Welcome to our weekly Purely Positive post.
‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans….’ John Lennon. Lyrics from one of Mummy’s favourite songs ‘Beautiful Boy.’ So how do you slow down time? How do you savour every moment, and make it count? By having a mindful day. It is possible, and here’s how 🙂
You might think that mindfulness is difficult, or takes too long or you’re not sure what it is, and whether you want to try it. Well, it is easy, simple, and can be done at any moment in your day.
- Focus only on what you are doing at the moment. Enjoy your morning coffee, meeting a friend, playing with your tot. If you don’t, it can pass in a blur without you really feeling it – or remembering it.
- If you have a mountain of things to do, it can feel overwhelming. Start with one ‘job’ and focus on that. Be it washing up, cleaning the bath, writing a post, whatever it is focus only on that. Bring your mind back to it if it wanders. Stay with it until it is complete, then move on to the next. You will feel more fulfilled.
- When you wake up, take a moment to just ‘be’. Feel your bed supporting you, feel the warm bedding covering you, hear the wind or rain and notice how it feels to be sheltered, warm, dry. Give thanks for this too.
- Similarly, when you go to bed, take a moment to appreciate your day. Think of a highlight and replay it in your mind. Then, notice how you feel, being aware of your bed, the quiet or the warmth, or whatever you notice.
- At any point in the day, when you remember, just ‘be’. Standing outside school, or in a queue, notice how you feel – what you feel. Use your senses. What can you see, hear, smell, taste, feel? This becomes easier with practice and will enrich your day.
The more you practice being mindful, the easier it becomes. These are small ways to have a mindful day, try them and see the difference it make to you. If It feels too difficult, or your mind wanders off again, notice how this makes you feel, and start again. It is important not to beat yourself up about it.
We would love to know how you get on!