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By Rachel Grunwell – wellness coach, yoga + meditation teacher, and co-leader of the Mindful Moments Retreats at the Polynesian Spa
Stop, pause and take a breath. Notice how you are choosing to “be” in this moment, right now.
How are you choosing to show up in the world? Tune into your senses, or your surroundings and notice, with compassion, how you are feeling and what you are thinking…
You experience the world by the way you choose to think. So it’s important to have awareness around this and that you can change how you view your world and what you are experiencing…
You might notice that you feel stressed or anxious. Try diaphragmatic breathing perhaps to calm your nervous system which can help you to feel more calm…
Meditation is simply just all about taking time to check in with yourself, choosing to feel more aware and then choosing how you want to be…
Mindfulness is about living in “the now” – in this moment, right now. Rather than feeling stuck in the past, or feeling anxious about the future. You choose to be present in this moment now.
A great way to take a mindful moment is to look outside and notice the clouds in the sky, the shapes, colours and movement… and perhaps feel grateful for something, or someone, in your life that makes you happy.
Another way to take a mindful moment is to lay under a tree and gaze up at the leaves, colours, textures, movement in the wind or perhaps it’s the sun reflecting on the leaves in a beautiful way. Stopping, pausing, taking a breath… you notice the little things and tune into how you are thinking and feeling… and then you can choose to reset that thinking to how you want it to be.