Set up a mindfulness bellDaily actions can be mindfulness bells, reminders to stop and pay full attention. Choose actions you know you will be doing – in the kitchen, wrapping gifts – and let the moment make you fully aware.
A mindfulness bell is a technique which allows you to stop at intervals through the day, and pay attention to specific actions or things in full details. To practice this, choose a couple of ordinary activities that you do regularly. There's a list of suggestions below, but you can choose your own to fit the way you spend an ordinary day.
- Preparing food: If you're preparing dishes, whether ordinary meals or cooking ahead for Christmas celebrations, try and pay full mindful attention to all that you are doing. Christmas foods are often rich in flavours, smells and textures, but each activity and ingredient has its own qualities.
- Wrapping presents: Paper, scissors, ribbon, pens – you can focus on the sound and feel of the scissors as they slice through wrapping paper, or the feel of the paper itself. Take time to enjoy colour, scent and texture.
- Listening to friends: At any festive function you could choose the voice of a friend or colleague as a ‘bell' calling for full attention to what they are saying. Notice when you’re attention wanders and pay respect to the person and the activity of listening. Come back to the voice and hear what is being said.