I had a great day with lots of local teachers and teaching assistants on Friday at their Inset day. My part of the day was to deliver sessions to the groups. After alot of thought and hours of listening to recordings about stressful lifestyles and how we can help ourselves it became apparent that I have been teaching mindful living for a long time without the 'label' as such.
Mindfulness is a buzzword at the moment, its roots are in Buddhism but is can be easily applied in everyday life. Notice how you feel, notice your thoughts, asking yourself if you are in the moment or is your head elsewhere. Being in the moment is so important so that your mind is less scattered. As you become more focused over time you can cope better in situations by noticing how you feel. Having that internal chatter before you take the wrong action or say the wrong thing can be the key to happier and a more awake way of living
OK so............back to the workshops
We did the simple thing of firstly being aware of our body, where we were, asking how we felt, noticing our breath and in-between asking how well we were doing to focus the attention into the moment. Not the past, not the future but right here in that room on that seat.
The sessions were really well received and since this I've had interest for a after-work class. People were surprised how they could direct their mind away from thoughts and outside distractions. There was a real sense of calm in the room and I talked about 'from what place are you acting out of today. Is in anger? Depression? Happiness? Frustration? How different and how useful are your thoughts and actions if they aren't from a good place. Setting those intentions and getting to be more in tune with yourself really are tools for a calmer and happier life with less reactive stress.
Hopefully from this successful day I will be putting on more classes with yoga and mindful living. WATCH THIS SPACE!