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!
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.
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
PS Crochet for Relaxation runs again next term at Tawa Community College!!
Yes you got it right, it is only Sunday and I’m a day early with the workout.
That is because I want to give you the opportunity to register for the Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 photochallenge today!!
Having something to bring your attention to, is a great way to break the downward spiral of wellbeing and change your brain and pathways into a happy brain.
Are you joining in with me??
Sign up here: http://www.mhaw.nz/photo-competition/
Post a picture every day on social media (make sure your post is public) and you might win!
Here’s the challenge per day:
Post a picture each day using our prompt. Each day one lucky person will win a prize! #MHAWNZ @MHFNZ @MentalHealthFoundationNZ
Oct. 11 – Papatūānuku (Mother Earth)
Oct. 14 – Love my backyard
Oct. 15 – Nature is key to…
Have a great week,
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
31 May: Creative Mindfulness.
17 June: Mindfulness for Kids workshop
24 June: All Good Colourers
7 August: 8 week Rewire Your Brain for Happiness, MBSR training. This succesful mindfulness training is for beginners and for those who have done a short training before. Integrate mindfulness into your daily life and get 10+ downloadable exercises to practice at home. Down to earth class.
Mindfulness Workout of the week.
One of the things that always works, and is also part of the mindfulness for kids programme Pause Breathe Smile is that children are asked to smile as part of the mindfulness practices.
The body and brain are connected, they trigger each other and listen to another. You can use that, to influence how you feel. If you move your mouth into a smiley pose that will make you feel a little more positive. I bet you are trying it right now 😁
So this week, all you have to focus on, is to consciously bring your mouth to smile, a couple of times a day, and see what happens.
You can put a sticky note with a smiley face on your mirror, draw a little smiley on your hand, change your passwords to finish with SMILE, or set a timer a couple of times a day, anything to remind yourself to smile.
🤗Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
Lovely morning at the Tawa Community Centre this morning!! Colouring, a chat, coffee and great company!
Next opportunity 30 October!!
email monique@easynowmindfulness for details.