5 Easy Ways To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Daily Life
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Mindfulness is living in the present moment deliberately and non-judgmentally. Although physically you may be present here, we are so used to our quick fixes, hectic routines that we are either preoccupied with our past or worried about the future. When we are in these two time zones we are not in the now moment. We must understand that now is all there is.
Back in 2019, I had the privilege of being able to stay with Burmese monks and nuns. Living with them taught me so many things such as mindfulness, detachment, impermanence, and the reasons why we suffer. There may be times when we feel sad, but suffering is a choice. I realized I suffered because of my attachments. I realized I suffered because I was not mindful. By being more mindful and learning meditation, I was able to finally gain some amount of control. But more importantly, I was able to reach a state where my thoughts did not control me.
There are many ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. Before finding out the ways, let’s know about the pillars of mindfulness on which you can build your mindful life.
7 Pillars Of Mindfulness:
• Beginner’s Mind
• Letting Go
To practice mindfulness, you need to have a beginner’s mind like a blank slate and start making yourself aware of things without any judgment. Be patient and trust the process, everything will unfold with time. When you don’t strive to be something else and accept the way you and other things are, you let go of the thoughts and preset ideas, allowing you to focus more on what matters.
5 Easy Ways To Be Mindful Everyday
Incorporate Mindfulness Into Daily Routine Activities
We usually do things on autopilot. You can incorporate mindfulness into your life by bringing your awareness to daily routine activities no matter how small they are. Pay more attention while eating. Start by noticing the smell, taste, and texture of the food. When you are walking, start noticing the sensation of your feet touching the ground, the feel of the grass.
When you pay attention to your daily routine activity, you find them more interesting.
Be Mindful While Waiting
Waiting for someone or something seems to be frustrating and difficult because you are not used to be relaxed considering your fast-paced life. However, waiting is an opportunity for you to practice mindfulness.
Try to focus on your breath, the way your abdomen expands while you breathe in, and comes back to normal while you breathe out. Or you can focus on your sensations, the sound of someone’s footsteps, the laugh of a baby nearby, the fragrance of your perfume, or anything to which you can bring your attention and be mindful of it.
Let Your Mind Wander
A wandering mind is a sign of a healthy and creative mind because, at that time, your mind is at its natural state. Therefore, let your mind wander and notice, non-judgmentally, what comes to your mind. If you are practicing mindfulness and at moment your mind wanders, notice it and then lovingly and gently bring your attention back.
Choose a Clue
Mindfulness takes practice. Just like exercising or building a muscle. Instead of practicing mindfulness for a lengthy session at the start, try to practice it for a few minutes per day. And to remind yourself of mindfulness, you can choose various clues.
For instance, you can use your office desk as a reminder and be mindful of what you have on the desk, the purpose of it, the task you need to do, or it can be coffee that can remind you to be mindful of what you are drinking.
Meditation is the best way to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. It allows your mind to be relaxed, focused, and learn mindfulness. You can start with 5 minutes a day in the morning. It would be great to tune your mind for rest of the day.
Mindfulness has many benefits including concentration improvement, self-control, stress reduction, and others. You can incorporate mindfulness into your daily life by practicing 5 simple ways given above. Once you hold onto the pillars of mindfulness, you are good to make it a part of your life.
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