Lovely morning at the Tawa Community Centre this morning!! Colouring, a chat, coffee and great company!
Next opportunity 30 October!!
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Free Weekly Mindfulness Train-Your-Brain Workout!
This week another group of awesome people are finishing my 8-week mindfulness for happiness course, and I’m very proud of their hard work and achievements! Let me know if you want to be in the next class!
Our brains are not wired to be on the lookout for all the good and positive things that are right here. Instead our brains are always looking for what is negative and what can go wrong, just protection for survival really. So we have to make an effort to rewire the brain by consciously training it to focus on the good stuff that is going on, so we can feel good!
So everyday this week, you are going to make an effort to remind yourself of three things, that are right here, that you are grateful for. No matter how small, it’s worth giving it some attention.
I’m joining the Grateful In April challenge. I hope you will too, you can signup on their webpage gratefulinapril.com or like the facebook page.
Awesome Wellington Street art! Train your brain!
Hi all, hope you are making the most of this long Waitangi weekend. Here’s your Weekly Mindfulness Workout:
Feeling happy comes from having happy thoughts, and you can practice this, start with just a minute a day. This might feel a bit strange in the beginning, but every new habit feels a bit uncomfy first. Just randomly start with labeling everything that is happy, pretty or good around you. For me that goes like this right now: I love how my cat is so confident and relaxed chilling in the middle of the living room, I like the pretty flowers on my teacup, that pen writes so smooth, I enjoyed the chat with my mum on Skype today, that little wooden cat my son made is such a cheerful thing to look at, how cute look all the pink hearts together, that I have crocheted for Little sprouts, that pink colour on that card is gorgeous, and so on. You might get distracted halfway through, that is only normal! Just go back to having happy thoughts.
Decide what is a good time for you to practice. Maybe when you have your shower in the morning, or drinking your morning tea. Or every time you have to wait in traffic. You could pick the same moment every day so it is easy to remember. You can even set the timer on your phone to remind you, or write a little sign on your hand, HT for example, Happy Thoughts.
Have a good week!
Recognise this gate???
Good morning all,
Another week has gone by and there have been horrific things happening in the world the last week. We’re all thinking of the people that have lost their lives, and of all the people that have lost their loved ones.
We can also sometimes feel overwhelmed by this all. We can feel powerless and don’t know what we can do about it. These moments it might help to just take our attention back to the here and now, to focus on our breathing or senses, to give ourselves a break and relax. Just to be able to cope with it all better. This is not denying what is happening, but looking after ourselves. It’s ok to tell ourselves we are safe, we are grateful for living in freedom and free of war. Grateful that our children can go to school safely every day, they can go on the bus and train and meet up with friends by themselves. We are free to express ourselves and live the lives we choose too.
So this week try to bring your focus back to the here and now, a few times a day, focus on your breathing, or use your senses. What can you hear, what can you see, what can you feel or taste. Give yourself a short break from it all, and be grateful for all we have that we easily take for granted.
Have a good week,
Just read this really nice article in The Greater Good about being thankful.
It states that research has shown that you are more inclined to be thankful if you believe the other person had a choice in helping you out, or not helping you out.
In building Easy Now Mindfulness I have to be asking a lot of favours of people that I know and people I don’t know that well. And I do feel the grattitude when they are helping me out!
Thanks to the kindness of others, I have seen my flyers up around town, I have seen my training advertised in local news letters, in the weekly letters of schools and community centres, and it feels great.
Because I know that mindfulness is such a helpful tool for everebody to use in their daily life, I want this knowledge to be out there in my community and the greater Wellington region.
So thank you all my helpers!