Yes, when I teach it at the high school we do a lot of body scan meditations and breathing exercises that last for about 15 minutes or more.
But, mindfulness is so much more! The things I mentioned above are what we do to practice. Practice.
I tell the kids that we do the practice so that we will recognise the sensation of being in the present. Of being present in our bodies.
Because mindfulness is meant to be a part of life. It is supposed to help us stay centred and grounded in a busy world.
It helps me see the beauty around me. It helps me be patient. It helps me enjoy my food.
I hardly ever do mindfulness practice like we do at courses and trainings when I am at home. Yes, I meditate, which is a part of mindfulness, but I do that because I freakin love it!
Mindfulness is not just meditating, breathing deeply and sensing what is happening in your little toe.
It is awareness of ourselves. What are we doing? What are we thinking? How much do we have to listen to our thoughts and our ego rambling on all day long? What is our thoughts saying?
Mindfulness teaches us awareness. Awareness of ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience!
Now what did I say about rambling?
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With love, Elin