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Magical everyday moments - recognising them strengthens our mental health

If we consciously go through our everyday life, concentrating entirely on the here and now, we can experience so many things that caress our soul: the wind on our skin, the view of a free, wide sky, a smiling greeting from person to person, brief yet sincere encounters. Even going to the supermarket can hold many of these magical moments for us, as long as we are attentive to them.

Sky cloud blue a ray of sunlight breaks through gently kisses my skin

(Haiku by Nora Hille)

Mindfulness helps to achieve gratitude for one's own existence

When we are caught up in stress, we are not able to perceive it. Adrenaline flows through our body. Job, problems and worries, household or children are in the foreground. Even hobbies that we actually love can cause leisure time stress if we allow ourselves too little time out. In the worst case, we forget to feel ourselves, our bodies and our needs. This is where the concept of mindfulness comes in: if we are completely present, we feel them, these magical, tender moments, experience our environment with all our senses. This allows relaxation to spread in our body and gratitude in our heart for our very existence. For it is often precisely these small perceptions that make us happy and give us joy.

A moment lasts three seconds

If I listen to the word "moment", I think it must be the short moment that lies between two blinks of an eye. It is known from brain research that our brain reconstructs our perception every three seconds from the sensory impressions it takes in. Fascinating, isn't it? Because that also means: every three seconds we have the chance to experience something wonderful.

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In her current column "Mental Health: Recognise the magic of the moment", written by Nora Hille for the online magazine FemalExperts, she describes a trip to the supermarket that unexpectedly turns out to be a string of such magical moments and invites all readers to also discover the magic of the moment in their own everyday life.

About the author

Nora Hille, born 1975, married, two children. Studied history, literature and media studies. 12 years working in the field of communication/PR. Retired for health reasons. Writes as an affected person and experience expert on the topics of mental health and mental illness. Is committed to anti-stigma work, i.e. against the stigmatisation (exclusion) of mentally ill people in our society for more togetherness, tolerance and equality. She also writes literary essays, poems and short prose.