1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. 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.
Mindfulness has been continuously bouncing around my head lately. It keeps coming back, keeps bubbling to the surface.
Mindfulness. Mindfulness. Mindfulness
So, I've decided to look into it, and today I wanted to share some quick ways to practice it on a daily basis.
15 Ways to Practice Mindfulness Everyday
+ focus on the task at hand — no multitasking
+ observe your thoughts and feelings — without judgment or trying to brush them off
+ meditate — whether that’s 10 minutes a day, or taking 5 minutes here and there throughout the day to close your eyes and just breathe
+ walk outside — close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you, feel the sun on your skin.
+ notice when your mind is in the past or future — bring it back to the present
+ understand that things come and go — experiences, money, relationships, opportunities, etc.
+ make every day things into mindful moments — making your bed, cooking, getting ready for work
+ be curious — question the world around you, and don't be afraid to seek answers
+ stop and enjoy your food — notice the smell, texture, different tastes
+ laugh — at yourself and the world around you
+ nourish your body — what you put on and in your body matters
+ set a curfew — turn off the phone, computer, tv and go to bed
+ find daily gratitudes — share these over dinner, write them down and tuck them into a jar, or keep them on a page in your journal
+ set an intention/goal for the day — what’s the one thing you want to accomplish?
+ clean as you go — don’t let it pile up
My number one goal of this is to do a better job at remaining in the present moment. What's yours?