‘Mindfulness’ and ‘wellness’ are thrown around a lot, but what do they actually mean to you? How are you practising them?
For me, the practise of mindfulness is a morning, daily ritual. The way I get into it is through the act of dressing up.
Mindfulness: The mental state one can achieve by aligning oneself within the present moment. A state of acknowledgement and acceptance of personal feelings and thoughts. Mindfulness is used as a therapeutic technique.
We all live and work in a busy world, our dreams and whimsicalities are all mixed up within that. It can be difficult sometimes to spend time on oneself. I have incredibly busy days, I meet, email, photograph, edit, write, post.. ok, I wont go on.. but I wanted to briefly illustrate that our days are quickly filled and I leave little time for myself.
The way I do align and connect with my heart and mind is through the morning ritual of getting dressed up. It is transformative and transportive for the mind. It is within this time that I achieve:
- A clear sense of how I am feeling and what I want to wear to illuminate a positive mood or change a negative one.
- A moment to look in the mirror and be grateful for my life and all the wonderful things that happen in it. When I am dressed up and ready for anything, the most marvellous things occur!
- I can focus on the present moment as a catalyst for the start of my day. How am I entering my day? Powerfully or negligently?
- By using my body as a canvas and indeed clothes the paint, I am in touch with my body and I celebrate it as the base of all my creativity. It is in this moment that I get some serious body love happening.
- Through this ritual I achieve a ready sense, a place of calm and a trigger of creativity that allows me to run my busy day and achieve all that I want to.
By practising mindfulness in a time that everyone has each morning, you can set yourself up for self alignment, authenticity and a balanced mental state.
Finding moments for ourselves can be tough but if we choose to integrate them into the pre-existing elements of our daily routines, we can work toward our happier, balanced and mindful selves.