How to Cultivate More Mindfulness
Are you wondering how to get more mindfulness in your life? There’s always a chance to start anew and create positive connections between you and your family, friends, and coworkers. All it takes is a new mindset.
Are you asking yourself, “What is mindfulness?”
According to Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk, Zen master, poet, and peace activist: Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of your daily life. There are those of us who are alive but don’t know it. But when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive. That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy.
How can you be more mindful in your daily life?
Here are five ideas:
1. Don’t eat so fast. When you eat slowly, you naturally savor your food and enjoy it. When you eat fast, you’re not in the moment, but looking ahead at what you need to do next. We are all on the go, but eating with mindfulness is the answer. Eating quickly can lead to weight gain, bad digestion, and less hydration.
2. Try meditation. Sitting still and in silence isn’t easy, but when you start to make it a regular practice, you breathe more deeply and start to feel more yourself. The busyness we feel, especially in the United States, begins to fade, and you’re in the present, thus more mindful!
3. Go outside. Staying inside can seem relaxing, but go outside! You’ll feel refreshed by the sight of trees, parks and everything green. Is there traffic as you walk? The good thing is you are on foot, not sitting in your car. There are many benefits to going in nature and breathing in the aroma of freshly cut grass and salty air from the ocean.
4. Breathe with depth. Shallow breathing is the norm. We shoot from one activity to another and barely have time to take a breath. It’s always better to breathe deeply. In fact, learning to breathe well can reduce stress, enhance focus and create emotional balance. It will also do your heart good and put you in a better state of physical health.
5. Move your body. There is a new catch phrase: sitting is the new smoking. Make sure to stretch and move if you have a desk job, and on weekends too. Walk around your room, go to the gym or walk/run with a friend. There are always ways to stay active. Pick one or two of them and keep moving!
Being mindful is difficult in a world that teaches us not to stop and smell the roses. You can either let life fly by or take in each moment with awareness. Experience each moment…it’s better than rushing through it.
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