Welcome to Day 1of
5 Days Of More Mindfulness
Today we’re going to be starting with the very simple practice of mindful breathing.
Before we get started though its time for a short reflection:
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present. Not in the future or the past. but the NOW!
It is recognising and appreciating the happiness ALREADY in your life.
Lots of people are alive but rarely FEEL truly alive! Instead they're simply existing. Mindfulness is being fully aware of the miracle of life and present to enjoy that miracle.
When you're aware of the happiness and energy already around you, you can step into that happiness and joy. You can be FIRMLY in the present moment.
Remember this: mindfulness is the connection and awareness of the mind and body.
Mindfulness should NOT be work or effort. You don’t need to make an effort to breathe in…
...or appreciate the beauty of a sunset…
...or enjoy every mouthful of a meal.
Mindfulness brings an inner and outer stillness
This stillness brings PEACE.
Ready for today' action?
The most natural place to begin the practice of mindfulness is with breathing. Breath is foundational to everything you do. Every moment features a breath in and a breath out.
If you can be mindful of breathing, you are laying a solid foundation to build on.
To get started, practice mindful breathing for a MINIMUM of 5 minutes. If you’re able to do more, fantastic, but let’s start small...
Take note of the air moving through your nose and mouth and filling your lungs. ENJOY that in-breath. Only a living person can take a breath, so savour your life. Celebrate your LIFE.
Hold that breath for a moment. Feel the air in your lungs. Be aware of the oxygen filling your body with life and energy.
Let the breath OUT slowly. Feel your body relax as the air exits. Be present as the air passes through your nose and mouth. Do you notice any smell? Is the air warm or cold?
Repeat the process.
Inevitably, your mind will wander while you are breathing mindfully. When you notice this happening, GENTLY, and without judgment, bring it back to your breath.
Do this as often as necessary.
Okay, now it’s time for you to practice breathing. After your session go to the facebook group and share how you felt. Come on, don’t be shy!
And stay tuned for tomorrow because we’re going to begin mindful concentration.
See you tomorrow!