Day 5 – Mindful Relaxation

Welcome to Day 5 of the mindfulness challenge. Today we’re going to examine mindful relaxation.

But before we do, let’s take a moment to reflect on how far you’ve come.

You are on the final day of the challenge!

Congratulations!

Are you excited?

Today we’re going to be talking about the wonder and beauty of mindful relaxation.

Reflection:

It’s very easy to go through life feeling RUSHED.

Moving from one thing to the next, not stopping to THINK, to breathe, to reflect.

Id you’re like most people, you’re always hurried, never peaceful.

You are always moving, never RESTING.

A person that never stops will eventually BURN out.

Over time, your mind will crash, your body will collapse.

Mindful relaxation allows you to actually live your live by being present.

This will allow you to truly LOVE your life.

This self-love will help you enjoy more peace. 

Mindful relaxation will allow you to stop and appreciate the things you already have.

To simply enjoy the life you are living here and now – in the present. 

When you practice mindful relaxation, your days become more peaceful and contented. 

Action:

Set aside 5 minutes to practice mindful relaxation. Of course, you can go longer, but start with just 5 minutes.

Choose a comfortable place to sit. It doesn’t matter if that’s on a chair in your living room or outside on the grass.

Take several slow, mindful breaths. Let yourself experience the air moving through your throat and mouth , just like you did when you practiced mind breathing on day one.

Feel your breathe as it fills your lungs.

Do a body scan.

Are there any areas of tension?

Try to breathe into those areas and let them soften and relax.

Take note of the all the things happening around you.

Do you hear birds singing? 

Are people around you talking?

Are cars driving near you?

Concentrate fully on those sounds.

Don’t judge what’s going on or wish they were gone.

Simply observe and accept them.

Pay attention to your surroundings.

Feel the seat or ground under you.

Is the wind brushing against you?

Does the sun feel warm on your body?

Mindful relaxation means letting the sensations of simply being where you are wash over you.

Continue to breathe slowly, attending to each breath as comes in, being fully present as it goes out.

As your time for practicing mindful relaxation comes to a close, choose to stay fully present.

There is no rush or hurry as you practice mindful relaxation.

The more time you can make for this practice throughout your day, the more at peace you will become.

Since this is your last day of this 5-day challenge, please share your experience.

Was it hard for you to simply “BE” for 5 minutes?

How did you feel after your time practicing mindful relaxation was up?

Congratulations on completing the mindfulness challenge!

Tomorrow I’m going to send you a wrap up so you can see what’s next.

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