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  1. Pingback: Mindfulness excercise for busy stressed out Londoners! « The Happiness Project London

  2. These are great – love this site. I met someone in Rishikesh, India, who was doing a 2 week yoga/mindfulness course. They had to do only one thing at a time, and concentrate and be mindful of what they were doing. Apparently brushing your teeth took about 20 minutes because you had to get your toothbrush, be mindful of the toothbrush, then take the toothpaste, be mindful of the toothpaste, then apply the toothpaste to the toothbrush etc etc.

    Sounds all a little crazy but apparently it totally slowed down your mind and eventually woudl allow you to be fully in the moment.

    I’m hoping to try some meditation to increase my mindfulness in due course – will post about it on the blog soon. I’m alwasy thinking about 10 steps ahead!

    Sasha @ The Happiness Project London

    • Thanks Sasha – glad you like the site. I’m really bad at meditation and mindfulness myself, I spent most of my time in the future too (or the past). It’s a great discipline though. The closest I’ve found to it is probably playing the piano – it’s sufficiently complicated to occupy my mind completely. Shame I’m not that good at it, I imagine there is a wonderful peace of mind that comes from concentrating completely on a beautiful piece of music.

      Btw, one interesting effect of mindfulness and other techniques can actually be to make you present to sadness and negative emotions. I wondered what you thought about the relationship between mindfulness and “happiness”?

      Andy

    • I play piano too although so badly I give up quickly! I find yoga makes me mindful, as you have to concentrate on your body and the poses.

      Its true about mindfulness making you present to sadness and negative emotions. But it’s very hard to just allow yourself to “feel” sadness, let it wash over you. Easier to put on a bright face or worse go out and have a boozy night to forget it all. The most healthy thing to do would be to allow yourself to feel sad, to question why you are feeling how you are, go through the emotions, and eventually to let it go. Most people store it up though and don’t let themselves feel pain.

      There’s a Kahlil Gibran quote: “Pain is the breaking of the shell of your understanding” – I’ve always liked this – by feeling pain you can reach a new understanding of yourself, but sometimes much easier to reach for the vino and block it out!

      Sasha @ The Happiness Project London