Spring Wellbeing Coaching in Exeter

Chrissie Tarbitt, Integrated Wellbeing

Whether you’re keen to lose some weight or boost your confidence and self-esteem, the aim is to help you bust through any blocks you’re experiencing in your life and free you up to be the joyful, fulfilled person you want to be. I’m excited about sharing with you many of the powerful tools I have used on my own journey to bring about life-changing transformations.

Take advantage of my spring coaching package of 6 face-to-face sessions, now with extra Skype and email support throughout a 12-week period. I’ll work with you hand in hand to set your goals for transforming your life and guide you to prioritise your actions.

The cost of this life-changing 12-week coaching course is £360 and includes 6 individual face-to-face sessions plus weekly Skype and email support.

“I would thoroughly recommend Chrissie for hypnotherapy and life coaching.  I have been struggling to lose weight for some time and knew that it wasn’t just knowing what to eat that provides success.  Chrissie helped me with visualisation techniques, showing me how to overcome problems in everyday life in a different way, so as not to over eat and guided me away from compulsive eating to a more mindful approach.   I am a happier person and positive about achieving my goals because of Chrissie.”  L.A.

Book your FREE 20-minute telephone consultation to explore how wellbeing coaching could help you by emailing chrissie@integratedwellbeing.co.uk.

Read more about my approach to wellbeing coaching here.

The Beauty of Imperfection

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The great weather this summer has allowed me to really indulge my passion for spending as much time as possible outdoors, from early morning yoga overlooking the estuary, camping in beautiful craggy Cornwall to trying my hand at the wonderfully meditative pursuit of SUP (aka paddle boarding).

Being removed from my digital devices during these times has also provided me with the all-important head space I so often crave, enabling time for reflection and the opportunity to focus on the here and now.

I have often written about the importance of mindfulness or awareness practice in my own life and, for me, the most challenging aspect of it all is to practice without judgment, with acceptance of all that is. 

In being mindful or aware, we learn to notice how we react in a situation, which at the same time can raise all kinds of negative thoughts and judgments about ourselves. However, the true gift is that, in that moment of awareness, we have a choice – the choice of how we respond rather than react.

Finding myself in a spiral of self-criticism recently, I came across an article on the Japanese principle wabi-sabi (said to be the most essential of life’s principles in Japanese culture).

Emerging in the 15th century as a reaction to the importance of lavishness, ornamentation, and riches, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection.

This definition beautifully sums up how our mindfulness practice can bring about inner peace without judgment if we just allow ourselves to fully accept and appreciate who we are, as a result of everything (including perceived flaws) that has taken place in our lives.

“Bringing wabi-sabi into your life doesn’t require money, training, or special skills. It takes a mind quiet enough to appreciate muted beauty, courage not to fear bareness, willingness to accept things as they are—without ornamentation. It depends on the ability to slow down, to shift the balance from doing to being, to appreciating rather than perfecting.”  Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Natural Home

My husband has been a life-long fan of the work of Leonard Cohen, who sadly died just a month after I wrote this article.  Now, I have to be honest, I’m a latecomer and it wasn’t until I took him to a Leonard Cohen concert for his birthday that I discovered the wonderful poetry and words of wisdom he conveys in his lyrics.  I find these beautiful, simple words from his song “Anthem” very moving:

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

Of course there is no need to strive for perfection.  He’s reminding us to get over ourselves, give ourselves a break and ultimately, enjoy the light that gets through the cracks as that’s where the creativity is, the real essence of who we are, if we are only prepared to let it in.

[*This article was first published in the November issue of the wonderful Om Yoga Magazine*]

With wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

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Be More, Do Less

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You may well be familiar with the 80/20 rule that’s often bandied about in business circles which states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, but can this principle apply to our daily conflict between “doing” and just “being”? 

Here are my thoughts, in an article first published by Om Yoga Magazine in their October 2015 issue.

During my years in the corporate world, the 80/20 rule (aka Pareto’s law) was often used to determine where we should focus our efforts and, sure enough, it showed that 80% of our sales would come from 20% of our clients.

