Mindfulness isn’t just about meditation. We can use it in our daily lives to help ourselves in certain situations. Take nerves, for example. The other day I had to give a talk to 18 people. I felt nervous for the whole morning before the talk, going over and over my notes until I sent myself into a panic. My heart was racing and I suddenly had the overwhelming fear that I couldn’t do it.
However, just before the talk, as I waited for people to come into the room, I decided that I needed to be mindful. I stood tall, both feet firmly on the ground and inhaled slowly and deeply, in through my nose and out through my mouth. I repeated this three times and felt the calming effect almost instantly. As people began to drift into the room I smiled, and not only did that put them at ease, but also myself. When we smile we lift our spirits instantly.
I also chose to enjoy the moment. It’s not everyday that we get a captive audience, who are keen to hear what we have to say. So, better to make the most of it, mindfully.