Good morning fabulous readers! Yesterday, Rooted Living Wellness was featured on Thrive Talk Radio. The subject: "Cultivating Mindfulness Techniques". Many people ask me what mindfulness is really all about. Mindfulness is being able to be present and aware of the present moment. It's being able to be a silent observer of what is arising in the moment without judgement. It's a practice of cultivating awareness of your internal experience.
Being mindful is something you can do at any time, in any moment. One of the most simplest ways to cultivate a mindfulness practice is by paying attention to your breath. Take a moment now to become aware of how you are breathing now. There is no need to change how you are breathing, there is no need to judge how you are breathing. Simply watch your breath as a kind observer. Observing your breath in this way can bring you to a deeper place of awareness of what is happening in your internal experience. It can bring a certain slowing to your day.
People ask me why it's important to cultivate mindfulness practices. The ways of the outer world can often be overwhelming, fast, distracting and abundant. It can be fun and exciting to get caught up in the busyness of the world. It can also be distracting to your internal experience. It takes a delicate balance to stay in tune with your internal guide; your wise intuition. Taking the time to practice mindfulness on a daily basis can help you to stay centered with your wise intuition so you can navigate the outer world with a natural flow. It can support your ability to be aware of how you are experiencing things in the moment.
Cultivating a practice of mindfulness takes an awareness that you would like to be more present in the moments of your day. If you discover that you would like to cultivate more presence in your day, then start small. Focus on your breath for a few seconds and just observe. Take a gentle yoga class and allow your thinking mind to rest, even if it's for a few seconds. Focus instead on paying attention to what your body is doing. Many people respond well to movement-based mindfulness practices as our bodies are used to being on the move. Try out walking meditation. Simply step as sloooooowly as you can. Feel each part of your heel as it touches the floor, slowly allow the ball of your foot and each toe to touch the ground. It's in the awareness of the details and the slowness of the movement which allows for present feelings and emotions to arise. For more on cultivating mindfulness practices, check out the radio spot below. Enjoy!
~ Liz Myers, MA, PCCI, Rooted Living Wellness Coach and Founder
Liz Myers, MA, RYT200
Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
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