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Mindfulness and Meditation are not the same thing.
I feel like these two words get confused and used synonymously all the time.
As we are about to launch a new product that includes a daily mindfulness practice – I thought it might be a good idea to get some clarity around it.
Let’s do some quick definitions to get us started;
Meditation; to focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
Mindfulness; a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Now I want to tell you a little bit about my own experience with both.
Meditation – for me – took A LOT OF PRACTICE. Like it took me going to a 4 day ALL day meditation workshop where I meditated for 9 hours each day (seriously we started at 6am and finished at 6pm and just had short breaks) to really get it.
And I did get it and back then – when I had the time to integrate that into my daily rituals I freaking loved it.
I was up at 4am every single morning and id start the day with 60-90 mins of meditation.
That quickly became my daily minimum requirement.
Then I had another baby.
And I discovered almost overnight – that things were going to change.
I was loving my long quiet morning meditation practice so the idea of letting go of that, was hard.
At that point in time it didn’t feel like anything less was going to be enough.
Fast forward 2 and a bit years, lots more reading, experiences and life later, and I now have a much more balanced and ‘whole’ point of view.
Ease is where it’s at.
If what I am trying to achieve is not cultivating EASE for me and my family, then I’m out.
I still love a long meditation and when I do get the chance to sit and balance all my chakra’s with Joe (my meditation guru and teacher Dr Joe Dispenza) – I jump at the chance but on a daily basis – in my life as it is right now – that’s just not an option that cultivates EASE.
This is because meditation (for me and most other people I know) requires solitude, silence and preferably no interruptions.
That right there, can make meditation feel unachievable for most of us.
But guess what.
The me that didn’t believe that I would ever find that bliss bubble experience without my intensive morning ritual – was wrong.
Turns out simple, daily practices can have the same – and in my case – even more profound benefits than a block of morning meditation.
When your life situation means to have an hour or even 30 minutes to yourself uninterrupted equals LOADS of organisation and other people and their schedules etc – then it kinda takes the ease out of it if it’s a daily occurrence.
So, when I felt the call to give more back to myself – to invest more in self-care than I currently was – I decided to start with the short (once considered too short) 15-minute meditation and to read.
Not just any old book. Something that captured my attention and left me feeling better than when I started reading.
The book I chose changed everything.
It’s A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
And guess how he makes change feel???
Fuck it feels good to have someone who really knows his shit tell you it’s that easy.
Here are a few of the gazillion things he says that hit me right in my solar plexus.
“being aware of your breath forces you into the present moment – it is the key to ALL transformation”
“the ego may be clever but it is not intelligent. Cleverness pursues its on goals and intelligence see the larger whole in which all things are connected”
“just be aware of the ego. Simply being aware of it decreases its power. You need not do anything at all except be aware”
That – right there.
Just being aware is the key.
There is nothing else you need to do.
Thank you, Eckhart, because like you, I am already doing SO much.
So in essence, he is saying that it’s as simple as connecting an awareness of your breath to everyday habits.
Washing the dishes, be aware of your breath.
Driving the kids to school, be aware of your breath.
Standing in a line waiting, be aware of your breath.
Going to the toilet, be aware of your breath.
Brushing your teeth, be aware of your breath.
Cleansing your skin, be aware of your breath.
This then creates space between all of your thoughts and that space, is where peace and EASE reside.
And that my friends, is MINDFULLNESS.
One of the most exciting things about reading this book is this is EXACTLY what we have been working on here at Bubbles with our new product range Skin Potions.
Skin Potions is not just skincare.
It’s skin MINDFULLNESS.
It’s like having a little Eckhart with you while you clean your face.
It’s taking the opportunity to mash up some mindfullness – some conscious breathing – with your skincare.
We are all (well I assume so if you are reading this) already taking the time to take care of our skin at some point every or most days. Some of us do it twice a day.
What if we decided to use that time more consciously…??
We recently asked 10 of our favourite people to use Skin Potions for 6 weeks and to report back to us on what they thought.
We are almost finished the 6 weeks now and here is just a snippet of what a few of them have had to say;
“for a chick who doesn’t really love baths…. I’m taking 2-3 a week now as a HUGE ‘ahhhhhhhh’ at the end of both good and ‘tricky’ days”
“I’m using and LOVING everything skin potions. I ADORE the information postcards. They are magic, and I’ll be using them religiously from now on…”
“I love the earthiness of them all and I just mix up whatever I want in my jojoba pretty much daily – something is shifting – I’m not sure how to explain it but I feel more balanced and calmer than before I started using them”
We cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on this stuff.
It’s been a long time coming but trust me – oh so worth the wait.
If you want to be one of the first to know more about this new paradigm in skincare then please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch as soon as they are available.
Sending BIG love to you all for a fabulous sunny weekend.
Till next time.