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10 Ways to be Mindful Everyday
Post featured in Spanish on Farmacia Serra Mandri’s blog
Can you tell me when you last allowed yourself time to meditate?
Come on! You must have heard that mindfulness is all the rage! No?
In just a few short years the mindfulness and meditation trend has generated a myriad of easy to use apps like Headspace that have become extremely popular (the company has sold around 7 million apps in 7 years) enticing us with their daily push notifications to take a break and consider life for a minute or ten throughout our busy days.
But what is Mindfulness and can you integrate this ancient Hindu, Buddhist and yoga meditation practice turned modern positive psychological tool into your life with just a few words?
The dictionary describes Mindfulness as:
“A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
For the average person who is consumed with work, family and kids and day-to-day life the task of finding the space to give yourself a “calm acknowledgement of one’s life” seems almost impossible.
It certainly doesn’t make the daily TO DO list! But it should.
Here are 10 simple Mindful hints to include in your day
- Make a moment every day to stop and join your mind and your body. Just be. You may find this might be hard to start with but persevere. It takes practice!
- When you take the time connect into your breathing. Breathe in and fill your lungs with air. Be conscious of the action. Breathe out and release all thoughts. Find a rhythm in your breathing.
- As you go through your day be conscious of the food you eat and the water you drink. Find gratitude for these essential things in your life.
- Tune into your senses. What you taste. What you see and hear.
- Be aware of the moments of love. The joy that comes from hugging your partner, family or your child. Appreciate the time you have with them every day.
- It is estimated that we have more than 50,000 thoughts a day and it is believed that up to 70% of them are negative. When you find yourself having negative thoughts stop and go back to your breath. Don’t waste your life on these thoughts.
- Listen without judgement.
- Find time to be in or with nature.
- Be grateful for your body. Be aware when you walk and move. Take the time to realise how amazing it feels to know the sensation of having a body.
- Don’t take life too seriously all the time. Make sure you smile every day.