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Good morning from my last day in the Netherlands!!
I’m ready to come home after spending some lovely quality time with my dear mum, family and friends 💜
And of course I’m very much looking forward to start
another CREATIVE MINDFULNESS course this term on the Tuesday evenings!
We are colouring again with the TAWA ALL GOOD COLOURERS ON SUNDAY, and you can LEARN TO CROCHET again on the Wednesday evenings soon too!!
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I have a Halloween giveaway coming up so keep your eyes open here!
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Being back in the Netherlands I really noticed how the Dutch love to have opinions about everything! And they love to share that too 🙂
 
However, you do not always have to have an opinion about everything!! This is a natural habit of the brain, to be alert and figure it if there is a threat to us anywhere to be aware of!
 
So this week, try to be mindful about your daily doings, and try not to have an opinion. You are safe and free to just take it all in, notice, see, smell, feel, hear life just as it is.
 
Good luck! Let me know how this is goinf for you!!
I find it such a relief and freedom, to not have to have an opinion about everything, to feel free to just enjoy all the beautiful things around me and to just take it all in as it is.
 
Ngā mihi,
Monique
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Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

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Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout
Kia ora it is Monday again!!
Last week we finished the Creative Mindfulness course with mindful eating. That was fun and interesting!
It has totally put some people of crackers and some cookies lol!
Just a reminder that I have a few hours available for private mindfulness coaching. Just get in touch by pm or email and we can find a time that works for you!
WORKOUT starts here:
This week try to eat a bit more mindful for eating more of the good and less of the bad.
1. Before you start eating, rate our food on a scale from 1 to 10, how yummy do you think this is to eat?
2. Look at your food, smell and observe it.
3. Take a bite and wait a little before you start chewing, just noticing all you can taste in your mouth.
4. Slowly start chewing and only swallow when it is mostly gone anyway.
5. Rate that bite on a scale 1 till 10 again.
6. Repeat step 2 till 5 a few more times and decide when to stop eating.
Remembe you never have to finish your plate, your meal, you are allowed to discard of it anytime!
Have a great week,
aroha nui,
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness

Last Creative Mindfulness class this term is Tuesday!

Register for next term by emailing me on monique@easynowmindfulness.com!!

We are also colouring again on Sunday, 10-12, at the Tawa Community Centre.

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Good morning!!
Last week in the Creative Mindfulness Class ( you are welcome to our last meeting tomorrow in Tawa by the way) we did a mindfulness of thinking practice.
This is something you can easily try at home too.
The goal is to learn to notice the thoughts popping up in your mind (which is normal and happens all the time).
So no analysing, no judging, no liking, no disliking, just noticing every thought as it pops up in your mind, and disappears again.
 
When you become more aware of what is going on in your mind, you will get more control over your mind, and will be more able to decide what thoughts are helpful for you, and what thoughts are unhelpful. It will be easier to let those unhelpful thoughts pass by, by just noticing them and not giving them any more attention.
 
So this week, take a moment to find a nice quiet spot to sit, close your eyes, focus on your breathing for 10 breaths and than bring all your attention to your thinking. A couple of minutes to start with will be great!
 
Have an awesome week,
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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You have two more weeks to come to the Tuesday evening Creative Mindfulness class before the holidays!!

Learn to crochet is running again from 1 November, register now before it’s fully booked again (as happened last time!) Register here: http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,Beginner-Crochet-Wellington,2433

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FREE weekly mindfulness

Hello and happy Monday!!
Last week I noticed something interesting. Well I found it interesting! 🙂
I was surprised by a probably impulsive and judgemental comment on a post. And the reason it surprised me, is that I hardly ever read comments like this.
The good thing is that I must be surrounded by loving and kind people on Facebook that always leave me positive and kind comments!! So that also made this comment stand out more.

It also got me thinking that being kind, nice, accepting, positive, complimenting is a habit. And if we all train ourselves to have this habit, the negativism will only stand out more, and can be ignored more easily.

So this week make an effort to be aware of your kindness, and thankful of kindness of others.

