of the mindfulness week game
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Hey there, weeelcome back to the game!
We've both made it to Day 2, and we should be proud of ourselves!
Before we get started...
Before we move on to today's new topic, I want to know about you. This is not as fun, if we don't share our experiences! So I'd love it if you could take 2 minutes of your time, to send me an e-mail to and just let me know what you felt yesterday while doing our first mindfulness exercise.
Was it easy? hard? boring? silly? calming? funny?
Did you have any insights? Was it weird? Did it help you feel a bit more peaceful?
And if you managed to keep count of the number of 5 Seconds of Peace that you had, let me know how many they were, and I'll tell you what I think about it, and also how many I did :)
So before you get started with your day, hit reply and share your thoughts with me, because I'd LOVE to know!
Just an extra mindfulness insight...
So. Apart from our daily game topic, every day I'd like to share an extra insight on mindfulness with you. So here goes today's.
Most of the time we live in our mind. And there's a big difference between what life feels like when you're trapped in your mind, as opposed to when you're out there in the real world.
Superficially, it looks like we're always in the same place. There's only once place where we can be, and that's our body. However, even while being in our body, we can be in a million different places. We can be in the actual physical place where we're at, or we can be somewhere in our mind. And the thing is, that if we choose to be in our mind, we can be pretty much be anywhere. So to wrap up, this is where you can be:
Where you're physically at.
In a million other places within your mind.
Now, don't get me wrong. The mind is a beautiful thing. We can thank her for every memory and idea that we have, and for all of our imagination. But we need to realise that most of what our mind shows us, is not real. And we've become so used to living in our mind, that our ability to step out of it and come to the real world, has become a little crappy.
Living in the actual physical world, is simple and delicious. Things go way slower and everything is much more peaceful in the real world, than it is in our mind. And that's why mindfulness of the external world, is such a beautiful thing to practice.
Having said that, below you have the general rules of the game; same as yesterday - but you know, just in case you forgot them already :)
Game instructions for every day
Every day, there'll be a specific thing that you'll need to bring your attention to, for 5 seconds.
We'll call these 5 seconds by the name ''5 Seconds of Peace'', and you'll be surprised by how much peace these few seconds will actually bring to you. Every separate time that you have 5 Seconds of Peace (or more than 5), you'll accumulate 1 point. So the more times you do it, the more points you'll accumulate!
Use your phone's timer to get a reminder every now and then. This is completely up to you. Personally, I'll set my timer to 2 hours. So every time it's up, I'll do 5 seconds of Peace, and reset it again, so I can get a new reminder in 2 hours.
Use a notepad to keep the count on how many 5 Seconds of Peace you have. That's it!
DAY 2 - Today's Mindfulness Intention
Today's specific thing to focus on is: MUSCLES.
Oh yes dear, you read it right. After that run that I went for on Saturday morning, I can't stop thinking about muscles, because they're torturing me! But actually, today's game has nothing to do with pain. Muscle pain was simply the thing that gave me this idea ;)
Today, your goal is to stretch as many times as you can. Stretching is de-li-cious. And we don't do it enough. Stretching allows us to get in touch with our body - and although Yoga is the most famous way to do that, and Yogis are definitely pros at it - you don't need to be a Yogi to show your body some love.
Same as we did yesterday, today we keep in mind our 5 Seconds of Peace technique. To be honest, 5 seconds is the minimum, but some things deserve more time, and stretching is definitely one of them. Use your stretching moment to take 5 deep breaths, and just enjoy the moment. Notice what you actually feel when you stretch. Pay attention to how your body creates a sensation for you, when you choose to stretch.
Play around with different parts of your body. Randomly choose to stretch your arms, your wrists, your fingers, your legs, your feet and your toes. While doing your stretching, instead of focusing on ''Am I doing this right?'', or ''I'm not flexible enough'', focus on the feeling. Just pay attention to how stretching feels, and notice how alive every cell of your body is. Notice the feeling in your muscles. Notice how rapidly they come to live to tell you ''Hey, I'm here for you!'', every time you choose to wake them up.
Your goal here is not to stretch as much as you can. All body's are different, and this is not a flexibility game. Your goal, is to get in touch with your body as many times as you can during the day, through feeling your muscles come to live, when stretching.
Use your 5 Seconds of Peace, to breathe deeply. See these moments as breaks from the noise of your mind. Because the fact that you're putting your attention on something so specific, will not allow you to think of anything else.
Take 5, or more!
Also, it doesn't have to be just 5 seconds. You can do 30 seconds or 1 minute if you want. That's even better! Take your time and enjoy the silence.
Reply with: your thoughts on Day 1!
That's it beautiful. You're good to go!
Now don't forget to let me know how yesterday went for you, replying to this e-mail with your story, because I'm really excited to talk to you!!!