Learn to create healthy headspace with Mindfulness moments (& rush-hour calm) – anytime – anywhere this winter-time.
Do you have to travel to get to work on a daily basis?
Are you a life-juggling parent with a “nursery” or “school drop” that often feels like a commute ?
Would you like to feel a greater-sense of inner-calm amidst the demands and diversions of modern life?
Twice daily commuting journeys, whether by car, bus, rail, tube or – even – on foot, can overwhelm our nervous systems due to the amount of people, external stimulation and (often unwanted) energies you come in contact with. The “rush hours” literally, place a huge amount of pressure on the mental and nervous system to rush to “get there on time” – so why not transform this time out amongst the daily chaos of modern life… into time for you to turn in and tune in.
How? By practicing the art of mindfulness, you will release the stress of traveling, whilst honing a state of inner and outer zen – through being centered, connected and calm.
Mindfulness is “big” right now as high-flying executives and life-juggling career mothers realise the benefits of being able to focus the over-active modern mind with purpose, in order to become more present and calm. When you are present, the mind is not worrying about future events, nor dwelling on discomfort from the past, it is settled in the now and everything “feels fine”. Mindfulness is being increasingly recognized in scientific circles as being a vital pathway to psychological health, superb for stress-reduction and…. due to the calming effects on the nervous system (which enables the whole organism to function much better) for the prevention of chronic diseases too.
John Kabat-Zinn is a famous mindfulness meditation teacher and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program the University of Massachusetts Medical Centrer.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way;
On purpose, in the present moment, and non- judgmentally.”
Whether you are commuting to work daily by train, car or on foot, make the most of these, often potentially stressful times, by downloading mindfulness apps to your iphone, or ipod.
We love: this headspace app for iphones – (click there)
Prefer to go natural? One of the 8 limbs of yoga: “Dharana” is the concentration of the mind on one point or stimulus. So you see, Mindfulness has been practiced for thousands of years – way before apple came along.
Even without a good app or down load (check out John Kabat-Zinn’s website) you can focus your mind and practice mindfulness even when walking – or sitting in a traffic jam. Look at ONE thing and notice 10 details. Select one sound out of the cacophony of city-living auricular infusions and tune in to it. Consciously sip your morning tea and focus all your attention on the taste, the warmth, the texture of it.
Explore and enjoy the healthy headspace and happy body-mind benefits that this conscious mindfulness practice brings!