If you are a regular listener of my BlogTalkRadio show, then you know that in this week's show, I talked about learning to hit the reset button. During the show, I shared the benefits of having quiet time, meditating and mindfulness. Now, some may say each of these things are different and for all intents and purposes they are. However, when it comes to hitting your reset button they are equal in that they provide the same benefits. Research has shown that there are several, measurable benefits to learning to practice mindfulness at any level. Interested in reading more? Check out this article by Walsh and Shapiro, 2006.
What are some of the benefits of practicing mindfulness?
Notice something? Learning to reset by practicing mindfulness helps us think and perform at a higher level without increased stress and anxiety. When I look at this list, I not only see the benefits for ME but also for my clients of all ages. Learning to STOP, if even for 10 short minutes, to simply BE has tremendous benefits. Learn what a forward thinking superintendent did in the Visitacion Valley Middle School back in 2007 when he implemented a daily "Quiet Time" for all students and teachers in the school. It not only benefitted the students but also the teachers.
How to begin practicing mindfulness
These are just a few easy ways to begin a mindfulness practice. As you progress in your practice, you may choose more traditional mediation or mindfulness programs. For more ideas to use with children check out Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids.
I challenge you to set a short term goal of practicing mindfulness three times this next week. Come back and share what you learned, how it helped you and what method you used. I'd love to hear. Are you already practicing mindfulness? Please comment and share your experiences.
Until next time, keep growing and blooming.