Guest series: Mindfulness and Me #1

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As some of the regular readers may know one of the main aims of this blog is to inspire other busy parents to give Mindfulness a go.

Not only do I feel passionately about championing a mindful approach to life, having experienced the benefits firsthand but I also find the positive impact it has had on relationships, and family life in general, extremely motivating too.  Also, the more I teach Mindfulness to young people the more I realise that it has more chance of becoming integral to their lives if their parents are understanding and supportive of Mindfulness and model it themselves.  Hence why the Mindful Mummy Mission was born – a way  to promote minmymindfulnessroutine_2dful living, bust some myths about Mindfulness, and take it more ‘mainstream’.

However, a very happy and unexpected by-product of the blog (and something I am extremely grateful for) is that I have become acquainted with some lovely like-minded bloggers who have some fabulous blogs of their own.  I decided that their voices would add weight to my pro-Mindfulness campaign and so the ‘Mindfulness and Me’ guest series was born.  The series is a chance for other bloggers to explain how they have incorporated Mindfulness into their busy lives and why it is an approach to life that they value.  If this sounds like something that you would like to participate in then please do contact me by completing the form below.      It is also a chance for us to have a great insight into how flexibly Mindfulness can be applied to our lives.  The idea for this series was first conceived from the somewhat tongue-in-cheek interview which I did with my hubby recently.  You may want to read this here.

Catie from Diary of an Imperfect Mum is our first interviewee.  I am very grateful to her for starting the ball rolling and taking the time to answer my questions about her own experiences with Mindfulness. Below are the questions and Catie’s responses.

  1. When and how did you first come across Mindfulness?

I am a chronic over-thinker. I first read about Mindfulness in an article and thought ‘that sounds like something for me’. Having a son with additional needs changed me, I had always been quite a reactive person and I think subconsciously I started applying mindfulness techniques when dealing with my son as I had to learn to stay calm during trigger moments.

  1. What were your initial thoughts about it?

I initially downloaded an app and tried to follow the exercises during the day. This did not last as I kept putting off the exercises and then started to feel stressed that I hadn’t done what I was meant to do and in the end I deleted the app.

  1. How has Mindfulness helped you personally?

I think Mindfulness has been a positive influence in my life as it has enabled me to explore those judgments I carry around. I realised that I was incredibly harsh on myself. It was particularly helpful when I went through a hysterectomy last year. Even in those really difficult first few days I was able to use Mindfulness to stop myself feeling overwhelmed.

  1. How do you fit Mindfulness into your busy life?

I like to be out in nature and the beach is my go to place.  I take a moment to let my eyes and body take everything in. Taking photos has enabled me to be more mindful. I always say looking at my life through a lens gives me a clearer perspective. It brings me an objectivity. I also make a mental note of my happiness moments during my day.

  1. What are your ‘go to’ – informal or formal – practices (if you have them)?

For me it is not about the practices as such it is more about the art of being present and I try to bring Mindfulness into my life as much as possible, bringing it into my daily activities, including the housework. I think Mindfulness has been most helpful to me in my trigger moments.

  1. How important do you think formal meditation is to someone who is trying to approach life mindfully?

I will be honest and say that this is something that I struggle with. I have downloaded the Mindfulness Daily app and I am hoping that this time I will have more success.

  1. How would you like to extend your Mindfulness practice further?

I want to make guided meditations a daily practice.

  1. Do you have friends or family who use Mindfulness techniques too?

I recommended it to a friend ages ago and she has recently had some therapy which used Mindfulness and now she is on board too.

  1. What ‘top tips’ do you have for someone thinking of trying Mindfulness for the first time?

Don’t be put off, it’s not just for creative types and don’t think that you don’t have time. It’s amazing how quickly it becomes part of your everyday practice.

  1. Who would you recommend Mindfulness to and why?

Anyone who is an over-thinker.  It may really help.

I’m sure you agree it is great to get someone else’s perspective on Mindfulness and what it means to them.  Good luck with the aim of increasing the frequency of your guided meditations Catie and thank you so much for taking part in the ‘Mindfulness and Me’ guest series.  If you’d like to read more from Catie who is an expat living in Holland, writing honestly about the realities of parenting and also campaigning to raise awareness of Autism then please head over to her blog or follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Next time I am very excited to be welcoming Lucy from What My Fridge Says for ‘Mindfulness and Me’ #2 so please look out for this post. Please don’t forget to complete the contact form below if you are interested in taking part in this series.  Bye for now x

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  1. November 24, 2016 / 5:47 am

    I’m very honoured to be your first guest poster on this fabulous series and look forward to reading the other posts. Thank you for having me on your super blog! 🌸

    • November 24, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Thank you so much for doing the Q&A – soooo appreciated and such good answers that I think so many people will find interesting and helpful. xx

    • November 25, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      Popping back to say Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

  2. November 24, 2016 / 10:07 am

    This is a great idea for a series and I will look out for future installments. It will be nice to have a wide variety of views as to how people incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives, and is sure to give me new ideas. #familyfun

    • November 24, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Thank you for the words of encouragement. You are very kind and I hope the series does prove useful to people. xx

  3. twotinyhands
    November 27, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    What a great idea getting others to tell us of our experiences. I can’t say I practice it but I’m definitely beginning to understand it from reading your blog. I like Catie so glad she was your first one 😀 Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    • November 27, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Ah thank you and pleased you appreciated Catie’s participation – she is so lovely. So pleased the posts are informative. x

  4. December 3, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Great first guest post and Catie is an inspiration to me as a blogger and a mum. She always appears so in control, think I need to take on a few of her mindful ideas #eatsleepblogrt

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Yes I was so pleased to get Catie on board and she was so sweet doing it so promptly for me – such a lovely lady and indeed an inspiration to us all. xx

  5. March 14, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Posting other peoples’ experiences is an excellent idea, and very helpful. Thank you!

  6. mackenzieglanville
    November 26, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I agree with how we need to stop and be mindful during our day, it is sometimes those mindless tasks that we take no notice of and yet mindfulness can really bring us back to the moment we are in. #TheSatSesh

  7. November 26, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Love this idea for a series… It’s always interesting to see how others fall into things, like mindfulness. I was lucky that I read a book called, Mindset. The school staff was reading this so I though I would dive in too. I am working hard at mindfulness, kind of oxymoronic, but true. I want to do what I can to be present. No easy task with so many things to distract us. I will be on the lookout for more interviews! #thesatsesh xoxo

    • onamindfulmummymission
      November 26, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks Lisa 0 Mindset by Carol Dweck is excellent. I know what you mean about the contradiction of working hard at mindfulness! Really good luck with trying to just ‘be’ more. This is an old series but if you ever want to take part to let me know – I’d love to hear more about your own mindfulness practice and I’m sure others would too. xx

      • November 26, 2017 / 10:32 pm

        I will! Thank you! Let me think on that! Xx

  8. December 2, 2017 / 8:37 am

    It’s great to read of her experience with mindfulness and that she hasn’t given up. #thesatsesh.

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