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Mindfulness at Christmas : Day 1 – How to Calm the Mind

Research has shown that we spend almost half of our waking hours thinking about what is’nt going on.
This mind wandering typically makes us unhappy.
We review past problems or scan the future and worry about what might happen.

And it usually doesn’t happen, at all so all the worrying was unnecessary!

How to calm the mindHow to Calm the Mind : Day 1 : Mindfulness at Christmas

The research shows that how often our minds leave the present and where they tend to go is a better predictor of our happiness than the activities in which we are engaged!

So, we are causing ourselves a lot of unnecessary suffering…. It’s just in our head!

How to CALM THE MIND

As we are wired for survival rather than for happiness, it makes sense to BE HERE NOW or BE MINDFUL and you can…

How to calm the mind with mindfulness

How do I start?  to Calm the Mind…

As mind wandering is our default mode, maintaining presence takes practice. We have to give the mind something to focus on.  The breath is always with us.

At any moment, we can choose to move our attention from the thinking mind to the felt sense of our breathing – one breath at a time.  When we are aware of our in breath and of our out breath we are in the present.

Short guided breathing meditation practice to help you calm the mind

This practice can be done anytime, anywhere… Click play to listen to 6 minute breathing practice:

 Click meditation

Do it often, like when you finish one activity before moving to the next, on a bathroom break, sitting at traffic lights, standing in a queue or whenever…

When you are focused on the felt sense of your breathing, you calm the mind, have some mental and emotional rest and are present/aware/conscious so at your BEST.

It’s a HEALTHIER & HAPPIER way to live.

This blog was written by Joanne O’Malley, Mindfulness at Work. We offer Mindfulness Training that transforms peoples’ lives and work.

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