Mindfulness: Paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally
Body Talk Practitioner, Tricia Gast, and the Zen Mama, Betsy Henry, taught MoBsters practical techniques that we can immediately incorporate into our daily lives. It was a FUN evening and here are some hightlights!
4-7-8 Breathing: Breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 7 counts and breathe out for 8 counts. This excercise will help you fall asleep and also manage stressful times.
Body Scan/Exploring the Mind Body Connection: Pay attention to how the mind and body relate so that you can be aware of where emotions show up in your body.
Are you living in MindLESSness? Here are a few examples of how to keep an eye on yourself:
- Forgetting someone's name as soon as you hear it.
- Breaking things, spilling things or accidents because of carelessness.
- Failing to notice subtle physical pain.
- Listening to someone with one ear while doing something else.
- Getting lost in thoughts or emotions.
- Being preoccupied with the past or the future.
- Eating without knowing you are eating.
- Having periods of time where you have difficulty remembering the details of what happened- running on autopilot.
- Doing several things at once rather than focusing on one thing at a time.
Ways to Practice Mindfulness
- Pay attention to your breathing.
- Change your routines- brush your teeth with your non dominat hand or drive a different way to work.
- Mindfulness at mealtimes- smell, feel, examine, hear and taste your food. Slow down and chew for 20-30 times before you swallow.
- Get outside and use your 5 senses daily.
- Try a guided meditation or a walking meditation
Cortics Technique: Designed to improve and balance the communication between the right and left side of your brain. Reset your brain's computer when the circuits are overloaded. Try this once a day. You can do it to yourself or do it to your boys. Watch this video for complete instructions:
Laughter Yoga: A unique excercise routine that combines group laughter with yoga breathing. Dr. Madan Kataria the 'Guru of Giggling' founded Laughter Yoga Clubs in 1995. Research has shown that there is a direct correlation between laughter and physiological and psychological benefits. Check out these links:
Hatha Yoga: Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Yoga is about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through various breathing techniques, yoga postures and meditation
All of this information was provided by Tricia and Betsy and here are their amazing websites:
- Betsy Henry: www.Zen-Mama.com
- Tricia Gast: www.triciagast.com
Tricia and Betsy are leading a fun, practical and grounding workshop to help you reduce stress, put more joy in your life, discover your passion, learn how to be present and understand the mind- body connection.
EVERYDAY MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP
DATE: August 13, 2016
TIME: 9:00- 2:00 Lunch included
WHERE: Columbine United Church, Littleton
COST: $95 (early bird discount if you pay before July 13th)
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tricia 303-888-2185 Betsy 720-323-1906 for further information.
ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY MELISSA HIRSCH: www.melissahirschphotography.com