Mindfulness May Week 2 is all about turning down the volume.
Just as Paramahansa Yogananda once said, “When you worry there is static coming through your mind radio”. We need to learn how to turn down the volume in order to tune in and calm the mind.
We need to disconnect to connect! I have found by switching off all devises, including television before the evening time my mind settles and I sleep easier. Our minds are becoming overstimulated with screens and lights during the times where our minds need a break and to calm down before sleep. Over stimulation can cause over tiredness, over active sensors and restlessness not just within in the mind, but with the physical body too.
When our minds are over active we are less likely to become present, within the moment. Our thoughts start controlling our actions and our poor minds just dont seem to get a break. Unnecessary worry and stress set in and we can become ill.
For this weeks practice we will set our focus on three of Patajalis 8 Limbs of Yoga.
- Pranayama. – (life force) Techniques of breath control to help calm the mind and body.
- Pratyahara. – Withdrawal of the mind and senses. Becoming still.
- Dharana. – The act of holding steady or concentration. One of the 8 limbs that some of us find most difficult.
These three Limbs are going to be our guide over the next week to attaining stillness by “Switching off”
Other than cutting back our screen and device time almost completely (except for work purposes), and mostly including the evenings, we will be practicing sending our awareness towards the breath with this simple yet affective technique called conscious or purposeful breathing.
Create a space, quiet and free from clutter and distraction.
Sit on the ground in easy crossed leg or on a cushion for extra comfort. Long spine, shoulders relaxed, knees towards the floor.
Bring one hand to the heart and the other to the belly. so you can feel the rise and fall of the breath.
Start to lengthen the breath, slowly and deeply, close your eyes. Now, with every inhalation say to yourself, “I am breathing in” on your slow breath out say “I am breathing out”.
This technique will start to bring your senses inward and set your concentration on only the breath. You can do this technique whenever, where ever and as often as you need a break from all the chatter in your mind. And along with taking away the distraction of screens and social media you will find your sleep quality improve, your awareness to daily life become less stressful and your mind become still, overflowing with peace and love.
Good luck everyone and please stay connected with us all during this time. We need our village to help keep us inspired and supported.
In Loving Kindness