#LifeHacks Tools for Mindfulness with Alison Canavan

Hi – it’s Alison Canavan and I’m delighted to be teaming up with Griffith College as part of their#LifeHacks series. So today I’m going to talk about bringing mindfulness into your life and what that really means. I’ve been practicing meditation for over 20 years and it has brought so much to my life but now I bring mindfulness into my daily life which is really just becoming present in the moment that we’re in. We can do this in so many ways. The best way to do this is through using our breath. Our breath is possibly the most powerful tool we have but it’s the one that we don’t use. And it’s free and accessible to us all. The time when I returned to college 6 years ago my greatest fear was ‘Am I too late?’ ‘Am I coming to this all too late?’ I find the workload quite overwhelming as well and as somebody who has struggled with anxiety most of their life… I really needed a coping tool and a mechanism. I like to have a little toolkit
and I try to stuff it with as many tools as possible and mindfulness has become one of my favourite tools. It’s portable you can take it anywhere with you and you can go to it anytime you need it. So I used to sit in college worried about you know ‘by the time I finished this course I’d be 40 years of age’… ‘Have I missed the boat?’ ‘Everyone else is younger than me’… ‘Am I going to be able to cope with the workload because I’m a working mom and I’m trying to run a business’ and all of these thoughts were racing around in my head and I wasn’t present. I wasn’t present in that moment. So what I have learned is that we all have different timelines in life and we will all go through many different stages and most of us these days will have multiple careers. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that it’s never too late. It’s never too late to follow your heart and do something you love. I’m still studying where six years later I’m not showing any signs of slowing down and the one thing that I use is my breath. So if you’re struggling to bring yourself into the present moment and really connect with yourself – go to your breath and use your breath. It can be as simple as taking three really deep breaths in the moment simply by counting in for four and out for four. So let’s try it now together . So that’s kind of in four four two three four and really release in that item two three four and again for the count of four and release and every time you breathe in I want you to imagine breathing in beautiful fresh clean energy into your body and when we release we really release out all that used-up negative energy

Jerry Heath

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