More Mindful Meltdowns

Have you noticed that mindfulness helps you deal with strong emotions?   Occasionally in the last couple of months I have been overwhelmed with a strong unpleasant emotion……and I have to say initially disappointed that mindfulness didn’t help me to AVOID feeling that bad!!!

So the strength of the emotion is still there…..but somehow all of that mindfulness practice helps me to observe it, to go with it, to express it ( privately), to let the tears out, to label it, to empathise with it, to reduce how much analysing and thoughts spin around in my head about it AND to do something with that emotional energy  (guided meditation, walk or ride).

And even though I am ALWAYS disappointed initially to have even felt that bad…..I feel cleaner / clearer afterwards….I have thought more constructively and said less so that the bad feeling seems over and done with alot quicker than the old days when I would hang on to it and fight it!

It’s a small step forward but a significant one…..with so much more growing ahead!

Not So Mindful Mayhem!

I wish I could say the reason why I haven’t written a blog for so long was because I was being so mindful!!  But instead is was because of a big trip to Western Australia, school holidays, returning to work and kids returning to school and lately because my partner has been away….sigh!

I found my meditation sessions turned into….’I’ll just lie down to meditate’ and then I would snooze!  Maybe the naps were much needed but I have missed the clarity and sense of being recharged when I meditate!  The other day returning to meditate was like returning home…..but I have still found it hard to get back into the rhythm of daily meditating!

Having said all that….daily mindfulness kept me calmer and saner I am sure!  Sometimes it would be noticing my surroundings, sometimes really mindfully absorbing my cup of tea…..sometimes a mindful hug, a yummy peach, an interesting bird, or mentally appreciating my children and how fast they are growing up!

Sometimes being mindful was easy….like snorkelling or body surfing or climbing to the top of a lighthouse or feeling the wind in your hair on a ferry!  Sometimes it was really difficult like when the kids are fighting or grumbling or when it’s too hot…..still it is an essential part of my life now and I am glad I had some of those strategies to get me through the last few weeks!

Grounding Tea Ceremony

I did a great grounding ceremony today that apparently Tarchan Hearn teaches ( I couldn’t find a reference online) where just as with the raisin activity in the blog above (thank you Permaculture Tales!) you do the same with a cup of tea; engage all of the senses and really take your time to take each sip…..then it was beautiful to imagine the tea as symbolising peace and offering this to yourself and to the world. Thanks Sue….I aim to put this into place with my cups of tea!

the permaculture tales

This week I went to a workshop on Tasting Mindfulness, organised by Tasting the Future. I’d booked onto the workshop as it was billed as an introduction to mindful eating and how it links to sustainable food. Mindfulness and sustainable food are two things I am very interested in so this seemed like synchronicity. I am also currently thinking about how I can integrate mindfulness into my permaculture diploma.

The workshop was led by Rachel Lilley, who it turns out has a background in permaculture. She took us through some simple mindful eating exercises. We started with a raisin – a little morsel with hidden depths. From looking, touching, smelling, tasting to slowly eating, I experienced a raisin like never before! Eating in this way brings forward all the nuances of flavour and texture, which are hard to taste and feel when you are wolfing down a meal.

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