'Mucky Hen' is written by me Cheryl Powling, a fifty something, mother of three, I keep and breed chickens, and I am a professional Stained Glass Artist, I love writing poetry. I am very creative and edgy, my interests lie at home where I work, rest and play.
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Mindfulness, or just putting it off?
'Ever wonder where the good and enjoyable times go as we rush through life? Do you find that you are spending a great deal of your time thinking about the future or the past, while the present slips by? Is your mind racing, thinking ahead, worrying, judging, whilst you are feeling stressed to the max, anxious or overwhelmed? Do you often find yourself on automatic pilot?'
At 'The Priory' they encourage you to attend the 'Mindfulness Class', it's all about learning to relax, and 'let go', it is the intentional process of paying attention and being aware of our moment to moment experiences in a non judgemental way ...
It's about being focused, but not with unhealthy thoughts or neurosis, I think it's a fabulous thing, but I must point out that I found it almost impossible, and I was more stressed in that class than any other, and found myself fidgeting almost uncontrollably, just like I did in every school assembly, but then that's why I was at The Priory, because I have an anxiety disorder.
I was taught that I was supposed to be developing a tranquil attitude to the frustrations that caused my instability, and practice daily whilst doing household chores, or going to Sainsburys.
Mindfulness can also be practiced by being mindful of body sensations, thoughts and emotions, and there was a body scan meditation process that we were taught which was designed to help observe any sensations throughout the body, from the toes to your head, and I did at the time find this very difficult.
It is excellent for our stressful lives, our addictions and our pains, and I don't think enough people are aware of it or know anything about it.
A beautiful engagement with oneself, is what I would describe it as, a selfish moment.. Time for you....Mindfulness is a very good thing.
The funny thing is in my therapy class I was so against it, I was always dreading it, and I was so disruptive during it, but I have come away realising that it is so beneficial and that I would like to practice it and learn from it.. and also share this with you.
This is something I am seriously thinking about developing for myself..
Please take a look at this link.. It is something that could change your life.