Renowned hypnotherapist Joseph Pond on how to add good mindfulness to your daily routine
Recently Translink Metro asked me to talk to commuters about using mindfulness on the bus. I did the talks as part of their Happy Metro Saturday campaign and the turnout was fantastic.
I actually think the idea of promoting mindfulness on the bus was rather brilliant so I was happy to get involved.
This is because I often tell my clients that it is extremely important to fit mindfulness into your already existing routine.
It’s often difficult to add a new discipline into our already busy lives.
Even with the best intentions, finding additional time in your week for something new stacks the odds against you. And remember, you have to condition yourself to be mindfully aware.
It is not a kind of awareness that comes particularly naturally in today’s busy lifestyle. Mindfulness can centre you, reducing depression, sadness and anger. It will increase your overall sense of wellbeing.
However, to receive those benefits, you have to devote at least 10 minutes a day, every day. (Preferably 20.)
So how can we find the time to do that? Translink has come up with part of the answer.
I strongly recommend that you use the structure of your already existing schedule. For example, I brush my teeth, eat lunch, stop at red lights, and wash dishes. I do all of these, reliably, every day. These all are opportunities in which to practice mindfulness.
Mealtimes are particularly good occasions to practice awareness, since you’ll actually taste your food and reduce overeating. Once you begin using all that time during your day to build your brain power, an additional 10 minutes of practice before sleep will help to settle you down and quiet your mind.
Perhaps the biggest change will occur when mindfulness moves from being something you have to do, to something you want to do. It just feels good to meditate. It’s as though a part of you that you’ve long ignored will breathe a sigh of relief and say, “At last. Thank you.”
Incidentally, the last Happy Metro Saturday is this week, on October 17. Check out their website for details.
- Joseph Pond is a clinical hypnotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a mindfulness instructor. He is co-founder of Hypnosis Explorers NI and sits on the National Board of NLP and Hypnotherapy. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org