‘There’s always a first time…’ my doctor said kindly and gently when informing me that I’d just had my first migraine attack.
‘Are you finding things unusually busy or stressful at the moment?’ he went on to ask.
Explaining my home and work life antics he just as gently replied ‘that will most likely be the reason then…..’
I left the emergency department at Moorfields eye hospital, armed with a new found focus on drinking more water, breathing more regularly, taking 5 minutes to sit down and do nothing (!), and ironically a strong commitment to do anything that would avoid a second migraine experience.
Logically I know what to do, but in the real world even these simple things I find difficult.
Inevitably along came migraine number 2… Ouch!
So – in search of mental ‘me time’ for both my health and my sanity I returned to a world I had briefly entered a few months ago. The world of ‘Mindfulness’.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose,
in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally”
Paying attention quietly and peacefully to the present moment… sounds lovely… right up my alley. Crikey it’s difficult though!
A few months ago I spent some time with a group of brilliant senior HR colleagues. Forward thinking, energetic and engaging people. We discussed Mindfulness.
In preparation for our meeting I had undertaken an online Mindfulness course, and spent a sunny Sunday in a basement with some Buddhist monks learning the basics of meditation. This alongside reading and researching the core principles.
We shared our experiences. The core principles surrounding Mindfulness made sense to us all and we agreed any reduction in stress, anxiety and increase in focus and present moment thinking would be of huge benefit (commercial and personal) for all concerned.
We all supported the focus on personal wellbeing and its’ direct impact on workplace happiness and effectiveness.
So the principles all have a big, bright, green light…
My battle remains with the ‘reality’.
I’ve been reflecting on what gets in the way. It’s not the time, as I can find the time to practise some Mindful activity should I choose to. So what is it?
Habit, Skill, Will, Capability, Capacity?
In search of a little ‘present moment’ free thinking time, I’ve found myself with another item on my ‘to do’ list. Must practise being Mindful…
Hmmn. Now that really makes my head hurt!
Any thoughts, ideas, tips, comments, observations very welcome!