Is traditional meditation overrated? Discover how everyday activities like housework and hobbies can be more effective in calming your mind and achieving mindfulness!
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Are you an English learner struggling with an over-active mind? Discover the secret to calming your thoughts while improving your language skills in this captivating lesson! By listening to this podcast, you'll not only learn valuable techniques to achieve a sense of mindfulness, but also expand your English vocabulary with unique and fascinating words.
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The mind is everything. What you think, you become.
⭐ This quote is widely attributed to Buddha.
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Are you ready to discover the secret activities that could calm your mind and improve your life? Read on, and we'll reveal them to you! In this podcast, you’ll not only enjoy great English listening practice but also explore an interesting topic that could help you relax, clear your mind, and sleep better.
Many learners overlook the importance of engaging in listening practices and mindfulness techniques, which can significantly improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and promote a better understanding of the English language, leading to more natural and confident speech.
You may be surprised to learn that doing housework can be soothing in times of stress or high anxiety. This may come as a surprise because housework is often considered a mundane or tedious task. However, by engaging in repetitive tasks, like housework, you can release the energy built up due to the fight or flight mode, making it a potentially helpful way for you to cope with anxiety and stress.
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
⭐ Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher and author.
You'll find the most valuable part of the video is the discussion about various activities and hobbies that can help you calm your mind and achieve mindfulness. I share personal experiences with gardening and painting, and encourage you to find your own activities that can act as a form of meditation or mindfulness.
One advantage to this type of lesson is that it seamlessly integrates mindfulness techniques with English listening practice. By engaging in this lesson, you will not only enhance your vocabulary and listening comprehension but also develop a calmer and more focused mindset. This unique combination helps you achieve better language retention and, ultimately, leads you towards true English fluency.
This lesson is also valuable because it offers alternative methods for those who might find traditional meditation or mindfulness difficult, and it encourages you to explore your personal interests to find mental peace.
- This lesson tackles the worry of not being understood by helping you develop clear pronunciation and smooth speech, enabling you to communicate confidently.
- The lesson explains mindfulness techniques that teach you how to calm an over-active mind, so you can focus on learning and applying your new language skills effectively.
- This lesson's engaging listening practice exposes you to authentic British English, ensuring you blend in seamlessly with native speakers.
- The captivating content sparks your curiosity, making language learning an enjoyable and fulfilling experience that keeps you motivated.
- The lesson continually challenges you, ensuring you keep making progress in your language journey, overcoming plateaus and pushing towards fluency.
A unique English lesson that not only enhances your fluency but also delves into mindfulness techniques. Explore this engaging lesson, where you'll pick up new words and expressions, all while discovering the hidden connection between language learning and inner tranquillity. Ready to embark on an enlightening journey towards English mastery and a calmer mind? Let's get started!
This English lesson is like a soothing cup of tea for your mind, simultaneously calming your thoughts and brewing your fluency to perfection.
- What is the main goal of this lesson? The main goal of this lesson is to teach you how to calm your over-active mind while enhancing your English fluency through engaging listening practice and mindfulness techniques.
- What are the mindfulness techniques mentioned in the lesson to calm an over-active mind? The techniques mentioned include going out into nature, going for a walk, doing housework, engaging in hobbies like gardening or painting, talking to someone about your thoughts, journaling, and using distraction like watching a film, reading a book or listening to a podcast.
- How does listening to this podcast help with learning to speak British English fluently? By listening to this podcast multiple times, you expose yourself to spoken British English, natural pronunciation, vocabulary, and sentence structures, which will improve your language understanding and speaking abilities.
- What is the 500 Most Common Words Course mentioned in the lesson? The 500 Most Common Words Course focuses on teaching the most common words in English, making it easier for you to understand and follow the podcasts. By mastering these words, you will improve your English fluency. You can find the course on the Adept English website under the 'Courses' page.
- How can engaging the five senses help with mindfulness? Engaging the five senses (vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste) helps bring you into the present moment and makes you more mindful. By focusing on these senses, you can escape from over-active thoughts and experience calmness.