We can apply this to so many other areas of our lives too. For example, of all the clothes in your wardrobe, you’re most likely to wear 20% of them, 80% of the time (the next time you put on a change of clothes, do a quick calculation – it really won’t be far off!).

So, let me just backtrack a few weeks. I found myself chasing my tail, juggling the proverbial balls in the air and essentially exhausting myself trying to “do” too many things at once.

Fortunately, having spent the last few years learning how to avoid the curse of multi-tasking, I was able to read the warning signs just in time. It was time for a brain break! I gave myself permission to have a day away from all the “doing” and, instead, spent it “being”, walking along the beach, away from my desk and all my digital devices. Just what my soul was asking for.

During this frantic “doing” phase (they come and go) it occurred to me, what if we applied Pareto’s law to our own personal growth strategy?

What if we just spent 20% of our time visioning (aka planning and creating) and 80% allowing (aka surrendering) on the basis that the 20% visioning (causes) will deliver 80% (effects) of what we want to create anyway!

I’m not suggesting that we simply work 2 hours a day and laze around the other 8, but I am suggesting that whenever we find ourselves going around in circles on the same old stuff (remember, our thoughts create our reality – negative in, negative out!), unable to make a decision or agonising over the outcome, then, honestly, just let it go.

You’ve done your planning, all the ducks are in a row, don’t then spend the next 80% of your time trying to figure out the “what ifs”. Move on to the next task or project (or simply take a break!) and keep applying the same principle.

You will soon realise that easing yourself into “allowing” or “letting go” 80% of the time, will preserve your energy and prevent your body from carrying a load of tension it hasn’t asked for; you’ll sleep better and, a real bonus, the anxiety-induced sugar cravings will be kept at bay!

So, the next time you’re in visioning mode, great – see it through to its natural conclusion and then free up the other 80% you would have spent on it, letting go of the outcome and enjoying the emotional, spiritual and physical freedom you’ve just allowed yourself in the process!

With love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

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Mindfulness For Athletes

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Just “go with the flow” – seems like a ridiculous thing to suggest to fitness professionals or indeed to our clients! After all, we’re encouraged to have goals, to have plans, to beat a PB and, by definition, we’re pretty energetic individuals impatient for results.

This is the first in a series of articles I was invited to write for Personal Trainer Magazine and was originally published in April 2015.

For many years my life used to be ALL about deadlines and goals; I thought by making sure I had my running shoes in my suitcase, multivits, energy bars and my sachets of wheatgrass at the ready would be me sorted. I could still train for that half marathon, work long hours and be fit and healthy – wrong!

Enter stage – mindfulness practice

Ever wondered what the heck it is? Or, what’s that got to do with you or your clients? Mindfulness-based stress-reduction has been around for several decades as a therapeutic tool. By turning our attention to what is actually happening in the present, we’re able to see the situation for what it is, allowing us to have absolute control over how we react in any given moment. That’s mindfulness in a nutshell. We are invited to simply be aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different.

The benefits of introducing this practice into our daily lives as fitness professionals are huge: we learn to relax (allowing the body to heal), we learn not to dwell on the last bad training session or match, which can seriously affect our performance (it’s gone, it’s in the past!) and once we have a plan in place, we learn that the “how we get the results” doesn’t always come about in the way we expected.

How to get started?

The first stage is learning to relax. Try this the next time you’re feeling frazzled after a full day of coaching or weary from over-training. Take 10 minutes to sit or lie down undisturbed (we can all find 10 minutes) and connect with your breath. Inhale and exhale deeply, using all of the muscles involved in breathing: the abs, diaphragm, intercostal muscles, and up into the chest, noticing any areas of tension in the body and allowing yourself to simply relax. Just notice any thoughts that come into your mind, allow them to come and go (you can’t stop your mind having thoughts, but you can become an observer rather than a participant in them). With this technique, you’ll automatically switch on the parasympathetic part of your nervous system allowing you to relax naturally. You wait, 10 minutes will soon become 15 and so on.

Yes, it takes practice, but the rewards are instant and exponential. Every few minutes that we choose to direct our attention to the breath and relax into the body, is like having a 30-minute power nap, only much quicker and longer-lasting.

With love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

Mindful Eating

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When clients come to me for advice about healthy eating, I first like to address their current eating habits and help them understand why they make the choices they make.

