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Managing the Moments
There appears to be a lot a buzz about the word Mindfulness. It’s in the news, in magazines and there are even Mindfulness coaches. Within this buzz of conversation around this word, Mindfulness has an element of mystique…
What does this word mean?
How do I do this?
How can I make this a part of my daily life?
I don’t profess to be an expert but, I do practice this concept. I satisfy my constant desire to learn, by reading about Mindfulness and how to make it a part of my daily life.
Eckhart Tolle, a spiritual teacher wrote the book “Practicing the Power of Now” 1997, opened up a platform to discuss how our mind is so focused on anything BUT, staying in the moment. Tolle says time is an illusion and our conscious thoughts need to be released, to be present.
To keep it simple, here’s what I found to define this sought out technique, Mindfulness:
*Mindfulness is defined as being fully present in the moment.
*To be mindful, is to go with what the moment is presenting and not resist.
*Mindfulness does not judge what is in the “present moment”.
*When we are mindful we have a heightened awareness of the present moment.
*It all begins with you and your thoughts…
Just like “you are what you eat”, you are what you think. When we tell ourselves, “I don’t have enough time, I don’t know how to cope with this, I’m never going to be able to handle this”, these thoughts become our reality. They increase our anxiety level and feed what some call our, “Monkey Mind”.
Now that you have a basic understanding of what Mindfulness is, putting it into action is what comes next! I found an easy to read resource “The Power of MINDFULNESS” magazines’ article, “9 Ways To Be More Mindful All Day Long”.
Here are some ways to be more mindful throughout your day:
1. When You Wake Up- Take a moment to take in the light and begin to slowly deepen your breath.
2. In The Shower-Use a soap that smells and feels good to you, be present to the feel of the water on your body.
3. Morning Coffee- As your coffee brews or your tea steeps, reflect on what you are grateful for, at that moment.
4. On Your Commute- Turn off your phone and focus on the road. If you’re stuck in traffic, look at a fellow commuter and say” May you be safe, happy”, etc.
5. At Work- The brain is less stressed, by completing one task completely at a time. Try mono-tasking versus multitasking.
6. During Your Workout- Tune into your body, notice how it is working for you and be grateful.
7. While Preparing Dinner- Take time to notice the color, the aromas, the textures of the food. Listen to the sounds of cooking.
8. As You Eat Dinner- Before that first bite, take a moment and appreciate what you’ve made. Instead of shoveling the food in, savor that first bite. Relax and enjoy the meal.
9. Getting Ready For Bed- Sit comfortably and allow a word or prayer, to come into your head. Focus on your breath and repeat the word. Do this for about 5 minutes.
Mindfulness is good for your mind, body, and spirit. Why not give it a try… at this moment?