Mindfulness Video

Miss Emily has made a short video walkthrough teaching you how to practice mindfulness: https://youtu.be/-bqfemcCg0Y

But what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the process by which you are aware of the world around you and you are in tune with what's going on in the present, instead of focusing on the past or on the future.

Video Transcription:

Hi, I'm Emily from the Eaton Library, and today I'm going to talk a little bit about mindfulness. Basically, mindfulness is the process by which you are aware of the world around you and you are in tune with what's going on in the present, instead of focusing on the past or on the future. You are here in the moment experiencing what the moment has to offer. Now, this is not necessarily a natural state - I know I'm always focusing on what needs to be done or what might happen next, rather than noticing what's going on now. But it is a state you can teach yourself to enter.

One of the most popular ways to practice mindfulness is to simply breathe. Stop what you're doing, sit or stand still, and breathe in and out, noticing your breath as you do so. Take one breath, take ten, whatever - just focus on your breathing. There's no timetable for this - you can do it for one minute, five minutes, an hour, as long as you want (although I recommend starting off with a shorter time and building up to do it for longer periods). Do your best to clear your mind. Your mind will inevitably jump to other thoughts during mindfulness, but simply thank your mind silently for the thought and return to focusing on your breath.

If you only have time for a quick mindfulness exercise here and there, here are a couple of suggestions: Yawn and/or stretch for 10 seconds every hour or half-hour. Eat one raisin or one potato chip or whatever at a time, and describe it to yourself. What does it taste like? What is the texture? Brush your teeth and really focus on the process. . What do you see while vacuuming? What do you hear while washing dishes? Things like that.

If you only have time for a quick mindfulness exercise here and there, here are a couple of suggestions: Yawn and/or stretch for 10 seconds every hour or half hour. Eat one raisin or one potato chip or whatever at a time, and describe it to yourself. What does it taste like? What is the texture? Brush your teeth and really focus on the process.

Try these exercises today and see if they don't help. Thank you, everyone, and stay safe.

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Date: 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 6:00pm