This is an easy mindfulness exercise and can be done any time throughout the day. It follows on smoothly from point one from The Tranquil Mind mentioned in my previous post. Take a moment right now to try this!!
Check your watch and note the time. For the next sixty seconds your task is to focus all your attention on your breathing. It’s just for one minute, but it can seem an eternity. Leave your eyes open and breathe normally. Be ready to catch your mind from wandering off (because it will) and return your attention to your breath whenever it does so.
This mindfulness exercise is far more powerful than most people give it credit for: it takes some people many years of practice before they are able to complete a single minute of alert, clear attention.
Keep in mind that this mindfulness exercise is not a contest or a personal challenge. You can’t fail at this exercise, you can only experience it.
Use this exercise many times throughout the day to restore your mind to the present moment, to restore clarity and peace.
Over time, you can gradually extend the duration of this exercise into longer and longer periods. This is the foundation of a correct mindfulness meditation.
I have found this a useful practice not only for my developing awareness and journey to a more serene and mindful me, but also to realise that perhaps my listening skills have been less than I hoped and thought they were, that my focus and concentration in all areas will benefit greatly as I learn to work with my ADHD by using this basic exercise.
Source: Mindfulness Course, Tunbridge Wells 2013