But our lives have become so crazy that we have even forgot how to enjoy peace and quiet, so we need to re-educate our bodies and minds to switch off and relax.
This can be difficult for many people who find that as soon as they stop being busy, and try to enter into the well of stillness within, their 'monkey mind' kicks in and suddenly they are drowning in endless inner mind conversations, what if's and maybes.
But this is why we call mindful meditation a 'practise'. We patiently try to train our mind to be still.
A good place to start cultivating a mindfulness practise is to learn to connect with our breath. Our breath is the doorway through which we can find the stillness and calm that is often lacking in our lives. We do this by harnessing the breath and drawing it down deep into our bellies and exhaling it nice and slowly. But if there is chronic tension in our body it is difficult to find the physical space within, where the breath can find an opening to calm our over stimulated nervous system. This is why yoga is the perfect practice to cultivate mindfulness. Our bodies are busy making beautiful shapes to facilitate the easy movement of breath throughout our body, calming our nervous system and giving our mind something to focus on. Give it a go, you might be nicely surprised.
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