Here is the first official post from our newest feature writer Susan Cox of Minding the Soul! Susan is a practitioner of meditation, mindfulness, hypnotherapy and soul plan based in Kent, UK.
Hello and welcome to my first post for Robin Hood!
Thank you all for reading, for my first post I want to share you with a series I did sometime ago on mindfulness. Mindfulness is an amazing way each and every one of us can create a space in our days. Mindfulness is a way we can gain peace and perspective on issues that affect us. The best thing about mindfulness is that it can be applied to anything.
I invite you to take part in the five part challenge and see the benefits mindfulness can bring to your life. The key to them all is to do them slowly and to be in the moment and not anywhere else mentally.
Get comfortable and bring your attention to your breath. Allow thoughts and emotions to happen in your mind without engaging with them. After a minute bring your attention to your hearing and let the sounds come to you without effort or strain.
When you mindfully wash the dishes become only in the present moment. Feel the temperature of the water, the sounds that are made and any other sensation that occurs. Allow your mind to be clear and free of thoughts. Use the time to find peace, awareness and perspective on the day. Any thoughts or insights that are important will stay with you.
This example involves tea but please feel free to apply it your beverage of choice. Boil the kettle and clear your mind. Prepare the mug and make the tea, paying attention the feeling of the water against the spoon and the movement of your hand. While doing this let thoughts and emotions rise in your mind but don’t interact with them. Take your time with the process, maximizing the break and time to be aware of yourself and your thoughts.
To brush your teeth Mindfully take a deep breath before the practice and clear your mind. Once you have done this brush your teeth slowly. Take your time and be aware of the sensations it creates in your mouth and it’s sounds. Don’t engage with any thoughts that appear, just let them pass.
I hope these bring you help, and remember anything can be done slowly. The key is to do it slowly and be in the moment.
Love and blessings,