How to practice mindfulness outdoors

Mindfulness is a word that is thrown around a lot these days especially in social media. When I first thought of it I’ll be honest I really misjudged it and I was sure it was definitely not for me! But after reading a lot about it recently and listening to Niall Breslin’s podcast “Where is my mind” I’ve been having a bit of a change of heart with it! The link to his website with the podcast is: https://www.niallbreslin.com/podcast 

Mindfulness can be done anywhere and everywhere if you just keep it in mind throughout the day. I used to think that you had to sit down really formally and do some sort of meditation to be properly doing mindfulness but actually I am learning that being mindfulness is something that can be actually really rewarding that you can do on the bus or while sitting in your background.

One of my favourite exercises to do is this:

1. Head out for a walk without your earphones/headphones

2. While you are walking notice what is around you even if it is something as simple as the road or a few trees

3. Look out for 5 things that you can see and gently notice them as you walk

4. Find 4 things that you can touch

5. Notice 3 things that you can hear

6. Pay attention to 2 things that you can smell

7. Observe something you can taste

I didn’t think this was mindfulness, I thought it was just a silly little activity but it can actually really teach you to be mindful of your surroundings and your feelings. It’s a good way to unwind and take stock of nature and just have time to unwind. This exercise can help bring you back to the present moment and focus your attention on the now. I find this exercise good for bringing me back to what’s happening right that minute instead of thinking about what happened two hours ago or what is going to happen in two hours.

Have you tried this exercise before?

Give it ago and let me know what you think!

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