Thursday, 16 January 2020

The facts are in on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Scientific studies have shown that it can reduce stress, improve your sleep and generally help with your outlook on life. Some studies have shown it can even help control pain.

According to the Buddha, meditation trains the mind to “not dwell in the past or contemplate about the future.” It lets the mind settle in the ‘now’ and allows us to see the beauty of the present.

So if you haven’t already jumped on the ‘mindfulness’ bandwagon, why not consider combining the benefits of being in the ‘present moment’ while contemplating the beauty of our outdoors.

And let’s be honest the Northern Beaches offers beauty and tranquil spots in spades.

Meditation experts say that early morning is best for OM time, but five to 10 minutes of meditation at any time of the day can help shift your mood.

So plan to head to one of our beautiful beaches, headlands, bushlands, waterways or parks – get in a nice walk and then stop to enjoy the beauty of the ‘present moment’. 

Here are our top pick of tranquil spots …where are yours?

  1. Narrabeen Lake has an abundance of tranquil pit stops along its 8km loop. Gazing out at the calm waters will surely still the mind.
  2. Dee Why Beach has sand dunes aplenty as it stretches its way to Long Reef. Hunker down next to the dunes and switch into relaxation mode.
  3. Yes, Manly Beach attracts the crowds, but there’s room for everyone. Position yourself on one of the beachside seats or perch yourself on the seawall – then chill while gazing out to the unending ‘blue’.
  4. Manly Dam has a beautiful network of bush tracks. Explore some of these and leave your cares behind.
  5. Take a walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and enjoy the stunning views along the way. Grab a spot at the top and take in the panoramic views of Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the Central Coast.
  6. North Head is a top spot for spectacular views of the harbour. Enjoy your ‘Om’ spot while contemplating the hustle and bustle of the Sydney skyline from afar.

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