Ok I am doing pretty well on the mindfulness practice front right now. I am slowly re-incorporating it back into my life.. inspired by the wonderful book 'The Art of Stillness' that I wrote about in my last post.
Aside from anything else I am just so much more aware of my 'internal weather pattern' now and when I am shifted slightly off my calm axis I know that mindfulness/meditation can help me with this.
I got a couple of emails on Monday night that left me feeling a bit unsettled and I could feel that my thoughts were winding up a little (or at least there were thoughts in there that weren't calm). So yesterday after dropping the kids at their school holiday programme (Mr D is away) I came home, sat down on the sofa (on the edge with my back erect so I was in an alert pose) and shut my eyes to have some stillness for about 15 minutes.
I did concentrate on my breath. I did listen to the sounds around me. My mind did wander. I did bring it back to my breath every now and then. I didn't worry myself too much about what was going on. I just sat still. It was lovely.
This morning was a bit more fraught (arguments over sunscreen) so after I dropped the boys off (for their second and final day of school holiday programme during these 2 weeks of holidays) I drove into town and parked by the waterfront.. went and got myself a decaf flat white.. went and sat on a park bench in front of the water.
Then I drank my coffee and replied to some emails and took a photo and shared it on Instagram. And then I shut my eyes and listened to the waves, traffic, pedestrians, construction noises.. it was noisy! But it was a moment of stillness and it was lovely. Perhaps 10 minutes with my eyes shut.
Just got sent a link regarding the free Mindfulness Summit I have signed up for that takes place throughout the month of October.. and I just sat and listened to the 6 minute audio from Melli O'Brien that came with it. Am looking forward to it starting!
It's school holidays and Mr D is away and often during these busy times I can descend into bad habits and a less-than-stellar mindset. But so far so good this time. Long may it last.
Love, Mrs D xxx