Have you heard the term mindfulness? Mindfulness can be used as a therapeutic technique designed to teach you to be in the present moment, along with acknowledging your associated feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Mindfulness is designed to take your focus off yesterday and tomorrow and pay close attention to today.
The benefits of mindfulness are incredible because they truly teach you to “stop and smell the roses.” In the spirit of mindfulness, there is no better time than the moment you are in. Being able to surrender and surround yourself in what is at this very moment is the truest form of being present.
Practicing mindfulness will help you:
● Reduce anxiety — it’s hard to worry when you’re in the present moment!
● See the beauty in front of you
● Have more meaningful relationships
● Stop living in the past
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, including getting help from a certified coach (including me!) or therapist. Outside of their help, you can try these tips to be more mindful.
Start each day purposefully
Wake each day with an intention to be focused on what this day is bringing. Think about your plans and resolve to show up purposefully wherever you go and with whomever you meet.
Focus purely on this day. Don’t think about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. Don’t worry about tomorrow’s to-do list or schedule. The only time you should focus on a time or day other than this moment and this day is when you need to schedule something in advance — such as scheduling a doctor’s appointment.
Keep a body awareness journal
Journals are a very helpful way to cultivate mindfulness. Being aware of our bodies as they relate to our mood and our functionality is a key way to stay in the moment and know yourself well.
People who keep a journal tracking their mood, body aches and pains, and any significant issues can see patterns that over time can help them manage their health better.
Keeping a journal like this also prompts you to check in with yourself throughout the day to see how you’re feeling and what you notice so you can jot it in your journal. So not only will the journal help you see patterns, but it will help you pay more attention in the first place.
Keep your eyes open
Simply taking the step to actively pay attention wherever you go can increase your mindfulness. What do you see, hear, smell, or touch that you may not have previously noticed? The act of being aware instead of on autopilot will have you seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling things you may have never noticed and can increase your happiness.
This can also help you create richer, more vibrant memories because you’re immersed in the moment instead of thinking forward or backward. The people you’re spending time with will feel as if they’re getting more of you because of your increased attention. The tasks you’re doing will be completed more quickly and thoroughly because you’re not multitasking or distracted with thoughts of another time or place.
It all adds up to a life that feels fuller and more enjoyable.
Mindfulness is a great practice because it reduces the longing for yesterday and the worry of tomorrow. Mindfulness opens minds and hearts by seeing what is right now and putting the focus and energy on managing the moment rather than managing the perceptions of yesterday and tomorrow.
Practice mindfulness for one week; notice the impact it makes on you and the impact you make on others with your focused attention on the present.
Wendy Miller is a meditation teacher, single mom coach & writer. She helps moms use mindfulness, meditation & self-care to create a calm & happy life. She lives in Florida with her two sons and enough pets for a zoo.
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