Mindfulness is something that we all aspire to and very few of us feel that we can realistically integrate into our lifestyle. Contrary to popular belief, mindfulness and mediation is one of the few holistic activities that is flexible, simple, and requires no more than 5 minutes a day. Plus, unlike many alternative wellness practices, the benefits of mindful meditation are well documented.
Meditation can be intimidating at first and requires practice. When just beginning to meditate it can be easier to start with small ‘micro-meditations’ . These 1-2 minute long moments of awareness can be done anywhere and it is entirely up to you to choose the ways in which you practice this active thinking.
Here are three simple ways to bring mindfulness into your everyday.
When you may only have a moment to spare, remind yourself what you are grateful for in your life. It can be broad sweeping statements of gratitude or maybe your partner had a hot cup of coffee waiting for you in the morning.
Whether it’s walking into work, or around a park, next time try integrating some mindful thinking. Feel the way your feet fall on the ground, focus on your breathing, pay attention to how the air feels around you and as you move through it. Life is about the journey, not the destination. Feel free to slow down, and enjoy your walk, even if it is just to your car and your hands are full of grocery bags.
At any point in your day, slow down and count your breaths. As you inhale, silently think 1, exhale 2, inhale 3, exhale 4 …and continue til you reach 10. Slowing your breath will increase your awareness and help ground you when getting flustered.