Have a great week,
aroha nui,
M

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

  • Creative Mindfulness Tuesday evenings in Tawa.
  • Tawa All Good Colourers every last Sunday of the month.
  • Learn to crochet, 4 weeks, starts 1 November on the Wednesday evening.

My Wednesday evening “learn to crochet for calmness” class finished last Wednesday and I’m super proud of my students!! I’m also super grateful for the awesome feedback they gave me on the course 💜 Thank you!!!

We had a great morning full of colouring and zendoodle yesterday in the Tawa Community Centre and lots of people came to chill and chat!!

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FREE WORKOUT STARTS HERE:

If you want to start practicing mindfulness, so you feel better, are more relaxed and worry less, you have to make it easy for yourself. And the easiest way is to take an activity that you are doing already, and make that a mindfulness exercise. So doing what you are doing anyway, just now doing it mindfully.

This can be brushing your teeth, rinsing your shampoo, emptying the dishwasher, having your morning cuppa, walking home from the station, or hanging the laundry outside. The last one is my favorite!!

Make it mindful by bringing your full attention to your senses in the here and now. What can you see, feel, hear, touch, smell right here, right now while you are doing what you are doing. Doestn’t have to take more than a few minutes!!

You will notice you get easily distracted by anything that pops up in your mind, and that doesn’t matter at all. Actually, that is super normal to happen!

Just notice you get distracted, and kindly bring your attention back to the activity you were doing mindfully.

Go on, try it this week!

Have a great week!

M

Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

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Free Weekly Mindfulness and Upcoming classes

Tuesday 15 August: 6 week Creative Mindfulness in Tawa, 7.30-9pm.

Next week Creative Mindfulness starts on Tuesday, join us if you want to practice some mindfulness and want to have time to work on your creative projects!!
“My” crocheters come to this class, we have a mum and daughter, a few knitters, and we welcome colourers etc too!!

Sunday 27 August Tawa All Good Colourers at the Tawa Community Centre.

 Email monique@easynowmindfulness.com to register.

 

Easy Now Mindfulness Zendoodle Challenge
 
This week I have a zendoodle challenge for you. No need to be artistic or have an arts degree, everybody can do this, just follow these 8 steps!
So here we go:
 
1. Grab a pencil, a black sharpie/fineliner, paper and a round or square template. I used a glass to make a circle, you can also use square coaster or whatever you can find.
 
2. Use your pencil to go round your template to make a circle or square.
 
3. With your pencil draw 2 lines right through your template, to create 4 empty spaces. Any 4 spaces are fine!
 
3. Get your black sharpie and fill one space with this pattern:
https://buff.ly/2uv8Au4. Do you notice how I made a mistake here??  I decided not to be bothered by that 🙂
 
4. Fill another space with this pattern:
 
5. Fill another space with this pattern:
6. Fill a space with this pattern:
 
7. If you have any remaining spaces, you can fill this with circles of all different sizes and colour black around them.
 
8. Finished, or you can colour your zendoodle if you like. What ever you do, it will look stunning!!
 
Post your zendoodle to my page or in the comments as I will love to see how yours turned out!!!
 
Have a great week,
M
 
🌷 Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout and upcoming classes

Upcoming classes:

Wednesday 2 August, 4 week learn to crochet at Tawa Community Adult Education.

Monday 7 August: 8 week Rewire Your Brain for Happiness MBSR in Churton Park.

Tuesday 15 August: 6 week Creative Mindfulness in Tawa.

 Email monique@easynowmindfulness.com to register.

 

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This picture is of an amazingly glorious tree in Dunedin that I just couldn’t stop looking at!! It reminded me of one of the attitudes of mindfulness, that is to notice things,  as if you are seeing them for the very first time.
 
Not only do we often take our surroundings for granted. The same counts for our ability to see and notice all the beauty around us! 
 
So this week, as you go about your days, take a few moments to look at everything around you, as if you are seeing it all, for the first time.
You might discover things that you have never noticed before! 
One of my students for exampe, was amazed by how many shades of green she could notice, when she was on the bus, taking in the views mindfully!
 
Have a great week!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout and upcoming classes.

Upcoming classes:

Wednesday 2 August, 4 week learn to crochet at Tawa Community Adult Education

Monday 7 August: 8 week Rewire Your Brain for Happiness.

