A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info
Although many people talk about mindfulness techniques, it is not such an easy activity to practice. We have to prepare our bodies and mind to do it.
Mindfulness has to do with focusing attention on the present moment. It is a method that seeks mindfulness, focusing on what is happening "here and now", accepting it without trying to change it or judge anything. Its meaning is full consciousness.
When it comes to practicing it, we all have doubts. But here we share some suggestions that may be useful. It is advisable to start practicing several minutes a day and gradually expand as you acquire the routine until you reach the ideal rhythm of 30 minutes a day. You have to be persistent, not give up. If we do not notice changes at first, we must keep trying and be patient.
• Find a quiet time of day: in the morning just after waking up, before going to bed at the end of the day, or after eating at noon.
• Choose a relaxed environment or place: free from noise and/or external distractions, with a suitable temperature and in which you are comfortable: in your room, in the office, in an outdoor park, in the garden.
• Put on comfortable clothes and find a comfortable posture. You must be lying on the floor with your back straight so as not to obstruct your breathing or lying on a mat.
• Focus on your breathing: focus on how the air enters through your nostrils into your lungs, how it nourishes your entire body with oxygen, and how it leaves again through the nose, taking with it all the bad and negative. As soon as your mind wanders, bring it back to the attention of your breathing.
• Let the thoughts and emotions that arise freely appear: It is essential to maintain a neutral attitude towards them, not judge them as good or bad, simply perceive and observe them impersonally.
Although all this method is difficult to achieve, with a lot of practice you can obtain excellent results. With mindfulness, we learn to tolerate the urge to follow patterns that do not serve us. We cultivate a space between thought and action, and with practice, little by little, we increase our capacity to be in this space and in this moment.
Taking a few minutes to reconnect in the digital age has become an increasingly enjoyable and demanded experience that provides us with a safe place to rest.