Happy November Movers! As we move into the busy holiday season, it is important to find ways to slow down and be present. Mindfulness is a practice that can add value to everyday life – helping us to not get swept up into the hustle and bustle of an exciting time.
What is mindfulness?
“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.”
So how can you add this to your workout and your life? Here are a few simple things you can do:
Pay attention. It’s hard to slow down and notice things in a busy world. Try to take the time to experience your environment with all of your senses — touch, sound, sight, smell and taste. For example, when you eat a favorite food, take the time to smell, taste and truly enjoy it.
Live in the moment. Try to intentionally bring an open, accepting and discerning attention to everything you do. Find joy in simple pleasures.
Accept yourself. Treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend.
Focus on your breathing. When you have negative thoughts, try to sit down, take a deep breath and close your eyes. Focus on your breath as it moves in and out of your body. Sitting and breathing for even just a minute can help.
Want a chance to practice using mindfulness? bodyART® is functional movement training that challenges your strength, flexibility and mental concentration. Learn how to focus on breath, movement and the moment. Take some time for yourself and try it out!