New Courses for Term 4 2016

For the next school term I will give two new courses that I’m very excited about!

18 October, Tuesday evening starts the Mindfulness Crochet for Calmness course.

Crochet is a great activity that settles your mind and is relaxing too. Crochet and the repetitive movements help the brain make more serotonin, which helps to decrease feelings of depression.

We will learn how to crochet and how to practice mindfulness, we will work on making a crochet mandala.

This is a special project for me, as we will make the mandala that is designed by Dutch crocheter Marinke who passed away because of her depression. I made the mandala (in the profile picture) last year for a project in the USA to raise awareness for depression.

This is a 4 week course and I hope to repeat it every term to enable you to work on more crochet projects.

On Tuesday evening at the Tawa Community Centre, $95, starts 18 October and includes materials and take home crochethook.

 

And after that fun, relaxing and creative course I will run the Mindful Eating course!

Starting 15 November on the Tuesday evenings. Learn to change your relationship with food into a happy one!

Use Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MBEAT) to regain the joy in eating, while empowering yourself to eat more of the good, and less of the bad!

This is a 4 week course, $95, looking forward to see you here!

Monique

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Positive Thinking Day is coming up!

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Good morning, another happy week ahead of me!
Thursday my 8-week class finishes, HURRAY for my Northern Suburbs group!
This Tuesday is Positive Thinking Day, and for this week I challenge you to make every day a Positive Thinking Day!
Positive Thinking Day is a time set aside each year to concentrate on all things positive. An American entrepreneur started this day in 2003 so that people could commemorate the many rewards that can be found in thinking positively.
How to Celebrate Positive Thinking Day:
If you are not sure what to do to celebrate, here are a few suggestions.
1. Start the day positively by saying “Today is going to be a good day!” This will set the tone for the day ahead of you.
2. Say some affirmations. These are positive sentences about you or your circumstances that can give you boldness, confidence and self-esteem.
3. Hang around with positive people.
4. Show gratitude for the simple things in life.
5. Read or watch positive, motivational books and movies.
6. Be kind to someone today.
7. Finally, the best thing you can do for yourself and others, today and everyday is to SMILE.
Have the best week!
Monique
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Welcome Spring!

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Welcome Spring and September! After three years I’m still getting used to that combination! For most of my life, Spring was in March! (In The Netherlands)
 
Mindfulness teaches you to be more calm and self aware, which helps in responding better to all that happens daily in your life.
By having a more laidback approach to yourself and others you will feel more happy and your relationships with others around you will improve too!
 
One of the things to look out for, is how much you are sabotaging yourself, in living by rules and demands, the should and should nots, that we have come to live by.
 
So this week, be on the look out for all the selftalk that happens in your mind that start with “I should……” or “I should not…..” And than ask yourself, if you really have to? Do you really want to? Or is there a good reason why you should not?? Think about what is good for you, how is it helping you? You are allowed to make your own choices, even if they are different from day to day!
 
Have the best week,
Monique
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We had a lovely walk along Oriental Parade on Saturday. I’m glad we did, as Sunday it was raining all day!!

Tuning into your inner wisdom, mindful eating.

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Did you do last week’s workout with me? If you want to be more mindful of your eating, for a healthier life, you can use mindfulness. Really noticing the taste of food, enjoying every bite, helps me in eating less and keep a healthy weight.
The best thing about mindful eating is, that it’s not about making rules for what not to eat, it’s not another rigid diet. Mindful eating is about learning to tune into your inner and outer wisdom, make your own decisions about food, and enjoy greatly what you eat!
 
This week’s workout is about tuning into your inner wisdom. Get more in touch with the sense of hunger and fullness by taking a few moments every day to become aware of how hungry or full you feel. Start with a few deep breaths first. Than try to discover how full you feel, you can use a rating scale again. With 1 having an empty stomach and 10 feeling totally filled. Notice where and what you can feel about being full or being hungry.
 
It doesn’t take a long time, and as you practice more often, you will get better and faster at it too. This practice will help in eating according to what your body needs, and make a good decision about what and when you eat. It will be easier to wait a bit longer before you get a snack, and it will help in eating less, if you are able to recognise that you are actually already feeling full. You can safe that yummy cake for later, when you notice you are still a 7 on the scale, and know that you will enjoy it much more when you are at 3.
 
Every time you choose to stop eating, because you noticed you are fullfilled, you will feel great about yourself, and be proud about being able to have more control over your food intake and enjoy what you eat much more too.
 
As always, let me know how you get on with it!
 
Have a great week,
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Mindful Eating

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And here we are in August! This week I will be looking forward and planning my courses for the rest of this year and for 2017! Yes it is only 5 months to Christmas and 2017!
 
To get ready for my Mindful Eating Course that is coming up, I will give you an appetizer this week!
 
