Limited time? Grab some mindfulness and fitness to go!

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If you have a limited time budget and want to input some healthy habits into your life without breaking your time bank then keep reading…

Among many things, fitness helps prevent disease and obesity, and relieves stress. Mindfulness also has many benefits, including helping ease anxiety and stress. Sounds like a lot of stress relief here! So why not aim to have a little of both in your life every day?

This week I have been watching two great videos, a five minute mindfulness meditation and a seven minute workout. I have shared before the benefits of mindfulness, and there is also scientific research behind the seven minute workout showing how it can provide health benefits.

Video links – feel good in no time at all

1. This great seven minute work out:

Via this link if you’re interested http://7-min.com/

2. Awesome mindfulness meditation, it is only five minutes and puts the focus on listening to bells:

Oh and since I’m new to posting videos on WordPress here is the YouTube video with a quick ‘how to embed a YouTube video on WordPress’ guide that helped me:

Enjoy!

This time I’ll listen

Gut feeling? Intuition? Guides? Instinct? Are they all the same or are there differences? If I tell you I’m trying to “listen to my guides” do you think I’m crazy but it’s okay to say I’m “going with my gut feeling?”.

I don’t have the answers, today I just want to get it out there that I am listening, I’m trying to get off this merry-go-round with my occupation and find something that gives me a sense of fulfillment, of contribution. To see more beauty in every day.

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Mindfulness alters the mind, what a thought

A blog post I read the other day reminded me that mindfulness is not just something hipsters (or hippies maybe?) do, it is a scientifically proven way to alter your mind (if you are interested the link to the blog post that inspired me is at the end of this post).

I remember when reading ‘Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’ (by Mark Williams and Danny Penman) that its references to cold hard scientific research showing how the patterns of the brain can be altered by practicing mindfulness gave me comfort. This wasn’t just some ‘mumbo jumbo’, this was a practice with proven benefits.

There are many studies that show similar findings, the brain is physically changed by a regular mindfulness practice.  And it doesn’t take long if you want to try it out. Studies have shown 8 week programs are enough to show a change in brain activity.  You don’t need to spend a cent either, there are plenty of free online resources showing how to get started.

Scientific studies or not, I know mindfulness has helped me.

It gets easier every day.

Thank you WordPress bloggers for bringing me different news, ideas, information and plain old ramblings every day.  See the blog post that inspired me here: Endless Light and Love

Mindfulness and anger

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Next time you find yourself getting angry try doing something different. Try using mindfulness.

Notice what is happening in that moment. Notice the feelings and emotions that are being evoked by your anger. Notice your thoughts.

Tell yourself the truth: this will pass. Allowing yourself the knowledge that these feelings, thoughts and emotions are just that: just feelings, just thoughts, just emotions enables you to notice what else is happening in this moment. It enables you to observe the anger.

See how you experience anger without letting it control you. It enables you to separate yourself from the emotions and take composed action, if that is your choice.

The thoughts and emotions created by the anger will pass you by soon enough, they are not you. Know this as the truth and allow them to just ‘be’.

It gets easier every day.

What mindfulness looks like when you drive

Mindfulness has been described as:

The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2003).

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When I first stumbled upon mindfulness I decided to test it out while driving.

The result was pretty cool, I saw a building I must have driven past several times without noticing its existence!

I wrote a post about my experience and submitted it to a fantastic mindfulness website. To read the post in full click on the following link: ‘Driving the moment’.

It gets easier every day.





The linked post was the first post I ever wrote and I was very excited when www.everyday-mindfulness.org published my post on their website.

Let me know your thoughts below, do you practice mindfulness, if so do you practice while you drive? Any tips?