Our overall health is enhanced by mindfulness, but what does it mean to live mindfully?
Often, it is described as paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Isn’t that easy?
However, mindful living isn’t a task that is checked off a to-do list; it is a journey that requires moment-by-moment attention.
Tips for Mindfulness
The more you practice mindfulness, the easier it becomes. It is important to be present during this practice, so don’t expect perfection right off the bat. Choose where you want to start and follow these simple mindfulness tips. You will always strive to stay in the present, which is why they call it practice. We have a lot of helpful tips for being more mindful in your life.
Concentrated mindfulness occurs when you sit quietly and observe your thoughts. When does enough meditation become too much? Zen proverb says: “You should spend 20 minutes in meditation every day unless you are too busy.” Then you should sit down for an hour.”
No matter how you look at it, time has no limit. What matters is finding what really works for you. You can stay mindful with even a minute of meditation. You can get started on meditation using these tips if you are new to it.
Take a deep breath. Try taking a few deep, deliberate breaths periodically throughout the day instead of focusing on clearing your mind.
Take a body scan. Every hour, notice any tension and release it-unclench your jaw, shake out your shoulders, and relax your neck.
Improve your practice.
Train your mind into knowing when it’s time to meditate with a diffuser blend you use only during your practice—we suggest the grounding, calming aromas of Frankincense, Lavender, and Cypress.
STOP RUSHING AND ENJOY THE PROCESS
Practicing mindfulness can turn mundane tasks into something rewarding and maybe even a bit fun. Try to savor the process of a task instead of rushing to complete it.
Why not start by preparing dinner, since you need to eat anyway? One evening, spend the evening prepping ingredients, seasoning to perfection, and plating to perfection. Even if you’re preparing a simple dinner, this is a great opportunity to practice staying present.
We aren’t saying distractions are always bad. If you are constantly distracted, you might miss out on the magic of life’s small moments (who doesn’t love getting lost in a good book or movie?)
Spend time with loved ones, enjoy the sunshine, and tune out unimportant distractions while out in the fresh air. Here are some ideas you might want to try.
Take time to enjoy your meals. At dinner, put away the screens and connect with your family or housemates.
Take note of the nature. Take a walk around the block, go for a hike, or simply let your ears tune in.
Calm your mind. Write down your negative thoughts on a piece of paper and then toss them.
In the daily rush of juggling jobs, running errands, and caring for the kids, it’s easy to lose focus. It may seem impossible to be mindful when you are too busy. We hear you. It does not take a whole day to practice mindfulness. We promise there are moments of stillness and quiet to be found-just look for them!
While at a stoplight, with the shower running, or at bedtime, pay attention to your breath. You’ll start to see a change after a few weeks. Being mindful will soon become second nature, and you’ll find yourself finding time every day to feel present.
Stillness isn’t the only way to be mindful. Yoga teaches you how to practice mindfulness through movement. You can stay grounded in the present moment by staying in sync with your body and focusing on your breathing. During the time between stretching, you can reflect and meditate.
In addition to aromatherapy, one way to help you stay present is to use it as a cue to be present. Here are some ideas for adding essential oils to your yoga practice.
Get to know yourself. Apply a drop of Palo Santo to your yoga mat and breathe in the calming scent.
Get “centered.” Rub a drop of Frankincense or Myrrh onto your heart center to remind yourself to keep your heart open and to let love in.
Set a calming tone. For a wonderful, woodsy aroma during your flow, diffuse Pine, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Patchouli, or Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood.
You can watch some videos on YouTube with Yoga Teachers or download the DownDog app (which is my personal fave!)
How do you practice mindfulness in your day-to-day life?
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