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

Kia ora!
Today is one of my favourite days, it’s Yarnbombing day!!
My secret hobby

Crafting, crocheting, reading, puzzling etc can help relax your mind, as you’re giving it something to concentrate on, in the here and now.
That way you stop yourself from worrying, and you can break the spiral of feeling anxious, or depressed -> having unhappy thoughts -> not doing the things anymore that you used to do -> feeling more anxious, depressed or unhappy.

So this week find an activity that keeps your mind focussed and try to do this every day. Maybe pick up something you used to enjoy doing, even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy it.
It can be colouring, reading, or jigsaw puzzles, anything!
Yes your attention will wander, that is normal! If you notice this has happened, just kindly bring your attention back to your activity.

Have a great week, hope this is useful for you.

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FREE WEEKLY MINDFULNESS WORKOUT

Kia ora!
Hope you had a good week and are keeping warm, it was a cold night!!!
I started a crochet for calmness lunch club at my son’s college last week, how cool is that??
I will also be a the health conferences at my local college again for a mindfulness workshop.

One of the things I always tell young people, is this.
What you think, all the thoughts that pop up in your mind, is just that, only thoughts. Words and sentences.
You do not have to take these so serious, they are not facts. It’s just what your brain is made to do, firing neurons and making words and sentences continuously going through your mind. However they can make you feel bad, so it’s good to be mindful of it! Check your mind, as if you are scrolling through a Twitter feed! Most tweets you can just discard off!

So for this week, practice mindfulness of the thoughts popping up, and maybe do a little reality check if you are not feeling the way you want to feel.
You can ask yourself if it is really true what you are thinking, is it a fact, is it proven?
You can ask yourself if others would be thinking the same in that situation, or if you would tell others the same as you are telling yourself?
Also, if the thoughts make you feel bad, they are not ok, and there are different ways to think about it, that will make you feel less bad.
And if your thoughts get you into conflict with yourself or others, that is also an indication that your thoughts are not realistic and you can let go of them.
You can also discard all the thoughts that have “should” or “should not” in them!

Remember, what you give attention to grows, so if you have anxious or unhappy feelings and thoughts, it is ok to distract yourself so you don’t make it worse for yourself.
It can help to take some mindful breaths and than change your attention to an activity that you normally would like to do.

Hope this is useful for you,
kia kaha and have a good week!

Monique
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Healthy Mind Happy Heart

 

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Morena!
>>Just a reminder to register for the Creative Mindfulness, starting on Tuesday evening and the
>>Learn to Crochet, starting on the Wednesday evening soon!!!
Pm I you need more details.
I’m also running a crochet club at Onslow College this term, very excited about this!
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An easy way to integrate mindfulness in your daily busy life is to do a little body check every time you walk.
You can do this by first bringing your attention to your breathing, just following the flow of your breath going in and out of your body.
Than bring your attention to your feet, your legs, and work your way up to the top of your head.
This will give your brain a nice break and it’s also good to be mindful of your body, so you notice it when something isn’t right!
 
So park a bit further away, take that doggy for a walk, and get up from your desk and walk over to your collegue instead of txting!!
 
Have a good week!!
Monique
 
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Kia ora! School holidays have started, term 1 went by so fast!
 
Yesterday I went to Te Papa for the new Toi Arts exhibition. There is an amazing art installation called Indra’s bow, made by Tiffany Singh, i’s made of lots of spices, gemstones, and other natural materials, and it smells amazing!
Have you seen it???
 
Practicing mindfulness is easy, you just give your mind something to focus on, that is present in the here and now. You can use your senses for this.
 
So this week, focus on what you can smell. You will quickly notice that your mind will start to figure out what you are smelling, and it will also judge the smells. This is your brain, trying to protect you from any danger!
Try to ignore this, just go outside for a walk and focus on the things you can smell around you.
 
Have a great week!
M
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Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
PS Crochet for Relaxation runs again next term at Tawa Community College!!

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Learn to crochet for relaxation starts 6 June, 7-9 pm Tawa Wellington.

