I appreciate applying mindful practice to daily living. In fact, I try to make everything I 'do' a kind of mindful meditation by bringing my full attention to it.
Each part of our day can be an opportunity to build stress or bring grace, peace and joy. Mindfulness gives us the ability to choose.
For me, mindfulness practice has helped me get through some very challenging times. Mindfulness can assist in overcoming obstacles, healing trauma and developing resilience, mindful communication, mindful leadership, mindful eating, mindfulness at work, peak performance, and much more.
What it takes is practice, even if only for a couple of minutes every day, to bring your full focus and awareness to this very moment. It sounds easy - it's actually not. Simple? Yes. With dedication and persistence, you can build your capacity to BE in the moment and your heart and life will reap the rewards. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
When you are feeling a little lost and confused about what to do, stop. Be still. Get quiet for a little while and allow all those chaotic thoughts to drop away.
Breathe deeply and slowly. Close your eyes. Bring the full focus of your attention to your heart. Just be curious. Let go of having all the answers and allow the 'truth' to emerge - just like a magnificent sunrise.
Ask for the guidance you seek. Listen. Your truth is powerful and true to you, but it can only be accessed when you are ready and want to know it. Trust yourself. You 'know' who you need to be, and you will know what needs to be done. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
Meditation is fuel for your soul. It's the fastest path to inner peace and perspective.....if you choose that. It's less about how long you meditate for, as it is about consistency of practice.
Try it for yourself - set a timer so you don't need to worry about time, take a comfortable position, gently close your eyes, tune IN....b r e a t h e. Relax. Release. Let go. Enjoy, Jx ... See MoreSee Less
Use your meditation time today to connect IN to any discomfort you may be experiencing in your body eg. head ache, sore throat, tight chest, any aches or pain etc., and gently enquire: 'what are you wanting for me?
What message are you needing to give me?' Surrender your expectations, and just listen. Take heed and please take care of you, Jx ... See MoreSee Less
Life is one great classroom with so many lessons. Here are a few it’s taught me that you may relate to:
Anything that annoys you is teaching you patience.
Anyone who abandons you is teaching you to stand on your own two feet.
Anything that angers you is teaching you forgiveness and compassion.
Anything that has power over you is teaching you how to take your power back.
Anything you hate is teaching you how to love unconditionally.
Anything you fear is teaching you courage to overcome your fear.
Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go and take responsibility for what you CAN influence.
"It is said that wisdom lies in not seeing things but seeing through things." Manly Hall
This isn’t always easy to do. Softening and expanding the lens through which we perceive, assess and discern our experiences allows for an expansion of awareness which leads to our ultimate freedom.
The practice of mindfulness meditation really helps. Science proves this now. I’m so grateful for my own personal meditation practice for almost 2 decades. To share the love, I’m heart-fully offering the benefits of this practice online for free each Monday at midday for 15mins. Feel free to join in and create greater calm, clarity and compassion in the world by starting with you.
In the meantime, take the opportunity to learn and grow each day - whatever’s going on for you in life, gently ask yourself: what am I being invited to learn? Jx ... See MoreSee Less
Meditation is an opportunity for us to reflect and cast into a broadened perspective those matters that cause us worry or concern.
For me, it's like facing the sun and allowing all my cares to fall aside or behind me so I can bask in the light and warmth of truth.
Hmmmm. Breathe. Relax. Release. Let go. Open. Allow. Receive. Enjoy. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
If you're wanting more regularity with your meditation practice, try attaching it to another activity.
Pick something you do every day, for example; shower, drink coffee/tea, or put your children to bed - and make a deal with yourself to meditate straight afterwards.
You can even tell yourself gently in your head "cuppa then meditate, cuppa then meditate” to get your mind on board.
Why it works: by attaching a new habit to an existing habit, meditation will become part of your daily routine quicker. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
Knowledge is helpful, but mindfulness asks of us something more: to show up, to practice, to fail and get back up, to make no excuses.
While it is easy to think someone is hindering our mindfulness, there is really no one we can blame. In Eckhart Tolle's words, "The state of your consciousness is your ultimate responsibility."
There is always the present moment and the awareness of that moment. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
A calm and peaceful mind releases the most precious capacity we can experience: the capacity to turn anger into compassion, fear into fearlessness, and hatred into love. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
When we throw out the physical clutter around us, we clear our minds. When we throw out the mental clutter inside us, we clear our souls. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
Be mindful of the narratives that shape your own experiences. Meditate! Create the clarity of mind to see beyond the illusions. JxThankful Thursday
I was mid-way through a coaching session with a client last week when he almost shot up out of his chair with this insight: "I don't care what people think of me doing things differently!"
This was a massive shift in perspective for him. It's a new narrative which will now allow him to expand possibilities across every area of his life, and allow for much more creative personal expression. It will also permit him to have more fun and to believe 'life CAN be awesome!'
I am so grateful to be granted such openness, vulnerability and trust in my coaching sessions, and to support others in shifting self defeating and long-held beliefs and narratives, to allow greater satisfaction, joy and fulfilment in life.
What beliefs are you holding onto that no longer serve you? If you're not sure, ask yourself: does this belief/inner narrative hurt (contract) or help (expand) me? Then carefully assess and discern which narrative is more constructive for your long term plans and goals.
I love challenging myself and realising how much I actually CAN do.
Sometimes our greatest challenges are invitations to reveal ourselves to ourselves.
A recent new narrative for me is: why not me?!
What could your new inner narrative be?! Please share with me.
Sending a big warm hug of reassurance and grace to get us through these challenging times together, Jx
PS: If you'd like some support in gaining greater calm, clarity and compassion, join me online for a free 15mins Purposeful Pause mindfulness meditation practice every Monday at midday. ... See MoreSee Less
If you'd like some support in gaining greater calm, clarity and compassion, join me online for a free 15mins Purposeful Pause mindfulness meditation practice every Monday at midday. Details at JosieThomson.com/pp
When we judge nothing, we are happy. When we forgive everything, we are happier. When we love everything, we are happiest. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
I am learning to calm my own seas of uncertainty by touching my deepest truth and staying true to that. Then it's all about trust! May your own 'light' illuminate your straight path forward. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
Your mental and emotional experiences become physical in your body. If you notice discomfort, tune IN and simply enquire: 'what do you want for me?'
Open your heart and your mind. Drop any resistance. If you are still and quiet long enough, the wisdom may surprise you. Jx ... See MoreSee Less
Can you create 4 whole minutes in your day....just for YOU? Nothing to 'do' - rather, to BE still, silent and surrender to the sweetest of all of life's experiences.
Allow your heart to be filled, your mind to be soothed and gently quietened, and your body to be nurtured for your healing. Jx ... See MoreSee Less