surprisingly, many people do not take the time to be mindful of anything around
them. Surely, you’ve had an occurrence when you just found yourself lost
looking at the clouds, and feeling a great sense of joy.
best way to enjoy more of these spontaneous sessions of joy and appreciation?
Integrate mindfulness into things you do every day. Consider these 5 as great
starting points for your mindfulness journey:
Focus On Your Breathing-
Really Focus On It
on your rhythmic breathing pattern is one of the most basic forms of
mindfulness, but amazing nevertheless. Mindful breathing is excellent for
calming mental cloud or overwhelm, and helps you focus on the immediate
present. Focused deep breathing relieves anxiety from the future and past and
can realign you towards your goals.
Eating Your Food
meal is a masterpiece. It took a highly concerted effort of preparation,
cooking and presentation to deliver the finished meal. Eating should be treated
as such. Do not rush through your meal for the sake of it; instead savor each
and every bite you put into your mouth. Feel the texture on your tongue, the
aroma and tastes. The brain is also better able to process the meal, and you
are less likely to overeat.
waking up a stressful time for you? Does it include hitting the alarm off on
your phone or clock and hurriedly dashing to the bathroom? If so, your day has
just encountered the worst possible start. A little bit of mindful waking could
pave the way for a great day and it just entails waking up 10 minutes or so
waking from your alarm, take a few minutes to stretch and get the muscle
activated. Feel the deliberate expansion and contraction of each muscle group
as it is stretched and visualize them from under your skin.
hold on- we’re not going anywhere yet. The next few minutes involve mentally
going through what needs to be done for the day, but in an organized manner
that “calms” your brain from the likely stress you are to encounter when doing said
can be one of the most relaxing exercises you can do, both mentally and
physically, but sadly it’s just another way of hurriedly getting from one place
to another for most people. However, walking outside could be a surreal
experience for the senses, from the feel of a cool breeze on your skin, to the
serene rustling of leaves on trees or the fresh smell of spring or crispy tinge
of autumn. There are so many things to experience when walking, all it takes is
some mindful focus.
Having Deep Conversation
last can you honestly say that you had a real conversation- eye to eye,
visualizing the movement of lips as the person speaks, and free from
distraction of a smart phone, PC or Television? A very long time if you’re
telling the truth.
having a real conversation is an example of mindful listening. You are able to
understand what that person is trying to convey without them finishing a conversation,
because you are being mindful of cues they may be giving off. This is an
excellent exercise for strengthening relationships.
can include mindfulness in any number of daily tasks. The key is to truly put
your attention into it, and understand the moment. With a greater appreciation
for things, you become more mindful of the world around you and mindfulness
helps reduce stress, keeps you in the moment, and gets rid of that awful worry
that is generated that focusing on the future.