Kia ora!
Last week before the long Easter weekend!!
Hope this means that you get some time for you!
By now you will know that I’m a big fan of Creative Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is meditation too, but often this
can be really hard, especially for busy people!! 
Being creative can be a great alternative.
Making something, gives your busy mind something to focus on. That can break the cycle of busy thinking about lots of things that only make you feel more stressed.
So, this week, come up with things that you could be making when you take the t
ime. And go for it!
Even looking for inspiration, can be relaxing!

  ☀     You can make this beginner’s crochet Easter basket here: https://easynowmindfulness.com/hooked-on-crochet/

Have a good week!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Upcoming: Colouring and Zendoodle at the Tawa Community Centre 10-12.

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout
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Kia ora, hope you had a good week!
Wednesday was the start of my Intermediate Crochet class which I really enjoyed teaching!!
This Sunday we are colouring again at the Tawa Community Centre, 10-12, so bring a friend and come to colour, zendoodle and chill with us!!
 
>>>>>Workout starts here:
Did you know that one of the attitudes of mindfulness is curiosity????
So this week, get curious!
Try to notice things as if you are seeing them for the first time, try not to judge, be open and accepting, and go!
It can help to ask questions and it is a great way to get to know yourself better too.
 
Have a great week,
nga mihi,
M
Healthy Mind Happy Heart
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Last Free Weekly Mindfulness this year

Morena lovely people!

Last workout for 2017 already!! Taking a little break and back in 2018!!

So this week take some time to reflect on the past year, how have you been this year? What are you happy with, what have you enjoyed, what have been special moments for you, what are you grateful for? Doesn’t have to be big things, little things count too!!

All the best for now, happy holidays and see you soon!

M

Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

ps remember I’m teaching mindfulness privately and have only minimal hours available for this, so book early 🙂 Just email me on monique@easynowmindfulness.com.

ps remember crochet for calmness runs in Tawa AND in the CBD in February but bookings are already available for this too!! Just email me on monique@easynowmindfulness.com.

 

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Good morning from my last day in the Netherlands!!
I’m ready to come home after spending some lovely quality time with my dear mum, family and friends 💜
And of course I’m very much looking forward to start
another CREATIVE MINDFULNESS course this term on the Tuesday evenings!
We are colouring again with the TAWA ALL GOOD COLOURERS ON SUNDAY, and you can LEARN TO CROCHET again on the Wednesday evenings soon too!!
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I have a Halloween giveaway coming up so keep your eyes open here!
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Being back in the Netherlands I really noticed how the Dutch love to have opinions about everything! And they love to share that too 🙂
 
However, you do not always have to have an opinion about everything!! This is a natural habit of the brain, to be alert and figure it if there is a threat to us anywhere to be aware of!
 
So this week, try to be mindful about your daily doings, and try not to have an opinion. You are safe and free to just take it all in, notice, see, smell, feel, hear life just as it is.
 
Good luck! Let me know how this is goinf for you!!
I find it such a relief and freedom, to not have to have an opinion about everything, to feel free to just enjoy all the beautiful things around me and to just take it all in as it is.
 
Ngā mihi,
Monique
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Free Weekly Mindfulness

Last Creative Mindfulness class this term is Tuesday!

Register for next term by emailing me on monique@easynowmindfulness.com!!

We are also colouring again on Sunday, 10-12, at the Tawa Community Centre.

positive thinking

Good morning!!
Last week in the Creative Mindfulness Class ( you are welcome to our last meeting tomorrow in Tawa by the way) we did a mindfulness of thinking practice.
This is something you can easily try at home too.
The goal is to learn to notice the thoughts popping up in your mind (which is normal and happens all the time).
So no analysing, no judging, no liking, no disliking, just noticing every thought as it pops up in your mind, and disappears again.
 
When you become more aware of what is going on in your mind, you will get more control over your mind, and will be more able to decide what thoughts are helpful for you, and what thoughts are unhelpful. It will be easier to let those unhelpful thoughts pass by, by just noticing them and not giving them any more attention.
 
So this week, take a moment to find a nice quiet spot to sit, close your eyes, focus on your breathing for 10 breaths and than bring all your attention to your thinking. A couple of minutes to start with will be great!
 
Have an awesome week,
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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