When someone mentions meditation or mindfulness, many people's first associations are drawn to an image of someone sitting with their legs crossed, perhaps on a wooden deck somewhere in Bali, trying to find themselves... Do you recognise yourself in this, in our opinion, fairly common misconception?
Many of us are mind-full every day. The English translation could be mind-split. Do you know what it's like to be consumed by thoughts? Maybe you're reading this - while you're caught up in what was said in the morning meeting, planning what to make for dinner, or thinking about when it was that your daughter was going to be driven to soccer practice?
Whether they are thoughts or feelings, they have the ability to take our focus away from the moment or the task we are in right now. This can manifest itself in a stress response or fatigue. But it doesn't have to be that way.
In fact, you can learn to control your focus instead of letting your thoughts control you.
The exercise below takes just a few minutes and is the perfect break for those who are stressed or need to slow down and control their thoughts - a presence and focus exercise with a relaxing effect. We call it mindfulness - but you can call it whatever you like!
Start by going to a place where you can be by yourself for a little while, maybe in a meeting room at work between important tasks - or in your favourite armchair in the living room next to the table with your favourite magazines and that knitting you like to sit with but can't find the focus to finish? Then follow the steps below:
3 senses - A short exercise
Good luck! And remember, it gets easier every time you practice.