So how do we bring mindfulness to our eating habits? By shifting our focus from what we feel we “should” be eating (which immediately creates a certain level of anxiety, tension in the body and feelings of deprivation when we avoid what we crave), to bringing real awareness into how we make the choices we make.

Here’s my 5-step strategy for getting you started with a more mindful approach to healthy eating:

As with anything, it takes practice but, in the long-term, the rewards are so much greater than the stresses of yo-yo dieting.

1. What are the triggers?

Notice what’s going on around you when you feel that compulsive urge to go for the packet of biscuits (or whatever your thing is) and find yourself eating the whole lot.

2. What thoughts are you having?

When you feel the need to eat what you innately know isn’t going to nourish you, look at the thoughts you’re having in that moment. What is it about those biscuits that you think is going to make you happier?

3. What sensations do you feel in the body?

Are you feeling stressed, tense, anxious? Where in the body are you feeling that tension?

4. Observe without judgment!

Just notice what thoughts you’re having and the sensations in your body. Whether you still eat the biscuits or not doesn’t matter. Noticing and observing without beating yourself up is really the key at this stage.

5. Take action!

In that moment of awareness, ask yourself, am I really hungry … or am I actually just thirsty, bored, a bit stressed?

It’s in that moment that it becomes possible to respond differently to the triggers:

  • Perhaps have a glass of water or a cup of tea instead;
  • You may need to relax; taking a few full deep breaths and exhaling slowly for a minute or so immediately triggers the parasympathetic nervous system which so often will remove the reason for reaching for the biscuits in the first place;
  • If it’s boredom, then put your trainers on and go for a power walk or run. Moving the body is one of the best ways to shift negative energy!
  • Even if you wouldn’t normally write “stuff” down, we all know the power of seeing our goals written, so just jot down any observations, say, for a week. I’ve found this hugely helpful both personally and when coaching clients. Seeing a pattern emerge can so often bring about a lightbulb moment.

Understanding why we make the choices we make, is a fast-track way to implementing long-term changes to any patterns of behaviour as we are empowered to respond positively rather than react in an unconscious negative way.

Bring a degree of mindfulness to your eating habits for a week and notice the difference. And if this post interests you, please check out our other Mind Matters posts here on Integrated Wellbeing.

With love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

Rest & Restore Workshop

Chrissie Tarbitt, Integrated Wellbeing

I’m excited to share with you news of my forthcoming Rest & Restore Winter Workshop.  Join me in this lovely, peaceful, light and airy studio in Woodbury for a morning of “you” time.  

When?
Sunday 6th December: 10.00am – 12.30pm

Where?
Ocean Physio & Rehab Clinic, Woodbury Business Park, EX5 1LD

Timetable

  • 9:45  Arrival.
  • 10:00 – 10:45  Introduction to Mindfulness, Meditation and powerful Yogic breathing techniques which you can easily incorporate into your daily lives to bring about that all important sense of calm and peace just when you need it most!
  • 10:45 – 11:30  I shall then guide you through a gentle yin yoga session which will focus on allowing the body and mind to fully let go.
  • 11:30 – 12:00  Yoga Nidra – deep yogic relaxation.
  • 12:00 – 12:30  Finally, some time to share some home-made, cold-pressed juices and raw, vegan snacks before heading home.

Places are limited to 10 people per workshop so don’t miss out if you want to help banish winter blues or just need to rejuvenate before the busy festive period! 

The cost of the workshop is £25 per person with 50% of the proceeds being donated to Leukaemia Care as part of my various half-marathon sponsorship efforts. Book direct via the secure Eventbrite site here: Rest & Restore Workshop

No previous experience is necessary. I’ll provide mats, blocks and blankets. Please wear appropriate clothing.

I look forward to seeing you there!

With wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

Women Inspiring Women Awards

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Although I’m not one to go chasing accolades, I was thrilled to be crowned “Rising Star / Woman To Watch” in the national Women Inspiring Women Awards 2015 at their annual awards ceremony in Birmingham earlier this month.

I know that a number of you kindly voted to keep me on the short-list and I’m very grateful for that.

