the Reads: Mind & Spirit

Body on, mind off…

the Antidote to... mindless exercise

I ducked out of work at lunchtime today to give my body a burst of sun, water and movement. A proper lunch break I thought. But because I wanted to swim in the pool rather than through the thoughts in my head I practised what I’ve been reading in The Mantram Handbook and tried to do my newly adopted mantram while I swam. I was there to give my mind a break from the desk shackles as well as my body. Each stroke was matched with mantram (same thing as mantra – FYI you do NOT have to be of a religious faith, per se, to get huge benefits from them) and I cut through the water with a wonderfully clear mind. As an added bonus, my swim was more effortless than usual.

It was a true moving meditation that tones the old body as well as the old mind! Try it next time you are exercising, it’s a great way to kick off working with these magical words that as I say, carve the mind while your movement carves the body.

Where? Chiswick Riverside Health & Racquet club, Riverside Drive, Dukes Meadow, Chiswick, W4 (virginactive.co.uk; 020 8987 1800)

Cost? Membership starts from £150 per month, (joining fee will apply, call club manager for details).

Pool school
Sunshine boost

 

Mantram made easy

I ducked out of work at lunchtime today to give my body a burst of sun, water and movement. A proper lunch break I thought. But because I wanted to swim in the pool rather than through the thoughts in my head I practised what I’ve been reading in The Mantram Handbook and tried to do my newly adopted mantram while I swam. I was there to give my mind a break from the desk shackles as well as my body. Each stroke was matched with mantram (same thing as mantra – FYI you do NOT have to be of a religious faith, per se, to get huge benefits from them) and I cut through the water with a wonderfully clear mind. As an added bonus, my swim was more effortless than usual.

It was a true moving meditation that tones the old body as well as the old mind! Try it next time you are exercising, it’s a great way to kick off working with these magical words that as I say, carve the mind while your movement carves the body.

Where? Chiswick Riverside Health & Racquet club, Riverside Drive, Dukes Meadow, Chiswick, W4 (virginactive.co.uk; 020 8987 1800)

Cost? Membership starts from £150 per month, (joining fee will apply, call club manager for details).

Pool school
Sunshine boost