MINDFULNESS: Hitting Monday and Hitting the Wall

Monday mornings begin with great intentions – I’m going to run (checked that box), I’m going to do my Lumosity Brain Training (didn’t do that), I’m going to do my meditation (oops… that’s slipping).. I really won’t eat another piece of chocolate in the afternoon. Oh yes, the smoke detector suddenly went off sometime past 11 pm last night for no reason (then I couldn’t get back to sleep), the thermostat is beeping… add new batteries, the work email is piling up and there’s no food in the frig for dinner.   Ah yes,  Life gets in the way of great intentions, but at the end of the day – this really is a first world problem.

Mindful (from UC Berkeley) is defined as “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and surrounding environment”.  Yikes – sounds like brownian motion of the brain.

An interesting article  titled “Deconstructing the Emotion Regulatory Properties of Mindfulness: An Electrophysiological Investigation”  http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00451/full

This article, pretty scientific reading, says that mindfulness helps control emotions. Yes, it does!  Now what happens when Life Gets In The Way.  My quick answer – Breathe…. It can be done walking down the hall, paying the bills, even talking on the phone on answering email.  If you have a little more time, try the app Insight Timer… I just did it for 1 minute… Even that short of time quieted the brain and brought a little calm to Monday morning.

Cheers!

Author: turning60andbeyond

Sandi Feaster is a registered nurse and health educator. She has worked in the corporate world as well as taken care of people with chronic health conditions. Sandi is convinced that we can improve our lives by educating ourselves and learning how we can curate the life we want. It may seem simple, but exercise and eating healthy food is the foundation of a longer, healthier and engaged life.

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