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
🌷

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Term 2 has finished and school holidays have started.
Register now for the beginner’s and the intermediate crochet for calmness courses starting soon!
For Wellington register here: http://www.cecwellington.ac.nz/courses/1361-crochet-for-calmness (only 4 places left)
 
For Tawa register here:
http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,Beginner-Crochet-Wellington,2433
And Intermediate:
http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,Intermediate-Crochet-Wellington,2879
 
>>>>>Workout starts here<<<<<<
 
When you practice mindfulness, you try to give your full attention to what is right here in the present moment. This sounds a lot easier than it it! We are often doing a lot of things at the same time, talking to our kids while checking our phone and cooking for example.
 
So this week, try to notice when you are doing a lot of things at the same time, and make a choice to focus on just the one thing, the one person and give it your fullest attention.
 
Have a great week,
M
🌷
Healthy Mind Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

It’s nearly the end of term 2!!
My Crochet on Wednesday is finished but I will be running a Mindfulness workshop for Porirua Active Families on the Wednesday instead and I’m looking forward to it!
 
This week’s challenge is to get some formal mindfulness practice in your daily schedule. Use your phone to set a timer for every day of the week and practice your mindful breathing for 3 minutes.
 
Just bring all your attention to your breathing, following your breathing as you breathe in, and as you breathe out. Is there a spot where you can feel your breathing the most?
Can you feel the cold air going in, and warm air going out?
You don’t have to change your breathing, you are breathing just fine.
If you get distracted, (and you will!!), know that this is normal. It’s great that you notice it, and just bring your attention kindly back to your breathing.
 
Focussing all your attention on your breathing can help calming the body and mind, and giving your brain a break from all that thinking!!
 
And it’s only three minutes, and you always have three minutes!!
Have a good week!
 
M
 
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart