What is mindfulness? People think this is a very confusing term. It is quite simple, you know.
Mindfulness refers to paying attention to only the present moment, without using judgment. This definition was given to us by Marsha Lucas. She’s a psychologist and the author of Rewire Your Brain for Love.
Ways to Have a More Mindful Day
1. Practice mindfulness while you perform basic activities
Try being aware of the daily basic things you do on autopilot. This was stated by Ed Halliwell, a co-author of the Mindful Manifesto.
You need to pay attention to the present moment as you take a shower, brush your teeth, walk to work, and every typical basic thing in between. Tune in to the sound, taste, sight, and feel of these activities. You’ll notice they are quite interesting activities.
2. As you wake up, practice mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness should be the first thing that should be done as you wake up from the bed. This is because it will help you set the tone of your nervous system, which you would use for the rest of the day. The goal is to have more present moments in the day. If you notice you start dozing off, practice just after breakfast. Gently carry on with your daily activities. Don’t rush. Calm down; you’ve got a lot of time to handle things without being in a hurry.
3. Allow your mind to feel free and wander
On a good day, your brain and mind are natural wanderers. They are curious. They are like a puppy or a toddler. That’s a very good thing. Having a busy brain is like having a stable, flowing income. The benefits of having a busy brain are that you’ll let your mind roam free and then bring it back to your steady consciousness.
4. Be mindful several times a day
Our brains respond better and faster when there are several pops of mindfulness. Being mindful several times in a day would help you better than going out for the weekend or having a long conversation. Starting a few minutes in the way would go a long way in helping you than trying to be mindful for an hour. You’re going to get stressed out and tired of being mindful. And remember that’s not the goal here.
5. While you’re waiting, you can practice mindfulness
These days, life is so fast-paced. We want to do every single thing in a hurry. So waiting in queues becomes extremely frustrating. It could be you waiting in traffic or being stuck in line. This might seem like a nuisance, but this could be one of the best times for you to practice mindfulness.
As you wait, think about how you’re breathing, the taking in, and breathing out process. Allow these moments to flow in and flow out and let every other thing simply be. Even if you’re feeling impatient or irritated, know that will pass and know peace.