- Meditation: using a technique to focus and clear the mind
- Mindfulness: focusing on the present moment and your surroundings
- Gaze: to look at something for a while, usually with interest or admiration
- Soothing: providing comfort or relief in a difficult situation
- Journalling: writing down your thoughts and feelings in a diary or journal
- Whirl: to move round and round very quickly
- Distraction: something that takes your attention away from something else
- Landscape: a type of painting or scene that shows natural scenery, such as fields, mountains, or forests
- Kite: a light framework covered with paper or cloth that is flown in the air, usually at the end of a long string
- Roam: to move or travel around without a specific purpose or direction
Hi there. Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you have trouble switching off your thoughts, perhaps especially at night? What’s recommended often in the UK for people who are stressed and whose minds are too active - ‘meditation’ and ‘mindfulness’. ‘Meditation’, MEDITATION means ‘using a technique to focus and clear the mind’. And ‘mindfulness’, MINDFULNESS is just the modern version of this, where you focus on the ‘here-and-now’. Mindfulness isn’t associated with religions like Buddhism, whereas meditation is and is an ancient practice. The problem is many people find meditation and even mindfulness very difficult to do. And in fact, people who take meditation very seriously spend their whole lives trying to work at it, trying to get better - no wonder it’s difficult. So let’s have a look today at other techniques, other ways of ‘calming your mind’. If you have the problem of an ‘over-active’ mind, let’s look at what else you can try to help yourself. In this podcast, you’ve got great English listening practice as well as an interesting topic - and you never know, if may just help you clear your mind and relax.
Hello, I’m Hilary, and you’re listening to Adept English. We will help you to speak English fluently. All you have to do is listen. So start listening now and find out how it works.
So a definition of mindfulness? That’s MINDFULNESS - mindfulness is ‘living in the present moment’, with all your attention on what is around you. Not thinking of tomorrow or next week, or further ahead, but just experiencing now. I’m sure most of you have tried this before - and the problem is that your mind can just keep taking you away from the here-and-now. Your mind is busy and it wants to think, it’s hard to control. Your mind is used to ‘doing its own thing’! If you stick with meditation or mindfulness, you do become better at it - and there are very clear benefits. But what else can accomplish nearly this same state of mind? Other ways of ‘being mindful’, you might say.
Number one way of freeing up your mind? Go out into nature. And in particular, ‘broaden your gaze’. So ‘to broaden’, BROADEN means ‘to make broader’, ‘make wider’. And your ‘gaze’, GAZE means ‘your looking, your staring’. There is a verb ‘to gaze’ as well, which means ‘to look at something for a while’, usually because you’re admiring it or you’re surprised by it, or it pleases you. So when you’re out walking, what naturally happens is that your gaze broadens. This is good for the mind - and has the opposite effect of being on your computer or your mobile phone, which ‘narrows your gaze’. Go out into nature, look up at the sky, look at the trees. It’s especially good if there is somewhere with a view - where you can see a greater distance, maybe even feel the breeze on your face. This has a positive effect on us all. And being in nature, as I’ve spoken about before, has the effect of calming us down and distracting us from our constant thinking.
Closely related to ‘going out into nature’ - going for a walk. We talk about ‘going for a walk to clear our head’. The action of walking, putting one foot in front of the other seems to do this for us. We’ve got a clear action to focus on - and as we move slowly along, we see and experience different things along the way. Mindfulness is often about engaging our five senses. That’s ‘senses’, SENSES. And by this we mean vision or seeing, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Perhaps on a walk, you’re less likely to taste something, unless you’re lucky enough to find some berries or something good to eat. But it’s very possible to engage the other four senses - focusing on what we can see, touch, hear and smell is a great way to bring us into the present moment - and make us be more ‘mindful’.
Inside the house, another thing which can be soothing in times of stress or high anxiety - doing the housework. What? I hear you say! Well, sometimes people do find ‘soothing’, that’s SOOTHING from the verb ‘to soothe’, SOOTHE - ‘soothing’ in repetitive tasks. If you’re anxious about a job interview or a meeting, then you are probably somewhat in ‘fight or flight mode’. Your body is creating energy, so it can be difficult to sit still. Using that excess energy to do repetitive tasks, things that don’t require your full attention can be very helpful. Doing something physical can release the ‘fight or flight’ energy. And repetitive tasks, especially housework - it’s for everyone of course! But being patient and paying attention to small jobs and doing them well and to completeness - can be soothing in times of anxiety.
