MIndfulness, Meditation, Mindful Practice and Activities
Ever tell yourself to cheer up? With no success?
Ever lie awake at night remembering what you didn’t get done?
Maybe you believe you’re living in neutral and unable to kick into first gear.
Does is make you feel any better to know that our brains have been driving our negative and anxious behaviour for over two hundred thousand years?
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Do you ever find yourself mentally formulating your reply to someone’s comment while they are still speaking?Read More
Science-based tips from top well-being expert and best selling author Dr. Rick Hanson That Will Lift your Mood and Protect You Against Stress.Read More
Who doesn’t want to be happier?
I can’t imagine someone saying they don’t want to be happier.
But, let’s face it. A lot of us are already busy with to do lists that extend beyond the hours in the day. So, let’s be realistic about this. Even if we want to be happier, we might not feel we have the time to dedicate to something new.. The good news is you’ve come to the right place because I’m going to show you how to RE-WIRE your brain to offset the ‘negativity-bias’ inherent in all of us; AND, become increasingly HAPPIER without having to change your routine.Read More
It’s easy to confuse Mindfulness with meditation or vice versa. The reason for this lies in the many definitions for both “activities” as well as the way both practices often intersect. Here is a clear explanation for you.Read More
Caught up in Mindlessness? Recent updates to the easy-to-remember tool known as RAIN makes it an even more transformative aid in mindfulness practice.Read More
Here is a mindfulness strategy as you head into the last month of the year and as your calendar get a bit busier, your to do lists a bit longer. It is easy to feel stressed and get down on yourself. I know how easy it is to be be hard on ourselves, and sometimes over the smallest things.
I caught myself giving myself a bit of a mental cuff on the side of the head because of some things I didn’t get done on the weekend that I had promised myself I’d do. I took a moment to pay attention and realized that there was a tightness in my stomach. Emotion is always accompanied by bodily sensation.
I reminded myself to observe the tightness, without judging, and with compassion. Over the next few breaths, the tightness eased and then disappeared. Had I not paid attention, there is a good chance I would have been carrying that tightness around for awhile. Not healthy.
When you find yourself with negative self-talk, I invite you to try the following:
Ask yourself, “what am I feeling in my body?”
Identify the sensation(s) by name, eg. Heat, tightness, curling
Observe the sensation without judgement and with compassion.
Note the shifts in sensation, renaming it as it changes.
Continue observing the sensation until it dissipates and leaves, like riding a wave gently to shore.
NOTE: It is a core element of mindfulness to acknowledge and be aware of the existence of the sensations, not to resist or try to ignore them. It is also important to do so in a kind and loving manner.
It is a good time of year to remember to show ourselves the same compassion and kindness we have for others.
Let me know if you found it easy to identify and name the sensations. Were you able to ride the wave to shore?
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Have a wonderful week!
I bet you have no idea the extent to which your body is sending you signals about how you’re feeling. Sure, we all recognize the signals when they are so extreme they send us to bed or the doctor, but what about all the early warning signals that were there for us if we only took moments here and there over the course of our day to check in with our bodies?Read More
I was frustrated with mindfulness. I wanted the benefits to enjoy a happier, healthier life, but couldn't find the time or the discipline so I researched proven strategies for success so that my time was well spent. I'm sharing these with you here. Today you’ll learn some behavioural tips--what you can do on a day to day basis and what you can put in place to amp up your success rate. (In part 1 you learned that even with a busy day you can incorporate mindful moments into your routine. In part 2 you learned about a mindset for success.)Read More
… finding time for mindfulness practice is the #1 challenge. I went on to explain about mindfulness moments and their benefits in terms of your overall health and sense of well-being. There are three elements for setting yourself up for success: Mindset, Behaviour and Strategies. Today it is all about Mindset.Read More
No time for your mindfulness practice? So. you know you want to take time for your mindfulness practice every day but can’t find the time to do it? You can’t find time to put the laundry on let alone be mindful!Read More
Newcomers to mindfulness may be surprised to learn that being mindful isn’t about achieving some state of mental emptiness. Rather, mindfulness is about being aware of what is going on at the given moment and examining it in a non-judgmental way. In doing so, we unhinge ourselves from our automatic reactions—reactions which are not always in our best interests, or for those around us.Read More
The purpose of this post is to provide those of you curious about what mindfulness is and why you might want to consider practicing mindfulness in your life with some links that provide some clear explanations and benefits. Read more…Read More
With the demands of the holidays it is all too easy to get caught up in all the things to do, places to go and people to see that our mindfulness practices fly out the window without us even realizing it. The good news is that there are some mindful strategies you can give some thought to as part of a healthy holiday game plan. With just a little extra awareness, they can provide you with a rewarding holiday experience.Read More
Mindfulness Celebration! This new release in my Mindfulness Series is a celebration of Mindfulness Practice. Are you curious to know the significance of the design of this painting in terms of Mindfulness? Perhaps you can already figure it out!Read More
How do I meditate for the first time?” is a normal question. Newcomers to meditation can be under the impression the objective is to have a blank mind. This is not the case.
Attempting to meditate with that as your objective is a sure route to disenchantment. If you already experience anxiety, this objective will only add to it.Read More
Gad… What is it about sticking with a plan? I struggle, do you? Even when, or sometimes especially because, we know it is good for us? I decided I needed help to get back on the mindfulness track. These tips worked for me, I hope they’ll work for you as well.Read More
My Mindfulness Series of paintings coincides with my interest in learning more about the health benefits of being mindful. Each of these moments captured on canvas are reminders of the benefits of experiencing the moment at hand, being aware of both what is going on internally and what is going on around you in the moment.Read More
Some of you are already aware of my painting mission—enabling my clients to experience the happiness that comes from showing their loved ones how much they care through a unique piece of art.
Most of my recent paintings have been these private commissions. The experience has been very rewarding andRead More