Let Neil Seligman help you unlock the power of this art to open your mind and nurture an inner sense of calm
By simply taking time to enjoy your favourite tea or coffee, you can learn to love the smaller things in life and take a step back. “Breaks in the day are often accompanied by emails, social media, advert-laden magazines and other distractions, meaning that the mind is still busy working away – this practice is a reminder of how to really stop,” says Neil.
1 Do whatever is needed in order to feel comfortable disconnecting from technology for the length of your break.
2 Prepare your favourite drink and take it to a restful spot. It could be the sofa, a park bench or an old chair in the garden. Get really comfortable − this is not a meditation pose, so curl up, pull a blanket over you if you like, and relax.
3 Hold the mug close and breathe. Deeply inhale.
4 Let go completely and exhale. Sink into the seat. Sink into the peacefulness of this moment.
5 Allow yourself to land fully in the freedom of these moments, dedicated to noticing what is arising within.
6 Take a sip.
7 How do you feel?
8 Take another sip.
9 What do you notice in your body?
10 Another sip.
11 What thoughts are bubbling up in your mind?
12 Let all of it be as it is, and breathe. Deep, open, calming breaths.
13 Drink. Contemplate. Be.
Record the feelings, sensations and thoughts from your practice in your mindfulness journal.
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Neil Seligman is a life coach, healer, Usui reiki master and founder of The Conscious Professional. He is also the author of 100 Mindfulness Meditations (Conscious House), available from amazon.co.uk, £12.99