Day 20: Labelling.
Welcome to day 20 of this mindfulness Advent calendar. Today I’d like you to work with your breath again and just stay present with every in and out-breath, just as you did a couple of times by now. Follow your breath from the moment it enters your nose until it reaches the lowest part of your belly and stay present with it all the way back. You also may want to count your breaths. After a while you will get distracted by physical sensations or emotions (=feeling) or by thoughts (=thinking). Whenever you realise that you got distracted, just curiously look at what distracted you, label it with either “feeling” or “thinking”, let it go and gently bring your attention back to the breath. Don’t try to “catch” feelings and thoughts and just label them when you get completely carried away.
How are you feeling now? This technique is part of my daily meditation practise and I hold it close to my heart, since it taught me not to believe everything I think and feel.
I wish you a lovely 20th of December and will be back with more mindfulness tomorrow.
Advent season is supposed to prepare us for Christmas and bring calm, light, and joy to the dark winter days. However, December is one of the busiest months for most people and it seems almost impossible to find some rest. That’s why Heartbridges Writings has created this mindfulness Advent calendar. You will find a daily post with a picture and a suggestion for a small exercise, that should grant you a moment of calm even on the most stressful day. For more information check out my first post on the calendar.