From an early age, I can remember my mother teaching me to always, as best I can live in the ‘present’ moment, not the past nor the future. This is not easy I know and I have suffered a lot from living in the past post my mothers’ passing to cancer at age eighteen. Living in the past gets you nowhere but unfortunately, it is our brains ‘default’ setting.
Luckily enough, I was blessed at the age of twenty-one to discover Indonesia, especially the island of Bali. It truly saved my soul. I learned how to live, love, and laugh after losing my mother, battling my need for education and enduring University by self. I chose to call Bali my spiritual home, as of the summer of 2001, and to actively learn from Balinese ‘Guru’ teachers as to how to access the ‘moment’. They taught me to breathe in a way that would bring me back to the ‘moment’ every time. I would use this and ‘mindfulness’ to get my mind out of the many whirling vortexes that presented from past hurts and to gain full calmness and relaxation in the ‘moment’.
Are you ready to be in every moment of your day?
If you answered yes to this then please read on. I will explain all about ‘mindfulness’ and how you can learn to tap into the power from within. It is important to know when you need to take time out in your life and to act ‘mindful’ to heal yourself from within. It takes a conscious effort to become a ‘mindful’ soul in this fast-paced society. If you take this time now and choose to show yourself more love, with this self-care practice then it will serve you well dear reader. Choose to take back the control, of a whirling vortex mind, and become a peaceful warrior who is able to be ‘present’ in any given moment in life.
How do I become mindful?
There are two clear paths to becoming ‘mindful’. You either try to do it yourself, and I will happily provide you with the ideas needed to start this journey yourself. Or you choose the second path, that I embarked on myself in Bali, and you employ my services as your ‘Guru’ to learn the art of mindfulness.
Firstly you can try to implement some mindfulness ‘skills’ into your daily life. You can start with:
Mindful breathing: Identify the in-breath as in-breath and the out-breath as out-breath. Then recognise: this is an in-breath, this is an out-breath – simple but effective, as a starting point. The object of your mindfulness is your breath, so you just focus your attention on it. When you do that, the mental chatter will stop; you won’t think anymore. You will find, with both time and practice, that you don’t have to make an effort to stop your thinking; you simply bring your attention to your breath and the mental chatter will dissipate. This is the beauty of practicing mindfulness. You do not think of the past anymore, nor the future. You just focus your immediate attention, your mindfulness, on your breath.
Mindful awareness: Become aware of your body, alongside this new found ‘mindful breathing’. Say to self as you breathe in and out “I am aware of my body”. This will bring the mind wholly back to the body – to connect. It is here that your mind and body will become one reality, and you will be well-established in the here and now. You can try to be in touch with all the wonders of life that are available in yourself and around you, using mindfulness, because for most of us our body may be there but our mind is elsewhere. Our mind can be caught in the past or in the future, in fear, sorrow, uncertainty making our mind lost and not present.
Secondly, you can join a 1:1 course with me on mindfulness. Here, I will show you many things – how you can shine a light of mindful awareness on limiting beliefs, and experience the freedom that is possible when you let go! I will teach you a lot about your belief systems. Whether you believe that you are unlovable, unworthy, or misunderstood, those beliefs will be disconnecting you from your own ‘being’ and from the world. This in turn will cause you to ‘suffer’ internally. Did you know, that suffering is your call to attention? If you are suffering, then you are believing something that is limiting and untrue about yourself. Most of us have core beliefs that will bind us in fear, and create unnecessary feelings of inferiority. You owe it to yourself to investigate the truth of your deep-seated beliefs and to set yourself free from any suffering. Untrue beliefs can easily lead to dangerous habits, behaviours, and conflicts that will impact daily productivity, your ability to enjoy intimacy with another and to lead a happy life.
Mindfulness training is the key to greater happiness and contentment in a busy twenty-first-century living. It is however a choice that you have to make, to consciously act and achieve a balanced mental state.
If you are interested in learning more about Mindfulness, and experiencing wither a session or completing a 1:1 course with me then please get in touch. Go to www.lynnesnook.com and use the form on either the blog or contact page to make me aware of your individual needs. Or if you like the idea of group training head over to www.purplefreesia.co.uk to sign up for 7 days of mindfulness with me.