Everyone feels pushed for time; we strive to "up-size" the effort and achievement that goes into each day, but in doing so, we overlook the things that are essential to our physical, emotional and spiritual well being.
In the past, I was common for me to get out of bed having already planned out my day, as well as everyone else's, and swing into superhero mode pushing my children to complete tasks on time without ceremony. I shut out the world and shifted into autopilot, overlooking the beautiful nuances of life for the goal of fulfilling an early morning school drop-off before heading into work.
The result was that got to my desk on time, but it left the kids and myself feeling flustered. I was stressed out even before I turned on my computer and opened an email.
Some of the benefits of practising daily mindfulness techniques are:
- reduce stress
- make better, more balanced decisions
- communicate clearly with others
- sleep better at night
- cravings for coffee and sugar-laden foods decrease.
Mindfulness is the practice of drawing attention to the present moment's experiences, and you can do this in 3 easy steps at your desk, and it doesn't cost you a cent.
Step 1. With the tongue gently resting on the roof of the mouth drawn in three deep relaxing breaths. This type of breathing initiates the parasympathetic nervous system which is the "rest, digest, renewal state" of the body.
Step 2. - Shift your attention to the sensorial information (sight, sound, touch, taste and smell)
- How does your body feel right now?
- Can you feel the breeze on your skin?
- What can you smell or taste?
- What do you see?
Step 3. - Allow thoughts and ideas to flow through you which out focusing on them too much, make a mental note and set these aside for analysing later on.
Remember, Not every day has to be perfect. I know some days I am more reactive, but the important thing is that I know that there is light, and bliss is but a breath away.