WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT, MAKING CHANGE IN LIFE IS DRIVEN BY OUR INTENTIONS. BEING MINDFUL CAN HELP US TO GROW, CHANGE AND SHAPE THE WAY WE WALK THROUGH LIFE.
Starting a New Year can be full of possibility, but it can also be full of hard expectation and pressure. Practicing mindfulness can act as a kind of mental training to be more intentional with our lives. Think about how the act of priming works – if the morning starts out with worries about work and the mind keeps practicing worrying, then when you get to work, everything you see will be regarded through an anxious lens.
If we intentionally set time aside to bring more mindfulness into our lives, we’ll start priming our minds to see from a greater place of balance, flexibility and compassion. Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” That starts with intention.
- Intention shapes our thoughts and words.
- Thoughts and words mold our actions.
- Thoughts, words, and actions shape our behaviours.
- Behaviours sculpt our bodily expressions.
- Bodily expressions fashion our character.
- Our character hardens into what we look like and show the world.
Why not practice the below tips daily to kickstart your mindful journey?
- Begin the day by taking a few minutes to just breathe, before checking emails, social media and news.
- Set aside short periods, between five and 15 minutes each day, where your intention is simply to be more mindful.
- Pay attention to the present moment in a gentle, accepting way. It can be while you are walking, sitting or lying down.
- Have fun with your mindfulness practice. Pick one quick activity you do each day — drinking a cup of tea, putting on makeup, or having a shower. As you do each activity, pay close attention to the sensations in your body. Instead of simply going through the motions, notice what thoughts and emotions come up. And if your mind wanders, just note that and return to the present moment.
- Exercise. Choose a workout (aka InspireCycle) that helps train your brain to switch off and reset, even if only for 45 precious minutes each day.
The main thing is to be kind to your mind. Mindfulness can be difficult to grasp, so start slow and gradually find yourself being able to “Breathe in, open to intention; breathe out, let it be.”
Love + Light