There is a lot happening in the world right now and it is important to look after ourselves. Some of our classes have been taking some time to practise some mindfulness each day. Mindfulness means taking the time to slow down and really notice what you are doing. Being mindful is the opposite of rushing. Visit the website https://www.gonoodle.com  to practise breathing and other mindfulness exercises.

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Try paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – it can improve your mental wellbeing. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. We can all take steps to develop it in your own life.

Why not try these 3 activities with alone or with people around you?

Activity 1

Think about THE PRESENT MOMENT What does it mean to be present?
The word “present” can mean a gift, and it also describes what is happening right now, in the moment. Sit quietly and pay attention to what is going on right now using your five senses. Reflect on what you experience below:

1. Right now I see …
3. Right now I am touching …
2. Right now I hear …
4. Right now I smell ….
5. Right now I feel …

Think about these things yourself or discuss your thoughts with those around you.

Activity 2

What is the difference between the past, the present, and the future?

Talk with someone  about something that took place in the past, something that might take place in the future, and something that is happening right now.

Activity 3

Listen like an owl. Try to become more aware of the sounds around you.
Owls hear sounds that are close up and far away. They are often silent.  Spend 5 minutes being an owl. Describe to someone what you heard close up and what you heard far away.