We all know how important it is to look after our bodies and we recognise the importance of exercise and a healthy diet. But what about the mind, possibly our most precious resource, the thing we rely on to be happy, content and to control our emotions, the thing we depend on to be focused and creative? What do we do to look after our mind?
Most of us do nothing.
At MindFit we help you to train the brain to be calmer, more focused, improve relationships and deal with difficult situations more easily by using mindfulness.
When you are mindful you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them as good or bad instead of spending time living in your head, ruminating about what happened to you in the past of worrying about what might happen in the future, mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment.
So how do we do this? Mindfulness can be formal, as in meditation, where we start by focusing on the breath, or informal, where we bring awareness to every day activities.
A good example of this is when we eat. Maybe you sit at your desk working or you watch TV while you eat. A great way to experience living in the moment is to eat mindfully, slow down and use all your senses.
There are so many elements to living mindfully but If you want to start to train your brain and get your ‘5 a day’ try these mindful moments.
About the Author:
Debbie Leafe has had an interest in Buddhist traditions for many years and has seen first hand the benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation. Debbie wanted to share the benefits with others so trained at the Central College of Mindfulness, specialising in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Debbie has spent time in India to deepen her understanding of Meditation and has a passion for sharing her knowledge about Mindfulness.
Jenny Ryan is the Award Winning photographer behind Women Rocking Business and Indigo + Violet Photography.