I have been thinking about what the practice has given me. One of the things is a kind of sanctuary – a sacred 'space' within my day. The walking is good exercise, too. Apparently, recent studies have shown that regularly walking for just 30 minutes every day can make a difference to your physical health and mental wellbeing. It cuts the risk of premature death by a third, prevents dementia and improves your mood.
The mindfulness has an impact too. The more I do it, the easier it is to do. And the result of regularly inhabiting the mental space that it creates is that there is more 'space' around just about everything in my life. There is space around emotions so I can respond rather than react. Instead of being jerked around by whatever mood or event hurtles through my life, I am able to pause and choose what to do.
Do you have a sanctuary? I recommend you claim one for yourself. Getting out into nature does wonders for the spirit – even without practising mindfulness. Just letting the wind brush your face and inhaling the sharp salty seaweed smell of the ocean. It calms the mind. If you can't get out, you can think of a place you love and go there in your mind's eye.
I hope you are having a very calm and pleasant Tuesday.
Connect with me on Instagram @mybeautifulskyphotos and Facebook.