Mindfulness: November

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As you may have noticed, I’ve been taking a bit of a blogging break in the run up to Christmas. Life has been a bit busy lately and I was struggling to find time to think, never mind write about the things I was thinking.

I’m going to continue the blogging break until the new year when I hope to be back with new thoughts and new challenges, as well as my usual health-related musings. In the mean time, you’ll get two more 2015 posts from me to finish off my year of mindfulness.

The suggestions for a mindful November from Yvette Jane’s 365 Days of Mindfulness were intriguing and a couple of them really appealed to me. The one I chose to focus on is:

IF YOU ARE A PASSENGER TODAY,
APPRECIATE AND ENJOY THE EVER-CHANGING PASSING SCENERY. 

I love this tip because it’s one of the few suggestions in this book that, for me, takes no effort whatsoever. Plonk me on a train for a couple of hours and I am immediately at peace.

When I was younger I used to be a bit nervous about trains, and I still don’t get much pleasure from being shoved around a packed tube platform in rush hour. But, if we put the 8am commuter trains aside, then I find rail travel one of the most relaxing things in the world.

I first realised the effect trains had on me when I was going through a bit of a tough time a few years ago and was feeling quite stressed and upset. I was traveling a lot for work at the time and every time I got on the train I found a window seat and watched the hills roll by as I sped from one end of the country to the other. Sometimes I listened to music, other times to podcasts, sometimes I read books and other times I simply sat with my thoughts. I soon realised that those journeys were the only times I felt comfortable, relaxed, and looked after. I have never found myself restless or infuriated on a train – not like in cars and planes, which I find are all about the destination and less about the journey. I’ve cried to myself on trains more times than I can remember, but I’ve also made some of my most sensible decisions somewhere along the East Coast mainline. Whilst I wouldn’t quite class myself as a railway enthusiast, I would certainly say that trains are the link to my inner calm and, therefore, this mindfulness task was nothing but a pleasure to adhere to.

I’ll be back after Christmas with December’s mindfulness post. x

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