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6 Steps to Mindfulness

The things we do every day brings mindfulness into our lives.  Here’s my thoughts on 6 steps to mindfulness.  A lot of my posts have been about needing to bring mindfulness into my life and I’ve spent some time thinking about how to do this.

1.  Get in touch with nature

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Image courtesy of Jorge Guillen

Even in the city this is possible – go to the park and sit under a tree.  Take a walk wherever you feel at ease with nature – the beach, woods, country side, along the river.  Go fishing, swimming, sailing, hiking, cycling, fly a kite.  When traveling is not possible, you can sit in the garden.  It doesn’t have to be a big one, or even yours – head to the botanical gardens.  Look, listen and feel.

2.  Me time

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It can be really hard to carve out time for yourself.  Try to find even half an hour where you just do something for you.  When the kids are asleep, have soak in the bath, read a book, watch your favourite soap.  Or take your lunch hour away from your desk, get out of the office and go window shopping, have a coffee in a cafe or head to the gym.

3.  Practice

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Image courtesy of Irene Wirsing

Spend time practicing whatever helps you find that quietness.  Yoga, tai chi, qigong, meditation, mindfulness.  If you don’t do anything like that, then just sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing is great.  It doesn’t matter if you aren’t an expert or only manage 15 minutes, the regularity, practice and time out is what counts.

4.  Listen to music

Create a playlist of your favorite tunes and then go for it.  Spotify is free.  Play them loud and sing along.  Dance around the house or boogie in your chair.  For quieter moments sit still, close your eyes and just listen.

5.  Laugh!

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Kids know how to have fun, play and just be – spend time with them doing what they like to do.  Act like a kid, forget about being the adult and get in touch again with your childhood.  Have a tickle contest!  Go to a comedy club, watch your favourite comedian on TV, get together with friends and giggle.  Laugh out loud until your sides hurt!

6.  Let your mind wander

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Image courtesy of wgbieber

Take time out to just sit and be, let your mind wander and see where it takes you.  Turn the TV and phone off.  Be alone.  Head out to wherever you feel calm and day dream.

 

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