Begin by choosing an activity for ‘Mindful Movement’ that you know you enjoy.
Before your chosen activity, take a few moments to prepare yourself and your environment
Set the clear intention that you will give your whole attention to the activity
Begin to move
What do you feel?
Can you feel your breath quickening?
Your heart beating faster?
The rush of your circulation?
Does it feel good to wake your body up in this way?
Does it thank you for the attention you are paying to the activity?
Remember to activate all your senses
Feel the movements of your body
The long, indulgent stretching of the soft tissues
Does your body celebrate them?
The feel of your clothing against your skin
The feel of a breeze in your hair and on your cheek
The invigorating, crisp cold of winter
The soft, dewy freshness of spring
The languid warmth of summer and the golden abundance of autumn
Feel your breath, the tidal quality that resonates with the movement
Feel the changes in your heart rate and blood pressure as you progress
Smell the comfortable smells of your home
The sweet scents of nature
And the real smells of your body as it heats up
Taste the changes in the air as you move.
Look carefully at your surroundings
The colours and light changes associated with your movements
The beauty of your surroundings
And the jewels of nature.
Listen to the ambient noises
You may be in your own home
And can listen to the sounds of others
The hum of machinery and the noises of the building
Or sweet music for dancing
These external stimuli do not distract you
They only serve to further focus your attention
Listen to the sound you are making
The crinkle of your clothing
The sound your feet make when they connect with the ground.
When you are outside
Immerse yourself absorbed in the sounds of nature
The tweeting of birds
The rustling of undergrowth
The heavy silence of snow
The babble of nearby water
The splish-splash of rainfall.
Fully experience your movement, moment by moment
No room for rumination or worry
Whatever we are doing, if we can make all of our movements and actions mindful we can preserve our peace throughout the day.