Breathe In, Breathe Out: The First Steps To Being Present & Mindful

Our lives are on fast forward. Look around and you’ll find never-ending examples of how technology has sped our lives up, made it more efficient. We are ordering meals from our phones, using voice-activated home assistants to simplify our domestic lives, skipping lengthy introductions of binge-worthy series. We have become acclimated to the fast life, the efficient life. Our lives are hurtling at such high speeds that we literally need to take time out of our busy days, to get a break.  It’s no wonder that “mindfulness” and “meditation” are the buzzwords du jour these days amongst millenials.

handwritten mindfulness on window ledge

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According to Mindful.org, mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and fully aware of where you are, what you’re doing. It’s being in the here and now. Meditation, both guided and unguided, is amongst other things a means for one to reach a state of mindfulness.

Meditation has a host of benefits: it can help us understand pain better, both mental and physical. It can help lower stress and focus the mind by training us to ignore the nagging inner voices that never seem to leave us alone. For some, age can come with a rigidity of thoughts, feelings and opinions, and the inability to flow with the challenges and obstacles that are part of the tide of life. Mediation can also increase mental flexibility.

Implementing a new routine can be tricky and getting into the habit of practising mindfulness and meditation is no different. To help you out, we compiled a playlist of tracks to help you on your meditation and deep healing journey. Check it out here!

In what ways are you staying mindful during your busy life?

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