It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much.
Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.
It is really simple to forget the world around us and lose touch with the way our physical bodies are feeling resulting in ”living in our heads”. It’s also not that difficult to get caught up in our thoughts and forget about our emotions and behaviour.
- Higher brain functioning;
- Increased immune function;
- Lowered blood pressure;
- Lowered heart rate;
- Increased awareness;
- Increased attention and focus;
- Increased clarity in thinking and perception;
- Lowered anxiety levels;
- Experience of being calm and internally still;
- Experience of feeling connected.
This is why it’s important to take a few moments in the day to relax and do nothing. Every week I will be posting one mindfulness technique to help guide anyone who wants to be part of this long living religious and secular tradition.
- This is called the ”Mindfulness body scan” -It is an easy way to get in touch with your feelings and relax. What you do is focus on every area in your body starting from the toes and moving to your head.It is to train your attention on each specific part for a moment and pay close attention to how you feel.
Try doing this for 10 minutes a day and slowly build up by 5 minutes until you reach 30. If you are like me and your attention span is very low I still encourage you to give it a go as it is worth while in the long run :).
Here is a short inspirational poem I absolutely love.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!