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Mindfulness, a poem, relaxation and living in the moment

A ditty, poem, rhyming verse, whatever you want to call it, that I just made up about mindfulness and living in the

bourgainvillea

bourgainvillea

moment… (N.B. Although I love writing, this type of writing is not my forte, so don’t expect too much please 🙂 It was also written in a few minutes, but I don’t feel the need to work too hard on it as it’s the message that counts)

Stressed to my hilt, about my parents health and care

I went to Portugal with Chris, and I managed to chill out there

For the first time, in many years, I left all my troubles behind

As I practised relaxation skills, it’s about ‘training of your mind’

‘Being in the moment’ is somewhere many of us are not at

We like our technology, a fast paced life, materialism and all that

Mobile phones, we can’t stop texting, telly on while we try to eat

It’s no wonder we don’t think constructively, so many challenges we must meet

But, it doesn’t have to be like this, if we just took a little time out

Alvor

Alvor

To enjoy this moment, right here and now, without our problems, anger or doubt

Smell the coffee, the fresh cut grass, the beautiful blossom on the trees

Feel the sunshine, the soft fresh bedding, or cool sensation from the breeze

The taste of dinner, a fresh fruit salad, a warm hot chocolate or breakfast tea

Hear the birds they are all tweeting, or just pure silence is good for me

I see the beauty of the landscape, humans, animals and their pets

And as my brain soaks all these things up, the more relaxed my body gets

For I cannot concentrate on all those pleasure, and still be contemplating my woes

If you try it, you could be like me, and be calm from your head to toes

 

breakfast

breakfast

We spend far too much time worrying about what might happen, what has happened, and all our problems that we can often forget to live for today. We only get one life, and it is relatively short, so to live much of it in the past or the future is futile. There’s a lot more to ‘living today’ of course, such as forgiveness, coping mechanisms, patience, not being greedy, not being jealous and so much more, but being mindful is a great place to start. It is almost like giving the mind a little holiday and that is often what we need in order to appreciate our lives, find the solutions we need that we often cannot due to over thinking, and it is one of our paths to better health.

When I came back from my holiday, stress hit me again, very hard, but two days later, I have written it all down, prioritised, analysed, and found ways to see my problems in perspective. Now I am being mindful again. It does need practise.

Mindfulness – never under-estimate it! 🙂

 

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6 comments to Mindfulness, a poem, relaxation and living in the moment

  • Lev Raphael

    True, and thanks for the humor.

    I find having a dog helps with mindfulness, always has….focusing away from the world of demands and on the moment, the simples joys. Namaste.

  • Samantha

    I like that you set this up as a poem! I struggle a bit with anxiety and mindfulness is very helpful in combating that! You’re right that we need to appreciate the little things in life!

  • When the Cat is Away

    Hi, it’s me again. I just wanted to let you know that I gave you the inspirational blog award: http://whenthecatisaway.com/crazy-shelter-stories/

    I’m feeling quite stressed right now, because I’ve so much to do. I can probably get my cats on Wednesday from the shelter, and I still need to cat-proof my house. Help! I’ll try to calm down, and think about the points you mentioned here.

    • amandagreenauthor

      Hi, thank you for your mention of my blog; yes cats can be great for mental health.
      I hope you feel calmer; you certainly will by Wednesday when you get your new cats – life will never be the same. I’m so glad to read all about your efforts to cat-proof your house, as there can be lots of plants etc that are harmful to them.
      I look forward to reading all about you and your cats’ adventures 🙂

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