I want to talk about the importance of mindful moments, especially as we’re caring for ourselves throughout the healing process. Mindfulness is another form of self-care. It’s taking a moment to detach from the busyness and noise of our daily lives to be fully present with where we are.
Mindful moments are meant to be simple. I often find these times of peace and presence when I’m enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea, taking a walk and looking at nature, or when I’m stretching before and after a workout. I take a moment and view the scenery around me or do a body scan to see how my joints and muscles feel. If I’m struggling with anxiety, I’ll turn to a few minutes of breath work or self Reiki. I’ll also make a conscious effort to put my phone down and step away from the distractions of technology.
When we’re moving through especially difficult times in our lives, such as grieving a loss or a recent life transition, it can become easy to get lost in the fog of our brain or feel overwhelmed. This can easily take us out of our bodies and leave us anxious and depleted. A few moments of mindfulness can be a supportive tool in taking us off the edge and re-centering us into the now. If we’re constantly stuck with our mind replaying the past or making up an imaginary future, we’re inviting a constant flow of stress and fear. This takes a toll on every aspect of our being and we can end up missing the life happening right in front of us.
So I invite you try a mindful moment today. You can make it short, sweet, and simple. Take in your surroundings, breath, and allow yourself to exist in that space. Gradually notice any differences (no matter how small) you feel in your body, your mind, and your emotional state. If you feel a shift happening, allow yourself to carry that feeling forward. Just remember that you are worth your own time and energy, and a small practice like this every day is a huge gift to your nervous system. You are deserving of these sacred, grounded moments.