Reflections for the Week: Begin
As we move in to the new year, there can be feelings of excitement, twinned with a sense of caution about what lies ahead. If the last 12 months didn’t take shape the way you’d hoped, it’s understandable you’ll be nervous about what the year will bring.
As the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. This is where mindfulness can help.
Often, we become so concerned with thoughts of the future, and regrets from the past that it takes up so much space in our head that we can’t focus on what we are doing now. If you haven’t tried mindfulness intentionally before, then starting with just one minute’s awareness a day has bee proven to have positive effects.
Here’s something you can try:
Set the intention to rest where you are for one minute. You can set a timer if you like. Let your body soften, and settle in to the chair where you’re sitting. Experience how that feels, to sit and do nothing. If you realise thoughts are coming in, imagine them as speech bubbles above your head. Every time a thought comes in, notice it, acknowledge it, then let it go. As your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to just sitting.
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Copyright Delphi Ellis