What does being mindful mean to you? For most of the people I have talked to, they think of meditation. That is only part of it. Below I want to share five of the ways I have found that works for me and my clients. I would to hear your feedback on whether any (or all) have worked for you. You do not need a lot of time for these:
- Create a Morning Routine: When you wake up, take the time for deep breathing. In through your nose for the count of 4, hold for the count of 4 while visualizing this clean air working through your body, then exhale for the count of 4. Notice the quietness and the sunlight creeping through the blinds. Stretch your body to your comfort level. Now you are ready to get out of bed to start your day. This may take 10-15 minutes.
- Be Present: Notice what is going on around you. Engage all of your senses, whether you are walking, driving, or riding a bicycle. Take in all the beauty around you. The trees, sky, people walking, and grass. It is life moving along. If you are not paying attention, you may miss out on a great opportunity.
- Eating with Purpose: Instead of just eating because the food is just there, take the time to savor your meal while chewing at least 30 times. That is a difficult one for me but I am working on that one. You will be satisfied if you bring in all of your senses while you are mindfully eating with a purpose.
- Be Kind: When you are kind, you are being mindful. This involves being present to the other persons needs or concerns while being kind about it. This means that you must release any expectations that you may have. Do not even expect a thank you..that is still a condition of your kindness. Most people will be gracious and so this is your opportunity to be kind again. Telling them “you’re welcome” allows them to give you some kindness back. Accept the thank you graciously with a warm smile. Saying anything to the affect of (no problem, no worries, it is ok), you are downplaying their kindness.
- Journaling (Writing): There is something so therapeutic about writing all of the random thoughts that are coming from my head, Sometimes they make sense and sometimes not, but being mindful in your writing meaning being mindful and aware of what your soul is trying to tell you through your writing is the key. No judging or analyzing.
All of these tips are not only ways to be mindful, but these tips will help your health by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, releasing muscle tension, and overall feeling better just to name a few.
These are just some of the tips and tricks we will be talking about during my course, “The Mindful Experience: Balancing the Peace Within Your Mind, Body, and Spirit. This course will help you find simple ways to bring mindfulness into your day.
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