I thought I would share one of my tools in my mindfulness journey, it is serene, gentle and it has a small piece of nature on it, an acorn. It is my Buddha next to my bed, seeing it reminds me to be mindful.
Mindfulness is not something we just learn, it is an ongoing learning as it is a way of being with our selves of knowing ourselves and the way we work, the way we think, feel or chose to not feel.
MIndfulness when used well can help us with resilience and gaining more equanimity in our lives.
“Knowing that you are able to build this internal source of strength, you can practice just sensing your breath or imagine your peaceful place each day.” (Daniel J. Siegel 2010)
breath is a very important aspect of mindfulness, helping to bring the focus in and feeding the brain with oxygen that it needs to do the extra work of keeping focused.
Like many things in life mindfulness takes daily practice to become effective, an important aspect of practice is to be gentle on your self, noticing your inner critic and being able to mindfully change this if it is negative, brining in more positivity and beginning to watch your mind helping to understand and retrain the brain to work more efficiently and in a calmer and kinder way.
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy”.
“Friedrich Nietzsche (1969)