Raising Elves

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Three minute mindfulness


This is the first of a series of three minutes of peace I am taking for myself and hoping you might join in too.

So, if you find a quiet moment or are having one of those days and in desperately in need of one, try to switch off for just three minutes.

Invite the kids to lie down and just relax (this may or may not work depending on their energy levels). Elf will take or leave these moments and I can never predict when she will get involved.

If you are at work, pop your earphones in and face the light (if you are lucky enough to be at a window or working outdoors).

Become aware of your breath. Take a few deep, slow ones then regulate it to what is comfortable.

Imagine the air being like a deep green mist and you inhale it, bringing it down itno your heart. Imagine this green light is cleansing your inner being similar to how our green trees clean our air. Soaking up tension, frustration, imbalance and replacing it with relaxation, peace and perfect balance.

photo credit: blmiers2 via photopin cc

photo credit: blmiers2 via photopin cc

Be aware of your shoulders. Tense them up and then let them go. Do this a few times until you get a sense of calm.

Plant your feet on the ground. Imagine you are a giant oak tree and your roots are growing from your feet deep into the Earth.

Visualize your mind sinking down into your heart, your heart opening like a beautiful flower. And just stay put in this moment for a couple of minutes.

Today, this song really brought me down to Earth:


If you are not into sitting down and stopping, you can still do this exercise. I do it every day when I am out walking. Tell me, what centres you?


10 thoughts on “Three minute mindfulness

  1. What a bliss-filled post. I am definitely doing this; I’m constantly berating myself for not meditating etc etc, but never have the time. Three minutes I CAN do! Xx

    • Oh if I had all the time in the world I probably still wouldn’t meditate. But I do love my 3 mins. I find that now I just automatically feel my body offloading the minute I am in nature after practicing this little visualization for years now.

  2. Lovely post and great idea, when you suggest just three minutes I think we can all do that!

    • It’s amazing how quickly we can re-centre ourselves. As a hyper-active type I could never partake in long periods of meditation or relaxation but I learned very quickly that intention is more important than time.

  3. Just reading this I felt a sense of relaxation overcome me. I think I need to take those three minutes everyday and just do this for myself.

    Thanks for linking up to my blog hop #WhereRainbowsEnd

    Fiona @ http://www.dollydowsie.com

  4. I love a little bit of meditation and relaxation. Great idea and everyone has 3 minutes. Nice blog found you on Dolly Dowsie’s blog hop.

    • Thanks for taking the time to visit. I’ll see you over on DollyDowsie. I find three minutes is much easier to commit to and it definitely helps me day-to-day.

  5. Oh I need to do this and I will try! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Visiting you from #whererainbowsend blog hop!

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