Get out of your head
What’s it about?: Mindful Moments
How often do you get out of your head?
I’m not talking about alcohol or drug fuelled oblivion!
I’m talking about being mindful.
Allowing yourself to really notice, in a curious, non-judgemental way, how you are feeling.
Tuning in to your body.
Most people spend way too much time in their heads.
Worrying about what has happened.
Worrying about what will happen.
And all this thinking about what was or what might be wastes a lot of your energy.
And what’s more…
In the long term it can cause…
Lack of sleep.
A simple loss of the ability to “just be” and embrace the joy of the moment.
So what’s the answer to all this over-thinking?
Being more mindful.
Introducing more and more “Mindful Moments” into your busy, busy, busy day.
Take a moment now to just notice where you are and how you are feeling.
If you are sitting, become aware of where your body connects with the chair.
And notice your feet.
Become aware of how they connect with the floor.
How do they feel in this moment?
And if it’s safe to do so, try closing your eyes and tuning in to any physical sensations in your body.
Slowly working your way down your body – slowly directing your awareness to your face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, shins, ankles, and feet.
You just spent a mindful moment with yourself.
And the good news?
Whilst you are tuning in to the physical sensations in your body, you can’t think at the same time.
So you automatically switch off your superfast thinking brain when you focus on a certain part of your body and how it is feeling.
One great way…
Of remembering these mindful moments is by thinking about a freshly brewed cafetiere of coffee.
All the coffee is at the top to begin with (like the thoughts in your head).
But as you slowly push down the plunger, the coffee moves down the container until eventually, is is all focused in one area at the bottom.
Your attention and focus can be the same – slowly moving it away from your head as you slowly scan your body and finish with all your attention on your feet.
Grounded on the floor.
Connected and safe.
Studies have shown that taking regular Mindful Moments can be as beneficial as sitting and meditating for longer periods.
So why not start being more mindful today?
Developing the habit of taking just one mindful minute every hour to move your focus away from your busy thinking and into your body.
Finishing with noticing your feet – firmly grounded on the floor.
I’m off to be make sure Mindful Moments are a regular part of my daily habits.
How about you?
To your fulfilment.
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