M is for…
Mindfulness, Minddumping and Memory
This is something I’ve mentioned before but I thought it deserved more attention.
In January I took part in the ‘a river of stones’ writing challenge, that asked us to really pay attention to one thing each day and to write a small stone about it. See my previous post ‘Skimming Stones into 2011’ for details.
The resulting book ‘pay attention’ is now available from lulu. I have linked to the paperback but it is also available as a download or hardcover.
As we grow ever busier in our daily lives we race around, jump in the shower and don’t feel the water on our skin, scoff down food so we don’t taste it and do two or three things at once, never truly being ‘in the moment’ of any of them. This is where Mindfulness comes in. This is growing in popularity as a therapeutic tool and should be something we can try and incorporate into our everyday activities. When was the last time you stood outside and breathed the air in deep, felt a flower petal or leaf, looked at the picture on the wall of the room you’re in? Kids can be good teachers for this.
Another useful tool can be something I like to term minddumping. This is basically an outpouring (it can be a verbal offloading to a friend) of everything that is on your mind. I think I’m in need of this. When I do I will write a to do list (it won’t always help me get everything done but it will help me take stock and feel a little more in control), I might also write about what I’m feeling or just put pen to paper and scribble away. This latter thought can be a useful tool for creative writing too, and is often called freewriting.
I have to say this blog is a useful place for a minddump (sorry about that guys) and it may become increasingly handy as I progress in my PhD. For me it also serves as a great Memory aid. I enjoy going back and reading things I’ve written (fictional and otherwise). It helps me remember things I’ve done or seen. I was at my parents house tonight looking for a children’s picture book I have vague recollections off reading (It’s about a party in a castle where everyone gets a number and they have to climb the stairs to find the step with the same number. On the steps were a box with food in. That’s all I can remember but if that rings any bells for anyone please let me know). I didn’t find that book but spotted another called The Tovers, I don’t remember the story but I remember the picture.
Do you minddump? What are the benefits for you?
How could you/do you incorporate mindfulness into your day?
Are any of my OTs using mindfulness in practice? How?
Do you know the title of the book I’ve mentioned above or how I can find it (I’ve tried Google!)