Take a breather…. Weekly Mindfulness Workout

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You might have noticed I have been very quiet online over the last couple of days! I went to a lovely weekend retreat at the Wangapeka and I can greatly recommend this to you. I will definitely be going back too!
It has helped me to refresh my knowledge and to relax. And we have been doing lots of mindful breathing and tuning into the body.
 
Something we often forget is that mindfulness does not have to be an effort, it is something we can do every time and everywhere. And we can always start again. Noticing that we have been mindlessly busy, running around lately, is not failure. As when we notice this, it is instead a great achievement!
 
So this week, whenever you have a moment of pausing, waiting, walking, try to tune into your breathing. Just following your breathing for a few breaths, to pause, relax and to take a break. If you think there will be not time for it, or if you worry you will forget: set a timer for a few times a day to remind yourself, or hang some sticky notes around.
 
Have a great week, take a breather,
Monique
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“I wish people had an opportunity to understand.”

 
This picture really touched me when I saw it at Courtney Place on Saturday. It is not always easy to be compassionate towards others. For example if you don’t understand what’s going on, or when an illness is not visible, like mental health problems, or when something clashes with your values and ideas.
I think by being more compassionate and being able to listen to others, we can make it happen. As understanding comes from within yourself, it is not up to any body else to try to make you understand. You can be compassionate even if you do not understand it all too.
 
To grow compassion towards ourself and others there is a simple practice you can try every day. It might feel a bit unusual in the beginning, as do all new habits, but that’s normal.
Think of a short sentence that sounds the most natural, for example: “may I be well” or “may I be at ease” or “may I be happy”.
As you go through your days, try to silently say this to yourself during the day. You will also use these words towards other people. Whenever you see someone else, or think of someone else, silently repeat it too. For example, when somebody crosses the road, you silently say “may you be well”.
 
Let me know how you get on!
Have a good week,
Monique
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Mindfulness Crochet again & your Free Weekly Mindfulness workout!

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It is getting closer to Summer and Chrismas!! It is a busy time for most people. However your work, chores, parenting, etc, etc, keep going on, as usual, every day too.
 
For this week, you’re going to build in some mini vacations into your day. Because you need breaks, you cannot keep on forever! You will find your self more productive, energised and more able to solve problems after taking a break too!
And the best thing is you don’t even have to leave your office, home or desk.
Just use a timer on your phone so you cannot forget. After every hour you are busy, you are going to take a a short vacation. All you do is focus your attention on your breathing, noticing your abdomen rise and fall as you are breathing and trying to deepen and lengthen your outbreath. Just repeat 5 times. That’s it! Let me know how you are doing!!
 
Tomorrow another Mindfulness Crochet starts. Great course if you want to learn how to crochet so you can make awesome quick and cheap personalised presents. Also great if you want to start with integrating mindfulness in your daily life to increase your general wellbeing. Free crochet hooks for the first 6 people to register too!
 
Have a great week,
Monique
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Good morning! Mindfulness Crochet is already in week 4 this week! And I’m loving it!
I have been walking more since the mindfulness workout of last week, and I’m aiming for more walks this week.
Mindfulness is training your attention to be more focussed on the here and now. It also makes us more aware of our thoughts, that keep popping up, distracting and taking us away from the present.
This week, try to notice where your thoughts are taking you. Just being curious, kind and accepting. Notice when your thoughts keep going over the same old road and cause you to feel in any way unhappy. We have often made a habit of going over the same old thoughts. Once you recognise this, you can naturally let go of these old patterns of thinking.
Have a great week!
Monique
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