There are three fundamental processes required for mindfulness to occur: forming intention, paying attention and adjusting your attitude (Shapiro, Carltion, Astin & Freedman, 2006). Mindfulness is a purposeful act and, the process of becoming mindful, can seem to be selfish in today’s society that deems multi-tasking to be what successful people do to be successful. Thus, we have people who cannot calm their mind and recognise individual thoughts and feelings which leads to fight or flight reactions that are hard wired into our natural reflexes.
Today we will take a short holiday/vacation through a guided visualisation meditation.
Walking Along A Beach
– Find a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted for 15 minutes. I like using headsets to listen to meditations as it helps me block out other noises.
– Sit or lay down in a comfortable position.
– Take a couple of deep, mindful breaths to begin to relax your mind and body.
– On your tablet, smart phone or computer go to Ocean Escape: https://youtu.be/ar_W4jSzOlM , close your eyes and begin. (10 minutes)
– When finished, give yourself a few moments to stretch and enjoy the feeling of relaxation.
* Note: It is likely other thoughts will invade your meditation. Do not become upset with this. The very act of recognising you are having invading thoughts is an act of mindfulness. Accept that you have had the thought and allow that thought to float away. Do not dwell on the thought and allow it to control you. You control the thought. I assure you if it is an important thought, it will come again at a more appropriate time.
Make a mental note about this #mindfulmoment and congratulate yourself for being in the present.
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