Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation.
It is a valuable skill because it enables you to gain greater control over the impact your thoughts have on you.
Mindfulness strengthens your ability to give your full attention to the present moment.
It teaches you to notice and observe the thoughts that arise in your mind with friendly curiosity.
And strengthens your capacity to let go of negative & unwanted thoughts.
Mindfulness can increase your self-compassion and begin the process of putting you back in control of your life.
Take a step…
Like all skills, mindfulness is learnt gradually and steadily.
We can’t turn to it suddenly in a time of need and expect it to “work” immediately.
If you would like to start to gain greater control of your thoughts then you might find it helpful to create a regular slot in your day to do a mindfulness exercise.
The resource I’ve uploaded here introduces you to a simple mindfulness exercise.
It involves focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Noticing and letting go of your thoughts as they arise and refocusing again on your breath.
The worksheet was written by the Centre for Clinical Interventions in Western Australia https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au who produce some fantastic self-help resources.
There is a wide variety of mindfulness resources available including books, online websites and Apps.
The magazine Mindful is available online and in hardcopy and contains many free mindfulness exercises. https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/
I’d love to hear what mindfulness resources you’ve found useful and you you integrate them in your life. Your stories can inspire others so do share.