Mindfulness: Self-Care for the Mind
For the past three years, I’ve been teaching mindfulness classes to women and couples to improve health, including fertility and decrease stress and mommy guilt at my practice, Midwest Mind Body Health Center.
My students often remind me how challenging it is to take time for self-care and mindfulness outside of class and how helpful it is to have a group in which we deliberately set aside time to practice. Honestly, I need this too. Having a class or community which actively supports your mindfulness and self-care practice is important and necessary for many of us.
This week when I thought about my upcoming mindfulness class, June 5 & 6, and the online self-study course we’re hosting on living self-care, it occurred to me that “mindfulness is self-care for the mind.” So, by taking 5 minutes twice a day to do something which is restorative or stress reducing is strengthening our mindfulness muscle. You can choose what you do. It doesn’t have to be sitting with your eyes closed meditating for five minutes. Instead, it can be simply paying attention to the experience of what you’re doing like the sensations of taking a shower, going for a walk or eating a yummy treat one bite at a time. If your mind wanders, bring it back to the sensations and feeling of the moment you’re in.
Because mindfulness is hard to explain in words, please enjoy this video of one of my mindfulness classes from the Fox Files on Fox2 in STL. Click on this link to see the video-http://fox2now.com/2015/05/05/mindfulness-approach-for-infertility-and-overall-health/
You can even count it as one of your five minute practices for this week.
In the meantime, let’s keep supporting and encouraging each other on-and offline. Namaste.