Just pausing there for a quick word about the Adept English 500 Words Course. If you’re following our podcasts, but you find them difficult, then doing the 500 Most Common Words Course will help you. This course focuses on the most common words in English - so that you can make sure you know them very well indeed. The most common words in English account for a high percentage of what we say, in each sentence. So if you know these words, you’ll start to find the podcasts much, much easier. Doing the course will improve your English. If you’re interested, you can find that course on our website at adeptenglish.com - click on the ‘Courses’ page.
Another way to achieve mindfulness - it’s really good to find hobbies or interests - activities that you enjoy, which take your mind away from your thoughts. As you may already know, gardening is one of my passions, my interests. I like it for all sorts of reasons, not least because it’s about the natural world and nature - and it’s very much about senses for me. I like a garden that looks nice, smells nice and has birds singing in it as well as providing food and homes for animals and insects. I like to grow things, put plants together that look nice. But one of the reasons why I like gardening is the action, the activity of gardening. When I’m out in the garden, I’m busy physically, my body is busy, but my mind is calm and empty. For me, my mind automatically switches off when I’m gardening. It’s just about whatever physical task I’m doing. And I’m lucky, because that happens automatically - I don’t have to try. If I’m doing other activities, I might listen to something like a podcast at the same time. But never when I’m gardening - part of the pleasure and the benefit is my ‘quiet mind’. So I would say that for me, gardening is a type of meditation.
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Another activity which I enjoy, partly for the same reason is painting. ‘To paint’, PAINT in this context means ‘to make art’, usually on a canvas with paints and brushes - I like acrylics best. I don’t get to do as much painting as I would like - I usually say ‘because I don’t have time’. But painting - and my preference is landscape, LANDSCAPE - painting also has the effect of switching off my thoughts. There’s nothing going on in my head other than where to put the next bit of paint. So this is another activity which brings me benefit because it relaxes me by switching off my thoughts. Painting is for me another type of mindfulness or meditation.
Now clearly not everyone will have the same experience with these two activities. But most people have some kind of activity that has this function for them. It’s worth identifying for yourself - what activity do I enjoy because it switches off my thoughts? For some people it will be ‘going out for a run’ or maybe playing a sport or something creative. Even something like ‘flying a kite’, that’s KITE is good, because it demands your ‘here-and-now’ focus. Lose focus for a moment and the kite may drop to the ground. It’s worth thinking about this question - ‘Which activities calm my mind?’ - as it means that you can use them, when you need them. You can benefit too from having ‘a calm mind’ and an activity which naturally brings some ‘mindfulness’ with it.
Also important - if your mind is ‘whirling’ because there are all kinds of half-formed thoughts, it can be a good idea to have a conversation with someone about it. That verb? ‘To whirl’, WHIRL - and it means ‘to move round and round very quickly’.It’s what our minds do sometimes! But talking to someone else may help you sort it through, formulate perhaps what you need to do and in what order. But if a conversation with someone else isn’t an option, or isn’t an option right now, a good second is what I call ‘journalling’. The verb ‘to journal’ means to ‘write down your thoughts and feelings’ - as you might in a journal, JOURNAL or ‘diary’, DIARY. ‘Journalling’ means finding the words to express what you feel, taking time to write it and express those feelings. Often when people journal, they find the feelings move along and shift, which can be useful. This I would also call a form of ‘mindfulness’, because here you’re paying attention to what you feel and giving it expression.
Lastly, don’t underestimate the value of ‘distraction’. The word ‘distraction’ means ‘something that takes your attention away’ - ‘distraction’, DISTRACTION is the noun and the verb is ‘to distract’, DISTRACT. If your mind is whirling with all kinds of things and it’s hard to switch it off, don’t underestimate the power of a book, a series or a film with a good story to act as a worthwhile distraction. Often when we stop or the film ends, it’s moved us into a different thinking space. And don’t underestimate the value of podcasts to do this for us as well.
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You can listen to a podcast while you’re doing other things, but it makes sure that your head is occupied, not left to ‘roam free’. You can’t use distraction all the time - your thoughts and feelings are important, so you need to attend to them some of the time But distraction can be a very useful tool to switch off those busy thoughts, switch off that busy mind.
Let me know what you think of this podcast. And I’d certainly love to hear what your ‘forms of mindfulness’ are. What activities put you into a mindful place? And of course, don’t forget to listen to this podcast a number of times - so that your English language understanding will improve!
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
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