What if I told you that you could reduce your stress, lower your blood pressure, manage pain and improve your sleep without any costly equipment or difficult procedures? Would you be interested? What if I also told you that you could do this regardless of your age, sex or religious views? Are you interested? I hope so, because what I am saying is that you too can learn this skill.
mindfulnessWhat I am talking about is practicing mindfulness. The most important thing we can do is to ensure that our lives aren’t wasted in wishing or regretting. When we remain in the moment, we are able to maintain peace. If I spent all my time thinking about the mistakes I have made in the past, I might not enjoy the fun that is available to me now. I live in paradise, a boat ride from an island that our neighbors all gather on during warm weekends and a bike ride from a quaint town that people spend their hard earned dollars to vacation in. It wouldn’t serve me to focus on the times I have put my foot in my mouth, even though there have been a few too many of those.

Just Breathe!

It is easy to get caught up in the business of the day, multi-tasking and crossing things off of the To Do list. Mindfulness isn’t something we naturally do, especially in an era where we are always available. Phones and social media have forever changed us. When is the last time you spent time with you? Being quiet and intentional while focusing on your breath will help to clear away emotional cobwebs. It’s likely you’ll recall a few things about yourself that you maybe you’ve forgotten; you are an individual, not just a spouse, parent, employee or friend.
All you need is a little time; as few as five minutes of focused breathing a day can adjust your mood. Sit in a chair, on a rug, pillow or even a towel. Walk around the block, through the forest, down the beach or across the street. Breathe in: “Let”, exhale: “go”. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just find a way that works for you, take time to practice mindfulness and you will be the happier for it.