We find ourselves saying and are aware of “spending” our time wisely - the idea of spending donates here, the idea of this as an important commodity. Whilst we may remember this it is through Mindfulness practise that we really engage with what it is that we spend our time on. I hear often whilst teaching that lives are so busy that there is no time for Meditation and Mindfulness and it is something we all struggle with, although arguable “at times” . Often when these practises are neglected is exactly when are needed most. The Difficulty can be balanced by the Joy of learning to live a life more full, of us being present in it.
We have always the breath, an anchor, a tool for us - an awareness of checking in with ourselves. Our breath is always there, always available, even in our super busy times. We can build a daily practise whereby - the habit to practise is refreshed regularly and we then miss it when we don’t. Always with compassion and kindness if we miss one meditation, we can still be Mindful, bringing attention to that busyness, to our activities. By doing so we acknowledge being drawn away from Mindful focus and this is part of many meditations, firmly but gently refocusing after a distraction. This can be the meditation. So on the really busy days remind ourselves to be present, to check in and Breathe, to be with Mindfulness of our being busy.
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A Reflection on the importance of The Breathing Space Practice and how wonderful a tool it is. Our Breath is an anchor – one that is continually there for us. As we slow down and feel the sensations of our breath for its full duration in and its full duration out, we can practice mindfulness of breath.
In this space we are able to simply following it, we can notice if our mind has wandered and gently bring it back. We can be aware of the sensations in our body, of the movements, moment by moment, as we inhale and exhale.
In our busy lives this is a simple gift given freely that we do not always take. A space possibly labeled as something that we do as we, catch a breath, hold our breath, feeling the pain in our neck, tension rising in our shoulders and more….Take a breath…As we practice simply to be with what is here…
The Mindful Practice of the Breathing Space is drawn from many beautiful sources. It is a great meditation to make your own, use your own words, translate it to your own language make it yours – A lovely one to learn and practice daily – to check in with yourself. To offer to yourself an act of kindness.
It is simple in this – breath in – breath out – notice the sensations that are here. A tool to anchor us in the present.
So why not! Be kind and compassionate to yourself and practice this often. 🙂
My intention is to offer a version here as free meditation guided to start you off – sorting upload issues first!
(more information in franticworld.com – originators of this Mindfulness course)