What is Mindful Living?
Mindful living is the constant awareness in the present moment without judgment to achieve an understanding of who we are and how we relate to the world.
Mindful living sounds so simple, doesn’t it?
I thought, no big deal, I could do this. I wish I could say I found it easy.
What I found was my mind was all over the place. I spent half of every session bringing myself to the “now.”
I’d be reading but thinking about the grocery list. I’d be grocery shopping thinking about the bills I have pay. I’d be walking down the hall at work to a meeting, thinking about what I have to get done after my meeting and interrupt that thought with a judgment on someone’s outfit. I’d be with the kids at Disney thinking about the laundry, and out to dinner with my husband, feeling guilty about the kids. It was utter chaos.
To get there I had to start doing things differently. Eventually, I got the hang of it and getting there was well worth it. I found that as I practiced mindful living, the art of being aware without judgment, an intense sense of relief and peace come over me.
At first the feeling would only last for a short while, but years later I am happy to say I can sustain this sense for most the day. When I deviate the from the practice, I can tell immediately and shift my thoughts.
12 Strategies To Be More Mindful
There are a dozen of the ways I tune into the present moment. As you practice these you will be more attentive, feel centered and balanced, and bring more calm to your days:
1 | Breathe. Your breath is incredibly powerful and the foundation of mindfulness. How you’re breathing reflects how you’re feeling, physically and mentally.
2 | Create. Integrate creativity into your day and the way you do things. I love to cook and will often create new recipes. Mindfulness really boosts your creative flow.
3 | Disconnect. Set rules for use of digital devices. I stopped beginning and ending my day by checking emails. I also put my phone away when I’m with loved ones and eating.
4 | Dream. Give yourself some time to just sit and wander from time to time. I know it seems this would not be mindful living. There have been studies that indicate the more mindful we live the better our dreams.
5 | Eat well. Pay attention to what you put in your body. Make the best decision you can to nourish yourself at the time. If you don’t enjoy something, don’t eat it. If you want something, eat it. Just exercise good judgment for you and your health.
6 | Experiment. Try new things willingly and often. There’s nothing like totally being in the moment during a new experience. I got to zip line about a couple of years ago and I was overwhelmed with such an intense feeling of joy and peace hanging above the Black Falls in Jamaica. I felt blessed to be in the presence of such amazing wild beauty.
7 | Feel. Own your feelings and give yourself permission to let them flow. This isn’t about stuffing your feelings so you can be happy all of the time. Remember not to judge yourself and resist how you feel. Give yourself permission to allow yourself to feel your way through your emails. Let them process. Feel where your emotions live in your body. Breathe into those spaces and let your feelings flow.
8 | Focus. Integrate mindfulness throughout your day by deliberately focusing on what you are doing. Studies show those who do this are 27% more productive and make 32% fewer errors.
9 | Laugh. Finding a way to laugh at your problems can improve the way you deal with them. Every go through a crises you could laugh about later. There is a benefit to finding the humor in your situation now. When we feel better, we think better.
10 | Limitations. Limit the television you watch, the social media you chat on and online games you play. Too much of any of these is known to increase depression and insomnia.
11 | Meditate. Meditation is not about having no thoughts, it’s about emptying your mind of thoughts.
12 | Walk. Take walks to clear your mind, change your lens or perspective of a situation, as a result, your awareness is amplified.
During my talks I always dig deep into mindfulness. During one of the darkest times in my life, this mindfulness is what got me through. I firmly believe mindfulness is where anyone who wants to change anything in their life should start.
Now it’s your turn, how do get and stay mindful throughout the day?
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Until next time, live with passion, purpose, and play.
Carmen M. Perez, Your Wellbeing Messenger
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