Holy Dooley: i get a write-up in the current Australian Yoga Journal
issue on Mindfulness!
And contribute six mindfulness tips.
Here they are:
1. As soon as you feel or notice stress arising, deliberately slow and deepen your breath and relax your body. Make it a habit.
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2. When you feel pressured or panicky, immediately make contact with your body, your breath, or one of your senses. Body, breath and senses are always in the present moment but the mind is not: this is where the trouble starts!
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3. Savour enjoyable experiences. Savouring will rebalance the brain’s negativity bias and deliver an enhanced impact of life’s special, and often ordinary, moments. Savouring Boosts a Joyful Mind
4. The thoughts we don’t see are the ones that control us. Mindfulness is noticing whatever thoughts are occupying the mind. It requires we step back and witness our inner stories, gaining objectivity by knowing “I am not my thoughts, and I don’t have to take them so seriously.”
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5. Think of the day as starting the night before. Ten minutes of calm breathing or body relaxing before bed will enhance a good night’s sleep, setting you up for a favourable next day.
6. Our first moments of waking in the morning are a potent time. Maximise the opportunity by setting your positive intentions for the day. Enjoy the spacious mind of waking; avoid cluttering it with detail. Delay social media or emails for as long as possible. A Good Night's Sleep: 2
Shakti Burke is a Mindfulness Trainer and Educator in Northern NSW, Australia
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