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Pay attention. On purpose. Without judgement.

With Mental Health Awareness Week and Mindfulness Month both in May, we felt it was the perfect time to press pause and share some mindful content with you. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing a series of mindfulness-related blog posts to give you some helpful habits, top tips and the tools to create your own mindful moments. 

 

What is mindfulness? 

 

In essence, mindfulness is a practice of awareness by purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judgement. It’s about being fully present in the now, whether that’s making a cup of tea, going for a walk, or even folding the laundry! With the pressures and pace of everyday life, it’s no wonder that everyone is running on autopilot, feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. But mindfulness helps us slow down, hit pause, and connect with where we’re at right now. 

Often misquoted as the art of ‘having an empty mind’, mindfulness is a practice and practise takes, well, practise.

To delve into mindfulness on a deeper level, it’s essential to understand the attitudes and principles behind it. There’s so much more to this beautiful practice, and once you start to tune in, it can have a significant impact on your overall wellbeing and mood. 

 

The seven pillars of mindfulness

 

 

1. Non-judgement 

 

Do you ever find yourself sitting in a meeting or listening to someone talk and notice that you haven’t been paying attention? Or driving to the shops or work and realise that you don’t quite remember your journey? Busy minds start to drift, and we can become consumed with thinking about all the things we have to do? The non-judgement part is all about being aware that this happens and not punishing yourself. Give yourself a break! 

 

2. Patience 

 

Meditation, being aware, focusing on the now, all good in theory, right? But if you’re finding it hard, it can feel frustrating and fruitless. But it’s important to remember that mindfulness is a practice and as with most practices it also requires patience. Be patient with yourself and take small steps. 

 

3. Beginner’s Mind 

 

With all new things, we need to have an open mind. Mindfulness enables you to be curious and open your mind to new possibilities. It takes us out of that autopilot mindset and allows us to see things differently. 

 

4. Trust 

 

Trust the process, and trust the practice. And don’t forget to trust your intuition and feelings. The practice of mindfulness is all about tuning in and learning to trust yourself. 

 

5. Non-striving 

 

How often do you find yourself rushing to reach a goal, strive for the next thing or hurry everything along? Try slowing things down and focusing on where you’re now, not rushing or moving on to the next thing. 

 

6. Acceptance/acknowledgement

 

Half, the battle of so many things, is learning to accept that they are as they are. By acknowledging the way things are and accepting them, we can go with the flow more and not resist or push against things - protecting our energy! 

 

7. Letting be 

 

By letting things be as they are we also allow ourselves to let things go, not holding on to things that can keep us trapped or from enjoying the present. Which helps free us up for good energy and doing the things that fill us with joy!

“The most precious gift we can give anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

There are so many ways to incorporate the practice of mindfulness into your day, from gratitude journaling or savouring your cup of tea to paying attention to the world around you as you head out on a walk or your commute, or even just putting your phone down as you stand in line waiting for your coffee. How can you savour the moment this week? We’d love to hear your mindful moments over on our social media. 

Head back to our blog next week where we’ll be sharing more mindfulness tips and tools. 

In the meantime, if you’d like to receive a selection of our beautifully curated mindfulness wallpapers and reminders, simply sign-up to our newsletter and we’ll drop them into your inbox throughout this Mindfulness Month.

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'Even though we live so far apart, you are important to my little heart' ceramic Keepsake measure approx 4 inches and hung on black ribbon.

This stylish ceramic is great to remind someone you are there for them.

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