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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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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

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

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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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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
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Healthy Mind Happy Heart

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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

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

 

Yesterday we had our monthly colouring, that is always something I look forward to. Join us at the last Sunday of the month in July!
 
It’s easy to have a week go by, being busy, and to forget paying attention to how we feel.
 
So this week, try to take a few moments to stop and breathe and bring your attention to what you are feeling. You don’t have to change how you feel, just notice it, do you feel it anywhere in your body as well?
 
If you find it hard to give words to your feeling, it can help to check if there is a bit of anger, of sadness, of happiness or fear, or any combination of these.
Notice what happens when you give attention to what you feel, does the feeling change?
 
Often we want to get rid of negative emotions a.s.a.p., or ignore them, or find solutions for them.
Acknowledging how we feel, or how someone else is feeling, is often the only thing we need to do, to be able to move onwards.
Will you give it a go?
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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