And I talk about it. And write about it. I teach it three times a week in a school and I have written an e-course on it.
But still, I would like to say that the way I look at mindfulness is slightly different. I look from a different angle.
A lot of people who "do" mindfulness do it for 20 minutes a day, 5 minutes a day, or whatever. And this is often how it is presented in articles etc.
And yes, I do love these exercises, like mindfulness yoga or body scans.
But to me, living mindfully is not about doing exercises.
It is noticing my breath as I walk home. It is paying attention to the sounds around me. Noticing the sensations in my body as I dance. It is noticing irritation or anger rising and allowing the feelings to flow through me, deciding what to do with them. It is about practicing patience.
Mindfulness for me is a practice that is a way of living. It is not easy, and of course I go in and out of it.
But for me, if I am not attempting to LIVE mindfully, then what is the point of mindfulness.
I meditate. I do yoga. And I can do that mindfully. But I do not want to just leave mindfulness to those three times a week when I attempt to teach it.
Right now I breathe. I alter my posture. I listen to the music and allow it to sink into my bones.
I notice the sensations in my throat as I sing.
I am no flippin´ Eckhart Tolle or Thich That Hahn... but I take moments of beauty and presence when I can and when I remember to. I try to bring myself into the now in order to experience joy and love, to let go of worry or stress, and in order to know what to do next.
So this is the way I teach it as well. The mindfulness e-course that I have created is set up to offer people small tasks everyday that they can do during the day, at work, on the bus, when they take the dog for a walk and so on.
Mindfulness is for everyday living.
Have a lovely day!