Challenge Day #1
I’m so excited you’re here. Welcome to Day 1 of our 5 days to mindfulness..
This program is an introduction to mindfulness for beginner practitioners, and a reboot or recharge if you’re more experienced. It’s also a taste of what’s to come if you choose to join the one month program Mindful in May, which is starting soon and features daily meditations and expert interviews from the world’s best teachers.
This week I want to offer you one of my guided meditations to use every day. It’s the first step to training your brain to be calmer, less stressed and more joyful in everyday life. If you’ve never meditated before – no problem. Just jump right in and follow my guidance.
Tomorrow, you’re going to hear some truly mind blowing science from Kelly McGonical, one of the world’s leaders in stress and mindfulness.
The original word for mindfulness in the Pali language of the ancient Buddhist texts is ‘sati‘. This has a number of different meanings, including ‘to familiarise’ or ‘to remember’.
Mindfulness training familiarises us with the nature of the mind, helping us recognise what leads to suffering and what leads to happiness. The training sharpens our ability to ‘remember’ to return to the present moment, especially when we get lost in unhelpful thinking – the kind that unnecessarily amplifies our stress, entangling us in worries about things that usually don’t end up happening.
Many other definitions of mindfulness have emerged over time, but in essence, it is:
… a clear, curious and present-moment awareness of what is happening within us and around us, from moment to moment.
This week, practice with the guided meditation each day and make sure you’re in the Facebook community here where I’ll be hosting the live guided meditation on Thurs April 11th 8:30pm AEDT. Let us know you’ve done your daily meditation and share what observations you had during the practice!
Mindful Daily Tip:
As you move through the day today practice #mindfulnessinmotion.
Consciously tune in to your senses. Perhaps as you walk down the street take a moment to listen to the sounds around you, notice the colours, shapes and light and shadow, feel your body in space (warmth, coolness, your feet on the ground). In this way you are beginning to train in mindfulness not only while you meditate but as you move through your day as well. It might feel like nothing when you begin, but through practising in this way you are slowly training your brain to pay attention to what is happening in the present moment, rather than be constantly hijacked by thoughts – which so often causes us stress and take us out of the here and now.
"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."
- DR ELISE BIALYLEW
about the HOST AND FOUNDER OF
MINDFUL IN MAY:
DR ELISE BIALYLEW
Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.
A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.
Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.
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