Finally, our thoughts can consume us. We believe in them so firmly that nobody else should think otherwise or we will challenge them to a heated debate. This 'my and mine' become more obvious when we are angry. If you look at your anger, which part of the body is angry?
I've spoken to a lot of wonderfully inspiring people for the 'behind the scenes of creativity' podcast that I've been making
Waiting sometimes seems to take forever. And what do we do while waiting for someone or something to happen? Eat, drink, talk, listen to music, watch tv, bite the nails, send messages, get annoyed, pick an argument with someone, stare aimlessly at whatever is in sight - anything to relieve the boredom and frustration.
While there has been much written about mindfulness since it was introduced as a third wave cognitive behavioural therapy in the UK almost a decade ago, it is often still thought of as the ability to simply "zone out".
When I wasn't working in the past I'd feel obligated to start cramming myself with information; what disasters are happening in the world war-wise, airplane-crash wise, inflation-wise, hurricane-wise and Jeremy Clarkson-wise; the list is endless. When I don't work I start feeling like, "Dear God, who will want to see me if I don't have news or gossip to spew out?"
Who do you want in front of your kids for over 500 hours of their formative years - a stressed, intolerant screeching banshee or a calm, compassionate and flexible human being with a sense of humour?
Try meditation to help you slow down - to spare your heart and cardiovascular system from wear and tear due to stress. When you practise meditation, the awareness of your breathing or bodily movements becomes enhanced.