Did you know that your tastbuds get easily bored when you’re eating? We often eat mindlesly and don’t notice this. However bringing your attention to your tastebuds when you’re eating, and becoming aware of how something actually tastes can help you in preventing overeating.
So this week, we will start with small mindful eating steps.
Whenever you eat, try to rate the taste of the first bite on a scale of 1 to 10.
With 1 being very bad tasting, and 10 being absolutely yummy delicious best taste ever. After that, rate your second and your third bite.
 
That’s all. Looking forward to reading your discoveries!!!
 
Have the best week,
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Friends really are family!

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Mindfulness helps in making friends with ourselves. It also makes you aware of how connected you are to others and to the world around you.
Did you know that best friends often look like each other, have similare beliefs, values and temperaments? It goes even further than that! Apparently you share about 1 percent of their genes, similar to you and your nephew or niece!! So friends really are family!
 
In busy times however, these very close friends might be overlooked more easily than others. As we know they will understand, and be there for us always. This week I want you to reach out to those friends you haven’t seen or spoken for too long. Make an effort and try to connect with three of them this week. I will too!
 
My 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction starts Thursday, I have a few spots left. I’m also doing a fun talk/workshop at the Peninsula Preschool tonight, looking forward to both!! Ask me anytime if you would like me to come to your workplace too!
 
Have the best week,
 
Monique
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What do YOU need???

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At last holidays! My kids have been ready for weeks for this 🙂
 
I’m running the holiday workshop Wednesday, ages 6+. We will be colouring/doodling/making quotes and making letters for the Love Letters project.
8-Week Rewire your Brain for Happiness, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, starts in two weeks!! Looking forward to it already! Thank you for telling everybody about it, I love my ambassadors ❤
 
➡️This week, the only thing I want you to do, is to ask yourself as you get ready for the day, “What is it, that I need today?” Being mindful of you, how you are doing, and what you need to be physically and mentally healthy is super important! And put this on your agenda for the day. This can be going for a little walk, meeting up with a friend for coffee, or some down time with netflix, anything that is good for you will do!
 
Have a lovely week!
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Finishing up this term …..

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This term is going by so quickly!
I finished my training and now I am a facilitator for Pause Breathe Smile mindfulness in schools!! I’m also nearly done with my small business management training, I’m going to miss my classmates!
After saying goodbye to all the awesome  mums that finished the Mindfulness for Parents this term, I’m very proud of my 8-Week class in Lower Hutt, that are finishing Tuesday!💐
If you also want to rewire your brain for happiness, let me know!! Pm or email monique@easynowmindfulness.com.
Next term I’m running the class again, last one this year already, you don’t want to miss it!
 
I’m also running the kids Zendoodle & Colouring workshop again, Wednesday 13 July 10-12, in Tawa, limited places.
 
→ WORKOUT FOR THIS WEEK←
Mindfulness is a concentration training. If you get control over where your mind is going, you can control your feelings too! Start your training with little steps. Take a minute first, once a day, and all you do is focus your attention on your breathing and notice when the thoughts arise in your mind. You can say silently to yourself “thinking” and redirect your attention to your breathing. Waiting for more thoughts that will pop up. Maybe seeing your thoughts as clouds, just sailing by.
 
Have a great week,
 
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Feel good about you, rewire your brain!

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Did you know your brain is wired to focus on negative things and to quickly forget about positive things? Because that’s what helping for survival!
However that makes us easily forget all the good things we do.
If you want to feel more postive about yourself, you need to train your brain to focus on the things that are good about you. This might feel a bit uneasy at first, but you will get good at it, really quickly!

So this week, every day, take a moment to pause and think about what was good about you so far today. And when you think about it, also bring back all the sensations about it. The sounds, the smells, what did you see, how did it feel. That is important to really make the change.

Have a great week!

ps I hope the people that planned to plant persil all around the Wellington Station, feel really good about themselves. Because I love it! Did you know??

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Unhelpful thinking, weekly mindfulness workout.

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This week builds upon last week’s workout. If you’re not feeling the way you want to feel, first you can calm yourself down by focussing on your breathing.
The next step you can take, is to notice your thinking. Often what we feel, is caused by what we think. When you learn to be more mindful of your thoughts, you will discover the thoughts and regular patterns of thinking that cause unwanted emotions. For example thoughts that start with “I should” of “I should not” give you stress. Or you might have other unhelpful thoughts.
 
So this week, try to get some insight in your unhelpful thoughts and thought patterns.
 
It is important to realise that when things happen, emotions will happen too. It’s normal to feel upset when sad things happen! That’s when you need comforting.
 
Have a great week!
 
Like the picture? Lovely gift from a friend! Who are you going to spoil this week?
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