This week, Ilkka has tips to help you stay calm in stressful situations. It’s time to make your Monday’s a little more mindful!

During the “new now”, we all have had to adapt to new rules and ways in our every day lives. One of these is standing in line, social-distancing and waiting for our turn. This can be at a bank, yoga studio, restaurant, grocery store or anywhere else.

Waiting can bring up feelings of frustration and impatience. We might start wondering how did everyone decide to arrive at the same place at the same time, start sighing, tapping our feet, rolling our thumbs or reaching out to our phones to distract ourselves from our feelings. Mindfulness, in all of its simplicity, is observing what you are sensing, doing and feeling in the present moment, without trying to change those feelings and thoughts.

Mindful Queuing

Next time when you are waiting in line, you can try to practice mindfulness.
Observe your breathing – Is your breath steady? Fast? Slow?
How does your posture feel? Are you slouching or standing straight?
Observe your sense of urgency.
Observe the sensations in your body.
Observe your thoughts as the line moves forward.
Observe your behaviour – are you tapping your feet maybe? Or touching and looking at your phone?

You don’t need to change any of the above, just observe without judgement.
This way that few extra minutes when standing in line can become your time for daily mindfulness practice.

Ilkka’s Reading list

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana 

Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues That Are Skillful, Safe, and Best Suited To You by Bernie Clark

Inner Engineering, A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru

Mindfulness. A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Danny Penman, J. Mark G. Williams, and Mark Williams

Mindfulness for Every Day: Practical Tips and Calming Mantras for Finding Peace and Living in the Moment by Yvette Jane

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