As some of the regular readers of this blog may know one of my main aims of the posts is to inspire other busy parents to give Mindfulness a go.
Not only do I feel passionately about championing a mindful approach to life but 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 too. Hence why the Mindful Mummy Mission was born – a way to promote mindful 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.
I am very pleased to welcome the lovely Lucy from What My Fridge Says as our second interviewee following on from the success of Catie’s post that you can catch up with here. I am very grateful to Lucy for being so encouraging of the series when I first mentioned it to her and for taking the time to answer my questions about her own experiences with Mindfulness. Below are the questions and Lucy’s responses.
- When and how did you first come across Mindfulness? Originally through a teachers’ reading group in school, but like a good sticker book I desired more knowledge and am always looking for that shiny sticker of wisdom.
- What were your initial thoughts about it? That it’s perfect for the educational environment. We aren’t just teachers of subjects, we are role models of the world.
- How has Mindfulness helped you personally? I guess its centred me, when the world gets a little too much and ‘my mind is full’ I go back to the simple principles and connect with a more mindful me.
- How do you fit Mindfulness into your busy life? In my work life I have to practice what I teach and at home the practice doesn’t stop because I have my number one student; my son. Its not really about making time, its almost the opposite – I begin with a mindful me and from that place my busy day begins.
- What are your ‘go to’ – informal or formal – practices (if you have them)? I feel like I should write meditation but I actually prefer practicing gratitude. Formally I keep and journal and informally I begin my lesson with a question usually related to a mindful aspect.
- How important do you think formal meditation is to someone who is trying to approach life mindfully? I don’t. I mean its fab but I think there are smaller components that are easier to digest first before meditation. I wouldn’t ask a runner to begin with a marathon, instead I’d begin to incorporate small runs, appropriate footwear and before long the length of the runs would increase. Mindfulness is just the same – there are many small practices that you can do – it’s addictive because you see results and before long you are practicing meditation marathons (with a lot less sweat and way more satisfaction).
- How would you like to extend your Mindfulness practice further? …remember that marathon?
- Do you have friends or family who use Mindfulness techniques too? I do. Like minded people are attracted to each other, so even if my loved ones don’t explicitly practice mindfulness – they have naturally mindful in their approach to this crazy world.
- What ‘top tips’ do you have for someone thinking of trying Mindfulness for the first time? Start small and realistic and then build your empire from there. Any other approach becomes much like a diet…that you are always ‘going to start next Monday’.
- Who would you recommend Mindfulness to and why? I want to write anyone, but I think really its designed for people who are aware that the way they experience the world isn’t working for them. The label can have a stigma, so I don’t always associate with it (just like feminism in a way) – I’m not really into catergorising people. If you think it may be for you then that’s enough.
Such wise words from Lucy and and thank you so much to her for taking part in the ‘Mindfulness and Me’ guest series. We’re so lucky to learn a little more about the woman behind the fantastic What My Fridge Says blog. You are guaranteed to feel uplifted once you’ve visited it. You can also follow Lucy on twitter, facebook and Instagram.
Next time I am excited to be welcoming Sara from Mind Your Mamma for ‘Mindfulness and Me’ #3 so please look out for this.
Also, please don’t forget to complete the contact form below if you are interested in taking part in this series otherwise feel free to pop your comments in the comment section after the contact form.
Bye for now and thanks for reading x