The Art of Being Mindful

Rachel C @ 2022-02-10 12:18:38 +0000

“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.” Louis L’Amour

Today seems like the perfect place to start! Mindfulness isn't difficult – we just have to remember to do it. 

Being ‘mindful’ has become a real buzz word, yet many of us are still grappling with what it actually is and how to achieve it. In brief, Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, as well as bodily sensations. And whilst sounding like a bit of a mouthful it is often used as a therapeutic technique. Views on it vary...

  •  Some are doubtful, perhaps even mocking
  •  Some are really into it,
  •  Some are hermetic, placing faith in its word
  •  Some are just hopeful ...

Whatever your persuasion, it could be interesting to have a go, and try it out.


And the perfect time? - Well, brushing your teeth could be just that moment! Showering and toothbrushing are great mental spaces to engage in creative thought, or practice mindfulness rather than worry about the day or week ahead.  In a world full of planning, anticipating, reviewing past events, and doing, doing, doing, your dental routine is a great space to break that - and just be…

Fun fact - did you know that it was in front of a bathroom mirror that Clement had the truly genius idea of NOICE? But this is a story for later. 

Whilst we hardly want to pigeonhole ourselves as self help gurus on oral hygiene, we found some really interesting information from dental specialists that we would love to share.

According to Dr Fern White, an Australian dentist who practices mindful dentistry the most effect method to practice mindfulness whilst brushing is as follows:

Breathe through your nose, slowly and deliberately.

Relax your neck and jaw.

Loosen your grip on the toothbrush. Feel the bristles moving over your teeth and the gums.

Taste the toothpaste.

As you rinse, breathe deeply through your nose. Notice your clean teeth.

Feel gratitude for your teeth and all that they allow you to do — chewing, smiling, speaking.

It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? - Somehow though, the simplest things are often the hardest!. Unless you are used to meditating,  it’s easy to get stuck along the way, to allow your mind to wander,  and you wake up to find you are vigorously brushing round and round in one spot ‘angsting’ about something! Some of the most diligent brushes are actually the worst - religiously scouring that invisible plaque like grubby victorian children being scrubba-dub-dubbed in a tin bathtub. 


Mindful toothbrushing is a bit of an art! The basic steps require practice - self composure - and making a gigantic leap away from ‘stress brushing’ - (which really isn't great for your teeth). It promotes brushing gently and thoughtfully in the moment -  appreciating the taste of your toothpaste for what it is. (For us, that's easy - Noice creates a crystalline-botanical experience in your mouth - like biting into a sensory glacier) - Enjoy the  cleansing sensation of the bristles circling and cleaning each precious tooth, working carefully and methodically around their curved surfaces, into the joining crevses and along the gum line. You may even let out a surprising giggle as the brush sweeps over your gums in a tickling sensation you had previously, blocked - overridden in order to just ‘get the job done’  - It's all about really appreciating having teeth and opportunity to spend time looking after them - being kind to your teeth!! - because they’re kinda important for you.


As you rinse out the last remnants of hopefully great tasting toothpaste, you realise how it creates a wonderful refreshing boost for your day, or calm way to wind down and prepare to rest.

 

There are only 2 days in the year when nothing can be done, one is called ‘Yesterday’ and the other is ‘Tomorrow’ - the XIV Dalia Llama

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