By Shelley Jaye • Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio
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 moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
“Mindful Moments,” is a monthly addition to “The Jim Thorpe Current.” Shared here you will find tips on short practices moving you toward a more energetic and mindfulness way of life. Learn to maximize your energy by experiencing living in the present moment. These are intended as practices, not lessons.
Have you thought about meditation or contemplated mindfulness? Did you give up because you just could not quiet your mind? We will meet here monthly with simple practices that you can incorporate into daily life. You will find these mindful moments will enhance your being present, mindful, and enhance joy and clarity to your life.
Like many of you, I have experienced moments of feeling totally overwhelmed in my daily routine. The moments where your chest tightens, breathing becomes shallow and a sense of fear and loathing darkens the pit of your stomach. Are you willing to try something new, to open your mind and heart? I will help to show you the path as we journey together.
One of the best practices we can experience is breathing. Sounds too simple, right? Let’s explore breathing. For the first few times I encourage you to lie down. Make or find five free minutes in your morning. Gently place your hands on your abdomen, one under your ribs, the other under your naval. Allow your eyes to close. You can use an eye pillow or a cloth to cover them. Allow your breath to become deeper, without forcing it. As you inhale, allow your abdomen to rise, and as you exhale, allow it to fall.
As thoughts come into your mind, allow them to float through without judging yourself. In time less thoughts will make their way through during this breathing time. You can set a timer or use one of many apps on your smartphone. One free app I sometimes use is simply called, “Calm.”
Practice this three or more times per week. If you have questions or would like to share your experience, feel free to email me at JimThorpeMassage.com. Please write “Mindful Moments,” in the subject line. If you would like to make your comment available to be shared here in this column, let me know in the email.
Much gratitude! Shelley