your life, it’s about showing up. Setting up your day in a way that feels good, where happiness, love and abundance are a state of mind.
I have discovered that there is a process that you can use that is a simple and powerful process that guides people through a two step daily process that give you the ability to retrain how you think and feel about yourself and it then becomes a reflection on your experience. In the mornings you set up your day and in the evening you begin to take notes about everything you did right and start to deconstruct your day so you sleep better at night.”
For more information on journaling and the activation process visit www.reneemayne.com.au
A Brief, Easy-To-Perform Mindfulness Exercise
Developed by Julian McNally, Act Of Living
1) Try it yourself and see what difference you notice
2) Read it aloud to someone who hasn’t done mindfulness before. To increase the effect, ask them to think about a challenging or unpleasant situation for a few moments first. After you finish, ask them what difference they noticed.
SEE: Take a moment to look around the room and see what you see here. [PAUSE – 20 seconds]
HEAR: Now close your eyes and check in on the sounds you can hear around you. You donâ€™t have to pick up everyone, just so you get an idea of what sounds are there. [PAUSE – 20 seconds]
FEEL: Now with your eyes open or closed, start at your feet and work your way up your body to your neck or face, noticing the surfaces your skin is in contact with. For example, feeling your socks on your feet, your fingers touching each other and so on. [PAUSE – 40 seconds]
SAFETY: [say this slowly so they have time to think while you ask] Now just thinking of all the things you can see and hear and feel right now, is there anything there that is dangerous to you?
Why it works?
Our fears are almost never about what is happening in the present moment. When you focus on what you see, hear and feel in the present moment, it’s almost impossible to find any danger. And ‘no danger’ is usually called safety. Safety enables learning, empathy and open awareness – the hallmarks of mindfulness.
What’s your favourite way to practice Mindfulness?