The Women Inspiring Women Awards, now in their 4th year and sponsored by a leading national network for female entrepreneurs, seek to find and celebrate great female role models – those who bring out the absolute best in others and make a difference in their respective communities.

I was on a short-list of 8 very strong candidates from across the UK and hadn’t even thought about preparing an acceptance speech. I’m absolutely delighted that the judges recognised the importance of spreading the wellbeing message to a wider audience.

With thanks, love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

Top 3 Stress Busters

Chrissie Tarbitt, Integrated Wellbeing

Although April was the official “stress awareness month”, we all know the importance of keeping a check on our stress levels throughout the year.

One of my recent articles for Personal Trainer Magazine featured my tried and tested top 3 stress-busting tips. Though written with gym-goers and exercise fanatics in mind, I reckon they provide a good reminder to all of us.

Let’s first look briefly at what stress is and how it affects our minds and bodies.

Under normal conditions, our stress response is there to protect us. During the “fight or flight” response, the surge of cortisol (the hormone released when we’re under stress) helps us react appropriately in an emergency, but levels should then return to normal.

Many of us now experience an almost permanent state of hyperarousal that can lead to many ailments and diseases as well as poor sleep, poor diet and aches and pains, as we have a tendency to bury stress deep inside our bodies, perpetuating the cycle.

So, what’s the answer?

Well, as an enthusiastic advocate of mindfulness, I know from experience that in order to gain freedom from the cycle of stress, we must learn to cultivate awareness. Awareness provides us with the “space” in which we don’t run away from thoughts, feelings and sensations in the body. Through becoming the observer of our stress triggers, we learn to take better control of our reactions.

Take a mindful approach to the following (and be honest with yourself):-

Sleep

Be under no illusion, if you want to maintain a healthy fitness regime and be on top of your game, you need between 7 and 9 hours of “quality” sleep each night.

If the honest answer is that you have bad sleeping habits, start with one or two things to improve upon, such as having a relaxing bath before bed and committing to going to bed at the same time for a whole week.

Keep the goals simple and achievable.

Nutrition

We all know that what we eat can affect our moods. Avoid eating addictive carb and sugar-loaded foods when under stress (a tricky one, I know, as that’s exactly the time when we reach out for the unhealthy snacks!).

Commit to a month of eating a healthy, balanced, mostly anti-inflammatory diet (i.e. 80% fresh veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds) and bring awareness to how that makes you feel.

Notice how reducing your caffeine, sugar and refined carbs intake impacts your stress levels.

Exercise

Are you training too hard? Now, this is a really tricky one to get honest about! We all know that a great workout makes us feel good afterwards, but for the next month I challenge you to bring real awareness to your training programme. Are you including some quality recovery and relaxation time?

If you find it difficult to have rest days, commit to attending one class a week that encourages awareness of the body and breath through slow, flowing movement such as yoga, qi gong or tai chi.

PLEASE do yourself a massive favour and try it – each week I get new guys coming to my Integrated Wellbeing yoga classes who have never done anything like it before, and they keep coming back for more as they really see the benefits!

I’d love to hear how you get on with these suggestions, and to hear of your own stress-busting tips, in the comments box below.

With love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

Meditation: Why, How & When?

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“My top priority is for people to understand that they have the power to change things themselves.” Aung San Suu Kyi

Contemporary research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology now confirm what sages, gurus, monks and other followers of contemplative practices have known for millennia: With practice, we can train our brains and re-programme our minds to be happier, more insightful, and caring (both of ourselves and others) and ultimately live the life we choose.

What sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom in relation to mind matters, is that we worry about the future, feel guilty or resentful of our past and beat ourselves up about the present – ouch, no pressure then!

The primordial part of our brain that gives us our sense of threat (fight or flight response) has unfortunately not evolved in tandem with other parts of the brain. And thus anxiety about the day ahead or worry about a difficult conversation you had last week will have exactly the same effect on our minds (and therefore bodies) as it would have had thousands of years ago in the savannah preparing to flee from the teeth of wild animals.

