Chris Trewick Counselling
Brighton and Hove

Mindfulness

"Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.

Some people call this awareness 'mindfulness'. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life.' NHS Website.

The Art of Mindfulness

How you might like to work with this concept: Firstly keep it simple. Allow your self to pause, scan your experience through the body and notice the breath. It is about being grounded and it can be about everyday activities. It can be when you are brushing your teeth, doing the washing up, walking down the road or while talking to someone. It is more a way of being and a kind of noticing. You can use walking to the shops - noticing how you are breathing and feeling the experience as the air comes in and out of your body. Allowing your attention to sense your body as you walk. Perhaps becoming aware of your clothes as you move or as the breeze flows past you . At the same time this means staying with what is going on around you so that you stay alert to sound, movement and any sensation that keeps you safe from cars or cyclists. Also it involves maintaining a sense of purpose - in this case going to the shops to get some milk etc.

This is just a taster of how you can be accepting with any everyday activity throughout your week.

Book I found useful: 'Breath by Breath' by Larry Rosenberg, 1998.




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