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Mindfulness for beginners

You don't have to be a meditation guru to achieve a state of deep relaxation. A few simple tricks are enough to make room in your head for what really matters, and to fully unwind.

‘I’ve had a full week behind me. Time to enjoy myself. I'll sit outside on the terrace. Oh, it’s a little cool. Just close the terrace canopy. Done in no time. Should I not still send that mail quickly? Otherwise I’ll immediately fall behind on Monday. OK, mail sent. Right, I’ve wanted to order that online for a long time. Now that I'm sitting here, let’s do it quickly.’ Is such a situation recognisable?

Scientific research shows that people who take the time to consciously stand still experience many psychological benefits: they are better able to deal with their emotions, they show increased resilience and experience more stress resistance. Apart from time and perseverance, mindfulness training requires few resources. With the following aids as a reminder, everyone can take a step towards rest.

 

Eat more slowly

Add the ‘attention’ ingredient to your next dish, and notice how your perception of this meal changes completely. View and observe what you eat, pay attention to the textures that you can discover, smell the hidden scents you hadn't noticed before. You’ve never eaten that consciously.

Do yoga

Rolling out the mat, paying attention to your breathing, slowly moving into the positions: yoga is a sport and relaxation method, where attention and mindfulness form the basis. Find your inner peace outside in your garden room with these yoga exercises.

Find your ritual

Steffi Vertriest: ‘One of my favourite mindful moments of the day is my tea ritual. I boil water, take some loose tea, and smell and hear how it changes when I pour water on it. Every step brings me to the here and now. ' For some people it’s pouring tea, for others it’s washing the old-timer on Saturday morning, or taking a walk with the dog early in the morning. Running through a ritual provides peace and reflection.

Project an image

Visualising an image is a method commonly used for mindfulness. Imagine a picture with which you personally experience a positive feeling: the alternating ebb and flow, a large tree where the wind has free rein, a babbling brook. Every time your thoughts start running around, bring your attention back to that one image.

Steffi Vertriest, one of the best-known Belgian yoginis, was invited to the Renson Concept House to share her moments of mindfulness. Watch the full video here.

Renson invited three influencers to the Renson Concept Home to introduce them to the Renson Outdoor experience: Gilles Draps, Inge Moerenhout and Steffi Vertriest. Interested in the other articles? Click here for more outdoor living inspiration.