You discover your self in the present moment

I haven’t got time for this! Yes, you have!

The nature of the mind is to think, analyse, and figure things out: left to its own devices, the mind will constantly seek out new stimuli. During difficult times you can feel as if it is in a spin. Mindfulness gently retrains the mind to clear your thoughts, settle into the present moment, and focus on your awareness, bypassing the intellectual or conceptual and allowing you to be fully immersed in, and at one with, the present moment. This experience is what is known as true presence.

  • Choose an activity to do mindfully throughout the day for one, two or five minutes. This activity can be something you would do normally, such as drinking a cup of tea, walking, or eating lunch. Try to really focus on what you are doing.

  • Whatever you choose to do, be in the present. See, hear, smell, touch, feel and breathe in the moment.

  • Notice whenever other thoughts or sensations come to mind. Acknowledge them, and let them go.

  • Then refocus on your chosen mindful activity.

  • Be patient and compassionate with yourself. You are doing wonderfully.

Exercises for you to try:

Ask yourself: How do I feel?

Use the following prompts to help answer the question.

  • What do I need to take better care of myself today?
  • How might I show up today to have the best impact?
  • What boundaries do I want to strengthen and develop?
  • During difficult moments, how might I be more compassionate towards others and myself?
  • How might I feel more connected and fulfilled?

Open your eyes and choose an affirmation for the day Check in with yourself throughout the day. Pause.

Take a breath, and revisit your affirmation.