If you have an over active mind, have trouble sleeping or get stressed easily, this could provide some simple and practical tools.
The practice of Mindfulness, which stems from Buddhist teachings and tradition, has been successfully used as an adjunct therapy for a wide variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, compulsive behaviour, and stress to mention just a few examples.
Simply expressed it is ‘the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something’. It means paying attention in a certain way – commonly on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement.
From an mBraining perspective it also means being aware of the sensory messages from all 3 intelligences, Head, Heart and Gut. Each has something to add to our experience of life and guide how we live.
Body awareness in the present moment is one of the key skills to practice.
Let me explain further…there are 3 places we can put our awareness –
in our physical experience (our body),
in our imagination (head) and
in the external world.
In addition there are 3 times slots available to us, past, present and future.
In my personal experience exploring mindfulness, an essential skill is being purposeful about where I place my attention and awareness.
Let me offer an example.
Without moving anything, how do you know with certainty, you have a big toe on your right foot (I am assuming you physically do have toes on your feet).
Close your eyes if it helps.
If you can feel sensations such as warmth, tingling, pulsing, then that’s great. In order to do you must – be in your body and in the present moment. You are experiencing the subtle movement of blood through tiny capillaries in your toe. Excellent body awareness!
If you can’t feel anything then you’re probably in your mind looking at a past picture of how you last remember your toe looking like! Being in your mind and in the past will rob you of present moment body awareness.
Now, again without moving, notice how your left ear feels. Close your eyes if that helps. If you feel warmth, tingling or pulsing, you’re on the right track!
Now notice what happens to your awareness of your big toe when thinking about you left ear?
By the way, what was the colour of the first car you owned?
What’s your favourite song?
Who inspired you?
Each of these questions will shift where you put your attention, in your mind, body or external world, past present and future.
All are within our control.
Mindfulness is taking charge of that.