Mindfulness - Have You Got The Time?
9th April 2019 Paul Andrews
We’re living in a busy time. Quicker, faster, better. That’s the goal. Our world glorifies being busy like it’s a badge of honour. Do you spend enough time 'just being'?
No one says “good for you, sitting on the couch all day, way to go.”
No one wants to add to their to-do list. The laundry list is long enough. We try to do more, be more, have more, get more, keep up, move forward, keep climbing. Days ticks by and we feel pushed up against a flimsy wall, praying today is the day it doesn’t burst.
Do you ever stop and think is this what it’s supposed to be like?
We don’t have to be so overwhelmed and exhausted.
Yup stuff is going to come up that challenges, upsets and frustrates.
But we have a choice.
We can approach it from calm and centred.
We can approach it from mindfulness.
When we pause long enough, shifts happen.
What’s mindfulness anyway?
People get scared away from mindfulness talk. They think it’s based in spirituality. A very woo-woo concept. Evoking images of goat sacrifices and drumming circles. Guess what? Mindfulness isn’t some drawn out process. It’s so simple you can do it. Anywhere. Anytime.
Mindfulness is a strategy. It’s a way to direct yourself away from all the noise in your noggin. And just for a moment, it’s giving yourself a break. A chance to pause and not focus on anything. Release and allow yourself (in the midst of your hectic day) a chance to pause, breath and just be. Simply pay attention to your body, mind, and environment.
Benefits of Meditation
Research reveals a multitude of benefits when mindfulness is engaged.
People adapt better.
They bounce back quicker from bad moods.
They spend less time sitting in negative energy.
Clarity, calmness, and improved focus happen from taking the time to be mindful. Communication improves. Memory is better. Motivation is increased.
Neuroscientists have seen when mini moments of mindfulness are weaved throughout your day, your brain notices. Results show taking time to pause eventually starts to rewire your brain. Most noticeably it affects the areas responsible for concentration, self-awareness, compassion and memory.
Mindfulness can also impact your physical body. Improved overall sense of wellbeing, more relaxed, less stress and decreased tension levels, better sleep and more energy are all side effects of being mindful.
How much time IS needed?
When you take a moment for yourself, results are felt immediately. You don’t need to spend hours or even minutes developing an involved practise. We’ve actually designed a tool that can help you in as little as 30 seconds. We’ve seen firsthand how in literally a moment, change happens.
It’s giving yourself permission to realign and readjust your day.
It’s not about morphing into some Super Meditator sitting cross-legged and chanting.
It’s not difficult, time consuming or intrusive.
The benefits often arrive through the back door.
One day you notice your mood is a bit lighter.
Family notices you aren’t reacting so quickly and harshly.
You feel lighter and happier, seeing the world thru a slightly different skew.
In as little as 30-seconds you can create mindfulness.
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