Friday, 18 December 2015

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Which way round do you fold your arms? Which foot or leg goes over the other? If you carry a bag over your shoulder, which side do you favour?

There are two reasons for asking this. The first is about habit. We develop our own little preferences about how we carry ourselves, which then become habitual.
The second reason is that these habits become comfortable. If something is of comfort, why change it?
Some habits, though, can be altered by re-training your own perceptions.
I’d like to suggest a mindfulness exercise for you to practice, to help you realise the potential of how you can be in control of your habits. Next time you go to fold your arms or cross your leg, tell yourself to go the opposite way. Whilst doing so, notice any thoughts or feelings, even an awareness of thinking “I don’t like this” but not holding any self-judgement of this. Try this for a couple of weeks and see if you notice any differences in how comfortable you feel, and how you feel about changing a habit.
Once you’ve done this, you could try applying these mindful techniques to other areas of your life where you have fallen into a habit that maybe you’d like to change.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this, and your experiences, so please post your comments!

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