In this day and age, the words meditation and mindfulness are thrown around A LOT. We know, we see it too. Often times people speak about it or tell you to do these things without breaking them down for people to understand and possibly incorporate into their lives in an effective way.
Personally, we know the benefits of both. It is definitely a practice and we are no experts, but we do know that when we practice meditation or mindfulness individually or in combination, it does wonders for our bodies, physically and spiritually.
Let's get into it, shall we?!
What is mindfulness?
1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. 2. a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present...
What does that look like for you? If you were to surrender to the whispers of your heart.
How does one do such a thing? Where does one start?
Well, one can always start with getting quiet. This can look like whatever feels good to you. You can sit, stand, squat, lay on the floor – find what feels good to the body.
Rest in the chosen position for a few breath cycles. For those who need a tangible number, do 6 rounds of slowly breathing in (expanding your chest + belly) through the nose then slowly release the breath out the mouth.
Be still and listen. If you have thoughts that arise and may pull you out of the moment, i.e. “I wonder what, such and such posted on Instagram.” “I’m hungry, I think.” “This is a waste of time.” Etc., it doesn’t...
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