Mindfulness is no longer a way of life reserved only for the spiritually wise or new age thinkers. Everyone is looking to mindfulness as a way to manage our stressful lives and constant busyness. How can we become more mindful while taking the tension out of attending?
The definition of mindfulness is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”. The practice of mindfulness involves being intentionally aware or ‘in the moment’ of your experience. While there are countless ways and varying degrees of commitment that we can make toward mindfulness, there are many simple ways of shifting our daily behaviour or perceptions that can transform our everyday experiences to help us feel more connected and present in our lives.
Accept what you feel:
Mindfulness doesn’t mean we have to feel joyful in every moment. It’s about accepting the moment for whatever it is. Let go of the unhealthy notion of positive and negative feelings. Acknowledging our feelings and not avoiding them is a key component of self- acceptance.
Make the most of mundane tasks:
During your commute to work don’t allow yourself to be frustrated by traffic or delays. Choose instead to focus on your breath or simply ‘be’ in silence. While walking the dog or checking the mail pay attention to what is happening around you, the feel of your shoes on the ground, the feel of the sun on your face, the sound of the wind in the trees.
We live as a generation that has been taught to multitask and thus we think life must move as quickly as possible. We tend to align this focus of multitasking with success therefore slowing down can feel ‘unproductive’. By slowing down and ‘uni-tasking’ we can calm our mind and breath allowing for a more natural state of awareness.
Take time for fun!:
Everyone could arguably fill every moment with tasks that need done. Taking time for fun will increase productivity by reducing stress, relaxing muscles and boosting your immune system.
Creativity and mindfulness go hand-in-hand. Engaging in a creative outlet can allow you to naturally tune in to a more conscious state of awareness, while practicing mindfulness can stimulate creative thought. Write, draw, paint, dance, sing; whatever creative expression works for you!