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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!
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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

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

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

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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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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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

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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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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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