Maybe it’s just my line of work but the word mindfulness is thrown around as frequently as “exercise” and “nutrition”. We have all heard it BUT my question is, do you actually know what it is? And my next question is, do you know how to practice it and reap the benefits?
Oftentimes, concepts like mindfulness or even meditation get connected to something that may seem beyond ourselves. If you can’t conceptualize the benefit of doing something and immediately getting a return on your efforts, it’s hard to commit. Human nature, I get it.
Hear me out, we all have the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, AND not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess; it’s more readily available when we practice it. Like a good fitness program, mindfulness involves different forms of training, each with a different focus and emphasis.
How to get started?
There are so many ways to bring mindfulness to your everyday life. Mindful meditation is the most common practice. There are also other ideas beyond meditation to practice throughout your day like eating, exercising, spending time with friends and family, and completing simple every day tasks. Most of the time we live life in auto-drive and rarely slow down. Try these ideas on for size:
- Limit phone time around family and friends
- Eating Meals: Sit down to meals at the table, enjoy your conversation and actually taste your food.
- Practice breathing, especially belly breaths help with adverse or stressful situations.
- Listening to others can deepens trust and understanding.
- Exercising without music, books or podcasts, try focusing on your breath, the rhythm of your foot steps, the strength in your muscles, or the form and movement of your body.
- Engage your senses in nature; smell flowers, put your hands in dirt, stand barefoot in the grass, swim in a lake, let the sun shine on your face.
Simplicity is key. Focus on your goals and what you want out of life. Utilize mindfulness to pave the path to more connectedness. Ask yourself, how can you be more mindful in your everyday life?
Steeping in Mind Fullness,