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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Free Weekly Mindfulness

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Half way through the holidays already!
 
☀️Thursday I run a mindfulness workshop for kids. Improve attention and focus, worry less sleep better, have a happy life!
Sign up soon!
☀️☀️Tawa All Good Coloures are meeting up again this Sunday, you are so welcome to join us!
☀️☀️☀️Tuesday evenings Creative Mindfulness starts again after the holidays. A great safe space to maintain or increase your wellbeing!!
 
>>>>>Workout starts here:
 
Every holiday I notice how fast days are going by!!
It’s easy to get absorbed by daily chores, looking after everybody, without doing anything specific, or without doing anything just for you!
 
However you need a break too, even if it is 5 minutes!! Mindfulness is also taking care of yourself. You have to fill your batttery so you can keep going.
 
There are some great apps you can put on your phone to help you doing something daily, to benefit your self. I challenge you to pick just one of them, and try to use them for a week. 
 
Love to hear what you app you pick!!
Have a great week,
M
 
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Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

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Take a breather…. Weekly Mindfulness Workout

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🌷 Free Mindfulness Workout
 
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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Crochet and meditation

Crochet, just as colouring and zendoodlen can be meditation too. And I happen to love it all!

Here’s something I made for a project to spread mental health awareness, after a lovely young woman was taken by depression. She was Dutch, like me and she had an amazing crochet blog.

There’s also some information about crochet and meditation. You can see it all here:

http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2015/11/moniques-crochet-mandala/

Feedback on the Easy Now Mindfulness training

So as we’re going throught the Easy Now Mindfulness training I’m getting more and more feedback from the students about how mindfulness can work for them.

Here are some remarks:

  • It’s really relaxing.
  • It feels good to take a break.
  • It helps me to get back to sleep.
  • I love the walking meditation.
  • It helps to calm my mind.
  • I use it everyday.
  • I didn’t realise I had so many things going on.
  • I use mindfulness in my lunchbreak and now I really have a break and feel more energised.
  • I’m generally feeling less anxious now.
  • I noticed tension in my shoulders and I could feel it getting more relaxed.
  • First I thought it was so boring and now I find the 20 minutes meditation to short.
  • I could really notice the difference in just listening and being busy thinking about the sounds.
  • I noticed being selfconscious.
  • I notice I’m generally a lot calmer.
  • I really like the short meditations.
  • I have so many rubbish thoughts!
  • It helps me to fall asleep.
  • I noticed how I can be pretty critical of myself.
  • I feel so much joy when I’m able to really take in all there is around me.
  • I feel less stressed by telling myself not to be judgmental.

All locations for the third school term confirmed

I have had a couple of busy days driving around Wellington to get the locations for the next school term ready. But happy it is all sorted now!

8 Week Easy Now Mindfulness Training will start next schoolterm:

  • July 28, Tuesday  20.00-21.30 at the Moera Community Hall Lower Hutt.
  • July 29, Wednesday 19.30-21.00 at the Northland Memorial Community Centre.
  • July 30, Thursday 19.30-21.00 at the Linden Social Centre Tawa.

4 Week Easy Now Mindful Parent Training will start next schoolterm:

  • Wednesday July 29, 11-12, at Churton Park Community Centre.
  • Wednesday, August 26, 11-12 the Northland Memorial Community Centre.
  • Thursday, August 27, 11-12 at the Linden Social Centre Tawa.

You can email Monique@easynowmindfulness.com to join or text me on 021 134 7541.

Each training is also posted as an event on the facebook page, just click the join button.
https://m.facebook.com/pages/Easy-Now-Mindfulness/728543133903910

Articles on Mindfulness and more

RL:http://www.mindful.org/mindful-voices/editors%E2%80%99-blog/mindful-responds-to-new-york-times-the-muddied-meaning-of-mindfulness

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/is-mindfulness-actually-good-for-you/6462670

http://rnz.to/1A8FEtL from Radio New Zealand.

Why Punishing Ourselves Never Works the Way We Want It To http://po.st/iFeqKD via @po_st

“Just Breathe” by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films) https://youtu.be/RVA2N6tX2cg via @YouTub

20 Things To Do When You’re 30 That Will Make Life Better At 50 https://shar.es/12oFBr via @TheOpenMind8