In a previous article, we discussed what it is to be mindful and shared our top 3 mindfulness tips. We believe mindfulness helps us to be fully present in the moment and be open to what is happening and unfolding, both inside ourselves and out. Scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
At Kallima we have divided mindfulness into 6 categories, each which play a vital role in being balanced mentally, physically and spiritually.
1. Being mindful of your health
2. Spiritual mindfulness
3. Being mindful at work of in your career
4. Social mindfulness
5. Recreational mindfulness
6. Being mindful in your surroundings – your home
We will discuss these categories over multiple articles in an effort to not overload you with too much information at once :)
1. Being mindful of your health
When being mindful of your health you are making yourself fully aware of how you're feeling physically (and mentally).
Mindful Eating – Through mindful eating, you are taking control of your eating habits. You are intentionally making decisions based on the food you put into your body which in turn may promote weight loss, reduce binge eating, and help you feel better.
The fundamentals of mindful eating involve:
- Eating slower
- Appreciating your food
- Only eating until you are full
- Being able to distinguish between actual hunger and mere cravings or even eating out of emotional response
- Being aware of the effects that food has on your feelings and figure
Mindful Exercise – What exactly does mindful exercise involve?
You’re paying attention to your body: your muscles, pace, breathing, resistance, and tension. How does it feel to get out of your comfort zone and twist and stretch beyond your usual seated or standing positions? How do you feel emotionally? Are you energized and determined, or are you feeling tired and maybe needing a minute to refresh? Listen to your needs, and push or protect yourself accordingly.
Be mindful of your thoughts too. Do you have a drill sergeant in your head? Are you comparing yourself to the person at the gym next to you? Stop! Fitness, health and well-being is a journey, not an accomplishment designed to be obtained in one-day.
2. Spiritual mindfulness (Prayer)
We couldn’t state it any better than Mindworks; “spiritual meditation is the mindful practice of connection to something that is greater, vaster, and deeper than the individual self. It may seem paradoxical, but the path to that connection passes through honest self-reflection. While there are many meditation techniques that look to increase spiritual awareness, they all require an attitude of integrity and authenticity when looking at ourselves and how we view the world. Different religions practice meditation in different ways. Mindful practice isn’t limited to any particular faith or religion – anyone can follow a guided spiritual meditation. The blessings of spiritual meditation have a ripple effect: as our awareness and spiritual confidence increase, so do our desire and ability to be of benefit to others.”
At Kallima Lifestyle Clinic we place emphasis on spiritual mindfulness connected and based solely on Christianity and Christian Principals. We use the Holy Bible as our compass that directs us in our relationships with those around us and how we choose to conduct ourselves within our business, daily.
Keep an eye out for our follow up articles that will cover the remaining 4 categories of mindful living!
At Kallima we want to help you learn how to live a mindful life “on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”, whether it be for weight loss purposes or for creating a stronger inner-you. To book your appointment contact us on 0824193976