Mindfulness (defined as a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgement) is a brilliant way to reduce stress. It really is. Have you tried it? I'll be focusing on mindfulness all this month - will you join me?
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Amit Ray, Yogi
At the end of 31 days of meditation for the Mindful in May meditation challenge I am feeling focused, well rested and thoughtful. Did I win at life? I'm not sure I can define 'win,' but I do feel that life is and will be better and easier in many ways than it was before. That's a win, right?
Tomorrow is the 1st of May and as you may have heard, I've signed up for Mindful in May, a global mindfulness meditation challenge. I am committing to 10 minutes of meditation per day for the full 31 days of May. Yikes!
In chatting about this challenge both on and offline a number of people have said, 'I'd love to do that but I don't know if I could stick to it,' 'I think I'm just too busy,' and 'Good luck finding ten minutes to yourself each day!'
It's almost May which in my part of the world means the cold, cold weather is settling in, possibly until December. Sigh.
It's tempting to let wellbeing take a back seat in winter. Long sunshiney walks are out. Bike riding is not a whole lot of fun in squally weather. I'll keep up my yoga practice, perhaps upping my quota of toasty Hot Yoga sessions but the physical outdoorsy stuff is unappealing and in our little house there's not much space for anything more active than the crazy jumping wriggling antics of two small boys. So I'm looking inwards to chill out...
Is your head too full at times? Full of schedules? Worries? Ideas? Is there a bunch of drunken monkeys swinging their way around your brain making it difficult to concentrate on one thing at a time? Making you distracted and distractable, anxious or just exhausted? Does your mind need a bit of time out?