We have made it to the last week of Mindfulness May. So today I give you this mantra to help you keep up with your practice.
“Stay with the practice, come back to the breath.”
As we come to a close this week, take a moment to think about how you are feeling, check in with your mind and body, look over from the past few weeks to see how things may have changed or what benefits you have received. After you start receiving the benefits of mindfulness practice and your grateful heart becomes full, a sense of giving and generosity becomes present within you. And what a gift this can be.
Every week we gather as a family and completely switch off from all devices. We come together all snuggled up in our pajamas either on the couch or someone cosy and warm. We spend this hour completely in the moment with only each others company. Sometimes we talk through our grateful project together, giving our complete attention to the person talking,we use this time for mala meditations, sometimes I read a passage from one of our favourite books and discuss it, (currently Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Peace Is Every Step), other times we give each other foot massages or hugs and talk about something new we learnt today. Within this moment together we create a bubble of awareness, awareness of each other, awareness of the present and awareness of the gift of giving, giving this time only for each other, our family.
Meditation helps us to become present in the moment and to calm down the mind. Just 20 minutes a day can help you to connect with your intentions, your breath and helps you feel more aligned, spiritually and physically. The children have taken to this as they already have felt the positive calming benefits. We use our Malas that were blessed by Amma from Sri Puram from our trip to India to guide us through a So Hum meditation. This is simple and very effective. Very beneficial for an active family in need of some stillness.
For this practice you will need a mala (A string of 108 prayer beads)
Come to a comfortable sitting position, crossed legs, long spine and open heart.
With eyes closed start to bring your awareness to the breath, slow the breath with your purposeful, or conscious breathing technique. Hold your mala beads in your right hand with the thumb and the third finger holding the first bead.
As you follow your breath, start to say the mantra So Hum (I am the breath). On an inhalation say SO, on your exhalation say HUM then move your finger to hold the next bead along the string of your mala.
Do this until you are at the half way point of your mala for your first try, gradually working yourself up to completing the full mala. This should take about 20 mins.
Write down your experience and feelings when you are finished. Keeping a mindfulness journal is a great way to help you to come back to your practice. Keep a record on your timing and how often you practice.
Stay posted this week as we launch our Kids Yoga Video 🙂