I call mindfulness sessions brain power naps. Bringing our busy wondering minds back to the present moment and focusing on the ‘now’, allowing the brain to take a rest from its constant effort to think and jump from one place to another, giving the mind a rest and a moment of peace – that’s what my first mindfulness session felt like. I did it in a meeting room during my lunch hour at our corporate office building in Canary Wharf, which has nothing mindful about it, but I came out of the session along with a few colleagues feeling rested and recharged. As one of my colleagues later concluded after seeing me all chirpy and pleased with myself, there is nothing like a power reboot!
I often suffer from overthinking, over-analysing, rushing through life and living either in the past or in the future while forgetting to breathe. But having come across plenty of meditation and mindfulness literature and tips on how to practice, I have never given these a chance. Nevertheless, after today’s eye-opening session, I endeavour to find a slot during my busy day to accommodate mindfulness. As our soft spoken coach told us, you can practice standing, sitting or lying down at any comfortable spot and any given time of the day. Sessions can be as short or as long as you need them to be. The idea is to bring your mind back to the present and connect with your breath. Learning to do this alone requires patience and self- discipline but as always, practice makes perfect. During my 1st session, I had the benefit of our experienced coach Sophie, who guided us though our thoughts and breaths and helped us focus our wondering minds, bringing us back to the present moment, but I hope with a little more practice I will learn to be mindful by myself and in my own time.
Give mindfulness a try and be as impressed as I am!