AWARENESS AND MINDFULNESS
How often do you stop to smell the roses?
Ever noticed how we have moved away from our momentary experiences rather than closer to them. I wonder when you do the washing up, are you really present in washing up, noticing the shape of each glass or plate, or are you thinking about other things? You already know how to be present and mindful, you do it probably without knowing. When you go to the cinema or watch your favourite TV show, do you forget about the outside world while you are pleasantly engrossed in the story?
To take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, being mindful is a crucial component. Learn to be aware of your circumstances, what causes your symptoms, what thoughts you have around it, what your actions and reactions are that contribute. This is all mindfulness; paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
Mindfulness is the essence of the eastern world with meditation, tai chi and yoga. This way of life has been lived for thousands of years, bringing peace, tranquility and calm. The western world has recently caught on and while utilising these ancient techniques, continues to develop new ways to help us be more mindful.