Hello everyone! Today I wanted to write about how mindfulness can be used to assist in healing the mind, body, and spirit. Mindfulness helps people focus more on the present moment and really take it all in. Some benefits of this practice, among many, are that it aids in ending too much focus on the past (therefore helping relieve depression), and prevents too much focus on the future (therefore decreasing anxiety and fear).
For this activity, I would like you to go out into nature and really take it all in, being fully present, with all the sights and sounds, using all senses. One aspect to mention is that with mindfulness there is no judgment. Whatever appears in your present moment activity just IS.
Therefore, get into the scene that you have chosen and really SEE the beauty of nature, all colors, plants, trees, flowers, the sky, and all wildlife. HEAR the birds and any other sounds. SMELL the fresh air, flowers, pine trees, and any aromas that are in your present moment. FEEL the wind on your skin, the sun on your face, touch a tree or a flower, and maybe place your feet directly on the ground. Use anything else that helps you use all senses and be fully present in the moment. Spend some time and really feel how peaceful it is.
You can use the basics of this activity many times during your day and in any moment or setting you wish. Train yourself (and your brain) and it will begin becoming second nature, like a way of life.
Let me know any comments or questions you may have about this activity, including any ways using mindfulness has helped you. Feel free to add a note in the comments section or send a private email (firstname.lastname@example.org ). I just love getting messages!
Until next time… Love yourself, it’s good for your health! Goodbye everyone.
-Gina Spielman, LCSW, C.H.
Gine Spielman enjoys helping clients with depression, grief/loss, life transitions, coping with chronic physical illness, holistic and self-healing techniques, stress and pain reduction, spirituality, and relationships. Visit Gina Spielman’s Profile