It’s no secret that our minds being pulled in too many directions and life seeming to move ever faster can leave us feeling overwhelmed, constantly in motion and somehow always behind.
We all know that meditation is a great tool for de-stressing and becoming more focused and aware, but for some of us sitting down and doing nothing for 10 minutes can feel agonisingly difficult, especially at times when it feels like there’s a million and one things we could use those 10 minutes for.
The remedy for this is not to learn to do more things, better and faster. The remedy is to learn to slow down and introduce more mindfulness into our lives. There’s always more we can be doing, so at some point we need to say ‘enough’ and decide to give ourselves a chance to find our centre again.
How can we introduce more mindfulness into our lives? We all know that meditation is a great tool for de-stressing and becoming more focused and aware, but for some of us sitting down and doing nothing for 10 minutes can feel agonisingly difficult, especially at times when it feels like there’s a million and one things we could use those 10 minutes for.
So let’s change tack and look at ways we can create a meditative state while doing. Here are a few of our favourite ideas to bring more mindfulness and calm into your daily life.
Walking: Not much explanation needed here! The most important thing is that you try to go for a walk phone and audio free. Notice what you see, what you hear and smell as you walk.
Baking: The feel of flour, the repetitive action of kneading dough, the patience required…all this makes baking bread an incredibly meditative experience. Check out Pauline Beaumont’s book Bread Therapy for more inspiration.
Drawing or painting: It doesn’t matter what the end result is, the only thing that matters is the experience and the total absorption into what you’re doing.
Knitting: Winter is coming so maybe now is the time to learn to knit that cosy scarf. This again incorporates repetitive actions which can put you in a trance-like state.
Let us know if you already do any of these or if you have more suggestions to add to the list!
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to engage your relaxation response and completely step away from your to-do list.
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