There’s this weird stigma in the health and wellness community that meditation and mindfulness requires complete darkness, burning incense and a kumbaya approach to solitude and stillness. If you think this way I would encourage you to dismiss that.
There. I just had to meditate.
A simple way of defining how to be mindful is to consciously engage in a little self-love. Take a few moments, could be minutes, could be just a few seconds just to think about how you feel. Staying present is key.
The difference between being mindful and actually meditating is to plan mentally. With intent, the exercises of mindfulness are a form of meditation. That said, you could be walking, doing yoga, or even sitting at your desk while meditating. You don’t need chants. You don’t need utter silence. You need only to put it to practice to be present with yourself.
In my training as a CHEK Holistic Kifestyle Coach, we call these “Peace Points”. Events that take place throughout the day that allow you to realign and be present with your mind, body and soul. Let’s put it to practice.
1. If you’re working at a desk for the majority of your shift. At work every hour on the hour, stand up and shake your body out. Then, close your eyes and continuous to breathe normally. Just pay attention to how your breath moves, notice any areas of tension or stiffness and any other spots that stand out. Just notice and name these things. Then breathe in 3 times slowly through your nose. Over the course of the day note what changes occur.
2. If you’re driving in to work (or for work) do all of this but try it out when you’re at a stoplight. Just a couple seconds to breathe and focus on you. Again, notice how your body holds tension after trying this out throughout the day.
3. Before bed. Do the Mind-Body Scan while you’re laying in bed. Notice how your breathe feels and how you manage it after a few nights…
Try it out. See what works for you. Honestly, you can achieve mindfulness on a run, you can get there in the pursuit of art like music or painting. Active meditation exists, you just need to put the intent out there.
For my Toronto friends, I’m hosting a workshop at St. Clair GoodLife Fitness this Thursday at 6:07. We will discuss Peace Points and a couple other strategies to help down-regulate your body and relieve stress through movement.
If you’re interested, please email me at Michael.Schwartz@goodlifefitness.com
Hope this helps point you back to peace.