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October 16, 2019
Mindfulness can be a very broad word. You can be mindful of your surroundings, others, and yourself, and many, many other things but learning how to be mindful can raise a lot of questions, especially if you’re new to mindful living.
So, let’s start with the basics. What is mindfulness? By Oxford dictionary definition it means
“a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
But why does being mindful matter? For a start, you can learn new things. We can all lead very busy lives, we simply get into a routine and live a lot of the time in autopilot, but being mindful means opening your mind to your surroundings, you can notice new places, appreciate the sun on your skin, or even the sound of rain. It lets you appreciate the little things in life you may have paid no attention to until now.
If this sounds like something, you’d like to give a go but don’t know where to start, we’ve compiled a little reading list perfect for you to get started.
Whilst the content of books is important, the act of reading can also be good for you. There are little things you can do to help boost your reading time to make your 'me time' more meaningful.
One of the ways to do this is to really consider what you’d like to read. It’s not a one book fits all situation. Before you choose a book, think about what you’d like to get from it. Do you want to learn something new? It’s a lot easier to enjoy reading when you can connect to your material.
Another tip is to put down books you don’t like. Unless it’s vital curriculum material put the book down if you’re not enjoying it. Reading should be a moment of pleasure both mentally and physically. It can be more draining than relaxing if you have to push through, and in the long run, it could create bad feelings connect to the act of reading.
Developing a routine could also help – whether its 20 minutes before bed, or in your weekly long bath, make it a reoccurring thing. This helps you get into ‘the zone’ or your ‘flow’. Your brain gets used to the routine, and the mind will quieten, focusing faster every time. Letting you make the most out of your time. Smell one of our Scentered Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Balms every time you read to help you establish a faster connection and set the mood.
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