Mindfulness is defined as the ability to be fully present in the moment. A simple definition for an action that yields powerful results. By offering ourselves moments of mindfulness, we can foster an environment of relaxation, creativity, focus, and contentment.
Over the next few weeks, you will be introduced to a variety of mindfulness practices that are proven effective as stress management tools. I think it’s safe to say we could all benefit from a little stress reduction in our daily lives and while we navigate this unknown territory.
Creating a practice of mindfulness may be intimidating at first. It’s intangible nature can make it difficult to begin and can often lead you to wonder if you’re “doing it right.”
Fortunately, there is no right or wrong way to practice mindfulness. It is a unique self-practice that can be formed in anyway to fit you and your lifestyle. Mindfulness practices vary in style. To find the one the works for you, simply try out an approach. Tune in to how your body and mind responds during and after the practice. Just with training our bodies, our minds need the same consistent training for lasting benefit.
Our first mindfulness technique is called Mindful Movement. Think of this similar to yoga, without the physical exertion. When we are mindfully moving, our intention is to focus on our breath while tuning into our bodies, passively feeling the stimulation of various moves and stretches.
When thoughts start to enter your mind, kindly recognize their presence but try to refocus back to your breath and body. After your practice, get curious around the thoughts that may have popped up. Practice kindness to yourself during the process, let go of any judgments or expectations.
Mindful Movements can be done guided or unguided. In the beginning, it’s recommended to follow along to a guided practice. Here are a few links to get you started.