Welcome to Cork CIL’s August Weekly Wellness Newsletter
Welcome to Cork CIL ’s August Wellness Newsletter! Each week in August you will receive health tips and information based on a dimension of wellness to expand your knowledge and help improve your health and well-being. Enjoy!
In August, we’ll turn our attention to mindfulness. Simply put, mindfulness is being fully present in the moment. It means taking your mind off the past and future to live in the now. Obviously, this is far easier said than done. This month, we’ll survey a few simple ways to practice mindfulness in daily life; explore the popular and powerful practice of mindfulness meditation; discuss foods that aid in brain function; investigate the connection between exercise and the brain; and conclude with tips on work-life balance.
Meditation involves training one’s attention and awareness, usually by focusing on some technique or idea. There are many types, spanning a range of cultural and religious contexts. Mindfulness traditionally requires a style of meditation involving systematically focusing attention on the body, the five senses, and the immediate surroundings, particularly (and this is the tricky part) without judgment or evaluation.
Originally a Buddhist practice, mindfulness meditation has found great popularity among religious and secular practitioners around the world, from rigorous clinical contexts to casual use. It has myriad benefits for physical, emotional, and mental well-being: stress reduction, PTSD treatment, attention-span improvement, and mood regulation to name a few.
The Internet provides practically endless sources, platforms, and tutorials to practice mindfulness meditation.
Here are the basics you need to know to get started:
- Sit comfortably. You don’t need to lie down.
- Notice what your legs are doing. Cross your legs comfortably or rest your feet squarely on the floor—whatever feels right.
- Straighten your upper body. No need to be stiff as a board. Find the natural curve of your spine.
- Notice what your arms are doing. Relax your upper arms and rest your hands on your legs in whatever way feels natural.
- Soften your gaze. Let your chin sink gently down to a point that feels comfortable. Close your eyes, or simply gaze without focus.
- Feel your breath. Breathing is unconscious, but when we notice it, it becomes conscious. Take control of your breathing and pay attention to the ebb and flow.
- Notice when your mind wanders from your breath. When you notice your attention has drifted away from your breath, gently guide it back.
- Be kind about your wandering mind. Treat unwanted thoughts like annoying children at a dinner party. You wouldn’t yell at them to go away; simply listen politely and wait patiently for them to move along, surely to be replaced by another before too long.
- When you’re ready, gently lift your gaze. Open your eyes or look up. Take stock of your surroundings. Notice how you feel. Listen to your body.
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To see Cork CIL’s Week 1 Newsletter please click the following link – Cork CIL Wellness Newsletter- Week 1 – Mindfulness 101