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This is my last week of teaching this term already!
I really enjoyed meeting all the new and returning students and families, and I’m grateful of being part of their journey whether is was with crochet, mindfulness or a combination!
Thank you so much for having me there!
 
I read this quote somewhere online and I thought it would make a great mindfulness workout.
 
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are residing in the future. If you are at peace, you are awake in the present.” – Lao Tzu
 
So this week try to be mindful of where your mind is going. Are you drifting of in the past, or are you already miles ahead into the future?
And when you notice where you are, you can bring yourself kindly back to the present moment. Because there is plenty to enjoy right here, that you don’t want to miss!
 
Have a great week,
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Hi again, it’s Te Reo Māori week this week. The theme this year is ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ which means ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.
 
With Wellngton aiming to be a bilingual capital city, we already have lots of opportunities to learn te Reo every day! Just be mindful of council notices and newsletters, where Te Reo words are used in a way that makes it easy to understand the meaning of it. Or check out other places where te Reo is used, like your local supermarket, to learn a new word every day!
 
So for this week, let’s be mindful of Te Reo language and make an effort to learn one new word a day!!!
 
Can you let me know what words you are already using??
 
My favourite word is kapai 🙂
 
Have a great week,
M
 
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
 
ps. find information abaout Te Reo Māori week on their website with lots of useful downloads here:
http://www.tewikiotereomaori.co.nz

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Hooray it’s Spring! There’s no denying, so many flowers everywhere!

I have received a bunch of stickers and cards from @mentalhealthfoundationnz and I give them to all my students and hang them around classrooms and public spaces!!
 
I love the stickers with the compliments, as we often forget to say something positive out loud when we notice it! Not only makes it somebody else feel good, it also makes you feel good!
 
So this week, give at least three compliments a day and enjoy!
 
Have a great week,
 
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart.
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ps My whole day of crochet is this Saturday, don’t forget to register at the Tawacomed website! Hope to see you!
ps: the picture is from From the Mental Health Foundation New Zealand facebookpage here: https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundationNZ/?fb_dtsg_ag=AdyNBdC1bJure89ezfuQeQfodaxnNde-MIsIp138lAcOgA%3AAdwXYa1Chxp5jB1zFZAq_QOh49r15e2gvK6zUhGWkWeAqg

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout and upcoming courses

Intermediate Crochet starts this Wednesday, sign up here:
http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,Intermediate-Crochet-Wellington,2879
One Saturday of crochet!! Sign up here:http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,CROCHET-A-day-of-relaxation,3373
Hello again!!
Hope your weekend was good. I had a fun day at a teaching course and got to be in 10 mini lessons about all sorts of great subjects. From pottery to FOI, screen printing, tiny homes, and Arabic to feeding banana to a baby!!
WORKOUT STARTS HERE:
Often our minds are busy, and sitting down for formal meditations might be just too much for us. If so, it can help to give your mind something to focus on, something that also has your interest or is something that makes you feel relaxed. Spring spotting is one of those things!!
 
Last week I noticed lots of beautiful flowers and it made my walk very relaxing and enjoyable. It also gave my brain a break from planning my courses!!
 
So this week aim to spot at least 2 signs of spring, every day!! Take a picture of it and let us enjoy them too!
 
Looking forward to see your signs of spring!!
 
Have a great week,
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout and upcoming courses

Upcoming courses:
Intermediate crochet: 29 August, 7-9 pm. Tawa,Wellington NZ.
Sign up here:
http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,Intermediate-Crochet-Wellington,2879
One day of crochet: 8 September, 10-4, Tawa, Wellington, NZ.
Sign up here:
http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,CROCHET-A-day-of-relaxation,3373
Last week already for my beginner’s crochet classes! Luckily the Intermediate crochet starts next week!!
Don’t forget to sign up if you want to know all about shells, picots, textured crochet, popcorn, puff stitch etc etc!!
 
Saturday I was walking back to Wellington station from a teachers training and enjoyed my walk so much!! When you take it all in, all you can see up and down, all you can hear and smell, it is very relaxing and I always discover things I have never seen before!
 
So this week, whenever you are outside, be mindful!! Use your senses and focus on all you can see, up and down, all you can hear and smell. No need to judge, like or dislike. Just take it all in, be curious and wonder and wander!!!!!!
 
