A few weeks back my PT, Kristy posted about going to “Make your Mind-full”, a Class Pass event at the Westin hotel in the city. I went along with her and two other chicks (meeting up for an amazing breakfast at Higher Ground first) – and had no expectations. So much so – I forgot to wear yoga gear/active wear and couldn’t do the Yoga session!
Aside from not wearing active wear, having no expectations walking into an event was refreshing. Usually I’m the kind of person that thinks for a while about an event, what I’m going to get out of it, why I’m attending certain sessions etc.
I’m not sure why I hadn’t really thought about the event prior – but it seems my mind was already preparing me to be present and focused for the session.
MAKE YOUR MIND-FULL
Let’s take a step back and chat about the event first. Class Pass held the mindfulness morning, starting off with yoga and meditation in the Foyer at the Westin. Masha from Happy Melon led the yoga class (which was beautiful), however my friends and I and a few others arrived just before the start time and had to wait for matts (it was chock-a-block full), and ended up doing yoga in the side section off the foyer (which wasn’t ideal).
After Yoga, we all broke off into three groups for one of three sessions,
1) Mind-Full of Focus with Emily Toner – Happy Melon
2) Mind-Full of Health with Manoj Dias – A-Space
3) Mind-Full of Happiness with Trevor Holland – Forward Thinking Company
I had signed up for “Mind-full of Happiness with Trevor Holland”. The session was fantastic, and I’ll talk about it more below.
After the sessions we all met up for refreshments (Kombucha, bliss balls and other goodies), before heading into a room to listen to a panel discussion on mindfulness from “mindfulness experts”, Omar de Silva of the Plato Project, Emma Maidment and Bree and Emma from Twosix Wellness on the real challenges they face and overcome in bringing mindfulness into their businesses and their lives.
MAKING MY OWN MIND-FULL
In my session with Trevor (who is awesome by the way – he delivered mindfulness & happiness in a fun, interactive and welcoming session) he asked as why we came along to the event and signed up to his workshop. I wanted to learn something new, make new connects and step outside my comfort zone.
Trevor had a way of leading the workshop, getting us to do a task & write something down – and then we’d discuss it. It was a clever way of finding out our own thoughts, before learning the ‘theory’ so to speak.
Immediately I learn to open myself up for further opportunities after hearing Trevor ask “Where are there are opportunities to build connection without being instructed to? If there isn’t, open yourself up and be mindful as to why.” It made me think, as a natural introvert & homebody that sometimes I have to open myself up on purpose and get out there (even if I don’t really want to) – because I know, that when I do – most of the time I end up having an amazing time.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
To me, it’s being present, focus and considered in my actions. I wasn’t far off, considering the dictionary’s definition:
- Physical Activity
- Intrinsic Goals
- Focus on what you have now (being present)
It was a great session, with time to work on each section and for everyone to write down “what physical activity makes you happy?”, “What are your intrinsic / extrinsic goals?” and being present in the moment and focus on what you have now (choice and discipline come from within), “What are you grateful for?”
My drivers for physical activity are running (especially in the country air/nature), going to the gym, scrapbooking and reading. I had to remind myself – that it could be ANYTHING that was physical – not just “exercise”. I’ve now set in plan some actions to do more of those things which make me happy.
Although, one important thing I took away from the session was that the session with Trevor was just about learning, it’s the action you take later that shift’s behaviour.
I wrote down a lot of extrinsic (outward focused) and intrinsic (things that build happiness internally) goals which I’m going to write down and pin up in my study & weekly diary.
Last but not least, writing down a list of people I’m grateful for was so rewarding – and I couldn’t help but to smile.
What are your tips for mindfulness? Did you go to the workshop?