Matamata Chronicle

TAHA HINENGARO

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In te reo Ma¯ ori our hinengaro is our brain. This represents how we feel emotion, how we process our thoughts and communicat­e with others. Ultimately our hinengaro tells us how we see ourselves and others in this world. There’s a lot of ko¯ rero (talk) about mental health and what we can do to look after it.

We’re gonna have a little wa¯nanga (discussion) and I’m going to share a few things I do for my taha hinengaro.

We hear a lot about working out at the gym and eating clean to look after our tinana (physical health), but what do we do to look after our hinengaro?

There are many ways we can train our minds and one tool I use is meditation.

It’s like working out your brain muscles; not only does this allow me to connect to my breath, but it also gives me time

to sit back and check in with myself, what thoughts I may be attaching to and how I’ve been feeling lately.

This is an easy tool to use because even if you have a thousand things to do, all you need is one minute.

One minute of checking in with yourself each day can impact your whole mood! If you have a bit more time on your hands you might want to try a longer meditation or chuck on a guided meditation from YouTube.

It’s important we find time each day to look after our hinengaro, even if it’s just for one minute.

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