Post me some pictures of your finds too 💜
 
Have a great week,
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Look what I put together of my students’ trials for crochet!!

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When you practice mindfulness it can help you to achieve more!
Last week I had to step out of my comfortzone and rocked up last minute for Little Sprouts for an item on Seven Sharp!
😳
I had followed the conversations in our
volunteer groups, and noticed that I was keeping quiet!! My mind came up with lots of reasons why not to go!
Being mindful allows you to step back and observe your thoughts and feelings. On Friday we really needed more people!! I took a deep breath, I waved my anxious thoughts and feelings away and jumped in the car!
 
So for this week, try to notice if you avoid doing things, because you have thoughts popping up telling you not to do it!!! Than practice mindful breathing, ta
ke a step back, reconsider and do it!
 
If you do see me on television this week, please be kind!
I had 10 minutes to get ready, grab my yarn & hooks and drive to the interview location!!!!!
All for a good cause of course, Little Sprouts!!!

 

 
Have a greate week!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
ps: watch the news item here: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/seven-sharp/clips/meet-the-craft-angels-knitting-up-a-storm-to-protect-some-of-new-zealand-tiniest-and-most-vulnerable-citizens

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And here we are in August, I noticed the most gorgeous purple magnolia tree flowering this week, it must be spring soon!
 
Mindfulness doesn’t mean that we cannot think about the past or the future. Sometimes is can be really helpful to do just that. However not when we are wide awake at night 🙂
 
You learn more about yourself if you have a curious and kind approach to why you do the way you do, or think the way you think, or feel the way you feel.
 
So this week observe yourself, and if anything has your interest, see if you can discover why you did what you did, felt what you felt, and why you thought what you thought.
 
Have a great week
 
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout and upcoming classes

Kia ora!

This week Beginner’s Mindfulness Crochet starts again, email me if you want join monique@easynowmindfulness.com.

I’m also volunteering to run a mindfulness for families course in Porirua, starting Tuesday and very excited about it!!

I had a very creative weekend this week!
Crafting day for Little Sprouts on Saturday and Tawa All Good Colourers on Sunday. Last one is every month and is some fun. You can see what we have been colouring this time below!!

Often I hear people say when they come to colouring Sunday, they haven’t coloured since the last session.
However colouring, like any other creative activity is very relaxing and gives your brain a good break!
I can tell by the deep sighs I heard yesterday at colouring!!!

THIS WEEK’S MINDFULNESS WORKOUT: So this week, get your favourite creative activity ready on your table. Make sure that every day, you do a little bit!

Looking forward to see your projects!!

Have a great week,
M
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Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout & upcoming classes

Term three starts this week.
I’m running two CROCHET courses and a MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS & PRIMARY SCHOOL KIDS this term!
However the only one that still might have some spaces is this: http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,Beginner-Crochet-Wellington,2433

Also COLOURING for adults is this Sunday again at the Tawa Community Centre.

WEEKLY MINDFULNESS WORKOUT:
 
Mindfulness is bringing your full awareness to the here and now, in a kind, accepting and non judging way. You can use your senses to help you to come back to the present moment. Focussing on sounds is a really easy one that you can practice everywhere!
 
So this week, take a few moments every day to bring your full attention to what you can hear.
Sounds far away, sounds nearby.
Loud sounds, and quiet sounds.
Don’t look for sounds, just listen.
Do you notice how your mind wants to figure out what the sounds are? Is your mind judging the sounds? It’s totally normally if this happens!
Just bring your attention back to only listening to the sounds you can hear. You can silently label a sound “bird” or “wind”, that’s all you do.
 
Have a good week!
 
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Being mindful, being present with your full attention, doesn’t mean you have to sit still. You can be mindful whatever you do!
 
A nice way to start your day is to take 5 mindful breaths and combine it with an easy movement. So do this after you get up, or maybe after your shower or brushing your teeth.
 
Stand straight with your knees hip width apart, knees slightly bent and arms loosely to your sides.
Now as you breathe in, raise your arms all the way up. Pause and stretch up, and as you breathe out, lower your arms again.
Repeat 5 times.
 
This will only take a minute but can make such a difference to your day!
 
Have a great week!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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