Six steps to being mindful at Brimham Rocks

Mindful yoga at Brimham Rocks near Ripon.

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice anything around you. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Below are some simple steps on how to try out being mindful at Brimham Rocks.

​Mindfulness is scientifically proven to help people cope with stress, improve comprehension, aid with concentration and generally enhance mental health. The good news is that it is easy to give it a go and get started.

  1. You can practise mindfulness anywhere. Take a seat on a rock that feels calm and quiet and devote a little time accessing your mindfulness skills.
  2. Set a time limit. If you are just beginning it can help to pick a short time limit, such as 5 or 10 minutes.
  3. Pay attention to the present moment. Is the wind blowing? Can you hear birds singing? Is there a smell of wildflowers in the air? The goal isn't to quiet your mind, rather just to be in the moment.
  4. Feel your breath. Follow the sensation of your breath as it comes in and goes out.
  5. Your mind will wander, but this is not a bad thing. It is all about noticing that the mind has wandered and bringing it back to the present moment - the gritty rock under you, sunshine warming your face, the buzzing bees.
  6. Be kind to your wandering mind. Don't judge yourself or obsess over the content of the thoughts you find yourself lost in. Just come back to the present moment.

That's it! Just give it a go and the more you practise the better you will get at returning to the present moment.

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