Mindful activities to start the day – 4.5.2020
Good Morning St George’s,
“The practice of Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now.”
This week we will focus on Mindful Activities that are useful in preparing your mind and body, to start you day.
Mindful Mood – Notice how you feel each morning
For this activity you will need some paper and markers or crayons.
Our moods often affect the way we act. If you’re happy, you might act kind or generous. If you’re grumpy, you might act mean or selfish. It is wise to understand our moods and how they affect what we say or do.
- Each morning, sit mindfully, with your spine straight and body relaxed. Take three soft, slow, mindful breaths and notice your mood. Where do you feel your mood? Put your hand there, does it feel heavy like clay or light as a feather?
- Now choose a marker or crayon to draw your mood. Blue could mean one mood. Red or green could mean another. You choose.
- Keep your mood drawing where you can see it again. It helps remind you how you have been feeling. Later you might be in a different mood, so create a new drawing and the let the old mood go.
By paying attention to your mood in the morning, you can change how you act throughout the day.
Mountain Rising – Grow Strong and Steady
- Stand straight with your head apart, arms by your sides. Feel the bottoms of your feet planted on the floor. Keep your eyes open.
- Imagine you are a mountain rising up from the ocean. Your head is the top of the mountain.
- Raise your arms, fingers apart. This lifts your mountain higher. Hold this position for a moment, solid as a mountain.
- Notice if you have any thoughts or worries. See them as tiny waves splashing the mountain.
- Breathe in and breathe out to blow the waves as far out to sea. Watch the water become calm and still around you.
- Lower your arms, take a mindful breath and relax. You can stay strong as a mountain all day.
Tip: You can also try this activity seated.