We have no inherent way of dealing with this state of hyperarousal and for many of us the fight or flight hormones rushing around the body become a permanent state and feelings of tension, elevated heart rate, butterflies and sweaty palms are the default in our lives. We also know that this state of hyperarousal can lead to many ailments, hormone imbalances, poor sleep, headaches, muscle soreness and the list goes on. The upshot is that our overall sense of wellbeing is thrown off course in a big way.

In last month’s blog on an Introduction to Mindfulness I talked a little about how, by bringing our full attention to whatever activity we’re engaged in, we become the observer of our thoughts – this subtle shift away from reacting to those thoughts to paying attention, observing in a non-judgmental way, offers us some respite from the constant stream of self-talk (so often negative) which in turn gives us the space we need to see things for the way they really are. This will be a constant theme throughout the Mind, Body and Food Matters blogs as mindfulness and meditation can positively affect every aspect of our lives.

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Despite the fact that humans seem to be programmed to focus on the negative, the great news is that, with practice, we can re-programme our minds. I’d encourage you to explore the possibility of being able to free yourselves of negative cycles of thinking and adopt a playful almost childlike quality to this spirit of inquiry. I’ve found that the key to living a more mindful life is to develop a regular meditation practice.

I first started a daily meditation practice about 5 years ago, really not knowing what to expect (having no expectations was, I soon discovered, the most rewarding and freeing approach!), but I knew that I wanted a bit of what I had observed other regular meditators had: more inner peace, self-acceptance and self-compassion, more compassion and patience with others, along with an ability to flow with life rather than pushing and striving against the tide.

What?

Meditation is not a contest. Meditation is a practice. There is no right or wrong way of doing it. We simply pay attention to our thoughts, notice them, drop them and focus on the breath. Drop any need to know whether you are doing the right kind of meditation. The part of us that wants to know is the same part of us that has pre-conceived ideas of right and wrong ways.

How?

As this is a practice, it’s helpful to choose a space that you can go back to every time; this could be a corner of any room in the house where you won’t be disturbed. Traditional meditation practice involves sitting cross-legged with a straight spine, if possible with the knees below the hips to form a firm triangular base, the crown of the head extended, eyes open or closed (choose what works for you). You can either place your hands on your knees palms down, in traditional yogic position with palms turned up forefinger and thumb touching or simply place them folded in your lap.

The important thing is to be comfortable so that your shoulders and face muscles can relax. If your hips are particularly tight or you have long legs, try using a larger meditation cushion – these come in crescent shape Zafus or full round Zafus. Alternatively, try a small meditation bench and kneel on a blanket – these are ideal if you are very tight in the hips and lower back or want to avoid any unnecessary twisting of the knees in a seated position. Equally, you can settle in a similar position sitting on a chair.

The Breath

If you have experience of yoga, then you’ll know that the use of the breath is key throughout your practice. In the same way with meditation, once settled in a comfortable quiet place, begin by lengthening your breath. Draw your attention to your breath, inhaling and exhaling through the nose, gradually slowing it down. There are many different forms of meditation; and I would encourage you to research different methods, join a group or search for videos on YouTube that resonate with you. For me, keeping it simple is key. I like to simply focus on my breath, counting 1 – 10 on each exhale. If the mind wanders, which it will, simply notice it, let the thoughts drift away without judging them and come back to the breath.

When?

Again, there is no right or wrong time to meditate. Traditionally, meditation takes place first thing in the morning and/or in the evening. I find first thing in the morning the most convenient as I can stick to the same time 9 days out of 10. Meditating in the mornings is also a wonderful way to start the day. I get up earlier than anyone else so I get that extra 30 minutes of sanctuary – just me, my mat and my cushion.

Start with 10 minutes each day (any less than 10 minutes and I found I wasn’t giving myself a chance to experience at least a feeling of deep relaxation) and set a timer so that you are not focusing on how long you have sat for. Practice for 10 minutes a day for the first 14 days and extend this to 15 minutes for the next 14 days. If possible, write down your experience of your new practice (it doesn’t have to be after every session, but it really helps to track one’s progress).

I learned pretty quickly that one doesn’t need to be a mystic or a monk in order to reap the rewards of this kind of practice; who wouldn’t want to be able to relax almost instantly, experience a greater sense of calm in difficult situations when you might have otherwise reacted negatively and enjoy an all-round greater sense of wellbeing?

