How’s your ‘happy’ going?
HAPPINESS – A short article by Kinesiologist Lisa Gray
With so much information available about practising mindfulness and finding happiness, sometimes it can be overwhelming – just to find the time to read it all, let alone make it happen – that can be a task in itself. We often feel we need to ‘work’ on ourselves, or we are a ‘work in progress’ or there are things we are ‘trying’ to do for ourselves. For as long as it seems like a task or work, we will continue to place it on a list of things to ‘do’!
Looking after our body and mind often ends up being pushed aside, or comes last when we want to do something good for ourselves, we often feel guilty for taking the time to care for ourselves in a mindful way.
Caring for our body, mind and soul comes easier when it is a normal part of everyday life – even if it’s just 15 minutes. Sitting with a cup of tea and just drinking the tea – nothing else – not watching TV, not scolling down Facebook or Instagram, not even reading your favourite book or magazine.
Breathing deeply into the stomach between sips, out slowly through your nose, closing your eyes and visualizing being in your favourite space (beach, forest, river, waterfall etc) and letting the sounds, smell, colour and feel of where you are infiltrate your whole body. Let every cell, feel the calm winding through your body with your blood, filling your heart with love and compassion for yourself with every breath.
Caution – don’t drop the cup of tea!
By deep breathing into the ‘belly’ for 5 seconds, then a long slow breath out the nose for 10 seconds – the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated. This is ‘rest and digest’ system as opposed to ‘fight and flight’ system. Do this 10 times which will take no longer than two and a half minutes! Who doesn’t have 150 seconds to spare for themselves in their day?
Find the happiness in creating these small spaces for yourself, learn to connect your heart with your mind.
Small simple actions such as this add up to create a more centred day and can really make a difference when done regularly. Of course there are hundreds of these small actions we can find – but don’t spend too much time reading about them – choose two or three that suit you and do at least one each day, then build up to two, then three and start to feel the difference. When you begin to relax more and life feels a little less chaotic, often those around you start to feel the same and the whole household can benefit from your small 15 minutes a day!
Once these become habits for you (generally 21 days) you may feel ready to look more into how you can find further balance in your life and allow your life to become more about ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’.
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