I was at a workshop at the YMCA the other day on Meditation and Mindfulness. Thought I’ll share with you some exercises and notes that I thought were neat. Hope you enjoy!
What is Mindfulness
A state of active, open attention. Mindfulness is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thought and bodily sensations.
Simple Meditation Exercise
Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath. Take a few moments and allow your focus to broaden to your body and the sensations that it’s feeling. Now expand your focus to anything touching your body, noticing those sensations. Lastly expand your awareness to everything you can hear and sense. Now reverse this process and come back, one step at a time to your breath.
Mindful Appreciation Exercise
Notice five things in your day that usually go unappreciated. These things can be objects or people – it is up to you. use a notepad to check off five by the end of the day. Once you have identified your five things, make it your duty to find out everything you can about these things and bring awareness to how they support your life.
Mindful Eating Exercise
Before, during and after you eat ask yourself these five questions.
1) Why do I want to eat?
2) What do you want to eat?
3) How much am I enjoying this food?
4) How full am I?
5) Why did I eat that (or that much)?
Why Mindfulness is a Superpower