5 Tips for Practicing Mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness is so important because we live in a frenzied world and life can be a zany ride. This leaves the window open just enough for the daily barrage of stressors to negatively affect your wellbeing. It numbs your ability to reason, feel and be responsive in the present moment and leaves you mindlessly functioning on autopilot. I’ve been there, you have been there. But, no one wants to stay there. Why? It can create an internal stream of stress and diminish happiness. What to do? If you haven’t started the journey already, begin practicing mindfulness with these five tips.
Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness is simply the practice of paying attention to the here and now while it unfolds. It is being present where you are and embracing it without judgment. It is being actively engaged in your present experience rather than being mindlessly entranced in remembering what happened or waiting on what might turn up.
Five Tips for Practicing Mindfulness
Let’s get started on your quest for mindfulness. Here are five tips to help you slow down, connect with the present moment and seize on what you are thinking and how you are feeling and responding, now.
- Learn more about mindfulness. Dive into the research about mindfulness and educate yourself.
- Find a quiet place. Make sure it is relaxing and comfortable. Sit quietly and focus on the present moment.
- Concentrate on your breathing. Close your eyes. Take in a long deep breath. Slowly exhale and then inhale. Repeat until you feel the calm.
- Stay alert. Be conscious of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
- Pinpoint a focus reminder. As a reminder to keep you focused, listen to soothing sounds of the ocean or sounds that relax you. A sound can have a powerful emotional impact on the mind and helps you think clearly.
Mindfulness isn't difficult, we just need to remember to do it.~ Sharon Salzberg
Do you hurry to finish important everyday errands and responsibilities? Have you found yourself losing touch with what is happening in the present moment? Do you remember driving into work today?
D.Ed., S. (2014, August 23). 5 Tips for Practicing Mindfulness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 21 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingablissfullife/2014/08/are-you-on-a-quest-for-mindfulness
Author: Sydney Savion, D.Ed.
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