Mindful May Challenge #1

We want to give the mind a job as we begin to gently slow ourselves down. Coming into the present moment with the mind in observation mode allows us to step into third person style viewing.

A neat little trick of self-awareness.

Let’s start!

Have some pen and paper ready

  1. Find a time that suits you morning, day or night. Get into a comfortable position that you can stay in for a couple of minutes
  2. Close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath
    1. Breathe in gently to the count of FIVE
    2. Softly hold your breath for the count of FIVE
    3. Release slowly your breath for the count of FIVE
  3. Repeat this cycle of breathing x EIGHT
  4. When you finish, write down what you notice about yourself e.g. heart rate, tightness in the body, softness, relaxed, frustrated, relieved, thoughts, feelings, sensations etc

You have just finished 2 minutes of being mindful in your day.




11 replies
  1. Mayu.H
    Mayu.H says:

    It took me for sometime to reach to this page, however the timing was just perfect. Whenever you face to your time of change, whether it’s been triggered with your will or not, to witness your truth in you is an enormous help to take a step forward. These challenges are gently pushing my back to guide to a better place.
    Even though you’re not standing on a turning point, nice to have some good check-ups.
    I’ll keep up with other challenges in my pace.
    I would like to share my deep gratitude to Simonne and admire her love for everyone beyond species.

  2. digi cam
    digi cam says:

    I do accept as true with all of the concepts you’ve presented on your post. They are really convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. May you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

    • simonne
      simonne says:

      There are 10 exercises in total – have a look at the rest of my blogs. Each exercise starts to move deeper into mindfulness and increase length of time and focus.

      I’ve kept them short specifically for newbies. The more you can do these short exercises, then you can lengthen each step by a few minutes at a time. So if one is 5 minutes in total – add 2-3 minutes for each step.

      Let me know if this works for you 🙂

  3. tips
    tips says:

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It is the little changes that produce the greatest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  4. Gold
    Gold says:

    First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Kudos!

    • simonne
      simonne says:

      For myself, writing is a practise like meditating. What I usually do is focus on my breath moving in and out of my body. Once I feel settled with this, I imagine the soles of my feet connected to the earth and begin breathing from soles up to the top of my head. If you’re familiar with your chakras, then I use my breath to expand my third eye and crown chakras and start writing. The first 10-15min of writing can be clearing these channels and if you keep going, you’re flow will begin. The more regular you are with this practice, the easier it becomes to write. Let me know how ou go with this 🙂


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