Dare to Create – the magic of mindfulness

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Dare to Create – Meditation “so easy, anyone can do it!”

Hello readers, and welcome to another Dare You Create article from #ProjectLifeQuality. Your creative corner, where we discuss our topic of the week and you are provided with a suggestion to take away with you.

This will be something designed to encourage, and motivate you to explore your thoughts through the use of the arts. This month we’re exploring the stages of self-awareness, and today’s topic is mindfulness. More on that after this week’s challenge.


Dare to Create

Mindfulness can be experienced in many ways and though stepping outside might enhance the experience, you can practice mindfulness wherever you are – be it on a train, in a queue or even from the comfort of your bed!

 

Dare to Create – the challenge

One observation I particularly like doing is cloud watching. It’s easy and in the UK, it’s famously ever-changing! I also find it makes me feel relaxed and happy. So here’s a little creative mashup which combines a touch of simple mindfulness and a creative activity you can share with us if you’d like to. Don’t feel you have to photograph clouds though, maybe observing something else would help you more. Your garden, a view or your pet perhaps?

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PLQ would love to see your creativity and messages,

so please don’t forget to tag us!

 

Mindfulness

If you’ve not been following PLQ, you may be wondering what I’m talking about, so let’s ask the question.

 

QUESTION – What is Mindfulness?

ANSWER – “It’s a secular form of meditation that’s been incorporated into healthcare settings the world wide.”  Where a person “learns to direct their attention to their body and their breath.”.

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Isn’t that AMAZING!
So we each have the power to control pain and fear or lift our mood, just through learning to breathe properly and recognising how our body feels.That sounds like magic to me.
~Rebecca Goldthorpe~
~Creative Coach~

 

  • Facts are taken from a TEDx Talk given by Catherine Kerr
  • CLICK HERE to watch this fascinating video by Catherine Kerr about the science of mindfulness and why it works.

 

There is no better time of year to practice mindfulness, than winter. The chilly air makes us more aware of our breath and breathing, as it enters or nostrils and we see it as we expel it out. If you’re lucky to have had a good snowfall, you’ll be aware of the profound silence that also comes with it – especially early in the morning. And if like me you thrive when surrounded by nature, there’s not much more exhilarating than going mindful walking at dawn, in fresh snow. A solitary walk at this time can bring a feeling a great calmness. But there are many more ways to achieve that meditative state and you don’t have to go anywhere!

 

The foundation of mindfulness is noticing

 

  • Noticing how you feel.
  • Noticing the temperature, sounds and smells around you.
  • Being fully aware of that precise moment and recognizing your thoughts, whilst not attempting to change anything.

 

It’s perfectly normal to experience irritating pop-ups while trying to meditate – it happens to us all, especially when we begin learning, but persevere. When a thought about what you’re going to cook later, pops into your head, Instead of quitting or telling yourself you’re hopeless, perhaps make a mental note that your mind has drifted and tell yourself “I’ll deal with that later” then return to what you were doing. It will get easier and the long list of health benefits certainly make it worth trying, wouldn’t you agree?

 

The 23 Amazing Health Benefits of Mindfulness for Body and Brain (+PDFs)

So, as you can see, this isn’t as hard as it might appear and

it doesn’t need to be boring.

 

“Gaining these benefits can be as simple as closing your eyes and being silent for a few minutes a day. This is a practice that is so easy, anyone can do it!”
~Courtney Ackerman~

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Want to learn more?

Book recommendations:

I can highly recommend this first book. It’s a wonderful gift for creatives who are keen on developing their observation skills and connection with the natural world.

 

    – – Clare Walker Leslie

– –  by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

 

The Art of Mindfulness

A great little pdf guide to meditation:

 

Apps worth exploring:

Headspace Headspace

https://www.headspace.com/blog/category/meditation/

 

Be the person you want to be!
Sincerely

Rebecca Goldthorpe
PLQ Creative Coach and Journalist

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