Grateful in April Free Mindfulness Workout

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🌷Free Mindfulness Workout 🌷
 
It’s Grateful in April again!
It’s also the last week of the Creative Mindfulness on Tuesday, pm if you want to tag along or want to sign up for the May clasess!
 
At last!! I have a Mindfulness for Kids (preteens) in the holidays! Sign up quick as this will fill up fast 🙂
 
This week start and end every day by reminding yourself of three things you are grateful for. Doesn’t have to be big things! On a bad day you can just be thankful for being able to get out of bed 🙂
 
Have a great week!
M.
 
Healthy Mind Happy Heart
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ps: Grateful in April is a global campaign to get people focused on feeling good about what they’ve already got in their lives. It’s amazing what can occur when you find ways to be grateful for what you have. It was started by Melina Schamroth. You can find all about it on the Grateful in April website and Facebook page!

Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Sunday was a great day to chill at home, the library, or at a museum! How did you spend it?? I got through loads of laundry and finished some crochet projects I have been working on for Little Sprouts for some time.
 
The image below is of a creative installation in the Christchurch Art Gallery. It hangs in front of the wall, and the shadows are part of the artwork, it’s awesome. It’s different from every angle. And you know, you are just like that! A beautiful piece of art, you can discover something new, everytime you look!
 
Mindfulness can help you by increasing your self-awareness in a healthy way. Learn to observe your self, your thoughts and your feelings. Learn to embrace yourself with kindness and acceptance when things are rough.
This takes practice, but you can learn it! Just take one step at the time. To be able to cope with difficult emotions, you can try to focus on your breathing first. As this will calm your nervous system and that will help you to regain your zen. You get a clear mind and a better view to investigate what it is, that is upsetting you. Is it something that has just happened? Is it having some negative thoughts? Just take your time to focus on your breathing, and to investigate and coach yourself in a kind way through this.
 
Have a great week!
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Grateful in April

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.
 
Have the best week!
Monique
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Awesome Wellington Street art! Train your brain!

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Hi there,

another Monday, another Weekly Mindfulness Workout. It’s December tomorrow, busy times for many people. Part of the 8-week mindfulness training I’m running is about recognising unhelpful thoughts. And some thoughts that we all get, are thoughts starting with “I should…” or “I shouldn’t…”. Now any thought that starts like this, will give you some stress, some more, some less.

So for this week, be on the lookout for these thoughts and when you recognise them: reconsider. Decide what is really good for you to do or not to do. So you are not making life any more busy or stressful than it might already be for you!

Have a good week and remember I’m still collecting presents for mums for Little Sprouts, thanks!

Monique

 

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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,

Monique