How often are you still through out the day? Do you feel you always have to move – be on the go? Is it tough to sit and be still – through out the day for you? We are a society of: overstimulation, more information, social media, caffeine, technology, etc. We have moved away from the hunter and gatherer society to everything at the touch of our fingertips. We almost never have to leave our house or smartphones to get anything we want. Our brains / monkey minds go so fast, we have trouble focusing in on basic tasks, such as the present moment. Take time out to sit with the, TV and computer off, and see what it feels like to be in quite time. You might actually enjoy the experience!

Keith Mitchell is hosting a Mindful Fitness Festival in Highlands, NJ on Sept 12 & 13, 2015 – with various offerings on both days: Mindful Fitness Event, Introduction To Mindfulness, Mindfulness For Athletes, Mindfulness For Family, etc. I will be teaching 2 yoga classes – ‘Mindfulness For Athletes’ – Sat Sept 12th @ 5pm & Sun Sept 13th @ 5pm (Experience the combination of yoga and meditation to enhance health, and performance. Perfect for athletes from all sports). Please check out the website & sign-up for some of these amazing events: Mindfulness Fitness Festival

Yoga and Meditation can lead to Stillness / Mindfulness: Being aware of your breathing is one of the the main keys to mindfulness (awareness of breath – AOB, conscious breathing). Being still is both an art and science. Staying in a yoga pose a few extra breaths is stillness. Meditating on a comfortable seat is stillness. Beyond these their are a few others – Where do your thoughts and thought patterns take you? How do you slow the monkey mind and become still? Overtime we can get more in-tuned with our own consciousness but the mind is never completely still. Through meditation we can become more aware and learn to slow down, somewhat control our thoughts. Even in meditation, we use words or mantra’s to create focus to come towards greater stillness. In sports, playing in the zone, is as close to stillness and mindfulness that an you can get as an athlete.

Stillness: The quality or state of being still (without motion / rest), silent, quietness, silence, calm, inactivity, absence of noise or disturbance, calm, release, relaxation, abstention of speech, absence of disturbance or molestation, tranquility, peace, security that which appears.

Mindfulness: The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Is the intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment, which can be trained by meditational practices.

Book Recommendation: Meditation For The Love Of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience – Sally Kempton