Thursday, 8 November 2018

Pay attention to your surroundings

Mindfulness is the practice of trying to be aware of yourself and your surroundings in daily life.

All too often we get lost in our own stream of consciousness or thoughts or are stressed by anxieties or feelings.

Wherever you are, when you get the chance, try for a few moments (or more) to look around and notice what is in your environment - colours, shapes, actions, expressions or anything you see or hear or touch - and to observe your own thoughts and feelings. The aim is not to change anything but simply to be aware of it, to acknowledge it. If your mind wanders, just smile and try to bring it back to the act of focusing and awareness.

There is no need to get frustrated or angry with yourself - this is not a win or lose task and you are not proving anything. You are simply trying to cultivate awareness. If you like, see it as an experiment.

The practice of mindfulness can help to still troubled minds and to give you increased energy and focus. See if it works for you!

Good luck!

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