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I’m really excited to share with you today a quick mindfulness exercise.

Mindfulness is about just noticing the present moment – it’s not about judging it or fixing it, just allowing yourself to drop into your body and notice what’s going on in the present moment. So wherever you are, whatever you’re doing – just take a moment and pause. You can be standing or sitting, moving or still. And just allow yourself to notice your breath. Just notice the sensation of each inhale and each exhale, the feeling of the air moving in through your nose and out through your mouth.

As you inhale, just take in something you need, and as you exhale release anything you don’t need. And then noticing your body – noticing your feet, noticing your legs, hips, shoulders, arms, hands, neck. Noticing the muscles of your face, just noticing if you’re holding tension anywhere. And see if you can breathe into any tight places.

And then just noticing your mind – there may be plenty of thoughts moving around and that’s totally fine. Allowing yourself to be aware of what’s moving, and if there are thoughts just letting them pass through your awareness. You don’t have to push them away or judge their appearance, just seeing the thoughts and then allowing them to pass – like waves on the ocean or clouds in the sky.

So that’s mindfulness – just noticing body, noticing breath, noticing mind. Hope you enjoyed, thanks for joining me.