All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes
What does 10 Mindful minutes actually mean?
Well, Andy Puddicombe asks a fantastic question at the start of this great video via TED and that is “When did you last take any time to do nothing?” and he means No emailing, eating, texting, TV, chatting, reading, no planning or reminiscing”.
Stop and think about that for a moment, one of the most important muscles in our body that controls every single thing we do, when did you last give that muscle 10 minutes full rest?
Once again quoting Andy “We take more time looking after our Clothes, our Cars or our Hair”
Here’s the full video below…
Andy also has a superb book called ‘Get Some Headspace: 10 minutes can make the difference‘ which we recommend reading.
So how can we rest our mind and clear it of all distractions
Without resting our minds, stress levels are bound to rise so by allowing your mind to have some space and time to recharge, to step back and be more mindful, more in the present moment you can gain clarity, become calmer and reduce stress.
So we thought we’d pull together a few ways to help you rest your mind and become more mindful…
1. Give Your Mind a Rest: Practice Not-Thinking
You have five senses other than thought, which are seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and feeling.
By allowing yourself to focus on the most prevalent of those senses at any given time, so for example if you are close to something that has a strong smell or a piece of art, it will help your mind to stop thinking.
This idea is covered more in this post by Toni Bernhard J.D. at Psychology Today
2. 1 Minute Mindfulness Exercises : How to Rest the Mind
This post by Dr Alice Boyes has five simple 1 minute exercises to help you rest your mind. For example…
Let yourself spend one minute focusing on something out of the window like a rustling leaves on a tree.
Spend 1 minute being mindful on one single task, don’t allow your mind to wander from that task and if it does gently bring it back to the task at hand, become more mindful of the present.
One minute of mindful breathing.
If you’d like some simple breathing exercises be sure to read our post ‘8 Breathing exercises to help reduce stress’
3. 7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started
Be more curious, Forgive yourself, practice compassion and show gratitude are just four of the 7 things covered in this subject by Elisha Goldstein at Mindful.org.
It also covers a nice point that sometimes the best time and place to get started with being more mindful is exactly where you are.
Stop and focus on what is around you and use that to pull you to the present and pause the brain from thinking.
Some extra Tools
Along with Andy Puddicombes companies fantastic app ‘Headspace’ we’ve put together a small list below of some really cool little apps that help with Mindfulness and Meditation…
How do you find ways of Resting your mind? Does it help and if so in what ways do you really find it benefits you?
If you’ve thought about starting Meditation but not sure where to begin, make sure you check out our article…