Mindful Maps Taupo
mindful awareness of our local spaces reveals new sensory landscapes
Take Notice! What can you do this week to strengthen your well being?
Notice the natural and town environment around Taupo - the smells, the sounds, the objects and forms and activities that make-up your experience of each moment as you move through your ordinary day
Then use Social Media and your own personal mindful experiences to build-up a totally new map of the "secret" sensory profile of our familiar urban landscapes at the Mindful Maps page on this website!
Map it on Social Media: Post your visual records of mindful experiences via the website. Throughout the week a layered map, illustrating your personal experiences of mindfulness while walking our town, will create a new living map of the "hidden" sensory landscape of our familiar local environments. See Mindful Maps page on this site.
Post photos of your Mindful Walks on Facebook,twitter or Instagram #MHAWNZ (age limit of 13 and over) and be in to win daily and grand prizes, including a $799 Nikon Camera, in the Photo Challenge:https://mhaw.nz/compsactivities/wellbeing-photo-challenge/!
Try some Mindful Colouring and prizes of $100 in the children's Colouring Competition!
Wednesday September 25
drop-in 10am - 3.30pm
Mindful Walking and Mindful drinking and eating are versatile yet powerful ways to settle our turbulent thoughts and emotions and ease into our bodies and the simple flow of the present moment.
For millions of people who practise mindfulness it is one of the things they make time to do every day. It is not a big deal or something difficult to do – but it does involve one thing that can be very, very challenging for us as we rush through our busy lives. Pausing - slowing down and choosing to notice exactly where we are, in any given moment.
When we train in mindfulness skills we learn to Pause and do this many times during the day. It can be as little as 30 seconds. But it involves actually stopping. Un-hooking from the world of thinking inside our heads and paying close attention to what is actually present in that moment....
Not your plans for tomorrow, not what someone said to you yesterday, not the constant chatter of that little voice in your head - but the world that is there around you.
So, join us during this Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, at Taupo Museum's Ora Garden and re-connect more deeply with the bounty and richness of the very special natural environment we have here in Taupo!
Drop-in from 10 am to 3.30 pm and take time to share a Mindful Cuppa or a slow walk on the Labyrinth path with local mindfulness practitioners and cultivate some moments of gratitude for the cool spring air, for the simple abundant wonder of it all as you take a break from your busy schedule.
Put aside your thinking and worries for a little of your day and just allow your body to soften and relax as it moves in its natural ease through some simple daily activities.
This is one of the many little mindful moments we can choose to put into our day - that have the power to re-wire our brains for better mental health and unlock our natural well being!
Dig deeper into this year's themes:
The five Ways of Well-Being:
Good reads! https://mhaw.nz/explore/good-reads-2/
Some NZ Research on the topic:
And try the
MHAW Wellbeing Photo Challenge!
With daily winners plus a Nikon Camera worth $799!