It's that time of year when a lot of us are on holiday, or looking forward to getting away from it all soon. So should we also take a holiday from our mindfulness practice while we are away? There is a tendency to think that when we are on holiday, relaxing and enjoying ourselves, we don't need to find time to meditate. Then before we know it, the holiday is over and we are back to reality as if we were never away.
In my experience, taking a few minutes every day while I'm away to just be with whatever is happening at the present time is a really valuable activity. It seems much easier for me to find ten minutes a day in which to practice, than a longer period of time less frequently. We know that habits are formed when we repeat something over and over, so little and often is the key to building a regular meditation practice.
Mindfulness is about being accepting of all of our experience whether pleasant or unpleasant. Being mindful is not just for when we are at home in our busy and stressful day to day lives, it's just as important to acknowledge when we are having pleasant, fun and relaxing experiences. So have a good holiday and really experience it while you are there, instead of relying on a photo album to remind yourself later.
We're off on holiday ourselves for the next couple of weeks and taking a digital detox, so we'll be back in September.
Jo is a director of Mindful Future and an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher. Breathworks is one of the leading Mindfulness organisations in the UK