Collard (2014) advocates that mindfulness practices change “one’s perspective on discomfort and open new possibilities for moving from just ‘being’ and ‘struggling’ back towards ‘adventurous living.’” Research papers and books list many benefits of practising mindfulness such as
- Increased experience of calm and relaxation
- Higher levels of energy and enthusiasm for living
- Increased self-confidence and self-acceptance
- Less danger of experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, addiction or low immune efficiency
- More self-compassion and compassion for others and our planet
In sum, mindfulness improves one’s overall wellbeing. Mindfulness exercises can take forms of breathing, stretching, walking, chewing, smelling freshly cut grass, staring in the space, watching clouds formation, listening to the waves, and meditating.
My mindfulness exercise comes in the form of penmanship. Recently, I have tried to write bible verses from the book of Proverbs repeatedly and slowly, paying attention to my hand movement, feeling the tension of my muscle, observing the formation of each word from letters, minding my breathing, and meditating on the meaning of God’s word. Blanchard and Hodges (2005) say that the BIBLE is our Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). Twenty minutes go by quietly; my mind is calm; and I am grateful and refreshed with godly encouragement. It is greatly satisfying and I recommend you give it a try.
Blanchard, K. and Hodges, P. (2005). Lead like Jesus: Lessons from the greatest leadership role model of all times. Nashville,TN: W. Publishing Group.
Collard, P. (2014). The little book of mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace. London, UK: Gaia Books.