If you have the time, take a few more moments to replay the video and see if you can focus on a different aspect this time:
Mindfulness, put simply, is awareness. Awareness of the nuances and beauty of each moment in all its aspects.
In our daily lives, we are often well-practised at replaying stressful and traumatic moments in our minds, over and over again. Perhaps seeking answers, wishing for a different outcome, playing out alternative scenarios, or simply reliving the moment to unconsciously punish ourselves with blame or worry. Sound familiar?….
Consciously choosing to incorporate a mindfulness practice in your life is a way to remove the focus of your thoughts from those negative moments and notice the beauty that is around you. Simple moments of joy – a child discovering an insect; a dog welcoming its owner home; serving a meal to the ones you love; waking up to find a beautiful flower has bloomed in the garden overnight; the beauty of morning dew sparkling on a spider web; or simply the leaves on a tree shimmering in the breeze. There is wonder all around us and the more we become accustomed to slowing down to take it in and appreciate it, the more we naturally develop a disposition of gratitude and inner peace – the secret key to unlocking freedom from anxiety and depression.