Simply listening to the various sounds around us while walking slowly - from the rustling of our clothes as we move, to chirping birds, to the everyday commuters around us - can a simple technique to learn mindfulness.
When our attention is drawn to a puddle, we take time for some puddle pondering. It is about an attitude to appreciate the beauty of being in the present moment.
We are all inherently mindful. Simply observe how a child is naturally mindful, bringing a sense of wonder and curiosity to his immediate experience and to the world.
As we weave mindfulness into our lines of inquiry, we train ourselves to respond more skillfully to whatever shows up in our present experience. “Look! A bird’s nest!” - Elie points out on our way back from the library.
Mindfulness fosters us to be more deliberate in directing our attention to our moment by moment experience as it unfolds with kindness, curiosity and acceptance.
Improving our ability to pay attention and focus and provide us with skills for understanding our own emotions and how to work with them.
This shift moves "our attention away from whatever it is we are worrying about, to a present moment experience such as the feeling of our own breath," said Susan Kaiser Greenland.
We can bring mindfulness to movement too by paying attention to the body when we are walking, running, dancing, and playing sport.
Practicing mindfulness in our everyday moments enables us to explore opportunities of kindness and curiosity by noticing our senses and emotions.
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