Five tips for maintaining a meditation practice over time | Mindful Moments: Ep 01

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RICHARD CHAMBERS: Today, we’re
going to talk about maintaining a mindfulness
practise over time. CRAIG HASSED: Yeah, we’ve
got five big tips for you. RICHARD CHAMBERS: Yeah. It’s not easy to
do, but here are five things that might help. I think the biggest strategy is
to tie it in with an existing routine, so perhaps
just doing it immediately after taking a
shower or just before bed or after cleaning your
teeth or before breakfast. Just having a set time
to do it every day makes it really
easy to remember. And that really seems
to support people in establishing a routine. CRAIG HASSED: The second
one is just do it. It comes to mind, so you
have a mindful moment, and just watch what the mind
does, because it’ll often put something else in: “Oh,
I’ll just do this first”. RICHARD CHAMBERS: Yeah. CRAIG HASSED: But
when it comes to mind, to practise
mindfulness, just do it. RICHARD CHAMBERS:
(laughs) Just do it. Yep. Then of course, there’s the
motivation for doing it. Now a lot of people come
to mindfulness because they want to reduce stress or improve
productivity and performance, and it does help with that. And they’re good motivations. But I wonder if they could
perhaps be a bigger motivation? Perhaps just to be more
aware throughout the day, more self aware, to wake up more
and more out of that default mode dream that we’re
in a lot of the time. So having a big
motivation like that, obviously, means
that once we become less stressed and
more productive, there’s that carrot there. There’s still something that’s
motivating us to practise. CRAIG HASSED: Then, number
four is just being aware of the cost of being unmindful. When you reflect on
the time that we waste, the accidents that
we cause, the way that we wander into
rumination and worry. You know, so being unmindful,
if we added it all up, is not a good investment for our
time and energy and resources. So we should remember that, and
that’s a pretty good motivator to actually practise
mindfulness. RICHARD CHAMBERS:
We don’t really have time to not meditate really
when it comes to that, does it? And I guess the
final point would be just noticing the benefits. Maybe they’re not
obvious day to day. But maybe week to week,
or month to month, we might just start
to notice that we’re a little more
patient in traffic, a little more
present with others, a bit more self-aware,
more productive, or just somehow more alive and more
present in each moment. So noticing those benefits; a
really powerful thing to do. CRAIG HASSED: Yeah. And if we want more
of that in our life, then we should
practise mindfulness. So that’s all from us for today. So if you want to
learn more about mindfulness then just
follow some of the links to our online courses. RICHARD CHAMBERS:
See you next time.

 

4 Responses

  1. Jo Jenner

    August 4, 2019 7:31 pm

    It’s taken two years but I am now really noticing the benefits. Thank you Craig and Richard.

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  2. Dawn Perrett

    August 12, 2019 2:25 am

    I can really relate the the 5 big tips. I've noticed some changes since practicing mindfulness ie: less reactive, calmer, more energized not as tired. Unfortunately I still find myself being in default mode but now I can observe and let go instead of continuing to engage. Thank you for providing this course.

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