Before we continue this week’s Thoughtful Thursday – I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who is following this series, I received so many messages from people saying that by using the steps it has really helped them to discover more about mindfulness, this makes me so happy.
Today, it’s time to concentrate on stillness. Often when we’re busy, we can forget the value of stillness. The gift we can give ourselves daily is that stillness can provide peace and calmness into your life. Stillness should result in freshness and not made to make you feel worse – you have enough in your life which overwhelms you already.
The long gaze – regularly stop what you are doing and take a minute to look into the distance, or to the far end of the room you are in. Soften your gaze so you’re not staring – but simply resting your eyes on the furthest point you can see. This will help your mind re-concentrate on what you are doing.
Natural cues – allow your feelings to come through, if you feel the need to have 5 minutes of silence, make sure its doing something you enjoy. If you work in an office and feel like you can’t leave, change your screen saver to an inspiring view of nature – this will lift your mood.
Walk it well – try integrating a short walk into your day, this will help introduce tranquility into your routine. If you drive to work – use the walk to your car as an opportunity to focus on the sensations of the soles of your feet.
I find that stillness is harder to grasp then simply taking yourself away from a situation. I’m hoping that by trying these techniques, I can bring some freshness and calm into my day!