Take a Mindful Breath ….


Mindfulness of the Breath ……

Here you can try and exercise that will talk you through the four stage mindfulness model that was used to inform all the sewing practices in this project.

Look at the diagram below and you can see how we used the sensory feedback from the sewing as the primary object for the attention (the colour, the movement, the texture). Of course, the mind wanders (as it does when we are doing any task). When we are in the creative mode, much of that mind-wandering relates to comparing our work with others, judging ourselves against some internal or external standard, or just getting lost, thinking about other stuff.  On noticing this (either independently, or with the help of some guidance from the facilitator), the task is to release from that chain of thought and re-focus on the sewing experience.  This process trains the same three neural networks that we need to engage to develop mindful awareness – the attention network (focusing attention), the default mode network (when we starting thinking about “stuff”) and the salience network (the network that alerts us to the fact we are no longer focusing on the thing we intended). We re-engage the attention network to get back to the task at hand.  This is the exact same sequence of events that happens in a mindfulness of the breath practice.

 

 

Mindfulness of the breath is a common starting point for many meditation and contemplative traditions. You cannot attend to a breath from the past or the future, so if you are watching or attending to your breath then you are in the present moment.  Looking at the diagram below you can see that we start with the intention to attend to the breath. Two seconds later the mind wanders, then after some time, we notice the mind has wandered. Then we have a choice…stay with what the mind wants to do, or re-engage the attention network, drop the thinking chain and get back to the breath.
You can read more about this model in Dr.Tamara Russell new book #whatismindfulness.

 

Or Try this short Meditation Here

 

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