Tuesday 15 August: 6 week Creative Mindfulness. 

 Email monique@easynowmindfulness.com to register.

 

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Free Mindfulness Workout.
Most people will come up with “being in the here and now” or “being present” when they think about what mindfulness is.
And they are right! Mindfulness is bringing your full atttention to the present moment.
However that doesn’t mean that we cannot reflect upon things. It’s actually a healthy thing to do!
It’s good to take time to plan something, have a good think about something, when you decide when you want to do that. (Middle of the night is usually not a good time!)
Reflecting is not the same as overthinking, worrying or ruminating. If thinking makes you feel bad, that’s probably where you go wrong.
 
This week try to take a moment every day, to reflect upon a situation that happened that day or something you just want to have a good think about. You can ask yourself questions. What went well, what made it happen, how could things have worked out better etc etc.
Try to take one thing out of it, that you would like to improve on, and make that your goal for the next day, or the next time. And remember to be kind to yourself!
 
Have a great week,
look after you,
M
🌷Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness and upcoming courses.

Upcoming classes:

 Sunday 2 July: Tawa All Good Colourers, at the Community Centre 10-12.

Wednesday 2 August, 4 week learn to crochet at Tawa Community Adult Education

Monday 7 August: 8 week Rewire Your Brain for Happiness.

Tuesday 15 August: 6 week Creative Mindfulness. 

 Email monique@easynowmindfulness.com to register.

 

 

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Good morning from Dunedin!! Feeling grateful to be here and I couldn’t have done this without one of my best friends, looking after our kids!!
 
Mindfulness is easy, it’s paying attention, in the here and now, with curiosity, acceptance and openheartedness, and without judging.
That means, it’s mostly an attention trainer!
 
This week, try to bring your attention to your body, the sensations in your body, just a couple of times a day.
 
Usually when you’re walking, your mind will wander off. Bringing your focus back to your body can help in stopping this wandering. As often the wandering can be ruminating, worrying, stressing, planning etc. Which only fatigues the brain and makes you feel bad.
 
Another way to be more mindful of the body is to start practicing yoga. I use the downdog app and absolutely love it! Great for beginners too! You can use it any time, any where, even at your work 🙂
 
Have a great week!
Don’t forget to register for the upcoming courses, the 8 week MBSR, 6 week creative mindfulness or the just crochet!!!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
 
🌷the yoga app: https://www.downdogapp.com

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout and upcoming classes.

Upcoming classes:

 Sunday 2 July: Tawa All Good Colourers, at the Community Centre 10-12.

Wednesday 2 August, learn to crochet at Tawa Community Adult Education

Monday 7 August: 8 week Rewire Your Brain for Happiness.

Tuesday 15 August: Creative Mindfulness.

 Email monique@easynowmindfulness.com to register.

 

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FREE Weekly Mindfulness Workout.
 
I had a fun week, teaching mindfulness at Tawa College to teenagers and at the community centre to a younger age group.
I explained to the teens about how thoughts, feelings and actions relate to each other in every day situations. When I asked them if that was already known information, I was so surprised that this basic understanding of our wellbeing, was missing!
 
So one more time:
Our daily life is a string of situations up on situations. In every situation there will be thoughts popping up in our minds, we feel things in our body, have emotions and we will do something. Or we will avoid doing something.
This determines whether we are on an upwards way, in our spiral of well-being, or on a downward way.
 
By becoming more mindful of ourselves, and how we react in daily situations, we will get more insight in why we feel the way we feel. And that gives us the opportunity to make changes to what we think, what we feel and what we do so we make sure we get on the way up in this spiral.
 
This week take some time, to have a good look at where you are on this spiral. At the bottom, half way up, or are you generally feeling all good, standing at the top of your spiral??
 
Can you think of changes you can make, to keep going upwards? Or to stop from going downwards?
 
Have a great week, remember to register for the 8 week mindfulness that starts next term, (the above is part of this course). This is a great course for teenagers too! And not just for women 🙂
 
Monique
💜Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
ps, quiet for the storm. Tawa College session about mindfulness last Monday.
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