Mindfulness: A Practice to calm your thoughts
The practice of mindfulness has been around for centuries and yet many are discovering its incredible benefits today. In a nutshell, mindfulness is staying in the present moment and it requires practice.
Although some find it difficult at first, the concept is quite simple, keeping your mind only on what’s in front of you. A friend described it like this: “what are you thinking about when you take your morning shower?” she asked. My answer was “well a million things, what emails need to go out first thing, who’s going to pick up the dry cleaning later today, did I call that person back etc.” She then told me that I should actually be thinking only of what I am doing in that present moment. For example, if I’m washing my hair I should be thinking about washing my hair! What a concept I thought!
Being mindful simply requires that you keep your mind from wandering. Some call it “the monkey mind” or “the hamster wheel” when we allow our thoughts to leave the present moment and go to the future or the past. Mindfulness has been proven to help those with PTSD syndrome and anxiety. There a number of ways to practice mindfulness such as being aware of your breathing, mindfulness exercising and eating practices. One mindfulness practitioner put it like this “stay where your feet are!” How many times have we found ourselves having to ask someone to repeat what they said to us? That’s usually because we are not being mindful of the person speaking. We are thinking about something else. Being mindful definitely takes practice. One friend said, “I now give myself permission not to think about anything unless it is a task or a thought that is in my present moment.” “Once I got the hang of it, the freedom is amazing!” she said.
At Wise Women Fitness, we use the practice of mindfulness while getting fit. Exercise is a great way to practice mindfulness, helping our clients to stay in the moment and feel more at peace! Interested in learning more about our services? Give us a call today for your free evaluation!