Sunday, 22 January 2017

Finding Mindfulness

When the whole mindfulness trend and adult colouring books came about, I was slightly sceptical. How could colouring books really help improve your mind? Isn't mindfulness when you meditate and something that monks do?

Recently I've been taking more time out to read and comment on more blogs and there's a few that inspired this post: Jemma from Dorkface, "Mindfulness; Why I'm Hoping It's Not Just A Trend" Elle from The Elle Next Door "It's Ok Not To Be Ok" and Kelly from Dream In Lace "48 Hour Digital  Detox". And the combination of these three posts really got me thinking about what mindfulness means to me.

Before now, I wouldn't have been really be able to pinpoint where I felt mindfulness - and even if it had a great affect on me. I'll give you an example: January sucks for me. I dislike this month as much as anything else, It's the time of year where I'm thinking "Am I where I really want to be?" "Am I doing the right thing in my career/relationships/on the housing ladder etc etc." and because of that I've been doing a lot of thinking and worrying (classic Rhiannon!).

This week I truly felt mindfulness twice, once when I was sitting in a park on my lunch break. The sun was shining, there was a pretty fountain in front of me and, probably my biggest deterrent from mindfulness, my phone had run out of battery. I was simply in my own company and contemplated the above career/relationships/housing ladder situation and made a decision (Point 6 of my 2017 Bucket List) - then a huge weight was lifted off myself and I felt mindfulness.

The second time was at Brighton beach yesterday. I had planned to meet my friend for a catch up and some shopping but I arrived half an hour early and decided to go to the beach. Yes it was freezing and I was completely alone, but once the pebbles were underneath my feet, I felt the sun on my face and took a deep breath of the sea air, everything felt level and right and I felt mindfulness again.

Mindfulness is completely different for every person, there's no set way to finding it. For me it's being at the beach and feeling totally relaxed with myself, for others it could be spending an hour with your closest family, curling up with a good book or attending a yoga session. Whatever it is, finding your mindfulness is totally personal and not a one-size-fits-all.

I'd be interested to hear your views on mindfulness and if you've ever experienced it before.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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