Michael 🌲 ☀️ ⛰

Michael 🌲 ☀️ ⛰



DAILY MINDFULNESS PRACTICES What if I told you there are ways to become more present, improve emotional intelligence, enhance concentration and clarity, relieve stress, improve sleep, and you don't need anything but yourself? Chances are you'd want a thread on it, so I made one

So what is Mindfulness? /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something That's easy enough to understand - Mindfulness is awareness. Or if we go one level deeper - being aware of your awareness.

But have you ever stepped back and noticed how difficult your awareness is to control? Your conscious brain constantly flickers between thoughts, emotions, the past, the future... If you just let it do it's thing, it's nearly impossible to know where it's going to go next.

If you aren't careful, your conscious brain will control you, rather than you controlling it. And remember, you are not your thoughts. you are the one observing your thoughts. The Self versus the Ego. Still with me?

If YOU want your SELF to be in control, you need to practice. The purpose of practicing mindfulness is to be with your SELF in the present moment. After all, the present moment is all we ever have. If you live life worried about the past or future, you'll miss out on right now

This quote beautifully sums up another reason that mindfulness is so important. "Mindfulness not only makes it possible to survey our internal landscape with compassion and curiosity but can also actively steer us in the right direction for self-care." - Bessel A. van der Kolk

In summation, by practicing mindfulness we can achieve: -Peaceful, present awareness -Control of our thoughts and emotions -Ability to survey our internal landscape -Knowledge of what's required for self-care So how do we start practicing?

GUIDED MEDITATIONS If you've never done any sort of mindfulness practice before you're in luck-it's easier than ever to get started. There are a number of apps out there with 1000s of guided meditations I personally use Insight Timer but the Calm app is popular as well.

The apps have different categories - Morning, Sleep, Beginner, Advanced, Anxiety/Stress, etc. You can choose based on category or guide. To help you get started here are a few legends of the space: Thich Nhat Hahn (RIP), Ram Dass, Tara Brach, Byron Katie, and Jack Kornfield,

Experiment with what messages/guides resonate the most with you and expand based on what feels right. Remember - When it comes to spiritual growth, no one can do it you, but you can't do it alone. The people listed above are masters of these practices - use them!

YOGA NIDRA/BODY SCAN Yoga Nidra comes from the Sanskrit term meaning "Yogic Sleep" Yoga Nidra is a state between sleeping and waking - you become completely relaxed and turn your awareness inward, following a set of instructions, similar to a guided meditation.

Oftentimes the set of instructions involves a "Body Scan," where you take your awareness through your various body parts, relaxing each part as you go. It's not uncommon to feel like you're floating, melting, or spinning as you get deeper and deeper into this restful state.

"Where your awareness goes, energy flows" - @DrJoeDispenza With practice you'll be able to CONSCIOUSLY MOVE YOUR ENERGY through your body. This allows you to combine elevated emotions with your awareness to bring healing energy to areas that need it. How beautiful is that?

BREATHWORK I've talked a bit about breathwork in previous threads and am certified to lead people through Somatic Release Breathwork™ sessions. More on that in a previous thread:

SRBW™ is VERY powerful and not something that you really need to (or should) practice frequently. I'll post my personal daily practice in the next tweet For a wider variety of daily practices you should check out this thread by @BreatheLesss

Daily Breathwork: -3 Mins In/Out of the Mouth -2 Mins hold at top of Inhale -3 Mins In/Out of Nose -As long as possible hold bottom of exhale Or you can use this 10 minute beginner video by @Iceman_Hof - I used this for a few months when I 1st started!

NATURE WALKS Spending time in nature is one of the most healing things you can do. Science has show that you can lower stress hormones and blood pressure, enhance immune system function, reduce anxiety and improve your mood by being in nature.

For me personally, sitting in a quiet area of nature and being present is one of the most powerful mindfulness practices I have experienced. The breeze through the leaves, bird song, the trickle of water... there is nothing like sitting with eyes closed, taking all of it in.

MINDFUL EATING Being present when you eat is another great practice. Blessing your food, practicing gratitude for the abundance God provides - the food will literally nourish your body MORE if you pay attention to it. Put your phone down and appreciate your food.

Muh Source for the above claims re: food? Divine Intuition. Practicing Mindfulness in your day to day life has SO MANY benefits, most of which cannot be measured. I hope you learned something in this thread and would love to hear what your favorite mindfulness practices are!

To my Health Twitter friends - anything you would add? What's your go to mindfulness practice? @SolBrah @JohnConstas @briankimpson @RootCauseDoctor @fuelfocusflow @HolderOftheFire @ResilientDad @CultivatingChi @Grimhood @BreatheLesss @zachhomol_

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