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Mindfulness mini course - Day Five

Lili Sinclair-Williams

We can't believe we've already reached the final day of our mindfulness mini course! We hope you’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend full of opportunities to practice everything you’ve learned about mindfulness.

The great thing about mindfulness is that you can practice it anytime, anywhere. Try bringing mindfulness into different activities throughout your day. Have fun with it and pay attention to what you learn about your thoughts at different times.

Remember, it is all about focusing your attention inward to the present moment. This can mean noticing smells, tastes, touch, sounds, thoughts. A great way to begin becoming more mindful in your everyday is to apply it to the mundane tasks, the tasks you might normally zone out of or daydream through. Here are some examples you can try this with:

Brushing your teeth

Getting dressed

Making a cup of tea or coffee

Having a shower

These are all activities that are normally done without thought, so the challenge here is to become really intentional with the action.

Take brushing your teeth for example. Notice how the brush feels against your teeth, the curve of the brush in your hand, the feeling of the toothpaste as it froths up in your mouth, the taste of the toothpaste, the smell of the minty freshness, zone in on the sound of the toothbrush moving back and forth or the water running from the tap. Notice as you move from one tooth to another how it makes you feel. It might feel a little silly at first but the more you focus your attention inward, the more you might notice things you haven’t before. This is all about training your mind to focus in on what is happening right now, in this moment. Not about what you’re going to have for lunch or worrying about that meeting you have later - just allowing yourself to be in this moment.

You might be surprised how good you feel after brushing your teeth. The fresh feeling inside your mouth, the positive feeling of having a clean set of teeth, you might even notice how relaxed you feel after focusing so intently on being completely present in that moment.

Play around with different activities you normally do on autopilot, see what new things you might notice when you do.

We hope you enjoy practicing this and the more you do, the more you might find yourself practicing mindfulness in new situations. We can’t wait to see where this takes you!

Have a brilliant weekend and take note of these words from Sharon Saltzberg

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult. We just need to remember to do it.”

Lili and the team x


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