M is for Mindfulness
“Living twenty four hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it.”
Mindfulness or meditation? These two “M’s” often get confused for each other and for good reason. They are very easy to conflate because they are very similar. Both offer great ways to stop and break negative thinking loops.
Mindfulness is finding the present moment anyplace, anywhere and at any time. When we do this we can regulate ourselves on the spot.
Young kids are mindful and they are almost always in the present moment. They have a limited concept of the future or past.
Mindfulness is playing with a dog or just watching the dog playing by itself. It is watching a bird in a bird feeder or the trees swaying gently in the summer breeze. It is watching the clouds painted in the sky moving by gently by.
Mindfulness is focusing on the breath in and out, in and out. It is forgetting about the past and surrendering any plans for the future and therefore finding the present moment which is truly a gift.
There are countless ways to be mindful including breathing, gratitude, compassion and meditation.
Mindfulness is becoming centred so the flight, fight or freeze stress response is turned off with intent. This allows us to navigate our outer world with more grace and ease which spreads from person to person if viewed through the correct lens.
Joe Dispenza teaches us that meditation begins in the present moment when we become nothing or no-thing, no-where in no place, in no time, and no space.
A body scan is a fast way to gain mindfulness and prepare for meditation. A body scan is exactly what it sounds like and it allows us to quickly get present by becoming aware of our awareness.
Start at the top of your body and work down. Focus your awareness on the head, shoulders, chest, abdomen, hips, thighs, calves, feet or any variation that works including starting at the bottom and working your up to the crown of the head.
Quick heart coherence is another great trick taught by the Heart Math Institute. This is done by deep breathing while focusing your attention on the chest area, then breathing deeply in and out of the heart.
Spending time in nature will also breath a certain frequency onto and into us that will help our physiology in a similar way as meditation and mindfulness does.
Some people opt for a guided journey to a mountain top and see light filling the body. Electrical charges will course throughout the body energizing and emanating light in every direction and across many dimensions. I have learned all of this through personal experience yet to paraphrase Socrates “The only thing I know for sure is that I know nothing”.