Four tips for achieving mindfulness

“Get out of your head and into your body.”

by Barbie Bent and Ariel Swan

Do you sometimes wish you could “get out of our head and into your body?” Do you want to achieve mindfulness and experience living in the present moment? Here are four tips to do just that.

Photo courtesy of JayBird Studio
  1. There is a common misconception that meditation is about clearing your mind of all thoughts. This is impossible for most and can lead to feelings of ‘doing it wrong’ or discouragement. Instead of trying to empty the mind of thoughts, try to witness your thoughts as they occur. Try not to judge your thoughts, but instead observe them and let them pass. 
  1. The physical body only exists in the present moment. Focusing on sensations that occur in the body such as temperature or breath are amazing tools to root into the present. 
  1. Breathing exercises are a powerful way to help you get out of your head and into your body. Try this simple exercise to help you regulate your nervous system and feel yourself on a deeper level. Notice your breathing in and out of your nose. Breathe in from your nose for 5 seconds. Exhale from your nose for 5 seconds. Repeat for 10 cycles. 
  1. Tune out, to tune in. We recommend a quiet, electronic free space to disconnect from distraction and really focus on how you’re feeling. Find a position that feels restful for your body, whether that is lying down or sitting upright. Try to let go of what the experience ‘should’ feel like and embrace it for what it is in the moment.

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Barbie Bent and Ariel Swan are the co-founders of Jaybird Studio, a contemporary movement studio that believes in shedding the layers that hold us back, forgetting outside perceptions, and letting go of expectations. Their workouts are often referred to as a moving meditation, and designed to help clients connect with themselves on a deeper level.