Matthieu Ricard, who has been called the happiest man in the world, is a French born Buddhist monk who, after gaining his doctorate in molecular genetics, devoted his life to Tibetan Buddhism. He has a wonderful, clear teaching style and I love this video of him talking about “The Art of Meditation” in which he not only demystifies the practice, but describes in such a practical and compelling way, all of the benefits of a regular meditation practice.

I’d love to hear from you about your meditation practice, whether you’re trying it for the first time or have years of experience. Please share your thoughts on this wonderful free wellbeing tool that’s available to us all.

With love and wellbeing wishes,

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An Introduction To Mindfulness

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A few years ago, my husband gave me a card (slightly tongue in cheek, but a humorous nod to my enthusiasm for my mindfulness and meditation practice), entitled ZEN DOG. It has a picture of a dog languishing in a bath tub boat, donning sunglasses, bobbing along at sea, the sun beating down on him. The words below read like this:

“He knows not where he’s going
For the ocean will decide –
It’s not the DESTINATION…
…It’s the glory of the RIDE”

I actually framed the card and it now hangs on my bathroom wall, serving as a daily reminder that striving for answers to everything or trying to second-guess the future is a pointless, energy-sapping exercise.

When I do allow myself to come away from all that’s going on in my head and notice any tension I may be holding in my body, it really is such a relief, as I know that help is at hand and it’s entirely down to me!  So, for self-confessed control freaks out there, how cool is that?!  By turning our attention to what is actually happening in the present, we are able to see the situation for what it is – we have absolute control over how we react in any given moment. That is mindfulness in a nutshell.

Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).

“Go with the flow” – what a ridiculous thing to suggest when life was ALL about deadlines, rushing about to catch planes and trains, answering emails at the same time as talking on a conference call, etc., etc. – you get the picture. How could it be possible when we all have so many responsibilities and ‘to do’ lists, to “go with the flow”? I used to think that I had a high tolerance of stress but, in reality, that belief simply meant that I’d take on more responsibility and add more stress to my life!

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The saying “necessity is the mother of all invention” springs to mind when I think back to the turning point in my life; to the time when I realised that if I wanted to continue functioning as the person I really wanted to be and knew deep down that I was, I’d need to make some fundamental lifestyle changes. Enter my inspiration and dear friend Shelley, fellow yogi and meditation junkie. For the next several years I went on my own wellbeing journey and soon discovered the joys of a meditation and mindfulness practice. The changes didn’t mean quitting my job and living in a yurt (I have been tempted!), but I went in search of the peace within that would enable me to regain the natural energy needed to live a happy and fulfilling life, that would fully embrace the day job, and my role as mum, wife, friend, daughter, etc.

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with Zen Buddhist monks and inspiring yoga teachers around the world, I’ve read many dozens of books and have attended several wonderful courses, all in pursuit of inner peace. And do you know what the single magic ingredient is that makes this all possible? The breath! How we direct our Chi, Qi, Prana or, simply, energy with the use of our breath, is the answer to living mindfully, in the moment.

In yoga we learn that the breath is the link between the mind and the body. Learning, moment by moment, to direct our attention to the present using the breath as our anchor, can be truly life-changing. It’s such a simple thing but, of course, as with many simple concepts, that isn’t synonymous with easy. Yes, it takes practice, but the rewards are instant and exponential. Every few minutes that we choose to direct our attention to the breath and relax into the body, is like having a 30-minute power nap, only much quicker and longer-lasting and no-one need notice ☺.

So, the next time you’re feeling frazzled or just out of synch with life, take 5 minutes to sit or lie down undisturbed (we can all find 5 minutes) and connect with your breath. Inhale and exhale deeply, noticing any areas of tension in the body and allowing yourself to simply relax. You wait, 5 minutes will soon become 10 and 10, 15 and so on.

You may have realised that I’m a big fan of quotes so I thought I’d sign off this introduction to mindfulness with one by Albert Einstein:

Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.”

Join the conversation by commenting below, and let me know your favourite life quotes too.

Until next time, enjoy the moments!

With love and wellbeing wishes,

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