This morning I decided to take my bike out rather than going for my usual run. The fields are so wet for running and I decided that a change would be good.
I took quite a hilly route so that I could get a good work out in and I was out for about 45 minutes. This was plenty of time to remind myself how easy it is to be pre occupied with thought whilst we exercise.
I had already done my meditation and so was feeling pretty tuned in to my thoughts and feelings. It almost felt like a continuation of the exercise as I used the opportunity to keep bringing my attention back to the here and now. It was a mindful ride!
Each time I noticed that my mind had wandered I took note of where it had wandered to. It surprised me that I was often taken to thoughts concerning the busy roads and the big hills I had to face.
So many of us worry about exercise, even when we enjoy it. Whether it is before we go or whilst we are actually doing it there are plenty of potential concerns to get our thoughts going off on all sorts of tangents.
By getting into the habit of asking yourself how things are, you can change this temptation to be drawn into negative thoughts.
Whenever you remember to ask ‘How are things now?’ you will be brought back into the moment to see how things are.
When I do this I find that most of the time things are good. Most of the time I am somewhere I can see beauty and so I appreciate it. Most of the time I am happy and well and this makes me pleased.
By recognising all of these positive as often as we can we really do think ourselves happy and we enjoy everything we do more.
If you think you could do with more tips to be mindful in everyday life book onto a Revitalise Session. Life will seem so much lighter!