“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Everyday we have another opportunity to practice being aware. When we find time to be still and become conscious of our breath and how we are feeling, we awaken our senses and begin to heal. Ignoring our body, mind and spirit, we lose sight of our true direction and the connection to our truth. When we are aware and awake, we can see clearly, feel deeply and heal easily.
Practice for five minutes each day. Become Aware of your breath.
The breath and the mind travel together. When the breath gets agitated so does our mind. When we bring attention to our breath and breathe slowly the mind is naturally soothed.
Sit quietly. Sit straight.
Allow your breathing to settle, feel and listen to your breath inhale and exhale.
With each breath out feel your muscles and mind relax. Allow your thoughts to come in and go.
Breathe slowly and evenly, be present with everything.
Practice for five minutes each day. Become aware of your physical body.
The body reflects our physical, emotional and mental states. Joy and peace lighten our step and soften our face, whereas feeling down or depressed, our shoulders and chest collapse and we feel heavy and uncomfortable.
Become aware of your physical body, check how you are standing or sitting. Are you upright and do you have a clear airway for your breath? What are the physical sensations of your body, how do you feel? Try and change these feelings and your posture by changing your breath and your thoughts in that moment.
A thousand miles always begins with one step, one step of desire, awareness and becoming present to the gift of life.