Mindfulness is a practice that can help us to live in the present moment and reduce stress. It involves focusing on our breath, body, and thoughts in order to become aware of our surroundings and our inner selves. Mindfulness meditation is a great way to cultivate this awareness and can be done in just a few simple steps. The first step is to find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed.
This could be a room in your house or even a park bench. Once you have found a suitable spot, take a few moments to settle in and become aware of your surroundings. The second step is to focus on your breath. As you inhale, follow your breath from start to finish.
If your breath lasts three or four seconds, mindfulness should also last three or four seconds. As you exhale, continue to follow your breath until the end. This exercise helps to cultivate uninterrupted mindfulness and improve the quality of concentration. The third step is to become aware of your body.
As you practice mindful breathing, the quality of your inhalation and exhalation will improve and peace and harmony will penetrate the body. You can practice total relaxation while sitting, lying down, or even standing. The fourth step is to recognize any tension in your body. For example, when driving, you may notice the tension in your body as you become anxious to get to your destination quickly.
When you reach a red light, use it as an opportunity to take a few moments for conscious breathing and release any tension in the body. The fifth step is to enjoy the process of mindful breathing. Allow your breathing to occur naturally and recognize it without making any effort. This same principle applies when walking - every step can help you touch the wonders of life. Geraldine Brennan, 8 St Martins Park, Dublin 6W offers psychotherapy and counseling in South Dublin, the city of Dublin, Terenure, Harold's Cross, Portobello, Kimmage, Crumlin, Templeogue, Rathmines, Rathgar, Rathfarnham, Knocklyon, Walkinstown, Dublin South with easy access from the M50 and Dublin city centre as well as free parking and close proximity to bus routes.