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

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

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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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!
☀️
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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Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Morena, here we are in May!!

My daughter is turning 18 this week, wow! That only shows how time flies by, just like that.
 
When you practice mindfulness, you try to bring your attention to the here and now.
You stop your mind from being busy thinking about everything that was, and from everything that is coming. You bring your mind to the present, and allow yourself to take in what is here. This helps to really enjoy the moment, as the here and now is really all we have.
 
So this week, purposefully take a few moments everyday to do this. Bring your mind to the present moment, and take in all that is here.
If you have little children, it’s easy to forget to do this, but you just must. They will grow up so quickly, you want to cherish these moments, so watch them closely, listen and smell, and enjoy that moment to the fullest.
 
Have a great week,
 
Monique
 
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Morena awesome people!
Do you want to do learn some mindfulness and be creative, than let me know as I might start another Tuesday evening class in May!!!
 
For this week I want you to be a bit more mindful of your selftalk. You know what I mean right?!
We tend to be too harsh and too negative on ourselves and although this is totally normal, we do have to correct ourselves to be nicer.
 
Imagine how you would speak to your best friend, your child or cousin, or your pet. You have to become your own best friend, able to pick yourself up, acknowledge what you’re feeling and kindly talk yourself through in a kind and accepting way.
 
Don’t forget you are not what you do, you are born as an amazing miracle and you still are, you have every right to make the best of your life and enjoy to the max!
 
If you struggle with this, don’t forget I train people in mindfulness on zoom, whatsapp and skype too!! Just pm me and I will try to fit you in asap!
 
Have a good week!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Have a look at what we have been doing at our All Good Colouring Class yesterday: https://www.facebook.com/easynowmindfulness/videos/1652257438199137/

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

That week went so fast! Hope you had a good one!
 
Tawa All Good Colourers are meeting up again this Sunday, 10-12 at the Tawa Community Centre, you’re welcome to come along too! Bring a friend and have a coffee and a chat and colour away!
 
One of the most important tools we all have to calm down is our breathing, it’s our anchor through the storms. Make it a habit to bring your attention to your breathing whenever you again, notice if you are breathing into your abdomen and if not, make sure you lower your inbreath, drop your anchor an breathe.
 
Even if all is going well, it’s a great way to build your resilience, so when the weather does change, you are ready for it!
 
Have a good week, hope to see you at colouring!!
 
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

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!!